Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Presidential Candidate will convert ObamaCare into a single payer system if she is elected President of the United States. It will basically be “Medicare for all.” This is in line with her initial attempt, in 1993 as First-Lady, to force universal health care upon the Nation.
In the notes of former Hillary Clinton confidante Diane Blair at the University of Arkansas is an account of a Feb. 23, 1993 Whitehouse dinner Blair attended. At the dinner, [Hillary] Clinton told her husband during dinner that “managed competition” — a private health insurance market — was “a crock, single payer necessary; maybe add to Medicare.”
Yes, a private health insurance market was a “crock.”
“… single payer necessary ….”
Ms. Clinton has stated that she has public and a private position on political issues.
In excerpts from one of Mrs Clinton’s paid speeches to Wall Street bankers, she said:
“Politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be.
But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.”
The 2016 Democratic Party Platform addressed the issue of securing universal health care:
“Democrats believe that health care is a right, not a privilege, and our health care system should put people before profits… This will include removing barriers to states which seek to experiment with plans to ensure universal health care to every person in their state.”
See page 34, 2016 Democratic Party Platform, July 21, 2016.
The Health Care Act 0f 1993 [HillaryCare] was designed to completely take over the United States’ health care system with the implementation of specific treatment guidelines and severe comprehensive cost control measures.
The freedom to choose a physician would have been non-existent. HillaryCare would have told you who you could see and when you could see them. HillaryCare would also have dictated what specific treatments could be done by the physician. Physicians would have had to participate in HillaryCare or they would have been economically forced out of business.
It was a Machiavellian plan. It was to be a complete takeover of the health care system by the Government.
I remember watching, with incredulousness, when the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians jumped on board with both feet. All willing to give up control of the art of medicine to HillaryCare’s proposed National Control Board.
Fortunately, the HillaryCare effort of 1993 was recognized for what it was and did not become law.
Now we are dealing with the shortcomings of ObamaCare, a less comprehensive clone of HillaryCare.
Today, even Democrats now recognize that ObamaCare is on a downward spiral.
Insurers are jumping ship. Premiums are going up. Co-pays are going up. Deductibles of up to $7,150.00 are coming in 2017 with the blessing of the United States’ Department of Health and Human Services.
Keeping your doctor is becoming almost impossible to do because of the shrinking ObamaCare networks.
The “middle class” cannot afford ObamaCare policies. ObamaCare does not work for the “middle class” and cannot be “tweaked” to make it work.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota recently said that “the Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare] is no longer affordable.” Gov. Dayton had been an avid supporter of ObamaCare from the beginning but has had to accept the fact that the citizens of Minnesota cannot afford to buy ObamaCare health insurance.
As former Democratic President Bill Clinton recently said while campaigning for his wife in Flint, Michigan:
“So you’ve got this crazy system [ObamaCare] where all of a sudden 25 million more people [in large part as a result of Medicaid expansions] have health care and then the people who are out there busting it [the ‘middle class’], sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.”
So, health care is an issue that the next President of the United States will have to quickly address. The question we now face is to whom do we want to give this task.
An October 18, 2016 Wikileaks’ release of a 2015 email between the Democratic Presidential Candidate and her senior advisors supports what we already knew. She has wanted Obamacare to fail in order for her to resurrect HillaryCare and implement a single payer system. A complete governmental takeover of every aspect of the health care system by bureaucrats.
The Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump, has said he will replace ObamaCare and start fresh.
His health care position states:
“On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of ObamaCare.
However, it is not enough to simply repeal this terrible legislation. We will work with Congress to make sure we have a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market principles and that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country. By following free market principles and working together to create sound public policy that will broaden healthcare access, make healthcare more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans.“
The choice is between a fresh start in developing a health care system that works for all Americans or converting an existing dysfunctional system, ObamaCare, into a complete takeover of the United States health care system in the form of HillaryCare 2017.
We need a fresh start in order to produce a solution that will actually work for all Americans, including physicians and surgeons.