Tim Huelskamp is a Republican congressman representing the 1st District of Kansas. Sometimes he tweets stupid stuff on Twitter like this gem where he posts an article about a doctor in Kansas who has stopped accepting insurance and instead charges people a money fee and just accepts payment upfront. Sounds like a good idea. No more red tape, no more high overhead and the article posted, which leads to Breitbart.com makes this seem like the best thing since sliced bread.
The problem is Huelskamp uses Breitbart as a legitimate source. You can’t use Drudge or Breitbart if I can’t use Huffington Post or Think Progress. You can’t use Fox News if I can’t use MSNBC. If you actually find the article that Breitbart copied and pasted from on CNN Money, you learn that there is more to the story. Specifically, professionals worried this will negatively impact low- to middle-income people who can’t afford $40 a month to see a doctor or who can’t pay $5,000 upfront for surgery. The doctor the interview is about does recommend that people have insurance for the big money stuff like surgeries and hospital stays so he does at least preface what he does with that.
What’s interesting is that the article specifically says he hired a bunch of people to deal with paperwork. Without paperwork, I’m assuming he fired all those people? Also, what he’s doing is like insurance in that you’re paying for a something each month that you may or may not use. Somehow I feel that if too many doctors start doing this, this may be the way insurance companies get them to stop.
I also want to point that insurance was a complicated, convoluted beast long before Obamacare came into the picture.