The Real Failure in Obamacare

Republican ElephantWhat is the real reason Obamacare is failing? The cruelest blow the the aorta of the American character is the broken promise that those happy with the status quo could keep their current health insurance through their employer or other payer system. For every uninsured person that acquires health insurance via Obamacare, forty-four receive cancellation notices from their current carrier siting their policy is below Obamacare standards.

The other hot topic is the Obamacare website, healthcare.gov, an never-ending entourage of glitches and malfunctions. Albeit the laws are in tact, most Americans cannot access it. Millions and millions of Americans have to be able to access the site at the same time and now even more as those whose insurance is being canceled have to use the site as well.

No matter how they band-aid the system during the remainder of Obama’s presidency, the bottom line is immortality is not a virtue with respect to what was never intended to exist in the first place. Sure, you have to be plum loco to not want to be insured, but we are still a free country and we have no right to force people into this against their will. With a budget deficit in the deca-trillions and no true source of funding except for IOUs from China, as it were, the Democrats plan is to allure healthy people with adequate insurance into the Obamacare system to pick up the tabs of the sickly uninsured. This goes totally against the grain of freedom and democracy. I admit, The Affordable Health Care Act was created with good intention. So I ask you, what is the road to Hell paved with?

The answer is what Rick Santorum suggested during his 2012 presidential campaign to issue health care vouchers. This would be a true affordable health care act, making private sector insurance affordable to those who cannot afford it and not require insured patrons to make any changes. The issues of pre-existing conditions and insurance companies screening for healthier customers can be handled by passing federal statutes. It amazes me that regulation and deregulatiojn exist only on the extremes—either do nothing or create extensive government regulatory commissions that require extensive staffing who often abuse power and misappropriate funds. Our Founding Fathers said we are a free country and we are a nation of laws. Statutes or laws enforced by law enforcement, not by creating superfluous committees that run up the deficit. The ultimate acid test is, if there is too much for law enforcement to handle, there is too much regulation, and it is time to scale-back.

The other vertex in this triangle nobody seems to want to address is the medical profession itself. Why does an emergency room charge $75 to give a patient two aspirin tablets and send him on his way? Why does it cost $500 to $1,000 to receive, not a CT or MRI, but a traditional X-ray with an X-ray machine manufactured in 1985—the bill long paid for? Why do doctors charge hundreds of dollars more than the treatment or examination and hundreds of dollars more than required to pay their operating costs? There are several components into answering the question, but there is one common denominator that applies to all, because an insurance company is paying for it.

If we lived in an insurance-less world, doctors and hospitals would charge much less. Their innate greed would not dissipate, but they would go out of business of less than half the population could afford their services. Contrary to popular belief, nobody dealing in necessities (as opposed to luxuries) can stay in business in less than half the population can afford their goods and/or services. In 1688 (325 years age), the Lloyd Brothers (Lloyds of London) opened a Pandora’s box that can never be closed as long as mankind inhabits the Earth. All we can do is provide the most peaceful coexistence between that Pandora’s box and living in a free country. Kudos to Mr. Obama, but this is not the way.

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