Forbes has put together a list of Health Reform’s Winners And Losers. We’re sure you won’t be surprised.
- The Uninsured
- Private Insurers (HMO’s)
- Drug and Biotech Companies
- Seniors Who Need Prescription Drugs
- Trial Lawyers/Litigious Patients
- Medicaid Recipients
- Labor Unions, Goldman SachsÂ ( GS -Â newsÂ -Â people ) Execs (and anyone else with gold-plated health benefits)
- The Insured
- The Wealthy
The biggest loser here is the already-insured American. For the next four years you’ll be paying for your existing health care, while also being taxed for health care that will eventually be provided to your uninsured neighbor. In addition, we already have evidence, one day after the President signed the health care legislation, that private insurers are raising rates – one insured American has reported that his health insurer contacted him by phone and advised that his family will now be paying an additional $200 in premiums per month. So much for that $2500 in savings Mr. Obama promised.
This is a disaster waiting to happen.
Imagine, for a second, what a visit to the doctor will look like 10 years from now. We’ll give you a visual that might help. Go to the post office during the Christmas shipping season. You’ll usually find about 25 people in line, with two apathetic life-time union employees taking their sweet time to process packages. Wait time, just to get to the window, is about 45 minutes to an hour. It’s usually hot in the post office, with a weird odor emanating throughout the lobby.
We’re talking about shipping a package or two, a process that doesn’t take even an inefficient postal worker more than four or five minutes to complete.If you’ve ever stood in a line like this, you know how stressful and aggravating it can be.
Now imagine a unionized health care workforce, dealing with patients that have a variety of medical conditions from cancer to ear infections to a flu virus.
It was not unheard of, in fact it was a regular occurrence, for patients to wait in excess of four hours to be scene by a general practitioner under the communist health care systems of eastern Europe.
The big joke in socialized medicine countries is that you don’t go to the hospital to get well, you go there to die.
In the end, all Americans will be losers here, including the insured, uninsured and private businesses.
The effects on innovation, long-term medical advances and quality will be disastrous.