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Health Care Slavery

May 10th, 2010

The Texas Tribune reports that a growing trend among doctors (especially among specialists) is refusal to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. This is due in large part to the layers of bureaucracy and rolls of red tape which come attached to these patients — in other words real expenses in terms of time and labor — for which the health care providers are not compensated.

“In essence, physicians are donating their services every time they see someone on Medicare or Medicaid,” said Dr. Susan Bailey, a Fort Worth allergist and the incoming president of the Texas Medical Association. “It just becomes a matter of whether or not you can keep your bottom line healthy.”

“Why should I take [Medicaid or Medicare] patients who could be seen at a clinic, at [the public hospital]? My practice is full already,” Dr. William Jones said. “Nowadays, everyone thinks they’re entitled to health care — they want the same type of care Michael Dell gets, but for free.”

So, the doctors can’t bear the financial burden of the red-tape and some of them decide to stop admitting new medicaid/medicare patients, because they’re losing money on every single one of them.  Anyone with even a cursory understanding of economics could’ve told you that this is exactly what you were going to get when you start socializing health care.

I’m no omniscient, but I told you exactly that about Massachussets’ health care failure: the end result is a system which fails to provide the only thing it’s designed to provide, while permitting the government to exercise even greater amount of control over our lives, as our freedoms and our dignity are surrendered or usurped.

Well, guess what Massachusetts is mulling over as we speak?

At least one state is considering sticks, not carrots. Massachusetts, which has seen wait times for primary care doctors grow since the state made health insurance mandatory three years ago, is debating forcing doctors to accept Medicaid and Medicare.

Every state-socialized system ultimately succumbs to this.

Proponents of Obamacare or whatever you want to call this abomination straight-up mocked me when I presented the slippery-slope argument, that such a system doesn’t work, can’t work, and won’t work, and eventually the system will have to conscript primary care providers, physicians, etc. “Oh don’t be ridiculous,” they said.

When the doctors start turning down these programs, the Governments will start holding medical licenses for ransom (Texas is also toying with this concept), compelling doctors to perform services under threat of losing their license and consequently, their livelihood. This is more than a simple racket, this is slavery.

What else would you call it? Actually, I don’t care (a rose by any other name…).

This is what socialized medicine is all about: it denies people the choice and ability to take care of themselves, the absence of which is then touted as evidence that socialism is needed because people won’t take care of themselves (because they aren’t allowed to take care of themselves). And if that’s not bad enough, we now have evidence that they’re really going to try and enslave people to keep the charade alive.


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  • Zach S says on: May 10, 2010 at 10:11 am

     

    From the inside of a hospital, the only reason any hospital comes close to breaking even due to the complexities of medicare/medicade (i.e. the huge discount in charges, the costs of developing models of how much hospitals MIGHT be reimbursed, the amount of time it takes to get cash in, the amount of people who deal with medicare/medicade people, I can go on and on) is due to the amount of money that is charged to non-medicare/medicade individuals. Each person that goes to the hospital/doctor that does not utilize medicare/medicade subsidizes all these people ON TOP of already paying taxes directly into it. No one sees this side of things. You are getting it from both sides. You don’t hear that in the healthcare speeches.

  • JC Hewitt says on: May 11, 2010 at 2:55 am

     

    The health insurance stocks are going to get crushed eventually. In inflationary terms, they’re already getting fucked up.

    Specialist doctors are already moving overseas. Look, from a New York City perspective, if the best doctors are heading to South America or whatever, you get on a plane and get treated there. Nobody of any importance gives a goddamn about the integrity of FDR’s lame legacy.

  • Don says on: May 13, 2010 at 7:42 pm

     

    I went to a dentist in Florida to have a tooth drilled. I hadn’t been to any sort of medical facility in years, maybe 10 or more. Right away the lady asked me about insurance and I said I had none and that I’ll pay cash. Time stood stil, for a moment. The lady went to the back and then came out after a few minutes and told me I’d have to go get a money order for they weren’t set up to accept cash.

    Flip side.

    I designed a real nice crib for a guy in Naples, FL and when the plans were done he owed me $7,700.00. He reached down in the bottom drawer of his desk and yanked out a metal box and peeled off 77 fat, juicy C notes and handed them to me.

    I prefer the latter scenario.

    • gilliganscorner says on: May 13, 2010 at 10:30 pm

       

      Don!

      Quick! Convert the notes to gold/silver! Keep the Fed from sucking the value out of them!

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