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With Affordable Health Care Now a Reality, Let’s Stop Government Funding for Community Health Centers

Fundamental change has come to America.

With 92 million Americans now out of the workforce,

The number of Americans who are 16 years or older and who have decided not to participate in the nation’s labor force has climbed to a record 90,609,000  in September, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS counts a person as participating in the labor force if they are 16 years or older and either have a job or have actively sought a job in the last four weeks. A person is not participating in the labor force if they are 16 or older and have not sought a job in the last four weeks.

In from July to August, according to BLS, Americans not participating in the labor force climbed from 89,957,000 to 90,473,000, pushing past 90,000,000 for the first time, with a one month increase of 516,000.

In September, it climbed again to 90,609,000, an increase of 136,000 during the month.

In January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, there were 80,507,000 Americans not in the labor force. Thus, the number of Americans not in the labor force has increased by 10,102,000 during Obama’s presidency.

Obama and the Democrats have given us the highly partisan – as in zero Republican support – Affordable Care Act to end all our health care woes and concerns. Everyone now has access to affordable health insurance. The playing field is now leveled.

As health care in America evolved into the best system in the world under our free market system, the rest of the world, it seems, was stuck in Government Provided Health Care. As the Brits and Canadians looked on with envy, Americans were able to get treatment for virtually anything whenever they wanted or needed it. In countries with Government systems, the waits are extensive and the cost is a major factor in approval. If you are old, forget about the government spending a wad of cash on you that could go to younger people in need.

Welcome to medical rationing.

So while the rest of the world looked on with envy, Democrats looked at the sub-standard government systems provided in other countries with envy and vowed to bring this “fair” system to America.

They succeeded. We all now have access to health care insurance. Everyone can get coverage no matter what and the Democrats have conveniently determined how much you can afford to pay. So you no longer are burdened with the tough decisions like buying that new BMW instead of a health care policy. You now MUST buy the insurance. And for those on lower incomes that see a cell phone, cigarettes, booze and cable TV as more pressing a need than insurance, you no longer get to make that call. Obama has made it for you. You buy insurance or you face a stiff fine.

But why were we ever free to make that decision? Just because someone is young and healthy and not likely to need health care for a long time, why not buy that new car or enjoy the night life and parties instead? How can anyone take such a risk?

Well, the generosity of Americans is unmatched anywhere. People without insurance can get free care at any number of places and those of us that work or pay for our own insurance pay for them.

Nationwide, states give $335 million to Community Health Centers to treat the uninsured. That is on top of Medicaid and other assistance. Virginia budgeted $2.5 million and the Health Centers are whining about that.

We need to completely cut funding to free clinics and Health Centers now that we have the Affordable Health Care Act in full operation. Anyone that does not have health insurance today is breaking the law and is not entitled to free or subsidized treatment. Stop the bleeding and send the bastards home. They can now afford insurance and declined so they can party or drive nice cars, watch the Oprah channel on Cable and text their friends about who got tossed from the island.

These people are now entitled to buy health insurance. It is mandatory. The rest of us need to stop paying for their unlawful decisions in the form of government grants.

And even more of a financial burden comes in the form of the payment tiers from doctors and hospitals.

I have insurance. My plan negotiated rates with various doctors and hospitals in order to have access to the large pool of people insured by my insurance company.

So instead of paying $500 for blood work at my doctor’s office, my insurance company pays $250. But do you know who get it even cheaper? People without insurance. While my price of 50% off sounds like a good deal, the fact is that the blood work only costs about $10 to to run. So if you have no insurance, the cash price is closer to the $10 and they make up the difference by charging me $250.

That needs to stop. There should be one price and the same price should be paid by all. I should no longer be required to subsidize freeloaders who can now afford insurance AND have my tax money subsidize insurance to make it affordable for all.

There is no excuse for not having insurance now. Obamacare is affordable and readily available, right?

If you don’t have insurance now, outside of lifesaving emergencies you should not be treated until you pay. Period.

We must now devolve the voluntary medical subsidies that have come to be and cease funding at all levels of medical treatment. It is no longer necessary now that everyone can afford health care.

And perhaps then the outrageous amounts I already pay will stabilize. A lot of what I pay goes to pay for treatment of others who could not. And before we had affordable care for all, I didn’t mind paying a bit more to help the uninsured who were financially locked out of the insurance system.

Now that my voluntary subsidies are mandatory, the voluntary ones need to stop.

And if you believe this is a heartless position, then you are admitting that Obamacare is a failure.

You can’t have it both ways. And I should not be required to subsidize Obamacare with my tax dollars and continue to be penalized financially by deadbeats that still refuse to buy insurance.

The free ride is over. Freeloaders now need to leave the system and pay their own way.

They can afford it now.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

25 Responses to “With Affordable Health Care Now a Reality, Let’s Stop Government Funding for Community Health Centers”

  1. Craig Ballantyne says:

    Why don’t you follow united kingdoms health care system we pay national insurance it like a tax we get free health care but we have to pay for prescription. The national insurance also pays for police, fire fighters etc.

    • Tom White says:

      Craig – The Population of the US (313 million) is about 5 times that of the UK (63 million). Here in the US, we have more people on public assistance than are working and paying taxes, not to mention millions of illegal aliens. We have more than 25 million that can’t find full time work. There simply are not enough productive Americans to pay for free health care. And having been a paying user of the UK health care system several years ago, I found I was unable to get treatment for a broken ankle after spending an entire day in hospital. I flew home to the US has was treated immediately. We have virtually no wait for surgery or doctors, although some specialties do have a few days wait at times. I was in London several years ago when the women were up in arms demanding shorter waits for female surgeries than the 6 months to a year. Wait times in the UK and other places are a top news item. It is not even mentioned here. And despite the misconception, many do not have insurance, but they are not turned away from treatment. There are state hospitals and free clinics. Those of us that have insurance pay more for treatment than uninsured people. We subsidize the uninsured already. Those with insurance enjoy immediate treatment for almost anything. Those who are uninsured receive treatment for free that is at least equal to what you have in the UK. What will happen is that the truly top of the line care most Americans get will suffer a major decline and sub par medical care will be the order of the day. We will also have to import most of our doctors from India, Pakistan and Africa as you do in the UK. In essence, what is happening is that the best health care system in the world is being systematically dismantled in favor of a far less effective system that will put cost over treatment as you have in the UK. Unfortunately, the ruling class will still continue to get superb care and treatment, money is no object. While the rest of America will suffer.

      Yes, our system is horribly expensive. But most of that comes from what we call defensive medicine. In the UK, if you go to0 the hospital with indigestion, you will probably get an antacid and if it helps you, you go home. In the US, you will get the antacid as well, but you will also get an EKG, Sonogram, Stress Test, blood work and it will all be documented and paid for by you. So that if you have a heart attack in the next few days you cannot collect millions in awards for malpractice. Doctors pay unbelievable rates for malpractice insurance and we get that passed down to us. We have no competition for insurance between states which drives up the cost. There was a lot that could have been done to make our system better, but the Progressives in charge are drooling for your system with 18+ month waits for hips and knees and where cancer drugs are deemed too costly to approve – and so you simply die.

      Obamacare is just the first step designed to bankrupt insurance companies to clear the way for a complete government takeover.

      One of the little known facts that I have written about many times is the fact that insurance companies actually pay out more to cover claims than they charge in insurance premiums. When you make your monthly insurance payment, they invest the money in safe, short term investments and make enough money to pay their employees and subsidize your claims. The invested money helps the economy, creates jobs and pays for itself. It also spurs innovation and medical advances. A government system will not do that. There are no investments on the “float” and all administrative costs for those who process your care in the UK must come from the taxpayers in addition to the money for the actual care. As a result, doctors make very little, there is no money for advanced machines so you have a centralized MRI location (for instance) with long waits.

      I believe our system we used to have provided excellent care for the majority of Americans, with a few having to be treated at state hospitals or free clinics. But the wait times for free care are still far below the UK and Canada.

      Had we looked at limiting lawsuits and increasing competition and allowing the free market to work, the results would have been amazing.

      Instead it looks like we are headed back to the middle ages where leaches and mud plasters will replace quality care.

      A pity.

      Did I mention we still have dental care here? So far the government has not messed with that.
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  2. Gene Lefty says:

    Thanks for stopping in Craig.

    Would you do me a favor and ask Tom a question please? If what he says is even remotely true, then why did the majority of Americans vote for the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare?

    Why did the majority of Americans reaffirm their vote last November? If ObamaCare is so bad why are they fighting it? Why not let it fail on its own?

    In our country a gift or campaign contribution is actually a bribe. We have PAC’s which are nothing but bribery committee’s where corporations can pay bribes to government to get what they want. We have legalized crime in America. We can also print as much money as we want, any time we want. Tom wants the government to print money and give it to the rich.

    Tom likes our corrupt system and does not want change. He is a fan of reverse Robin Hood. He believes he is one of them.

    Craig, do you really believe if things where as Tom says, the majority would want change? Tom does not have a clue what is going on. Don’t believe none of it.

    Again, thanks for coming by!

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