Congress should STOP right now
January 13, 2017
When it comes to Obamacare, Congress is doing their part in repealing the (UN)Affordable Heathcare Act. But despite what many people have been hearing about in the media as well as projectionary complaints by the left, one columnist says Obamacare SHOULD NOT BE REPLACED.
This article found online through a Devvy Kidd suggestion begins with this image
Writing at News With Views, Kelleigh Nelson said…
Please President Trump, repeal Obamacare, but do not add another boondoggle to our already ridiculously huge government. NO REPLACEMENT OF OBAMACARE IS NECESSARY!
What is wrong with allowing the free market to handle healthcare?
One problem, many in Congress DO NOT believe in the free market.
Nelson goes on to say..
Past major laws and other policies implemented by the Federal and state governments have interfered with the health care marketplace to the point where our people are not only suffering, but dying. Is that the intent? Nearly every law regarding healthcare that has been passed since the early 1900s should be repealed, not just Obamacare!
What Nelson is saying is the big brother hand of big government should be out of all of our lives.
Is any part of Obamacare good? Well…yes and no.
President Trump has rightly stated that competition across state lines would create more competitive insurance markets, and that pre-existing conditions should not disqualify care under new health plans.
But why are we allowing young people to be carried on their parents’ insurance until age 26? The percentage of youth who actually become ill between college graduation and age 26 is so miniscule as to be almost unchartable.
And as for illegal aliens (yes this writer is using the term):
Between 1983 and 1992, health care costs rose almost 10% annually. Prescription drug costs rose 12.1 percent a year. Home health care prices increased 18.3 percent annually. (Perhaps there were only 10 to 15 million illegal aliens in our country 30 odd years ago, but I believe we’re at 50 to 60 million today).
Congress expanded Medicaid to include illegal immigrants, children (through CHIP, Children’s Medicaid), and pregnant women.
Because of the U.S. Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1986 (42 U.S.C.), most hospitals may not refuse anyone treatment for an emergency medical condition because of citizenship (illegal aliens), legal status, or ability to pay. An example of the cost conflict between federal government, state and local government, and private institutions, is that the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) brings injured and ill illegal aliens to hospital emergency rooms, but does not pay for their medical care. Almost $190 million, or about 25 percent, of the uncompensated costs Southwest border county hospitals incurred, resulted from emergency medical treatment provided to illegal immigrants.
Emergency rooms on our southern borders have gone bankrupt and closed. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, the cost to American taxpayers for medical treatment of illegals, and now the so-called Syrian refugees and Somalis, has exacerbated and exponentially increased our own healthcare costs. [Link], [Link], [Link]
Anchor baby births alone have cost Americans billions of dollars each year. Breitbart documents that one is born every 93 seconds. Medicaid alonepaid $2.2 billion last year to partially reimburse hospitals for unpaid illegal alien delivery bills, double estimates from news reports.
The amount not reimbursed to hospitals is in the tens of billions. A staggering 84 hospitals in California alone, have been forced to close their doors because of unpaid bills by illegal aliens. Los Angeles emergency rooms are full of illegal aliens. Hospitals which manage to remain open, pass the unpaid costs onto the rest of us, which translates into more out-of-pocket expenses and higher insurance premiums for Americans.
One Dallas hospital has a MAJOR anchor baby problem. And it’s one we all should be familar with.
“Parkland Memorial Hospital (yes, the same hospital where JFK died after his assassination in 1963), a staggering 70% of all babies born are to illegal aliens. Nationally, 400,000 anchor babies a year — 1 in 10 of all births — are illegal alien offspring,” Nelson writes.
The first link in the quote is to the leftist website Snopes, so caution is advised. The second is to the more reliable Breitbart.
And Nelson writes, Congress is to blame for all this mess, which began over 100 years ago. The mess, Nelson writes goes back to the days of Taft, up through Teddy Roosevelt, Coolidge, and FDR. And it all involves…BIG PHARMA.
In 1925, prescription drug monopolies began after the federal government, led by Republican President Calvin Coolidge, started allowing the patenting of drugs. And guess what…these drug monopolies have been promoted by government research and development subsidies targeted to favored pharmaceutical companies.
So much for Calvin Coolidge being cool. And FDR offered up what might be called “Rosseveltcare.”
During the early 1940s, FDR asked for a Bill of Rights which included medical care. Truman later offered a national health program plan, proposing a single system that would include all of American society, but it was denounced by the AMA and was called a Communist plot by a House subcommittee.
In other words, single payer, like in Canada and Britain today. And Big Med was given a major pass under the progressive icon FDR
In 1945, buyer monopolization began after the McCarran-Ferguson Act led by the Roosevelt Administration exempted the business of medical insurance from most federal regulation, including antitrust laws.
This collusion would go on throughout the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and into the Reagan years.
In the 1980s, under Reagan, there was a shift towards privatization and corporatization of healthcare. Medicare shifts to payment by diagnosis (DRG) instead of by treatment. Private plans quickly follow suit, with growing complaints by insurance companies that the traditional fee-for-service method of payment to doctors is being exploited. I can remember when I would go to a physician with a problem, and he could diagnose my symptoms without weeks of various expensive tests.
In 1984, prescription drug monopolies were strengthened during the Reagan Administration after the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act permitted the extension of patents beyond 20 years. (*The government also allowed pharmaceuticals companies to bribe physicians to prescribe more expensive drugs.*)
Both Bushes and Clinton would follow even without the passing of “Hillarycare.” Obamacare was another story. In fact, when it comes to doctors and politics, it’s a very dangerous drug mixture. In a story from Breitbart…
Physicians have openly stated that Obamacare was never about health care, but about achieving another Progressive goal of massive wealth redistribution.
As for the leftist socialists, their goal has been single payer where the GOVERNMENT ALONE collects all fees and has total control. In fact…
(S)ometime down the road under ObamaCare the government will (control the food) tell you what you can and can not eat. They are using the Marxist Hegelian Dialectic to accomplish exactly that.
Well now Obamacare is being repealed, despite the Chicken (****) Little worries of the puppets of billionaire George Soros, the Democrats, whom like the Republicans in Congress CAN AFFORD THEIR OWN HEALTHCARE.
Nelson finished things up with this…
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