What is the Republican solution to the health care problem?

Posted on July 5th, 2011 by admin1 in republican marketing company

Obviously, the "free market" solution is not working. A "free market" allows the insurance companies to cherry-pick, leaving those who need insurance out in the cold.

What is the Republican’s plan to make sure EVERYONE has access to health care coverage at a REASONABLE price?
Tax credits as a solution again do no good if the insurance companies deny you insurance, or deny your claims!
I always laugh at those that say "everyone should pay for their own" as a response. If the insurance companies won’t insure you, how are you going to do that?

I’m not sure, but to the people who say ‘pay for you own’ I have news for you. My mother works @ Hopkins. There are children with cancer that come to her unit (because it is the best in the world for treatment) whose parents have excellent jobs. Some of these people have had to put up their houses to be able to keep up with the medical bills of their sick child. These are not gov’t leeches, they are hard working teachers, nurses, even doctors, that have literally had to shell out everything they own to make sure their children don’t die. It’s sad really.

There is more than one side to a coin. I wish people would stop thinking of this as a handout and start seeing a broader perspective about this issue.

EDIT: hospitals don’t turn anyone away, but they give you a bill thats through the roof anytime you have to go in! Something needs to be done, it isn’t good enough to say what we are doing is working because it isn’t. And if the plan he wants to implement doesn’t work we need to try something else. The state of health care in terms of cost in this country is deplorable. And btw, there are plenty of people with full time jobs who cannot afford health insurance because you have to pay an exhorbitant amount out of pocket ex: a full time waitress

EDIT#2- you’d rather them put up their homes and end up needing some form of gov’t assistance anyway because they have no assets or money? what do you think people do when they have no $ and no way out? they get on govt programs, and who do you think pays for that?

23 Comments on “What is the Republican solution to the health care problem?”

  1. Sassy One

    They have no plan.References :

  2. Still campaigning in 57 States

    You pay for your own. How’s that?References :

  3. Onlooker

    Republicans don’t have solutions. They just have complaints, normally about people who are not of their race, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.References :

  4. Sahara

    The Republicans don’t care about everyone. They are for maintaining the status quo or getting rid of employer provided health insurance for employees. They do not care about the middle class at all. They certainly do not give a second thought to the poor.

    Of course brilliant – pay for your own. People would if they could afford to! No one said the Republican party was filled with the brightest people. They are filled with hate and ideology that they can’t see their own failings and shortcomings. Delusional.

    I hate Obama’s plan of taxing health care benefits that are not taxed to pay for others health care. That does not work. The idea should be to lift up the middle class. That will make us worse off. Thanks for nothing and thanks for making us worse off. We need a single payer universal health care plan that is affordable. We can still have private health insurance for those that want additional coverage. Preventative care should be provided to all as well as basic coverage for survival care. No one should be playing God.

    They are delusional or looking at skewed stats because the U.S. has the highest cost for health care in the world and we are not #1. Our average life expectancy has been falling. We have high infant mortality rates. We have a lot of problems. We pay too much for health cares. Bankruptcies could be avoided because health care costs are largely responsible.

    Republicans do not want to solve the problem. They have nothing to offer but the same old same old.

    Ideology does nothing for me. I am in favor of principles. I believe people should contribute to society – not leech off of it. I’m more bothered by the elites that leech off the rest of us by cheating the system. I know a few of them.References :

  5. Mike F

    The only solution I’ve heard is not to do much of anything. They say we have the best system in the world. I’m surprised they don’t get on the side of small business as this is a cost that businesses would be more profitable without. Our current system cost us 16% of GDP while other nations who cover everyone only pay 8% of their GDP. I’m anxious to read the posts to this question.References :

  6. Yoda

    Pay for your own family’s healthcare.

    Don’t expect others to pay for YOUR family’s healthcare.References :

  7. Brandon

    How about you PAY FOR IT YOURSELF…. SELF RESPONSIBILITY… SELF RELIANCE…

    I would bring more competition in and allow you go from state to state to obtain health care. But you have to pay for it.

    Roughly 40 Million people living in America don’t have Health Care.
    Guess how many are ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS… Roughly 18 Million…References :

  8. crabclaw

    good jobs for all.References :

  9. Becca_USA

    No one is "Out in the cold" We have welfare and those who chose not to use it are not denied either. The only problem with US health care is that we, who pay for our insurance, already end up paying for those who don’t from hospital and clinical write offs. Now there’s the problem.

    God forbid if the government gets it’s fat dirty hands in the health care system! They shouldn’t be trusted to run a lemonade stand!References : NHC would be a disaster as it is in other socialist countries.

  10. Mariel

    I think the Republican plan has always been to just let the poor die off.
    then they’ll be no problem!References :

  11. End The Fed!!!

    Funny how you assume it’s a "free market" system. You couldn’t be more wrong. How do you consider it free market when there are government contracts intertwined throughout our entire medical industry; Insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies?….. have you heard of "Managed Care"? THAT’s what’s been failing to work, NOT the "free market".

    You want to see a TRUE free market health care system….and one that works!? Look at the Shriners’ Hospital. They even serve the uninsured. <—- That’s what the true free market can offer.

    And more on the conservative view of health care reform:
    http://www.ontheissues.org/2008/Ron_Paul_Health_Care.htmReferences :

  12. mikey

    Democrats think they have the right to determine your life style. And I guess they do right now. The Republicans used to think you ought to pay your own way in life but now I am not sure. Maybe we need to get rid of all political parties?References :

  13. milcollector

    Republicans main program would use tax credits for personal care of your choice.

    "The nexus of their plan is redirecting the $300 billion annual tax subsidy for employment-based health insurance to individuals in the form of refundable, advanceable tax credits. Families would get $5,700 a year and individuals $2,300 to buy insurance and invest in Health Savings Accounts."
    Low-income Americans would get a supplemental debit card of up to $5,000 to help them purchase insurance and pay out-of-pocket costs. They would have an incentive to spend wisely since up to one-fourth of any unspent money in the accounts could be rolled over to the next year. The combination of the refundable tax credit and debit card gives lower-income Americans a way out of the Medicaid ghetto so they can have the dignity of private insurance.References : http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124277551107536875.html

  14. Michael H

    Get the f..kin government out of it! They f..k up everything they touch!!!!!!!!!References :

  15. majgross

    How much are you willing to pay in taxes to ensure everyone has coverage? We are already doomed fiscally because of this type of thinking. Can we double your taxes so someone unwilling to work has health care coverage?References :

  16. A Republicrat

    We don’t have a free market… this is always your excuse. Third time posting this link, I wish liberals would just get it.

    http://www.forhealthfreedom.org/Publications/HealthIns/HMOsRise.html

    Dissatisfaction with HMOs has led some to call for increased regulation of the HMO industry. Government officials express concern for patient protection and access to health care. Yet government action did much to encourage the spread of HMOs’and government action continues to steer people into HMOs.

    HMO Act of 1973
    Unbeknownst to most, Congress has essentially mandated managed care for everyone. In response to escalating costs in the Medicaid and Medicare programs, Congress looked to HMOs for assistance.

    In 1973, it passed the HMO Act which offered government subsidies to HMOs and gave nonlicensed HMO executives the power to challenge the medical judgment of licensed physicians.

    The Act also mandated that all businesses with more than 25 employees offer HMOs as a health care option. Until then, most employers, fearing increased costs and utilization, had avoided HMOs.

    States Force People Into Managed Care
    During the early 1980’s, Congress began allowing states, through Medicaid Section 1115 waivers, to herd Medicaid recipients against their will into managed care programs. By June 1996, over 40 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries were enrolled in managed care plans.

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) touts the waivers as providing "states with the much-needed flexibility to develop innovative solutions." That flexibility, however, violates federal Medicaid law, which prohibits limits on treatment or choice of doctor.

    HMOs Gain Solid Ground
    In 1995, Congress repealed the employer mandate, but by then, HMOs had already gained a solid position in the medical marketplace. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, the percentage of working Americans with private insurance enrolled in managed care rose from 29 percent in 1988 to over 50 percent in 1997.

    Who Benefits From HMOs?
    By mandating managed care for some patient groups, and by passing legislation allowing HMOs to deny care, the government has assured maximum profit for HMOs, with little risk. Public officials profit politically by promising "free" health care. Managed care allows politicians to promise health care without actually guaranteeing access to it.

    Americans are rightly concerned about managed care. However, in public policy as in medicine, proper diagnosis precedes proper treatment. Proposals to increase the regulation of HMOs stem from an incorrect diagnosis. Government- directed managed care is not the cure; individual choice is.

    The solution is to get the government out of the private sector. Not to pretend like we have a free market and add perpetual regulations on everything.

    Unless you actually DO understand that all the problems we face are because of government meddling, not the non-existent "free market", but blame the free market anyway because you would actually prefer crappy government run healthcare. Is that the case?References :

  17. Baby Jace is here! Born Nov21st

    I’m not sure, but to the people who say ‘pay for you own’ I have news for you. My mother works @ Hopkins. There are children with cancer that come to her unit (because it is the best in the world for treatment) whose parents have excellent jobs. Some of these people have had to put up their houses to be able to keep up with the medical bills of their sick child. These are not gov’t leeches, they are hard working teachers, nurses, even doctors, that have literally had to shell out everything they own to make sure their children don’t die. It’s sad really.

    There is more than one side to a coin. I wish people would stop thinking of this as a handout and start seeing a broader perspective about this issue.

    EDIT: hospitals don’t turn anyone away, but they give you a bill thats through the roof anytime you have to go in! Something needs to be done, it isn’t good enough to say what we are doing is working because it isn’t. And if the plan he wants to implement doesn’t work we need to try something else. The state of health care in terms of cost in this country is deplorable. And btw, there are plenty of people with full time jobs who cannot afford health insurance because you have to pay an exhorbitant amount out of pocket ex: a full time waitress

    EDIT#2- you’d rather them put up their homes and end up needing some form of gov’t assistance anyway because they have no assets or money? what do you think people do when they have no $ and no way out? they get on govt programs, and who do you think pays for that?References :

  18. kvicsinclair

    What is the problem…No job no health care insurance. No one in America is denied access to health care, Hospitals cannot turn anyone in need away. Yes I am concerned for all those w/o coverage however this is not something we want the government taking over.Think about it with the free market system taken out of health care guess what you will no longer have the best of us becoming Doctors and surgeons you will have sesame street surgery.References :

  19. Tired Trucker

    I don’t know what the republican plan. But it has been decades since we had a "free market" system. There was a time when insurance only paid for catastrophic events. Normal, routine stuff was paid for out of pocket. Most doctors collected their fee before they saw you. The prices were reasonable. Think about this. With plastic surgery, lasik eye surgery, and other procedures that insurance doesn’t cover the prices on these procedures is going down, not up like everything else.

    Sailorjohn, I get $200 a week taken out of my paycheck for health care insurance premiums. That’s 25% of my total pay.References :

  20. sailorjohn518

    It’s funny that all these republican wanna-bes act as if they’re personally affected. They act like thay all make more than 250,000 a year. thay act like they all pay for their own healthcare. thay act like they all work in the private sector. The truth is that The red states use the most publicly funded healthcare in the form of Medicaid. The red states use the most welfare, and have the highest per-capita Govt. funded workforce. So what’s the gripe about social wellfare. You righties have been using it for years.References : wicki

  21. KJ

    I hate to inform you, however, we don’t & haven’t had in a very long time a "free market" solution to health care! The problem with people and insurance is that when they need insurance, they don’t want it! Then, when they need it they cannot qualify! People can give a sob story all they want… however, if they buy a jacked up plan to save money, they got what they paid for in their plan.

    Mr. Obama criticized the Republican "McCain" Plan in the General Election. It is funny how NOW he is adopting most of it!

    When will we realize, just like with education, throwing money at a problem is not going to fix it! Obama knows that, but his greedy buddies in the teachers’ union and managed care (HMOs) are ready to get their payback for getting him elected.Think about it for a minute. How much do we spend on education. And, what effect has that had on education? Almost none. So, why do Democrats espouse throwing money into a sinking ship… we need reform not more MONEY. But, then Obama will upset his most harden supporters, the Teachers’ Unions!! This is fact.References : So I said to him, "Barack, I know Abe Lincoln, and you ain’t Abe Lincoln."

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

    …..Abraham Lincoln

  22. none

    Better someone putting up their OWN house to pay for their OWN healthcare than ME putting MINE up to pay for others’ healthcare.

    I CANNOT afford to pay others’ healthcare!!!!References :

  23. DAR

    If Obama’s goal was to help the American people with a health plan and given that he is ‘progressive’, he would go for a single payer plan. That is off the table because the real plan is to let insurance company and big pharma special interests make out like bandits at the expense of the rest of us.

    I don’t agree with government health care, but with single payer it would be the classic right / left divide regarding liberties vs. government benefits. As Sahara points out, What Obama is planning instead isn’t good for the people at all, as is becoming increasingly common with plans from Washington where corporatism and cronyism rules.

    However, Republicans do have a health plan, at least Ron Paul does, and he has reintroduced it as a bill. I’ll get it. (and in answer to your statement about coverage, that same flaw would still be in Obama’s plan. Insurance companies would have complete control over your health care and what is covered, and you wouldn’t even have ‘competition’ to protect you. RON PAUL’s plan cuts out the insurer and puts the control back with the patient.)

    HR1495 Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act of 2009

    http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.1495:

    Here is his discussion of it during the campaign last year (a different number) and why what we have now is not ‘free market’ but post 1970s ‘managed care’.

    http://www.worldhealth.net/pages/ron_paul_health_care_freedom

    Furthermore, because it is one of Ron Paul’s bills, it is about 2 pages long. He thinks legislators should READ the bills, not hide things in them.

    And this next one is to undo the violation of medical privacy provisions of the stimulus bill which will otherwise require your doctors to put all of your medical information into a central database any government connected provider will have access to.

    HR 2629 http://www.ronpaul.com/2009-05-25/ron-paul-introduces-free-choice-in-health-care-bill/References :

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