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Before the
US House of Representatives, September 23, 2009

Government
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.

Points to
consider:

  1. No one
    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.

  2. If medical
    care is provided by government, this can only be achieved by
    an authoritarian government unconcerned about the rights of
    the individual.

  3. Economic
    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
    of corporatism.

  4. More dollars
    into any monopoly run by government never increases quality
    but it always results in higher costs and prices.

  5. Government
    does have an important role to play in facilitating the delivery
    of all goods and services in an ethical and efficient manner.

  6. First,
    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.

  7. The costs
    are obviously too high but in solving this problem one cannot
    ignore the debasement of the currency as a major factor.

  8. Bureaucrats
    and other third parties must never be allowed to interfere in
    the doctor/patient relationship.

  9. The tax
    code, including the ERISA laws, must be changed to give everyone
    equal treatment by allowing a 100% tax credit for all medical
    expenses.

  10. Laws dealing
    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    voluntary agreements with their patients must be repealed.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.

  11. Insurance
    sales should be legalized nationally across state lines to increase
    competition among the insurance companies.

  12. Long-term
    insurance policies should be available to young people similar
    to term-life insurances that offer fixed prices for long periods
    of time.

  13. The principle
    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.

  14. The cozy
    relationship between organized medicine and government must be
    reversed.

    Early on,
    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.

  15. Threatening
    individuals with huge fines by forcing them to buy insurance
    is a boon to the insurance companies.

  16. There must
    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.

  17. We must
    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.

True competition
in the delivery of medical care is what is needed, not more government
meddling.

See
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September
26, 2009

Dr. Ron
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

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