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ObamaCare . . . part 2 of 3

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Apr 12, 2010

Forgive me if you’re not in the U.S. – I’m going to comment on our historic new piece of legislation the media calls ObamaCare. It’s the biggest piece of socialized government ever foisted on the American public, by the most liberal president we’ve ever had.

The states are quickly lining up en masse to sue the federal government. Employers are panicking at the way their costs will rise, losing benefits for offering private health care plans. Our government will become the nightmarish bureaucracy that I remember from my childhood waiting for hours and hours in military hospitals for a prescription–only worse.

The new bill mandates that 85% of each dollar go to the claim, and 15% go to overhead/reserves. Currently private insurance companies have an average of 60% of each dollar going to claims and 40% to overhead/reserves. Essentially it’s a mandate that all insurance companies go out of business. The government won’t mind, though. It has made itself a massive new function: becoming the single option for healthcare for millions. It’s government at its worst–creating functions for itself, crippling the private sector, and always doing it worse than the private sector could do it.

Pre-existing conditions are just fine, you can still qualify for insurance. So now, simply wait to get insurance until you get cancer. (Which isn’t really “insurance,” is it?) This eliminates the funds that underpin insurance, where a pool of 100 healthy people paying into the pot funds the 1 sick person. Now there won’t be all the healthy people paying in.

And, there’s no limit on cancer treatment. So now, a person has a $250K limit? If she needs care up to $10 million (easy enough to do–I have a friend whose hemophiliac son’s care costs $1 million annually), that funding has to come from somewhere–and Obama’s math simply doesn’t account for this.

My point is that we are a nation of sick, tired, obese people. Two-thirds of us. If we continue at our current rate, every single American will be overweight in 25 years. (I’m sure that will never happen, but the point is that we’re on a freight train and the end of the tracks are in sight.)

You know I don’t usually like doom and gloom. I usually stay on the bright and sunny side of health and nutrition.

There’s a point to all this. What’s the answer?

I’ll go into it tomorrow. But the point is, I don’t have all the answers–but we’re asking the wrong question.

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10 thoughts on “ObamaCare . . . part 2 of 3”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Amen! I love Canada. That is where I was born and raised. I am proud to be a citizen of Canada and the USA (now). But my father moved us from Canada to the States to get away from the healthcare and government. People I know who still live in Canada, have to wait months for surgery. Doctors who practiced in Canada opened their practices in the USA and closed their practices in Canada. Seriously, now where are we suppose to go to have a decent government and decent health? I am truly concerned.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love that you are addressing this. I want to steal this and post it on my facebook!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Link away, Tracy!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that your excellent nutrition blog now contains some observations that probably half your readers (including me) might find offensive. ObamaCare? ObamaNation? Insanity? Surely you could have found a way to emphasize the importance of nutrition for our health without alienating half your readers. I get so tired of hearing people rail against something that is very important to me, especially with snide comments that make me, an Obama supporter, feel bad. I like to come to your blog to learn about nutrition and health, not to read political diatribes.

    Oh well, since I am not the kind of person who cuts off her nose to spite her face, I will continue to learn from you and save my money for a Blendtec. Now I’m off to make Robyn’s Granola from the Jump-Start Basic recipe collection!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      I figured I was getting pretty controversial outing my opinions about Obama’s health care “reform.” But at some point, it’s SO relevant, I feel it needed to tie in. And you are certainly correct that our president has his supporters. Let’s pray you’re right and I’m wrong and this “reform” will make us a wonderful, affordable, sensible health care plan instead of the disaster I and many others predict.

      And, read my blog through part 3 and you might find more that you agree with than disagree with, regardless of politics.

  4. I’m really sorry to see this on your blog. I come here, and have directed our customers here, for nutrition info, not for political debate which, as another reader noted, is offensive to many of us. Too bad. I can no longer, in good faith, link our blog to yours.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I second Jan, I am disappointed in this post. And not just because I disagree with your position.

    Mostly, I’m disappointed that that you are making statements like “It has made itself a massive new function: becoming the single option for healthcare for billions”. If you disagree with a policy that is one thing, to make statements such as the above only serves to undermine your arguement. For starters, there are not “billions” of people in the U.S. Secondly, it doesn’t much matter if we have the best health care in the world. The fact that so many people are excluded from it in it’s present form means it is only the best healthcare in the world for those who can either afford it or who have been so lucky as to find an employer who can afford and is willing to cover them. Thirdly, the fact that we spend significantly more on healthcare per capita than any other nation, yet we have no better, and often worse, outcomes is, in part, a reflection of both the inefficiencies and inadequacies of the system. They can not be sustained.

    I fully agree that we need to change what Americans perceive as “healthy”. And that diet should be at the forefront of the healthcare debate. But please, don’t exagerate your arguements; it only serves to undermine them and makes for a totally unproductive discussion.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You are losing me with the politics as well. I love the healthy changes that I have made through your book and advice, and that’s what I seek here. I was very surprised and disappointed to see so much political content when I just scrolled through to catch up for the last few weeks.

    This is not an issue that was created in the last year and it will certainly take many years to correct it. While I agree with some of what you say, I think that you risk alienating many people who need to hear your main message. This is a VERY divisive issue for a very divided country. That’s not why people come here. Start another blog and have at it, but don’t risk what you have built here over this issue. You won’t change anyone’s mind, readers will post and argue with each other, and ultimately you won’t help as many people who really do need your help.

    I think we can all agree that the best way to deal with the current, or any future, healthcare system is to stay out of it! Eating a plant-based, whole foods diet is a great way to do just that! It has certainly worked for me 🙂 Stick with that message here.

  7. Anonymous says:

    People have the right to eat whatever they want – foods that are salty, fatty, processed, high in calories, etc. They have the right to smoke. They have the right to drink alcohol. They have the right to do pretty much anything. And I have the right NOT to have to pay for the health issues that result from their actions with my tax dollars. People need to take responsibility for their health.

    I saw a news report several months ago about a family whose newborn son (third child) was very sick and required some major surgery, but the parents did not realize they couldn’t get newborn coverage since they were not themselves insured. They always insured their children, but long after the child was home from the hospital.

    They couldn’t pay for the surgery and were very upset that the new health care legislation wasn’t completely finalized. Here’s my question – if you can’t afford health insurance for yourself because of costs, why are you having more children? It’s all about choices.

    My daughter has been very ill for four years. We have insurance, but pay about $2500/mo for her medications and doctor visits. We have not had any more children because we know we cannot afford to do so. We do not buy new cars. We live in a modest home. We do not buy lots of unnecessary items. We budget carefully. We find other ways to make money.

    It makes me angry when I hear someone complain about health care costs and then I find out they live in a 3000 sq. foot home, or drive a new $30,000 car, or have the latest electronic gadget. It’s all about making choices and sacrifices.

    That being said, I know there are cases when someone does everything right and still gets sick and can’t afford it. I think there needs to be some way to assist these people, but not on my tax dollar. Use that money instead to do medical research.

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