In this short video, Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan makes his opening statement to Congress in the heated debate on health care reform legislation.
Rogers makes an impassioned argument against turning the future of our health care system over to the federal government.
The U.S. healthcare system is already filled with obvious inefficiencies, mistakes and fraud, wasting between $505 billion and $850 billion every year, according to a new report.
Unnecessary care, such as the overuse of antibiotics and lab tests to protect against malpractice exposure, makes up 37 percent of healthcare waste, or $200 to $300 billion a year.
Fraud makes up 22 percent of healthcare waste, or up to $200 billion a year -- mostly in the form of fraudulent Medicare claims, kickbacks for referrals for unnecessary services and other scams.
Administrative inefficiency and redundant paperwork account for 18 percent of healthcare waste.
Medical mistakes account for $50 billion to $100 billion in unnecessary spending each year, or 11 percent of the total.
And, of course, preventable conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes cost $30 billion to $50 billion a year.
Ron Paul and John Stossel on Health Care
In the second video above, which aired on CNN on October 29, Congressman and former Presidential candidate Ron Paul discusses his views on capitalism, foreign policy, and health care with Larry King.
And lastly, in the third video, ABC's John Stossel destroys Obama's anti-American 'Health Care' plan.
Congress is Voting on the Health Care Bill Today!
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According to Congressional accounts, about 46 million, or 15 percent, of Americans are uninsured.
But Congressman Mike Rogers (MI) points out some very disturbing tradeoffs in the current health care reform proposal, and I have yet to see any real debate about the real problems, and the most effective solutions, to our current health care conundrum.
Rogers begins by stating:
“Abraham Lincoln said, ‘You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak…
… We’re going to punish the 85 percent of Americans who have earned health care benefits as part of their employment; we’re going to punish them, and the employers who give it to them, to try to cover the 15 percent that don’t have it.
Why would we punish the part that’s working to cover the part that’s not?”
Personally, I don’t think the current health insurance and health care models are working at all, but I agree that the reforms currently on the table will not solve our problems.
For example, where is the debate about WHY the US health care system is the absolute most expensive in the world?
This is a major issue, but instead of looking at this problem, all they’re trying to do is figure out who should pay for these extraordinary expenses.
Where is the debate about limiting unnecessary, ineffective treatments and stopping fraud to reduce soaring health care costs?
Why is no one talking about the fact that there are effective, inexpensive alternatives that could easily be incorporated into conventional medical practices that would significantly reduce costs?
The fact of the matter is that the Big Pharma Cartel has a supreme hold over our government, and this is, most likely, why we do not see any discussions about these very real, underlying problems.
I’ll discuss this more in just a moment, but first, let’s look at what else Congressman Rogers brings up in this short video.
Will Government-Run Health Care Run Amok?
Many are leery of a government-run health care system, and for good reasons. Over the past several years, government over-reach has become the norm rather than the exception, and as a result personal freedoms are being threatened on a number of fronts.
So, would a government-run health care system truly be working for the average citizen, or would it simply become another avenue to make Big Pharma rich, and give government more power over each individual life?
As Congressman Rogers points out, there is language that gives the federal government unprecedented power to meddle in your personal health care affairs.
Rogers brings up these specific examples:
- According to section 141 under the Health Choices Commissioner Act, the government would be able to actually go in and disenroll individuals. The fact that they can kick you out of your own individual health care plan gives unprecedented power by the federal government.
- It also grants government the power to disenroll your entire company from your chosen plan, if you are an employer with $250,000 gross payroll.
“This is a travesty. We can, and must, do better,” says Rogers.
I couldn’t agree more, but I think most discussions still miss the mark entirely.
It seems health care as a cash cow is simply too deeply entrenched in the consciousness of the industry and their paid lackeys to be able to provide what people want, which includes:
- Healthier and more inexpensive options
- The freedom to choose
- Alternatives to dangerous prescription drugs and unnecessary surgeries
Drug Companies -- Big Business, Big Disaster
One of the problems in our current system is the lack of competition between conventional and natural medicine. Excessive government interventions are partly to blame for this, because true competition will only occur once natural medicine is embraced and fully allowed to BE an officially viable option to conventional treatments.
As it stands now, media coverage over the past couple of years has shown you just how dire your legal situation can get if you dare refuse conventional medical treatment and opt for other less dangerous alternatives.
A most recent example of the strangle-hold drug companies and government has over your health care options is the fact that the FDA created a special task force to investigate and shut down any alternative practitioner or company offering any product that claims to ameliorate or prevent the swine flu. They even issued Dr. Andrew Weil a warning last month.
I don’t need to tell you there’s a propaganda war going on to get as many as possible to accept the novel swine flu vaccine, and it’s quite clear that competition or alternatives are not accepted.
Other articles published by conventional media this year sent a strong message that an organized campaign was underway to undermine the validity and effectiveness of alternative medicine in the mind of the public.
It’s important to realize that the drug companies are at the very core of this mess, and so far no one is addressing the underlying paradigm that is the crux of our current health care problem.
Why are U.S. Health Care Costs so High?
If you didn’t already know this, American medical care is the most expensive in the world. The U.S. spends more than twice as much on each person for health care as most other industrialized countries. And yet it has fallen to last place among those countries in preventing avoidable deaths through use of timely and effective medical care.
That the system is fatally flawed and in need of a radical overhaul is self-evident.
According to a 2008 report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 90 percent of Americans believe our medical system should be “completely rebuilt” or that “fundamental changes” are required.
An article on the WIP.net web site, published earlier this year, points out numerous reasons why health care costs have run amok.
One major problem that is inflating costs is the staggering number of medically unwarranted surgeries being performed each year, such as unnecessary cesarean sections and hysterectomies.
The rate of hysterectomies alone is staggering. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of American women have had their female organs removed by the age of 60.
By the age of 65, HALF of all women have had a hysterectomy!
But that’s not the most shocking part of the statistics. In her WIP article, Nora Coffey states:
“Findings from more than 850,000 counseling sessions at the HERS Foundation in Philadelphia puts the percentage of hysterectomies that could be avoided with conservative treatment (or no treatment at all) at about 98 percent.”
More than $17 billion a year is spent on direct doctor and hospital charges for hysterectomies – most of which are completely unnecessary!
Why is no one talking about that, instead of trying to figure out how to keep paying for these unnecessary treatments? Addressing the systematic, routine removal of women’s uterus’ could reduce overall health care costs by $17 billion, which is no chump change!
We MUST Root Out the Driving Force Behind Skyrocketing Costs and Falling Health Statistics
The truth is that the terrible health statistics of the U.S. are primarily caused by the drug cartel and the food industry.
Unfortunately, none of it is accidental, which is why politicians, or a government-run health care program, will likely never fix it.
The drug industry has been able to manipulate and control the U.S. Congress to pass just about any and every law they need to increase their profits. Once you understand how they control the government, you realize how they are diverting hundreds of billions of dollars for their hyperinflated drug prices. This money goes into their own pockets and has nothing to do with making you healthier.
There is NO PILL that can make you healthier! They can only mask symptoms, and more often than not cause additional health problems.
This is at the ROOT of our out-of-control health care spending and falling health statistics.
It is this diversion of funding that is the primary reason why American health is so poor, and why Americans are struggling and the number one reason for bankruptcy in the US are unexpected health bills
Just imagine where we’d be if these funds were spent wisely and not used for products that are ineffective.
So, will a government-sponsored health plan reduce the number of unnecessary prescriptions? Will there be fewer unwarranted surgeries? Will it reduce costs by focusing on prevention, and offering less dangerous and more inexpensive alternatives?
I believe the answer is no.
The focus is still on conventional medicine; attempting to divvy up the costs to continue paying for conventional therapies and treatment protocols.
Do Americans Understand What Health Care is?
In light of these facts, whether a public health care plan is a good idea or not is almost beside the point, because what we REALLY need is a radical change in consciousness about what health, and health care, really is.
As long as the focus of our health care is on drugs and surgical interventions, we will continue down a path that leads to poor health and premature death.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what I see happening with this reform. It is being staged as a “solution to give health care to all,” when in fact it may end up forcing all Americans to carry, and pay for, conventional allopathic health insurance, whether you want it or not – and not allow for the use of alternatives.
This could spell disaster for the field of alternative medicine, as it would limit people’s ability to pay for it even further.
This setup makes universal health care coverage part of the problem, not part of the solution.
I believe health insurance should be for major emergencies only. It simply doesn’t need to be the primary solution for every problem.
We’ve already seen that this leads to nothing but financial catastrophe. And nearly every available index shows that the current multitrillion dollar investment in disease-care is a miserable failure.
Isn’t it time to realize that some of the best ways to improve your health are very inexpensive? Some are even free. And leave major medical insurance for actual emergencies…
Again, Congress is voting on the health care bill today, so time is of the essence. I urge you to get involved and contact your Congressman TODAY! If you're unsure of who your Congressman is, you can find out at this link.