Anyone with an inherent skepticism of Government by now must be asking themselves: "What is the real purpose of healthcare reform? How does if differ from what is purported? First we can outline the stated claims of the reform: extend coverage to the 46 million Americans (oops, he meant 30 million people..) who so desperately need health insurance. After all, as President Obama outlined in his speech to Congress, "our deficit will grow, more families will bankrupt...and more will die as a result..." of not adopting ObamaCare. (Yes, the same speech in which he accused Republicans of using scare tactics!). So in short we have a list of stated goals that goes something like this: 1) Increase the number of people who can participate in the healtcare system, and 2) cut costs. What? We are going to increase the number of people consuming healthcare and have the total cost go down? How's that again? How will these miraculous savings appear? Ahhh--through that time-honored standby of "reducing waste." Of course, the begged question is why the waste reduction cannot occur now, without a radical overhaul of the system the manifestly increases the role of Government. Anyone? So the stated purposes don't pass even a basic sniff test-- never mind the myriad details that have already been unearthed to confirm that this proposal is ill-advised (and presently 52% of Americans oppose it). What, then, is the real purpose of Obamacare?
It appears to me that the real objectives of Obamacare are these:
Force millions of younger, healthier, Americans into a system they won't use and don't need so they can subsidize the high costs of the main consumers of healthcare: the elderly
Enrich certain preferred medical companies (with political connections) by increasing the size of the pool of available dollars. Any company will charge whatever the market will bear-- and if that "market" is borne by a massive pool of (usually borrowed) taxpayer dollars, what then should a company charge?
Stave off the day of reckoning for the unsustainable institution known as Medicare. This is essentially "doubling down" on the failed experiment of Government involvement in healthcare.
The fact that these goals are being pursued via significant expansion of the Federal Bureacracy is just gravy to the Democrats who have never met a Gov't program they didn't like.