The Future of Healthcare in America – part 2


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We were promised change when Mr. Obama was elected President.  Well, hang on to your wallets and pray you never get sick, change is coming.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) describes a conversation she had with an insurance industry representative. She says: “I said, excuse me sir, the goal of health care reform is not to protect the private health insurance industry.” She adds: “I am so confident in the superiority of a public health care option, that he has every reason to be frightened.”

The idea that there will be more competition in the healthcare sector with the expansion of the Federally funded programs is counterintuitive.  Because Medicare reimbursement rates in some cases are lower than the cost to provide the service, we can expect fewer healthcare providers.  Surely everyone can follow this to the next step.  With fewer providers, it will take longer and longer just to get seen.  We can also expect that there will be fewer expensive diagnostic tests performed as a cost savings measure.

How long will it be before they start making value decisions:  “Mrs. Ray, your mother is old and its just not worth doing the knee replacement since she is not working.  We have decided euthenasia is the best treatment.  That’s a huge savings for the American tax payers.  Not only do we avoid this big expense, but we’ll also be able to stop her Social Security payments.  Thank you for your contribution.”

Michelle Obama is already advocating the idea that some will have to give something up for the greater good.

“The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”

Mrs. Obama, the last time I checked, this is still a free democratic nation.  Are you proposing that you and Mr. President are going to give up a painfully large percentage of your personal pie so that someone else can have more?  Probably not.  It seems likely that Washington will not personally suffer the same sacrifice that is being asked of all.

The Foundry had this to say:

In an Editorial on Monday, the Washington Post said: “For liberals, labor unions and others pushing to make health care available to all Americans, however, the fixation on a public plan is bizarre and counterproductive.”

As for me, if we allow the Federal Government to force Single Payer – Universal Healthcare on us, we can only expect the worst.  Higher taxes to pay for it, a dramatic loss in the quality of healthcare, and eventually a cost/benefit formula to see who qualifies for the right to get what they need.

Related Posts:

The Future of Healthcare in America – Part 1

Joint Economic Committee Warns to beware of the budget

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