Friday, September 23, 2011

Ron Paul: Individual mandates make matters worse

By Ron Paul

Today's messed up medical system is a result of 40 years of government interference in the process. Regulations, inflation, tax laws, federal mandates to provide care through corporate-run HMOs, interference in providing insurance, massive subsidies and licensing have all played a negative role in the delivery of medical care in the United States.
  • OUR VIEW: Why that 30-year-old should be required to have health insuranceThe idea that more government involvement in health care is the solution, especially at a time when the nation is dealing with record deficits and debt, is preposterous. And the promised effectiveness of forced mandate health care is easily disproven by looking at how such a system has worked in Massachusetts.

A Wall Street Journalop-ed notes: "While Massachusetts' uninsured rate has dropped to around 3%, 68% of the newly insured since 2006 receive coverage that is heavily or completely subsidized by taxpayers. While (Mitt) Romney insisted that everyone should pay something for coverage, that is not the way his plan has turned out. More than half of the 408,000 newly insured residents pay nothing."
The Journal also reported that expanded insurance created a demand for more medical service, but without more doctors, many patients have health coverage but can't find a doctor.
Massachusetts Treasurer Timothy Cahill said his state's forced mandate health care was originally "projected to cost taxpayers $88 million a year. However, since this program was adopted in 2006, our health care costs have in total exceeded $4 billion." A study says state, private and federal costs have risen $8.6 billion more than they would have over five years due to the Massachusetts plan. (CONTINUE READING)


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