In the first month of ObamaCare, only 513 Nevadans purchased insurance through the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, while 25,000 had their individual health policies canceled, as reported in this week’s newspaper column, available online at The Ely Times and the Elko Daily Free Press.
The Healthcare.gov website is a dud. People are losing their health insurance plans that they liked. Period. The prices of new individual policies are 41 percent higher on average nationally and 179 percent higher in Nevada, the highest increase in the nation.
So how do you think Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi will try to fix the problems? They’ve all said they favor a single payer plan — which eliminates insurance companies and their overhead and profit margins entirely and has the government make direct payments.
Take a hint from an Obama speech in August at a Syracuse, N.Y., high school: “So over the past four years, what we’ve done is to try to take some steps to make college more affordable. First thing we did — we enacted historic reforms to the student loan system.
What was happening was student loans were going through banks; banks were making billions of dollars. We said why don’t we just give the loans directly to the students, cut out the banks, then we can help more students.”
This is how they think: To save billions of dollars give the money directly to doctors, cut out the insurance companies, so you can help more patients. Profit is so vulgar.
And how much will doctors be paid? Medicare pays 80 percent of what private insurance pays and Medicaid pays doctors only about 58 percent.
Some doctors are refusing to take on new Medicaid patients. In Nevada that’s 25 percent of doctors. Some Democrats are already contemplating a law that would mandate doctors treat Medicare and Medicaid patients.
Do you have any doubts that politicians are capable of forcing doctors to take patients at reimbursement rates below what it costs for treatment?
A recent Investor’s Business Daily editorial put it thusly:
“If doctors can be forced to participate in a government payment system they don’t want to be in, then doctors are owned by government. Their education, labor and intellects will have been seized by the state. They are no longer free agents — they are serfs, the bondsmen of legislators who will sweat them like galley slaves.”
A commenter on the Elko website stated: “Clearly all we need do is take from each according to their abilities and give to each according to their needs. Any other alternative is just so hateful. You can just ask the 100 million that system murdered in the 20th century. They’d tell you if … well that is a problem isn’t it?”