Tuesday, May 5, 2009

When you hear advocates of Universal Health Care...

...think about this:

Who amongst us would:
- take a car back to a mechanic who already screwed up the last service, and made it worse each and every time he messed with it;
- take laundry to a laundry mat where the washers stained the last batches of clothes;
- go eat where the service is lousy and the food tastes worse each time we go?

Am I missing something here?

Yes - I agree the current health insurance system is not working to the best level it could.
But I'd rather be on it than the current Universal Care System for the over 65, called Medicare, or Medicaid, for the under 65.

We sometimes forget, in all the hype that anyone who needs Emergency care can still get it if they go to a hospital.
Note that because of what is happening, this may change in UTAH

People who want Universal Health Care need to be asked to explain why the following is happening with the Government Universal Health Care system we already have.

They should also be reminded that before we do a political biased change to scrap what we have now, and create another Government system, prudence and (un?) common sense would point out that we need to get the current Government systems fixed, first.

If not, Doctors, Nurses and Providers that are not enslaved to the Government have the right to refuse to treat patients. Hospitals that are not federally owned will have the right to refuse all but emergency care to those on Medicare.

Here is the current Universal Health Care system at work:

UT hospitals struggling under Medicaid cuts

By Anne Zieger

Hospitals in Utah are reeling under a 25 percent Medicaid reimbursement cut that was much larger than anticipated, and now are warning that they might be forced to offset costs by increasing fees on insured patients or cutting back on charity care.

Hospital association leaders said the hospitals failed to factor in the effects of using a funding stream to offset the cuts occurring in 2009. Meanwhile, technical changes in the payments to hospitals for "nonphysicians services" such as nursing care also had an impact on such reimbursement. To help address this huge change in funding, the state is looking at increasing its tobacco tax or imposing a tax on hospital stays.

If the state can't come up with a solution, state hospitals could theoretically refuse to treat Medicaid beneficiaries entirely, observers note.

To learn more about Utah's Medicaid situation:
- read this Kaiser Daily Health Policy Review item

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