Skip to comments.Sebelius: Don't Sweat the Details
Posted on 08/06/2009 4:53:12 AM PDT by Kaslin
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote an op-ed column for The Washington Post on Tuesday in defense of the Obama administration's efforts to "reform" health care. She wrote: "President Obama and I are working closely with Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate and health care experts to make sure we get the details of health reform right. But we can't let the details distract us from the huge benefits that reform will bring."
So, the objective is all that matters, not the process by which we get there? The most important words on a contract may be in the small print. Secretary Sebelius tells us not to worry about such things, but trust your government leaders and anonymous "experts" and leave the rest to us. A growing number of Americans are saying "no thanks."
The details matter because they are about government deciding who gets treatment when they are sick and who does not, who lives and who dies. Are there any details more important than that? Why would anyone trust government with their health and life when there are so many things government already does poorly and inefficiently?
Sebelius and members of Congress are fanning out across the country, trying to defend a health care reform plan that is only partially written, unexplainable and still unread by many representatives and senators. In a joint appearance with Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, Sebelius responded to shouts and catcalls from a skeptical audience at the Constitution Center in heavily Democratic Philadelphia. She said Specter shouldn't be criticized because the Senate's version of the bill has not yet been written. This takes hubris to a new level. It is one thing for a member of Congress to vote on legislation he hasn't read; it is quite another for government officials to ask for support of a bill that has not been written, at least in the Senate.
The attitude of the administration and supporters of its health care plan seems to be: "Take your medicine, and if you don't like it, or question its effectiveness, you will be sent to your room as punishment because we know better than you, even though 86 percent of you are perfectly happy with the health care you have now. Who are you to question us and our 'experts'?"
The more the public learns what is in the House bill, the less they like it. That's why the administration wants to rush this through Congress. The public mostly understands the need to reform the increasingly expensive current system. It just doesn't like the administration's plan.
There are other proposals that would achieve the end of reform while preserving the high-quality treatment that is the envy of the world and simultaneously affirming deeply held American values. It is no mystery what needs to be done to reduce costs and improve health delivery services.
As Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients' Rights, has noted, "Americans want lower health care costs, not a government-run system. And there are several reforms we can do immediately to lower costs that won't cost a dime, (such as) allowing insurers to compete across state lines, requiring doctors and hospitals to post their rates and results to allow consumers to shop around, and creating one standardized reimbursement form for all insurers." Allowing employees to choose among several insurance policies (a choice available to federal workers, including Congress) would let individuals tailor policies to their needs, instead of forcing them to accept a one-size-fits-all policy. That, too, would reduce costs.
A grassroots uprising defeated the Bush administration's ill-conceived attempts at "comprehensive immigration reform." The groundswell against nationalized health care may have a similar end. If the liberal Democratic congressional leadership forces a bill through anyway, Republicans may have the issue they have been looking for to help them take back at least the House of Representatives in the 2010 election and to stop this "risky scheme" and other "out of the mainstream" programs.
“Listen to what we say. Don’t look at what we do.”
and the authors of this health care reform are namely:
Dr. Death aka Ezekiel Emmanuel, Rahm Emmanuel his brother,
the New Black Panthers, LaRaza ,ACORN and ...............
add your group here
Can you believe this?
Yeah well, it will be the details that will kill us. As for abortomatic sabelius, she and her fellow travellers will not be affected by any of these laws. She will be allowed to live out her life while us serf are given end of life counseling.
Yeah, sure, just trust us.
Not this bunch of liars, crooks and thieves. Not now, not in a million years.
Why don’t they condense the bill to 1 page, with three words on it, large bold font, and centered: “Health Care Reform”. Then, vote on this 1- pager. I’d expect just about EVERY congresscritter to read it this time. And finally, once it is passed, then some czar character can fill in all the little details.
Coming from a Gov who left the state of Kansas broke. She is just like Obama. Don’t worry about the details.
Just like all the “unsuspecting victims” that now find themselves in foreclosure because they didn’t realize their interest rate was going to double?
The details are what’s going to kill you. Literally.
The absolutley cold-hearted statement that Grandma should “take a pill” instead of having a pacemaker installed. The deferral of treatment because of rationing, during which the condition worsens and reaches terminal state, in the instance of a number of progressive disorders. The outright abolition of Medicaid and Medicare, and throwing all these clients into the “public option”, when it is virtually guaranteed that nobody will be able to obtain privately-contracted policies, at ANY price.
And finally, placing mandates on private group insurance policies that will not apply to the “public option”.
Talk about rigging the game.
..and your next town hall appearance Secretary Airhead?
Haven't you heard? Congress can regulate and control health care through the Interstate Commerce Clause. You see, since I live in MO, when I go to a MO doctor, a doctor in Alaska isn't able to treat me, so I'm affecting HIS business, and the economy of Alaska. Since he's in a different state, I'm affecting interstate commerce. So congress must be in charge! Woo Hoo! Ain't it fun to be a congress-critter!
Hush. Don't give them ideas.
Very well said
What are the Health Choices Administration, Bureau of Health Information, Accountable Care Organization and Health Benefits Advisory Committee, to name a few? These and others are all in the current package.
Most of the liberals don’t even know the constitution