Obamacare is not socialized medicine

Don Heinzman

I wanted to yell out “no” at a meeting last week.

We had an insurance broker tell us all about the Medicare programs and at one point she said the Government Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) is socialized medicine.

That is not true.

Under the Affordable Health Care Act, private insurance companies provide the insurance programs and providers (doctors and hospitals) would still be private.

Private insurance companies are the providers in the state health insurance exchanges, not the government, which only organizes them.

Listen up. Under socialized medicine, the government provides the care, it pays for all of the care, it employs the providers of the care and it runs the facilities.

We all know that under the Affordable Health Care Act, we’d be able to go to the same private hospital, have our same private doctor and have our private insurance plans.

Incidentally, the federal government now provides health care for people 65 and over through Medicare. The states provide medical through Medicaid programs, a combination of state and federal funds. No one wants to get rid of it, not even the Tea Party.

As a veteran, I get some free care through the Veterans Administration. They assign my doctor and my hospital for care. I have great confidence in my doctor and no problem with the hospital. That’s close to socialized medicine and I don’t hear one veteran complaining about it.

It’s time we stand up to those people who call the Affordable Health Care Act socialized medicine.

Don Heinzman is an ECM editorial writer and columnist. He can be contacted at [email protected]

  • Matt B

    First off, ask a Canadian how great their healthcare is (waiting lists for any care and yes, death panels if your care is getting too expensive lol). They don’t call it socialized medicine either;)

    Fact is, Obamacare is socialized medicine for lack of a better term because it is simply a tipping point of majority control going to the government. Hospitals already lose money caring for medicare pt’s when they are told by the government what they’re going to reimburse. Government also under pays for uninsured pt’s either directly with MN care or indirectly with payments to the hospitals.

    True private insurance will still be around, but that’s only until the government runs them out of business with mandates to cover everything and deny no one. Government will slowly gain a monopoly and that’s when the substandard care will really take effect. They’ll demonize hospitals for not giving out the care Cheap as humanly possible and over time care will suffer.

    Don, obviously you’ve never experienced a major medical condition and needed to go through the red tape of approval to get the care you need at the VA. Complicate that with the need for a specialist not in house at the VA… Guess who bailes you out? Yep, a private sector hospital. The VA is great at being a revolving door of routine surgeries, but if something goes wrong the pt either dies or goes to HCMC or Fairview U of M. Walk the halls of the VA compared to any metro hospital and you tell me where you’d rather be lol.

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