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It’s Not about Health Care—It’s about Control

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July 18th, 2017      For Immediate Release!

Contributor & author: Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

 

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  • We’re moving toward the end-game of single payer, which assures the continued diversion of funds to the Swamp. These funds are no longer available for people to choose to spend. And worse, the System will carefully control the funds that actually provide care, say by punishing doctors for deviating from government-dictated “best practices.” It will allow nothing it calls “snake oil” (things like vitamin D, hormone supplements for aging, or other generally benign items that people find worthwhile but that drain profits from government-approved treatments). Nothing “futile” like experimental treatment for Charlie Gard. Nothing experimental outside the control of the FDA (that might compete with lucrative drugs). Nothing that is not “value based” (such as life-sustaining treatment including food and water to patients not valuable enough to treat for pneumonia, heart failure, or a bleeding ulcer).
  • Last year, Nevada Medicaid paid managed-care companies as much as $213 million for more than 30,000 people who received no care at all. Maybe that money was taken from housing or law enforcement.

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An American Response to Loss of ObamaCare Subsidies

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Jane M. Orient, M.D.

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This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court could, in King v. Burwell, uninsure 8 million Americans by finding that subsidies are illegal outside State Exchanges.

Some Republicans are saying “Let it burn.” For Democrats, it’s “ObamaCare or nothing.” Can you detect a difference? How about an American, rather than a partisan response? One that is voluntary and constitutional.

Amid the wreckage left by ObamaCare, one arrangement remains standing, exempt from the individual mandate: the healthcare sharing ministry.

obmThis offers the prospect of a solution to the real problems:
• Medical care costs too much, and so does medical insurance.
• The reason medical care costs so much is third-party payment (“comprehensive insurance”).
• ObamaCare drives costs up still more with its expensive mandates.

Instead of forcing taxpayers, present and unborn, to pay most of the unaffordable premiums, the sharing ministries can drastically reduce costs, while restoring patient control.

The fact is that Americans throw fistfuls of money out the window every month for insurance premiums for care they do not need or want. That money is gone forever. If they develop a problem, the insurer might deny them the care that is best—or, if their policy has lapsed, they might as well have been uninsured the whole time. If they had instead put the money in the bank, they would have it to spend when the need arose. More

Obamacare: Repeal (What?) and Replace (with What?)

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new-logo25Contributor & authorJane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

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Government can’t fix the “health care system” any more than Obama can take out your tonsils. But it can refrain from tying up or tripping those who are trying to take care of patients.  We should start by repealing the mandates—on individuals, employers, medical facilities and professionals, and insurers. No American should be forced to buy a product he does not want or need or feels he cannot afford. No individual or company should be forced to provide services or products to government specifications. The American way is the voluntary way.

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