By Stephen Z. Nemo:
When Congress was debating Obamacare, Democratic Representative Alan Grayson of Florida said, “If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly.”
The health care law passed, the Supreme Court declared the president’s dictatorial monstrosity constitutional, and Obama amends the law continuously to prevent the collapse of American medicine from factoring large in the upcoming midterm elections.
Tuesday, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank continued right where Rep. Grayson left off:
“On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare.
“Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local resident, had a heart attack. The medevac to take her to the next-nearest hospital (as many as 84 miles away, depending on where you live) didn’t get there in time.”
“… Republicans nationwide have abandoned any consideration of offering an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, figuring that their complaints about President Obama’s selective implementation of the law, and lingering unease about the legislation itself, will be enough to motivate conservative voters in November.”
States that have not implemented Obamacare health insurance exchanges have been denied Medicaid reimbursements, which forced hospitals in low income areas to close.
It wasn’t dictatorial Obamacare’s take over of Medicaid that killed Portia Gibbs, you see; it was mean old Republicans for refusing to accept Obama’s totalitarian beast. In the language of the tyrannical alien Borg of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Resistance is futile.”
And Obama’s dictatorial monster is doing more than closing hospitals. It’s closing medical practices. According to the Washington Times, “As many as 32 million people are expected to be added to the health care system as a result of Obamacare, half of those as a result of the expansion of Medicaid. Many doctors already refuse to accept Medicaid patients because the government reimbursements for services rendered are well below the market rates.”
This should not come as a surprise, even to the Post’s Dana Milbank. A survey of the nation’s doctors conducted by Investor’s Business Daily in 2009 found that 45% of doctors said they would “consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement” if Congress passed Obama and Pelosi’s health care disaster.
Since the law’s passage, doctors are doing exactly that. Last year, Kentucky Physician Stephen Kiteck went so far as to place a newspaper ad telling his patients to “pick up their [medical] charts at the office” because he was closing his 20-year medical practice “due to the policies of Obamacare.”
I am sure that doctors following Kiteck’s lead aren’t all Republicans. What they share in common, irrespective of political affiliation, is their refusal to become indentured servants to the federal government.
“I quit when medicine was placed under State control, some years ago,” says Ayn Rand’s fictional Dr. Hendricks in the novel Atlas Shrugged. He refuses to put his medical skills “at the disposal of men whose sole qualifications to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities that got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun… I have often wondered at the smugness with which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my conscience, to stifle my mind – yet what is it that they expect to depend on, when they lie on an operating table under my hands?”
And that is the point. No one – not the president, not Republican leaders, and certainly not the media – seem concerned with the life-threatening consequences that comes with the loss of freedom.
The 10th Amendment to the US Constitution reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Dana Milbank and Rep. Alan Grayson would have you believe 48-year-old Portia Gibbs died at the hands of Republicans. Her death, and those that follow, are acts of intimidation aimed at the states, and their people, who oppose the imposition of a dictatorial policy from Washington.
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