Let’s be blunt about this: Obama-care is a failure, if you’re measuring it by how it is affecting the health-care market, or how it is impacting the lives of millions of Americans who are losing their insurance, their jobs, and the hours they work. It’s going to throttle the economy, and signs already exist that this is happening now, as on average, rather than seeing the promised $2500 saving on premiums per family, many people are seeing doubling, trebling, or far more on their insurance premiums bill. It’s killing off the individual market, and one year from now, as the exemptions for large employers expire, it’s going to decimate that segment too. Estimates are as high as one-hundred million Americans will ultimately lose their insurance due to Obama-care. Of course, if you’re Barack Obama, this is all going according to plan, because this law was never about providing health-care to the uninsured, but instead a scheme by which to punish prosperous Americans and tax them into poverty. They knew that would be the result, and yet they went forward anyway. This law is going to kill millions of Americans prematurely. It’s going to drive tens of millions into poverty. It’s going to do far worse things than Americans might have imagined, and among them, we now find that Democrats are already advocating the literal enslavement of doctors. It was inevitable.
Have you ever visited a Veterans hospital? Have you ever seen the sort of doctors they have? Certainly, there are some good doctors, but on average, I wouldn’t put them on par with privately-owned hospitals. Care is sub-par, doctors are over-booked, and there is generally little to recommend. As Obama-care sinks its teeth into America, this will be the fate of all Americans except the very rich who will use some form of concierge care, almost certainly off-shore, if Democrats have their way. Medicare and Medicaid patients have been noticing that fewer and fewer doctors accept Medicaid or Medicare, because reimbursements are insufficient to pay for the services provided. These programs expect physicians to operate at a loss, apparently in perpetuity. Democrats, ever ready to pass a new bit of tyranny into law, are now suggesting that the way around this shortage of doctors is to force them.
Have you ever worked with a gun to your head? This is the Democrat proposal for meeting the growing crisis. You will hear it expressed ultimately as a civil right. Having enslaved one portion of the populace to redistribute an increasing portion of its wealth to government, prepare to see what happens when government demands that doctors must treat Medicaid and Medicare patients as a matter of anti-discrimination. Soon, our physicians will be told that they must take all comers, irrespective of the reimbursement schedule’s pitfalls. If Democrats have their way, this will be the future of American medicine: Practitioners held at gunpoint to treat anybody who demands it, with the glaring oversight of bureaucrats making sure they treat all their patients just the same,
If I were a doctor forced to work under those circumstances, I would relinquish my medical license. All decent, competent doctors will do just that. In such an environment, only the incompetent and the malevolent will flourish. Yet this is the proposal of Democrats, and it has secretly been part of their agenda from the outset. If you think Democrats are anything but communists, you have not been paying attention. Their egalitarian impulse is coming to its lethal conclusion: They will compel people at the point of a gun to serve others. This is the ultimate end of the road in any system of tyranny. We are becoming a police state every bit as oppressive as the Soviet Union had been, and slowly but surely, any ability of any person to make any choice of any description is being removed. When doctors lose the ability to decide under which circumstances they will accept clientele, there will be a corresponding loss of ability for you to choose your doctor. “If you like your doctors, you can enslave them” will be the new meaning of the President’s broken promise, so long as Democrats are permitted to exercise power.
Did it ever bother you that the President complained that we spend too much of our Gross Domestic Product on health-care? I objected simply because that notion collectivizes our our choices, and our expenditures in a grotesquely communistic manner. Why is it any of the President’s business how much the American people spend on health-care? If a person wished to spend every penny of his or her disposable income on health-care, what would be the harm? For all his protestations, you will now pay much, much more, and he will stand as the middle man between you and your doctors, nurses, radiologists, and other professionals in the medical field. He will skim a mighty share of it, forwarding only a pittance to the providers, using the remainder to fund the health-care of those whose votes he has purchased.
If we were a sane and proud people, we would revolt. We would rally in Washington DC and remain there until the tyrants fled our capital in fear. Sadly, neither are we a rational people sufficient in numbers to raise such objections, nor are we proud enough to stand on the principles that had built the prosperity we had until recently enjoyed. The truth is that the union could be salvaged yet by a resolute people, but there is no evidence that such people now exist in sufficient numbers to accomplish such a thing. We would need a crowd of five millions or more, descended upon DC with rage in their eyes at what has been done to their country, all demanding in unison that this abomination be repealed. We would need tens of thousands more at every congressional district office demanding a repeal unrelentingly. Instead, the sound of surrender prevails as Americans consider how they will now live under the new slavery they have accepted, preparing to meet the fate their cowardice has all but guaranteed.