Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Please save our medical care system, Santa!

On the Seventh Day of Christmas, President Obama promised me that “an additional step we can take to keep insurance companies honest is by making a not-for-profit public option available in the insurance exchange” and my President further promised me “based on Congressional Budget Office ("CBO") estimates, we believe that less than 5 percent of Americans would sign up.”

In fact, employers will not be required to offer their workers coverage, being subject to a $750 annual penalty if they fail to do so, a figure most analysts say is not high enough to prevent employers from dropping their plans, meaning that more people will be forced to buy government health care.

On the Eight Day of Christmas, President Obama promised me “I will make sure that no government bureaucrat or insurance company bureaucrat gets between you and the care that you need.”

In fact, medical fascism was snuck in to the Obama stimulus bill. The stimulus plan contains provisions regarding national health care that will mean the end of medical services as we now know them. Care for the elderly will be established based upon life expectancy, rather than benefit. Moreover, the requirement that all physicians and hospitals “go electronic” so that their actions can be monitored imposes an enormous cost on doctors and hospitals. Outfitting an office with an electronic network and laptops is just the beginning. Specialized programs costing upwards of $25,000 also have to be purchased.

Check out the Opinion Piece Bloomberg published on it.

( “Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan” Commentary by Betsy McCaughey

McCaughey explains: The stimulus bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

On the Ninth Day of Christmas, President Obama promised me “More than four decades ago, this nation stood up for the principle that after a lifetime of hard work, our seniors should not be left to struggle with a pile of medical bills in their later years. That's how Medicare was born.”

My President is uninformed and his statement is wrong. Let’s look at facts. What is Medicare's history and the rationale for its existence? Medicare came into existence in 1965. It was created as one of the component parts of then-President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society” initiative. The principal purpose of Medicare was to provide a system of health care for elderly U.S. citizens, i.e. individuals who were sixty-five years of age or older. However, Medicare benefits are not simply for the elderly. Medicare is also available to individuals who are younger than sixty-five and who are disabled.

There was never an intention to relieve senior citizens of medical bills. Medical costs were transparent and were not controlled by insurance companies in the 1960s. It is absolutely a different, opaque world today.

Furthermore, Medicare is not considered a needs-based program. In other words, younger individuals who are disabled and individuals who are of retirement-age may be eligible without regard to their income.

On the Tenth Day of Christmas, President Obama promised me “not a dollar of the Medicare trust fund will be used to pay for this plan.”

Peter Ferrara and Bob McEwen wrote a great piece in “ObamaCare’s Calculated Deception.”

CBO estimates that the Obama plan will increase federal costs by almost $1 trillion. This is why taxes will be increased under the plan, not reduced. But Harvard economics professor Martin Feldstein writes, "the actual costs will be much higher" because "the CBO's method of estimating the cost of such a program doesn't recognize the incentives it creates for households and firms to change their behavior." Independent private estimates project increased federal costs of $3.5 trillion to $4.1 trillion under the Obama plan.

The sad truth is you can't believe a word President Obama says about his health care plan.

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, President Obama promised me “The only thing this plan would eliminate is the hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud, as well as unwarranted subsidies in Medicare that go to insurance companies -- subsidies that do everything to pad their profits but don't improve the care of seniors” and “we will also create an independent commission of doctors and medical experts charged with identifying more waste in the years ahead.”

Again, I direct everyone to Peter Ferrara and Bob McEwen’s piece in “ObamaCare’s Calculated Deception.”

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, I stopped believing in President Obama and Congress’ promises. I faxed, telephoned, emailed and twittered my elected representatives. Like Santa, I made a “naughty and nice list.” And I determined that the elected officials who refused to listen to the voices of constituents and physicians will not be re-elected.

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