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Health Care Debate

Jan 15, 2009
I caught John Phipp’s commentary last weekend about how Tom Daschle could be more important to agriculture than the Secretary of Agriculture.  As a small business person serving the ag industry, I could not believe the commentator was actually favorable about socialized health care.  Too bad.  I think we all are in favor of having access to group plans.  But we don’t need universal health care to get that…only legislative action.
 
Sincerely,
John Mattingly
AgMetrics Research & Consulting

*Editor's Note:  Below is the transcript of last weekend's "John's World" commentary.  In addition, John will be responding to this email directly this coming weekend (January 17-18) on U.S. Farm Report:

LIKE THE REST OF AMERICA, FARMERS ARE TRYING TO GUESS HOW THE NEW ADMINSTRATION WILL TACKLE ISSUES. THE RESUMES OF THE VARIOUS CABINET OFFICERS ARE BEING SCRUTINZED BY CONSTITUENTS FOR CLUES AS TO POLICY DIRECTIONS. WHILE MANY IN AGRICULTURE ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON USDA SECRETARY NOMINEE TOM VILSACK, I THINK WE MAY BE MORE AFFECTED BY ANOTHER FAMILIAR FACE IN THE NEW CABINET - FORMER SENATOR TOM DASCHLE.
 
THERE SEEMS LITTLE DOUBT THE NEW ADMINISTRATION PLACES A HIGH PRIORITY ON HEALTHCARE REFORM, AND MR. DASCHLE WILL BE IN OVERALL CHARGE OF THAT EFFORT. HE HAS EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND IN SIMILAR LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS AND AS HEAD OF THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE THE RESOURCES TO EFFECT CHANGE.
 
THE BEST NEWS FOR FARMERS IS HIS FAMILIARITY WITH AG ISSUES AND PROBLEMS. HEALTHCARE IN RURAL AMERICA PRESENTS UNIQUE CHALLENGES OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY HEALTH CARE REFORMERS. BECAUSE SO MANY ARE SELF-EMPLOYED OR WORK AT VERY SMALL BUSINESSES WITH FEW BENEFITS, HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE IS OFTEN TOTALLY INADEQUATE. MANY FARMERS OR SPOUSES ARE FORCED TO WORK OFF-FARM JOBS SIMPLY TO OBTAIN COVERAGE UNAVAILABLE OTHERWISE.
 
BREAKING THE LINK BETWEEN ACCESS TO GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE AND EMPLOYMENT COULD DO MORE TO AID SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED FARMS THAN FARM SUBSIDIES, I BELIEVE. IN ADDITION, IT COULD FREE UP FARM WOMEN ESPECIALLY TO PURSUE A CAREER IN FARMING. WHILE MAKING HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABLE AND UNIVERSAL, ALL AMERICA WOULD BENEFIT, BUT RURAL AMERICA WOULD SEE THE MOST POSITIVE RESULTS.
 
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE USDA IS UNDOUBTEDLY IMPORTANT, BUT FOR MY MONEY, I WILL BE WATCHING TO SEE IF AN OLD FRIEND OF AGRICULTURE CAN HELP US OUT AGAIN.
 
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