Why Obama's Government Takeover of Health Care Will Be a Disaster (Encounter Broadsides)
If Barack Obama has his way, the American health care system is headed for a train wreck. In this vital expose, Dr. David Gratzer reveals how a government takeover by Washington will put a massive new bureaucracy between doctors and patients, create rationing, and kill the spirit of innovation that has made American high tech medicine a world leader in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Dr. Gratzer, a first-hand witness of the failures of Canadas healthcare system, shows why socialized medicine will make America sick. Examining the realities of existing health care in this country, Dr. Gratzer reveals how basic free market reforms can revive the private system we already have, without ruining the patient / doctor relationship, stifling scientific advances, and further devastating our economy. Hardhitting and to the point, Why Obamas Government Takeover of Health-Care Will Be a Disaster takes us inside Obamas high stakes gamble with our health care system and shows us why we should be afraid, very afraid, of the possible outcome. David Gratzer a physician, is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Dr. Gratzer is the author of The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care. His writing has graced the pages of dozens newspapers.
Summary of What's Wrong with Public Health Care
By HVeinott - November 15, 2009
Excellent short book on all that's wrong with ObamaCare. Dr. Gratzer is a former Canadian psychiatrist who has had exposure to both Canadian and US health care systems. He provides evidence that many health outcomes are significantly better in the US on average. The major tenets of Obama's health care reform are provided and critiqued. The book also provides a much needed reminder of how we got into our current situation. In the 1940s, as a result of wage and price controls, employers started offering health insurance when they couldn't offer higher salaries. Then the IRS made insurance premiums paid by employers non-taxable. Gradually, most services became covered by employment based health plans, thus separating the cost of the service from the consumer. This could only lead to rising costs, leaving those without employer based coverage unable to afford care. It has been government intervention, not the free market, which has lead to many of our current problems. The book offers a... read more
Is this just a fantasy, or not?
By Geoff Puterbaugh - December 15, 2009
David Gratzer (and I) would like for you to imagine a world where "health-care reform" is a non-issue. It is a non-issue because the government and the insurance companies play almost no part in health care (AKA "going to see the doctor.") In this world, you go to see the doctor in exactly the same way as you go to see an automobile mechanic: he fixes the problem, and you pay him cash.
Well, welcome to Disneyland, you may be muttering. But it's not Disneyland. It's the country I grew up in, the United States of America in the 1950's --- and it's also the country I live in right now. Both of these "Fantasyland" countries had no tolerance at all for frivolous malpractice lawsuits, and jury awards which amounted to "another way of winning the lottery." You could NOT sue your doctor for $150 million without getting laughed out of court.
Well, the malpractice plague struck America, and soon doctors were paying anywhere from $30,000 to $250,000 a year for... read more
AN EARLY AND BRIEF CRITIQUE OF THE OBAMA HEALTH PLAN
By Steven H. Propp - September 19, 2012
Dr. David Gratzer is a physician and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, as well as the author of The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care and Code Blue: Reviving Canada's Health Care System.
He wrote in this 2009 booklet, "One of the core ideas of ObamaCare is to create a British-style government panel to steer treatment decisions on this side of the Atlantic. Rationing by committee. It's one of the ideas that will radically transform American health care, leaving us with a shattered private insurance market and a huge government bureaucracy." (Pg. 2)
He argues, "If the public option is popular, then the benefits of private health investment will gradually be wiped out as government-run insurance dominates the marketplace---hence the criticism that the public option is a 'Trojan horse' for... read more
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