MEMPHIS, TENN. — Obama continues to struggle selling his ObamaCare. His health plan is losing steam as the bleak reality of its implementation becomes clearer. The only thing currently less popular than ObamaCare is Obama.
To recap, we were magnanimously “given” nationalized health insurance, which we are required by law to purchase. If we do not buy this insurance, one of the 15,000 new IRS agents hired to enforce the law will come after us. This is the same IRS whose union recently said its members do not want to be subject to ObamaCare.
ObamaCare will purportedly insure eleven million additional people without adding any new doctors. Care will be rationed and options will narrow under ObamaCare. If you want a second opinion, your doctor simply goes out of the room, changes his tie, and comes back in.
Many doctors are expected to opt out of the system entirely and practice “concierge” medicine. It will become a barter system, but you will eventually be like citizens of Chicago. You will have a choice of where you buy your drugs: either from the Crips or the Bloods.
Obama also claimed he was giving us healthcare for free without adding to our deficit. Some people even believed him.
Of course, even the White House now admits healthcare costs have risen because of this disaster of a law. Some of us have seen 50 percent increases in net costs, all supposedly to fund eleven million knuckleheads who lack both insurance and any clue how to sign up. Few will even comply with a doctor's instructions on treatment. That’s why I’m a firm believer in DarwinCare.
Oh yes — now they say you do not have to prove your eligibility for subsidies. As history has proven, there is no better way to give away free government money than the "honor" system.
As recently as last week, The Daily Caller reported that the union “fix” Democrats added will cost "nearly $190 billion.” Obama recently granted further exemptions from ObamaCare to federal employees in D.C., including members of Congress and their staffs, because they lamented it was too costly. These are the same politicians who passed what they called The Affordable Care Act. Physicians take the Hippocratic Oath; Democrats take the Hypocrite Oath.
The more we peel back layers of the onion called ObamaCare, the more we cry. Much of its implementation rests in the hands of politicians. Like working with a horse, it is safer to assume a politician will do the worst thing possible at the wrong time.
ObamaCare's fundamental flaw is that it forces us to cede more control over our lives to government. Further, we also give up the free market’s ability to keep costs down for us by allowing government to monkey with them. The federal government will manage healthcare as well as it manages other things: poorly. It’s like letting the person at the DMV decide what car you buy.
If you have ever been on a committee, you know that you make better decisions on what is right for you than a group does. We will be ceding important decisions to government bureaucracies, which are not in the business of results. They are in the business of producing more bureaucracies, which means jobs and pensions for them and higher taxes for us. Liberal politicians have more interest in identifying a perceived problem than in coming up with a workable solution.
Vesting the solution in the free market means giving power to the people to make the best choices for themselves. Liberals hate that; they think only they know what’s best for us. An unfettered free market is the only means by which almost 317 million different Americans can tell the providers of healthcare (or any good or service) what they want and how much they are willing to pay for it. And the cool thing about the free market is that it is free.
Where government intrudes, prices of goods and services rise at about twice the rate of inflation. Look at education, healthcare, energy, etc. Where the free market is allowed to operate, prices of electronics, cars, clothing (essentially anything they let Wal-Mart sell) rise less than the rate of inflation. Competition keeps prices down; government does not.
Sensing political problems, Obama announced postponing the implementation of ObamaCare until after the 2014 mid-term elections. Then he jetted off to South Africa to save Nelson Mandela and get an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Johannesburg, officially making himself the only doctor who supports ObamaCare.
Ron Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist, author and TV/radio commentator. Email Ron@RonaldHart.com or at visit RonaldHart.com.