We have to get costs down. You’re arguing to maintain the current,
unaffordable high cost of health care.
There should be an appeals process built into the system that would allow
people to get the care they feel they need. But when that happened in the
1990s, everyone demanded the care they WANTED, and eventually got it. Which
is how we got to the present situation.
Here is the bottom line. You can’t have an unlimited draw from a limited
pool. True for both private and public pools of money. When you argue that
people should have full control over a preference in doctors or hospitals,
you’re arguing, essentially, for an unlimited draw.
The families demanding Doctor X or Hospital Y don’t know that those doctors
or hospitals are better, because there is no transparency in either results
or pricing. We need both. Without health reform, we get neither.
And that’s what is most important – the health of the nation – not the
life of one individual. Sorry to put it so bluntly, but there it is. You
may not like it, but in demanding Doctor X and Hospital Y, at all costs,
you’re being manipulated by high-priced doctors and hospitals who don’t
want to reveal their pricing, and are thus left out of the new networks.