The following ‘Letter’ appeared in the WSJ on Oct 28, 2012:
You’re Wrong, Medicaid Is Broken
The letter of Oct. 20 from Emily Spitzer of the National Health Law Program proclaims that Medicaid isn’t broken. Having been in medical practice for over 30 years, I beg to disagree. Talk to physicians, Ms. Spitzer. I have some Medicaid patients who really are poor and in need of medical care—we see those for free. I quit seeing other Medicaid patients.
Then we have Medicare, for which I am not only a working physician but also a Medicare patient. Talk about loss of access to care! I can’t get in to see a doctor without begging. Access to care doesn’t mean that you have a “card.” It means that you can see a physician. Not only is Medicaid broken, but because so much has been taken away from Medicare by President Obama, he has broken Medicare as well. ObamaCare is just Medicaid plus.
I bring my pet to the vet—who gets more per visit than I do from Medicare—but at least there is access to care, and I pay with my credit card. That seems to work pretty well. Perhaps the fix with Medicaid would be to just give Medicaid patients a prepaid debit card, let them seek their own care and pay with the card. If they don’t spend all of the money, they can roll it over to the next year.
Robert Frischer, M.D., Wichita Falls, Texas
Allow American families to allocate their own healthcare resources.
Big, ‘government-run programs’ are not the answer. They are the problem.
The Leviticus 25 Plan provides the mechanism to shift the allocation of resources ‘away from the government,’ and ‘to the people.’
This ‘decentralization’ would optimize the natural efficiencies of the marketplace: “We need decentralization because only thus can we insure that the knowledge of the particular circumstances of time and place will be promptly used.” – F. A. Hayek
It would protect the freedom to allocate resources which are consistent with an individual’s personal values” “A society that does not recognize that each individual has values of his own which he is entitled to follow can have no respect for the dignity of the individual and cannot really know freedom.
Once wide coercive powers are given to governmental agencies for particular purposes, such powers cannot be effectively controlled by democratic assemblies.” – F. A. Hayek
The Leviticus 25 Plan would reverse the easy dependence on ‘government-driven, government-administered’ solutions: “It would scarcely be an exaggeration to say that the greatest danger to liberty today comes from the men who are most needed and most powerful in modern government, namely, the efficient expert administrators exclusively concerned with what they regard as the public good.” – F. A. Hayek
The Leviticus 25 Plan safeguards individual freedom and liberty for All Americans.