Idaho's Looming Fake
Health Care "Crisis"
Want to know what Idaho's economy will look like after the State Legislature
implements Hillarycare for Idaho? Let's take a quick gander at Tennessee,
the Davy Crockett state that implemented TennCare.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, in 1994, Tennessee legislators
implemented a state health care program that was supposed to "lower health
care costs while covering more of the 'uninsured.'" TennCare currently
covers 1.3 million of Tennessee's 5.8 million people, hundreds of thousands
who do not qualify for Medicaid -- including some who earn a six-figure
income, and supposedly provides volume discounts, preventative care, and ad
If you need an aspirin, TennCare pays for it. If you need Tums for your
tummy, TennCare pays for it. If TennCare refuses to pay for it, you can sue
TennCare -- i.e., the taxpayer -- up the waazoo. Each appeal costs
Tennessee $1,600 and 10,000 appeals are filed each month. That's a shark
frenzy of $16 million per month or $192 million per year in legal fees.
It's cheaper for TennCare to pay for the damn aspirin.
After 10 years of TennCare, what are the results?
TennCare eats up one-third of Tennessee's budget and is growing rapidly.
Three of the 11 private health insurance carriers are bankrupt. Tennessee's
Governor Bredesen can't get past the shark frenzy of lawyer-lobbyists at the
Tennessee Justice Center to implement new legislation that would dump
As predicted, TennCare's outrageous expenses have chopped into another state
program: Tennessee's public education system (which should be called TennIQ,
an apt description of the IQ level of those who voted for TennCare). The
Governor of Tennessee, the Tennessee state legislature, and Davy Crockett
and all his coonskin caps are now praying for the good ol' days of
simple-minded medical fraud, bureaucracy, and mismanagement called Medicaid.
Wake up Idaho. Even if one doesn't understand the philosophical praxeology
-- human action, individual rights -- of free market capitalism and the
dislocations resulting from governmental intervention into the economy, one
should at least be able to learn from empirical evidence such as TennCare.
Even Sweden and other socialist nations are now running toward private
medical care as their Big Brother national health care experiments have
Watch the new 2005 Idaho legislature. The Liberals and GOP RINOs are
already clamoring to clone TennCare into an IdaCare. Like public
education, state health care is Idaho's latest bogeyman in
Alice's socialist Wonderland. If you think Idahoís $1.1 billion for
Medicaid is expensive, just wait until itís free.
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