The future of Obamacare may depend to a certain degree on the result of the upcoming election. The two candidates differ widely on health care policy including whether Obamacare should be continued or repealed. Your vote could help determine the trajectory of U.S. health for years to come.
It can sometimes be hard to predict what the end result of a particular policy will be but I think it can be instructive to learn from the success or failure of other health care models.
Of particular note it was not long ago that the socialist Venezuelan health model was touted as one of the jewels of South America.
According to the Guardian, "for years, among the proudest boasts of the Bolivarian Socialist administration was that it eradicated hunger, reduced poverty and improved healthcare for the poor."
And how fast things have changed.
Now only a short time later the Guardian reports that "the trend now appears to be moving in the opposite direction at an alarming speed. Reliable data is hard to find. The government has acknowledged that maternal mortality – a key healthcare indicator – has doubled in the past year. The opposition says the deterioration is five-fold – and that death of newborns increased 100-fold."
In addition, "the Venezuelan Health Observatory, a research centre at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, estimates that fewer than 10% of operating theatres, emergency rooms and intensive care units are fully operational. It says 76% of hospitals suffer from scarcity of medicines, 81% have a lack of surgical materials and 70% complain of intermittent water supply."
Venezuela is suffering from severe shortages reminiscent of the bread lines in the Soviet Union and it will only get worse as the government there attempts to control the situation. Prices are also skyrocketing. This is the inevitable result of an intrusive and socialized government health care policy.
The same thing has happened in other countries where socialized medicine is the norm. It is common for citizens of these nations to wait in long queues for routine surgeries or even potentially life threatening conditions. Many citizens of these countries come to the United States to get the care they are not getting in their own countries.
However, if Obamacare continues unaltered that trend may not continue. Obamacare is already following the same trends seen in Venezuela and other countries. Prices of Obamacare health care plans are skyrocketing and the number of doctors willing to take Obamacare insurance and the number of insurance companies willing to provide these plans are shrinking. While at the same time citizens are being punished by the IRS for not purchasing these plans.
In the end this will lead to a situation of less medical choice and more government control over your healthcare as they resort to cost containment measures such as rationing to keep costs in line.
Thankfully, there are solutions to the crisis. First, make your vote count. Secondly, you can support doctors, like myself, that are outside the system and see patients at more reasonable rates. Supporting these doctors will simultaneously make healthcare more affordable while promoting more healthcare freedom at the same time. Thirdly, there are health care co-ops like Christian Healthcare Ministries, Liberty Healthshare, and Medishare that provide affordable insurance coverage that qualify under Obamacare.
For those that need more information on these solutions feel free to reach out to me via email or phone.
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