by Ron Paul: The
Fed’s Interesting Week
US House of Representatives, September 23, 2009
has been mismanaging medical care for more than 45 years; for every
problem it has created it has responded by exponentially expanding
the role of government.
has a right to medical care. If one assumes such a right, it
endorses the notion that some individuals have a right to someone
else’s life and property. This totally contradicts the
principles of liberty.
care is provided by government, this can only be achieved by
an authoritarian government unconcerned about the rights of
fallacies accepted for more than 100 years in the United States
have deceived policy makers into believing that quality medical
care can only be achieved by government force, taxation, regulations,
and bowing to a system of special interests that creates a system
into any monopoly run by government never increases quality
but it always results in higher costs and prices.
does have an important role to play in facilitating the delivery
of all goods and services in an ethical and efficient manner.
government should do no harm. It should get out of the way and
repeal all the laws that have contributed to the mess we have.
are obviously too high but in solving this problem one cannot
ignore the debasement of the currency as a major factor.
and other third parties must never be allowed to interfere in
the doctor/patient relationship.
code, including the ERISA laws, must be changed to give everyone
equal treatment by allowing a 100% tax credit for all medical
with bad outcomes and prohibiting doctors from entering into
voluntary agreements with their patients must be repealed. Tort
laws play a significant role in pushing costs higher, prompting
unnecessary treatment and excessive testing. Patients deserve
the compensation; the attorneys do not.
sales should be legalized nationally across state lines to increase
competition among the insurance companies.
insurance policies should be available to young people similar
to term-life insurances that offer fixed prices for long periods
of insurance should be remembered. Its purpose in a free market
is to measure risk, not to be used synonymously with social
welfare programs. Any program that provides for first-dollar
payment is no longer insurance. This would be similar to giving
coverage for gasoline and repair bills to those who buy car
insurance or providing food insurance for people to go to the
grocery store. Obviously, that could not work.
- The cozy
relationship between organized medicine and government must be
medical insurance was promoted by the medical community in order
to boost re-imbursements to doctors and hospitals. That partnership
has morphed into the government/insurance industry still being
promoted by the current administration.
individuals with huge fines by forcing them to buy insurance
is a boon to the insurance companies.
be more competition for individuals entering into the medical
field. Licensing strictly limits the number of individuals who
can provide patient care. A lot of problems were created in
20th century as a consequence the Flexner Report (1910), which
was financed by the Carnegie Foundation and strongly supported
by the AMA. Many medical schools were closed and the number
of doctors was drastically reduced. The motivation was to close
down medical schools that catered to women, minorities and especially
homeopathy. We continue to suffer from these changes, which
were designed to protect physician’s income and promote
allopathic medicine over the more natural cures and prevention
of homeopathic medicine.
remove any obstacles for people seeking holistic and nutritional
alternatives to current medical care. We must remove the threat
of further regulations pushed by the drug companies now working
worldwide to limit these alternatives.
in the delivery of medical care is what is needed, not more government
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.