Sounds of Silence at the RNC

July 27, 2016

 
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Where was health care at the RNC? Mostly missing in action. But by day two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Sen. Bernie Sanders, former President Bill Clinton, and former DNC chairman Howard Dean, M.D. had all championed the issue.
 
Bill Clinton even discussed what few people know: after Hillarycare failed in 1994, “Hillary immediately went to work on solving the problems the bill sought to address one by one.” Indeed, Congress has regularly passed initiatives of Hillarycare in other bills (e.g. HIPAA 1996, SCHIP 1997, HRQA 1999, ARRA 2009, ACA 2010, MACRA 2015). As Howard Dean said last night:
 
When her first attempt at health care did not work out, Hillary could have given up. Instead … thanks to her efforts, the State Children Health Insurance Program was born and she worked a just as hard to ensure the states actually signed up. Joining with Republican governors to get it done. ...
 
But what did the GOP at the RNC tell Americans they would do in health care to restore freedom, lower taxes and limit government? Very little. Mr. Trump managed to say: “We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again.” No details. No mention of Medicare. Senator Ted Cruz mentioned “your freedom to choose your own doctor, without Obamacare.” That's not enough.
 
RNC Chair Reince Priebus said the GOP believes in “a better health care system.” However, the House Republican’s “A Better Way” has Obamacare-like ideas and too many federal “solutions.” Congress got us into this mess through 1940s federal wage and price controls, which led to group-based, employer-sponsored coverage (and away from portable, affordable, individual policies) and enactment of Medicare and Medicaid, which established government health care in 1965.
 
Medicare impacts all Americans. This Ponzi scheme led to the HMO Act of 1973, which merged the delivery and financing of patient care and centralized control nationwide through managed care corporations (health plans). It led to Medicare Advantage (HMOs for Medicare) and Obamacare (managed care for all) and the 2009 electronic health record (EHR) mandate to track patients and doctors and impose controls on patient care.
 
Politicians hope HMOs can save them from the political disaster of Medicare’s $43 trillion unfunded liability. But we realize the only way to health freedom is a “Medicare-free” future for America, starting with those not yet dependent on it.
 
Thus, CCHF launched “The Wedge of Health Freedom.” The Wedge puts patients and doctors in control and makes affordable pricing available to the insured, the uninsured and the subsidized. One congressional staffer told us it’s “revolutionary.” Another called The Wedge “deceptively simple.” Please donate generously today -- whether that’s $10 or $100 -- to this critical endeavor to restore patient and doctor freedom!
 
You can help us build The Wedge. Share the Wedge flier and one-page overview with your doctor. And sign-up at www.jointhewedge.com for updates. We expect to announce our first wave of “Wedge practices” before the end of August!
 
Building The Wedge with you,
 
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder