Recommended Reading – The Whole Foods Alternative to Obamacare

by Marilou Long on August 12, 2009

in Fiscal Policy,Healthcare,Recommended Reading

In an in the Wall Street Journal today, John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, lays out a very cogent and convincing alternative to the massive restructuring of our healthcare system being proposed by the Democratic leadership in Congress and the Administration.

“With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several notches over the next 15 years as Baby Boomers become eligible for both, we are rapidly running out of other people’s money. These deficits are simply not sustainable. They are either going to result in unprecedented new taxes and inflation, or they will bankrupt us.

While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:”  Please click on the link above for the rest of the column.

We have been extremely concerned about the unseemly rush to pass a healthcare bill that members of Congress haven”t even read, much less understood well enough to explain it to their constituents.

As Mr. Mackey notes, proponents of this approach argue that access to healthcare is a “right”.  How can something be a right if it does not exist in limitless quantities?  If healthcare is a right, can we force people to go to medical or nursing school in order to provide services to anyone who is entitled to them?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Leroy Brown August 18, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I have asked the Express-News to publish and update weekly the growth of the U.S. Defecite. All I get is a run-around. Is it available on the net? What is the address?
Thank you for speaking out on this issue. Please continue to inform those of us that are not very skilfull at searching around on the net. I will write letters to the editors and others when I am sure I have the correct info. One argument is that the health insurance companies need competition. That is why the feds say they need to step in. One talking head says there are over 1,200 companies. What say you? Sincerely, Leroy

Marilou Long August 21, 2009 at 8:51 am

The Congressional Budget Office updates the projections on a monthly basis. The website is http://www.cbo.gov. Scroll down publications for the monthly budget report.

Marilou

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