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Disaster is ahead for Obamacare


Mike Brake August 8th, 2012

Absent a resounding Republican victory this fall, liberals will get their big wish when Obamacare begins taking effect early in 2013. Under the “be careful what you wish for” rubric, it may be useful to look ahead. What can Oklahomans expect from Obamacare?

It will cost more than predicted.

Despite 20 new taxes totaling $575 billion, the Congressional Budget Office has now projected total Obamacare costs through 2022 at $1.76 trillion, about twice the initial 10-year estimate. And that is still an optimistic figure. Medicare is instructive here: In 1965 when it was first passed, Medicare hospital insurance was projected to cost $9 billion by 1990. Actual cost? $66 billion. There’s a reason most of Europe is standing on corners with “will work for food” signs.

Care will be rationed. All nations with federalized health care have extensive delays and waiting lists.

In Canada, the average wait to see a specialist is 18.3 weeks. Some elective surgeries are delayed a year or more. In Britain, people simply die waiting for heart surgeries. In 2002, a report from Wales bragged that “no one is waiting over 12 months for heart surgery” of the type that is routinely done within 24 hours of diagnosis in America.

Cancer deaths will increase. Long waits and care rationing make it much more difficult in nations with national health care to get simple, lifesaving screening like mammograms, colonoscopies and prostate antigen tests, all of which can lead to early cures.

The result? According to the 2008 Concord Study, the first analysis of cancer survival rates worldwide, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer in the U.S. is 83.9 percent; in the United Kingdom, 69.7 percent. The survival rate for prostate cancer in the U.K. is 51.1 percent, while nearly 92 percent in the U.S. Time matters with cancer.

Research and innovation will wither.

The top five American hospitals alone conduct more clinical trials each year than all the hospitals combined in any nation with national health insurance.

Plus, Obamacare places a heavy tax on medical devices. The next MRI or CT scanner is a lot less likely, since funds that would go to research and development will now flow to Washington.

Your doctor will be a lot like the clerk at the video store. Obamacare establishes 159 new boards and other panels, some of which will dictate what drugs, treatments and procedures are federally approved, and which aren’t.

Expect doctors to have to leave the room often to check whether Uncle Sam will allow them to write you a prescription or remove a mole. Britain has panels like that. One delayed the use of Herceptin, one of the most successful breast cancer treatments, for two years. It was estimated that 15,000 women died as a result.

In 2006, Dr. Brian Day, president of the Canadian Medical Association, said, “This is a country in which dogs can get a hip replacement in under a week and in which humans can wait two to three years.”

Congratulations, liberals!


Brake was chief writer for former Gov. Frank Keating and former U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin.

 
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08.08.2012 at 09:15 Reply

I'm an Anglo. As a kid in the mid 1970s, I was adopted into a Kickapoo family. Throughout my life, I watched my Kickapoo family members use Indian Health Services (socialized medicine) and non-Indian health services. My Kickapoo family members received better and quicker care when using non-Indian services (non-socialized medicine).

 

 

 

08.08.2012 at 11:21

That may have very well been the case back in the 70's, but I don't believe that's the case now.  I have a family member who works at a non-profit health institute here in Oklahoma.  The Indian-health, Sooner Care, and Medicare poor who walk into that facility can expect serious wait times.  Though the wealthy (whose names I do know, but won't mention) get to walk in the door and be seen on their own time schedule.  That's reality for you.  The poor still get treated like their poor, and the rich still get treated like their rich.  If Republicans were afraid this was going to move poor people to the front of the line, they shouldn't be.  The only situation that's going to happen is in the scenario that Jesus described. (Matthew 20:16)  I which case they better figure out how to squeeze a camel through the eye of a needle.

 

08.09.2012 at 08:48 Reply

Imautobot, some clarification.

I was adopted in the mid 1970s and the slower and poorer health care my Kickapoo family members receive(d) from Indian Health Services has been off and on since the mid 1970s and as recent as 2010.

I'm for adequate health care (private, public, socialized, etc) for everybody. It's just that my Kickapoo family members have seen and currently see socialized medicine be ineffecient for them. I hope the new American healthcare plan is more adequate than what the feds created for American Indians.

 

08.10.2012 at 02:51 Reply

Far be it from me to make light of a person's appearance, but am I the only person who noticed that this guy literally looks like an old crank?  The commentary page is a cache of smiling faces; and then there's this happy guy.

Smile Mike, it's not all bad news.

http://www.consumerreports.org/health/resources/pdf/ncqa/health-reform.pdf

 

 
 
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