Feld M.D.,FACP, MACE
The goal to provide
affordable healthcare and access to care for all Americans is an admirable
Obamacare is making
Americans dependent on the government for their healthcare access and health
decisions. This is bad.
President Obama is doing
this slowly but surely. The goal is to first destroy the present healthcare
system. The more he destroys, the more the stakeholders, healthcare insurance
industry, hospital systems, physicians, drug companies and patients game the
Americans are known to
be individualists. They cherish their freedoms. However, over the last 50 years
many entitlements have been introduced at the price of forfeiting many
Some entitlements have
been for consumer protection. Others have not.
Obamacare is about
government control and takeover of the healthcare system. President Obama
understands that he cannot force people to do what they do not want to do.
However they will do
anything when they have no choice. He is creating a no choice environment
slowly but surely. He is doing it with a bad law, lots of lies and
disinformation, and a golden tongue,
He changes and ignores
parts of the law he wrote to fit he needs by executive order, disrespects the
will of the people and congress and folds to pressures of lobbying from his
base. He marginalizes his enemies.
His changing the law
without the consent of congress is probably unconstitutional. However no
Republican has questioned his tactics.
He stays on the
offensive and keeps Republicans on the defensive. Republicans must have someone
who could parry his offenses and put him on the defense even though he has the
unequivocal support of the traditional media.
On Friday August 9th
was a perfect example of this offensive.
I'm assuming they will not take that path…I have
confidence that common sense, in the end, will prevail.
He explained his delay
of the employer mandate by saying going through congress would be the
"normal thing" to do "but
we're not in a normal atmosphere around here when it comes to
The president called efforts to defund and repeal Obamacare the
Republicans' "holy grail" and an "ideological fixation."
You have got to give it
to him. No one would ever think Obamacare is having so much trouble because it
is a lousy law, that is impossible to build out its structure, Impossible to
implement, impossible to execute and impossible to enforce.
The majority of the
country and majority of the stakeholders are against the bill. President Obama
just goes right ahead despite the will of the people.
Obamacare did not get
one single Republican vote. President Obama’s twist and turns have kept
Republicans in a reactive and defensive mode.
Every time Republicans
go on the offense they are blamed for the bad law’s (Obamacare’s) failure. They
do not answer back.
I believe the majority
of the people know what President Obama is about. They do not trust him. The
lack of trust renders him ineffective.
Someone needs to turn
the tables on him.
I also believe President
Obama is about to turn the tables on himself. His says he is all ears for a
good idea but Republicans have not presented him with one.
This is not true. The
problem is President Obama doesn’t listen.
The list of lies and
misrepresentations are enormous. These lies and misrepresentations have
resulted in the lack of trust.
Below are some of the things promised that so
we should not forget.
1. Imposing President Obama’s idea of
transformation by social engineering in which the majority of the population
does not agree with.
2. Imposing 21 hidden taxes that few knew
about before the bills passage. Few knew the effect of these taxes on small
business until after passage of Obamacare. These tax increases amount to
the biggest tax increase in our history.
This occurred after
President Obama pledged no new taxes for anyone making less than $250,000
dollars. All of these taxes are passed on to consumers.
3. The medical device
tax alone is a job-killing and innovation-stifling medical device tax. 33 Democrat senators are now opposed to this tax. He does not have the support of his
party on this tax.
4. Independent Payment
Advisory Board (the IPAB) is going to ration healthcare. Sarah Palin called it aka death
panels. Howard Dean, recently termed it a "health care rationing body" that
Congress should be "getting rid of." The Obama administration insists
there is not going to be rationing of care.
5. The original CBO
cost estimate was a reduction in healthcare costs in 10 years. The
CBO used six years of costs and ten years of taxes. The next estimate using
rigged numbers given to the CBO by the Obama administration was less than $1
The ten-year CBO cost
estimate has now reached $2.6 trillion. We have not heard from the Obama
administration about this new estimate.
Four years ago President
Obama promised the public that, “Obamacare
would reduce a "typical family's premium by up
to $2,500 a year."
7. We will all recall these famous lines, “If you like your doctor, you
will be able to keep your doctor. Period.”
If you like your healthcares plan, you will be able to
keep your health care plan. Period.
“No one will take it
away. No matter what.”
No statement is more
dramatic but false.
To make thing worse
patients will have to pay physicians directly. The Obama administration
published a new rule for seniors. CMS will not reimburse patients the 70% of
their out of pocket expenses for physicians that do not accept Medicare or
The result will be an
increased out of pocket burden for all patients, rich and poor.
Obamacare has created a burden on economic
growth. It has resulted in the creation of "seven times more part-time jobs"
than full-time jobs. It has decreased the living wage for millions of Americans
and created millions more uninsured patients.
These part time workers
will be forced to buy insurance through the health insurance exchanges. This
will balloon the federal deficit even further.
10. The states have been
given the option to participate in health insurance exchanges and expanding
Medicare and Medicaid. Thirty three states have refused to participate. They
know they cannot afford to increase their states’ budget deficit.
11. The healthcare
insurance industry thought it would make a killing by insuring people through
the health insurance exchanges. In Medicare and Medicaid they bill the
government for doing the administrative services. President Obama has changed
the promised health insurance rules. Several insurers are leaving all of the states. More are to follow.
12. Recent surveys show that 63 percent of voters think the law
needs to be changed, and a 57-percent majority feeling that implementation is
This is happening despite
the traditional media helping President Obama’s political campaign to promote
These are just a few of
the reasons for the mistrust of the administration.
Next will be a summary
of President Obama’s probable unconstitutional delays in the law without
Max Baucus was
corrected. Obamacare is an expensive train wreck.
The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone
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