Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump have all expressed support for “universal” or “single payer” health coverage, although Trump is now advocating free-enterprise solutions, notes the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).
“A total government takeover is likely to be the proposed solution when the failure of ObamaCare becomes plain,” stated AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. “So Americans need to know what that means.”
The failed Hillary Care proposal in 1994 would have criminalized medical care obtained outside the system, as explained in the September issue of AAPS News.
To conserve resources, coverage would have been denied for care that was not “medically necessary,” “medically appropriate,” and “medically prudent,” according to working papers of the Clinton Health Care Task Force. Under a true “single” payer, there would be no private escape hatch without leaving the country, Dr. Orient observes.
“The stone that slew the HillaryCare Goliath was freedom,” writes former Senator Phil Gramm. Support collapsed when Congress was challenged to defend the civil and criminal penalties for buying care, he states.
In the much-applauded Canadian system, private care is illegal, states Dr. Orient, so when unable to get timely care in the overburdened single-payer system, more than 45,000 Canadians bought care outside their country in 2015.
Chinese officials visiting British Columbia had difficulty believing that Canada was more restrictive than Communist China. They asked: “You mean to say that if you’re sick and want to pay for treatment, that you aren’t allowed to? Even though it’s your own money and there is a doctor willing to accept it?” They were assured that this is the case.
The high costs and shortages under ObamaCare will continue unless we return to a free market. “The fundamental laws of economics cannot be violated even if the socialist utopian goal of universal health insurance without preexisting conditions is mandated,” stated AAPS president Michael J. A. Robb, M.D.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in virtually all specialties and every state. Founded in 1943, AAPS has the motto “omnia pro aegroto,” which means “all for the patient.”