"literally eat the economy"That would be difficult. The economy is
an abstract concept, not something concrete, such as a sandwich. Like the
typographical or grammatical errors scattered throughout this article ("Many
businesses have dealt with rising costs of insurance premiums that past few
years by dropping medical benefits altogether.") this sentence tips off a reader
used to reading the Washington Post and the New York Times online that the
Desert News is not a national outlet for news.Also, an article about
signing a reputedly innovative health bill into law might have provided some
insight into specifics about the law.
Utah is a conservative state and it is hard for conservatives to accept that the
private health care industry has failed to meet the needs of Americans. Part of
the reason for this is that the administrative costs associated with meeting the
demands of Medicare, Medicaid and private industry carrier is the highest in the
world, bar none. This is the number one reason our insurance costs are higher
than in country's offering nationally funded health insurance. Unfortunately,
the proposals being considered in Utah do not address this issue. However, they
are a huge step in the right direction in that they create a large risk pool
This means that insurance companies can no longer single out individuals and
small businesses and claim that they are a higher risk and, therefore, must pay
huge fees. Kudos to the Governor and Legislature for their efforts. This is
one case where the public really needs to understand that the complexities of
this issue are huge and they need to back off and trust those working to resolve
the problems. I know it is hard to trust the government, but there is no reason
private industry would want to resolve this matter.
The way I see it there are 3 main problmes that cause the high health care
costs. In order to reduce costs all 3 must be addressed.1.
Malpractice lawsuits against doctors have made it so that the insurance that the
doctors carry costs them a lot of money.2. Excessive uninsured people
using the emergency room. Since hospitals try to make enough money to cover
their costs they have to charge more per procedure to cover thier costs.3.
Government control. Whenever government regulation is involved, it rarely
stays on the sidelines. It always comes out to dominate the system. The
government, no matter how well intentioned, is never efficient and not always
the best solution for any problem.If something could be done to
address these three problems the cost for health care would significantly
decrease. Unfortunately society will not allow that, they want to slow the
system down by having it taken over an inefficient government system.
The more government becomes involved in health care the more expensive it will
be, and quality will erode. Health care was quite reasonable before Medicaid
came on the scene.
It is absurd that any government entity, state and federal, thinks that paying
high priced premiums to insurance companies is going to make a difference in
health care services. The biggest problem in health care is the actual services
cost that are inflated and the patients are being gouged with excessive cost.
The government needs to restrict and constrol services and investors
profiteering on the backs of people that need health care. "For profit" health
care has killed the health care for insured as well the uninsured people. The
insurance companies problem is they don't question the cost of services even if
corruption is taking place in the service and health care providers, it's much
cheaper and easier to deny insurance coverage than it is to fight corporte
hospitals and care givers for the amount patients are charged. If government was
trully concerned about health care they would be going after the corporate
hospital systems that have caused the problem of health care to the american
people. Government needs to nationalize hospitals and health care, as much as I
hate to say it, but corruption in hospitals and investors are at the root of
excessive health care costs.