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Much Less Access To Decent Health Care Under Obamacare

Posted on March 18 2010 10:54 am
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Left-wing supporters of Obamacare like Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times wants us to believe that Obamacare will improve “Americans’ access to decent medical care.”

That is another in a long line of lies, manipulation and deceit being used to push Obamacare over the finish line. 

While cheap insurance will be made available to some thirty million more Americans, starting in about four years, the eighty percent of us who have insurance coverage that we are satisfied with will have far less access to quality care under Obamacare.  There are two reasons for this.

First, there will be less doctors to serve many more patients.  The system will be overwhelmed, resulting in the lines and long waiting time for health services that are routine in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Nearly one-third of all practicing physicians may leave the medical profession if President Obama signs current versions of health-care reform legislation into law, according to a survey published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.  The medical journal (hardly a right-wing outlet) said:

a very dramatic decrease in the physician workforce could become a reality as an unexpected side effect of health reform.

Bad unintended consequences are what happen when there is top-down government engineering of an industry as vast as health care – one-sixth of the American economy.

Second, the federal government will be rationing health care, telling us and our doctors the type and extent of treatment we should and should not receive.  The Senate bill, for example, provides for new “comparative effectiveness research programs” – a fancy way of describing a bureaucratic mechanism to mandate as well as to establish limits on coverage options for plans that participate in the insurance exchanges created by the bill.  The federal government will also defer to the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Taks Force, requiring the states to “provide coverage for” services approved by the task force – whether we want to pay for them or not.  Again this will impose more demand for health care services on a shrinking supply of health care providers as well as drive up premium costs.  At the same time, this task force can also specify tests and treatments that they think we should not have – such as annual mammograms that save lives.  This puts a government-sponsored panel between the the life-and-death decisions of the patient and his or her doctor.  Why isn’t the pro-choice movement upset about that form of rank governmental interference into private decisions about our bodies, rather than trying to sneak government-funded abortions through the backdoor?

President Obama said in an interview with Fox News last night that he does not worry about the process being used to pass his health care legislation as long as it gets passed (including, if necessary, via the Slaughter Solution).  He wants us to focus on the substance, which he says will magically cut the deficit, increase access for millions of Americans, lower premiums and the cost of health care, and create jobs, while also claiming:

the fact of the matter is that for the vast majority of people, their health care is not going to change because right now they’re getting a better deal. 

Right now most Americans are getting a better deal than they would under Obamacare.  So why then does Obama claim that their health care is not going change under Obamacare when he knows that it will?

In the words of South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson during President Obama’s speech on health care to a joint session of Congress last year:

You lie!

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