President Obama’s Universal Health Care plan must be derailed

No one can say that president Obama is not ambitious. His current thrust to “fast track” a Universal health care system in this country must be derailed. With 1,300 health care providers in this nation today the government wants to give us a “choice?”

At the present time I read that roughly one-fifth of the US economy, $2.5 trillion dollars, is connected to health care. George Will recently questioned numbers of the uninsured as expressed by Donna Brazile when he stated “you talk about the 46, 47 million uninsured. Fourteen million of them are already eligible for other government programs and haven’t signed up. Ten million are in households with household incomes of $75,000 a year and could afford it if they wanted to. Furthermore, an enormous number in that 47 million are not American citizens. Sixty percent of the uninsured in San Francisco are not citizens.”

Physicians are hammered by HMO’s and PPO’s with regard to their charges for services rendered. Can you imagine president Obama and company establishing the compensation paid to doctors for specific services performed in this new “nationalized health care” system after doctors have dedicated their lives getting their degrees along with their financial investment related to eventually completing that education that’s in the $100,000 to $200,000 range.

Folks “It takes many years of education and training to become a physician: 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and 3 to 8 years of internship and residency, depending on the specialty selected.”

Let’s not overlook malpractice insurance where claims and legal defense spending in 2001 reached $6.5 billion dollars. Doctors in some specialty fields are moving out of some states or retiring early due to their high premiums for this coverage.

Do you feel confidant that the government can establish a better health system by giving us a “choice?” When you go to purchase a new (or used) car you can select from 45 different manufacturers around the globe from Toyota to Tata and Kaima. Compare that to 1,300 healthcare providers and tell me that Americans do not have a choice.”
The following opening text is from Real Clear Politics and the Washington Post.
The full article link, including details about Medicare, Medicaid and employer paid premiums, is to be found at the end of this post.

June 15, 2009

Naive, Hypocritical and Dishonest

By Robert Samuelson
WASHINGTON — It’s hard to know whether President Obama’s health care “reform” is naive, hypocritical or simply dishonest. Probably all three.
The president keeps saying it’s imperative to control runaway health spending. He’s right. The trouble is that what’s being promoted as health care “reform” almost certainly won’t suppress spending and, quite probably, will do the opposite.

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