Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Checklist for Progress in Restoring our Healthcare System

Jerry Todd writes:

Jim Coles and I put this together in another form as a way to get to our Congressmen for repeal and replace.

I restructured it as a checklist and told my Congressman Kevin McCarthy by text about two weeks ago that since he didn’t forward the original to the proper committees, we were doing this to urge right moves instead of all the whining from so-called conservatives today.


By Jerry Todd and James Coles III

"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be to-morrow." --James Madison, Federalist No. 62, 1788
Any health care plan must have more than a political foundation, but one that parallels the astounding success of the American economy because of its Founding Principles. Healthcare also has its foundation in the Corporal Works of Mercy - the venue of the Church and Synagogue that has proven success over the centuries and by the number of religious based health facilities in the United States. These must be honored.

Let’s work together and see how the legislation for our new Healthcare system is progressing. Here is a list you can mark up and discuss as the legislation moves through Congress. We have a duty to be proactive – not incessant whining. Our lives depend on it.

      Mandates. All Federal requirements for inclusion in health care policies are hereby repealed.
      The decision to purchase health insurance is an individual choice
      Employers have a choice to provide health insurance as part of employee benefit programs.
      The cost of health care insurance benefits provided shall be exempt from taxation of any kind.
      The provision of health insurance is a commercial activity, including health savings accounts to be managed by the individual states with these exceptions:
      Reciprocity. Each state must recognize insurance policies purchased in other states.
      Citizens/residents of any state may purchase health insurance in any state.
      The US Department of Commerce shall not regulate the processes and procedures.
      Consumers may choose health care insurance ala carte costed-out on an individual basis.
      Types of health insurance policies.
      Minimal insurance to cover emergency medical treatment.
      Well care plus emergency medical care.
      Basic general plans to cover well care, emergency medical care and routine ongoing medical treatments including doctor office visits, testing, and follow up care.
      Insurance companies may offer limited, temporary insurance at the catastrophic care level.
      The regulatory process is a state, not a Federal responsibility
      Federal funding of medical care cannot efficiently, compassionately or economically accomplish optimum care of the individual except as a last resort under major medical and catastrophic care.
      All health care-health service providers shall provide lifesaving treatments in emergency situations whether the patient has health insurance or not.
      The patient shall be fully responsible to pay for compensating the health care provider for services rendered.
      Religious and fraternal institutions will not be discouraged from covering such treatment costs, including paying for such services to a third party provider.
      Medical professionals and institutions along with family or community care givers may not be prohibited from providing pro bono services to the helpless and indigent.
      Tort Reform - Americans longing to return to excellence, accessibility, and affordability in health care will emulate the positive effects tort reform has on malpractice liability in the state of Texas.
      Individuals and families benefiting from emergency and healing care paid by others will be encouraged/required to compensate or “pay it forward” to the benefit of others in a like situation.
      Matters of Faith - No health care provider, and no resident of the United States shall be compelled to provide services or to participate in a health care program that the individual says violates his or her beliefs.
      No individual or institution shall be required to violate their respect for or belief in the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.
Alternatives to commercial health insurance –
      Communal
      Religious affiliated
      Specialized group
      Collective assurance associations
These already exist in various forms with notable success. They may also develop and operate membership health care programs, as allowed by laws of the state wherein formed. These plans shall have the same force and full reciprocity among the States.
Medical care functions best with a philosophy of love and responsibility for the welfare of others. Personal responsibility and the solidarity of a united nation are key.

If you have comments or suggestions, please add them to the comment section and I'll forward them to Jerry Todd and Jim Coles.  Ed.



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