[Rushtalk] It’s never too soon to repeal Obamacare

Paf Dvorak notmyname at thatswaytoomuch.info
Mon Mar 25 10:05:45 MDT 2013


One widespread notion about the Patient 
Protection and Affordable Care Act—known as 
Obamacare—is that the law, which turns three 
years old on March 23, creates a radical health system.


President Obama insists that his signature law, 
which goes into full effect next year, is a 
radical improvement. Its opponents, especially 
conservatives, argue that it’s a radical change 
for the worse. Both sides ignore that Obamacare 
is integral to an unmistakable progression in 
American health care; the law takes us from 
partial to total government-controlled medicine.

Every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has 
advanced government intervention in medicine. 
Harry S Truman was first to propose a 
government-run system, and medicine as a 
profession has incrementally come under 
government control. Lyndon B. Johnson created 
Medicare; Richard Nixon, with Ted Kennedy, 
created HMOs; and every administration since has 
enacted more government control—especially George 
W. Bush, who expanded Medicare. Most of this was done with bipartisan support.

In fact, Obamacare is modeled on a law created by 
the conservative Heritage Foundation and signed by Republican Mitt Romney.

Over 100 years ago, medical care was generally 
paid for and delivered in private. When a labor 
shortage occurred in World War II, businesses 
competed for workers by offering health 
insurance, prompting Congress to tax health 
benefits, which caused an uproar. That prompted 
Congress to declare employers’ health insurance 
expenditures tax-deductible, which guaranteed an 
employer-based health insurance.

In 1965, Congress enacted Medicare. Politicians 
subsequently piled on regulations, causing costs 
to skyrocket while most Americans—especially 
seniors and employees—were shielded from 
accelerating health costs. Medicine, which had 
once been private, was defined and distorted by 
government intervention. By the end of the 
century, government-controlled medicine—propelled 
by the idea that health care is a right and 
unopposed on moral grounds—had prevailed. Step by 
step, the United States had all but nationalized 
the medical profession. Obamacare integrates 
disparate parts of state-sponsored medicine.

Forcing Americans to carry insurance, which the 
law redefines, Obamacare forces insurers to cover 
sick people, dictating terms, prices and treatment—at a cost of $1 trillion.

Consumer and producer alike are merged into the 
system. If insurers are able to co-exist with new 
government “exchanges,” they are permitted to set 
prices only under certain conditions. For 
example, insurers may charge older people exactly 
three times more than younger citizens, whom 
insurers are forced to cover under the shelter of 
their parents’ plans until they are 26.

As the Washington Postconcluded: “Insurers will 
increasingly resemble well-regulated public 
utilities, with new constraints on their rates 
and profits.” For the first time, all health 
benefits will be dictated, as the Health and 
Human Services secretary is mandated to define 
what Obamacare calls “essential benefits.” What 
constitutes “essential benefits”? The law 
prohibits “excessive profits”—but who decides 
what’s “excessive”? Hospitals will be punished 
for providing what the government deems 
inefficient—but by what standard? Statistics? 
Algorithms? Political favoritism? As if those who 
concocted this system know that what they’ve made 
is hazardous to people’s health, Obamacare 
decrees the establishment of an ominous new 
government entity: the National Center of Excellence for Depression.

Health care dictatorship is doomed. Yet with 
national per-person health spending projected to 
be over 20 percent of the U.S. GDP within a few 
years—it was 5.4 percent before 
Medicare—Obamacare as a house of cards may 
cripple the U.S. economy. Rejected by half the 
nation’s states, the 3-year-old dictate achieves 
the opposite of its stated purpose to ensure 
quality medicine. As the culmination of America’s 
history of government-controlled medicine, 
Obamacare threatens every American life.

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi once 
infamously declared that Congress had to pass 
Obamacare to find out what was in it. As we reach 
the law’s third year mark, we know what’s in 
it—and we know it is poison. The public should 
reject the moral premise that health care is a 
right, stop the cycle and put an end to 
government-run medicine before it’s too late.

Scott Holleran (www.ScottHolleran.com) is a Los Angeles writer.

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Paf Dvorak

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