How Do We Make Things Better in Health Care in the U.S.?

I have been reading the writings as well as listening to the speeches of Dr. Ben Carson as he speaks and thus says what most of us are thinking. That Obamacare “is the worst thing to occur in our country since slavery”(Opinion Editorial section of the Star Democrat, Friday March 21, 2014). But I have been critical about the way those that have opposed Obamacare.

Let us all take the politics out of the discussion and hopefully strategize the solution. First, the law, Affordable Care Act, has been passed and so, yes, it is a law.  But the design and the way it has “rolled out” been fraught with many mistakes and errors.

Dr. Carson goes on to state that “It is time in America for the people to open their eyes to what is happening all around them as our nation undergoes radical changes without so much as a conversation out of fear of being called a name, of facing economically adverse actions or of enduring government harassment, characterized by the perpetrators as “phony scandals.” I guess this comment is made based on the audit of Dr. Carson’s accounts after the Prayer Breakfast speech as well as Harry Reid’s comments regarding lies and more lies.

Dr. Carson encourages we the people to pursue the truths in spite of political correctness because “political correctness is antithetical to our founding principals of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Therefore, “political correctness is impotent if we the people are fearless.” He then encourages us all to “emphasize intelligent discussion of issues and leave the smear campaigns to those with no constructive ideas.”

So, over the next weeks to months let us through this blog analyze the health care system as well as the Affordable Care Act and attempt to strategize true improvement. This also includes sustainability of a workable system.

In order to accomplish this monument able goal we need to look at the whole equation and how this equation has been approached and adopted to make other health care systems “work.”

We need to look at which other international health care systems actually work best for their population and what are the problems inherent within each system.

There will be no attempt at political correctness without fear of retributions. I will leave the IRS audits up to my accountant.

I encourage all to participate, comment and be critical of all that is included in the blog.

Consider what we had before the ACA and what we have today and will have in the future.

No critiques and comments will be ignored.

Let’s have fun, educate ourselves and find a way to make it all work!

We need to look t what was the real problem and what were the real numbers.

Remamber when Hillary started the discussion and when the ACA was proposed? What were the numbers quoted?

I remember the quoted numbers regarding without health care insurance- $61 million. A few years later the number was $51 million.

“Finally” when the bill was proposed, argued and passed the number quoted was $31 million.

As my smart son questioned, what happened to the other 30 million people that couldn’t afford health care insurance?

Truth in numbers- the original numbers included people who decided that an investment in health care insurance was not a priority and that no emergency room, hospital or physician would turn away them ethically, etc. Others either within this category or in their own category decided that they were healthy and didn’t need health care insurance or deemed it too expensive.

 There were also the illegal aliens in this large group. We still haven’t decided how to interpret this group. However, this group consumes a tremendous amour of the health care dollars. Even with the ACA we still need to strategize how we care for tis group of patients.

However, what are the real numbers, especially after the 26 year olds and under children were to be extended- included in their parents health care insurance policies. A number of studies have proven that the real numbers were closer to between 11 and 30 million people.

If you consider these “real” numbers were there any other solutions available rather than passing a bill to remake the health care system?

Think about this question this week. I will try to address the possible solutions in the weeks to follow, but I would appreciate any and all suggestions.

Thank you Dr. carson for stimulating discussion and the encouragement to pursue the truth.

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