Robert Wenzel posted a video of a speech given by Dr. Elaina George, who is an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. “ObamaCare.” In the video, which I have posted below, Dr. George informs a group of other physicians about the harsh realities of this example of government bureaucracy run amok. Dr. George notes how dangerous it is to have a medical care system controlled by government bureaucrats with little or no experience in the actual medical field.
Dr. George’s website notes her own experience and qualifications: “Dr Elaina George is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Biology. She received her Masters degree in Medical Microbiology from Long Island University, and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr George completed her residency at Manhattan, Eye Ear & Throat Hospital. Her training included general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, pediatric ENT at The NY-Presbyterian Hospital, and head and neck oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She has published in several scientific journals and presented her research at national meetings. As a solo practitioner in private practice who is also a small business owner, she has a unique perspective on the problems of health care delivery, the true costs of healthcare and viable solutions.”
Meanwhile, the professional government bureaucracy politician who has been placed in charge of the ObamaCare scheme, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, has no background or experience in the medical or insurance fields. Sebelius is a lawyer, and the former executive director of and lobbyist for the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, and who was brilliantly placed in charge of tort reform by Barack Obama in 2009. (Doh!)
According to the American Spectator, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is mentioned in the Affordable Care Act more than 2, 500 times.
“A further breakdown finds that there are more than 700 instances in which the Secretary is instructed that she ‘shall’ do something, and more than 200 cases in which she ‘may’ take some form of regulatory action if she chooses. On 139 occasions, the law mentions decisions that the ‘Secretary determines.’ At times, the frequency of these mentions reaches comic heights. For instance, one section of the law reads: ‘Each person to whom the Secretary provided information under subsection (d) shall report to the Secretary in such manner as the Secretary determines appropriate.’”
Whoever the Obama second term HHS secretary will be, Sebelius or some other bureaucrat, that individual will have power and control over your private medical matters, and that’s the bottom line.
One of the stated goals of the ObamaCare activists is to get everyone insured. But as Dr. George notes, the main agenda behind this new bureaucracy is control — government control. Sebelius herself has no experience in the insurance field as well as the medical field. Oh, she was the Insurance Commissioner of Kansas for 8 years. But, according to the American Spectator, “In 2002 Sebelius was the insurance commissioner in Kansas and campaigning for governor. She blocked the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield to Anthem Health because she ‘thought’ doing so would raise premiums. In 2003 when Sebelius was elected, Anthem decided against the merger. (Meanwhile, from 2000-2009 premiums in Kansas rose nearly 100 percent.)” (And see this.)
Now, a lot of people actually believe the stated goals of Obama, Nancy Pelosi et al, that they want everyone to be insured, but really, what they want is control. Their real goal is to have “single payer,” or complete government control over everyone’s insurance. The government will be your insurer. Hmmm. The government has done so well at everything else, hasn’t it? We might as well trust them with our medical care.
So what is really going on here, as far as why these bureaucrats want such government control over the private health matters of the entire population, is the bureaucrats’ insatiable craving for control over the lives of others. Why else would the Affordable Care Act state that physicians must participate in this scheme or else they’d be fined $100,000 for a first offense and be jailed for a second offense (as Dr. George noted in the following video)?
If you’re familiar with my writing and this blog, then you are aware of my analyses regarding the rise in fascism and totalitarianism in America, and it’s not just some “paranoid, right-wing conspiracy theories,” as you can see in the page linked at the top, USSA Amerika, which lists many articles about what a police state our society has become, and getting worse by the day.
Given the Soviet, Nazi Germany-like policies that were imposed on us since 9/11 (many of which were planned well before 9/11, by the way), any objective observer, one who can overcome initial denial of the terror that the State is preparing for the future, can see quite clearly that the intrusions, mandates, reporting requirements and punishments involved with ObamaCare will be used by these government bureaucrats for political purposes.
In the U.K., the bureaucrats now want medical providers to report on patients who show signs of being “prospective terrorists,” and that includes whatever various views or thoughts (such as criticism of government policies) that a medical patient might have. This is just like Homeland Security Secretary Jamit Napolitano’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign, in which the government wants people to snitch on their neighbors (for having the wrong political views, for criticizing government bureaucrats, etc.).
As I noted in my article, Why Are Government Bureaucrats Turning America into Nazi Germany?, many examples of government-brownshirt-Stasi encouragement include the DHS and FBI’s wanting Internet Cafe owners and others to report on “suspicious” people, including people who buy food in bulk amounts, people who support gold rather than government-dollars, those who pay with cash, people who believe in “individual liberty,” people who distrust “centralized authority” (I wonder why!), and people who “support political movements for autonomy.” (For more on that, see this, this, this, and this.)
Besides the economic and historical reasons (more info at the bottom of this post), these also are very good reasons to support full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and not only NOT replacing it with something else (as the Republicans want to do), but further repealing all the pre-ObamaCareless bureaucratic regulations and intrusions, mandates, taxes, licensure, and so on. That is because in a society with the most medical freedom, the most number of people will be able to receive medical care when they really need it. I’ll provide links below the video of Dr. George for further information, if you are truly interested in knowing that there really is an alternative to the past 100 years of medical fascism and a totalitarian future with doctors as Soviet-government bureaucrats, that freedom is much better.
Medical Control, Medical Corruption by Lew Rockwell
What Soviet Medicine Teaches Us by Yuri Maltzev
100 Years of U.S. Medical Fascism by Dale Steinreich
Uncertainty and Its Exigencies: The Critical Role of Insurance in the Free Market by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
Nationalized Health Care and Economic Fallacy by Sheldon Richman
Government Medical “Insurance” by Murray Rothbard
Subsidizing Sickness by Lew Rockwell
Healthcare “Reform”: It’s All About Power by Sheldon Richman
The Trouble with Licensure by Lew Rockwell
The Myth of Efficient Government Service by Murray Rothbard
How the Freedom to Contract Protects Insurability by Paul Hsieh
The Criminality of the State by Albert Jay Nock
A Four-Step Healthcare Solution by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
And some of my own articles: