By Arthur Piccolo
News Americas, New York, NY, Fri. Jan. 16, 2015: It never was a secret what Obamacare really is ..
Except what it really is, is largely ignored.
But not just by Obama, the Democrat Elite, and the media and yes absolutely by the Republicans who definitely don’t want to admit Obamacare’s REAL failure which is just the opposite of what the Republicans tell us. The Republicans are attacking Obamacare for ridiculous reasons not for the fact it is a joy for the health care industry and insurers. Their business profits!
And praise the Lord yes, even 60 Minutes now admits it. Here in Obama’s America it always was the story of Obamacare. The Truth. So allow me to admit here a new media “partner” to Obama’s America 60 Minutes.
They have literally written this episode- all I am going to do is quote extensively from the manuscript of last Sunday’s segment featuring author Steven Brill and his new book “America’s Bitter Pill.”
Steven Brill says that the outrage is what the Affordable Care Act doesn’t do.
Steven Brill: It doesn’t do anything on medical malpractice reform. It doesn’t do anything to control drug prices. It doesn’t do anything to control hospital profits.
Lesley Stahl: So all the cost controlling side of this just went by the wayside?
Steven Brill: 99 percent of it.
Brill learned that when it came to controlling costs, the White House was told up front– If you go after costs, you’re never going to get anything passed because the lobbyists will just not allow it to be passed.
So Obama made deal with the Devil to look good and screw us.
Steven Brill: “The drug companies they were going to get $200-plus billion worth of new customers able to pay for drugs. They were going to avoid the calamity of the real reforms that they were worried about: price controls generally.” Also …
Steven Brill: You and I being able to buy drugs from Canada. That would have cost them hundreds of billions.
This is just the beginning. Brill states what Obamacare does …
The drug companies received $200-plus billion worth of new customers able to pay for drugs. They avoided the calamity of the real reforms that they were worried about: price controls generally.
Obamacare STOPPED …. You and I being able to buy drugs from Canada. That would have cost drug companies hundreds of billions. Obamacare eliminated our ability to search for better prices or negotiate lower costs.
How about hospitals?. Here is what Brill told 60 Minutes …
“And the hospitals managed to keep other cost controls completely off the table, allowing them to charge whatever they can get for hospital stays and greatly mark up drug and test prices.”
Then Brill tells the story of the Recchi family of Lancaster, Ohio who bought themselves Obamacare … “Their experience, both before and after Obamacare kicked in, shows all the things Brill says the law should’ve dealt with — like highly inflated hospital charges — but didn’t.”
Brill explains … “because their health insurance policy was so limited, they had to pay upfront: first $48,900 for the evaluation…then more for the actual treatment.” Sean Recchi had been diagnosed with cancer, stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Brill documents the outrageous amounts hospitals charge even for the most trivial items and Obamacare does NOTHING about it except in some cases transfer the cost to the government which means all of us.
Steven Brill: “One pill. You can buy 100 generic Tylenols for the same $1.50. So that’s 1,000 percent mark-up. But who cares, it’s just $1.50. As you start going down the bill, they had something like $15,000 worth of blood tests that Medicare would’ve paid a few hundred dollars for. The charge for his room $10,746 for 6 days. That comes to $1,791 a day.”
Steven Brill: “They’ve created in health care an alternate universe economy, where everybody except the doctors and the nurses, makes a ton of money. And nobody is holding them accountable and Obamacare does zero to change any of that.”
Again …. “Obamacare does zero to change any of that.”
Brill goes on to say on 60 Minutes ….“He wants the public to know that what was to be at its heart – driving down the cost of health care – was neglected, and it’s the taxpayers who are left holding the bag.”
Steven Brill: “Obamacare is a government takeover of health care, that’s what the Republicans say. Obamacare is the opposite of a government takeover of health care. Obamacare is taxpayers intervening to pay the private sector for their already inflated prices they charge for health care.”
“Obamacare is the opposite of a government takeover of health care. Obamacare is taxpayers intervening to pay the private sector for their already inflated prices they charge for health care.”
Yes Obamacare is a very big GIFT to the health care industry, not us.