Ron Paul: Let’s Put Patients and Doctors Back in Control of Healthcare!

This week marks six months since Congress passed the healthcare reform bill in what has become all-too-typical legislative chicanery. Those in power crafted a mammoth piece of legislation and rammed it through Congress under a dire sense of emergency. Insisting on time enough to read the bill was dismissed as dangerous and crazy in a time of crisis. We were told that if we really wanted to see what was in the bill we would have to pass it first. I cannot imagine the Founding Fathers intended that Congress legislate in this manner. I would think if a member is not absolutely certain the entire legislation meets constitutional muster, the default vote should be “no” in accordance with our oath of office. But now that Congress has had six months to read the new law, there is a significant amount of buyer’s remorse on Capitol Hill.

The more constituents learn about the law, the more angry they become. 60% of Americans are now to be said in favor of repealing the entire thing. Unfortunately, it is much more difficult to repeal a law than it is to pass a bill. I wrote a while back about the egregious provision to require businesses to issue 1099s for all transactions over $600 as a way to partially pay for it. I have co-sponsored legislation to fix this issue, yet this is just the tip of the iceberg.

First of all, in spite of the administration repeating over and over that this legislation would not increase costs for Americans, they are now saying they knew all along that it would. The Congressional Budget office estimates that American families will see their premiums rise by an average of $2,100 by 2016. The Wall Street Journal has reported that the cost of compliance is forcing some insurers to increase premiums by up to 20% as soon as next year. Also, in spite of repeated claims from the administration that we could all keep our plans and doctors if we liked them, the administration’s own officials are now predicting that won’t be true for up to
117 million Americans who will lose their current plans.

Major insurers are also dropping child-only plans because of mandates and price fixing on such policies leaving parents with fewer choices for their children, not more. In addition, in spite of claiming this law would contain government costs, not increase them, administration actuaries now predict it will increase healthcare spending by over $300 billion. This additional spending comes along with doctor shortages, fewer choices and more taxes, perhaps, worst of all, increases in labor cost because of health insurance mandates are discouraging employers from hiring new workers and even triggering more layoffs.

Anyone with a basic understanding of Austrian economics could have predicted the unintended consequences of these new healthcare policies. Central planning never increases choices and quality or cuts costs as promised. Price controls and government mandates always create artificial scarcity. Healthcare is not a right or privilege. It is a product, like food or clothing. As with any good or service, the free market regulation of supply and demand provides the optimal quality to the maximum number of people.

Once we realize the problems we are trying to solve today were created by government intervention beginning in the 1960s, we can begin to put patients back in control of healthcare, rather than third party oligopolies and government bureaucrats. The sooner the better.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=katey1dog katey1dog

    The reason people can’t afford health care or an insurance policy from an insurance corporaiton is because government has outlawed the less expensive forms of health care for the benefit of the health care industry.

    AND GUESS WHOM SUPPLIED THE LOBBYISTS FOR THAT!!! THE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES!!!

    Wouldn’t have that problem with a National Health Service. Albeit people would have the freedom of their own policy, if wanted.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=katey1dog katey1dog

    I mean the government not giving anyone anything,

    Listen, now you’re drifting off into something is ambiguous, government spending. The government is OBLIGATED to provide everything from law enforcement to meter maids. I’ve got my problems with both, but then again, there is a need for certain programs which are non-profit, yet benefit the body politic. Road construction/maintenance, bridge construction/maintenance, the military, NASA, medicare/aid, etc.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=katey1dog katey1dog

    I mean the government not giving anyone anything,

    Listen, now you’re drifting off into something is ambiguous, government spending. The government is OBLIGATED to provide everything from law enforcement to meter maids. I’ve got my problems with both, but then again, there is a need for certain programs which are non-profit, yet benefit the body politic. Road construction/maintenance, bridge construction/maintenance, the military, NASA, medicare/aid, etc.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GaryVolts GaryVolts

    The reason people can’t afford health care or an insurance policy from an insurance corporaiton is because government has outlawed the less expensive forms of health care for the benefit of the health care industry. Things have gotten so far out of whack that people think health care and an insurance policy are one in the same. We need to brings back competition and let the market provide difference levels of care for different budgets.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GaryVolts GaryVolts

    First what you’re hoping for is against the Constitution. By your reasoning, more pressing needs like food and housing should be guaranteed by the federal government before medical care. They tried guaranteeing all that stuff, and the place collapsed, it was called the USSR. It takes away people’s incentive to work when they feel like at the very least, they have their basics covered. You’re basically arguing to discard our capitalist system, that’s a pretty big change.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=katey1dog katey1dog

    You have no point.

    The government doesn’t have anything to give that it hasn’t first taken from another.

    That’s taxation.

    That which a person receives without labor, another bust labor without receiving.

    You lost me :-/. If you can’t give a fair enough reason why National Health Care is wrong, then stop arguing. Because you haven’t proven your point. And if you’ve got no point, then we’re finished.

    »crosslinked«

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GaryVolts GaryVolts

    Your exception doesn’t change the point I was making. The government doesn’t have anything to give that it hasn’t first taken from another. That which a person receives without labor, another bust labor without receiving.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=YoDudeRock. YoDudeRock .

    The preamble also says, “promote” the general welfare, not “force”.
    I’m very offended you would volunteer me to pay the same taxes you want to cheerfully pay for the “greater good”. It’s called the “greater good” because your doing evil to achieve it. It results in more bad stuff happening.
    By the way, there is no such thing as “society”, there are only individuals.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=YoDudeRock YoDudeRock

    The preamble also says, “promote” the general welfare, not “force”.
    I’m very offended you would volunteer me to pay the same taxes you want to cheerfully pay for the “greater good”. It’s called the “greater good” because your doing evil to achieve it. It results in more bad stuff happening.
    By the way, there is no such thing as “society”, there are only individuals.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=YoDudeRock. YoDudeRock .

    I absolutely don’t mean that at all. I mean the government not giving anyone anything, because everyone can’t live at the expense of everyone else. Equality is a myth. Most of the power needs to be in the hands of individuals. The government’s only job should be to maintain freedom and punish actual crimes, that’s it. People left to their own devices will flourish and achieve prosperity, not self-destruct.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=YoDudeRock YoDudeRock

    I absolutely don’t mean that at all. I mean the government not giving anyone anything, because everyone can’t live at the expense of everyone else. Equality is a myth. Most of the power needs to be in the hands of individuals. The government’s only job should be to maintain freedom and punish actual crimes, that’s it. People left to their own devices will flourish and achieve prosperity, not self-destruct.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=YoDudeRock. YoDudeRock .

    I’m sure, when they run out of real food, so they provide the people cardboard to eat. Keeping freedom is important. Socialism is self-destructive.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=YoDudeRock YoDudeRock

    I’m sure, when they run out of real food, so they provide the people cardboard to eat. Keeping freedom is important. Socialism is self-destructive.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=katey1dog katey1dog

    Put simply, the government currently houses 2 million convicts. As your comment stated, it isn’t the role of government to house people.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GaryVolts GaryVolts

    I’m not sure if I understand what you wrote. Can you put it another way?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GaryVolts GaryVolts

    I have read it, I have a framed replica in my dining room. It doesn’t mean what you seem to think it does.

    We do have socialized medicine for some of the groups you listed, and this is just as wrong and should take steps to undo past mistakes.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=katey1dog katey1dog

    No, but the government does provide shelter that are paid employees of the federal, state, county, and cities.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=katey1dog katey1dog

    Relevant. When something to come to existance needs to be produced first

    You mean like an M1A2 Abrams MBT? You know, I’ll never buy one personally, but I do like the fact that our tax dollars payed for them. It’s alot like a single-payer healthcare system. We may not always need it, BUT I’LL BE GLAD WHEN I DO!

    That’s exactly the case here: either you buy healthcare or someone buys it for you.

    I’d GLADLY pay for your healthcare if I could.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=katey1dog katey1dog

    In addition to everyone being forced to pay for a few people’s health care, they are forced to buy their own health care or be tormented by the IRS.

    We are already forced to pay some level of taxation. Federal, state, county, and city taxes. Now, I’m not fan of the income tax. But I am in favor of a FLAT TAX and the elimination of the IRS. A single-payer system needn’t an IRS to exist.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=katey1dog katey1dog

    In addition to everyone being forced to pay for a few people’s health care, they are forced to buy their own health care or be tormented by the IRS.

    We are already forced to pay some level of taxation. Federal, state, county, and city taxes. Now, I’m not fan of the income tax. But I am in favor of a FLAT TAX and the elimination of the IRS. A single-payer system needn’t an IRS to exist.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0