So, the president is peeved because people are calling it socialized medicine……if it walks like a duck, right Bam Bam?

The CBO estimates the cost over 10 years to be into the trillions….TRILLIONS. It also estimates that between 15 and 20 million people will lose their private employer provided healthcare and have to choose the government “public” option. Additionally, it will impose $2 Billion in penalties on those who are uninsured.

The free market encourages competition amongst private insurers and a government run entity will no doubt squelch competition and eventually take over the entire market.

The thing that is bothering me, and other right thinking people, most is the creation of a medical review board, to the tune of $15 Billion. This board has already been created and there are ZERO doctors on the board…..ZILCH! So, who is going to be making decisions on your care? Certainly not you, your family and your doctor….but some government appointed entity with no clue who you are and what your situation is.

It smacks of the nationalized healthcare that is rampant in Europe. I have first hand experience with it as my family is from Germany. Case in point: I have a 46 year old uncle with Down’s Syndrome. One of the effects of Downs is that their cells degenerate at twice the speed of “healthy” people. So, Volker (my uncle) had cataracts…..but the government wouldnt pay for the surgery because he is seen as a “diminished” member of society and the cost would not be worth it. My aunt lawyered up and fought the government….she won and Volker can now see again….but not everyone has the cabbage necessry to take on big government. So therein lies the rub…some government appointed bureaucrats deciding on your value to society and if the cost of your care is worth it?

Dissent is already growing within the president’s own party as these details begin to emerge…which is a good thing….I’m tired of being told that legislation will be available for public review only to have it crammed down our throats….so much for that transparency, huh Barry?

Do I think the system needs fixing? Sure….but I think we need to look to frivolous lawsuits and the rising cost of malpractice insurance, etc as a possible starting point. The lawyers who are suing doctors for ridiculous amounts of money for, in many cases, trivial things are a huge problem. ( They and the judges who allow these suits to go forward.) Doctors are being driven out of business in some cases because of the rising costs of insurance.(are you reading this John Edwards?)….and those costs are being passed on to the consumer in the form of higher rates.

I find it interesting that at a time when Europe has realized that they’ve had it wrong for so long and has started to make a dramatic shift to the right, that we…who had it right, are starting down the slippery slope toward socialism.

I’m just sayin’ 🙂


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lynn
    Jun 18, 2009 @ 17:04:43

    All I can say is that if Obama care becomes a reality, don’t get sick.
    Bone up on the benefits of herbs, grow ’em, cook with ’em, eat them.


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