This is why we get more regulations and less medical care. In fact, Obamacare cuts payments to doctors by $716 billion in order to fund six new federal agencies and implement 10,516 pages (over ten million words) of regulations in the Federal Register. We suffer from a shortage of care providers. There is no shortage of actuaries, accountants, administrators, agents, billers and coders, bureaucrats, compliance officers, consultants, lawyers, managers, navigators, regulators and rule writers. Just no nurses or doctors!
As patients we all suffer from what I call bureaucratic diversion: That is a polite way of saying the government steals money needed for health care to pay for healthcare bureaucracy. Why are our veterans dying while waiting in line for medical care? Because the money needed to pay nurses and doctors and to build burn units and operating rooms was “diverted” to pay for new federal agencies and thousands of new regulators.
You think TLC stands for tender loving care, but you will know what it really means, at least in Washington, when you read TLC-Washington-style.
What our politicians are doing is classic: They claim they will give us something we are “entitled to” and then, they pay for (reward) something else. That is why we never get what they promised. The White House promised you can keep your doctor and pushed through a law (the Affordable Care Act) that drives your doctor out of business. Obamacare takes money from doctors and gives it to bureaucrats, consultants, and lawyers. Read Stephen Kerr as he warned us about this behavior, but we did not listen.
Testifying before Congress about the consequences of the Affordable Care Act before the bill was passed, Robert Moffitt of Heritage Foundation said, “You can’t buy more of something by paying less for it.” Moffitt was warning our Representatives that taking money from doctors to pay bureaucrats and regulators will result in less care for patients.
Congress ignored him.
You have no money to pay the doctor and at the same time, your cost of insurance is going UP. Obamacare subsidies don't go to you or to your doctor—they go to insurance companies.
Dr. Waldman's new
eye-opening book lays bare the disaster that has befallen both patients and doctors over the last 50 years due to government and administrative involvement into health care. Today close to 50% of healthcare spending goes NOT to doctors to pay for care, but to administrators who manage the miles of red tape introduced by ever increasing number of government regulations.
Dr. Deane Waldman was Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at: The Children’s Hospital of San Diego, The University of Chicago, and The University of New Mexico. He has seen the insides and outside of our floundering medical care systems. At present, Dr. Waldman is Distinguished Senior Fellow for Healthcare Policy at Texas Public Policy Foundation. His proposal for StatesCare has the potential to revolutionize healthcare in the U.S. and save us from the imminent imminent collapse.
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