Let me say up front, that the notion that the government option will cut costs is totally brain dead, but liberals and those who support government health care keep saying that it will do exactly that, without ever explaining exactly how that will be done. They seem to think that all they have to do is say it, and it will be true. The problem with this cost saving notion, is that there are several entities involved, all of which have costs and prices that must be dealt with. This includes the people in general, health care providers, drug companies, and the federal government.
Obama said he wants a one stop shopping place where the people can compare plans and benefits of the private insurers against that of the government option, and this process is supposed to keep the private insurance companies “honest”. The problem with this warped notion of competition between the private insurers and the government option, is that the private insurers do not have the power of taxation to make up budget shortfalls.
Since the private insurance companies will not be able to match the less expensive up-front price and better benefits of the government plan, they will not be able to compete with the federal government and they will be forced out of the health care business. You would think that Obama, who is supposedly one of the smartest people on the planet would be able to understand such an elementary aspect of competition, or more likely it is his goal to drive out the private insurers. Those of you who think that is a good thing, tsk, tsk, tsk. We will only be replacing all of the private insurance companies with one, count’m, one insurance company—let’s call it the Federal Government Insurance Company (FGIC).
Under the government option you will be paying a premium to the Federal Government Insurance Company and it will in turn pay the providers for your health care. One thing that you must always remember though, is that the Federal Government Insurance Company will experience the same problems that all other insurance companies experience. It will have the impossible task of reconciling dollars coming in with the dollars going out, because this will be a system where the users have no incentive to conserve its usage, and it will be administered by bureaucrats who have no reason to fear losses, the system will quickly go bankrupt—just like all federal government programs. And for those who think that those eeeevil profits are the problem, well those eeeevil profits will be replaced many times over by even more eeeevil fraud, waste and abuse.
As the government plan begins to gobble up more and more money because the cheap premiums won’t be enough to cover the lavish benefits, decisions will have to be made. The FGIC will have basically three choices, and it will without much doubt choose all three. It can cut benefits, increase taxes, or install price controls—these will be the costs to the people.
Cutting benefits is self-explanatory, and increased taxes will be a certainty unless you are in the lowest wage brackets. The most insidious, the most cancerous of these three choices are price controls. Remember, doctors, nurses, hospitals, operating rooms, emergency rooms, clinics, etc, etc, etc don’t grow on trees. It takes years of training, and countless dollars of investment to create and most importantly sustain a viable health care system. These costs don’t just vanish into thin air just because the Federal Government is involved.
Price controls will kill all incentive to become involved in the health care system or to continue to be involved. Proof of that fact is that many health care providers right now, won’t accept Medicare patients. Those who work in the health care profession are not slaves. They cannot be made to provide their services, and when they decide their services are not being adequately compensated—they will leave—it is just that simple. Health care innovation will die, new life saving drugs will not be created, and people will die.
The health care system will surely collapse as the Twin Towers did. Not from terrorism from abroad, but from terrorism from within. That may seem harsh, but that is exactly what is happening. The statists are terrorizing our free market system, the very system that made this the greatest country on God’s green earth—The Most Perfect Union.