Highlands, NJ—Congressman Frank Pallone’s most recent “Constituent Update”, paid for by constituents of the 6th District, ostensibly seeks to dispel “myths” about government-run healthcare. Congressional candidate and Highlands Mayor Anna Little agrees with most American citizens that the only myths about the healthcare reform bill are those that Pallone would advocate as truth.
First, Pallone claimed that government healthcare will not lead to rationed care, noting that “reform takes insurance company executives out of the decision making process for your family.” Anna Little has retorted by noting that “the vast majority of people would rather make their health care decisions after consultation with their doctor than with a government bureaucrat”. Mayor Little realizes that a lack of competition among insurance companies has led to today’s broken system and has developed an alternative to Pallone’s disastrous bill:
*Tort reform: Lawsuits, and the “threat” of lawsuits, add tens of billions of dollars to health care costs requiring doctors and hospitals to practice “defensive medicine”.While Pallone’s healthcare bill would merely compound the problem, Little’s suggestions would target the root of the crisis and produce genuine, lasting results.
*Allowing health care insurance providers to sell policies across State lines to increase competition, lower cost and increase availability.
*Demonstrating a real commitment to stopping Medicare and Medicaid fraud, estimated to account for 20% of those programs’ total cost to taxpayers.
*Eliminate taxpayer subsidized health care for those illegally in the United States.
*Encouraging HSAs – Health Savings Accounts, which would put people in direct control of their healthcare, without any third party interference.
*Remove antitrust protection for insurance companies.
Next, Pallone made the statement, “We can afford healthcare reform”. Mayor Little asks, “Who can afford Healthcare reform?” The taxpayers will bear an increased burden and see a decrease in the quality of healthcare due to a dizzying new array of government bureaucracy and an increase in the number of individuals who have coverage. Because Congress is exempt from abiding by the reform, Frank Pallone can afford healthcare reform. The taxpayers in the 6th District and the rest of the Country, however, cannot.
Little recognizes that “reckless taxing and spending has created a staggering 14 trillion dollar federal debt and a 1.5 trillion dollar budget deficit, both of which are clearly unsustainable. Government has over stepped its bounds, and must be turned back. No more bailouts and corporate welfare; we will not borrow and spend our way to prosperity. I support a balanced budget amendment and the elimination of earmarks and pork barrel spending.”
Mayor Little will continue to fight against this radical healthcare bill and encourages all Americans to do the same: “The current health insurance bills written by Frank Pallone, proposed by both chambers of Congress and signed by the Obama Administration, should be opposed under any circumstance as they will effectively “socialize” our entire health care insurance and medical delivery system and will ultimately create a single payer government run healthcare system…These provisions will bankrupt businesses and increase the double digit unemployment rate in NJ.”