ObamaCare and Article 120

99.9% of people probably are not aware that government mandated insurance was part of the USSR Constitution. Yes, they had a Constitution that was written in the 1930’s. Article 120 stated: “Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to maintenance in old age and also in case of sickness or loss of capacity to work. This right is ensured by the extensive development of social insurance of workers and employees at state expense, free medical service for the working people and the provision of a wide network of health resorts for the use of the working people.” The key phrase is “extensive development of social insurance of workers and employees at state expense.” Hmmm, isn’t ObamaCare an insurance program at federal expense.

Now I’m not saying that Obama is a Communist; however, the Russian health care program and ObamaCare share similar ideas. The most basic idea is that the central government should be the insurer.

Obama has admitted that a federal government council would make medical decisions on who would or would not receive medical care based partly on cost. It is a rationing program. Doctors’ fees are determined by the government especially when it applies to Medicare and Medicaid recipients because the elderly are in their twilight years.

Already in my community we are seeing a trend. Several doctor groups now require a fee to retain the services of the doctors. Patients who pay the fee will be first in line for medical care and especially office visits. A doctor told me that what most people don’t understand is that there is a high overhead cost with paying a staff and maintaining records.

ObamaCare will increase those costs; furthermore, governments are not the most prompted in making payments. Government reimbursements tend to lag months behind services. So if this trend continues, patients, especially those on Medicare and Medicaid, face long waits for office visits.

If ObamaCare is so good and cost effective, why does the federal government need to collect money in advance for services? The answer is obvious. Like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid it will not pay for itself according to the Congressional Budget Office. The latter is a non-partisan accounting group that must present their cost analysis to Congress when it passes laws. The government has a poor record when it comes to managing money according to the Congressional Budget Office. They reported that eventually ObamaCare’s cost will be another drain on our economy.

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About camden41

Retired public school administrator Retired history professor: Taught Western Civilization, American Civil War, United States History, Economic History, Ancient & Medieval Foundations, American History Since 1945
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