GOP fails to make a case for a failed health care system

Iowa Republican candidate for the US Senate, Joni Ernst says, ““I stand for the full repeal and replacement of Obamacare.””  Whether you’re a supporter or not ask her this question:  “With what?”

My letter to the editor: The Grinnell Herald-Register, Thursday, September 26,2013
The GOP has failed to make a case for a failed heath care system.

Not only have they failed to make the case, I’ve yet to see where they’ve even made an argument. I’ve heard that the Afford­able Health Care Act will cost more, but an unsupported statement does not answer the question “Why?” and it is not an argument. When asked “why,” the answer I’m hearing is the plan is “too complicated to explain.” This sounds more like ignorance than an argument. If you like, the other choice would he arrogance; they understand it, but we’re too ignorant. I’ve been a registered Republican for 47 years, but that doesn’t mean I will blindly follow the party line into the abyss. Make me proud: follow the money and explain why you oppose it. I’m willing to listen to whoever has a logical explanation. I really don’t know if “Obama Care” is the ideal plan, but what are the odds it’s worse than the one they are defending? Wikipedia says “Health care spending (at 17.9% of GDP) in the United States is characterized as being the most costly per person as compared to all other countries, and despite this spending, the quality of health care overall is low by some measures” (50th for life expectance, 48th for child mortality).

An argument should start by tell­ing us why we don’t deserve or can’t afford the best. And if “Obama Care” isn’t it, then what (I point to at least the 49 other likely candidates above)? Let me tell you what this is all about. The most stalwart principle of the Repub­lican Party is that private enterprise and competition will find the most efficient way. That may be the reason I’ve been a Republican for 47 years. I also spent 35 of those years in the insurance industry and for most of it I believed competition would lead to better health insurance at lower cost, but the industry proved me wrong. For reasons “too complicated to explain,” the industry will never find the solution on its own. But I don’t have to explain; I’m not arguing a hypothetical point. For 40 years health insurance costs have outpaced inflation and while quality of our health care is falling behind other rich countries, cost-wise we are leaving them all in the dust.

Any argument that “Obama Care” will cost more must follow the money. Money doesn’t just disappear; it always goes somewhere. Whether it’s medical services, drugs, lobbying costs, corrup­tions, fraud, waste or company stock dividends, it all feeds back into the economy somewhere. If we are pro­viding less medical services at higher costs than other rich countries, I can only conclude we are already spending much more on the other categories. And no one in either party seems to have a grip where all the money is going now, let alone how the Affordable Care Act would change this. But the Republican Party needs to get their act together, because it looks to all the world like this kamikaze mission is a last ditch effort to avoid the embarrassment that would result should “Obama Care” prove successful. Need I remind you how most kamikaze missions end?