Home Archives October 2006 Look for health care solutions in further restrictions, control

Look for health care solutions in further restrictions, control

| Print |  Email
Sunday, October 01, 2006


I read KITZHABER’S CURE and I think I can melt your 4½ half pages of text down to the real issue.

Kitzhaber’s problem:  The forces of socialism in this state want more services for more people and don’t want to pay for them. Kitzhaber’s solution:  How do we get businesses to pay for it since federal dollars are not enough and state dollars come from everyone?

I applaud Oregon Business for publishing the article because it reinforces the message that “the price of a free-market economy is eternal vigilance,” to steal a phrase. I just wish the message was a little clearer.

The answer to your cover story question [“Can his health care revolution succeed without business?”] is: No. 

There are some other solutions that deserve many pages of in-depth critical thinking:

1. Stop allowing illegal aliens in this state to drain a lot of resources from the Oregon Health Plan and the health care system.

2. Pass a strict law requiring all parents to purchase at least a basic health insurance policy on their dependent children age 17 or younger.

3. Monitor insurers and independent facility owners more closely in the areas of profits and price-fixing practices.

4. Incent more people to purchase cost-sharing health insurance such as the Health Savings Accounts.

James J. Hisatomi
American Benefits, Portland

 

More Articles

Video: The 100 Best Survey

News
Thursday, August 28, 2014

100-best-logo-2015 500pxw-1OB Research Editor Kim Moore shares some pointers about the 100 Best Companies to Work For survey.


Read more...

Fast Food Slows Down

September 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY KIM MOORE

The ubiquitous fast-food restaurant may be on the decline.


Read more...

College Hacker

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY KLINT FINLEY

Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson builds a 21st-century trade school.


Read more...

What I'm Reading

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kim Ierian, President of Concorde Career Colleges, and Deborah Edward, Executive Director of Business for Culture & the Arts, share their recent reads.


Read more...

Launch

September 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

September's Launch article features Orchid Health, BuddyUp and Inter-Europe Consulting.


Read more...

Podcast: Interview with Pete Friedes

Contributed Blogs
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

082714-thumb friedesbookTom Cox interviews Pete Friedes, author of "The 2R Manager," about becoming a Best Boss.


Read more...

South Waterfront's revenge

News
Thursday, July 24, 2014
MoodyAveBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Remember the naysayers?  Those who called the South Waterfront aerial tram a boondoggle?  Those who rejoiced at the massive sell off of luxury condos at the John Ross and Atwater Place?


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS