Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the 'Exempt America from Obamacare' rally, on Tuesday. (Getty Images)
If we Defund Obamacare, then what?
It is no surprise to anyone that Obamacare is a total train wreck that will so devastate America that we may never recover from the damage. Polls show that America didn’t want it before the law passed and still doesn't want it today.
But like parents force-feeding medicine to a child for his or her own good, Obama and the left are convinced that we, the great unwashed masses, are not smart enough to make our own decisions.
Currently some members of Congress are threatening to not raise the impending debt ceiling unless Obamacare is defunded. As usual we are hearing two major themes, the first being shutting down the federal government will destroy our nascent economic recovery.
The other Sunday morning talking point is this: how do you fix healthcare if you defund Obamacare?
First things first: shutting down the government is not a bad thing. Think of all the despair a few months ago over sequestration. People said if sequester cuts kicked in, the economy would fall of a cliff. Have we fallen over yet? Nope.
Now on to how we could improve healthcare if we are lucky enough to stop this abomination called Obamacare. Here are some suggestions.
1. Implement tort reform. Cut down on frivolous lawsuits and defensive medicine and you reduce the cost of healthcare by 10 percent instantly. While we’re at it, revert back to when lawyers were not allowed to advertise on TV. We don’t need lawyers on TV convincing lazy, unemployed bums into claiming brain damage from a phony medical error.
2. End state government run health insurance monopolies. Allow insurance companies to sell across state lines. Allow anyone from any place to buy the best coverage for the money, regardless of the state. Instead of only having a few choices you would have over 1,300. Competition lowers cost; just look at your cell phone bill now compared to 10 years ago.
3. Reduce drug-addicted newborns. There is a drug-addicted baby born every hour in America at a cost of $1 million per child. This needs to stop. Make having crack babies child abuse punishable by a minimum of five years in prison. When people know there is a tough consequence for their actions, many will change their ways. And at least those that break the law won’t be making more drug-addicted babies for five years.
4. Create health savings' accounts. Allow people to buy low cost catastrophic health coverage, and then put money into a savings account for their everyday healthcare. Watch how prices drop when consumers start asking how much a certain treatment or procedure costs before getting it. Americans know how to shop, so let them.
5. Break the AMA’s hold on heathcare rules. Allow other medical practitioners to serve patients. We have a major doctor shortage, and it’s only going to get worse when 30 million new users are dropped into Medicaid. Medicaid recipients can’t find a doctor now, so imagine what it's going to be like.
We need nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other healthcare providers to have expanded abilities to treat people. There is no evidence to show that this would diminish the quality of healthcare, and people would get treatment much quicker at lower cost.
6. Congress and the president must use the exact same healthcare system and coverage they force on the rest of us. Watch how that changes things.
7. The average American gets 12 prescriptions per year, an increase of 39 percent in just 10 years. Why? Advertising! Stop drug companies from advertising. TV commercials are convincing would-be hypochondriacs that they suffer from low T, ED, RD, ADD, COPD, AMD, OCD, and my favorite: TMDD — or too many damn drug syndrome.
Save the $12 billion per year spent on advertising drugs that I don’t need, and just lower my drug costs.
8. Encourage real healthcare. Right now we don’t have a healthcare system; we have a sick care system. Let’s get doctors better trained in nutrition and preventative medicine.
9. Make people responsible for their own health. Do you smoke, eat too much, have uncontrolled high blood pressure? Why should the rest of us pay for your bad habits? If you make poor choices, insurance companies should be able to raise your rates, not mine.
All these changes would slash the cost of healthcare by 30 percent to 40 percent. The president and Congress could work together and implement most of these changes in no time.
The effort being made by three brave members of Congress — Sens. Lee, Cruz, and Paul — to defund Obamacare may be our nation’s last hope. It is time that all of us make sure Congress knows we are watching them.
Mark Young contributed to this report.
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