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The Effect of Health-care

December 21, 2009

As if this isn't enough to scare future doctors away...

I’ve got a friend  that’s been with me, pretty much since birth. Ever since I can remember, he’s wanted to be a doctor and I’ve wanted to play Major League Baseball. (They say there’s a time in every man’s life when he realizes he isn’t going to play major league baseball….I’m just now having this moment.) We’ve both always been pretty smart–I’ve always been more of a Social Studies guy who can beat him in an argument, but he’s always been the 4.0, book-smart guy. Anyway, we were talking today, and apparently, he no longer wants to go to Medical School. This was news to me–so I immediately asked “Whoa, you’ve wanted to be a doctor since we were kids. What changed your sophomore year of college?” His answer was pretty simple: “Healthcare.” He went on to explain that he’s always enjoyed medicine and he didn’t want to be a doctor “just for the pay”, but Med-School is expensive. At the University of Kentucky–a solid Medical school, but no Johns Hopkins–Med-School tuition for a non-resident is around 50,000 dollars PER YEAR. My friend told me– if this Health-care Bill passes, the cost-benefit analysis tells him it just doesn’t make sense for him to go on with med-school. Instead, this 4.0 GPA, smart, capable, hardworking “could-have-been future doctor” will now choose a route of Weight-lifting and health. This won’t be uncommon–the best and the brightest will begin to lose interest in going to Med-School. This is Republicanomics 101. Although liberal economics of “spread the wealth” is a good idea in theory (so was communism…), it simply doesn’t have that type of rosy effect in the REAL WORLD.

Hard to disagree with Mitch here...

“This bill is a legislative train wreck of historic proportions.”  –Mitch McConnell

With the Senate pushing to get this bill through by the Holidays, it’s important that everyone realizes just how detrimental it could be. Our politicians are spending our futures into the ground, and it appears there is nothing we can do about it. This isn’t a “Red vs. Blue” issue. According to Rasmussen, just 40% of the country supports a Healthcare overhaul. With that number steadily, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the Mid-30’s by the start of the New Year. But possibly the most important take-away from that poll–52% strongly oppose Healthcare overhaul. With President Obama winning handily over McCain last November and Democrats sweeping congressional races, this is clearly a mandate to stop this out of control spending and this ridiculous government take-over of our healthcare system. I have the pleasure of being friends with multiple people who consider themselves “liberal” and are hardcore democrats. They supported the bank bailouts and stimulus, but even they can’t wrap their minds around why we are trying to overhaul healthcare.

Take medicare for example. A government-run healthcare system. When it was first introduced, medicare had a cost estimate, just like today’s healthcare bill. Since then, costs have shot upward to thousands of percent times the original estimate. From 1966 into the 1980’s, the cost of medicare doubled every 4 years. Not to mention, “the CBO also projects that total federal Medicare and Medicaid outlays will rise from 4 percent of GDP in 2007 to 12 percent in 2050 and 19 percent in 2082”. Those numbers are astronomical. And I hope this wonderful Pie Chart helps.

We'll call the green "Liberal A" and the blue "Liberal B".

The last part about the whole order that really just makes me generally unhappy is the way we’re being deceived by the very men we gave jobs (here’s to hoping Barack Obama’s number is coming up for his own unemployment numbers). We hear all these scary numbers: “46 million uninsured! Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” But the truth is….well….not 46 million uninsured. First, at least 10 millions of that “46 million uninsured” are not citizens. So any number above 35 million is just wrong. Here’s another little “Myth vs. Fact” from the Business and Media Institute.

Myth: The 40 million to 50 million uninsured cannot afford health insurance.

Fact: More than 17 million of the uninsured make at least $50,000 per year (the median household income of $50,233) – 8.4 million make $50,000 to $74,999 per year and 9.1 million make $75,000 or higher. Two economists working at the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that 25 to 75 percent of those who do not purchase health insurance coverage “could afford to do so.”

At a recent town-hall in Lexington (hosted by Rand Paul), a man stood up and made a great point about those “46 million uninsured”. Are there some out there who maybe can’t afford it? Sure. And we should do our best to do something about that. But for most, it’s a choice. It’s a choice between a flashy car or a big screen TV and Health insurance, and they choose the former.

I just don’t see the positives outweighing the negatives here. We’re trillions of dollars in debt and all this administration wants to do is spend, spend, spend. We’ve got to put an end to it, and we’ve got to do it today! The lies and deceptions going on in Washington to push this massive spending, big-government, hated-by-the-people bill through are despicable.  No one denies healthcare in this country could improve. What can’t? I’m a proponent of we can always make ourselves better and should strive to be the best. And right now, we are. Remember my friend from the start of this post? The one who’s giving up his dream of becoming a doctor because he sees the bleak future of doctor’s pay. The system we have now: the best doctors, nurses, dentists, neurologists and physical therapist all come where? Here. The United States of America. It’s the Capitalism-based system that has allowed this country to thrive. More government intervention won’t improve healthcare in America, less intervention will. We’ve got to act like our lives and the lives of our kids depend on it–because they do.

If you agree and want to help spread the truth about healthcare, send this to 10 friends.


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