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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      voluntary agreements with their patients must be repealed.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
    the Ron Paul File

    September
    26, 2009

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

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