PIG: American History

part 2

Medicaid and Medicare…were also features of Johnson’s Great Society. Despite what people have been led to believe, however, the poor had done relatively well in securing health care before Medicaid. The year prior to the introduction of MEdicaid, for exampoe, poor families had considerably higher hospital admission rates than did those in wealthier brackets. oreover, which high-income individuals has an average of 5.1 doctor visits a year, low-income individuals had 4.3 – hardly a dramatic difference.

What Medicaid did result in was a dramatic decline in the reduced-cost or pro bono services that doctors had once provided the poor. According to historian Allan Matusow, ‘Most of the government’s medical payments on behalf of the poor compensated doctors and hospitals for services once rendered free of charge or at reduced prices…. Medicare-Medicaid, then, primarily transferred income from middle-class taxpayers to middle-class health care professionals.; Moreover, the hyperstimulation of demand created by Medicare and Medicaid played a substantial role in raising health care costs across the board. That, combined with the growth of third-party payers in health care (itself a trend stimulated by gocernment intervention, undermined the natural market mechanisms that would inevitably have lowered the cost and even increased the consumption of medical services.

Oh, yes. We get to the crux of it, then. Government created a mess out of health care by getting involved in it. Now Government proposes to fix the problem by getting even more involved in it.

Friends who are into birth… it’s like when a doctor gives you pitocin to augment your labor, and then that causes lots of pain, and you have trouble coping, and the baby starts having trouble dealing with labor…. and the doctor’s solution is to give you a C/S to fix the problem. The problem that HE created. Wouldn’t it have been better if he’d just left you alone in the first place??

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