Think about that

From John Goodman’s piece in the Wall Street Journal, A Costly Failed Experiment (emphasis added):

With Sunday marking the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law, it’s worth revisiting the initial purpose of the president’s signature legislation: Universal coverage was the main goal. Four years later, not even the White House pretends that this goal will be realized. Most of those who were uninsured before the law was passed will remain uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Democrats also fixated on another goal: protection for people with pre-existing conditions. One of the first things the new law did was create federal risk pools so that people who had been denied coverage for health reasons could purchase insurance for the same premium a healthy person would pay. Over the next three years, about 107,000 people took advantage of that opportunity.

Think about that. One of the main reasons given for interfering with the health care of 300 million people was to solve a problem that affected a tiny sliver of the population.

More recently, the president has had to explain why between four million and seven million people are losing their health insurance despite his promise that they would not.

Yes, think about that. Thinking isn’t something we do very much of this country anymore.

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3 thoughts on “Think about that

  1. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

    Despite the left’s claim that this as all about health care or even health insurance, we must not lose sight of the fact that the so called Affordable Care Act was not passed by the Democrats to provide people with affordable care or affordable insurance. It was passed to reward people for electing leftist politicians.

    The real danger that I see in our current political system is that those who vote for government to transfer the wealth of someone else to them have far more to gain than those who vote for a government that strictly restricts itself to its Constitutional limits. The former envisions and realizes monetary rewards for any time or money they spend in their effort to enact such government sponsored theft, i.e. there is a potential for a positive reward for their “investment.” The best that the latter can hope for is to avoid a loss.

    In essence, we have become what Franklin cautioned against, a Democracy rehear than a Republic. A Republic is representative government ruled by law (the United States Constitution). A Democracy is government ruled by the majority (mob rule). A Republic recognizes the unalienable rights of individuals while Democracies are only concerned with group wants or needs for the good of the public, or in other words social justice.

    Lawmaking is a slow, deliberate process in our Constitutional Republic requiring approval from the three branches of government, the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches for checks and balance. Lawmaking in Democracy occurs rapidly requiring approval from the majority by polls and/or voter referendums, which in turn is mob rule 50% plus 1 vote takes away anything from the minority. Here is one example; if 51% of the people don’t pay taxes they can vote a tax increase on the 49% that do, which is mob rule.

    Democracies always self-destruct when the non-productive majority realizes that it can vote itself handouts from the productive minority by electing the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury. To maintain their power, these candidates must adopt an ever-increasing tax and spend policy to satisfy the ever-increasing desires of the majority. As taxes increase, incentive to produce decreases, causing many of the once productive to drop out and join the non-productive. When there are no longer enough producers to fund the legitimate functions of government and the socialist programs, the democracy will collapse, always to be followed by a Dictatorship.

  2. Great point Mike. I think there’s another path one can take from your first sentence:

    “…the so called Affordable Care Act was not passed by the Democrats to provide people with affordable care or affordable insurance.”

    To motivate passage of the ACA, the claim was approximately 14M people without health insurance. If true then, the ACA has done next to nothing to fix the original problem (still 12-13M uninsured). But it has done 2 things:

    1) provided a method for collecting additional taxes/fines from people who choose not to do what the government orders them to do — punishment of enemies while collecting additional revenue.

    2) provided a method for government access to private medical information through the exchanges.

    There was no problem to fix in the first place: the uninsured could still get treatment and if poor they would be covered after the fact. It’s a power grab that passed with 49% public approval, and that number has only gone down.

    • Adam – I agree. Even IF the ACA did fix the “problem” (it really wasn’t a problem), it created a new set of problems by distorting incentives. But that’s typical for leftist thinking and legislation – it views things in isolation with no regard to unintended consequences.

      I’m a retired physician. I ran a busy ER in a major metro area. I NEVER had an on call physician or hospital administrator refuse or limit care to someone because of their inability to pay. Furthermore, there is one myth and one illogical argument that I would like to dispel:

      It’s supposed to be common knowledge that many people put off care until their condition becomes life or limb threatening and costly to treat and that ObamaCare solves that problem. Sure, some people without insurance don’t run to the doctor for every little boo-boo or cough. That’s no different than people with insurance. But that’s what people have to do – weigh the costs and benefits of their choices. If everyone ran to the ER for every minor problem, we would essentially transfer the wealth of the country to the medical system. In general, people who put off care until their disease is advanced do so whether or not they have insurance. They are the type of people who tend to put off everything. In my many years of experience, I saw far fewer people with no insurance who refrained from coming to the ER until their disease was advanced than rich or insured people who had “more important” things to do and tended to delay treatment until their symptoms were quite significant. By far, the worst abusers of the system were Medicaid patients who would often show up in the ER with chronic, routine problems either because they didn’t show up in time for their appointment at the health department (even though they didn’t have a job) or because they didn’t want to wait in line at the health dept (so they called an ambulance to take them to the ER).

      The second argument that we here Juan Williams and the other leftists make is that “the rest of us” had to pay more in premiums for the uninsured who showed up in the ER for care – they put this forth to make people think “the rest of us” will save money if we eliminate this problem. First, giving the uninsured insurance doesn’t make them any more responsible – they still skip their doctor appointments and show up in the ER. Second, let’s carry the left’s “logic” through. They say it’s “unfair” (I have the quote somewhere and that’s the word used) that “the rest of us” have to pay higher premiums because of the uninsured. I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now, but they insist that it’s fair and right that “the rest of us” pay higher premiums so that uninsured will have insurance when they go to the ER. Let’s see, it’s unfair that “the rest of us” have to pay higher premiums for the “uninsured’s” care, but it’s right that “the rest of us” should pay higher premiums for their care!

      Now, in terms of providing the government a method for accessing your medical information, that’s what HIPAA did. Ironic, the law that claimed to protect your medical information was actually designed and implemented in order for the government to have easier access to your medical information.

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