The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare

Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit.

• Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).

• Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits.

• Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.

• Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover.

• Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

• Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost.

• Enact Medicare reform.

• Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care—to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter?

Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This “right” has never existed in America

Even in countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care. Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.

John Mackey  online.wsj.com


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5 Responses to “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare”

  1. Copperhead
    August 14, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    “Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.”

    LIES.

  2. E.Williamson
    August 14, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    Sorry Copperhead. People within the system disagree.

    ——-

    Don’t treat the old and unhealthy, say doctors
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1576704/Dont-treat-the-old-and-unhealthy-say-doctors.html

    1,000 cancer patient ‘refused treatment’
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6023407/1000-cancer-patient-refused-treatment.html

    ‘Quarter of a million people waiting more than 18 weeks for NHS treatment’
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6024086/Quarter-of-a-million-people-waiting-more-than-18-months-for-NHS-treatment.html

    Also see Glenn Beck’s interview with Daniel Hannan on August 7th.
    http://www.foxnews.com/glennbeck/

  3. Copperhead
    August 17, 2009 at 5:20 am #

    Really.

    Well here is someone who has experienced both and slams your Daniel Hannan guy.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/david-millward/6027945/Daniel-Hannan-is-wrong-about-the-NHS-America-has-it-much-worse.html

    Plus, why do you profit-over-people, pro-insurance companies types always talk about the UK?

    They aren’t they only country with some form of socialized medicine. In fact, all the industrialized countries have some form of single payer insurance mixed with private insurance as well. Most are actually not like the UK, where the hospitals and doctors are managed by the government.

    E, you should start looking at some of the different systems, which many beat the US on almost all measures, and overall, they smoke the USA.

    Switzerland used to be like the US, and then they changed to universal health care.

    Even the conservative leader in Switzerland admits he was wrong about his opposition to universal health-care.

    Please watch:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundtheworld/

  4. August 17, 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    Yes, let’s look at a different system. How about Canada?

    /2009/08/17/overhauling-health-care-system-tops-agenda-at-annual-meeting-of-canadas-doctors/

    Let’s not forget those countries of illusionary healthcare utopias like Denmark, The Netherlands and Belgium.

    They’ve begun euthanizing patients.

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