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Will Obama Health Care Reform look like the Indian Health Service

By Cassandra Effect, August 19, 2009 10:20 am

The White House thinks it is necessary to debunk the so called “myth” of the Indian Health Services in their latest blog post (HERE). 

 Strangely enough, the more they try to explain how the two are different, the more they start to sound the same…..

Take a look at the mission of the IHS  from their website and then delete the words Indians and Alaskan Natives…..it sure sounds like Obama Care to me! (brackets and strikeouts mine)

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for [AMERICAN] Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately [ALL AMERICANS ] 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 562 federally recognized tribes in 35 states.

 Now on the the White House “Mythbusting”

First, the IHS system is not an insurance plan.  And comparing the two is like comparing apples to oranges.  IHS provides comprehensive health care services to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives living on or near reservations in 35 states.  Some of these health services include doctor visits and check-ups, dental and vision care, diabetes prevention and treatment, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and home health care.  IHS also helps construct hospitals and clinics and provides safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Health insurance, by contrast, provides individuals a guarantee to a defined set of benefits for a price.  While the IHS accepts insurance payments for care it provides, it is not an insurance plan. 

So let me get this straight…..we’re not supposed to be freaking out over Obamacare because it is “only” an insurance plan and NOT comprehensive health care?    Indian Health Services covers its members from cradle to grave  – all services including building the medical facilities that normally private enterprise would construct.  And how exactly is that working out?  And a public option that would crowd out private competitors would result in what….the government having to step in to provide these very things!  We have seen the future and it is IHS!  Note the government spending is now considered an “investment.”  Last I checked an investment of money resulted in something that accrued a financial benefit.  Health care is an expense – not an investment.  Just like food, clothing and fuel.  I don’t invest in a tank of gas.  I buy a tank full and then enjoy the utility of that fuel enabling me to drive my car around town.  Its not an investment in my business!

Second, national health reform will not dismantle IHS.  American Indians and Alaska Natives will continue to have access to their Indian health service facilities.

We that’s a relief.

And third, while Indian health has been is historically underfunded, several tribes have developed innovative and award winning approaches to provide health care to their communities. These sites serve as successful models for other rural and public health programs.  President Obama supports IHS which is why he proposed a 13% increase in the FY 2010 budget, and invested $590 million in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.          

Again – their example proves the point of why Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to nationalized health care.  The IHS has been historically underfunded (can you say Medicare?)  And Obama has increased their budget by 13% – which means the IHS costs will double in less than 6 years!  That’s hardly the “bending” of the cost curve that he is so focused on.  So if Dear Leader is increasing the spending on the IHS at rates that are even higher than the health care rate of inflation in the rest of the country, what do we expect from his national plans. 

Which begs the question – WHO WILL PAY?

If you prefer to get your lies in video format watch the video below….. as they say…Shame on people trying to Scare you.  Did they talk to Ezekiel Emanuel yet?  If you haven’t already, see The Health Care Chart that Will Scare YOU to DEATH

 

 

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  1. [...] 30% of American Indians and Alaska Natives are uninsured (how about that great Government health care!? see Will Obama Health Care Reform look like the Indian Health Service) [...]

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