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  1. Dr. Atkinson,

    Again, I’ll agree that health reform needs to happen. But your “extensive explanation” leaves me to wonder what coming out of Washington you agree with and what you don’t.

    “I believe in what the president is trying to do…”

    “Not everyone is going to like every element in it, I know I don’t…”

    We owe it to our children, you say, but is it we owe them? Health care reform? Can you be a little more specific?

    Let’s get into some specifics:

    A poster in the last section described his frustrations with free health care going to illegal immigrants. As things stand now, illegal immigrants get free health care in hospital emergency rooms. So, hospital emergency rooms are often overrun with non-emergency care, simply because it’s free care.

    That’s a problem, so what’s the solution? What stops hospitals from having to treat illegal immigrants, straining both hospital budgets and tax dollars?

    We could insure them through the government, right? I know, I know, there’s nothing that explicitly says that in the current bills that I’ve been able to find, but then why was the amendment offered by congressman Heller defeated, when all it said was that the Social Security verification system already in place would be used to ensure only citizens would qualify for government insurance?

    The Amendment you can find here: http://republicans.waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Heller_Amdt_Text.pdf

    So, what should we believe? That we aren’t going to be forced to insure illegals, or that we’re just not going to address this politically touchy problem?

    It’s nice to say that we’re doing this for our children and all, but is it possible WakeMed has a profit motive behind backing the health overhaul, without regard to if it provides better or worse care? If it’s sustainable or not?

    We hear an awful lot that it’s the “special interests” who are against this reform, what about the “special interests” who’ve been bought off or intimidated into going along with it.

    With that, I refer you to this article from Bloomberg News: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=agRf3IYn786E

    Hard to argue with 16 billion dollars!

    And speaking of special interests, who else stands to make out like a bandit from this reform?

    The Detroit News has a pretty good idea: http://www.detnews.com/article/20090824/AUTO01/908240361/1148/rss25

    But they’re not the one’s behind the bill, of course, these hospitals and unions, they’ve just been bought off by the bills in Congress. So, who are the most important people in crafting health care reform?

    http://www.modernhealthcare.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=CH&Date=20090824&Category=FREE&ArtNo=811009998&Ref=PH&Template=galleryzoom&Params=Itemnr=1

    Let’s just take the top ten. Of the top 10, 9 are politicians, 1 is an union boss, according to ModernHealthcare.com

    But, that’s not to say that the bills aren’t really quality, right? Just ask Obama. Ben Stein was sharp enough to see it in this Washington Times article: http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/24/hes-spending-your-future/

    “Why be scared of a government health program? After all, the president says, ‘Medicare is a government program that works really well,’ and if ‘we’re able to get something right like Medicare,’ we should have more ‘confidence’ about being able to do it for everyone.

    On the other hand, the president says, Medicare is ‘unsustainable’ and ‘running out of money.’

    By the way, unlike your run-of-the-mill politician’s contradictory statements, these weren’t made a year or even a week apart, but during the same presidential speech in Portsmouth, N.H. At any rate, in order to ‘control costs,’ Mr. Obama says we need to introduce a new $1 trillion government entitlement. It’s a good thing he’s the smartest president of all time and the greatest orator since Socrates because otherwise one might easily confuse him with some birdbrained Bush type.”

    But, this reform will be different, we won’t end up like those other systems, like Briton, where (speaking of doing something for children) thousands of mothers over the past couple years have been forced to give birth anywhere buy a delivery room for shortages of beds. Why the shortage? Government mandated cuts.

    Read about it from the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1209034/The-babies-born-hospital-corridors-Bed-shortage-forces-4-000-mothers-birth-lifts-offices-hospital-toilets.html

    But, America will be different, it won’t be like they have to import even more doctors while America’s best and brightest go into other fields.

    Again, Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1208663/Test-foreign-doctors-coming-practice-Britain-say-GP-leaders.html

    So, we need health care reform. What part of this are you for? Which parts are you against? What would you like to see included that isn’t part of the bills now? Take the forefront in the debate, as you say, and tell us please – what would the Bill Atkinson reform look like specifically? Or does it end with a 16 million dollar windfall, which is really only a partial patch for a problem government created in the first place.

    Or can we learn something from such a notable economist as Dr. Milton Friedman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWsx1X8PV_A&feature=player_embedded

    Is it time to return to people working in their own best self interest to achieve the best possible results?

    I’ve spent a lot of time outlining arguments against the current legislation here, not because I’m against health care reform, not because I care about which team (Republican or Democrat) is running the ball; I have argued against it in my own self interest. Because I don’t trust Obama or Pelosi or any of the other people on the list above who are running our health care system. And even those of you who might, what will you do when a political enemy is in office next – provided with these massive powers over your health care? Are you going to trust them?

    So, finally, Dr. Atkinson, why do you trust these people in government to be working in our best interests? Why do you think they’ll succeed while other nations headed down similar roads have failed to provide the sort of health care available here in America? And even if you do, why would you risk it when we can look at our own history and see that the best care has been made most widely available doing exactly the opposite of what’s being proposed?

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