Obama Vows to Make Healthcare Better By Making It Worse

on Friday, November 14, 2008

And so we take a journey into the demented realm of Obama wherein we find that, even though socialized medicine has failed in numerous countries across the globe, somehow The One feels that it will work out just fine here in America.

President-elect Barack Obama's plans to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system would cost the federal government $75 billion the first year but would provide health insurance for 95 percent of Americans...

This works out to about $2,500 per newly insured person, the firm [PriceWaterhouseCoopers] said in a report.

"The plan would increase to $1 trillion cumulatively by 2018 or approximately $130 billion per year," the report said.

While the plan would extend health insurance to two-thirds of the 47 million people who currently lack it, the overhaul may worsen some problems, such as a shortage of primary care doctors, the analysis found.

"Unless costs are cut, growing health care costs will increase the costs of Obama's plan dramatically over time and reduce the effectiveness of mandates. This could make the federal costs unsustainably high," the report said.
Obama's plan for health care parallels the same health care structures that have failed miserably in Canada and Great Britain. But please Mr. Obama, pay no attention to the fact that the very man who came up with Canada's government-run health care system has now disowned it in embarrassing fasion:

As this presidential campaign continues [this article was written before the election, ed.], the candidates' comments about health care will continue to include stories of their own experiences and anecdotes of people across the country: the uninsured woman in Ohio, the diabetic in Detroit, the overworked doctor in Orlando, to name a few.

But no one will mention Claude Castonguay — perhaps not surprising because this statesman isn't an American and hasn't held office in over three decades.

Castonguay's evolving view of Canadian health care, however, should weigh heavily on how the candidates think about the issue in this country.

Back in the 1960s, Castonguay chaired a Canadian government committee studying health reform and recommended that his home province of Quebec — then the largest and most affluent in the country — adopt government-administered health care, covering all citizens through tax levies.

The government followed his advice, leading to his modern-day moniker: "the father of Quebec medicare." Even this title seems modest; Castonguay's work triggered a domino effect across the country, until eventually his ideas were implemented from coast to coast.

Four decades later, as the chairman of a government committee reviewing Quebec health care this year, Castonguay concluded that the system is in "crisis."

"We thought we could resolve the system's problems by rationing services or injecting massive amounts of new money into it," says Castonguay. But now he prescribes a radical overhaul: "We are proposing to give a greater role to the private sector so that people can exercise freedom of choice."

Castonguay advocates contracting out services to the private sector, going so far as suggesting that public hospitals rent space during off-hours to entrepreneurial doctors. He supports co-pays for patients who want to see physicians. Castonguay, the man who championed public health insurance in Canada, now urges for the legalization of private health insurance.
(For the record, this is the same Canada that deports its own cancer-stricken residents just to save costs.)

And this situation isn't unique to just Canada. Just 3 weeks ago, it was reported that the NHS (Britain's government-run health care system) are themselves refusing to use the same health care services that they themselves run! Instead, they are turning to private health care for faster, more efficient treatment.

Shortages of doctors, longer lines to see a physician, bureaucrats in some Washington office making your health decisions for you, and higher taxes from you to pay for health care for the 32 million uninsured Americans who currently have access to health care, but otherwise have decided not to pay fot it or sign up themselves... Isn't Obama's "change" just awesome!?

...not that it matters though. Once Obama cures all known diseases through his grace, we won't need health care anyway.


Brandon Burrup said...

You dirty Republican. Just cuz you have money doesn't give you the right to deny me my free gas, house and healthcare!