Putting Tyrants in Control of Health Care

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By Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D.
 
If you like the health insurance coverage you have now, and if you believe patients should be allowed to make their own decisions about their medical care and insurance coverage, ObamaCare is not for you.  

In addition to the fact that the supreme law of the land, our U.S. Constitution, does not authorize the government takeover of medicine, or government intrusion and meddling in the practice of medicine, ObamaCare will make medical care:

  • Less affordable
  • It will destroy innovation in the insurance market
  • Less accountable to patients
  • It will discriminate against those who believe in self-reliance and working hard to get ahead
  • It will put our budget and economy on a path of unsustainable debt and destruction     

ObamaCare incorporates an individual mandate for purchase of health insurance. In Massachusetts, the individual mandate caused an increase in premiums of up to 46% more than the national average.  ObamaCare will create a new federal bureaucracy of unelected bureaucrats who will impose rigid price controls on health insurance premiums as a means of dealing with the expected increase in premiums the government takeover of medicine will cause.  Price controls, however, always result in rationing and decreased access to whatever service or good is being price-controlled.  And, when private insurers have been driven out of business, a so-called public option will be the only option.

ObamaCare will dictate what insurance coverage is acceptable to the government and what coverage is not acceptable.  The ability of the insurance market to offer innovative coverage that individuals want at a competitive price will be thwarted.

Under ObamaCare, accountability to government bureaucrats will supersede accountability to individual patients.  Unelected federal bureaucrats will decide what you can and cannot have in terms of medical care.  We need look no further than the current system of socialized medicine for those 65 and over, known as Medicare, to appreciate what will occur under ObamaCare.  Government price-fixing in the Medicare program has led to covert rationing of care for Medicare patients and poorer quality care.  As a result of government impeding and obstructing nearly every aspect of the practice of medicine in the Medicare program, physicians and their office staff often spend more time complying with thousands of pages of ever-changing Medicare rules and regulations than they spend treating patients.  And, the Medicare bureaucracy which runs the entire muddled “system” is incompetent to a degree which would shock most people.  According to the government’s own GAO study, Medicare bureaucrats provide the wrong answer 96% of the time when physician offices call Medicare with questions about proper billing procedures.

ObamaCare will also mount a new assault on the American Dream of self-reliant people working hard and sacrificing to get ahead.  ObamaCare will impose new taxes on unearned income which will result in the grubbing hand of the federal government reaching deeper into the pockets of citizens who worked hard and have saved for their future needs.  No savings account or pension plan will be left behind, in government’s quest to confiscate and re-distribute wealth under ObamaCare.

ObamaCare will put our budget and economy on a course of unsustainable debt and ultimate destruction.  ObamaCare proposes to pay for the government takeover of medicine with “savings” in Medicare and increased taxation.  Proposing to help pay for the government takeover of medicine via money “saved” from a fraudulently financed Ponzi scheme, otherwise known as Medicare, which is already facing insolvency, is the height of irresponsible government.  And, the limits of oppressive taxation are already apparent to many hard-working Americans.

ObamaCare’s proposed expansion of Medicaid will place a further intolerable burden on state budgets that are already strained to the limit.  There simply is no more “state money” to pay for more unfunded federal mandates.

As social democrats trudge forward in utter arrogance to force citizens to accept a government takeover of medicine run by unelected government tyrants, those who cherish freedom and who still believe in upholding the U.S. Constitution as written, deserve better.     
 
Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D. is editor-in-chief of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons and a board-certified neurologist, who practices in the Buffalo, New York area.

7 Comments

  1. Obama care may have shortcomings, some of which are pointed out by you correctly but others are simply based on ideological differences.
    What study supports the opinion that a large percentage of patients are informed enough to be self-reliant. I have treated several physicians with heart disease and I find even these patients cannot make decisions which I would consider to be scientifically correct. A well-educated patient is still under significant stress to think logically. Care direction is mostly guided by treating physician, not insurance company or the government.

    Which insurance company is willing to takeover Medicare progremme? Why don’t we take a percentage of Medicare patients give them to Insurance company and reimburse them at a rate spent by federal government and see how they come out, at least give them a chance to prove in objective study that private insurance can do better.
    You may not like the idea of covering the uninsured, this will certainly cost extra money, but that should not be part of healthcare reform, since this group of patients are not part of current system and should be logically considered as a completely separate issue.
    Poorly regulated insurance industry is going to run the country broke. Insurance industry in the business of selling fear, the more the fear higher the premium and more the profit. Do you seriously believe there is any element of altruism or feeling of social sincerity in the business plan of an Insurance company?

    Obama plan must be defeated because it will fail as the President is trying to sell us a car without a steering wheel. It has 95% of the working parts of a good car but almost certainly will crash. No reform is workable without a public option, which is willing to go head to head with identical group of privately insured. Implementation must be graduated and based on objective data.
    Neither Government nor Insurance Company is equipped to predict future. The sole purpose for a private business is to make profit. I would take bad democratic government over the greed of a private company.

  2. This problem started when Medicare started to pay rates that were not market rates. This distortion resulted in immediate cost shifting to the payors that were able to bear the extra load- i.e., the private insurers. This, of course, caused increases in the private premiums to bear the cost shifting. The worst problem with ObamaCare is that there will be no entity left to bear the cost shifting, and therefore the cost of ObamaCare is grossly understated. As the private insurers are driven from a market in which they cannot compete, the true costs of ObamaCare will come home to roost-unfortunately too late for us to recover. ObamaCare will bankrupt us more than 100 Afganistans.

  3. I’m going to agree with Dr. McDonnell.

    We’ve seen a mass exodus of good doctors willing to accept Medicare assignment in the rural areas surround the Dallas and Fort Worth area. As a results, our Senior Citizens are going on annual searches for a new provider.

    The Baby Boomer generation is about to explode into Medicare. Obviously, the program has some fundamental funding problems, but I’m discouraged at the direction we’ve been taking as nation. There has to be another solution.

  4. America is the land of Individual Rights. Read the Declaration of Independence. The government’s only proper function is the protection of those rights. It is expressed in the statement to government agents, “leave me alone. I stand on my own two feet. I do not need your help and I do not want you to help me.”

    Government has no business in economic matters and that includes medical practice and all its ramifications. The only way to defeat this horror is to identify it as immoral, a violation of every adult individual’s right and responsibility to live by his own effort and interact with others as trader not a beggar, moocher or thief. Opposition on the basis of cost will never defeat these outrageous arbitrary government controls. Exposed as evil they will wither as a plant without water and sunshine.

  5. Yes, it would do those things if it ever were implemented. But if it passes, that’s the beginning of a fight, not the end.

    Medical care is not a proper function of government. The LAWYERS IN CONGRESS, WHO ARE THE GREAT MAJORITY OF MEMBERS, NEED TO CLEAN UP THEIR FILTHY PROFESSION, AND GET OUT OF OURS.

  6. The US government has virtually murdered American healthcare… and blames doctors! They say we need a “better way to pay doctors.” Why not let us compete, on price and quality, like everyone else in the US economy?

    We already spend 2 to 3 times what we should on healthcare due to Congress’ past blunders of mandating insurance abuse, and applying price controls and central bureaucratic management to healthcare. Before that, healthcare was less the 5% of GDP, not the 17% it is today!

    The only way we’ll ever have an efficient healthcare system is to end Medicare price controls and central bureaucratic management, and let doctors and hospitals compete on quality and price. The current system, and virtually everything in Obamacare, prevents competition on quality and price. It is literally Marxist. To survive, doctors and hospitals are forced to focus on “gaming the system,” not on quality and efficiency.

    How well does anyone think, say, our auto-repair industry, our food industry, or our plumbing industry would fare with the US Congress and Medicare setting prices and policies? America needs to wise up, before healthcare gobbles up 25% or our GDP, destroying our economic abundance and international competitiveness.

    We need real reform (i.e., ditching government-mandated insurance abuse, price controls and central bureaucratic management), not “more and harder” of the same misguided government policies that created this sorry mess.

    Yours for Better Healthcare,
    Dan Jones, MD
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    http://www.JonesPlan.BlogSpot.com

  7. Amazingly, Congress’ cost estimates for “reform” only include the government’s direct costs. They don’t include the healthcare industry’s costs to implement those 2700 pages of laws! If enacted, those 2700 pages will be ballooned by enforcing bureaucracies into hundreds of thousands of pages of rules and regulations to further complicate and constipate all aspects of our healthcare economy. Those costs are incalculable, but certainly many times Congress’ estimates; and soon those costs will come home to roost.

    We already spend 2 to 3 times what we should on healthcare due to Congress’ past blunders of mandating insurance abuse, and applying price controls and central bureaucratic management to healthcare. Before that, healthcare was less the 5% of GDP, not the 17% it is today!

    The only way we’ll ever have an efficient healthcare system is to end Medicare price controls and central bureaucratic management, and let doctors and hospitals compete on quality and price, like everyone else in our economy. The current system, and virtually everything in Obamacare, prevents competition on quality and price. To survive, doctors and hospitals are forced to focus on “gaming the system,” not on quality and efficiency.

    How well does anyone think, say, our auto-repair industry, our food industry, or our plumbing industry would fare with the US Congress and Medicare setting prices and policies? America needs to wise up, before healthcare gobbles up 25% or our GDP, destroying our economic abundance and international competitiveness.

    Yours for Better Healthcare,
    Dan Jones, MD
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    http://www.JonesPlan.BlogSpot.com