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Yes, Healthcare Costs Are Rising. But So What?

October 23, 2009

Universal healthcare is a disaster in Massachusetts, Glenn Beck explained on his TV show. Just imagine what President Obama‘s healthcare system will look like.

Since RomneyCare was enacted in 2006, the state’s overall healthcare costs have skyrocketed 42 percent, Beck said. Because the system is devouring the state budget, lawmakers in the Bay State are looking for new sources of revenue to feed the healthcare beast.

Massachusetts politicians want to raise financial penalties for people who refuse to buy health insurance, Beck said. They also want to raise business penalties and taxes on insurers and hospitals. Insurance premiums have gone up.

“They’ve even, in Massachusetts – this isn’t, you know, Botswana – Massachusetts. They have resorted to group doctor visits,” Beck said.

It’s like, OK. He has a gallstone and I’ve got a sore throat. Can you do this at the same time? It’s still not enough. So what are they considering? Excluding coverage of low priority, low-value services. Also, limit the coverage, implementing spending caps. Wait a minute here. This sounds like everything that they are denying would happen in the universal plan. So less service, less innovation. And guess who decides what the value is? No, no, not the doctors. Not you. Those in the state House. I can’t wait.

The brand new anchor of Fox Business, John Stossel, appeared on the show and shared his thoughts. Stossel said the system of employer-sponsored health insurance helps drive up healthcare costs. The problem is “that other people are paying for it,” he said. Because workers don’t pay for health insurance directly the normal market signals such as price aren’t available to workers. Because employees don’t feel the financial consequences of their healthcare decisions, this leads to employees over-utilizing services and drives up prices for healthcare services.

Stossel also pointed out that statists are constantly whining are the cost of healthcare, about how it is ever spiraling upward out of control.

I mean, it’s true the costs are going up sharply. But if you look at the slope of the line, costs are going up just as sharply for spending on recreation in America. Nobody calls that a problem. More people are going to football games or buying their kids soccer cleats. But that’s because they’re spending their own money.

(It was Stossel’s first appearance on Beck’s program since he recently left ABC News for Fox.)

  1. LanceThruster permalink
    October 23, 2009 3:19 pm

    Re: John Stossel


    Extra! March/April 2003

    “Give Us a Break – The world according to John Stossel” By Peter Hart

    • swemson permalink
      October 23, 2009 4:24 pm

      TROLL ALERT !!!


      You’re not spouting the far left lies on your own anymore… ?

      You’ve resorted to trying to trick this audience to look at one of your favorite far left sites that spout the BS lies for you?

      Same old slimy tricks…

      TROLL ALERT !!!

  2. Changed Identity for this post only permalink
    October 23, 2009 3:20 pm

    My friend who is a doctor in Canada works in a walk-in clinic. He has a few things to say about general practitioners whose patients he sees by default. The patients all have one thing in common their GP’s are exceedingly busy. Indeed, they are too busy to see these particular patients. It turns out that the patients that can’t get in to see their family doctors are almost always “problem” or chronic patients. At twenty-seven bucks a visit it’s amazing how many GPs get too busy to minister to patients they know will take up too much of their time. The laughable aspect to this story is that the College of Physicians and Surgeons, in Canada the governing medical body similar to the AMA, is on a crusade to turn walk-in clinic doctors into general practitioners to make up for the slack in the system. The irony is that walk-in clinics arose, as did hospitalists, because there were not enough GPs to handle the patients in need of general care. When you have no family doctor and need one you go to a walk-in, and when you are confined to a hospital and have no doctor the “hospitalist” becomes your GP for the duration of your hospital stay. When things get really exciting is on the weekends after the walk-ins close and the emerge fills up. You want to see action, watch the emerge-nurses try and find beds.

  3. Joseph White permalink
    October 23, 2009 5:42 pm

    If this is what Obama-care is going to look like, then it looks like a disaster waiting to happen. I’m sure that the democrats got the basic idea from Romney-care, and are adding more nasty surprises as they go.
    If this continues to unfold in this direction, here’s hoping that some states can opt out of this farce and tell DC to go take a hike.

  4. Jonathan permalink
    October 24, 2009 9:40 am

    The left already knows that costs will spiral upwards out of control and consume the budget under their plan. They aren’t stupid. That’s the paradigm we keep operating under.

    The left has a plan to control costs. It coincides with the reason they want to federalize the care system anyway. They don’t want to talk about it. Neither do conservatives, apparently.

  5. Jane Murphy permalink
    October 24, 2009 3:08 pm

    Anyone see this one: (free cell phones now for welfare recipients). Your tax dollars at work.

    • Kenneth Gareau permalink
      October 24, 2009 6:49 pm

      Yes I saw this about three days ago. The e-mail sent to me said that I should bring my barf bag before I read it!

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