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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Haley and Carson on Obamacare

Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina, on Obamacare and her refusal to set up a state exchange in her state. (Note there are 20 states total who have refused to set up an exchange). 

But let us ask a simple question.  “Are taxpayers getting the most health for the money they spend on health care?”  My answer is no – not by a long shot. We spend more money for health services per person than any nation on earth. Year after year we devote a larger and larger portion of our paychecks, our payrolls and our state and federal budgets to health care services. Maybe we wouldn’t worry about all of this spending if our outcomes were better, but they aren’t. The United States is falling behind the rest of the world in infant mortality and life expectancy – and here in South Carolina we have one of the lowest life expectancies and highest infant mortality rates in the U.S. With such high costs and such poor outcomes, why would we throw more money at the system without first demanding improved efficiency, quality, and accessibility? The Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, says expand first and worry about the rest later. Connecticut expanded early under ObamaCare and just reported a $190 million Medicaid deficit – in spite of subjecting their citizens to a massive tax increase. California just raised taxes in part to cover their Medicaid deficit and yet needs $350 million more to pay for ObamaCare next year. That’s not us.   That’s not South Carolina.
Thank you Governor Haley. Please consider running for president in 2016. Conservatives desperately need more leaders like you out there in the public square. Read this partial explanation for her stance on states' independence in healthcare:
She went on to explain the current state of healthcare in South Carolina, saying “We started with one of the lowest rates of insured children in the country and now South Carolina is recognized for leading edge strategies to start to cover kids. We started with mental health and addictive disorder programs that have been really cut, we’ve reinvested in both of those. We didn’t have a lot of accountability in our Medicaid program. Now we have really gone after getting the most quality of health for the cost that we’re spending. The focus that our country needs to have on healthcare doesn’t need to be on cost as much as it needs to be on outcomes, because we as a country, we’re falling behind on infant mortality, we’re falling behind on life expectancy and money’s not going to fix that problem. What will fix that problem is when we start demanding that we have efficiency, quality and accessibility and that’s basically what South Carolina wants to do. So while Obamacare says, you know, go ahead and expand this and we’ll deal with it later, well that’s what Washington, DC has done for years and that’s why we’re in the mess we’re in. South Carolina is not going to do that. What we are doing is we’re saying we’re going to start to improve healthcare and we’re not just complaining about Obamacare, we are actually doing things.”
Someone else is vocally standing up to criticize Obamacare in a publicly recognized arena, and that is Dr. Ben Carson. He is a top-of-the-line neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins who grew up as an impoverished African American in Detroit, yet was taught (and learned) the value of education. He spoke at the prayer breakfast, recently, saying important things like incentives in our health care policies, etc. Here are some of the things he has said:
DR. BENJAMIN CARSON: There are a group of people who would like to silence everybody and have everybody go along to get along, but that's not going to be very helpful for us in the long run, in terms of solving our problems. And somebody has to be courageous enough to actually stand up to, you know, the bullies. (...)

DR. CARSON: Here's my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed -- pretax -- from the time you're born 'til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you're 85 years old and you got six diseases, you're not trying to spend up everything. You're happy to pass it on and there's nobody talking about death panels.
Number one. And also, for the people who were indigent who don't have any money we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let's put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care. 

DR. CARSON: There’s no question that [President Obama] has advocated, you know, basically a policy of tax the rich. And I have advocated a policy that comes from the Bible, which is a very fair policy of proportional taxation. If it was good enough for God, why wouldn’t it be good enough for us? The minute you deviate away from that, you begin to get into all kinds of biases. And one could legitimately make the argument that the rich pays too many taxes. The top 1% pays 37% of the taxes, the top 5% [pays] 59% of the taxes, but they don't make that much of the income. One could make that argument. (...)
 NEIL CAVUTO, FOX NEWS: Obviously, you got a quite a round of applause there. Some in that room and elsewhere since that video has gone viral have said you should run for president. What do you think of that?
DR. BENJAMIN CARSON: Well, actually I've had people tell me that for many years now. If I had a nickel for everybody who told me that, I could finance my campaign.
Yes, please!

1 comment:

  1. I loved Dr. Carson's remarks at the prayer breakfast and agree with everything he said. Bravo for him in not being afraid to air his common sense ideas - we need more people like him willing to do the same.