The tyranny of Obamacare 15

The Constitution of the United States is designed to protect liberty. Let’s hope it proves a perfect shield. We’ll know if it does when the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on the constitutionality of Obamacare. That tyrannous Act vastly extends the power of government over the individual, and it should be struck down.

Dr. Paul Hsieh writes at PJ Media on how the Act restricts the freedom of physicians to make decisions in the best interests of their patients:

The escalating economic costs of ObamaCare will pale in comparison to the escalating losses of freedom.

Losses of freedom for both patients and doctors.

The infringement of personal freedom receiving the most attention lately has been the “individual mandate” requiring Americans to purchase health insurance. This issue is at the heart of the current legal challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court. But ObamaCare imposes numerous other mandates and controls, including the following:

Doctors must purchase and use expensive electronic medical record systems.

Doctors must electronically record certain patient data such as ethnicity, BMI (body mass index), blood pressure, and smoking status — and turn over patient data to the government upon request.

Doctors treating Medicare patients must practice according to government “quality” guidelines or face economic penalties.

Insurance companies must offer numerous “free” benefits, including various preventive health services, birth control, and coverage of “children” up to age 26.

Insurers may not raise their rates to cover these new expenses unless the government agrees those rate increases are “reasonable.”

A provision that will drive insurance firms out of business. And, as Dr. Hsieh notes, “Once the private insurance market has been destroyed, Americans will be forced to buy their health insurance on government-run ‘exchanges’ where the government decides which health services should or should not be covered.”

An Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) of unelected bureaucrats will set prices for Medicare services that will lead to de facto rationing.

The administrative costs associated with complying with these regulations will accelerate the trend of doctors leaving traditional private practice. Instead, doctors will increasingly work for large Accountable Care Organizations where they’ll practice according to government protocols, with their compliance monitored by the mandatory electronic medical records

As Dr. Donald Berwick (President Obama’s former head of Medicare) once noted:

“The primary function of regulation in health care, especially as it affects the quality of medical care, is to constrain decentralized, individualized decision making.”

In other words, restricting physicians’ freedom to practice is not some “unintended consequence” of ObamaCare, but rather an explicitly desired goal. 

“To constrain individual decision making”. Could the aim of the would-be tyrants be any more explicit?

Dependence on the state always brings suffering:

Government controls over the health sector will lead to longer waits for medical care.

Very long waits probably, as in Britain and Canada. Waits so long that often death comes before the appointment with the doctor.

Health laws similar to ObamaCare have been in effect in Massachusetts since 2006. Massachusetts patients must now wait an average of 48 days to see an internal medicine physician — double the national average. Under ObamaCare, the rest of the country will soon experience similar problems.

If history is any guide, the government will likely impose additional controls to “solve” the problems created by their earlier controls. As Ludwig Von Mises [the great Austrian School free-market economist] once noted, controls breed controls.

One logical next step would be further “physician mandates.” Some disturbing precedents that have already been proposed in the U.S. and Canada include the following:

Massachusetts legislators recently proposed requiring doctors to accept government-controlled insurance rates as a condition of retaining their state medical licenses, regardless of whether or not the doctors lost money on each patient. …

Oregon will require “concierge doctors” to register as insurance companies, because those physicians accept fees from patients in exchange for the promise of future medical services. This makes it harder for doctors to “opt out” of the government-controlled insurance system.

The Canadian government once proposed compelling newly graduated doctors to work in “underserved” regions of the country before allowing them to live and practice where they wished. …

Dr. Hsieh asks:

As a patient, do you want your doctor to be free to practice according his best independent judgment for your best medical interests, or compelled to practice according to government guidelines, beholden to the state for his livelihood?

He concludes:

The Supreme Court may or may not decide to overturn ObamaCare. I hope it does. But if it doesn’t, Americans will still have one last opportunity to overturn ObamaCare at the ballot box this fall: elect politicians committed to repeal. Robert Heinlein [the science-fiction writer] once wrote, “The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.” Right now, the first group controls our health care. It’s up to us whether they remain in charge after November.

Yes, the big political divide comes between collectivism and freedom. Obamacare is the chief bid of the Left under Obama’s disastrous presidency to turn America into a socialist collective. In November the collectivists must be voted out. And if Romney is to be president, let’s hope he deeply regrets imposing Romneycare on Massachusetts.

  • Clockp

    Golf Balls from Obama

    (Receptionist) Hello, Welcome to Obama Golf. My name is Trina. How can I help you?

    (Customer) Hello, I received an email from Golfsmith stating that my Pro V1 order has been canceled and I should go to your exchange to reorder it. I tried your web site, but it seems like it is not working. So I am calling the 800 number.

    (Receptionist) Yes, I am sorry about the web site. It should be fixed by the end of 2014. But I can help you.

    (Customer) Thanks, I ordered some Pro V1 balls.

    (Receptionist) Sir, Pro V1’s do not meet our minimum standards, I will be happy to provide you with a choice of Pinnacle, TopFlite, or Callaway Blue.

    (Customer) But I have played Pro V1 for years.

    (Receptionist) The government has determined that Pro V1s are no longer acceptable, so we have instructed Titleist to stop makiing them. TopFlites are better, sir, I am sure you will love them.

    (Customer) But I like the Pro V1. Why are TopFlites better?

    (Receptionist) That is all spelled out in the 2700 page “Affordable Golf Ball Act” passed by Congress.

    (Customer) Well, how much are these TopFlites?

    (Receptionist) It depends sir, do you want our Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum package?

    (Customer) What’s the difference?

    (Receptionist) 12, 24, 36 or 48 balls.

    (Customer) The Silver package may be okay; how much is it?

    (Receptionist) It depends, sir; what is your monthly income?

    (Customer) What does that have to do with anything?

    (Receptionist) I need that to determine your government Golf Ball subsidy; then I can determine how much your out-of-pocket cost will be. But if your income is below the poverty level, you might qualify for a subsidy. In that case, I can refer you to our BallAid department.

    (Customer) BallAid?

    (Receptionist) Yes, golf balls are a right, everyone has a right to golf balls. So, if you can’t afford them, then the government will supply them free of charge.

    (Customer) Who said they were a right?

    (Receptionist) Congress passed it, the President signed it and the Supreme Court found it Constitutional.

    (Customer) Whoa…..I don’t remember seeing anything in the Constitution regarding golf balls as a right.

    (Receptionist) There’s no explicit mention of golf balls in the Constitution, but President Obama is a former constitutional scholar and he believes it would have been included if the Constitution had not been drafted by a bunch of slave-owning white men. The Democrats in the Congress and the Supreme Court agree with the President that golf balls are now a right guaranteed by the Constitution.

    (Customer) I don’t believe this.

    (Receptionist) It’s the law of the land, sir. Now, we anticipated most people would go for the Silver Package, so what is you monthly income sir?

    (Customer) Forget it, I think I will forgo the balls this year.

    (Receptionist) In that case, sir, I will still need your monthly income.

    (Customer) Why?

    (Receptionist) To determine what your ‘non-participation’ cost would be.

    (Customer) WHAT? You can’t charge me for NOT buying golf balls.

    (Receptionist) It’s the law of the land, sir, approved by the Supreme Court. It’s $49.50 or 1% of your monthly income.

    (Customer)(interrupting) This is ridiculous, I’ll pay the $49.50.

    (Receptionist) Sir, it is the $49.50 or 1% of your monthly income, whichever is greater.

    (Customer) ARE YOU KIDDING ME? What a ripoff!!

    (Receptionist) Actually, sir, it is a good deal. Next year it will be 2%.

    (Customer) Look, I’m going to call my Congressman to find out what’s going on here. This is ridiculous. I’m not going to pay it.

    (Receptionist) Sorry to hear that, sir, that’s why I had the NSA track this call and obtain the make and model of the cell phone you are using.

    (Customer) Why does the NSAneed to know what kind of CELL PHONE I AM USING?

    (Receptionist) So they get your GPS coordinates, sir.

    (Door Bell rings followed immediately by a loud knock on the door)

    (Receptionist) That would be the IRS, sir. Thanks for calling ObamaGolf, have a nice day…and God Bless the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

    • liz

      That’s a good one!
      Now it’s the Land of the Freeloaders and the Home of the Slaves.

      • Clockp

        Well done, you’ve revealed the community organizer campaign slogan!!

        • Jillian Becker

          I like your allegory-drama. Thank you, Clockp!

  • When Obama became president I ignored his ObamaCare. I figured I would just not be part of it. I have an extremely healthy lifestyle and so I have no need for doctors. I haven’t had to take a sick day off work in 4 decades.

    Then I found out my government, which works for me, thinks it can force me to buy something I don’t want and don’t need. I never imagined this would be possible, especially not in a capitalist democratic country like America. Fortunately the Supreme Court might throw out the mandate.

    It’s interesting that Obama got the mandate idea from Romney, but I think Romney will keep his promise to throw out ObamaCare.

    Theists worship a supernatural magician and liberals worship big government. Theist wackos and liberal loons need to grow up.

    • Jillian Becker

      Thanks, Human Ape, for your comment. 

      I followed your link and have quoted from you on our website’s Facebook wall. 

    • George

      I agree with your overall premise Human Ape , however I must respectfully make an exception on one point you stated and I’ll explain . Please follow me here.   You stated — ” I have an extremely healthy lifestyle and so I have no need for doctors “. I disagree .  For example  — suppose you were camping in the woods with your family and you got bitten by a rattlesnake ,and had to be rushed to the emergency room and receive injections of anti-venom and special medical treatment from specialist doctors . Here you do indeed have need for doctors.  Suppose you’re walking down the sidewalk in your neighborhood at night and a robber shoots you to rob you but you survive the gunshot wound, and again you’re transported to the ER where a special medical team of doctors and nurses remove the bullet surgically . Here you DO indeed need  doctors.  Let’s say you’re playing in the surf at the beach and a shark bites you on the leg—————     here again , you do indeed have a need for doctors to stitch your wounds and and repair your torn ligaments and damaged blood vessels.  Let’s say you are the victim of a vicious dog attack, car accident, etc etc etc . Well , you get the idea.  Many people who thought they were in such excellent health have had heart attacks or  other debilitating illnesses even when they lead healthy lifestyles , so that in itself is no guarantee that you will NEVER need a doctor or medical care .  Just a simple point I wanted to address , that’s all.  Think about it . 

  • Robert

    Yes, Romney is a Mormon, but he has said nothing about his religion influencing his policies. Santorum, on the other hand, has talked non-stop about how his policies will be focused around his religion. If Santorum wins the nomination, then I am not voting.

    • Liz

      Yes, we all need to pray that Santorum doesn’t get the nomination, and I will be thanking God if he doesn’t!  – (maybe even the Virgin Mary!)

      • George

        Amen LIz and hallelujah .  Praise the LARD !

    • George

      Ditto Robert . Sometimes I really don’t know what I’m going to do . I don’t want  Sntorum who will push a Christian theocracy in America , and then we have Obama who will be a total disaster for America without a doubt. It’s crazy !

  • George

    Hopefully we will get a Republican conservative in office that will reverse what Obama has done to America. The resulting problem from such an election will be that we will have to put up with such a Republican President  turning our great nation into a Christian theocracy which would be his ultimate goal and agenda.  Well  folks , that’s our choices.   Either live in a society ruled by Obama and his liberal left-wing socialist cronies or exist in a society that will ultimately become a Christian fundamentalist theocracy resulting in  re-enacted Christian blasphemy laws brought back.  Both will usurp the constitution and as many have stated repeatedly before ,  we will simply be stuck with the lesser of the two evils but still f***ed anyway !

    • Liz

      Theoretically thats true (that its a choice between two evils), but I’m hoping it won’t pan out that way.  Romney may be a Mormon but he doesn’t make a big issue out of it, or of religion in general, like Santorum does.  Maybe he’ll be rational enough to keep religion out of his politics and just focus on fixing the economy.

      • Frank

        I agree with you about Romney. He didn’t get to be as successful as he is by being stupid or naive. He is saying what he needs to say to get elected. I would vote for Romney but I would not under any circumstance vote for Santorum.

      • George

        I agree Liz, and I’m only wondering that instead of  us merely hoping that he will “keep religion out of his politics”  ,  that we find out for certain his stance  and then I would indeed select Romney , but I must confess I don’t know this for sure and it’s something I will need to look further into. Santorum is out of the question  for me just as Frank stated .  With the great majority of conservatives in America  being hardcore fundamentalist Christians , they will of course tend to pander to their fundamentalist Christian supporters.  The entire situation is simply mind-boggling.