OBAMA HEALTH CARE PLAN -- THE ONE WE THINK HE SHOULD OFFER
For months we've been trying to figure out Obama's Health Care Plan. Then we realized what our problem was. Obama himself doesn't have a health care plan. What we have is the Reid Pelosi Health Care Plan.
The Reid Pelosi Plan looks kind of like a Christmas tree. And like a Christmas tree, once you take all the ornaments off, it is just a dead little pine that was thrown away by January 15h.
Here is what the staff of The Frumious Bandersnatch thinks a meaningful health care reform plan ought to look like:
GET RID OF PRIOR EXISTING CONDITIONS: This is the number one problem of self-employed people and those who buy their own health insurance. If just that were accomplished, hundreds of thousands would have a chance at buying health insurance.
LET US KEEP OUR FORMER EMPLOYERS' INSURANCE: Many of us get fired or laid off, and once our COBRA extension expires, if we don't have another job, we're toast. Let us keep our health insurance if we can keep paying the premiums. Heck...if the goal is to get as many people covered as possible, why have a system that kicks people out of heath insurance?
CREATE AFFINITY GROUP PLANS: Instead of a government-run health insurance system, which no one trusts, how about the cooperative approach. Let everyone who is a bird watcher or a NRA member get a group discount for being in a pooled plan. It works for AARP.
MALPRACTICE INSURANCE REFORM: A doctor relative spends $200,000 a year in malpractice insurance. And he never even sees patients. SO you wonder why medical care costs so much. Get rid of malpractice claims and regulatre the malpractice insurance industry. Reducing malpractice claims will also reduce the number of expensive and useless tests docs run on you to cover their legal butts.
NO CANCELLATION: The only reason you can be terminated from your insurance pan is if you don't pay.
PRICE COMPETITION: With everyone able to move from one company to another without being dinged for a pre-existing condition, folks could actually shop around for their insurance. Wouldn't that be amazing?