AARP has confidence in our government; so, you should, too! Their site attempts to promote the reform by identifying Myths vs. Facts, providing a few facts for every myth. They basically parrot what our politicians are telling us. Why don’t I have the warm and fuzzies? Here is the first myth:
AARP: “Myth 1: Health care reform is socialized medicine.”
Me: Depends on how the bill is written. Shall we address the bill?
AARP: Truth: Health care reform will preserve employer provided coverage.
Me: So, if the employers are offering its employees govt-provided coverage (single payer), how is this not socialized medicine? The recently proposed bill limits the ability of insurance providers to compete (how can they compete with the govt?).
AARP: Truth: Public option would allow for greater choice and force competition.
Me: Who wants to compete with the govt? Who can compete with the government? I cannot run my business $1 Trillion dollars in the red, but my govt is chugging along with that debt or greater (depending on which set of books you look at). As insurance companies slowly go out of business, competition slows and prices go up.
AARP: Truth: “Every proposal that Congress is considering would allow people to choose their own doctors and hospitals.”
Me: Ok, but will those doctors be able to choose, in their expert opion, the right care when it is appropriate? How will the current bill affect my doctor’s choice of how to treat me and when. As it is now, doctors are scared of being sued and therefore scared of not treated/testing for every possible scenario.
I’ll have to find the latest version that the House Committee approved and test these Myth/Truth ascertains. More myths to come. Anyone out there with some insight? Any AARP members who will be non-member in the near future?