As a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives and a current businessman in Western Ohio, I have long supported making health-care coverage more affordable and accessible. The surest way to do that is through pragmatic, fiscally responsible policies that support true competition in a free marketplace.
The kinds of proposals being put forth by some Democrats on the national stage are the furthest things possible from such solutions. These government-run health insurance proposals will mean higher costs for all Americans through massive tax increases. Rather than yielding better health-care outcomes, however, these tax hikes will only serve to fund a bloated, government-run program that will eliminate consumer choice, diminish patient access to care, and lead to an uneven quality of care.
The current health-care marketplace is designed to support private and employer-sponsored insurance plans as well as government-subsidized programs like Medicaid and Medicare. This provides a variety of flexible coverage options for Americans to meet their highly individualized needs. Under a government-run approach to health-care insurance, these options would eventually disappear until all that is left is the government’s option. If you like standing in line at airports, you’ll love even longer waiting periods and lines to get access to health care. Forget “If you want keep your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
Anything the government runs turns into a bureaucratic morass, replete with high costs and inefficiencies. Against the backdrop of yet another looming government shutdown, can we really trust Washington politicians to manage health-care coverage for all Americans? It is preposterous to think we can turn over our entire health-care system to an inflated government bureaucracy that can’t even seem to agree on how to manage its own existing spending priorities.
When it comes to government-run health-care insurance, there is only one clear choice: to oppose it at all costs.
Bill Montgomery served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1978-1982 and is the current CEO of Celina Insurance Group.