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  • Details Matter: A Response to Secretary Sebelius

    Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s Washington Post op-ed shows that she’s studied the focus groups and tracking polls on health care: Just beat up on health insurance companies enough, and you can get Americans to accept a thousand plus pages of legislation that would do just about anything. And then, make sure to tell Americans not to focus on what the legislation actually says. She flat-out writes: “we can’t let the details distract us…” Just trust us. We are from Washington. We are going to rearrange the entire health system.

    If it were a national economy, our health system would be the sixth largest economy in the world – larger than Britain’s entire economy. And remember, the guys who are rewriting our health care are the same people who not only grossly miscalculated the cost of Cash for Clunkers but are now hard-pressed to explain the legislation for that program. And it merely gives away money rather than affecting potentially life-or-death decisions. Ah, but let’s not be bothered with such details when we could be bashing health insurers.

    But regarding health insurance, as Shakespeare wrote, “The lady doth protest too much.” There is actually broad bipartisan support for prudent steps to build a better infrastructure for health insurance. Even health insurers agree. But rather than work across the aisle, and with states, to fix the problems with solutions that everyone can agree on, Secretary Sebelius and Congressional leaders are using the straw man of faceless insurers to surreptitiously undermine insurance that most Americans are happy with.

    There are two basic features that almost everyone agrees needs to be fixed. First, you can’t insure someone in a conventional way when that person is a known huge financial risk. That’s why a teenager who has a fender-bender or wreck every month can’t get an affordable auto policy – or maybe one at all. And it’s why someone with a costly medical problem often can’t simply phone up and get an affordable policy. That’s not because of evildoers at Blue Cross. It’s about dealing with high-risk individuals.

    Second, because we have a tax system that ties insurance to the workplace, it means every job change or layoff can mean losing your insurance.

    We at Heritage have laid out simple bipartisan solutions to these problems months ago. The solution is for states to work with insurers to develop ways to spread the costs of sicker Americans rather than denying them insurance, such as through high risk pools, reinsurance, and risk-adjustment systems. The feds need to give states the freedom to do that. As a former governor, Secretary Sebelius knows this. And it means providing similar federal tax breaks to Americans without employers, who don’t have employer-sponsored insurance, to provide them the same opportunities as those who do. This is not rocket science, and doesn’t take a thousand pages of legislation.

    So let’s slow down, take a deep breath, and take sensible steps rather than disguising a radical, ideological rewrite of our health system with a populist campaign against health insurers

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    6 Responses to Details Matter: A Response to Secretary Sebelius

    1. Tom,Sacramento CA says:

      Most of the people in Congress, are lawyers,attorneys, whatever, who would NEVER sign a document without reading it, but they are ready to sign the Health Care plan with out reading it??? Simple question, if this plan is not good enough for them to use for their own health care, why is it good enough for me? Are they better than I and my family? They think Orwell was right, some pigs ARE more equal than others.

    2. David Adams says:

      Isn't Kathleen the governor who lied about the national guard strength during last year's tornado

      (when Obama said 10,000 people were killed)? She did it to curry favor with Obama, the democrats and the 'hate-Bush-at-all-costs' crowd. Now that she's a part of this same fact-twisting administration why should anyone take what she says seriously?

    3. DANIEL CABRERA, MERR says:

      It is said that the public should be respectfull to the DC officers (congresspeople / senators, etc.) when objecting them….that at any time the electorate should not show disrespect.

      It is said that the protests about the so called 'health plan reform' is an orchestrated movement of …."disrespect insubordination"

      Well, to that I say…THE OBAMA GANG CHICAGO-STYLE CORRUPTED , ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL, ANTI-AMERICAN, TERRORISTS FRIENDLY-ORIENTED ADMINISTRATION , has been,- since day one – DISRESPECTFUL AND DISHONEST to the people of this great country.

      Now , whoever interested go into details on this one.

      Sincerely,

      Daniel Cabrera

      Merrillville,Indiana

    4. Double A says:

      FIRST THE RANT IN THE CAPITALIZED PHRASES IS FACTUALLY BASELESS. ADDITIONALLY IT IS TYPICAL OF THE HATEFUL FEAR MONGERING MCCARTHYISTIC CHARACTER ASSASSINATION FREQUENTLY HEARD FROM RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS. THE TRAINING CAMPS FOR THIS BRAND OF VERBAL TERRORISM ARE CONDUCTED BY RUSH, BECK, HANNITY ET AL. UNFORTUNATELY THE GRADUATES OF THESE PROGRAMS ARE READY FODDER FOR SPONSORS OF THIS "orchestrated movement of …. ”disrespect insubordination”"(SIC). AND THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH THIS ORCHESTRATED CONVERSION OF TOWN HALLS TO TOWN HELL (SIC)IS THAT THIS ACTIVITY DISRUPTS FREE MEANINGFUL DISCUSSION, THE VERY FOUNDATION OF DEMOCRACY. THIS SHOULD BE QUITE APPARENT TO THOSE WHO CHAMPION THE CONSTITUTION.

    5. Double A says:

      Now the article:

      >merely gives away money rather than affecting potentially >life-or-death decisions. Ah, but let’s not be bothered with >such details when we could be bashing health insurers.

      *I did not realize that HF's work while very Partisan could

      *be sophomoric also. The sentence is a dead give away of the

      *bias toward the Insurance Industry.

      >surreptitiously undermine insurance that most Americans are >happy with.

      *No body is being secretive. Only a gun hired by the

      *Insurance Companies can spread a canard like "insurance that

      *most Americans are happy with". The high premiums today are

      *passed on to the employees in the form of lower salaries or

      *makes the Companies uncompetitive on the world stage. Not

      *only the employees be happier if their portion of the

      *premium $ got reduced. The employers should be a lot happier *subscribing to a PO or another competitive Private Plan, *allowing them to compete more effectively in a global market.

      >a teenager who has a fender-bender or wreck every month >can’t get an affordable auto policy – or maybe one at all. >And it’s why someone with a costly medical problem often >can’t simply phone up and get an affordable policy. That’s >not because of evildoers at Blue Cross. It’s about dealing >with high-risk individuals…..

      * What a comparison – straight out of Dr. Strangelove. While

      * their cohorts Palin/Newt/Rush demonize Obama with baseless

      * claims about ominous designs against the elderly and

      * afflicted children, Heritage goes on to equate bad drivers

      * with the seriously ill.

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