Friday, August 14, 2009

The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare

One of the lies told over and over by proponents of ObamaCare is that the critics of this move toward a government takeover of our health care system are opponents of reform. NO! Not so!

I have seen no one say that the status quo is acceptable. There are numerous proposals for reform that will lower health care cost and will insure more people and yet will not put mechanisms in place to destroy the system we have now, expand the government, or balloon the deficit.

There are two schools of thought on how to fix our broken health care system: one, represented by the current bills before us, will further destroy the remaining remnants of a market system and will transfer control of health care to the government away from the individual; the other will remove some of the obstacle that keep the system we have now from functioning properly and will move us toward greater individual control of healthcare.

John Mackey is co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc. Below is his list of eight specific thing we can do to improve healthcare without adding to the deficit. These are all solid ideas that will yield positive results. Please read them. I think all opponent of ObamaCare need to be able to able to answer the question, "Well, what would you do?" This is a list of eight things we should do.

I cannot help but sometimes think that many of the proponents of a government takeover of health care are not really that concerned about improving healthcare at all, but are instead motivated by a desire to see a radical transformation of society. I sometimes think they do not really want to see problems solved and view real reform as the enemy of revolution. Except for these left-wing ideologues who will be satisfied with nothing short of government nationalization, I would think that most people of goodwill could embrace common sense reform that would improve our health care system.

The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare

By JOHN MACKEY, AUGUST 11, 2009, 7:30 P.M. ET, The Wall Street Journal

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."
—Margaret Thatcher

With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several notches over the next 15 years as Baby Boomers become eligible for both, we are rapidly running out of other people's money. These deficits are simply not sustainable. They are either going to result in unprecedented new taxes and inflation, or they will bankrupt us.

While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. (read more)

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