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Abandoning Our Liberties And Livelihoods: Lessons From The Obamacare Debacle
Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2013 | Austin Hill

Posted on 12/22/2013 5:08:50 AM PST by Kaslin

You’ve got to hand it to President Obama’s partisans among the pundits: they won’t be deterred, no matter how bad the President’s policies prove to be.

Even as Mr. Obama himself continuously alters and delays implementation of his own healthcare agenda (all without congressional participation), his faithful followers in the media insist that “the law is more resilient than you think” and “Obamacare death spiral worries are overblown.”

Meanwhile the rest of us across the country find ourselves on the run from our government, hoping and praying that we don’t need serious medical care anytime soon or that our insurance plans and jobs don’t both get “cancelled.” Even the New York Times had to admit in a news story this weekend that, because it raises taxes and drives up the cost of every facet of healthcare, the Obamacare agenda is hammering middle class Americans who “aren’t poor enough” to qualify for the president’s healthcare subsidies.

What can we learn from this debacle? In the interest of not repeating the same mistakes, consider this:

We should all stop believing in the magical promises of politicians: President Obama promised that his legislation would produce better quality health care for more people, and that it would cost less money. But how could that have ever been a realistic promise? Goods and services have to be paid for somehow. The President’s rhetoric was the economic equivalent of alchemy – the mythical chemical process of turning fecal matter in to gold.

Arguably, the American people were duped by this. Not once, but twice did we vote to make the man with specious claims our President. And along with Barack Obama’s magical promises about health care are his and congressional members’ agendas for reducing the cost of higher education, even as student loan debt among college graduates is at an all time high.

The modern-day liberal political agenda promises a government program to meet every human being’s needs at every stage of life. Americans need to sober-up and realize that there is no government program that can substitute for hard work, frugality, stewardship and productivity. And the more we vote for our government to meet our needs, the more we are subject to the whims of politicians and bureaucrats.

We should all begin to understand the basic economic dynamics of our professions and industries: It is sad to realize how many highly-trained and well educated professionals don’t understand basic cash flow issues at their place of employment. Ask them “how do you get paid?” and you’re likely to hear “through automatic deposit” or “I get a check every 2 weeks.”

The insurance industry thought the Obamacare agenda was great at first – if the federal government uses its power to mandate that people buy your product (insurance) what could possibly go wrong? – but now finds itself a servant to the federal government, and reliant on the government’s ability to operate websites and process subsidy applications properly. In short, the insurance industry is now, by law, an extension of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the presidential administration.

And then there are the medical doctors among us. There was a day when the American Medical Association officially opposed Medicare, the federal healthcare program for retirees and the disabled, because physicians feared “too much government meddling” in their practices. But soon after the program launched, the AMA fell in love with Medicare because it created continuous revenue streams in to doctor’s offices.

But after two and a half decades or so of financial bliss, things began to change. Back in the 90’s the federal government began telling physicians, in essence, “we don’t care what your ‘billing rate’ is for any particular service – we’ll pay you what we think your service is worth.” As a result many physicians try to limit the number of Medicare patients they see today, because dealing with Medicare is financially a “loser.”

Having still not learned their lesson, the AMA then began an “on again – off again” flirtation with President Barack Obama. In 2009 the group tacitly opposed Obamacare; then in 2010 they said they were “open to it;” and in 2012 – in the final few weeks of the presidential re-election cycle – they officially opposed it again. Without any clear understanding of the economic dynamics of their profession, today physicians are losing their jobs in some regions of the country and having their wages cut in others, because the Obamacare law drives up the operational costs of hospitals and clinics, making physicians’ salaries unmanageable.

Have Americans sobered-up and are we willing to assume responsibility for our own needs? Or are we still looking for a savior in the White House and in Congress, and willing to believe more empty promises? The 2014 elections should help answer these questions.


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1 posted on 12/22/2013 5:08:50 AM PST by Kaslin
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2 posted on 12/22/2013 5:12:38 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Diogenesis

Giving sensitive personal information to crapcare navigators will help the criminals who have now looted debit and credit card customers at Target a new and lucrative source of easy money.


3 posted on 12/22/2013 5:40:37 AM PST by ronnie raygun
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AUSTIN HILL IS AN IDIOT. What a shallow moron. What a pile of tripe.

The AMA has about 17% of the US doctos as members. Those 17% are academics, administrators, and brothers-in-law of those who want to sit on licensing boards of specialties and dream up new paperwork for doctors.

They in no way represent clinicians, technicians, diagnosticians.

Just as Austin Hill does not represent anyone of intellect.

Hill does not mention that a big motivation for the AMA signing on to Obamacare in the early stages was the software patent that they hold for digital medical records. Software, I might add, that is CRAP. But they market the software, and you can guess the crony capitalist rest.

Sheesh. What garbage. I'd like to give Austin Hill a good V8 slap up aside the head, and Townhall likewise for publishing it.

4 posted on 12/22/2013 5:58:45 AM PST by Mamzelle
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If there is any positive outcome of Obamacare it is that ordinary people many of whom voted for Obama are seeing first hand that the government cannot provide quality and affordable health care let alone getting a web site to work. Unless you are a total dolt you also know Obama deliberately lied to you about keeping your insurance and doctor. Obama lied not once but numerous times in an effort to pass his health care plan and that lie was repeated by members of Congress and the media. Even the media is having trouble continuing the lies and spin about Obamacare's "success" when the facts of its failure are so blatant.

Obamacare is like a great beached whale and while the media and pundits are trying to get it back into the water it will soon become a stinking bloated carcass on the beach ready to explode its guts on the US economy.

5 posted on 12/22/2013 8:00:22 AM PST by The Great RJ
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The AMA, insurance companies and all crony capitalists are just like crack addicts. They go for the short term high and fix without regard to the long term consequences. The AMA has made many millions if not billions off the CPT and ICD code books, software etc. These codes have nothing to do with patient care and everything to do with entrenching bureaucracy and fascist government control.


6 posted on 12/22/2013 8:10:12 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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