It is important to note that the Medicare-age population is going to increase in 2009, but the amount spent to take care of our seniors is going to drop.
With national healthcare being a big issue for the country right now, we need to educate people that a national healthcare plan for all just wont work. The government cant take care of the socialized Medicare program that we have now, so how could anyone expect politicians to handle a national healthcare plan that covers the entire population?
In 2008 there are 44,198,844 Medicare beneficiaries.
Can we really expect our government to provide benefits to more people with less money? Can we afford to pay more from our payroll to cover these programs that politicians oversee? Are we willing to give more to politicians for the Medicare program? Do we think that just because we elected someone, they miraculously acquire the knowledge of how healthcare works in the real world and that they know what is best for our hard-earned money to be spent on?
Waste by employees increases when private companies grow large and the same thing happens when government agencies grow too large. Throwing more money at the problem wont fix it, but it will increase the amount of wasteful spending and create more layers of bureaucracy that must be paid for.
While it is important that as a civilized country we take care of our seniors and aged population, it is also important that we control costs and provide the best care available on a local level. This is a very complicated issue that the federal agencies and politicians want to address, but maybe it needs to be addressed by individual states. After all, our Constitution does not allow our federal government the right to dictate to the states how this should be handled and they are proving that they are not adept at controlling costs for such a large program. Do we really want to have our healthcare rationed nationally and innovative technologies created by the private sector squashed by going to a socialist healthcare program? There have been other countries in the past that have allowed a government to control too many aspects of their lives on a national level, and they did not survive.
Robyn HamlinGroup Benefits Inc.St. Louis
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