Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I have commenters on this blog who periodically tout the wonders and advantages of Medicare, using it to illustrate why we should favor government run health care. They love to point out that I use Medicare, and say that I am a hypocrit for opposing government run health care.

A chart showing the major carriers and how Medicare compared to them in the study follows (info source: HERE.):

Again from Tom Blumer at NewsBusters HERE:

"Well, well.

"The Medicare denial rate found in the study was, on a weighted average basis, roughly 1.7 times that of all of the private carriers combined (99,025 divided by 2,447,216 is 4.05%; 6.85% divided by 4.05% =1.69).

"You would think Medicare's sheer size might enable it to have smoother procedures with its providers that would enable it to turn down a lower percentage of claims. But no, this is the government we're talking about.

"So who's the most "heartless" now? And why should Americans accept the idea of gradually being forced into a government-run system when, based on documented government experience, they will be more likely to see their claims denied? "

Add to that the fact that Medicare is going broke, is over 100 times more expensive than was promised at its inception and excludes many procedures before they are even considered, and you have an illustration of a government program run amok.

Now, will one of you liberals please explain to me in plain, simple terms why the current health care reform proposals are a good thing?

I'm waiting.


BetteJo said...

I am a conservative who believes there are 2 groups of people we should find ways to provide for. The elderly (and disabled) and veterans. Unfortunately Medicare has a horrible record and is bloated with Government waste, and veterans hospitals are generally found wanting. So how people think the government can manage to take care of anyone else is beyond me!

Joe said...

BetteJo: I hope ALL conservatives want to help those who are in genuine need...elderly, infirmed, veterans, and the mentally disabled from working. But after that, the government has no role.

ablur said...

I saw a bunch of elderly standing at a busy intersection holding up signs with Obamacare talking points on them.
I am just amazed at how Americans can be sucked into this fiasco. Can anyone name a single government run program that matches the key needs or our healthcare system.
Cost lowering,

These are all words found in the private sector and never associated with the government at one time.