The pause seems to be ending in the inept debate in Congress on health care. After a year of strugglesome comfort might be taken from the fact that neither of the monstrosities passed by the House or the Senate has become law.
Howevertruer than ever is the adage that "no man's lifeliberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session." The change of one Senate seat is not a solid foundation to protect us from the threat of massive government intrusion in American medicine. And President Barack Obama's State of the Union address indicated that all the worst features of last year's House and Senate bills are likely to come roaring back.
If the best defense is a good offensereal reforms should be put forward now that permit better and more affordable health care and that expandrather than restrictpersonal choice and freedom.
Ralston also offers the following excellent guidelines for our politicians:
The best way to evaluate reform proposals isfirstto determine the direction in which they would take us. More government spending or less? More or fewer taxes? More or fewer government agencies? More freedom and choicesor more obedience to rulesregulations and mandates? More decisions by physicians to best meet the unique condition of each patientor more government enforcement of "protocols" that physicians must apply to all patients? Privacy for the doctor-patient relationshipor the turning over of all personal medical records to the government so it can monitor and supervise doctors' decisions?
President Obama has asked Americans to give him their own ideas on how to reform health care. Ralston has stepped up nicely. Let's hope the President and Congress decide to listen.