As the fights over Obamacare rage in Washington it can be easy to get lost in the disputes over budgets, expense, funding, and effectiveness. We should not, however, lose sight of two of the greatest risks posed by the so-called Affordable Care Act: Rationed care and abortion funding.
Rationing comes in several forms.
First is the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) a government panel answering to no one. The IPAB would be responsible for price setting and rate fixing under the plan. Many experts say that this panel is similar to bodies in certain HMOs and insurance plans that make decisions about patient care based on business rather than humanitarian principles. The IPAB, however, is more pernicious because of its broad reach and freedom from the corrective effects of market forces on plans which do not satisfy users. Even the extreme liberal Howard Dean has found something to criticize in this panel, describing it as following a strategy with a 40 year track record of “failure” and claiming it “won’t save a dime” of public money in the process.
Second is Doctor rationing a secondary effect caused by the rapidly escalating costs of insurance premiums under Obamacare. These premiums however are themselves a result of sky-rocking costs to insurers who are attempting to restrain costs by limiting access to doctors and hospitals. The hope is that restricting access will result in lower overall costs because services will be less frequently used. In essence companies and private individuals will be asked to pay more and receive less–all in the name of healthcare “accessibility.”
The question of abortion funding is much simpler.
A key feature of Obamacare is its Multi-State Health Plans (MSPs). These plans are being created across the country (the current plan is for them to be in all 50 states by 2017) and administered by heavily regulated private companies. These plans are commonly required to pay for abortions. What’s more, because a portion of their operating costs are paid by taxpayers they will have lower prices and thus a competitive advantage over less regulated commercially available plans.
All this abortion funding is directly contrary to numerous federal restrictions on such practices but as the President has demonstrated on several occasions in the past, the rule of law, as an underlying principle of good order in our republic, is more of an abstract philosophical concept to him rather than a concrete principle to be applied (or even considered) in actual conduct.
Obamacare. You knew it was bad, but did you know just how bad? These are just a few of the reasons to fight against implementation with all the legitimate tools at your disposal.