Dr. Edward R. Annis said in the 1960’s (paraphrasing), “The Federal Government will have you believe that there is only one way to fix healthcare- their way.” Whether it’s healthcare or any other problem, most people agree that government solutions are not the answer. Innovation usually results in better outcomes. The government is incapable of utilizing resources appropriately and efficiently. This failure has made FedEx and UPS possible as alternatives to the USPS.
Eight years of Obamacare have taught us a few things. It was not healthcare reform, but rather, more government control of how healthcare is financed. It was an attempt of the federal government to gain more control over healthcare. Many individuals who understand healthcare predicted that Obamacare was flawed and that its collapse was inevitable. Now that Obamacare is indeed failing and in a “death spiral”, its supporters are railing against the Republicans new healthcare plan, the AHCA (American Healthcare Act), but offering no solutions.
Socialized medicine has been the goal of Progressives for over a hundred years. Government run healthcare means control over people and their businesses, with limitless ability to increase taxes to pay for it. Obamacare took us in that direction with mandates – that everyone needed to purchase a product whether they wanted it or not, and the government determining what must be included. In order to pay for it, eighteen new taxes were created. Control over healthcare was concentrated in the hands of a single individual- the Secretary of HHS (Health & Human Services), carrying out the policies of the President.
Despite assertions to the contrary by progressives, we have endured 8 years of failed government run healthcare. Americans have seen healthcare costs soar and access to care go down. They have seen how government mandates regarding healthcare created unemployment and underemployment. And that when special interests are taken care of such as insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies, patients are hurt. People are demanding relief and want more control over their healthcare and the costs.
The GOP now has a rare opportunity to send a positive message- something that typically eludes them. Immediately after the House passed the AHCA, the attack machine from the Left went into high gear, with messaging intended to arouse strong emotion from their base. The problem was that their messaging was a big lie. The typical GOP ploy to counter the Left is to present facts, which usually fails to win against the emotional strategy. However this time, the GOP can counter not only with facts but with emotion too, calling on real life horror stories from 8 years of Obamacare.
Contributed by Jeffrey English, M.D. – National Board of Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation