What Is ObamaCare? by Paul Craig Roberts

by Paul Craig Roberts
Hat tip: PaulCraigRoberts.org

Growing up in the post-war era (after the Second World War), I never expected to live in the strange Kafkaesque world that exists today. The US government can assassinate any US citizen that the executive branch thinks could possibly be a “threat” to the US government, or throw the hapless citizen into a dungeon for the rest of his or her life without presenting any evidence to a court or obtaining a conviction of any crime, or send the “threat” to a puppet foreign state to be tortured until the “threat” confesses to a crime that never occurred or dies at the hands of “freedom and democracy” while professing innocence.

It has never been revealed how a single citizen, or any number thereof, could possibly comprise a threat to a government that has a trillion plus dollars to spend each year on security and weapons, the world’s largest navy and air force, 700 plus military bases across the world, large numbers of nuclear weapons, 16 intelligence agencies plus the intelligence agencies of its NATO puppet states and the intelligence service of Israel.

Nevertheless, air travelers are subjected to porno-scanning and sexual groping. Cars traveling on Interstate highways can expect to be stopped, with traffic backed up for miles, while Homeland Security and the federalized state or local police conduct searches.

I witnessed one such warrantless search on Easter Sunday. The south bound lanes of I-185 heading into Columbus, Georgia, were at a standstill while black SUV and police car lights flashed. US citizens were treated by “security” forces that they finance as if they were “terrorists” or “domestic extremists,” another undefined class of Americans devoid of constitutional protections.

These events are Kafkaesque in themselves, but they are ever more so when one considers that these extraordinary violations of the US Constitution fail to be overturned in the Supreme Court. Apparently, American citizens lack standing to defend their civil liberties.

Yet, ObamaCare is before the US Supreme Court. The conservative majority might now utilize the “judicial activism” for which conservatives have criticized liberals. Hypocrisy should no longer surprise us. However, the fight over ObamaCare is not worth five cents.

It is extraordinary that “liberals,” “progressives,” “Democrats,” whatever they are, are defending a “health program” that uses public monies to pay private insurance companies and that raises the cost of health care.

Americans have been brainwashed that “a single-payer system is unaffordable” because it is “socialized medicine.” Despite this propaganda, accepted by many Americans, European countries manage to afford single-payer systems. Health care is not a stress, a trauma, an unaffordable expense for European populations. Among the Western Civilized Nations, only the richest, the US, has no universal health care.

The American health care system is the most expensive of all on earth. The reason for the extraordinary expense is the multiple of entities that must make profits. The private doctors must make profits. The private testing centers must make profits.The private specialists who receive the referrals from general practitioners must make profits. The private hospitals must make profits. The private insurance companies must make profits. The profits are a huge cost of health care.

On top of these profits come the costs of preventing and combatting fraud. Because private insurance companies resist paying and Medicare pays a small fraction of the medical charges, private health care providers charge as much as they possibly can, knowing that the payments will be cut to the bone. But a billing mistake of even $300 can bankrupt a health care provider from legal expenses defending him/her self from fraud accusations.

The beauty of a single-payer system is that it takes the profits out of the system. No one has to make profits. Wall Street cannot threaten insurance companies and private health care companies with being taken over because their profits are too low. No health-provider in a single-payer system has to worry about being displaced in a takeover organized by Wall Street because the profits are too low.

Because a single-payer system eliminates the profits that drive up the costs, Wall Street, Insurance companies, and “free market economists” hate a “socialized” medical care system. They prefer a socialized “private” health care system in which public monies flow into private insurance companies.

To make the costs as high as possible, conservatives and the private insurance companies devised ObamaCare. The bill was written by conservative think tanks and the private insurance companies. What the “socialistic” ObamaCare bill does is to take income taxes paid by citizens and use the taxes to subsidize the private medical premiums charges by private health care providers in order to provide “private” health care to US citizens who cannot afford it.

The extremely high costs of ObamaCare is not “socialistic medicine.” ObamaCare is high-cost privatized medicine that guarantees billions of dollars in profits to private insurance companies.

It remains to be seen whether such a ridiculous health care scheme, nowhere extant on earth except in Romney’s Massachusetts, will provide health care or just private profits.

7 Comments

  1. fred

    April 12, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Americans deserve representation in government. We should all declare ourselves Israeli and Neocon. Seriously, this question from the article answers itself: “It has never been revealed how a single citizen, or any number thereof, could possibly comprise a threat to a government that has a trillion plus dollars to spend each year…” It answers itself in the last part of the sentence: “… the intelligence service of Israel.” Lavon Affair, Liberty Attack, 9/11. Israel does evil, Pro-Zionist American media blame Israel’s enemies, America hates and fears those enemies. If America ever wakes up from it’s stupor, … but hey, that would require cessation of TV programming, so never mind.

  2. Eivind Olsnes

    April 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Excellent explanation of the US health care system sir, good point well made.

  3. Bob Marshall

    April 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    George Bush, the U.S. has a new credibility. What we say goes.” NBC Nightly News, Feb. 02, 1991.

  4. Bob Marshall

    April 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    As for Obamacare,he cares about turning the U.S. into a European type socialist government. those who have read either the books THE MANCHURIAN PRESIDENT, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER or THE ROOTS OF OBAMA’S RAGE know why he wants to continue to weaken both out economy and our military. All we have to do is look at his cabinet and administration. The men and organizations who funded his first and now this campaign. America needs to wake up and fast!! I see Mitt Romney as the lesser of two evils.

  5. Edward G. Nilges

    April 27, 2012 at 10:03 am

    If Obama wants to take over, why would he want to weaken the military? Wouldn’t he need it?

    Seriously, this pattern of thought is less logic than psychological disorder, isomorphic in the sense of corresponding to anti-Semitism.

    To the anti-Semite, the Jew is at one and the same time the weak and cowardly small shopkeeper or labor agitator and the master mind of the international banking conspiracy.

    But commonsensical he cannot be both.

    Likewise, the right-wing, and libertarian, fantasy about Obama is that he is at one and the same time someone who would weaken America and also wants to create a powerful Communist state, with an overbearing Federal government.

    This makes no sense unless you understand it as white racism. Fervidly anti-Obama spokesmen are usually highly respectful of Secret Service agents, Border Patrol and the FBI insofar as their mental image, constructed by popular entertainment, is of Clint Eastwood.

    Clint Eastwood has long represented what white Baby Boomer males think of as an ideal: strong, silent, politically conservative and well armed…even though the real Clint Eastwood is a flaming liberal as seen in Gran Torino where he merely PLAYS a conservative who nonetheless has an epiphany, realizing that “I have more in common with these gooks than my ungrateful family”

    Likewise the Nazis saw the weak and cowardly “Jude Suss” in films but in magazines were told of powerful Jews.

    Basically, conservative politics has become Ted Nugent politics. I sat next to that clown in high school and all he cared about was what he wanted right then and there. Conservatism and libertarianism have become the right to any fantasy no matter how illogical.

  6. Edward G. Nilges

    April 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Basically, if you’re reluctant to buy self-coverage under ACA, then you simply do not deserve single payer health care.

  7. tim palmer

    August 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Healthcare!!!! A joke. Every day 24/7 they (Nato, Nazi Antihuman terrorist Organization) are spraying us with chemicals. They’re called chemtrails. They are playing with us. ‘They’, the Illuminati. Chaos and havoc prevails throughout the world and is getting worse.
    The Illuminati have a plan, but unfortunately we are not included in their demented agenda.
    Wake up people, educate yourselves as to what is happening in the world. Look up at the sky and ask youself, as to, whether what you see is really how the sky should look. NO!
    Our skies used to be a DEEP blue, and not the milky white that everyone assumes is the normal colour. It is not. Our clouds used to be puffy amidst a deep blue clear sky.
    Today you see a lot of streaks, feathers and unnatural criss cross configurations and lines, and when look closely at the lines, you see a plane. You see rope shaped clouds in the sky, made by planes, forming a web of haze.
    The populace is being ‘dummed’ down by politically correct quangos, bent on destroying the very backbone of decent society, by infiltrating every public sector, and then they cause the chaos, the hardship, the rediculousness of our once sane society.
    Look up people, like Brian Gerrish, Sophie Smallstorm, David Icke, and they will tell you what is really going on behind the scenes. Chilling stuff, but isn’t evil chilling anyway?
    The new voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes……but in having new eyes.
    Marcel Proust, 1871-1922

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