NY Times explains care-rationing under ObamaCare

The New York Times has finally blown the lid off what we already knew to be the truth, that ObamaCare and the like will need to result in government-rationed care simply to control the costs associated and keep programs from immediate catastrophic financial collapse.

The story, which comes out conveniently after ObamaCare has passed, explains exactly what many have been saying for a year now concerning cost-benefit analysis on who gets what level care and when.

How can we learn to say no?

The federal government is now starting to build the institutions that will try to reduce the soaring growth of health care costs. There will be a group to compare the effectiveness of different treatments, a so-called Medicare innovation center and a Medicare oversight board that can set payment rates.

But all these groups will face the same basic problem. Deep down, Americans tend to believe that more care is better care. We recoil from efforts to restrict care.

Americans believe more care is better care because the government, as well as private health-related organizations, have pushed it for years. We’ve been told for years to get proper screenings from early ages and even more screenings and tests if we’re in any high risk category. Suddenly these guidelines will change in the name of saving money for the government since ObamaCare will be bankrupt before it begins.

From an economic perspective, health reform will fail if we can’t sometimes push back against the try-anything instinct. The new agencies will be hounded by accusations of rationing, and Medicare’s long-term budget deficit will grow.

So figuring out how we can say no may be the single toughest and most important task facing the people who will be in charge of carrying out reform. “Being able to say no,” Dr. Alan Garber of Stanford says, “is the heart of the issue.”

It’s easy to come up with arguments for why we need to do so. Above all, we don’t have a choice. Giving hospitals and drug makers a blank check will bankrupt Medicare. Slowing the cost growth, on the other hand, will free up resources for other uses, like education. Lower costs will also lift workers’ take-home pay.

But I suspect that these arguments won’t be persuasive. They have the faint ring of an insurer’s rationale for denying a claim. Compared with an anecdote about a cancer patient looking for hope, the economic arguments are soulless.

This has been my exact point for a year now.

Those supporting ObamaCare complain up and down that insurance companies deny claims and withhold care from those they insure. However, ObamaCare will inevitably end up doing the same things under the guise of saving money and whether the treatment “benefits” the system as a whole.

Make no mistake, treatments will be denied under ObamaCare probably tenfold more than they are under private insurance. Finally, the New York Times is willing to divulge this also since they know it to be the truth.

The result will be doctors choosing care based on what fits government guidelines the same way some are now forced to give care based on insurance company guidelines. There will not be a difference other than the fact that you can change insurance companies but you cannot change ObamaCare. Furthermore, no insurance company can force you, by law, to buy from them. ObamaCare will soon be forcing every man, woman and child to buy insurance of face stiff penalties such as the withholding and/or garnishing of your federal tax rebate.

Why then, why are we are bothering to create ObamaCare when it will be riddled with the same shortcomings associated with the current private instance market? There is no rationale since the stories of “denied coverage” will continue to persist under ObamaCare except now they won’t be used on the campaign trail by Democrats.

The answer is to repeal ObamaCare boldly and replace it with market-driven, patient-centric reforms which empower the individual, not government bureaucrats.

  • JD

    Put the repeal out of your mind. Not going to happen

  • Bill Hedges

    “Obama Misrepresents Heritage’s Research to Sell Health Care Plan”
    Posted by Ed Feulner
    Tuesday, March 30th

    On the liberal site I go to, if I want to see full 3,000 character responses I use a Heritage link. Boy is it maligned. How ironic He himself tries to use Heritage to boost his health law fiasco. He is a nincompoop to believe Heritage would not respond to such a LIE . What planet is obama living on. What grasping for straw for support.

    He knew they would deny. They have momentous amount of counter evidence to react with. This was more than a lie, was a cry for help. Guy is over his head in his job. As Biden so wisely pointed out that obama was not ready.

    What is the unknown unhappiness of recent talks between Israel leader and obama. Reason for recent announcement on nuclear usage. Is Israel near decision ?

    Upcoming Congressional committee with AT&T, Caterpillar, and Deere. Any intelligent person knows these companies must report added cost to their shareholders. They aren’t going to pull punches. Not and survive in the business world. No hidden deal. They have the proof and it will be shown. No sugar coating. You are talking big time law suites if they did. These guys are committed. This is a powder keg ready to get ignited under obama‘s feet. Health care is the lit torch.

    Today on CNBC stock market segment, there was a lot of praise for the tea parties. A unnecessary risk for a stock market show.


    “Santelli’s Tea Party” video
    Feb. 19 2009

    ‘Mad Money’ Cramer: Health Care Passage ‘Will Topple the Stock Market’ video
    By Jeff Poor
    Fri, 03/19/2010


    Obama and Congress has blamed the Stock Market greed for our recession. The big Democrat lie. Health Care law has added tax to trades. Caused a added cost to business that can destroy growth, perhaps lead to second dip recession and more. Likelihood of loss of America’s AAA rating more pronounced (a blow of un-phantom depth).

    For how long has OR, MA, and Countries with health care with heavy debt and restrictions been discussed here. Discarded by liberals as baloney. Obama’s plan is unique in their minds.

    Of all places The New York Times blows the lid off obama’s fallacy of liberals own enigma beliefs . No the rich are not flipping the whole bill for care for all. No heart transplant for all. No utopia care for all.

    Rasmussen Reports tea party more in tune to people than obama. 54% want repeal. 53% trust Republicans more.

    So disregarding JD 2 sentence strongly worded refusal of even possbility of repeal, I do differ. Clinton faced facts and blinked. If another Newt revolutionary war occurs in November’s vote, obama will be a sadder Nixon. Yes, obama will sign repeal. Given proper circumstance, he will renege.

    Just a another added lie…

    “Obama to Sign Massive Tax Hike on Working Families in Violation of His Campaign Pledge”
    From John Kartch on Monday, March 22, 2010 3:35 PM


    As the truth unfolds, obama’s world comes tumbling down. He’s falling apart. As my first link proves…

  • “Put the repeal out of your mind. Not going to happen” – JD

    Mark this down, on the 7th day of April at 9:34PM, it has been decreed by his excellency that repeal will not occur.

  • JD

    Ahh… It actually made me feel warm and fuzzy inside when you said that. But I am more the court Jester then the king.

  • It was said the Bill would never pass. It did. JD and I didn’t glout, but I said, I can’t wait to see this thing pass so people could eat their words. I know Bill keeps track of our every post. So repost it Bill, show us where I said that. LoL

  • Bill Hedges


    I don’t recall any conservatives saying it would fail. Looking forward to the quotes proving that. Am sure you can back your words ! You weren’t just blowing hot air were you ?

  • So no concervatives said that the bill would not pass? Wow, ok.

  • Bill Hedges


    You certainly have not proven your case against Nate, DDMao, and myself have you ???

    As a rationlal person I understood it could pass.

  • I had no case against anyone on this site. I named no names. When I have a point to make against a particular person on this site, I address them by name. I know where you are coming from though. My mistake, my apologies.

  • Travis

    I like “youdecidepolitics” concluding with “The answer is to repeal ObamaCare boldly and replace it with market-driven, patient-centric reforms which empower the individual, not government bureaucrats.”

    lol you decide guys.