[Rushtalk] Its never too soon to repeal Obamacare
notmyname at thatswaytoomuch.info
Mon Mar 25 10:05:45 MDT 2013
One widespread notion about the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Actknown as
Obamacareis 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 its 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 controlespecially 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 Americansespecially
seniors and employeeswere 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 medicinepropelled
by the idea that health care is a right and
unopposed on moral groundshad 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 treatmentat 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 profitsbut who decides
whats excessive? Hospitals will be punished
for providing what the government deems
inefficientbut by what standard? Statistics?
Algorithms? Political favoritism? As if those who
concocted this system know that what theyve made
is hazardous to peoples 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
yearsit was 5.4 percent before
MedicareObamacare as a house of cards may
cripple the U.S. economy. Rejected by half the
nations states, the 3-year-old dictate achieves
the opposite of its stated purpose to ensure
quality medicine. As the culmination of Americas
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 laws third year mark, we know whats in
itand 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 its too late.
Scott Holleran (www.ScottHolleran.com) is a Los Angeles writer.
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