Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Time to Get Serious about Health Care - Time to Consider Herman Cain

Consider Herman Cain as Presidential Material.  Why?
Because Herman Cain is the Voice of Reason on Health Care.

It seems that health care (and health care costs) have again taken a back seat to other important economic issues in America.  

For many people, it takes a personal or family medical condition to bring health care (and health care costs) into the forefront.   

For pharmaceutical companies, health care management companies, durable medical equipment companies, medical staffing companies, medical insurance companies, medical professionals, medical paraprofessionals, medical lobbyists, politicians, health insurance companies, health insurance company administrators, hospital and medical clinic administrators, imaging center professionals, imagining center administrators, attorneys, risk managers, all levels of governments ... whew ... health care (and health care costs) are always an issue. That sure is a lot of people between the patient and the physician.

As a conservative, I want control over my own life and I believe that people fare much better when they likewise maintain control over their own lives.  My grandfather (Clarence W. Fackler, Ph.D) taught economics at NYU in 1935.  When the Social Security of 1935 Act was passed, my grandpa was able to avoid participating in Social Security.  Grandpa Fackler was a man of principle.  He planned for his family and knew that at its inception Social Security was not good for the United States.

Grandpa Fackler passed away before Medicare.  He undoubtedly screamed down from Heaven when Congress made the significant addition (to the Social Security Act in 1935) and the law passed on July 30, 1965.  I am sure Grandpa Fackler also screamed from Heaven when Obama Care (also known as "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" was passed.  I never met the man.  But I think I heard him scream from Heaven last year.

So, is the conversation about health care over?  Are we a country doomed to Obama Care and now heading towards universal health care/a single payer system/"Medical for all"?  Did summer of 2009 town hall meetings, rallies and discussions with congressmen mean nothing?  What? Not just no.  Hell no.

It is time to roll up our collective sleeves again and get serious about health care cost reform.  Yeah, you heard me.  We all know the problem with health care in America has never been about health care in America.  It has been about health care costs.  (My favorite example: an female left elbow 3 view x-ray should cost the same at hospital "A" regardless of whether the patient has insurance 1, insurance 2 or is a private pay.  But hospitals have contracts for different prices.  And, the private pay is charged a premium price because the hospital only has contracts with insurance companies for lower prices. Precisely how much sense does that make for the private pay patient?)  America has the best health care in the world.  Period.

Regardless of political ideology, patients and physicians want to maintain the relationship between themselves.  The exam room door shuts and attorneys, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, politicians, bureaucrats need to be out of the room. Far, far away from (and out of) the exam room.

So what alternative do we have at this point?  I mean, Obama won right?  We (that would mean the majority of the American people) lost and we are "stuck" with Obama Care, right?  Suck it up.  Elections have consequences.  Don't be a sore loser.  Oh for pity sakes, grow up.  Even our President picked winners and losers in his NCAA basketball brackets.  What?  Not just no.  Hell no. We cannot sit back and let Obama Care continue. 

Obama Care will destroy our economy, marginalize the medical profession, ruin the patient-physician relationship and lead to further rationed care.

The alternative my patriotic friends is to stop playing the game of "who does the mainstream media think polls best"?  

It is time to take a strong, serious look at a true patriot who will best represent true conservative base - Mr. Herman Cain.  He is a businessman, patriot, leader, fighter, winner. Mr. Cain has a proven track record of looking tough issues straight in the proverbial eyes, taking issues on with logical, methodical strategies and demonstrating extraordinary results.

Herman Cain supports a plan that has already been proposed by Republicans. (H.R. 3400 ) In fact, Herman Cain wrote a commentary about what he describes as "the GOP Alternative to Obama Care." 

Herman Cain explains Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 3400) would allow:
  • Individuals to choose their health insurance (no mandates)
  • Deductibility of health insurance premiums regardless of who pays
  • Employers to provide flexible health-insurance options to employees
  • Health insurance coverage for low-income families (300 percent of the federal poverty level)
  • Health insurance for high-risk individuals (pre-existing conditions)
  • Sale of health insurance across state lines
  • Expansion of Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs
  • Individual membership association health insurance plan
  • Association Health Insurance Plans
  • Medical liability limitations (Tort reform)
As I stated, Herman Cain has a track records of real results in tough situations:  
Unlike Democrat-care, the Republican alternative would not impose fines on workers or employers, require cuts in Medicare, increase taxes, require a new government bureaucracy, require a 'government health insurance' option nor add $1 trillion or more to the national debt.
Herman Cain has been talking to the real people and getting real feedback.  He is currently on hiatus from his radio talk-show host. "The Herman Cain Show," News Talk 750 WSB-Atlanta, airs Monday-Friday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. EST as he explores a presidential run.  He is a former corporate executive and CEO, and still serves on the board of directors of three corporations that range in size from 4 to 16 billion dollars in annual revenue. His latest book, "They Think You're Stupid," was inspired following his 2004 run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican in Georgia. 

The first political campaign was Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in 1980.  I remember being almost old enough to vote!   My hands shook as I listened to Mr. Reagan speak to the group of volunteers.  The picture I took of him reflects my shaking hands and big dreams for my country and myself.   

Political issues continue as my passion since the day I saw Mr. Reagan.  Life makes us all wiser, less starry eyed, more realistic.  Life's disappointments make us more skeptical and analytical.  But now is not the time to become jaded in the crucial conservative movement. 

I see in Herman Cain the same intelligence, competence, ability, passion that I saw in Ronald Reagan.  I believe that Cain can (and will) take on health care for United States.  He understands that Obama Care must be dismantled.  It cannot stand.  It must be replaced.  

Mr. Cain understands that there is no need to reinvent the wheel where a good idea already exists. Mr. Cain possesses a unique confidence that doesn't come pre-equipped with an ego requiring that all ideas be his own.  Indeed, Mr. Cain believes that Republicans have already submitted a workable, fine alternative to Obama Care in H.R. 3400.  

God's speed, Mr. Cain.

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