I watched the inauguration of President Donald Trump this morning as I worked at my laptop. I am always in awe of the moment of inauguration when the leadership of our country changes hands. President of the United States – what a huge responsibility for anyone to take on!
To be quite honest, I did not vote for Trump, nor did I vote for Hillary Clinton. I am afraid my vote was a protest vote because, in Utah, we had the opportunity to vote for conservative Evan McMullin if we were not crazy about either major party candidate. However, if I thought Utah was in real danger of going over to Clinton, I probably would have voted for Trump just to be on the safe side.
Why was I that opposed to voting for Clinton? There are many reasons, but not the least of them is that she would have continued and probably doubled down on Obamacare. There would have been even more government regulation of health care, hence even less freedom.
She was talking about increasing subsidies for health care plans, which only increases the government involvement in our personal business, not to mention an even more bloated national debt. I fear that she really does not understand the health care market and the fact that government has been the driver for more expensive health care, especially hospitals.
The crony capitalism that goes on between tax-exempt health systems, legislators and bureaucrats is one of those drivers. Large health care systems have the wherewithal to lobby and gain influence with our lawmakers. This is especially exemplified in an article I received from a new Facebook friend, Dr. Kathleen Brown who is a dermatologist in Oregon. The way these tax-exempt hospital systems are raking up bucks while providing fewer community benefits is disgraceful. I’ll let you read the article. Here’s the link.
It looks like many lawmakers in Oregon are getting frustrated with that situation. I think the tax-exempt status of cash-heavy “health care” systems is a non-partisan issue for two reasons.
- The way they come by all that surplus/profit (or whatever you want to call it) is by ridiculously overcharging insurance payers for patient services, but even the amount of reimbursement that is negotiated down leaves a profit margin for the hospital.
- Additionally, the fact that these tax-exempt “health care” systems are amassing so much money, much of it not being sunk into charity care, while they are not paying taxes is robbery of taxpaying citizens.
Because of government involvement in health care, the system has become way too complex and cumbersome, which leads to expensive health care.
I will be discussing in future blog posts the negative effects our bloated government has had on the delivery and payment of health care as well as some important definitions in the world of health care that I don’t believe the average person understands because of how these terms are convoluted in the mainstream media.
I wish everyone a great weekend as we (hopefully) really do look to a brand new day in health care.