Dr. Kennedy focuses on mental health (which she equates to “peace of mind”) and the consequences of mental illness. It may be that a promise from the federal government provides peace of mind, but our legislators should not go along with it when the promise is false. Dr. Kennedy likewise stresses the money “the federal government has promised to pay” to the states to partly cover their new burdens--even as the President has deferred huge sections of the law and issued waivers to his cronies exempting them from it, as Congress last week exempted itself and its entire staff.
Obama-care is only a “win-win for everybody,” as Dr. Kennedy writes, if you believe all the promises. The promise that it would come in under $1,000,000 million, recall, was achieved by shifting burdens to the states (a shift we are now debating) and to employers; and also by combining 10 years of taxes with 6 years of “benefits.” There is no reason we should expect to be able to give 40 million more patients, including border-jumpers, all the health care they want, at the same level of quality. Indeed, Obama-care has no way of “wiping out crippling medical expenses among the poor” except denial of care. The anecdotes of refused coverage, given by union members during Rep. Shea-Porter’s town meetings, are now being written as federal rules by the “Health Choices Administration.” Hospitals are already receiving financial rewards for not treating seniors, and punishments for correcting problems with former admissions. Tell me how 16,000 new IRS auditors reviewing our personal spending decisions “boosts our state’s economy.”
These false promises, and this transition to a system where you are protected against bankruptcy by being kept from getting treatment in the first place, may deliver “peace of mind,” but only in the sense that a lottery ticket delivers financial security.
The economics of Obama-care were a con job from the start; there is no “win-win” except to the Democratic Party and to the bureaucracy and its union. New Hampshire should continue to resist Obama-care.