Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Republicans need to fight to stop Nationalized Health Care

From Bryon York, Washington Examiner here.
"Americans will prioritize cost over quality right up until the moment they realize that it's their quality that they are sacrificing," writes the Republican pollster Frank Luntz in "The Language of Healthcare 2009," a brilliant new analysis of the public's health care concerns that also serves as a roadmap for defeating Obamacare. Basing his conclusions on extensive polling and focus-group research, Luntz writes that the public is very worried that a government takeover of health care -- Obamacare -- will result in politicians and government bureaucrats making decisions about what kind of care patients will receive and when they will receive it.

"Nothing else turns people against the government takeover of health care more than the realistic expectation that it will result in delayed and potentially even denied, treatment, procedures and/or medications," Luntz writes. "When asked which was a higher priority -- spending less on health care or being treated in a timely fashion -- timely treatment beat cost almost unanimously."

People know that delayed and sometimes denied care is a way of life in other countries with national health care systems. And when they hear the president's repeated emphasis on cutting costs, they sense that there's no way Obamacare can not result in delayed and denied treatment. Luntz urges Republicans to make that the focus of their challenge to the president's plan. "It is essential that 'deny' and 'denial' enter the conservative lexicon immediately," Luntz writes, "because it is at the core of what scares Americans most about a government takeover of healthcare."

And the most scary part is when your special needs kid is denied therapy or treatment and will be denied a life like a regular kid. Or even die at a young age or at birth because the care was not there. If we have choice the parent will pay for the service if insurance denies payment. But to deny a parent even the choice to get therapy or surgery that will save the life of the child and/or improve the child's life is a crime.

I pay for my daughter's treatment under a Developmental Pediatrician. Insurance does not pay. I don't mind because my husband budgets the money each year to a Medical spending account. And I like to have choice because it benefits my child and other children. Some therapy or treatments are covered and some are not under insurance. But let the parent make the choice instead of the government.

1 comment:

StreetSmarts said...

I hope we can survive the next 4 years.... If nationalized health care is passed, that will be the final nail in our poor nation's coffin.