26 Sep 2013 Doctor’s Prognosis: ObamaCare Will Enslave American Middle Class
Americans will be able to begin enrolling in ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges next week. Not everyone, however, since the exchanges in D.C., Colorado and Oregon still haven’t been perfected.
Computer problems are just one of the many infrastructure problems plaguing ObamaCare implementation. In fact, there have been 14 legislative tweaks to ObamaCare already as well as five known and little-publicized administrative changes doing really big things to the new entitlement such as delay the employer mandate.
Project 21 member Dr. Elaina George warns that ObamaCare is doomed to failure — possibly by design. The end result, she predicts, will be higher costs and lower quality for those who can least afford it and a destruction of the once-sacred doctor-patient relationship.
Dr. George — an award-winning, board-certified and practicing otolaryngologist — said:
From the beginning, proponents of the Affordable Care Act — ObamaCare — conflated the argument that rising costs of health care stemmed from people without health insurance.
These same people ignore the fact that most Americans already had some sort of health insurance. They also failed to admit rising health care costs have been ignited by industry players such as medical insurers and Big Pharma — both of whom were integral in crafting ObamaCare.
Starting October 1, people will learn what doctors and patients have known all along — that having health insurance does not equal receiving quality, affordable health care.
For example, ObamaCare’s “bronze plan” can cost a person at least $2,000 in out-of-pocket expenses, which is in addition to the premium. This cost can rise significantly because the mandate that was supposed to cap out-of-pocket expenses is delayed.
People will find themselves in the unenviable position of not being able to afford medications, tests or procedures because they can’t afford to pay their portion. Even though no one can be turned away for preexisting conditions, they can still effectively be priced out of care because the premiums and the out-of-pocket expenses are too high.
What can legitimately be expected in a future governed by ObamaCare?
- ObamaCare will invariably lead to a centralized, rigid health care system that will insert the government as the decision maker, breaking the doctor-patient relationship.
- Cost control can be expected to become the driving force to keep ObamaCare operating. Therefore, a rationing of care is inevitable.
- A myriad of new taxes will be levied, and economic and personal privacy will be sacrificed to make sure everyone (except Congress and other privileged groups) pay their fair share of this expensive system. All of ObamaCare’s subsidies and entitlements, after all, must be funded.
When the ObamaCare infrastructure is overwhelmed and breaks, as it was likely intended to do, the inevitable result will be a complete takeover of the health care system by the government as a socialized, single-payer system.
Along with the change in our health care system will be enormous change in our nation as a whole. There will be a transfer of wealth — not from the rich to the poor, but instead from the middle class. They will also now become dependent on the government.
Other ObamaCare commentary by Dr. Elaina George can be found by clicking here.