Obama’s Health Care “Reform” Is Income Redistribution; Quality of Existing Medical Care Will Suffer

President Obama pledges to provide health insurance for 46 million uninsured people and, at the same time, restrain the nation’s total health spending. Covering the uninsured is a worthy goal, but it will not save money: Once they are covered, they will use 70 percent more health services overall than before, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

So where will the promised savings come from? The truth is that Americans who already have insurance will get less care.

By Betsy McCaughey
National Review
Health spending is higher in the U.S. than in Europe not because the American medical profession is less efficient, but because Americans have higher incomes: “The more people have, the more of it they tend to spend on health care,” wrote David Blumenthal, a Harvard Medical School professor. Blumenthal was recently chosen by Pres. Barack Obama to be national coordinator of health information technology, a key position. In his academic writings, Blumenthal has long advocated government limits on how much health care you can get.

Patients will be dissatisfied, he admits. “Government controls on health care spending are associated with longer waits for elective procedures and reduced availability of new and expensive treatments and devices,” he conceded in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 2001.

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One Response to “Obama’s Health Care “Reform” Is Income Redistribution; Quality of Existing Medical Care Will Suffer”

  1. Dr. David Robinson Says:

    If I am reading between the lines correctly, with a bit of conjecture, this seems to have the aire that if you cannot afford health care (or insurance) then tough. Epitomy of dispassionate and elitist. Guess it should be that way for food? Clothing? Housing? The FACT is, access to both care and insurance is limited due to the vulgar salaries and fees of many medical professionals and especially insurance brokers get. And let’s not forget these brokers perks like all-expense-paid trips to Europe, etc. “Reform” should come in the form of giving insurance companies a taste of their own medicine! They readily place “maximum allowable amounts” on health care fees charged and then an even lesser amount of “maximum benefits paid”. Time for Congress to impose “maximum allowable amounts” for insurance premiums charged to consumers and then an even lesser “maximum premium to be paid” based on an individual and family income.

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