Is the ACA all it’s cracked-up-to-be: Is there more-than-meets-the-eye ?
Does “Obamacare” actually address the real problems plaguing US healthcare?
Reform the failed system by making it even bigger?
Is Bigger always better ?
I used to believe that the US medical care system was seriously flawed to its core, placing Physicians onto pedestals previously reserved for the Gods, offering mostly ego and profit-driven poor quality care at exorbitant prices – a busted machine needing serious reform.
Then, I got briefly swept-up in the “Civilized nations really do take care of all their people” movement, pumped up by Media and politicians huffing and puffing, swept along by emotional appeals from people caught in the whirlpools of a medical system begging for major overhauls, with cure-alls promised by the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). On the heels of this Friday’s Supreme Court decision, I went back to do a little more research.
After reading some facts and facing the realities of those facts, I moved beyond the emotional justifications that “We must have Obamacare, just because we must do something…”. ?
As part of a thoughtful PBS analysis of the 40 million uninsured Americans, a top AMA official notes that:
“We certainly are in a health care crisis.
Well, we certainly don’t get our money’s worth. …
Our life expectancy is shorter. Our infant mortality is higher. Our childhood immunization rate is lower. And look at how often we get to see the doctor, how long we get to stay in the hospital. Canadians see their doctors far more often than we do.
(Even insured) Americans really can’t afford to go see their doctor. There’s always some co-payment, some deductible, or they have to pay out of pocket, or something isn’t covered. But in Canada, where everybody is covered for everything, they go to the doctor much more often. When they are hospitalized, their hospital stays are longer.”
Add in the facts that physician and hospital errors unnecessarily kill 125,000 US patients per year (a generally unreported major cause of death in the USA), and then count the number of US patients permanently harmed but not killed by shoddy unacceptable US physician practices, and the casualty count grows to over 1 million fresh bodies ~ every year.
This factual presentation took me back to points from 4 years ago:
The ACA ~ Obamacare ~ did not and does not address the major, very-real problems of the US healthcare mess. The facts show that Obamacare is a sham that only pretends to “solve the problems” , while shaming us into believing that it is the “humane” thing to do – falsely presented as our only option.
Bad solutions do not fix already-bad situations.
Instead of forcing 40 million uninsured people into the already horrible – worst insurance system and poorest quality healthcare system in the developed world – we could choose to fix the real problems…
Obamacare has been declaring that:
“Our house is on fire !
We must pour out more of our scarce water to put out the fire !…..”
In reality, Obama caved into the Insurance and Physician’ lobbies and used the force of Government to pour water onto ~ a fallen-down house down the block ~ … while our own house continues to burn.
Wrong solutions applied to the wrong problems do not equal success. More big $$$ rewards poured into the bank accounts of failed insurance and failed physicians industries sure is what the Doctor ordered, but it is not what the patients need.
Obama has knowingly pushed a set of solutions that exacerbate the real problems – further bloating Physicians overly large salaries and Insurance companies over-bloated systems & profits… Obama gave the special interests what they wanted, while waving the banner of helping patients..
Look at the recent new wave of mergers and acquisitions driven by Obamacare, as “health-care” financial officers look forward to the huge new profits to be made after 2014, when the major parts of Obamacare actually kick-in. These business guys spending $$billions are not fools. They know what’s happening, and they are busily carving up the new hunks of government mandated meat.
In the meantime, I and others have been temporarily duped by the emotion-mongers and Big Media hype.
A quick reading of the facts burned off the artificially generated emotional fog .
Stage fog pumped out by Washington politicians & Big Media and blown around by uninformed patients crushed by a failed system….
Reform the failed system or make it even bigger?
Again, I prefer pertinent appropriate facts and rational solutions that attack the real problems over hype and emotionality.
Real reform of US healthcare should not be sacrificed to create an Obama legacy of even bigger “More of the Same” systems.
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Readers who are interested in practical solutions that provide excellent health care for all citizens at half the costs of the US, check out the Swiss system. After studying every single national healthcare system on the planet, they ~ learned from the other countries’ mistakes ~ and instituted the best national system by blending private and public approaches.
Forbes magazine has a good synopsis of how the Swiss blended private insurance companies and Governments to create a system that seems to offer the best care in the world, to 99.5% of their citizens, with short wait times to see a doctor, at costs that are less than half of the US per patient costs. You can read the details of the Swiss system but you have to wade through a few introductory paragraphs. Why Switzerland Has the World’s Best Health Care System
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Steven M. Fry
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