So It Begins... (UPDATED)

on Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Uh oh:

President Barack Obama's first budget will seek $634 billion over 10 years as a down payment on health care reform, a senior administration official said Wednesday. The official said Obama's proposal is meant to start a dialogue with Congress over how to provide coverage for an estimated 48 million uninsured while also slowing health care costs, which amount to $2.4 trillion a year and keep rising even as the economy is shrinking.
A lot of people have asked me why I decided to no longer attend medical school. Here's part of your answer. 48 million Americans are about to get their health care paid for by you. If you remember, 2/3 of that 48 million already has access to health care, but is too lazy to pay for it themselves. With another 48 million having the government pay the bill for them, you may now happily expect to wake up at 0-dark-30 to visit your doctor from here on out if you wish to avoid the long lines.

Government beaurocracy is what ruined Medicare and Medicaid. But for some reason Barry O thinks it's gonna work out just dandy this time. Does this guy ever read a history book?

UPDATE: Another reason I feel bad for my friends in the medical field:

Obama would pay for the expansion by trimming tax breaks for the wealthy and tightening payments to insurers, hospitals and physicians, according to a senior administration official.
Giving less money to doctors and hospitals is supposed to make health care better?