ObamaCare, a Government Takeover of Healthcare

By:  Brian Koenig
08/29/2012
       
ObamaCare, a Government Takeover of Healthcare

 “Is ObamaCare a government takeover of medicine?” That’s the question Forbes contributor Carolyn McClanahan posed in a recent blog post, as she attempted to quell “misconceptions” about the President’s Affordable Care Act, while promoting key aspects of the law. McClanahan concedes the law is far from perfect, but that it is “the most significant attempt our country has ever made at reforming our costly and inefficient health care system.”

 “Is ObamaCare a government takeover of medicine?” That’s the question Forbes contributor Carolyn McClanahan posed in a recent blog post, as she attempted to quell “misconceptions” about the President’s Affordable Care Act, while promoting key aspects of the law. McClanahan concedes the law is far from perfect, but that it is “the most significant attempt our country has ever made at reforming our costly and inefficient health care system.”

McClanahan goes on to dispute the common assertion that ObamaCare is a “government takeover” of medicine. Outlining how what she translates as a “government takeover,” the Forbes contributor cites the following variations:

Medicine will be a government-run entity — doctors will be employed by the government and care will be paid for by the government.

All the doctors will be employed by the government, but insurance companies will still exist.

The government will dictate what doctors can and cannot do.

The government will make it so onerous to practice medicine that everyone will quit.

McClanahan first addresses spending, citing that, in some capacity the government pays 43 to 36 percent of all healthcare costs, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare, and the military. After ObamaCare reaches full implementation, that amount will spike to more than 49 percent. “It is a clear increase, but nowhere near a 100% government-paid program,” Ms. McClanahan posits. “The private sector will still be responsible for over half of healthcare spending.”

In addition to three other U.S. healthcare systems — private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, and coverage for the armed forces — there is something called the “self-insured system,” McClanahan explains:

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Photo: A demonstrator holds up a sign objecting to the Obama healthcare plan before the Supreme Court in Washington: AP Images 

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