By APS, Special for USDR.
The spectacular debacle of the launch of the insurance exchanges of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) was anticipated by those who understood ACA to be a planned failure from the beginning, writes Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., in the winter 2013 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
The massive disruption of the private insurance market that is now occurring was predicted in the Federal Register of June 2010. Approximately 93 million people were expected to lose their health plan. This includes 50% to 75% of people who purchase their health plan coverage on their own, 51% of those with employer-sponsored plans, and 53.5% of the non-group market.
Early on, Obama stated clearly that he is a “proponent of single-payer, universal health care plan … Everyone in, nobody out.” He admitted that we might not “get there immediately,” and that he would pursue “transitional system building on the existing systems we have.” And, he warned that “transitions” may be “very difficult and costly,” Huntoon writes.
“This planned destruction of the private insurance market parallels what happened to the private insurance market once Medicare became law,” Huntoon observes. “Section 1803 of the Social Security Act (part of Medicare) promised: ‘Nothing in this title shall be construed to preclude any State from providing, or any individual from purchasing or otherwise securing, protection against the cost of any health services.’ Medicare monopolized the market and quickly destroyed the private insurance market for those 65 and over.”
ACA architects intended that it would put private insurers out of business, and destroy private, fee-for-service medicine, Huntoon states. “The president’s 2003 utopian agenda of a single-payer system cannot happen as long as they exist,” he concludes.
The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons is published by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a national organization representing physicians in all specialties since 1943.