As government bureaucracy continues to give preferences and protections to HMOs and trial lawyers, the winners will continue to be the Insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies, and the federal government.
The losers are American citizens who will pay ever rising prices and receive declining care while doctors continue to leave the profession in droves. Inflation hits the middle class and the poor the most. Those are the people who are losing it.
Hundreds of thousands of poor Illinoisans are losing health coverage, prescription drug discounts for seniors, and dental care for adults would be greatly curtailed as part of $1.6 billion in budget cuts.
The answer is not a system of outright socialized medicine, but rather a system that encourages everyone – doctors, hospitals, patients, and drug companies – to keep costs down. As long as “somebody else” is paying the bill, the bill will be too high. Real health care reform will only come when we get back to the Constitutional principle of limited government and get the government, lawyers, and the courts out of our health care decisions. So long as they are allowed to make our health care decisions, the ONLY criteria for health care providers will be greed.
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