Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Larry Summers on Obamacare
Matthew Vadum (via John Lott) points to this Larry Summers interview that aired on Meet the Press over the weekend. Summers pretty much reveals the intentions of Obamacare which will be, as we suspected, to ration health care to American citizens.
Summers said, "But the really important issue for the long run, David, is changing the way in which we deliver health care in this country. You know, there have been a whole set of studies done, they look at health care, the frequency of different procedures, whether it's tonsillectomies or hysterectomies in different parts of the country, and what you see is that in some parts of the country procedures are done three times as frequently and there's no benefit in terms of the health of the population. And by doing the right kind of cost-effectiveness, by making the right kinds of investments and protection, some experts that we--estimate that we could take as much as $700 billion a year out of our health care system. "
Rationing. So the government intends to tell you which procedures are cost-effective and acceptable for you to have. If I need a knee operation or a hip replacement or any other kind of procedure, that decision should be between me and my doctor and should have nothing to do with the federal government.
Remember, the Democrats have already hijacked this debate via the Reconciliation process so there will be no national debate on the issue.
During the campaign, Obama promised that if you have your own insurance he would not attempt to change that. Let's see how long THAT stands up under his new program.
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