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    Both political parties are responsible for healthcare disaster

    Demand your healthcare freedom

    The 100-year old battle rages on for free market healthcare with individual freedom (Libertarian) vs. crony capitalism (Republicans and Democrats) vs. single payer/socialized healthcare (some Democrats). The special interests continue to wage war via political parties against the people and their physicians.


    In case you missed it: Everything physicians need to know about Senate Obamacare repeal bill


    Seven years ago, Democrats wrote a huge new tax increase and entitlement plan called The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, PPACA, or simply ACA. It was designed to feature a “public option,” aka socialized healthcare. Socialized government healthcare or government single payer can't work as you can't provide an unlimited service that ignores human action and consequences. 

    Although the Republicans suggested many amendments to the bill, including eliminating the public option, they boycotted it in the end. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), notoriously said at the time, “We’ve got to pass it to see what’s in it.”

    President Barack Obama promised, “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. If you like the plan you have now, you can keep it. …Each family will save $2,500.” 

    The ACA was passed by a narrow margin due to Democratic support in the U.S. Senate. A similar measure was passed by parliamentary wrangling and reconciled with the House bill; again, without a single Republican vote.


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    The 2,700-page ACA was extremely complex and lengthy, creating over 100 new boards and commissions, and thus, wasn’t likely read by each Democratic member of Congress prior to passage. It forced all citizens to purchase “government approved coverage” from for-profit or non-profit-in-name-only payers. It has forced many states to expand Medicaid and bust their yearly budgets. It narrowly redefined health insurance and forced coverage standards that doubled the cost of insurance for many. One hundred different insurance plans to choose from with each company, dwindled to a dozen. The government designed and spent more $1 billion dollars on a so-called “marketplace” that didn’t function the first weeks of operation and it later was hacked to compromise the privacy of all citizens mandated to use it.

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    Craig M. Wax, DO
    The author is a family physician in Mullica Hill, NJ.

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