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There are many positive aspects of the American health care system. When you compare outcomes for specific illnesses the United States in among the best. Minnesota has been ranked the healthiest state in the nation 11 out of the last 18 years. Even so, there are a number of people advocating a massive overhaul of our state and national systems to provide so-called universal health care. No one opposes covering everyone; the real question is, how can we best do it?
There is no instance in which a government has run a health care program more efficiently than the private sector. The only way universal health care can adequately address rising health care costs is by limiting available care. Rationing of care is not an acceptable health care delivery principle, nor is it an appropriate way to contain heath care costs. Read about the often vaunted Canadian Health Care system from a physician who has lived and worked within that system.
Universal care ensures that everyone gets the same care but of necessity it will be of lower quality. In order to control the cost the government will limit payments and determine treatments. Doctors will be required to only use what the government determined was the "best practice" to treat your case, even if it doesn't work for you. They will be punished for using treatments that were not a listed "best practice." Government directed medicine will result in fewer practitioners because their practice is controlled by the government, not their ability.
On top of all that, you will not be allowed to purchase treatments that would not be provided by the government run plan with your own money because that would unfair to those who could not afford to do so. Obamacare bans "private fee-for-service" so like Canadians and citizens of many other countries with universal coverage you are not allowed to purchase additional care. That is why so many Canadians come to the U.S. for medical care, even though they have so-called "free" universal health care. Where will we go?
Physicians will called upon to make treatment decisions based on their perception of a patient’s quality of life and age.
The problem with socialized medicine is that the government’s budget is finite. As health care costs rise the government will have to decide whether to raise taxes or cut benefits. The Obamacare law includes the establishment of an Independent Payment Advisory Board whose role is to insure that Medicare payments are held below the cost of medical inflation. Rationing will occur if we rely on an appointed government panel to control Medicare funding.
The 50 million missing taxpayers
Ironically, while approximately 75 million baby-boomers begin to enroll in social security and Medicare benefits, over 50 million potential taxpayers have been aborted who otherwise would have offset the cost of baby-boomers' benefits! As the abortion mentality continues to permeate American culture, the greater effect will be felt in the economy. Except for immigration, the United States has had a falling population and the problem is even worse in other parts of the word. What's more, the Obamacare law includes free abortions for everyone making matters worse!
The real reason health care costs have been rising is because health care is getting better. Americans have been unwilling to sacrifice better care and technological developments due to cost. Rather, they look to market forces to drive costs down. This is what we have seen with the Lasik surgery technology. Initially it was very expensive, but as demand for the procedure continued to rise, the costs have gone down.
The reality is that technological advances cost money to develop. Part of the increase in health care cost pays for this development. If the government limits costs, the first loss will be the development of new technology and treatments. This will limit the ability of the medical community to treat new illnesses or find treatments for illnesses like Alzheimer’s and cancer. The United States has always been the foremost developer of new treatments and technology for the world.
The shift to universal health care will inevitably exacerbate the shortage of doctors and limit access to technology because the government will only be able to afford a finite amount. Some legislators talk about a "medical arms race" where cities and municipalities are trying to spend more money on the best advances. They think this is a bad idea and want to limit the amount of technology that can be accessed in a given region. Supposedly this will reduce costs. In reality, it results in limited access, and long waits by patients—a form of rationing well known in Canada.
However noble the goal to provide all Americans with adequate health care, Obamacare is not the type of reform that will ensure everyone receives the care they need. Government-run, socialized medicine can only lead to rationed care because they contain no provisions to expand available care while adding patients to the system.
There are better alternatives that can provide health care for all:
See also: Health Care Resources
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