Garbage from the past- beware of the future

Following are a few quotes from one of America’s trusted politicians as she comments during the Obamacare debate thirteen years ago. What she said was garbage, lies all designed to scare Americans. Many people believed and still do which is a demonstration of how ignorance can easily be manipulated.

“As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!” wrote Palin in a note posted Aug. 7, 2009.

She said that the Democrats plan to reduce health care costs by simply refusing to pay for care.

“And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”

Sarah Palin 2009

Today, mention Medicare-for-All and you will get a similar reaction, again agreed with by all too many people. The misinformation is helped by the version of M4A promoted by so-called progressives who mislead with their absurd “it’s already paid for and we can have any and all health care for free” propaganda.

The fact is, if we want to assure universal coverage in one system for every American, if we want a fairer distribution of costs, if we want to minimize complexity and administrative waste, we need a single system of some type and we need information and data systems linked throughout the Country with every health care provider. And NO, no part of such a system will be FREE‼️ Or perfect.

Just to be clear, none of this means patients can have any and all health care they desire or their doctor prescribes no questions asked, no oversight of any kind. That was never true, it’s not true today no matter your coverage and no health care system in the world operates that way – and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Our current system has operated for years on cost shifting. Medicare and Medicaid to the private sector, employers to employees, government to taxpayers, providers to patients and insurers to customers. Nobody knows what the fair price is for anything because it doesn’t exist.

Can anyone honestly say they are happy with our current health care systemOr that any current or past efforts at change have accomplished much?

9 comments

  1. Anyplace that has nationalized healthcare has rationed (in one way or another) healthcare. Asking the government to get involved is basically asking for healthcare run by the DMV. NO THANKS!

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    1. Nobody is talking about national healthcare. i.e. the UK or Canada. Medicare isn’t national healthcare, it’s insurance and it has served tens of millions of Americans, including me, quite well for 65 years. There are far more complaints about private health insurance.

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      1. Did you mean “quite well for 57 years”? On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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      2. Single payer is just a step to nationalized medical, just as socialism is a step on the way to communism. If the democrats thought they could go immediately to nationalized medicine, they would. I disagree that Medicare has served us well, as if our doctors had to depend on Medicare rates only, they wouldn’t be in business.

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  2. Did I miss something recently?

    The quote you posted was “She said that the Democrats plan to reduce health care costs by simply refusing to pay for care”. Every time I read about how the government is going to cut costs in Medicare, it is by reducing payment, going after insurance company profits by cutting their payments, and negotiating “lower” drug prices forcing provides to raise costs on those who do pay other than Medicare. Why would I think it would be any different for Obamacare or anything else they come up with?

    So is this still not true for their plan even today? Did something change? Just trying to understand.

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    1. What plan today? Obamacare is merely the aggregation of insurance coverage with premium subsidies. It has nothing to do with care provided and premiums are almost all controlled by the state insurance departments. Since it’s inception Medicare has paid providers less than market prices and Medicaid is worse. That’s why only some form of a single payer system can be fair and eliminate cost shifting.

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      1. So under the IRA, not that one the other IRA (Inflation Reduction Act of 2022) did they not just put an out-of-pocket cap of $35 on insulin? Isn’t that just paying providers less? Now, I’ll admit that I did not read the 730 pages of the IRA and maybe I got it wrong.

        I would suspect that the manufactures will just stop making insulin and patent something newer which is not covered by this law, just they been doing with insulin now.

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      2. For Medicare beneficiaries only which means the cost difference between current co-pays and $35 will eventually be reflected higher co-pays or more likely higher premiums for Part D members and/or private sector customers.

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  3. Your comments are clear & reflect our current situation. I really wish the system would adopt your recommendations. Maybe at that point people would understand the system & cost of medical care.

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