Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Brian Lapps on Tenncare and the failures of Government supported Healthcare

Former director of TennCare, Brian Lapps discusses the debacle of TennCare and relates it with the current proposal of ObamaCare...

After viewing these videos it should be evident that the failures and abuses of Tenncare is a microcosm of the proposed Obamacare-HR3962.

About Brian Lapps:
As the former director and assistant commissioner of the TennCare Bureau in Nashville , Brian Lapps developed and initiated a comprehensive reform plan for the $4.3 billion program. At the time, TennCare was the most comprehensive and difficult Medicaid Managed Care program in the United States . Mr. Lapps interacted with state and federal officials, nine managed care organizations (HMO’s), providers and multiple constituencies to reign in the program. He has nearly 4 decades of experience in the healthcare industry, including executive positions at several Nashville-area hospitals and healthcare organizations. He is currently a managing director with Harpeth Consulting, a business management consulting firm focused on commercial for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare providers and payers and federal, state and local government healthcare agencies.

As a Registered Nurse in Tennessee, I see abuse of the system every day I work a 12 hour shift. While I wheel a Tenncare recipient to their $40,000 Cadillac Escalade, I often reflect on how they can afford such a luxury automobile while I drive a beat up four door sedan.

It would seem the middle class working man is forgotten and exists as a wage slave. Tennessee offers free healthcare, food stamps, free transportation to and from the Hospital and/or Doctor's office, free housing, and free cell phones as a part of Government Assistance.

The cycles of poverty are definitely alive and being well funded by the often unwilling taxpayers of Tennessee.

Please understand that I am not bitter or angry at the individual who is dependent on the proverbial government teat. I have observed that it is beneficial to the State and the Hospital to keep these people drugged and dependent on the Governmental Handout so that they can be financially reimbursed or write off the services provided.

So the common man (forgotten man) is taxed to death in order to fund the healthcare, prescriptions, etc. of the man who refuses to work and takes advantage of the system. Meanwhile, the Government and Hospital Corporations rake in fiscal profits off of the cyclical financial, spiritual, and intellectual poverties of some Tennesseans.

"If we believe in liberty, we must also remember what William Graham Sumner called "the forgotten man." The forgotten man is the one whose labor is exploited in order to benefit whatever political cause catches the government's fancy.
The type and formula of most schemes of philanthropy or humanitarianism is this: A and B put their heads together to decide what C shall be made to do for D. The radical vice of all these schemes, from a sociological point of view, is that C is not allowed a voice in the matter, and his position, character, and interests, as well as the ultimate effects on society through C's interests, are entirely overlooked. I call C the Forgotten Man .....
They therefore ignore entirely the source from which they must draw all the energy which they employ in their remedies, and they ignore all the effects on other members of society than the ones they have in view. They are always under the dominion of the superstition, of government, and, forgetting that a government produces nothing at all, they leave out of sight the first fact to be remembered in all social discussion—that the state cannot get a cent for any man without taking it from some other man, and this latter must be a man who has produced and saved it. This latter is the Forgotten Man."

-Ron Paul 'The Revolution: A Manifesto'


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