Written by medical researcher/author — Christian Wilde in 2009!
There is no doubt America has needed a healthcare plan but is this the best we can do?
Looking back, would these 7 points have helped formulate a more sensible, acceptable plan and is it now too late? You be the judge.
The U.S. congress is engaged in a healthcare war. History has taught us wars are not won in one battle or in one campaign but through a series of well thought out individual, strategically implemented strategies. Does the entire health plan have to be done at one time, particularly under the country’s current economic conditions? Could this unprecedented all or nothing approach be a recipe for disaster? The subject is vastly complicated and will require a much more comprehensive multi-phased plan than what has been put before the American people. We are entering unchartered waters, a health plan for all of us is far too important an undertaking to be squandered on a timeline for political expediency. No one can anticipate the broad based problems that will arise from trying to implement this massive restructuring and at one time. UPDATE 11, 18/13,Gary Bower (D) explained on national TV that besides the problems with the roll-out there are a 1001 other things that are worrisome with the Obamacare, Affordable Care Act.
Has it been counter- productive for the politicians to exclude the medical professionals from the healthcare debate? A discussion concerning the very profession these medical people have dedicated their lives to? Congress might implement their plan against the doctor’s collective advice and win the battle but ultimately risk losing the war. Consider what a IBD/TIPP Business Daily poll reported:
-(2010) 45% of doctors polled said they would consider leaving their practice or retiring early if the proposed health care bill were to pass- 72% of doctors polled disagree with the administration’s claim that the government can cover 40-47 million more Americans with better quality care and at a lower cost. Sixty percent, or 2 out of 3 practicing physicians said they opposed the current plan. Is anyone listening and why did the administration believe it all had to be done at one time in today’s economy? It is now believed (6 years later) that many of the senior more experienced physicians will announce early retirement after January 1, 2014 rather than have the government dictate medical policy, is it fair to suggest, “ Obamacare, repeal it “ , start over?
1. Catastrophic insurance for all uninsured now. Isn’t this one of the main concerns Americans have? Fear of losing their homes and savings if a catastrophic disease happened in their family? We can start here as a first step and we can do it now. No disqualification for Pre-Existing conditions. Why not have an “Assigned Risk” insurance pool just as we have successfully used with high risk automobile drivers? Each insurance company must take a certain amount of patients per year who are assigned to them by the state.
2. Has anyone been doing the math? Case-in-point, if you or I called our physician’s office today to make an appointment, because of the doctor’s overload we may not be seen for two or more weeks. So, why hasn’t anyone asked the common sense question about the obviously overlooked elephant in the room? The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) already predicts a shortage of 40,000 physicians in ten years. What will happen when the current overworked number of doctors by mandate of the affordable care act will suddenly be ordered to care for an additional 40 to 47 million more new patients? Bottom line, it is a mathematical logistical impossibility?
3. No one is talking about how adult stem cells will favorably impact overall healthcare costs. FDA trials are already proving billions will be saved. Here are just 3 examples: Heart failure alone in the U.S. costs $39 B a year and yet the trials for heart failure are today transitioning hundreds of “no option” patients to full recovery following a one time, one hour, minimally invasive procedure. The patient successes since 2000 have been documented in Miracle Stem Cell Heart Repair. Seventeen of twenty MS patients at Northwestern Univ. had already in 2009, gone disease free for 4 years following another one time procedure. The same procedure is being used for 23 autoimmune diseases, including, arthritis, Lupus, MS and diabetes, a disease that costs the healthcare system $103 B a year. This one time procedure for the 23 autoimmune diseases is being proven today, not 20 years in the future, . Over 150 diseases are currently being treated with the patient’s own or donor adult stem cells and discussed in detail in the Christian Wilde’s Stem Cell Research Reports.
4. If physicians were given tax breaks for doing more pro-bono work with the uninsured and the government implemented comprehensive tort reform against frivolous law suits, would doctors be willing to reciprocate by contributing more time to clinics and urgent care facilities?
5. How to lower the high cost of drugs? Drug companies present the sound argument for charging high costs because of their limited time of patent protection. Why not exactly double the current patent protection term providing companies automatically cut what they charge the consumer by 50%. Might this eliminate their argument and justification for their exorbitant charges? “turmeric curcumin.
6. Drug companies spend billions on TV advertising influencing patients to convince their doctors they need a particular drug. Adding insult to injury the companies then build the high advertising costs into the price they charge the patient. Congress has been looking into the question, should TV drug commercials be controlled?
7. No More “Cherry Picking” by insurance companies. (see #1) Allow patients to buy insurance across state lines. Here is one last question: Why are congressional members and their families exempt from The Affordable Health Care act while the rest of us are forced to accept and live by it?
In retrospect, had some of these common sense points been included, would they have helped formulate a more conscientious health care plan? If a new plan were put in place would these few points make it more acceptable to the general public? “Obamacare, repeal it” Change It or Start Over.
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