Friday, August 25, 2006

Fooled again!

How we are fooled sometimes. PT Barnum spoke the truth when he talked about a fool born every minute, and this appears to be my minute.

You see, I ran for a seat on the Central Committee of the Delaware County Republican Party because I thought that Ken Blackwell was a true small-government candidate. I supported his campaign financially because I believed what he said, although I apparently missed what he truly meant in his speeches and campaign literature.

Read the healthcare plan below and guess whether it's from Blackwell or some lesser socialist. Hint: It's Blackwell's plan.

In addition, Blackwell has transportation and energy plans that sound like they are a blend of Corporatism and Mussolini Fascism. Anytime you combine business sectors and government bureaucracies nothing good can result. I had always believed the conservative wing of the Republican Party understood this, now I realize that I am wrong once again.

The Blackwell campaign shows why FA Hayek, Nobel Laureate in Economics, stated that he could never call himself a conservative. The philosophy of the Right has blended with the Left, and now they're both statist fighting over whose central plan works best.

Spending reductions? Tax cuts? Please, you can't reduce spending and cut taxes when you truly believe that government provides the solutions.

Oh, and by the way, I'm in the market for a new gubernatorial candidate. Let me know if you find one on the horizon.

My Plan relies on five keys to success:

Government Reform: The Blackwell Plan will create a five member appointed Commission to coordinate healthcare policy and expenditures and supervise the numerous state agencies involved in the healthcare industry as well as Ohio's Medicaid Program.

Covering the Uninsured: The Blackwell Plan will create a new program called the "Buckeye Health Connection" which will work to provide health insurance to uninsured Ohioans by matching uninsured individuals with private health insurance coverage and facilitate (not replace) those relationships.

Medicaid Reform: The Blackwell Plan will work to address remaining issues reported by the Ohio Commission to Reform Medicaid; namely the creation of a separate Medicaid agency, the modernization of Medicaid's information systems, the establishment of a consumer-directed health care model for Medicaid clients, adequate funding for a complete audit of the Medicaid program, a more consumer-focused approach to clients in our long-term care programs which would enable them to have more control over the care they receive, and lastly ensuring that manipulation of eligibility for Medicaid not be used as a method of exercising fiscal control over the program.

Pharmacy Management: The Blackwell Plan will propose a statewide drug purchasing pool for all programs administered or financed by state government and will recommend pursuing affiliation with one or more of the existing state consortiums to include states already actively managing their pharmacy expenditures.

Insurance Reform: The Blackwell Plan will immediately increase the age a young adult can remain on a family insurance policy to 29, begin to strengthen health purchasing pools by allowing new forms of consumer-directed health care products, including health savings accounts.

1 comment:

Peirce Campaign said...

The Collusive Twins have unveiled their remarkably similar plans for
increasing the number of Ohioans paying for medical insurance. Strickland’s plan is less despotic than Blackwell’s, but both of them miss the main point. The only way to get medical care costs under control is to have a lot of people who routinely check their own medical bills and seek out the best bargains in keeping themselves healthy. (That does not mean that you demand price comparisons while the ambulance races from the crash site to the hospital–most health care decisions are made under less time pressure.)
It is possible to combine Health Savings Accounts with high-deductible medical insurance in a way that gives people an incentive to take care of their health and medical costs, but still provides insurance against the major problems. The Blackwell plan of compulsory insurance amounts to a
very large tax on the poor and their employers. The Strickland plan has Big Momma Government negotiate an insurance plan for you. Neither plan provides any incentive for patients or medical care providers to think about what consumers get from the huge amounts spent on medical care. As long as someone else pays the bill, who cares what it costs?