By Dr. Ada M. Fisher
The Supreme Court decision of June 28, 2012 did exactly as I’ve tried to warn folks, which is to view the 2010 Affordable Care Act = ObamaCare as a tax. Justice John Roberts in writing for the thin majority did not rule on the validity of the bill but rather sought to uphold the constitutionality of the ability of Congress to tax despite the protestations of Obama that this bill was not a tax. Hidden in the public discourse was the belief that this case would change the relationship of the citizenry and its government which would force them to do things they might not want to do. Not obvious to the public is also the fact that this act profoundly changes the patient doctor relationship in very negative ways. This bill is not about affordability and access as it is touted for through the law of unintended consequences it may do just the opposite.
The Republicans and conservative constituencies keep misreading and underplaying the Obama phenomena. Not only is Barack Obama a skilled campaigner, he is a crafty politician the likes of which this country has not had at the presidential level since Lyndon Johnson. Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are also taxes which citizens don’t like to view as such especially in view of high unemployment and a populace where 47% now pay no federal taxes at all. Increasingly the public wants it all without paying for it. Now it is clear that you can pay now, or you can pay later, but everyone is about to be taxed to pay in ways that aren’t always clear.
The poisoned pill of ObamaCare will send the cost of care into the trillions, will further disassociate physicians from their patients, will determine what can be charged further emasculating medicine and making it untenable as a profession from whence student debts can be recouped, will see more physicians refusing to accept patients from Medicaid and Medicare as their reimbursements are cut, will thin the ranks of those entering primary care forcing folks to mid-level practitioners, will allow the government unmitigated access to your medical records as well as personal financial accounts to pay your bills, and is proof positive that twenty-eight years later, George Orwell’s 1984 is at hand. Sadly, we will also increasingly see the lawyers representing the last professional class standing without government intrusions on their right to practice their profession without interference.
The constitution’s clause guaranteeing citizens the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness does not mean that it is the government’s responsibility to give it to us. Beware of the carbon footprint tax, the food tax if you are overweight, the road tax for mileage, tax for entering transactions of your money through any financial institutions, and an endless variety of possibilities coming down the road from an unchecked Congress that now has validation of its mandate to tax.
For those complaining that you did not have a vote nor a voice in the ObamaCare legislation, now is your chance. If you don’t want ObamaCare then your only option is to not vote for Barack Hussein Obama in the general election early voting through November 6, 2012 and hope that such will be repealed!!
DR. ADA M. FISHER IS A PHYSICIAN WHO WAS A MEDICAL DIRECTOR IN A FORTUNE 500 COMPANY, PREVIOUS MEMBER OF A COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, LICENSED SECONDARY EDUCATION TEACHER, AUTHOR, POET AND IS THE NC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE WOMAN. HER PENDING BOOK COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVE PRESCRIPTIONS SOLUTIONS GOOD FOR WHAT AILS US, BOOK I WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON.COM. CONTACT HER AT P. O. BOX 777; SALISBURY, NC 28145; DRFISHER@DRADAMFISHER.COM.