How I’d fix health care

Imagine the shock of millions of Americans receiving notices this week that their healthcare plans would be terminated. The problem for the President now is that he suffers from an extreme credibility problem, as we’ve been treated to countless sound bites where he promised that wouldn’t happen. But, par for the course, he went on the campaign trail to use his pulpit to point the finger of blame elsewhere.

Obamacare intentionally forces individuals towards the government exchanges. The seemingly secretive conditions for grandfathering individual insurance policies were never made clear to the American people. The underlying message in all of this is that you, the individual American citizen, do not know what is best for you. You do not have the capacity to know what type of insurance coverage you should have so therefore the government will tell you, and mandate it so, and if you don’t comply, you’ll be taxed.

There are several simple free market solutions to the issue of healthcare in America.

• First of all, there should have been an effort to institute tort reform for catastrophic litigation. Of course, with the power of the trial lawyers’ lobby in Washington DC, mainly supportive of Democrats, that did not happen.

• We should have opened up insurance competition across state lines and stopped the insidious practice of allowing these state by state mini-monopolies. Americans should decide on what their plans should cover, not state or federal agencies.

• We should be promoting health savings accounts which allow Americans to isolate funds from their compensation, tax-free, for their routine medical needs –instead Obamacare taxes these accounts (so much for individual initiative).

• We should allow portability of employer insurance plans, so you can buy one plan when you’re young and stick with it, rather than having to get a new plan every time you change employers.

• For Americans with pre-existing conditions, the government could have assisted in establishing high-risk pools and offered subsidies for Americans.

The strategic goal of President Obama’s signature policy has nothing to do with healthcare, it has everything to do with increased taxation — 21 new taxes in Obamacare as a matter of fact — and a march towards a single payer system. In the end, I believe we shall see an increase in the rolls of MEDICAID, against the desires of many states. Just as Obama has destabilized our economy and the Middle East, he has now destabilized the American healthcare system…or shall we say, “fundamentally transformed” it.

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Anna Fabian
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Great ideas, mr. West. the only problem i see is…they wanted it to fail so we would be pushed into a one payer system so obama, the socialist could control our healthcare and who would actualy get healthcare. he wants total control of all americans and that will never happen. We will have a massive civil war if he pulls too many more illegal yricks on the american ppl! He just does not know how fed up we are with his lies and trying to take away our rights to decide what is best for us…not the govmt stucking their… Read more »
Virginia
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Sir the largest problem with your suggestion of “We should be promoting health savings accounts which allow Americans to isolate funds from their compensation, tax-free, for their routine medical needs –instead Obamacare taxes these accounts (so much for individual initiative).” is that, we as retired Military CANNOT enroll in Health savings accounts because we have TRICARE. Until that changes, HSAs are not an option for us! If you know a way around this, please tell us what it is because I would LOVE to have an HSA instead of only being able to join an FSA that mandates that if… Read more »
Jim Means
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Get employers out of the health care system altogether. The contributions they make are eaten up by ever higher health care costs. If we limit the money available there will be incentives to lower costs.

DanMR
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Great point. Anytime a product is mandated you can throw the competitive nature of it out the window, Enter Obama and his unconstitutional mandate we all must have health insurance. All this was done as another nail in the coffin of American freedom. And anyone who believes anything else is only fooling themselves.

Pro Libertate!
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Healthcare Solution Instead of the Affordable Healthcare Act, legislate that insurance companies can no longer sell to employers but rather work to entice individual customers like any other product or service. They won’t like it but it will be better for the rest of us. Healthcare is an issue only because it has not operated within the context of the free market for seventy (70) or more years. Healthcare became a pawn and bargaining chip when it came to be employer funded. The reason that happened? Government intervention. Now government wants additional power to fix the problem they themselves created… Read more »
Obamabigloseryaknow
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Basically the Liberals create a problem and then act like there is a problem that needs fixing. And that Fix is always the Removal of our Rights and the implementation of the same Messes that all the other Countries deal with.

Liberals believe the more we get technologically advanced the more we are inhuman if we don’t force the use of that technology on EVERYONE EVENLY.

That is just NONSENSE THINKING.

Pro Libertate!
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You are completely correct. It seems that the only way to stop government encroachment is to stop the money flow but to stop that would mean preventing the creation of money out of this air and that is a 2,300 year old problem.

Felipe Zapata
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Excellent solution, colonel.

nhbuck5
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you know what Allen West….your not better than the rest of those bozo’s in DC….reading your article then I see you want to sell us a book???….people are starving out here and you want them to buy a damn book????…what the hell is wrong with you?

Mike
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Where is this Book he wants to sell? I didn’t see that in the article. I suppose I missed it.

nhbuck5
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Just reading a few comments and everyone is an expert…..they all know the answer….the only answer here is to kick that damn “Muslim” out of the White House.

Tam Berne
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Don’t listen to the naysayers Lt. West, they don’t realize what the problem is, so they can’t even imagine the solution. Free market is how this country became great and free market is what is going to get it back on its feet. Unfortunately, people have been lulled into the nanny state mentality and want “someone” to take care of them. Whether they will admit it or not, they love the govt. freebies unless they are wide eyed and know the long term consequences. Taking care of yourself and your family is the American way and we have to get… Read more »
Syble
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All sorts of things could be improved and for less money.. if only everyone could be counted on to TELL THE TRUTH!!!

Sheena
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@nhbuck5: At least he has better grammar than most of you. Did you know that your local public library has books you can borrow for free you simpleton? BHO is the ruination of our country. Oh, and I highly doubt that you are starving.

julia cerwin
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Thank you Mr. West, please keep speaking, informing and smiling. You are appreciated.

Eric Domejean
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So much for states rights. Funny how it does not matter when it is a corporation.

michaelleinbach
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I want to know why Obama didn’t go for a single payer system in the beginning if that is what he really wanted. I mean, did he invent Obamacare so that he can blame the GOP when it failed and then cry, “well I wanted the single payer?” GET REAL!!!

The Democrats passed that bill without a single GOP vote so there is NO DAMNED BLAMING THE GOP FOR THEIR LACK OF FORSIGHT WHICH IS PAR FOR THE COURSE WITH EVERY LIBERAL POLICY!!

michaelleinbach
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If they wanted to make healthcare affordable then they needed to stop the overwhelming percentage that Americans pay more than other Nations for healthcare products and services.

That would have reduced the burden across the board.

Naming horribly overpriced forced insurance “AFFORDABLE CARE” is just a Name game so that Liberals can say, ” WHUUUT? YOU MEAN YOU DONT THINK EVERYONE DESERVES AFFORDABLE CARE,” whenever you say you are against the destruction of Obamacare.

another TYPICAL LIBERAL POLICY.

DanMR
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You are exactly correct. This is just another leg of Obama and his band of Progressives stealing a large piece of our freedom.

Linda Shepherd
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Does anyone remember when the government said there could be no more monopolies and forced Western Electric to break up into what they called “baby bells?” They stated that there would be better deals if many companies could compete. Now we have hundreds of companies offering phone services. Some are great and some not so great but you the buyer get to decide what you can afford and what you want from the company.

peranhalter
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I remember when you had to rent your phone from the phone company because you weren’t allowed to own one. There were also only certain colors available.

Will Winn
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Feds must stop stealing from SS, Medicaid and Medicare. And, allow alternative medical procedures that ecourage nutrition, and lifestyles that produce good health. People who are inpoor health because of their illegal drug usage, tobacco and alcohol use/abuse and those who are obese need the kind of care that forces them to change or they will not be covered by federal funds.

northofmontana
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nobody should be forced to change anything.they should be ENCOURAGED to change.The very second anyone trys to force this guy to do anything,they can go to hell.i will not comply

DanMR
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Good for you as I see few with this once great American spirit.

Donny Reb
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Exactly!!! I’ve been screaming for years to deregulate the industry. My career was transportation. When that was deregulated, costs for customers tumbled.

Annie
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If you send all of the illegals out of this counry we would not have half of the problems that we do. I say send them all home and start with the fraud in OUR WHITE HOUSE.

DanMR
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All a part of the supreme plan to make us dependent on the government and their so wise decisions.

Brenda
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Amen, Amen and Amen. I totally agree with you.

J. Fineus Tobeye
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I would truly like to impart my appreciation for your consistant, level-headed, down-to-earth solutions & recommendations to our nations issues. We simply cannot waste any more time complaining about the glactically inept when we must take the reigns of progress in our hands and NOT fear failure in any way, shape or form. You’ve got my vote should you chose to run for the Oval office. That beautiful desk hasn’t had anyone of your character & qualifications behind it for so long it makes me weiry to think about it. I’ve enjoyed your newsletter and have recommended it to everyone… Read more »
GrumpyCat
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Allen, thank you for your level headed common sense. However for Americans to be able to chose what their plans cover the individual has to be able to chose, not the employer. I think employer-provided plans should be banned. That employers should give employees those funds which formerly purchased group health insurance for the employee to unitize as one sees fit. This eliminates the problem of portability. It eliminates the problem of pre-existing conditions if one must move to another employer. It stimulates competition. And while we are at it I’d do the same for pension plans.

DanMR
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GrumpyCat, your first sentence said it all. Common sense has been lost long ago on this group. As so with the once great Roman Empire, our country is no longer served by those in office, but for their own interests. The American people have been reduced to hopeful governmental handouts for their survival.

brizkymom
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While I agree that free market solutions and your ideas are all worlds better than any socialist take-over, I think forcing plans to be portable (employer to employer) creates a nightmare for human resource departments nation-wide. Reminds me of COBRA which is too expensive for most people. Since most employers pay a significant percentage of premiums, they should be able to choose what plans to offer. HSA are a fine idea, but it still gives the government ownership of your money – if you don’t use it you donate it to the STATE. I would rather see all Health care… Read more »
Patricia Robinett
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REAL health care would be about health education… The medical industry is not at all about health. it’s about selling pharmaceuticals. It’s about finding a problem and supporting that problem – not the person – so that problem is never really healed, but just ‘managed’ for the rest of his life. It disempowers people, treating them as if they are incapable of healing themselves and need to be dependent on an outside force – the doctor, hospital, surgery, drugs. This is not health care. We are 37th in the world in health and 1st in cost per capita of ‘health… Read more »