A column to make people sick … or at least start the symptoms

Craig Hall, Publisher
Craig Hall, Publisher

But what the heck, it’s what I do. And since I’m doing it, it might take several installments to get through this topic.

To accomplish what’s in the headline, why not address health care issues in this country? After all, if our former president can’t stop talking about it, why should we? I know Barack Obama would prefer I don’t since I’m not nearly as qualified as he is in health care and controlling nearly a sixth of the economy. Just ask him, he’d be the first to tell you how hard it is to create a law that satisfies all the players and entities involved in health care and how it was something only he could do.

Except Obama forgets the most important part of his statement: He didn’t do one iota of the sort. The federal government simply can’t pass a law that treats everyone equally. Just look at anything the government does, how it’s funded and who gets the benefits. Every law government enacts is unfair before the ink is dry. And finally, and this is most important when you look at those we elect, neither Obama nor anyone we vote in is any more qualified than you or me to address ANY topic that affects our lives. Our elected betters in Washington want all of us to think this health care problem is so complex that they — AND ONLY THEY — can fix it. It’s no wonder they’ve spent the past 75 years or so making it more complex and worse and a so-called “right.”

With that said, let’s begin to look at areas where I think we need to improve health care. Given the government-made complexity of the issue, there will be a second column, a third, a fourth … well, you get the point. But the simple fact is, this is a pretty easy fix. The hard part is in getting anyone political (and everyone we elect is) to do the right thing as it relates to our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Foremost, the people of this country need to understand the basic difference between health CARE and health INSURANCE. The fact is, those in Congress (who want to control your health “care” regardless of party) need people to think everything to do with their health care should be covered by insurance and they have done a bang-up job. But when it comes to actual insurance and your health, the best comparison is that of car insurance. The insurance is for catastrophes, not the everyday stuff or the initial investment. That’s true insurance. It’s for covering the extreme costs of when you have a heart attack, a stroke or discover cancer or some other debilitating disease. The basic stuff health care (you know, like car payments, oil changes, tires, brakes and maintenance) comes out of your pocket as life goes along. But doing actual, catastrophic insurance in its intended manner helps keep it affordable for everyone in the marketplace.

By the way, if this first point can’t be understood, get ready for single payer, which every member of Congress would be happy to put into place if they could control it. You see, both parties LOVE government-run health care — just not the other party’s version. But that’s for another column on this topic. And if you’re mad about this federally made confusion, just blame that good ol’ hard-drinking, Russian-colluding, women-molesting, lying, lion of the Senate, Edward Kennedy. That man did more to destroy this country than anyone. No wonder so many in Congress idolize him.

Now, if you’ve made it past step one and understand the difference between health care and health insurance, let’s look into what got the government involved in the first place. It goes back to another great Democrat icon, Franklin Delano Roosevelt — speaking of people who’ve done things to destroy our freedoms —and his wage and price controls put into place during the Great Depression (which was only a pretty good depression until Herbert Hoover and FDR started fixing things). Wage controls meant no company could pay anyone any more money than another company when it came to hiring people for the same job. So naturally, smart companies came up with ways to attract better employees. Now, this will also take a basic understanding that some employees are better than others — totally against the thinking of another brick-in-the-government-propaganda-wall that says everyone is equal, but natural law and common sense say they aren’t — and companies that want to stay in business naturally want to hire the best person for the job. Well, offering company paid health insurance as a BENEFIT (remember this word for next time) was one way companies accomplished this. Oh, they also didn’t give this benefit to every employee.

So what did this scenario create? Employer-paid health insurance, which in and of itself is a good thing. Are you up for the same position at Spacely Sprockets and Cogswell Cogs (smile if you get it) for an employee? Then take the job that pays for you and your family’s health insurance in case something catastrophic occurs. The better news at that time, companies also realized that paying for health insurance benefits for ALL their employees made people happier and created a great working environment.

And then our government decided businesses doing this was its business.