Mr. President We don’t Believe You!

By Ric Joyner

I was hoping that President Obama had heard the people in the town halls, watched his poll numbers dive over health care reform and the economy. We just don’t have the money to spend on another program. I read the pundit magazines that he was going to develop his own plan and encourage congress to work together to create health reform. But that is not what I heard in the speech. I predicited that he would come out swinging and he didn’t disappoint. But was this the right approach? The speech reiterated the same points we have heard over the last few months…

1. This speech reinforced HR 3200 the house bill that is 1017 pages long. You can review the bill and the CBO (congressional budget office) that scored the bill in the trillions.

  • Employers required to pay for health insurance for employees or be taxed
  • Employees required to purchase health insurance
  • Creation of exchanges to allow people to purchase insurance
  • Public option to compete against insurance companies

Isn’t this HR 3200? What happened to a new bill or a listening to the public which would like to see reforms in the area of getting coverage to everyone?

2. Insurance companies make record profits and require regulation. St. Petersburg Times Politifact.org says that this is false. In other words, demonize an industry. The truth is that they make 4% profit when other companies make 10-25%! See article in Wall Street Journal.

3. That he came into to a fiscal mess blaming the previous administration. But he doubled and tripled the deficit with wreckless spending. We will face higher taxes when it comes to pay back this money.

4. That his economic stimulus package is working and that he is saving the economy. Truth is that only 10% of the stimulus package has been spent!

5. That it won’t cost 1.5 trillion but $900 billion and would not cost the tax payers any money and would not increase the deficit. WHAT? Something for nothing? This is why we don’t believe you, Mr. President.

6. We need a public option even though Americans are against it. This is socialized medicine similar to Canadian Care which means waiting lines. And with medical issues, speed is the key.

7. Medicare has waste and fraud. He will take $800 billion of savings in waste and fraud out of medicare now! Why not fix medicare with out a health care reform? 

Mr. President we don’t believe you. A talking head tonight said, “His proposal is like listening to a late night infomercial that says eat what you like, sit on the couch and you will lose weight if you take this pill”. We all know that it is not true and neither is the pie in the sky health care reform. Mr. President you burnt your bridges with us by saying you were a moderate when in fact, you are a radical and left wing in your beliefs during the election. Now we know better and it is harder for us to believe you on anything else.

We want to see the people who truly can’t get insurance get it. This can be done for @ $30 billion per year depending on how we design the coverage.

Legal reform for medical malpractice. Caps on both the defense and complaintant.

Tax credits for people to purchase insurance.

Revenue neutral

Targeted reforms done incrementally with bi-partisan support.

Help us fund www.fixthe15percent.org

Help us help you Mr. President versus taking over 1/7 of the economy that we can’t afford over an ideology for government taking over.

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About rjoyner

Ric Joyner, CEBS, GBA, CFCI Customer Experience Officer Ric is a founder of eflexgroup.com a national web based TPA for Cafeteria, HRA, HSA, Transit, VEBA and COBRA plans. eflexgroup is a leader in self-service employee benefit systems. eflexgroup was the first TPA in the industry to go “online” in 1999 allowing employees to self-serve 24 hours per day. He has lead the industry with eflex by placing provable customer service statistics, live, on eflexgroup.com Ric is celebrating his 32nd year employee benefits. He helped create TPAs such as TASC and Employee Benefits Corporation in Madison WI. He was a licensed insurance agent for 29 years. The designations Mr. Joyner holds are; Certified Employee Benefits Specialist, Group Benefit Associate, Certified Flexible Compensation Instructor, board approved by ASPA to teach Cafeteria Plan regulations. Ric also has a bachelors of science in Information Technology and MBA (emphasis is project management) and graduated summa cum laude from Capella University with a 4.0. Ric helped found the National Association of Professional Benefit Administrators (NAPBA.org). NAPBA is dedicated to training administrators in best practices and grass roots lobbying. Ric has served in the past as the Wisconsin Association of Health Underwriters State President in 2003. Ric is a frequent speaker and article writer for prestigious associations such as NAHU.org, NAPBA.org, Wisconsin SHRM, Austin SHRM, PACE.org, International Foundation of Employee Benefits, Tampa Bay AHU, WI AHU, Florida AHU, Florida NAIFA and participates on the List Serves (compliance programs for Consumer Driven Products of NAHU and International Foundation of Employee Benefits)

8 thoughts on “Mr. President We don’t Believe You!

  1. DrPatrick

    These regulations are a good idea, but there still seems to be some holes in the new laws. For instance, health information is not the only thing you can get from your DNA:

    http://dnatestingguides.com/2008/05/what-is-dna-testing/

    For example with the wholesale collection of DNA the government, or any company that so wished, could compile a DNA fingerprint database or trace your ancestry.
    It’s not clear how the new regulations would apply to this. Perhaps the best way to stop companies/governments abusing genetic information, is to not only protect the information, but not let them have it in the first place.

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  2. Sam

    That is not at all how I perceived his speech. I thought it was excellent and gives hope for health care reform.

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    • rjoyner

      Samthanks for your comments. I had lots of "hope" when Senator Obama was elected. Very proud of this country. However he has destroyed any credibility he has with me and many Americans by running in the middle and clearly is radical and has a socialistic big government agenda. This means that little of what he says I and millions of others trust. Another example of this is illegal immigrants and abortions being funded. He said both were excluded in the bills, yet there is no bill until markup happens AND factcheck.org (which leans left) says the President is not telling the truth. And recently he called for illegal imigration reform (aka possible amnesty) thus his statement at the Joint Session could be true. So do we now have to read into everything he says? I don't trust him.

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  3. Sam

    The disrespectful comments made by a certain republican resprestative tells it all. Right wingers are trying to manipulate people's perception of the health care reform to try to shut it down.. Thank goodness President Obama will not tolerate this and the American people still have the overal opinion

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    • rjoyner

      Joe Wilson's comment doesn't tell it all. He was out of line. What I would like to see is the Democrats fess up to their total disrespect for Bush while he spoke and in the press. I didn't like Bush but hey lets not pull the board out of Joe Wilson's eye when the Democrats got a skyscrapper in theirs.

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  4. Tweet

    I think Mr. Joyner's piece is actually dead on. Americans can't trust Obama. He is a radical liar with hidden motives to institute socialism in America. But that is not the American way. If he believes in socialism so much, he should go back to his mother country (Kenya), or to Russia – and take his Czars with him!

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  5. jim

    Sam, it is clear by your comments that you have not read the bill, HR3200. Just think, if there was savings in Medicare, go get them. You do not need legislation to do that. This just tells us it is not true. How come we do not hear this from the private carriers? There is accountiblilty to the $$ they spend. Stop beleiving the politiacan and force them to prove it. What have they run to any effectiveness? It is corrup! Just think.

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