L. Hoy: Take it back to square one

Back to square one on health care reform? The Feb. 26 Sun Journal editorial made it sound like that is a bad thing.

Square one was when the country enjoyed a superb, if expensive, health care system.

Square one was before we swallowed the bogus findings of an ideologically skewed United Nations survey of world health care systems which declared the United States no higher than 35th.

Square one was before President Barack Obama shamelessly vilified doctors as unnecessarily amputating limbs for increased profit margins.

Square one was before politicians recklessly demonized private hospitals and insurance companies.

Square One represents that place from which health care reform can get a fresh start.

A fresh start should acknowledge, at the outset, that the U.S. has a marvelous health care system. Not perfect and, yes, quite pricey, but magnificent nonetheless.

A fresh start could first protect and enhance the many positive aspects of the health care system and then initiate sound correctives for what ails it.

When we failed to properly value our health care system, we got ObamaCare.

A fresh start should openly acknowledge that health care will have to be rationed. That’s reality. Unless you are a member of the political, financial or entertainment elite in this country, all of us will face rationing issues at the limits of what's possible.

We should also acknowledge that we can’t create a perfect system.

Once back to square one, a real good health care system can be made better, not destroyed.

Lenny Hoy, Greenwood

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Patti Marshall-Parise's picture

hey dave

I'm with you on this one dave

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Ushered through and signed the Affordable Health Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to 30 million more people, and ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established http://www.healthcare.gov/
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Really nice cutting and pasting!

The boys at the DNC do a thorough job, don't they?

So, Dave, how much do you pay now for health insurance? How much more are you willing to pay for your "fair share" when OC kicks in full time? I'll take a wild guess: zero and zero.

It just occurred to me that OC is a good abbreviation for ObamaCare, because it's already an abbreviation for "organized crime". The Mafia never dreamed of a cash-cow like this.

RONALD RIML's picture


Why call it "Obamacare?"

It isn't what President Obama really wanted....

And it isn't Healthcare...

But it's so much easier for the Republicans and Fox to tell the "Big Lie" and spread it on thick. Joseph Goebbels taught them well.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

How does what the president

How does what the president really wanted differ so much from what he got?
If it isn't healthcare, what is it? Affordable Care Act sounds like healthcare. The parrot's confused.

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Square one would be why do all medical services cost so much? Until something is done about that then no one can afford insurance for themselves nor can an employer afford to provide it.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Medical services cost so much

Medical services cost so much because those who pay are also paying for those who can't. It's all figured into the pricing structure.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Hahah...Man, you are fun to

Hahah...Man, you are fun to observe. ..."and I know all rational people will feel the same." What, exactly, in your mind constitutes rational vs. irrational behavior?

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How does the term "obamacare" qualify as racist? One of the biggest problems that we face here and in this country is people thinking cause something didn't go their way its because of race or religion. Its dividing this country and also the individuals doing the complaining. If you commit a crime you should do the time no matter what. If there are more of one type of indivdual committing murders, robbing banks and the such then there are gonna be more of them in prison ain't there or do we go round up a few different people to balance it out and make it "fair" Obamacare is no more racist then "Jordan sneakers" or "Bush's War so get a life and be an average American and all should stop blaming everything that happens to them including being their own fault on racism. The racists have made it that way and no one else. There are alot of people hurting now without jobs and such and its pretty equal if you look around and noting to do with racist. Obama happens to be a name not a race.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"Wilma rocks", cheered the

"Wilma rocks", cheered the parrot as he sipped on his morning ration of POM juice. He claims it keeps him 'reglahh'.

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It sure is pedantic out this morning.

"ObamaCare" is a well established nickname for the "Affordable Care Act". It's easier to say and not laced with hypocrisy. It might be affordable to you, but not to the dwindling number of us who actually pay the bills and are faced with staggering increases.

Would you prefer "Barack Insurance"? How about "Hussein Health"? The nickname is racist only under your self-serving definitions. And now we have a new entry in the Breton lexicon: If you disagree with Dan, you're irrational.

Your "idea" is that ObamaCare is perfect and any disagreement is both racist and irrational. The average American does and will continue to argue against that nonsense.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Great post, Mike..In Tron's

Great post, Mike..In Tron's world, I guess Whitey Bulger is considered a racist term.

Steve  Dosh's picture

all , 5:30 pm Leap Day

all , 5:30 pm Leap Day 2012
That was a good , well reasoned letter . ..
. .uh . .i say we call it " Romney Care "
In fact , it's all a mechanism for Republicans to have their cake and eat it too
h t h ? Steve :)


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