Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pondering Consequences of Obamacare

I found this article linked on the SD42 website, and I just had to take a page from their book and link it here as well. It's an article by Dick Morris about healthcare. Here's the link: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/11/07/rationing_waiting_lists_lower-quality_care_99053.html

I thought about sending this to Democrat friends of mine, but I realize there's a big "Oh, yeah" sized pitcher of Kool-Aid on their tables, and they drink from it every day. They'd dismiss the article as "misinformation from the right."

In the article, Morris writes about the Canadian healthcare system and how cancer death rates have risen, waiting lists are as long as one of Bill Clinton's speeches, and doctors have left the industry in droves.

I realize the latter to be a prediction of what's to come for America if we don't stop this awful thing the left is trying to do to us. I know it because a brilliant young person I know has planned for his whole life to become a doctor when he grows up. He wanted to go into rheumatology, nephrology or nephrology research. Now that he's off to college, he's decided to put his pre-med plans on hold indefinitely because he's seeing how the left is railroading us into socialized medicine. He doesn't want to become a government employee with a salary cap after years and years of student loans to repay.

He is, in a way, joining the 45 percent of all practicing doctors who would consider retiring or closing their practices if the Obama healthcare bill passes, as cited in Morris' piece. He's just doing it before he becomes a doctor. I'd like to see a study on that: How many students who were planning a career in medicine have or will change their course of study if Obamacare passes? I would predict those numbers, when added to the 45 percent of doctors mentioned above, would be staggering, shocking and frightening.

The Obama administration and other liberals in Congress are always using the fact that the American Medical Association (AMA) supports this bill to sooth the masses' fears about Obamacare. If the AMA supports it, it must be okay, right? Well....no.

What the libs leave out is that only 17 percent of doctors belong to the AMA, so the AMA doesn't speak for the majority of them at all.

They also like to throw around the fact that the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) supports Obamacare as well. They are, again, leaving out the fact that the AARP is the largest provider of Medicare supplement insurance plans, and, silly them, because they haven't actually read the Obamacare bill, they think they'll make piles of money off of supplemental insurance plans because so many people will be on government-run healthcare that they'll need it. What they don't know is that the goal of this bill is to eventually get rid of all private insurance, including supplements. So the AARP has been duped into supporting this monstrosity.

Just as a side note, why don't all of the seniors on Medicare who have supplemental insurance realize that the reason they need supplements is because government-run healthcare isn't good enough? And don't most other Americans know that many seniors purchase Medicare supplements? Therefore, why don't most liberal Americans question the fact that if most people on government-run healthcare (Medicare) need to supplement it because it falls short now, government-run healthcare is sure to run short with Obamacare as well? Is it because most liberals seem incapable of linear thought?

Just pondering.

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