Obamacare, America’s Healthcare
24 April 2013
Thesis statement: Government healthcare is undermining the healthcare system not to mention the framework of the Constitution. The quality of healthcare today will diminish and it will restrict the healthcare supply. I.) The history of government healthcare
A.) Medicare set up in 1965 intended to relieve the financial burden of medical bills for the elderly and disabled. B.) Medicare will be broke by 2016
II.) The disadvantages of government healthcare (Obamacare) A.) Patients have to wait on average of three years in other countries for diagnostic tests or procedures. B.) Unaffordable expansion of the federal government.
C.) Will create cost crunching bureaucrats.
D.) People will die from waiting for medical care.
III.)The Constitution does not give Congress the power to create commerce. A.) Obamacare imposes an unconstitutional tax.
B.) Obamacare will make it extremely difficult to see the doctor of your choice in a timely manner. IV.)The fallacies of the critics of American healthcare.
A.) Truth behind healthcare spending in America.
Obamacare, America’s Healthcare On September 17, 1787 delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia presided over by George Washington, created the United States Constitution in which established America’s national government and fundamental laws that guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens. This plan was devised of a system of checks and balances to make certain that no single branch would have too much power. Unfortunately, many Americans today believe that government should play a much larger role in the decision of its citizens’ healthcare needs. This will inflate Government Bureaucracies which has always been unresponsive to consumer needs. “Government healthcare must be stopped” (Huffman). It is undermining the healthcare system, not to mention the framework of the Constitution. The quality of healthcare in America today will diminish and it will restrict the healthcare supply. Universal healthcare is not a modern issue, this debate has presided within the governing branches of this country for well over one hundred years. Reform efforts fell through repeatedly, thus creating private insurance as the alternative with doctors maintaining a vigilant eye. During this time doctors had great concern that they and their patients would come under the dictatorship of the insurance industry (Jacobs and Skocpol). By looking at the government’s healthcare program Medicare, set up in 1965, this program was intended to assist the disabled and the elderly to have access to healthcare and relieve the financial burden of excess medical bills. The Medicare program was designed to model the private insurance system. As the healthcare system has changed, Medicare now sets the standards for all insurance companies. This program provides insurance for approximately forty-three million elderly and disabled people. Around the turn of the century, when the economy plummeted the (SGR) sustainable growth rate formula was intended to keep medical spending in line with changes in the gross domestic product and as the SGR formula began to add up this started to put cuts in the physicians pay. Every year since 2002, Congress has voted to stall these cuts and put them in limbo, thus resulting in billions of accumulated debt, with no clear plan on how to pay for it. This formula is known universally as a failure (Jacobs and Skocpol). Congress admits that Medicare will go broke by 2004 but according to Forbes the trustee’s claim that “Obamacare’s double counting and that Medicare will be broke in 2016” (Forbes). As Speaker Nancy Pelosi, admitted last year, Democrats “took a half a trillion dollars out of Medicare [Obamacare], the healthcare bill – and you can’t improve Medicare’s solvency by...
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