democratic grinches ruin medical care system on christmas eve

Democratic Grinches Ruin Medical Care System on Christmas Eve

December 24th, 2009 | By: marc moore

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In a straight party-line vote, Democrats in the U.S. Senate today passed a health care system reform bill through their side of Congress, despite the fact that a sizable majority of voters oppose the measure. While it’s possible that the bill, which is over 2000 pages long at this point, may come apart in negotiations with the House, it’s more likely that this conglomeration of ill-thought, large parts of which are still unread by senators who voted for it, will become law.

This is a historic wrong on so many levels it’s nearly impossible to confront the flaws in this mess with a unified argument. To tackle them all would necessitate a book nearly the size of the bill itself, a daunting task and one certain to be without payback. The Democrats will ram this thing down the throats of real Americans – those who work and pay taxes and provide for their own medical care – regardless of what anyone who opposes them says or does.

According to Dianne Feinstein, a liberal Democrat from California, the industry “lacks a moral compass.” I’m sure that’s true, for the idea is in itself an oxymoron. Business does not exist for the purpose of exerting moral authority any more than governments do. Instead companies come into being for the sole purpose of providing goods and services for a price greater than what it costs to produce and provide them. Morality is not part of the equation on a systemic level, although individual actors within companies and industries of course guide their paths of development.

In the medical field it’s obvious to any casual observer that the primary actors in the system are doctors. The medical industry was created by men and women who provided health care services in exchange for payment. Undoubtedly some were moved by love of their fellow man; however, most were motivated to the field by a combination of aptitude and the desire to avoid the manual labor performed by their peers. In other words, doctors use their minds and skills to make a better life for themselves, their actions being the essence of the American Dream as it was defined by our Founding Fathers.

Remove doctors from the medical field and what are you left with? An empty shell, bereft of value to those who need its services. Democrats’ motives are in some respects admirable, but their thought process is lacking. Remove the advantages bestowed on members of the medical profession and you remove the motivation for the best and brightest among us to make the sacrifices needed to enter this important field.

Yes, others will certainly take their place in medical school and in practice, but the inevitable result will be a decline in the quality of care provided as a result of this mind shift. Yet the Democrats’ bill is focused, as it necessarily must be, on reducing costs and increasing systematic compliance, both of which have negative impacts on doctors and will inexorably lead, over time, to a brain drain in the medical field, a fact that Democrats doggedly ignore.

Liberals prefer instead to trumpet the need to provide medical insurance to people who cannot pay for it themselves, a goal that has some merit to it. What they conveniently ignore is history. Skyrocketing medical costs are a reality that effectively denies 5-10% of Americans access to medical services. But liberals fail to consider the key part in which their own past policies in creating this new, unfortunate situation.

Medicare, for instance, exists solely to shift the costs of late-in-life care away from those 60+ to current workers and their families. Providing medical care to the elderly is a noble goal; however, accomplishing it requires a massive transfer of wealth in order to reach it. Moreover, the inefficiency inherent in such government programs makes draconian cost-reduction measures a necessity on the provider side of the equation.

As is well-known, medical providers receive only 75-80% of the revenue from Medicare patients as they do from others. This has two effects: First, costs are increased for non-Medicare patients. This warps the health care market out of shape, the effect of which is effectively a hidden tax on working families; Second, some medical providers refuse to provide services to Medicare patients, thus reducing both convenience and quality of care to those the plan aims to help.

A second, more subtle problem with the Medicare entitlement is the mental attitudes that it fosters among both patients and physicians, namely that unlimited medical care is an essential right of every American and that equal outcomes, medically speaking, are both deserved and desirable for all Americans.

That neither is true has not stopped the creeping advance of the misguided notion that every conceivable medical treatment should be available to every American throughout every day of our lives, regardless of the cost and who must pay to provide marginally inefficient care. To put it simply, medical costs have increased in large part because Americans have come to believe the lie that they are entitled to use medical resources as if they had no cost, much like the air we breathe.

Now Democrats in Congress are on the verge of taking this fundamental wrong and increasing its scope to the breadth and width of the American populace. In fact, it may already be too late to stop this from happening – the wheels have been greased in part thanks to the hundreds of millions of dollars in “political bribes” paid to Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

All that stands in the path of their success and the decline of our system of medicine is the willingness of House Democrats to compromise away their support for government funded abortion. This will happen, despite the inevitable whining from the fringe left who will have to wait a few more years to sneak their abortion agenda into the national plan.

Yet perhaps if Americans who oppose this plan’s enactment take time over the holidays to remind their congressmen of their wishes all will not be lost.

The vast majority of Americans have access to the finest health care that has ever been available. We demand that the profit motive that lies behind this system, the motive that is the sole reason for that system to exist, be respected. We demand that doctors be left free and unfettered to research and to provide care as they see fit. We demand that we be allowed to seek medical care according to our own desires to receive it and our ability to pay for it. We demand, in short, for government to restrict itself to its proper functions, none of which have anything to do with medicine.

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  1. Todd

    December 24th, 2009 at 19:51

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    ” Democrats in the U.S. Senate today passed a health care system reform bill through their side of Congress, despite the fact that a sizable majority of voters oppose the measure.”

    So you want a public option instead? A majority of voters want that. Claiming that only legislation that has majority support should be enacted *never* works. It *always* comes back to bite you in the hind quarters. Try another approach.

    “The Democrats will ram this thing down the throats of real Americans – those who work and pay taxes and provide for their own medical care”

    The rests are… Burmese? Mexican? Samoan? If not “really” American, what are they? What if I called people who oppose same-sex marriage “unreal” Americans? Also, in America you can go bankrupt and be denied care even if you’ve paid all your premiums like a good, honest and “real” American.

    “News and analysis from different moderate perspectives” ololololol.

    “This will happen, despite the inevitable whining from the fringe left who will have to wait a few more years to sneak their abortion agenda into the national plan.”

    Yes heaven forbid that the perspective on what is essentially appendectomies should be a secular one. Face it – scientifically there is no way to imagine anything like a human being existing within the confines of a ten-week fetus. The only way you can imagine something like that having some metaphysical existence is if you resort to theological arguments – but if you want theology to decide what women can do with their bodies, America might not be the place for you.

    This is why I can not take the American right seriously. They chant about freedom, tyranny and the founding fathers as if their lives depend on it, but when it comes to abortions it’s time for the majority to dictate over the minority, and for special interests to run the agenda. Hypocrite!


  2. Todd

    December 24th, 2009 at 20:28

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    “Yet perhaps if Americans who oppose this plan’s enactment take time over the holidays to remind their congressmen of their wishes all will not be lost.”

    ‘Write those letters now. Call your friends, and tell them to write them … And if you don’t do this, and if I don’t do it, one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.’

    – Ronald Reagan, taking the Drama Llama route when discussing Medicare bill.

    The GOP has cried socialist wolf before. Where is your humility, while demanding it from “liberals”?


  3. Todd

    December 25th, 2009 at 01:54

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    I asked around, and someone did not at all approve of your post, Moore.

    “Yeah, that thing is loaded down with a whole lot of bu****it, most of which doesn’t even apply to the bills actually being passed. The cost containment measures that are actually in the thing are more targeted towards doctors who dubiously order much more services than is medically necessary or prudent on behalf of the patients so that they can line their pockets.

    If the bill was Medicare for all or had a really strong public option that used Medicare rates to determine its price level in addition to being open to a vast majority of the populace, then he might potentially have a point about costs being extracted out of the providers. But that stuff sure isn’t in there, and a lot of the cost containment on the provider side and pharmaceutical side has been cut out or weakened in the Senate bill.

    And to say that the profit motive is what makes US healthcare so great is laughably absurd. Like, if he said that to my face I would laugh at him and his foolishness.”


  4. Michael Merritt

    December 25th, 2009 at 06:06

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    A second, more subtle problem with the Medicare entitlement is the mental attitudes that it fosters among both patients and physicians, namely that unlimited medical care is an essential right of every American and that equal outcomes, medically speaking, are both deserved and desirable for all Americans.

    You’ll first have to fight off the AARP, who is as powerful, if not more powerful, than the pro-Israel lobby in this country. Even Republicans didn’t put up any fights against Medicare this time around. They know where the increasing majority of voters are, and it’s not among the younger crowd. :)

    Undoubtedly some were moved by love of their fellow man; however, most were motivated to the field by a combination of aptitude and the desire to avoid the manual labor performed by their peers. In other words, doctors use their minds and skills to make a better life for themselves, their actions being the essence of the American Dream as it was defined by our Founding Fathers.

    I get your point, but I actually think the primary motivation of money over patient care is becoming very problematic in our country. More often than not these days you see doctors (and it always seems to be with the older ones) who just don’t care, even if they once did. This leads to care of a lesser quality, and I’m sure this must lead to increasing costs when the patient doesn’t end up getting the attention they need.

    I think of my own profession. Yes, I like to get money for it, and yes, getting money for it is a big incentive to do good work, but I certainly have no delusions of grandeur, at last not being relatively new to “real life” video work. I’ve heard lectures on that more than once!

    I certainly didn’t spend hundreds of hours in high school and college shooting and editing video because I expected to be wealthy off the bat. I did it because I liked it. I understand that to get anywhere near that level that a lot of hard, good work and time will have to pass.

    I’m not saying that doctors shouldn’t be paid well for their work. I’m saying that too often some doctors care more about getting through patients quickly. If they cared some more about their work, I’m guessing we might not have some of the health issues we see today. Less health problems, less costs.


  5. william Maguire

    December 25th, 2009 at 18:44

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    Sure, there are major drawbacks to this “reform.” We dont know how this will affect the debt.I doubt it lowers deficits as democrats claim. We know it is bad for small business and jobs. People are coerced (threats of steep fines)into buying insurance they may not be able to afford. How many of the 54 million uninsured will go to prison because they cant or wont pay fines? Will insurance premiums skyrocket because they know they “got us” now. especially after Republicans remove required consumer protections and benefits ?

    The current system is broken. Costs are skyrocketing. Medicaid and Medicare and government workers insurance costs are “killing” federal state and local governments.Employers are dropping workers insurance because it is too expensive. The result is, the fewer remaining people with insurance will be paying the bulk of the medical costs as more people drop or are dropped by insurance companies. Only self centered people who arent hurt by any of this or profit from it love the current system. We have many people going bankrupt with medical bills and many needlessly dropping dead because they cant afford the care they need.

    Which is worse ? I don’t know.

    Hopefully we will continue to “tweak” the “reform” in the RIGHT direction. change what doesnt work and add things that do.


  6. william Maguire

    December 25th, 2009 at 19:11

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    @william Maguire

    @Michael Merritt

    @Michael Merritt

    I like your comments ! Who could be against the highest quality care, overall professionalism and putting no limits on your compensation ? It’s admirable that doctors want to give everyone the most expensive care while also covering their own asses with defensive medicine. Realisticly, I believe BASIC medical care ONLY is a “right.” Call me a “death panel advocate” but we cannot afford the most expensive care for everyone. We need a public option for BASIC CARE ONLY (covering certain things with dollar limits) and if you want the best care pay extra for the insurance on it.


  7. Doomed

    December 27th, 2009 at 05:22

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    I certainly didn’t spend hundreds of hours in high school and college shooting and editing video because I expected to be wealthy off the bat. I did it because I liked it. I understand that to get anywhere near that level that a lot of hard, good work and time will have to pass.

    Spoken like a true enemy of the state.

    You will one day soon pass into that ugly horizon known as the NO Government help for JOOO zone.

    One day you will wake up and realize your not beholden to the government. They are beholden to you. Thats when the change occurs. You might still be a democrat or a Republican or a libertarian but something will be different.

    That something is that you no longer are beholden to the system. You are like NEO…unplugged and on your own.

    Keep up the good work.

    Now if we could just figure out a way to bring the poor out of their poverty and make them productive members of society….wouldnt America truly be gREAT!!!!


  8. Interested

    December 27th, 2009 at 06:13

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    lmao @ Todd. God it must be nice to go through life with blinders on. But hey, we – for very obvious proven reasons – never took you seriously.

    And to say that the profit motive is what makes US healthcare so great is laughably absurd. Like, if he said that to my face I would laugh at him and his foolishness.

    Let him. Our nations history has proven him wrong.




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