-By Warner Todd Huston
Obama and his Democrat pals have been lying to you, America. They do not want to find a cure for America's obviously ailing healthcare system. They want to erect its headstone. Democrats want to destroy every aspect of our healthcare system. They have to, you see, because if they don't they cannot rebuild it to operate under a socialist model. More proof of that was highlighted by Conn Carroll earlier in the week at the Washington Examiner.
Carroll rightly points out that Obamacare is purposefully designed to collapse Medicare and to run 25% of all hospitals out of business. Sure this will hurt -- even kill -- thousands of America's most vulnerable citizens, but, heck, you have to break a few citizen eggs to create the ideal, socialist omelet, don't you know?
Democrats are claiming that Ryan's plan will force seniors to pay $6,400 a year more for health care than current law. But as the CMS reported Friday, the only way Medicare manages to achieve those savings is by paying doctor's less. A lot less. In 2009, Medicare paid doctors about 80% if what private health insurance paid. Under the Democrats plan that number would decline to 57% by 2012. By 2085, Medicare would only be paying 27% of what private insurance pays. Would this effect the quality of care Medicare recipients receive? Absolutely CMS reports:
"...In the Office of the Actuary's April 22, 2010 memorandum on the estimated financial effects of the Affordable Care Act, we noted that by 2019 the update reductions would result in negative total facility margins for about 15 percent of hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies. This estimated percentage would continue to increase, reaching roughly 25 percent in 2030 and 40 percent by 2050."
There is something else this will do, as well. It will eliminate thousands of doctors, driving them right out of the business of medicine. After all, if their bills are going to go unpaid, why would they stay on the job?
Let's put it this way... let's say that a law was passed that you would only get paid 27% of what you are now paid in your particular job. Here's the seminal question: would you stay in that job? Or would you quit that career and take up a new one, one where the government doesn't arbitrarily limit you to a fraction of what you should be making?
In practically every nation that has the sort of socialist healthcare system that Democrats want implemented in the USA there is a doctor shortage. This shortage occurs because fewer people bother to go into a career where they know ahead of time that government will summarily cap the amount of money they can make.
This artificial cap prevents the best and brightest from pursuing a medical career. Countries like this end up with the bottom of the barrel delivering healthcare to their people.
So, not only would Obama destroy a quarter of America's hospitals, but he'd drive out of the healthcare business all the good doctors that we do have and would set up a situation where only the lowest level of doctors are created in the future.
Is this the American health system we want?
Well, it may not be the America that sane people want, but Democrats and Obama don't want the best healthcare possible. They want the sort of healthcare of which they fully control every aspect. They want the sort of healthcare system where the people have to go hat-in-hand to politicians and beg for medicine and treatment. This isn't about "health." It's about a complete, socialist control of the lowly people.
Welcome to Obama's most desired future.