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I oppose Obama’s healthcare reform because it does not reform healthcare.

Posted Jul 24 2009 10:49pm


Most people think in binary – black and white; good or bad. “If you’re not with me, you’re against me.” If you are against ObamaCare, you oppose healthcare reform. I am and I do not.

There is no question that healthcare is sick. The evidence (ignore all the selfishly motivated hype and spin) is overwhelming whether you look at financial data; quality of outcomes; errors and adverse impacts; efficiency, however measured; or shortages of personnel.

Healthcare is dragging us down both as individuals (who cannot get care) and as a nation (making us globally less competitive). People reason from that to conclude that, ‘ Anything is better than [doing] nothing. So, let’s support ObamaCare.’ The President, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi assure us it will “reform” healthcare: assuring access, improving quality, and reducing costs. Keep in mind the aphorism, “If it seems too good to be true, it is!” Or, if you are a science fiction aficionado, “ Tanstaffl: There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.”

ObamaCare is a boondoggle, plain and simple. It is a political approach coupled with a self-proclaimed solution for a medical problem. It is snake oil, not evidence-based treatment.

Whether it expands insurance coverage or not (uncertain), ObamaCare will actually reduce access to care and explode the deficit to even more unmanageable heights. I oppose it for those reasons and because I want real healthcare reform: change that works for us, that will be affordable and sustainable, and that will get better and better over time. THAT is not ObamaCare.

Real, effective reform translates to a new system. Everyone concurs that the current system is broken beyond repair but our leaders try to ‘fix’ one small – admittedly important – part of the system: financing. This will not work for two reasons: his ‘fix’ won’t fix, and every good doctor knows you treat causes not symptoms. The nightmare called healthcare financing is a symptom – of an unworkable, inherently contradictory system – not a cause. Nonetheless, ObamaCare claims to fix [reform] the system…by making one part of it even more complex and expensive.

I do not want ObamaCare. It will make things worse.
I do not want to stay the way we are. That obviously does not work.
I want real healthcare reform.
That means a new system, not giving snake oil to the one we now have.

System MD

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