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Tea Party Meeting on Health Care

Local Resident Critiques Legislation; Calls for ‘Self Responsibility’

Last spring, up to 1,500 people gathered at the Massapequa Long Island Rail Road station to hold a “Tea Party” rally. The event was part of a nationwide movement, dubbed “National Tea Party Day.”

From that event, a local chapter was formed in the Massapequa area. Earlier this month, on Sept. 1, Massapequa resident Gary Slavin gave a talk at the Massapequa Long Island Rail Road station, lambasting current health care proposals in Washington. Slavin claimed expertise on the subject, noting that part of his financial planning practice is helping clients design employee benefits plans. He said that the health care bill under discussion “doesn’t solve any of the problems we face in health care.”

Specifically, Slavin said such legislation won’t work because it doesn’t deal with malpractice lawsuits or legal reform.

“Doctors are sending us for many more tests than necessary,” Slavin said. “This drives up the cost of health care, but they are doing this to protect themselves against lawsuits. Until Congress and each state deals with legal reform, health care cost will not decrease.”

He claimed that the latter section of the bill would “eliminate states rights which is the foundation of the checks and balances in our constitution.”

Slavin listed his own solutions to health care reform. They include consumer driven policies, private market competition, and a policy that “must be driven by personal responsibility.”

He said that comprehensive reform should also include tort reform that would put an end to many lawsuits. “Lawsuits and the threat of lawsuits have stopped businesses from entering an industry, thereby reducing competition and ingenuity,” he said.

Slavin also said that each state “must design a basic catastrophic coverage option, with a high deductible that includes a waiver of pre-existing exclusion if you had coverage, [plus] an unlimited benefit and the inability of insurance companies to cancel your policy if you get sick.”

“The bottom line is, if you think medical care is a right then you have the responsibility to buy the basic catastrophic policy; if you decide not to, those bills are your headache and not society’s,” Slavin concluded. “It is time we reintroduce self responsibility into the issue of health care and the American way of life.”