Frank Knapp, president and CEO of the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce, recently penned an column that lavishes praise upon the health care plan supported by President Obama and Congressional Democrats and criticizes the conservative opposition led by our own Sen. Jim DeMint (“DeMint putting small businesses at further risk,” July 29).
Mr. Knapp declares that opposition to the legislation will “harm every small business in our state.” According to Mr. Knapp, if Sen. DeMint is able to block the legislation, it will result in higher premiums, fewer businesses offering insurance, fewer entrepreneurs, sicker workers, more bankruptcies and an overall rise in the cost of health care. As a small business owner and pharmacist myself, I strongly disagree with this assessment and applaud Sen. DeMint’s opposition.
The author, in a move straight from the Obama playbook, ignores the issue itself and attempts to isolate and demonize Sen. DeMint.
The Obama health care plan will destroy the best health care system in the world. Details among the various Democratic plans now circulating in Congress include a government audit of all employers that self-insure, an automatic tax increase on all employers without health coverage, an automatic tax increase on all individuals without health coverage, a government committee to decide what benefits must be included in insurance plans. Some proposals even allow direct government access to your bank account and provide full coverage for illegal aliens.
The centerpiece of the plan is the “public option,” i.e. government plan. The public option would “compete” with private insurers and theoretically reduce costs and increase efficiency — probably like the postal service “competes” with FedEx. The post office expects to lose $7 billion this year. FedEx earned $98 million.
Obama’s plan is nothing short of socialized health care. Even those who do not receive it pay for it. President Obama, moreover, has been clear about his goal. He said in 2003 that “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately.”
Canada currently forces its citizens into national health care, and the results speak for themselves. A July 28 US News and World Report article reports that “the median clinically reasonable wait time before receiving neurosurgery is 5.8 weeks. In Canada in 2008 it was 31.7 weeks. For gynecology it’s 5.6 weeks v. 16.1 weeks. And for internal medicine is 3.3 weeks v. 12.5 weeks.”
John Stossel, an investigative journalist, also reported that, “More than a million and a half Canadians say they can’t find a family doctor. Some towns hold lotteries to determine who gets a doctor. In Norwood, Ontario, 20/20 videotaped a town clerk pulling the names of the lucky winners out of a lottery box. The losers must wait to see a doctor.” Canadians who can afford it come to America. Do you know of anyone that travels to Canada for health care?
Mr. Knapp finally claims that Sen. DeMint “does not now support health care reform.”
Perhaps Mr. Knapp should review the record of Sen. DeMint because, again, the facts tell an entirely different story. In June, Sen. DeMint introduced a bill that proposes a health care voucher for individual choice, interstate shopping for coverage to open up the market to more competition, greater flexibility for health savings accounts, further tort reform, more transparency by providers and block-grant funding for states to issue policies for high-risk patients. Mr. Knapp may quibble with any or all of these proposals, but he may not claim that Sen. DeMint, “does not now support health care reform.”
I applaud Sen. DeMint not only for proposing sensible reforms but also for opposing a government system proven around the world to have failed miserably. Thank you Sen. DeMint; we know you will stand strong regardless of those who distort your record.
Mr. Bryant, a pharmacist and small business owner, represents Anderson County in the S.C. Senate.