Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Health Care, Law, Media Bias, Socialism, The United States | Tags: Demagoguery, Health Care - 2009, ObamaCare - 2013
We often say that “hindsight is a wonderful thing”, which essentially means that if we knew yesterday what we know today with our increased knowledge, we wouldn’t have screwed up so badly. But hindsight should not be dismissed casually, it can be remarkably useful.
Today’s biggest issue is ObamaCare. The damage it is doing to the people, to the economy, to business, and to the medical profession is enormous, and it doesn’t go into effect until the first of the month. People are horrified to find out that the cost of their health insurance is doubling or tripling.
Despite promises that everyone would have the same excellent insurance as members of Congress and government employees — members of Congress and their staffs squawked when they found out what was happening and have been excused from the unpleasantness of changing their insurance. In spite of a law that was passed to assure that members of Congress are governed by the laws they pass, Mr. Obama has exempted them from ObamaCare. Can’t have Congressmen ready to vote for defunding ObamaCare.
The debate is acrimonious. Telemundo, the only news outlet that dared to ask Obama a tough question pressed him this week about polls showing most American oppose ObamaCare. “Is everybody wrong?’ the host asked.
“Yes, they are,” Obama responded. The problem, he said, isn’t his law. It’s those evil Republicans who’ve spent “billions of dollars…misinforming people.”
This week the celebrated Cleveland Clinic announced plans to lay off as many as 3,000 workers “to prepare for healthcare reform.” Last week The Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in Connecticut cut dozens of jobs. Forty thousand members of the Longshoremen’s union severed their relationship with the AFL-CIO because of their support for ObamaCare. Family premiums have not gone down by $2,500 as Obama promised, they have gone up $2,976.
Workers cannot keep the health plans they like, as Obama promised. Obama has himself repealed, changed or delayed portions of the Affordable Care Act (which he cannot legally do) 19 times so far. None of that has anything to do with Republican “propaganda.” I even read today that Obama Care is more unpopular than the Iraq War.
Time for some hindsight:
Obama spoke to the Annual Conference of the American Medical Association, on June 15, 2009. Do note that the AMA does not represent all physicians. The speech was another wonderful example of sheer demagoguery. Phony statistics, unworkable ideas, false claims, and illusions. Obama claimed we were spending over $2 trillion a year and health care costs were in an out of control spiral. [Health care cost growth started down in 2006]. The rise in health care costs reflected new and very expensive technology, and new lifesaving drugs.
Obama said that the reason reform hadn’t happened was the fierce opposition of “some interest groups and lobbyists” that have painted any effort for reform as an attempt to socialize medicine. You mean like the “Single Payer Health Care that every Democrat wants?”
He promised easing the pressure on business, creating “hundreds of thousands of jobs”, “increasing take-home pay,” and growing the economy by “switching from paper to an electronic system of record keeping.” That has so far cost the medical system millions with a result of more confusion, more errors in histories, and lost patient time as doctors spend more time at their computers than they do with patients.
He was sure that more preventive care would avoid illness and disease in the first place. More tests, more diagnostics? That’s what he said was costing too much. Cutting down on junk food and obesity [Michelle's assignment] and the White House veggie garden.
We spend too much money on things that aren’t making people healthier, so he wants to determine what the correct care is and pay just for that — without the slightest acknowledgment that we are all individuals and there is no one size fits all in medicine.
One of the great new advances is the individualization of medicine — the potential of using your DNA to select the drugs that are specifically right for you. Obama believed the bureaucrats in Washington could determine from collecting all those computerized records just what the preferred treatment would be for the statistically best outcome. Well, these are collectivists — they don’t do individuals.
A recent study, for example, found that only half of all cardiac guidelines are based on scientific evidence — half. That means doctors may be doing a bypass operation when placing a stent is equally effective; or placing a stent when adjusting a patient’s drug and medical management is equally effective — all of which drives up costs without improving a patient’s health.
Look back at what Obama was saying in 2009. The speech to the American Medical Association is the most comprehensive., but he also spoke at an ABC “PRESCRIPTION FOR AMERICA” Town Hall on Health Care on June 24, 2009 in the East Room at the White House. Some of those things sounded plausible back when we hear them for the first time. Hindsight shines a different light on yesterday’s words, and the rot and corruption shows through.