Although this news has been out for a few months, you’ll soon be hearing more about it. According to the Associated Press, the federal government is assuming more control over your healthcare choices. How? By designing–and then undoubtedly mandating–what basic benefit packages must look like for those of us who have private insurance. It appears that this will affect about 68 million Americans, and the AP points out that this is a bigger number even than the total of those enrolled in Medicare.
Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary for the Obama administration, has announced that the feds will hold “listening sessions” to see how the public reacts. To my mind, that’s nothing more than a smoke screen to make us think that we really have influence on this process. It ranks with the falsehoods that were aimed at the public by the supporters of Obamacare when it was being debated, and before it ultimately passed the Democrat-controlled Congress.
We were told that federal healthcare reform would lower costs, that it would not lead to a single-payer system, and that those with private coverage could keep it. Facts are now emerging that suggest these comments to have been nothing but political cover. The Socialist Democrat agenda is roaring toward the day when all healthcare in the United States is handled through a single-payer, federal system. This move on the part of the Obama administration is simply one more step in that direction. In the end, it will cause more expense, and it will limit options for us all.
Why is health insurance so expensive in the US? Well, part of it is the insistence by state and federal officials that they be allowed to dictate what insurers provide. That means lots of us are paying for things in our healthcare that we don’t need and probably don’t want. Health insurance will decline in cost when a truly free market is available for healthcare coverage: when we are able to shop freely, pay only for what we need, and avoid all other forms of coverage.
This will necessitate personal choices and personal involvement. That’s how the market works. Right now we have just the opposite of a free-market system in healthcare and in health insurance. It’s costing us dearly, and with more government intrusion that cost is going to increase. I guarantee it.