Palin approach

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 Palin’s
approach
G
         iven the perpetually increas-
         ing costs of health care
         and all the interconnected
industries, there really isn’t much
argument against reform. It’s been
talked about for years, if not decades,
with plenty of finger-pointing at
primary players such as pharmaceu-
tical companies, doctors, Medicare
and Medicaid, insurance companies,
hospitals, malpractice attorneys,
regulators of all stripes, Congress
and patients themselves.
   The issue is complex, to say the least. So
complex, in fact, a substantive plan deemed
worthy of debate by Congress did not surface
until this year.



                                                                         No one going hog wild over this tax credit
   Unfortunately, many of the arguments
surrounding President Barack Obama’s health
care proposal have little to do with the specific
merits of the plan. Instead, controversy keeps
erupting regarding somebody’s interpretation
of the plan, or what somebody else believes
the plan says, or what yet somebody else said
they heard from somebody who said they read
in the plan that will ruin our country.
                                                                   W      hat if you gave a party and nobody
                                                                          came?
                                                                      Or, this being the Statehouse, what if you
                                                                                                                          ments required by law to a qualified swine
                                                                                                                          production facility. Now, you’d think if you
                                                                                                                          were raising hogs for a living and wanted
                                                                                                                                                                                your own land and get a tax credit for it.
                                                                                                                                                                                Environmentalists ought to love it. Well,
                                                                                                                                                                                nobody did.
   We know, we get the e-mails just like every-                    gave a tax credit and nobody used it?     ?                to make sure that you are up-to-date                 The state hasn’t paid out any money
body else. This monumental and necessary                              Both involve probably good                                      n
                                                                                                                                     en
                                                                                                                                and environmentally responsible, this           or cut anyone’s tax bill under provisions
attempt to rein in skyrocketing costs has be-                      intentions, but it’s got to be a little                            d
                                                                                                                                 would be a good deal. Do what’s right          of that law that at one time sounded like
come a classic war of disinformation. Here’s                       embarrassing. What sounded like a                                   g
                                                                                                                                  and get a tax credit for it. Sounds           a pretty nice little deal — maybe worth a
one influential individual’s recent take:                           good idea to at least one legislator                           goodd
                                                                                                                                  good, and some legislator must have           bullet point on a campaign brochure in
   “The America I know and love is not one                         and which a majority of legislators                                 d
                                                                                                                                    had something in mind when it was           Lawrence or Johnson County.
in which my parents or my baby with Down                           were convinced was a good idea, the                                  p
                                                                                                                                        proposed and later passed. No              Now, there are dozens of tax credits that
Syndrome will have to stand in front of                            governor concurring therein, just                                     takers. Not one dime has been          are used by Kansans ranging from invest-
Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can                       didn’t find any takers.                                                deducted from anyone’s taxes           ment in local seed capital funds to that big-
decide, based on a subjective judgment of                             Why? Who knows? But at                                                for making those improve-           gie, the food sales tax refund for the poor.
their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether
they are worthy of health care. Such a system
                                                                   some point, certain breaks were
                                                                   considered to be sound public
                                                                                                        M       ARTIN
                                                                                                           At the Rail
                                                                                                                         H AWVER ments.
                                                                                                                                               And, here’s an envi-
                                                                                                                                                                                   But, you gotta wonder whether some
                                                                                                                                                                                of those narrow, rifle-shooting credits just
is downright evil.                                                 policy designed to encourage                                             ronmental deal that on its          missed the target, or whether there was
   “ ... And we’re saying not just no, but hell                    Kansas taxpayers to do something that                  surface sounds like a good idea, but didn’t           even a target there to hit.
no!”                                                               they probably should have done anyway or               go anywhere: It’s an income tax credit for               It makes you wonder whether the tax-
   The source of this insightful examination                       would have like to have done if it didn’t cost         a property owner whose land is designated             cuts-to-encourage-behavior actually do.
of the proposed reform? Former Alaska Gov.                         so much.                                               as a critical wildlife habitat or who incurs               Syndicated by Hawver News Co. of Topeka,
Sarah Palin.                                                          Here’s one: Swine Facility Improve-                 expenses for managing that critical wildlife            Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver’s Capitol
   With all due respect, such comments will                        ment Credit. It’s a credit against your                habitat area so that its wildlife is protected.         Report. To learn more about this statewide po-
not help further reasonable debate of the                          state income taxes for making improve-                    Sounds good — help protect wildlife on             litical news service, visit www.hawvernews.com
issues. They only will serve to fan the flames
of uninformed outrage already running


                                                                           Making promises your policies can’t keep
rampant throughout the country. If this is an
example of how the former vice-presidential
candidate plans to change Washington from
the outside, we will be no more the better.
   Palin backtracked a little Monday. The lat-
est posting on her Facebook page encourages
civil discourse of the health care overhaul.
She said people should “stick to a discus-                         I  keep reading about health-care “reform,”
                                                                      but I have yet to see anyone explain how
                                                                   the government can make it easier for more
                                                                                                                        costs while boosting demand?
                                                                                                                            The reformers make vague promises
                                                                                                                        about covering the increased demand by
                                                                                                                                                                                borrowing. The Fed will print more money,
                                                                                                                                                                                and we’ll have more inflation. Everyone will
                                                                                                                                                                                be poorer.
sion of the issues and not get sidetracked
by tactics that can be accused of leading                          people to obtain medical services, control           cutting other costs. We should know by now                  The Times story adds: “They are com-
to intimidation or harassment. Such tactics                        the already exploding cost of those services         that such promises aren’t worth a wooden                mitted to rewarding high-quality care,
diminish our nation’s civil discourse which                        and not interfere with people’s most inti-                nickel. The savings never materialize.             by paying for the value, rather than the
we need now more than ever because the fine                         mate decisions.                                                  Some of the savings are sup-                volume, of (Medicare) services.”
print in this outrageous health care proposal                         You don’t need to be a Ph.D. in                              posed to come from Medicare.                     Value to whom? When someone buys
must be understood clearly and not get lost in                     economics to understand that gov-                               The Times reports “Lawmakers                 a service in the market, that indicates he
conscientious voters’ passion to want to make                      ernment cannot do all three things.                             also agree on proposals to squeeze           values it more than what he gives up for it.
elected officials hear what we are saying.                          (Judging by what Paul Krugman writes                            hundreds of billions of dollars out          But when the taxpayers subsidize the buyer,
Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized                      at tinyurl.com/lgpr4o, a Ph.D. may be                          of Medicare by reducing the growth            the link between benefit and cost is broken.
health care any reason to criticize us.”                           an obstacle.)                                                  of payments to hospitals and many             Market discipline disappears.
   While we believe she was referring more                            The New York Times describes a                                  other health care providers.”                 Listening to the health-care debate, I
specifically to the latest spate of supposedly                      key part of the House bill: “Law-                                     With the collapse of the               hear Republicans and Democrats saying
spontaneous and grassroots effort of scream-                       makers of both parties agree                                            socialist countries, we ought        it’s wrong to deny anyone anything. That
ing at lawmakers during town meetings, her                         on the need to rein in private
                                                                   insurance companies by ban-
                                                                                                        J          S
                                                                                                           OHN TOSSEL
                                                                                                         Myths and Lies
                                                                                                                                           to understand that bureau-
                                                                                                                                           crats cannot competently set
                                                                                                                                                                                head-in-the-sand attitude is why Medicare
                                                                                                                                                                                has a $36-trillion unfunded liability. It’s not
point should be taken. Particularly by herself.
   Our hope is that her latest words race                          ning underwriting practices                                             prices. When they pay too            sustainable — and they know it.
around the Internet as much as her “death                          that have prevented millions of Americans            little, costs are covertly shifted to others, or            They’ve given us a system that now can
panel” post did. The health care debate is in                      from obtaining affordable insurance. Insur-          services dry up.                                        be saved only if bureaucrats limit cover-
need of educated critique, not mere empty                          ers would, for example, have to accept all               When they pay too much, scarce resourc-             age by second-guessing retirees’ decisions.
rhetoric.                                                          applicants and could not charge higher               es are diverted from other important uses               Government will decide which Medicare
                               Editorial by Patrick Lowry          premiums because of a person’s medical               and people must go without needed goods.                services have value and which do not. Retir-
                                plowry@dailynews.net               history or current illness.”                         Only markets can assure that people have                ees may have a different opinion.
                                                                      No more evil “cherry-picking.” No more            reasonable access to resources according to                 One might be willing to give up the last
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                                                                   by no means certain misfortune befalling a           AARP will scream bloody murder. The                         But when taxpayers pay, the state will
                                                                   given individual. Government-subsidized              elderly vote in large numbers, and their                make one choice for all retirees.
                                                                   coverage for people already sick is welfare.         powerful lobbyists will be listened to.                     Now, to reduce the financial burden of
Reader Forum Policy                                                We can debate whether this is good, but                  The government will then give up that               the medical system, Obama proposes a
Please limit your submissions to 600 words. They will be
                                                                   let’s discuss it honestly. Calling welfare           strategy and turn to what the Reagan                    plan that inevitably will extend the second-
edited for length and clarity. They must be signed and             “insurance” muddies thinking.                        administration called “revenue enhance-                 guessing to the rest of us. So much for his
include a name, address and daytime telephone number.                 Such “reform” must increase the de-               ment”: higher taxes on the “rich.” When                 promise not to interfere with our medical
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                                                                   mand for medical services. That will lead to         that fails, because there aren’t enough rich            decisions.
Hays, KS 67601. You also can send them by e-mail to                higher prices. Obama tells us that reform            to soak, the politicians will soak the middle              John Stossel is co-anchor of ABC’s “20/20” and
readerforum@dailynews.net.                                         will lower costs. But how do you control             class. When that fails, they will turn to more              author of “Myth, Lies, and Downright Stupidity.”




Reader Forum
         Little resemblance                           meetings every four years.
                                                         We are constantly seeking ways
                                                                                                   women’s religious orders to take
                                                                                                   back to Rome.
                                                                                                                                               stay healthy and out of emergency
                                                                                                                                               rooms.
                                                                                                                                                                                         are helping build our workforce as
                                                                                                                                                                                         part of their overall support for the
   I am writing in response to                        to improve the quality of our                         Sister Alice Ann Pfeifer, C.S.A.      About 340,000 Kansans are              safety net.
Friday’s article by Associated Press                  response to Jesus and to his gospel                                1703B Henry Drive     uninsured. Nationwide, 45.7 mil-             This year, the Kansas Legislature
reporter Eric Gorski headlined                        message.                                                                                 lion people — nearly one in six           voted to increase funding for safety
“Catholic sisters queried about
doctrine, fidelity.”
                                                         In June, Sister Joann Sambs re-
                                                      ported her visit with Mother Mary
                                                                                                                 Safety net                    Americans — is without a source
                                                                                                                                               of primary care. But even if all
                                                                                                                                                                                         net clinics, with some of those funds
                                                                                                                                                                                         targeted to workforce development.
   It is almost amusing how little                                                                    Gov. Mark Parkinson has                                                            Similarly, several Kansas founda-
                                                      Clare Millea had been most genial                                                        Americans suddenly had health
resemblance there was between                                                                      proclaimed this week as Primary                                                       tions have continuously supported
this story and my own congrega-                       and productive.                                                                          insurance, millions still wouldn’t be
                                                                                                   Care Safety Net Clinic Week. This                                                     the clinics, including access to oral
tion’s recent experience with the                        Mother Clare had never before                                                         able to access primary care because
                                                                                                   recognizes the clinics in our state                                                   health services. Qualified dentists
Vatican’s investigation.                              heard of the Sisters of St. Agnes,           that literally provide a “safety net”       of where they live. There simply
                                                                                                                                                                                         and hygienist also are needed
   Earlier this year, our general                     but she was eager to hear our                for the most vulnerable Kansans             aren’t enough doctors and nurses
                                                                                                                                                                                         throughout the state.
superior in Fond du Lac, Wisc.,                       story and to examine printed                 — those who are uninsured and               in places that need them most. In            As more people look to these
informed us that an inquiry was in                    materials about us made available            underinsured.                               Kansas, this includes both rural          clinics for their health care, we
the offing, and that it would focus                    to her.                                         In 2008, these clinics provided          areas and the inner city.                 are grateful for the commitment
on our “quality of life.”                                At the end of the visit, Mother           comprehensive primary care to                  On behalf of its 43 safety net         of these leaders to the medically
   The fact is, we inquire into our                   Clare said she had been deeply               more than 189,000 people, regard-           clinic members, KAMU wishes to            underserved.
quality of life ourselves at meetings                 touched by her involvement in the            less of their ability to pay. The           thank the state legislators, private            Cathy Harding, executive director
in Wisconsin every summer and in                      Vatican inquiry, and she will have           clinics play a vital role in our com-       foundations and many individuals                      Kansas Association for the
a major way at our general chapter                    a very positive message about U.S.           munities by helping their patients          who recognize this problem and                           Medically Underserved

				
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