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2009 review in political nonsense part 4

This is a 4-part series because political nonsense was RAMPANT in 2009! Read part 1, 2, and 3 here:
  
The following is part 4:
 
OBAMACARE Reform Bill: Asked if Obama would be seen as reversing himself if he were to endorse an individual mandate after clashing with Hillary Clinton on the issue, Obama’s spokeswoman dismissed the concern. ‘He has not said he is opposed to it,’ Obama’s quote: “We’ve got a philosophical difference which we’ve debated repeatedly, and that is that Senator Clinton believes the only way to achieve universal health care is to force everybody to purchase it, and my belief is the reason that people don’t have it is not because they don’t want it, but because they can’t afford it.” (Barack Obama, CNN/Univision Democrat Presidential Debate, Austin, TX, 2/21/08).
16 reasons why Healthcare reform is nonsense:
  1. There isn't a single government agency or division that runs efficiently; do we really want an organization that developed the U.S. Tax Code handling something as complex as health care?
  2. "Free" health care isn't really free since we must pay for it with taxes; expenses for health care would have to be paid for with higher taxes or spending cuts in other areas such as defense, education, etc.
  3. Profit motives, competition, and individual ingenuity have always led to greater cost control and effectiveness.
  4. Government-controlled health care would lead to a decrease in patient flexibility.
  5. Patients aren't likely to curb their drug costs and doctor visits if health care is free; thus, total costs will be several times what they are now.
  6. Just because Americans are uninsured doesn't mean they can't receive health care; nonprofits and government-run hospitals provide services to those who don't have insurance, and it is illegal to refuse emergency medical service because of a lack of insurance.
  7. Government-mandated procedures will likely reduce doctor flexibility and lead to poor patient care.
  8. Healthy people who take care of themselves will have to pay for the burden of those who smoke, are obese, etc.
  9. A long, painful transition will have to take place involving lost insurance industry jobs, business closures, and new patient record creation.
  10. Loss of private practice options and possible reduced pay may dissuade many would-be doctors from pursuing the profession.
  11. Malpractice lawsuit costs, which are already sky-high, could further explode since universal care may expose the government to legal liability, and the possibility to sue someone with deep pockets usually invites more lawsuits.
  12. Government is more likely to pass additional restrictions or increase taxes on smoking, fast food, etc., leading to a further loss of personal freedoms.
  13. Patient confidentiality is likely to be compromised since centralized health information will likely be maintained by the government.
  14. Health care equipment, drugs, and services may end up being rationed by the government. In other words, politics, lifestyle of patients, and philosophical differences of those in power, could determine who gets what.
  15. Patients may be subjected to extremely long waits for treatment.
  16. Like social security, any government benefit eventually is taken as a "right" by the public, meaning that it's politically near impossible to remove or curtail it later on when costs get out of control.
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Comments

  • James 4 years ago

    Elizabeth:
    1.The number of uninsured citizens has grown to over 45 million (although this number includes illegal immigrants, etc.).
    2.Health care has become increasingly unaffordable for businesses and individuals.
    3.We can eliminate wasteful inefficiencies such as duplicate paper work, claim approval, insurance submission, etc.
    4.We can develop a centralized national database which makes diagnosis and treatment easier for doctors.
    5.Medical professionals can concentrate on healing the patient rather than on insurance procedures, malpractice liability, etc.
    6.Free medical services would encourage patients to practice preventive medicine and inquire about problems early when treatment will be light; currently, patients often avoid physicals and other preventive measures because of the costs.
    7.Patients with pre-existing conditions can still get health coverage.
    8. Medicare/Medicaid is running out of money...we NEED to act on Healthcare reform NOW!

  • Sara 4 years ago

    I am 60 years old and concerned about losing my doctors. They are already complaining that regulations are tightening, especially around medications I've been taking for a long time. They don't want the junkies from getting the drugs, but they are preventing those that need it from getting it either.
    I appreciate what Mr. Obama was trying to do, but there are too many holes in this boat to keep going.
    He should listen to all the arguments and take his time before this becomes a bigger mistake.

  • Charles 4 years ago

    Yes, it is going to cost us money, but it's like this president drew the short straw. All the bills fell on him after everyone was getting fat for the past few years. Time to pay. Sucks to be Obama.

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