Tim Bishop: Making Quality Care (Un)affordable

by Bill O'Connell on October 15, 2012

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Continuing the review of Tim Bishop’s campaign issues, this one truly demonstrates Congressman Bishop’s economic illiteracy.

Tim Bishop tells seniors they are getting more services, for free no less. Okay, so seniors won’t be paying more. He tells us he has fought to prevent cuts to reimbursements paid to doctors. Okay, so doctors won’t be getting less. He has said that he is firmly against any tax increases to the middle class. So who is paying for the health care, if not the seniors, if not the doctors, if not the taxpayers, then who? Tim doesn’t say. As Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” But Tim Bishop thinks he is smarter than Einstein.

The system has to change, but rather than have a dialogue on how to change it, Tim Bishop voted for a 2,500 page bill, that no one in Congress read if for no other reason than there was no time to read such an enormous bill, and gave us this monstrosity. Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it,” and Tim Bishop said, “Yes, ma’am!”

What Tim Bishop Doesn’t Say

Tim Bishop doesn’t say why he voted to cut $716 billion from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare. Tim Bishop doesn’t say why the cost of ObamaCare which was promised to only cost $1 trillion, is now above that and growing. Tim Bishop doesn’t explain why when President Obama said that health insurance premiums would go down, that the Washington Post gave that statement “three Pinocchios”, for untruthfulness and in 2012 premiums actually went up.

Tim Bishop on his web site says:

Congressman Bishop supported legislation that finally gives the upper hand to patients rather than to insurance companies and keeps health care decisions where they belong: between doctors and patients.

But he makes no mention about the fifteen member Independent Payment Advisory Board. While it is true that the board “is prohibited from making any recommendation that would ration care, increase taxes, change beneficiaries’ benefits or eligibility for coverage, increase beneficiary premiums, increase beneficiary cost-sharing, reduce drug subsidies for low-income beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D, or reduce payments to Medicare providers…,” it leaves few areas to cut except reimbursements to doctors.

This means that doctors will either shift more Medicare costs to their privately insured patients or they will stop accepting Medicare patients. With a rapidly decreasing pool of physicians, rationing will happen, like it or not. Until we start to let market forces come into play in the health care realm, this is just delaying the inevitable disaster.

The government didn’t give us the iPhone, free markets did; the government didn’t give us Wal-Mart, free markets did; the government didn’t give us the Kindle, the free market did. Free markets and competition drive down prices. Single payer health care and fee for service drive up health care. Paul Ryan has a plan to change the way Medicare works, while saving it. Tim Bishop just wants to ignore Einstein and keep doing what has been done for the last fifty years. Just one more mess for our children and grandchildren to clean up. Thanks, Tim!

 

That’s my opinion; I’d like to know yours. Please comment below.

 

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