Richard Olivastro

Still, “choice and competition”, is exactly what America’s Citizens want. Vast majorities tell us that in public opinion polls. And, extraordinary numbers of constituents have shown up at district town halls during August to tell congressional incumbents “no” to government involvement in private health care. Previously, Mr. Obama has said that he wants to “make sure that any overhaul imposes strict measures to ban companies from refusing insurance to people with existing medical conditions” or “dropping coverage…”

While intrusive in a free enterprise system, such a requirement – applied to all market suppliers – could promote competition and lower costs relative to those individuals who have pre-existing conditions. Of course, individuals with pre-existing conditions, understandably, would - as in should – incur a higher premium as compared to those individuals without a pre-existing condition.

Continuing the saga, Sunday evening on television (60 Minutes) the president added, "I would be willing to ... consider any ideas out there that would actually work in terms of reducing costs, improving the quality of patient care".

That sounded promising.

But, moments later, President Obama said that he “did not back limits on court-ordered rewards for malpractice”.

“Rewards”; no – the president must have misspoke, must have meant court-ordered ‘awards’.

In any case, one of the biggest cost side drivers to health care delivery – malpractice insurance costs – will not be addressed if the president and incumbent congressional liberals get their way.

Despite President Obama’s repeated talk about “reforming” health care, and “bending the cost curve”; increasingly, it appears to be more about bending the will of the American people.

And, ‘De-forming’ health care.

Richard Olivastro

Richard Olivastro is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, president of People Dynamics, an executive leadership development company, and founder of Citizens For Change.
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