The implementation of ObamaCare was poorly managed and is an ongoing failure.
Or is it?
Some of us believe that ObamaCare was managed exactly as planned—to fail. And failure will eventually result in Americans having to decide among three options:
• To continue to live with ObamaCare, a failed public/private healthcare enterprise
• To remove government entirely from the mix and move toward healthcare managed by the private sector alone
• Move to a single payer, government operated system
Of these three choices, the first is unacceptable to a large number of Americans. The second would be a fiasco, not because it cannot work, but because the government’s plan would be to provide too little time for adequate implementation and to maintain enough government legislation and regulation (and ability to litigate) to ensure failure. That leads to the third option. A single-payer system is exactly what our socialist leaders have been seeking for generations. They are close to getting it.
It is almost inconceivable that anyone with eyes and ears would want such a system. All we need do is look to Canada. Four hour waits in day clinics for child treatment (compared to twenty minute waits at my neighborhood, privately operated urgent care facility). Four month waits for a simple MRI for outpatients and two week waits for hospitalized patients (compared to same day service for both MRI’s and CT-Scans at my local health care facilities). And up to ten-year waits for important pain-reducing surgeries (such as hip replacements) due to age guidelines.
We need not look to Canada for examples of government failure in running health care. America’s very own Veterans Administration is a much closer snapshot of government failure in its management of a health care system. The examples are many and growing in number. “Edward Laird, a 76-year-old Navy veteran … lost half his nose because he had to wait two years for cancer tests” (Doyle McManus, LA Times, 5/28/14). Up to forty veterans died in the Phoenix area due to a covered-up inability to provide services in a timely way. Numerous stories of other VA facilities having similar outcomes. Continued stories of VA facilities, even those offering quality services, having a serious inability to communicate internally to benefit patients. And the unmentioned stories of VA staff members standing by while they watch atrocities happen.
This is the future of health care in America. Single-payer care, paid through our taxes, seemingly offering free care to all, while bridling our nation with inadequate, rationed, poorly managed care. Because health care providers and administrators will be well paid, they will be loathe to report abuses (as is the case with the VA today). People will live with pain or impending death and be forced to make decisions about going outside the system at their own expense (above and beyond the taxes already being paid for service) for care that they cannot get within.
America is dying. Long live America.