Fisher on ObamaCare
From Dr. Ada M. Fisher at The Greensboro Guardian:
Hidden in the public discourse was the belief that this case would change the relationship of the citizenry and its government which would force them to do things they might not want to do. Not obvious to the public is also the fact that this act profoundly changes the patient-doctor relationship in very negative ways. This bill is not about affordability and access as it is touted, for through the law of unintended consequences, it may do just the opposite.
Every action has unintended consequences and using them as a premise to oppose ObamaCare is pretty thin. That the argument comes from a health care professional whose own race has suffered the most from the lack of it is galling.
Not only is Barack Obama a skilled campaigner, he is a crafty politician, the likes of which this country has not had at the presidential level since Lyndon Johnson.
Someone needs to give Dr. Fisher a history lesson. LBJ‘s successor, Richard Milhous Nixon, is widely regarded as the most diabolically clever politician ever to hold the office.
The poisoned pill of ObamaCare will send the cost of care into the trillions; will further disassociate physicians from their patients; will determine what can be charged, further emasculating medicine and making it untenable as a profession from whence student debts can be recouped; will see more physicians refusing to accept patients from Medicaid and Medicare as their reimbursements are cut; will thin the ranks of those entering primary care, forcing folks to mid-level practitioners; will allow the government unmitigated access to your medical records as well as personal financial accounts to pay your bills; and is proof-positive that, twenty-eight years later, George Orwell’s 1984 is at hand. Sadly, we will also increasingly see the lawyers representing the last professional class standing without government intrusions on their right to practice their profession without interference.
That’s a pack of lies. The cost to care for the uninsured is already astronomical. Asking them to help pay for their own care and allowing those who can’t pay access to regular care can only decrease the overall cost. But more importantly, it will increase the quality of life and span of existence for millions, an eventuality which should not only be obvious, but encouraged by a physician.
Doctors can do what they want regarding their careers as this is a free country, but fear of government intrusion into personal medical records and personal finances, as well as the medical profession, is a little late, as those horses have already left the barn.
The citizen’s guarantee of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—provided by the declaration of Independence–does not mean that it is the government’s responsibility to give it to us. Beware of the carbon footprint tax, the food tax if you are overweight, the road tax for mileage, tax for entering transactions of your money through any financial institutions, and an endless variety of possibilities coming down the road from an unchecked Congress that now has validation of its mandate to tax.
Comparing the considerable life-changing benefits of ObamaCare to other supposed bad legislation is a logical fallacy. In a democracy, we consider each issue on its merits and do not cower at the prospect of that which is unknown or might come to be.