Monday, July 28, 2008

It's the government involvement, Gov. Beshear

Just saw this from a recent gubernatorial trip to Somerset:
“We need to start emphasizing preventative health care and wellness,” (Governor Steve Beshear) said. “That’s why health care is so expensive.”

Sounds like more government programs are headed our way.

Lowering excessive government spending, regulation, and utilization could more effectively address medical costs than changing lifestyles the way Gov. Beshear wants to do ever will.

He is talking about educating people to choose good habits but continuing to subsidize the bad ones.

Getting rid of Certificate of Need and removing welfare benefits from illegal drug abusers would work better. Raising deductibles and co-pays for government workers and retirees would help.

Instead, of course, Beshear wants to dig the hole deeper by signing up more people on government health insurance:
"Questions were also raised about the K-CHIP program, which offers free health care to children in families that are 200 percent or below the federal poverty level."

"Some 60,000 to 65,000 children qualify for the K-CHIP program in the state that aren’t in it, and Beshear said more must be done to give children the health care they need to stay healthy and develop well mentally and physically."