Read my lips: We need healthcare
That being said, wage earners pay for the baseline. They contribute a higher share during peak earning years that stops when 1) people are eligible to retire and 2) people do not have the means to support themselves independently. That second caveat introduces the idea that people who are well off are exempt from the benefit if and until their wealth is depleted and they become eligible.
Benefits should be apportioned based on individual needs and circumstances determined by a simple formula for ease of administration.
The challenge to Congress and the President is to produce such a plan and program and to define the funding and self-sustainable mechanism.
There is no need to turn health care into a public institution. Private sector care can provide the services that are paid for by a combination of private and public funding mechanisms whereby all patients are assured equal treatment under the law without discrimination based on the source of payment.
That is not a difficult task for competent legislators to address. I could do it myself.
We are not asking for repeal; we are demanding legislation that satisfies these needs.
“House GOP to resume health-care repeal effort, but with more civil tone
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, January 14, 2011; 12:00 AM
House Republican leaders said Thursday that they will begin their effort to repeal the new health-care law next week, a return to normal legislative business after the shootings in Arizona suspended activity on Capitol Hill.
But no one quite knows what normal will look like, following a wrenching week in which members confronted concerns about their own safety and whether their heated rhetoric played any role in last Saturday's shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 18 others.
As Giffords recovers in a Tucson hospital, many of her colleagues in Washington said they plan to change the tone in the House, a body that has served as the epicenter of caustic political debate for the past 20 years.
"It doesn't mean the issues go away, it doesn't mean that the positions on those issues change, but yes, this is going to affect everybody," said Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.).
House Republicans had envisioned repealing the health-care law as a triumphant moment - a chance to vote down legislation that helped inspire the tea party movement.”
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