For those of you absolutely stoked about national healthcare – This from RealClearPolitics.com on “President-elect Obama’s apparent choice for health and human services secretary” Tom Daschle (emphasis mine):
He [Tom Daschle] proposes setting up a board to establish standards for health care delivery in the United States that would be modeled on how the Federal Reserve Board and Securities and Exchange Commission oversee banks and corporations. Technically, it only would oversee the public health systems (Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Health Administration, etc.), which provide about 32 percent of health care nationwide.
On Page 179, he writes, “The Federal Health Board wouldn’t be a regulatory agency, but its recommendations would have teeth because all federal health programs would have to abide by them.” But here is the kicker: Although his board technically would have no say on the 68 percent of health care that is provided through the private sector, at the bottom of Page 179, Daschle modestly adds: “Congress could opt to go further with the Board’s recommendations. It could, for example, link the tax exclusion for health insurance to insurance that complies with the Board’s recommendation.”
Those last 19 words would spell the end of independent private-sector health care in America. Obviously, no health insurance would be sold if it were denied the tax deduction. Thus, every policy, every standard decided by this board would be the law of the land for every drug company, every hospital, every doctor and every health insurance company.
Indeed, 20 pages later, in the section in which he identifies “losers” under his plan, Daschle is admirably candid. Among the explicit “losers,” he includes: “Doctors and patients might resent any encroachment on their ability to choose certain treatments, even if they are expensive or ineffectual compared to alternatives. Some insurers might object to new rules that restrict their coverage decisions. And the health-care industry would have to reconsider its business plan (emphasis added).” That is to say, they can stay in business and deliver their services, but only as the government bureaucrats say they may. They no longer would be genuinely independent.
In case you missed it:
“Doctors and patients might resent any encroachment on their ability to choose certain treatments…”
This is exactly what national healthcare will bring – the end of personal choice. When the government dolls out your heath care – government bureaucracy, NOT YOU make the decision over what treatment you may receive. It’s no longer your health plan, rather it’s the government’s.
What evidence do you have that the government can make better decisions about your life , than you yourself (or your doctor) can?