By Tamzin Rosenwasser, M.D., of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, AAPS.
Bill Clinton says Obamacare is a “crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care,” but their premiums are rising. No, no, Bill. Twenty-five million more people have a card issued to them saying they are entitled to medical care. A card is not the same as actual medical care.
But Clinton is correct that premiums have risen drastically. Yes, big “health-care insurance” companies like Aetna, Humana and others have left the pre-paid medical care market under Obamacare. They have left because they are losing money; they are leaving because they have not seen the luscious profits they salivated over getting from the young healthy people they were happy to see forced to buy their product.
Why did Bill Clinton say this? Is he worried about Americans, both those his wife puts in the “Basket of Deplorables” and Hillary supporters, who are struggling with medical care financing? No. Bill’s lament is nothing other than the initial softening-up claim that is designed to bring forth the government-force solution: “single-payer ‘health care'” in which you will be at the mercy, not of “insurance” companies, but of the most powerful government ever on Earth.
His purpose in this criticism of Obamacare is to get the nation ready for his wife’s solution: a “health-care” one-size-fits-all plan, but without any private companies involved. After all, if we can get rid of those pesky private companies, who want to stop losing money they thought they’d be making off the backs of young healthy people who do not want to be forced to buy their “insurance” plans, then she can have another go at Hillarycare. It will be a “single-payer” system, where the government does not have to worry about profit and loss, because it can forcibly confiscate money (in unlimited amounts!) from taxpayers, present and future, and use it any way they wish, as the sole entity allowed to pay for medical care in the United States.
That would take medical decisions out of the hands of sick people and their families and put medical decisions in the hands of whatever bureaucrats Hillary wants to assign that job. The physicians will be puppets – and if they object to that, she thinks she can always find some nurse practitioners or physician assistants to render her absolute obedience.
Clinton failed to get this scheme in place during her co-presidency with Bill. (Remember “If you vote for my husband, you get me. It’s a two-for-one blue-plate special”? She has had her two terms.) Although she was not actually a government employee, she hatched an incredibly complex plan, and hatched it in secret. It was shot down by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, because it violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Judge Royce Lamberth was the federal district court judge who enjoined the secret operations. He is the man who said that the Medicare Act reads like something “written by James Joyce, and edited by ee cummings.”
In case you are not familiar with James Joyce, here’s a quotation from his famous book “Finnegan’s Wake.”
“Jaunty Jaun, as I was shortly before that made aware, next halted to fetch a breath, the first cothurminous leg of his night-stride being pulled through, and to loosen (let God’s son now be looking down on the poor preambler!) both of his bruised brogues that were plainly made a good bit before his hosen were, at the weir by Lazar’s Walk (for far and wide, as large as he was lively, was he noted for his humane treatment of any kind of abused footgear), a matter of maybe nine score or so barrelhours distance off as truly he merited to do.”
Of course, yes, the quotation is taken “out of context.” But the context makes it no clearer. The “single-payer health-care law” will be just as much gobbledygook; it will be just as impossible to understand – or bureaucrats can make it mean anything they want it to mean, in or out of context. Most importantly, it will be anti-freedom.
What is perfectly clear is that one subject that never concerns Hillary is preservation of American freedom. “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Dr. Tamzin Rosenwasser earned her M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis after putting herself through medical school. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and also Dermatology, and has practiced Emergency Medicine as well. Dr. Rosenwasser served as president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) in 2007 and 2008.