Michele Bachmann and the Crown Jewel of Socialism: Obamacare Equals Socialized Medicine

Although I can understand how one could equate Obamacare with socialized medicine, I don’t think it fulfills the definition of same because it leaves in place the insurance companies as well as out of pocket spending, in addition to any government payer. Thus, there is not the exclusive use of public funds to pay for our healthcare system; the government does not own and operate both the financing of health care and its delivery (http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/what-is-socialized-medicine-a taxonomy-of-health-care-systems/). Nevertheless, Obamacare needs to be repealed because: First, it is a gift to the insurance companies, which will allow them through their convoluted business rhetoric to significantly and regularly increase insurance premiums and deductibles; Second, it is a ploy to increase a large democratic voting block, the Medicaid Entitlement population; Third, it did not create a public option, which is the way, if handled in a proper, clean, and transparent fashion, to create true competiton for the health insurance companies and rid ourselves of the misery, which they cause.
Congresswoman Bachmann does not understand the economic-policy definition of what socialized medicine is, nor does she understand the true, effective meaning of socialized medicine, which is control of the practice of medicine by the payer, whether that payer is private or public. If she widened her scope some, maybe she would ultimately arrive at an understanding of what true, beneficial healthcare reform would entail.

R. Garth Kirkwood, MD

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