Putting Tyrants in Control of Health Care
By Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D.
If you like the health insurance coverage you have now, and if you believe patients should be allowed to make their own decisions about their medical care and insurance coverage, ObamaCare is not for you.
In addition to the fact that the supreme law of the land, our U.S. constitution, does not authorize the government takeover of medicine, or government intrusion and meddling in the practice of medicine, ObamaCare will make medical care:
- Less affordable
- It will destroy innovation in the insurance market
- Less accountable to patients
- It will discriminate against those who believe in self-reliance and working hard to get ahead
- It will put our budget and economy on a path of unsustainable debt and destruction
ObamaCare incorporates an individual mandate for purchase of health insurance. In Massachusetts, the individual mandate caused an increase in premiums of up to 46% more than the national average. ObamaCare will create a new federal bureaucracy of unelected bureaucrats who will impose rigid price controls on health insurance premiums as a means of dealing with the expected increase in premiums the government takeover of medicine will cause.
Price controls, however, always result in rationing and decreased access to whatever service or good is being price-controlled. And, when private insurers have been driven out of business, a so-called public option will be the only option.
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