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OLD AGE: THE NEW “PREEXISTING CONDITION”

2012/10/17

Instapundit’s Elizabeth Foley: OBAMACARE–A SLEDGE HAMMER TO KILL A GNAT

John Goodman’s excellent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today shows why Obamacare’s mulit-trillion dollar transformation of 16% of the US economy is extreme overkill. One of the chief problems supposedly solved by the law? Pre-existing condition exclusions, whereby those with prior health conditions can’t get new coverage. Of course, a 1996 law (HIPAA) had already severely scaled back the ability of group health insurance plans to exclude coverage for preexisting conditions– a point that almost no one ever makes (or realizes?).

Goodman points out that there are many better ways to take care of these 82,000 people.

This is a perfect example of how government “solutions” rarely solve anything, and never do so efficiently.

The bitter irony is that ObamaCare does not in fact, solve the problem of preexisting condition exclusions; Rather, it merely redistributes the problem ‘rationally.’

Sarah Palin’s clarity on the issue wasn’t appreciated at the time… but she is right. ‘Rationing’ by diktat is a necessary product of a centralized, hugely inefficient distribution system.

“We need death panels,” Rattner simply wrote. “ Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.”

‘Prudently’?!  That’s the excuse of every tyrant in history.  Rationing by bureaucratic diktat infects every jurisdiction where government controls the distribution of health care resources. The result ought to concern every senior, every baby and every future senior in America:

Under rationed care, age becomes a pre-existing condition.

Are you ready for IPAB? If not, then you’d best be ready to make the effort to disintermediate government… and it begins with voting.

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