Kiwi Polemicist

August 4, 2009

• Why does Obama want to eliminate private health insurance via Single Payer/Universal Health Care

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Barack Obama wants to eliminate private health insurance via his Single Payer/Universal Health Care system. In his own words:

This begs two questions:

  1. What does a Single Payer/Universal Health Care system mean for Americans?
  2. Why does Barack Obama want to eliminate private health insurance?

1-> What does a Single Payer/Universal Health Care system mean for Americans?

It means death and misery because the government will decide what treatment people will be allowed to have. It will mean having government staff viewing your private medical records. It will mean a reduction in the quality of health care you receive, because the government wants to keep costs down and paltry payments from the government will mean that hospitals will be unable to afford new equipment, new treatments, good staffing levels, and so on (private health care encourages these things because competition encourages hospitals to provide the best possible care, and in a free market system hospitals will supply what patients demand and are willing to pay for). I live in a country where all but a few medical services are “provided” by the state, so I know what universal health means. Also, have a look at this from Bloomberg:

The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.

But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what [Tom] Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far.

New Penalties

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)

What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make.

The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.

Daschle’s arrogance is breathtaking: he wants to slow life-saving human creativity and wealth generation in order to reduce costs (something that will be impossible when the government is running the health care system). Imagine if the UK government had done the same thing in 1959, and slowed down car development at a time when cars looked like this:

This is a Ford Prefect 100E from 1959. The heater was an optional extra, and 0-60mph took 32 seconds

This is a Ford Prefect 100E from 1959. The heater was an optional extra, the vacuum wipers got slower as you went faster, and 0-60mph took 32 seconds: in my experience these were pretty awful cars. Why would anyone want to slow down human creativity and innovation?

Presumably Daschle is wealthy enough to avoid the effect of his own policies. Presumably he would not like being forced to forgo experimental treatments if he had terminal cancer. Heaven forbid that he should descend from his ivory tower and share a four-bed hospital room with the hoi polloi.

2-> Why does Barack Obama want to eliminate private health insurance?

I believe that Obama is a fundamentalist Marxist, and that eliminating private health insurance is part of his Marxist plan to give the state/himself more power and wealth. In the Communist Manifesto Marx and Engels described the steps for a transition from socialism to communism:

We have seen above, that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy.

The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie [that’s Obama’s desire to tax the wealthy], to centralise all instruments of production in the hands of the State [Single Payer/Universal Health Care is a step towards this, as are the bailouts where the state ends up owning part of the company], i.e., of the proletariat organised as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible.

Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means of measures, therefore, which appear [are] economically insufficient and untenable [e.g. Single Payer/Universal Health Care, TARP – Toxic Asset Recovery Program, cash for clunkers, bailouts of bankrupt companies, etc.], but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionising the mode of production.

These measures will, of course, be different in different countries.

Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax [Obama’s plan to make the wealthy pay more tax].

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State [see above]; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c.

(Here I have only highlighted those points which pertain to Obama’s health care “reforms”, but in fact much of what is recommended in the Communist Manifesto has been accomplished in the USA and other countries: click here for details)

Remember the Marxist/Communist utopia was a fiction, false advertising to justify immoral acts like Obama’s and those described in the Manifesto.

Summary

  • Barack Obama wants to eliminate private health insurance via his Single Payer/Universal Health Care system
  • Single Payer/Universal Health Care will mean death, misery, loss of privacy, loss of choice, and all-round inferior health care for Americans
  • Single Payer/Universal Health Care will control how doctors treat their patients
  • Single Payer/Universal Health Care is intended to slow down human creativity and wealth generation, e.g. new medicines and medical technologies that can save lives
  • Barack Obama is following the game plan laid out in the Communist Manifesto

What do you think about Obama’s plan for state-controlled health care and the points that I have raised here?

Hat tip: LRC

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6 Comments »

  1. I am 58 years young and I see a lot of misguided people due to the money allocated to dupe the soap box wanna bees. They jump on the band wagon that has the most and loudest speakers. They want to cheer lead the rich. They seem like they are right. After all I see their side on tv all of the time.
    Study before you sing the Doctors, pill pushers and insurance companies and the rich song. You are being duped by money and an old game. The loudest is right! Right?

    At least if you were a lobbyist you would be getting paid almost a million dollars a day. But you do it for free. Why?
    By so many appearing to be against his plan Obama already has to give up some of what he is fighting for. “The majority of the people. You”
    Wake up before you mess it all up. Be a Robin Hood if you want attention.
    Do you want to be a cheerleader and get noticed guys? Then wear a dress. Everyone will then notice you. I personally like the intelligent ones that studied before making a judgment and portraying themselves as a champion.
    We all stand to lose a Hugh opportunity. We lost it once when Clinton tried and lost. Don’t do it again.
    Study first. It is very important.

    Comment by sunnyspotrealtynet — August 4, 2009 @ 5:05 pm

    • sunnyspotrealtynet: I am not singing the “the Doctors, pill pushers and insurance companies and the rich song”. I’m singing the “personal freedom song”: freedom to choose health insurers and health providers, freedom from government control of what treatment people will and will not receive, freedom from government surveillance of private health information.

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — August 4, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

  2. […] Why does Obama want to eliminate private health insurance via Single Payer/Universal Health Care? […]

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  3. I highly doubt he would do that

    Comment by Omar — November 11, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

    • Omar: if you doubt that Obama wants to get rid of private health care I suggest that you watch the video again, starting at 0:50.

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — November 13, 2009 @ 7:19 am

      • You know, I have watched it. And for the most part, it’s just snippets here and there.

        What if we had policemen and trash collection as an industry, not government-appointed whatsoever. If he were trying to un-privatize those, frown-ies would call him crazy and a socialist. You are not “free,” hospitals already receive government funding and accept patients unable to pay through the government money. Whether you like it or not, through your taxes you are already paying for: public schools, county colleges, city taxes, and county hospitals.

        Comment by Omar — December 10, 2009 @ 12:13 am


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