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Putting You in Charge of Your Own Health Care

April 6, 2009
David McKalip, M.D.

Americans are ready for change in the way they receive and pay for health care. Surprisingly, it may not be the changes that most politicians, big businesses, insurance companies and special interests are pushing. Americans are ready to take back control of their health care. They are ready for a change from unaffordable insurance that comes only from an employer they may prefer to leave — insurance that seems to provide more of a hassle than convenient protection from unexpected expenses. They are sick of sitting for an hour to see a doctor, then seeing a nurse for 10 minutes and the doctor for three and often left to wonder about what happened. They are burdened by high taxes for government programs that seem to provide health benefits for everyone but them while the same government clamors to cover even more in financially unsustainable programs. They have heard enough of empty promises from politicians who care only about getting re-elected and having more power. Yet even with all these and other problems, many Americans have given up and figure that it is up to the government to solve the problem. They wonder if the government solution will still allow them rapid access to high quality health care they deserve.

The current proposals for reform are cloaked as big changes, but as it turns out, they are actually more of the same. They can be summed up in this way: turn more control over to the government and insurance companies while politicians and special interests jockey for credit and work behind the scenes to benefit — at the expense of individual Americans. Albert Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results — but that is what is being proposed today. While most American want more individual control over their own lives, the health reform proposals will expand the control over health care held by third party payers (insurance companies and government). This would make matters worse for Americans.

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