Obamacare: Another Example of Utopian Foolishness

Opinion

   on June 29 2012 2:13 PM
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Tea party supporter Temple shouts against the health care overhaul outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Reuters

The Supreme Court has spoken, the president has spoken, and Congress has spoken.  Now it is time for the American people to speak.  In four months, Americans will have a choice.  We can choose to elect a vision that is true to what America is -- a country where freedom is cherished, hard work is rewarded, and handouts are adverse to our very nature. Or we can re-elect a vision very much at odds with this foundation, a vision whose fruits are destroying America at its very core.

The latter vision produced Obamacare, a piece of legislation that amounts to little more than utopian foolishness.  President Barack Obama and the Democrats told us healthcare was a human right and they were here to ride in on their white horses and deliver that right.  They misled the people -- either by intent or ignorance -- into believing this.  One problem: Healthcare for all is an empirical impossibility, and the Democratic promises were nothing more than the hollow words of a devout ideologue.

The simple truth is healthcare must be rationed.  This is a nonnegotiable; the rules of supply and demand require it.  The United States was already facing a physician shortage before the passage of Obamacare, which only exacerbated this shortage.

The Association of America Medical Colleges reported that, beginning in 2015, physician shortages will be 50 percent worse than originally anticipated prior to health care reform.  

We will need anywhere from 90,000 to 200,000 more doctors by 2020 to satisfy the demands of Obamacare.  Couple that with the fact that 45 percent of doctors said they would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement, according to an IBD/TIPP poll, and it is a worrisome picture indeed.

When demand of patient care far exceeds the supply of doctors, there will be only one choice -- rationed care. We are limited by the laws of supply and demand and, as such, not everyone can receive healthcare. Moreover, under Obamacare, far fewer will.  This is in direct opposition to the great liberal fairy tale or, what I like to call utopian foolishness -- in short, what the Democrats would like you to believe. 

And here's where it gets worse.  As a result of the government freely subsidizing healthcare, we will have little choice in what services insurance will cover and who receives these services.  More than half of all Americans will be pushed into government programs -- Medicare, Medicaid, or the government exchanges, and Medicare treatment and coverage will be subject to the whim of an unelected 15-person board. A rather frightening situation if you ask me.

If healthcare is to be rationed, I, for one, would much prefer it to be rationed by individual choice.  Today, if you need the $3,000 chemotherapy injection, there is no government board standing in your way telling you the benefits you can and cannot receive. 

As for expanding coverage to the uninsured, there is only one way to do it: repeal Obamacare and increase the supply of doctors. 

Rather than subsidizing health insurance, which only serves to further burden doctors and make the situation worse, why not provide merit-based medical tuition coverage for some students, thereby increasing the supply of doctors?  As basic economics tells us, healthcare costs will fall and demand will subside.  This is just one part of a preferred solution that is very much the opposite of Obamacare.

So Obamacare and its promise of coverage for all is nothing more than a utopian dream.  The current state of affairs mandates that healthcare is rationed either by the government or the individual; the former is socialism, the latter is capitalism.  The choice is yours. 

Choosing the former is to choose a life that is not your own.  But before you choose this path, I hope you'll open a book and read about Soviet Russia.  If you like what you read, feel free to venture over to Venezuela, but whatever you do, don't change my America.     

Kayleigh McEnany is a writer and political activist who graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and studied at Oxford University.  She is the founder of www.RealReaganConservative.com. She writes every Tuesday for the International Business Times.

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