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"Obamacare" a poor choice
Matthew Iberg
Antelope Staff
Photo from InternetObama spoke last week to Congress and has advocated his plan for a health care reform since his campaign days.

Let's be clear about one thing, the reason the health care system is the way it is now is because of government. Democrats want to fix the health care system with— get ready for it—more government.

Medicare, Medicaid and VA hospitals are all government creations. We already have a quasi-national health care system!

QUIZ TIME:

Question: What costs more, paying for a doctor, or buying a new  DVD?

Answer: Buying a DVD

People don't understand that the co-pay for a doctor’s appointment is typically just $20; a new DVD runs about $24 (Blu-Ray is the best).

Forcing people to be on a government-run health care system would make everyone pay for everyone else's problems.

What is the definition of 'insurance?'

"The act, system, or business of insuring property, life, one's person, etc., against loss or harm arising in specified contingencies, as fire, accident, death, disablement, or the like, in consideration of a payment proportionate to the risk involved."

The point of insurance is to protect against a disaster, not provide for daily use.

Home-owner’s insurance is to protect against your home catching fire and burning to the ground. Car insurance is to protect you in case you get in a wreck.

Forcing everyone to buy government run health care is like making people with car insurance pay for gas, oil and tires of everyone who drives. It just doesn't make sense.

The system would be overloaded with people for simple ailments: headaches, cough, sneezes. Whatever, get over it.

Because of the overload, some health care Czar will start to make decisions about who to actually allow access to medical providers. I do not want a government official in the way of my health care.

I was RipStik-ing (if you don't know what a RipStik is, you should probably check one out) over spring break, and I had a major wipeout in which I flew into a mulch-laden rose garden. I had thorns, splinters, dirt, rocks and gravel in me.

Now, under Obamacare after they weed out their “competitors,” I would most likely be denied a claim to see a doctor because it wasn't severe enough. In their defense, it wasn't. But, no one was on campus and I didn't have anyone to pull out the thorns and help disinfect my wounds, so I went to the doctor. For about $20, I was able to pay for three weeks of care, without insurance.

Long story short, cheap and easy access to health care is available. That's the joy of a free market system. I can shop around.

Prior to 1965, the year Medicare and Medicaid became a government hand-me-out; health care costs never exceeded six percent of U.S. GDP. After Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson enforced the two atrocious plans, medical costs began to rise.

Today, health care is at 20 percent of GDP.

The reason?

We don't shop around; therefore, health care providers charge whatever they want.

Just because we're paying less out-of-pocket, doesn't mean prices are getting any cheaper. Currently, an individual pays approximately three percent of a total hospital bill. Third parties (insurance, employer or the government) pay the other 97 percent.

According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, only 35 percent of Medicare or Medicaid spending leads to actual care. The other 65 percent allows for prices to keep going up.

Now, let's examine plastic surgery.

For the most part, plastic surgery is an out-of-pocket expense which health insurance does not cover. Between 1990-2005, cosmetic surgery prices have gone up about 15 percent compared to Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Health care prices have gone up more than 80 percent in comparison to the CPI.

Doctors can perform plastic surgery for much less because they don't have to pay for all the red tape that comes with insurance companies, hospitals and unnecessary staff.

We can use Medicare (which currently has about 41 million people 65 years old, or older) and Medicaid (which serves more than 50 million poor people) to show us just how a government-run health care program will force everyone on to their plans.

With the government run program, costs will sky-rocket, leading to fewer and fewer private-sector insurance providers. This is proven by the numerous insurance companies which folded during the first five years of Medicare and Medicaid’s existence.

With fewer and fewer private-sector providers, coupled with the inevitable rise in health care costs, employer-based health care will have no option to go for the cheapest insurance company, which would be the government run program.

Surprise!

The government doesn’t have to play by the same rules as a private sector company does. Why does the government need to worry about posting a profit to pay its employees, utilities or taxes when we would foot that bill? (Minus the taxes, the government can’t pay its self back…oh wait, yes it can/did…)

Once the government has control of your health care, they will start to deny benefits to help cut costs due to the high costs of health care and the flooding of the system.

Routine operations now become a matter of bureaucratic decision making of whether or not you're "worth the cost" to the government.

This health care being assembled in congress today cannot be passed. It will lead to higher costs, less jobs (currently 14.6 million people are employed by the health care industry) and the government in control of your life.

As this health care reform goes, so go the Democrats. And neither are doing too well.


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