He's lying to you, Bill. A majority of Americans want the public option.
If private insurance companies "can't compete", why should they be in business in the first place?Also, can Senator Burr give some numbers of what it would cost if we do nothing? How many people would continue to be without any health care at all? How many Trillions of dollars will it cost the government when those people only have emergency rooms to provide them with any help at all?If Medicare is broken, fix it. How often has Senator Burr introduced legislation to boost the ability of Medicare to provide prevention services?
Bill, nobody is talking about taking away people's choice of doctors. That's an illusion. All we want to do is put the private insurance companies on notice that they are not allowed to hurt our citizens anymore just so they can make a profit. Private Insurance companies will only do what will make them a profit. And the only innovation happening in the Insurance market is trying to find ways for those insurance companies to make more money. Insurance pays providers for goods and services. Innovation on how to make people healthy does not come from insurance companies, it comes from doctors and research labs.
Iraq bankrupted the country. Insurance companies are a rip off and do not care about people getting better. They are in a sickness business and want people sick. I want the gov. option. If Insurance companies can't compete, they should be driven out of business. What, they won't be able to charge 2 dollars for an aspirin anymore at the hospital? Boo hoo for you and your profits.Our country is ranked 37th in healthcare. France is #1.
Our national debt is $11,526,304,058,825.54 so it is a little late to be worrying about bankrupting our country. If we can not trust the government to run a healthcare system, then what can we trust them to run? Maybe it is time Mr. Burr to dissolve the Federal Government and their wasteful spending and killing of other people and become 50 separate countries. I like North Carolina pretty good.
We can trust the government to run nothing well or efficiently
If companies aren't allowed to make a profit, then what motive do they have to provide the service. The real problem here is that people have come to expect insurance companies to pay for routine visits to the doctor. We don't look to auto insurance to pay for oil changes. People would spend their own dollars more wisely if they knew it was coming out of their own pocket, but would be protected against catastrophe if they truly understood the concepts of high deductibles and medical savings accounts.
As soon as you say government, you say: Red Tape, Waste, Corruption, Long Lines, Inferior Service, Lies, Incapable, and the list goes on. I'm not so stupid that I can't make my own decisions. I don't need some "law maker" telling me how to run my life. Study your history. Every mess we get into is caused by GOVERNMENT. The less the better.
Why can't we see the health-care in full that is being proposed to the people and let us vote on it. The plan sould be fully expounded on in detail with cost/benefit analysis presented. Congress is trying to start a new Department in government that I'm not sure we are ready for, do we know enough about the proposed National Health care Department to say we want to embrace it. We are not ready. Too much change too fast is not a good thing. Step back and think about what the cost is going to be. If put to a vote to the American people you would see really quickly that this is not something fully supported by every citizen. Thank you Senator Burr for standing up for the interest of the people of North Carolina. My biggest need right now is for the President to slow down, his change is starting to stink.
One of the best examples of disastrous consequences for thwarting any attempts at innovation is in the former USSR – they have never been able to keep up with the global pace of science and technology, their space and military efforts, always large but still severely “borrowed” from other countries, most notably Nazis. Two examples: name a major Russian car company that has competed with worldwide renown ones. Observe the state of the Russian health care system now, where such a nanny state, “mother Russia”, supposedly takes the brunt of civilian health needs: rampant tuberculosis, influenza, and AIDS, and no available drugs for treatment for people. This is a “public” option for healthcare. Follow another “public” healthcare system - England’s horror stories of cancer treatments denied for people on waiting lists, a pittance of available hospital beds, and gruesome treatment for the elderly with no respect for their dignity and personal health decisions.America has the best quality health care system in the world proportionate to those who ARE covered, which is the majority of Americans, and this is due to free enterprise, innovation, and privately run healthcare, one which still has its faults. A reform is necessary but not an entire paradigm change as Obama is broaching. Andrews001 is dead right. Since the early 20th century, there has been a steady creep of US federal governmental control, one that veers in direct proportion from the Constitution. This level of mass governmental control is exactly what our Founding Fathers wanted to avoid – even at the expense of American blood. The people are the sovereign of America, with ALL the solutions, innovation, determination, history, and ingenuity to vault us past hardships and national disasters, NOT the government. Mass control by the federal government only leads in one direction: away from freedom, closer to socialism, communism, and towards the prized Brezhnev Doctrine coveted by the former USSR – one possibly even still prized there, since it seems their wish for a socialist dominated world finally seems to be smiling in their direction. As American people, it is our responsibility to stand up to this type of encroaching control that has touched nations and civilizations for centuries, one that we have always dispelled. The health care issue is larger than just some policy for taking care of all Americans’ health needs. Private health care reform is the only answer, with analysis and break down of the problem into its relevant parts, and corresponding intelligent solutions applied to each. A wide sweeping, cookie cutter reform is going to destroy our very core of US health, prosperity, safety, and freedom. Eformanator also has a point; the federal government needs to HALT their mindless spending with no real plans (and if there are valid plans, please READ them fully before signing), and then have more astute expertise focused on this problem with full application of such ideas. This vital health issue is not being given commensurate time, consideration, or intelligence.