Since losing control of Congress in the 2010 midterm elections, President Obama has increasingly turned to executive orders, regulations, and federal fiats to implement his agenda in a program the White House has dubbed “We Can’t Wait.” Analysts say Obama hopes the end-run around the legislative branch will allow him to campaign against a “do-nothing Congress” in 2012. However, a new Rasmussen poll finds a whopping majority of Americans oppose his most recent executive action on health care reform. Only 27 percent of those surveyed approve of the president’s new program to distribute $1 billion in grants to organizations that promise to find new ways to increase employment in the medical industry. Nearly two-thirds of respondents, 63 percent, say the president should work with Congress on implementing the bill, as the Constitution requires.
Obama unleashed the grant proposal after Congress refused to pass his “jobs” bill.
“This will open the inbox for many innovators and organizations that have an idea to bring to the table,” said Dr. Donald Berwick, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “We’re seeking innovators, organizations and leaders that have an idea to bring into further testing.”
Unfortunately, Berwick idealizes the British National Health Service, which is infamous for rationing care to the ill. In 1993, Berwick insisted: “Using unwanted procedures in terminal illness is a form of assault. In economic terms, it is waste.” More recently, Berwick has declared, “Excellent health care is by definition [wealth] redistribution.” He is joined in the administration by Henry J. Aaron, Obama’s nominee for the Social Security Advisory Board, who for nearly 30 years has promoted health care rationing along the British model. His 2005 book Can We Say No? argues “health care rationing in the United States is advisable, even inescapable.”
The Washington Post reports the nation will face a shortage of 63,000 doctors by 2015. However, ObamaCare’s funding formula will decrease the pool further yet by paying doctors less. Lower pay translates to fewer doctors, which in turn results in rationing by necessity. With funding changes under ObamaCare, the Office of the Medicare Actuary forecast that within nine years Medicare will pay doctors less than Medicaid. Conservative analyst John Goodman explained, “From a financial point of view, the seniors will be perceived as less desirable customers than welfare mothers.”
The program has concrete ideas about how to compensate for the doctor shortage:
That has left federal agencies looking to alternative ways to deliver care, ones that may rely more on community-based care and less on trips to the doctor’s office. Under this new program, organizations may be able to explore how community workers, volunteers, pharmacy techs or clinic managers could play a larger role in the health-care workforce.
Obama, Berwick, and Aaron are exploring ways the federal government can take over the health care sector and direct Americans to receive their health care from “volunteers” and “community workers” rather than making “trips to the doctor’s office.” And they are implementing it without bothering Congress in any way.
Many believe this is no coincidence. While the Silent Generation (Americans born between 1928 and 1945) was the only demographic to favor John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008, fully 70 percent of unmarried women voted for Obama.
The frightening part is that less than two-thirds of Americans disapprove, much less two-thirds of Congressmen.