Government could be a good thing if politics were removed. Partisan politics. That’s the four letter word. Its why we have almost unanimous agreement among congressional members that health care needs reform yet not enough of a majority of them to do anything about it. Compromise, as in partisan politics, renders any attempt (to date) to reform ineffective.
The left hook to health care reform is all about tort or limiting of medical malpractice suits. The special interest groups wealthy enough to matter to today’s Democrats In Power (DIPs) don’t want the politicians messing with their status quo. But in order for a top-tiered attorney to make a salary in the ballpark of one of the Wall Street CEOs we can’t place a limit on the amount of money a lawyer can make on a successful malpractice suit.
Malpractice insurance rates are so high heart surgeons aren’t paid enough for the time commitment required of them to meet the demand for their life saving services. Recently, I required emergency open heart surgery. I owe my heart surgeon my life. I owe him a lot of money, too. Mine was his first of that day. It lasted seven hours. He got a few minutes of a break before going to his next surgery that same day. Median salary for a heart surgeon is around $500,000. Those malpractice rates must be high.
The bipartisan solution would address medical malpractice to at least removing cost barriers that prevent the willing from becoming the qualified and the qualified from providing needed health care services for all.
The right cross to health care reform is there is evidently more trust in corporate insurance companies than in the government. Even though in the minority of both houses the RIPs can get away with catering to the special interest groups wealthy enough to matter to them — who don’t want the politicians messing with their status quo either.
Currently if you are among the working uninsured, the program dependent under-insured or have certain preconditions you really can face the proverbial Death Squads of Corporate Insurance America. In that circle those with potentially life threatening diseases must often be in serious enough condition to warrant an emergency room visit or have cash in hand for any procedure required. But that’s better than trusting the government with any public option?
Bipartisanship wouldn’t promote the fear of government to the extent that the insurance industry is more trusted.
The great compromise of the Obama administration’s attempt at health care reform is likely the public option. Even conservative Democrats in Congress trust insurance companies more than they do their employer.
The ineffectual result of such a compromise is the so called non-profit option. The problem with that is, when it comes to health care, non-profit status can really raise some honest eyebrows: The nation’s highest paid nonprofit CEO, J. Mongan (Partners HealthCare Systems in Boston), took home $2,729,076, in 2008, including nearly $1.3 million in deferred pay. His package included nearly $700,000 in benefits, which pushed his total compensation to nearly $3.5 million.
Hospitals have the highest median non-profit CEO pay at more than $830,000. DeKalb County’s local non-profit hospital group pays its CEO more than $600,000 per year or $200,000 more than President Barack Obama.
Health care is busting budgets from Wall Street in New York to Oak Street in DeKalb. Partisanship requires each party to let loose of their sacred cows.
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