In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that the Affordability Care Act meets the test of constitutionality in its most significant aspect, the individual mandate, the urgency for new, truthful leadership is obvious. The law intends to transform health care toward a European-style system by shifting nearly 20 million more people into a financially unsustainable and scandalously inadequate government Medicaid insurance program; by dictating required insurance benefits and price of coverage that will cause millions to lose their insurance; and by imposing massive taxes on all Americans and penalties on private sector employers, entrepreneurs, and investors that will cost jobs and threaten innovation. At this moment, the path forward to health care excellence must be articulated in the clearest and strongest of terms, because it is now critical that the American people understand the clear choice at hand and the consequences of inaction.
First, our leaders must clarify that the most serious problem in American’s health care is none other than cost. The next president must overtly acknowledge and protect the proven superiority of America’s medical system in unsurpassed access, exceptional disease outcomes, unrivaled choice, and world-leading innovation that are thoroughly documented in the medical literature. The next president must aggressively and rigorously denounce the false claims of the World Health Organization rankings and other misleading measures that have already been thoroughly discredited by unbiased data, and instead confirm what American citizens and most doctors intuitively understand on their own. And the public needs to understand that despite all of these facts, the ideologically aligned mainstream media has remained silent about the truth – that the ACA law fails by all estimates to reduce the costs of America’s health care. Instead of accepting the massive exaggerations of the magnitude of the uninsured population and the wholly distorted claims surrounding the cost of care for those without insurance, the next president must articulate, in no uncertain terms, that the cost of American health care excellence is the only true crisis, an unsustainable burden to the taxpayer, to employers, to the American economy.