Monday, November 23, 2009

Senator McCain Talks About Health Care

Sen John McCain had a town hall meeting about health care at North Phoenix Baptist Church this evening. Most of the 200 or so attendees were medical professionals from Phoenix area practices and most supported McCain and his take on health care reform.

The Senator called the Democrats’ proposal, HR 3962, a jobs killer that would lead to rationed health care. It’s the same argument Sen. Mitch McConnell used on the weekend talks shows. If I didn’t know better, I would suspect the McCain, McConnell et al of colluding on their “talking points.” Certainly they’re capable of independent thought? Aren’t they?

The Republicans keep telling people that the US has the best health care in the world and that the Democratic proposals will lead to “health care rationing.” But the GOP spokespersons leave out a couple of caveats:
  1. We have the best health care in the world for the people who can afford it. While the richest people in the developing world, in South Africa, India, Thailand or Mexico, come to the US for their health care, working and upper middle class people in the US go to those countries for life saving health care because they can’t afford it here, and
  2. We already have health care rationing here. That’s what happens when the insurance companies deny life saving coverage to their customers. And then delay the appeals process so long their customers die.
There are certainly reasons to be concerned about the Democratic health care proposal. It’s really expensive and doesn’t cover all of the people who need coverage. But I think it’s better than the Republican plan. The Republicans want to leave health care to the market and insurance companies to fix.

Leaving it to the market is how we got into this mess.