|To the Editor: Doesn't want government in control of health care|
|Written by Jill Creps|
|Wednesday, 07 October 2009 08:21|
One only needs to look at the "Cash for Clunkers" program sponsored by our government as a fine example of what a public health care program would be like. Sure, it was a nice gesture by the government to offer up $3 billion, compliments of the taxpayers, to provide incentives for citizens to buy new vehicles. And yes, a much needed although short-lived respite for the automotive industry was another benefit, but let's look at where we are now. Three billion dollars and 700,000 new automobiles later we have dealerships that pulled the plug early on the program because the government was not reimbursing them in a timely fashion. Complaints of a myriad of paperwork were another reason dealerships pulled out, along with fears that they may never get reimbursed. And the newest excuse offered up by the government is that there are computer issues that will slow the payment process down even further. Added to this, we now have thousands of vehicles sitting around with toxic chemicals dumped inside the engines creating an environmental nightmare that will somehow need to be cleaned up.
Now the government has conveniently revealed that the rebates will be fully taxable as regular income; did anyone really expect to get something for free from Uncle Sam? If you are a taxpayer in the 25% bracket and received a $4,500 rebate, you will owe the IRS over $1,000 come next April. Just one more sign of the increasing trend of taxation that the middle class was assured would not happen.
Let's translate all of this into what a new government sponsored health care plan would be like. On the surface all seems well-everyone gets health care. Keep in mind, just over a half million cars were sold in the "Cash for Clunkers" program and the government couldn't even manage that efficiently. In contrast, there are 300,000+ million people in the U.S. that could potentially fall under a public health care program if President Obama has his way. It doesn't seem unrealistic to expect doctors to do the same things many of the car dealerships did: limit their services because they are afraid they won't get reimbursed in a timely fashion; discontinue service altogether because of more paperwork, or out of sheer frustration because the doctors may be forced to provide care that the government deems necessary rather than what they deem necessary.
I don't claim to have the answers to all of the health care issues, but one thing I am sure of is that I do not want the government in control of our health care system. They are incapable of running a 3 week fire-sale on a few hundred thousand autos much less the health care of millions and millions of Americans!
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