Health care reform is on the minds of everyone today (according to Gallup polls it is increasingly considered the most important issue) but there are mixed opinions on it.
Ignoring Sarah Palin’s attention-seeking inflammatory hate-mongering (no version of the bill includes death panels for grandpa or evil directed at Down syndrome babies), there are only a few THOUGHTFUL/informed public naysayers about the plan as a whole. John Mackay, CEO of Whole Foods is one. He recently wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal outlining “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare.” Two days later President Obama published an op-ed in the New York Times defending his plan.
The response to Mackay’s op-ed has been astounding with several liberal-left-wingers-who-often-frequent-Whole Foods-stores vowing to boycott the company! There are anti-Whole Foods Facebook groups that actually have five time as many members (last count at 11pm, Aug 16 2009 was 10,003) than the pro-Whole Foods Facebook group (last count at 11pm, Aug 16 2009 was 1,944).
Fundamentally, Obama is pushing for maximizing the numbers of people who are insured, reducing costs and promoting a healthier lifestyle to reduce healthcare costs (more info on the ACTUAL reform options on this site). Mackay thinks that costs must be cut, healthcare is not a universal right that must be provided for all & that people should be more responsible about their health, not just their healthcare. So what exactly is MackayCare vs ObamaCare?
|Reduce costs for employers||Cut subsidies for insurance companies
Cut out inefficiency & waste in Medicare and Medicaid
|Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts|
|Reduce costs for individuals||Channel money towards reducing prescription drug costs
Force insurance companies to cover routine checks and preventative tests
|Equalize the tax laws so that that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits
Revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program
|Promote competition||Create a public health alternative. Obama is now backing away from this as and might move towards non-profit co-ops||Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines|
|Reduce costs for insurance companies||Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover
Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year
|Create awareness||Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost|
|Prevent Medicare bankruptcy||Enact Medicare reform||Enact Medicare reform|
|Maximize numbers of people insured and ensure that people will not be refused or discriminated against||Ensure that people can have insurance whether they are employed or not, or have pre-existing conditions||This is something that Mackay does not consider to be a right|
Both sides have some valid points and a combination of both might be a good idea for America.