ObamaCare: Advancing the Destruction
By Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D.
March 29, 2010
On March 21, 2010, our country witnessed a Bolshevik moment,
whereby our U.S. Constitution was trampled and utterly violated
by those for whom the ends justified the means. If Obamacare
is allowed to stand, the American way of life will be changed
forever, and not in a good way.
As lawsuits emerge from the states, insisting that our leaders
in government comply with our Constitution, the president who
promised bipartisanship and bringing America together has created
the greatest division in our country since the civil war.
It is an ideological division between those who believe that
government's role is to confiscate wealth from the productive,
and redistribute that wealth as the socialists see fit versus
those who look to government to protect them from tyranny.
Common sense, basic economics, and history have been abused and
ignored for the purpose of advancing a socialist agenda. Those
who favor socialism, and government controlling 1/6th of our
nation's economy, argue that ObamaCare isn't socialism because
people will obtain medical insurance from private insurers.
While it is true, that for now, the federal government will not
own the "means of production," the federal government
will control private insurers via regulations and price controls
(corporate socialism). As more people are insured and utilization
of services increase, the cost of providing private insurance,
and hence the cost of medical insurance premiums will increase
A newly empowered federal bureaucracy under ObamaCare will implement
price controls on insurance premiums to control unsustainable
increases in premiums. Ultimately, private insurers will be
driven out of business by ObamaCare when they are unable to provide
medical insurance at a financial loss due to government-imposed
mandates and price controls. The inevitable result will be a
"public option" (fully socialized medicine) as the
only option available.
The history of government involvement in medicine is a history
replete with deception and gross underestimation of the costs.
When Medicare was passed, people were told if they liked the
private insurance they had, they could keep it (§ 1803 of
SSA). The result: government destroyed the private insurance
market for those 65 and older. Government also promised not
to interfere in the practice of medicine or to engage in price-fixing
for medical services (§ 1801 SSA). However, government
now interferes in nearly every aspect of the practice of medicine
for Medicare patients, and government has engaged in price-fixing
to a degree that the fees sometimes do not cover the cost of
providing medical care. And, the current cost of Medicare is
nothing close to what was estimated in 1965. Medicare is going
The ultimate goal of ObamaCare is to destroy the private sector
in medicine and make people dependent on the federal government.
The sales pitch that government can take from others to pay
for everything one needs or desires is, in reality, a cruel assault
on the middle class which will never get ahead because of the
oppressive taxation that will be required to pay for the socialist
redistribution of wealth. It's hard to overcome the greed of
those who believe they are entitled to something for nothing.
And, those who believe that government will not ultimately ration
medical care, should take note that the brother of Obama's chief
of staff has already published principles for allocation of scarce
medical interventions (Lancet 2009;373:423-432). Those principles
for rationing care include "promoting and rewarding social
usefulness." The rationing system that it promotes, known
as the "Complete Lives System," includes an age-based
priority for receiving medical intervention. The curve drops
off rather precipitously past the age of 50. "Distributive
justice" is said to be the appropriate focus of the Complete
If our Republic is to survive, Americans must reject the socialist
fantasy and economic impossibility of everyone living at the
expense of everyone else, and we must return to individual freedom
and responsibility. And, we must insist that our U.S. Constitution
not be violated.
Lawrence R. Huntoon
About: "Lawrence R. Huntoon,
M.D., Ph.D. is editor-in-chief of the Journal of American Physicians
and Surgeons and a board-certified neurologist, who practices
in the Buffalo, New York area."
Received March , 2009 - Published
March 29, 2010
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