I do not know a single Republican who says, “Don’t help the poor.” The difference between the Republican Party and the Democrat Party is predominantly one of methodology. That difference is most succinctly described by the old saw, “A leg up instead of a hand out.” My readers do not need me to explain which party is on which side of the equation.
An area of great debate is how the truly impoverished should be provided medical care. I was practicing in hospital before Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare. Guess what? THE POOR ALWAYS GOT MEDICAL CARE. None were sent away. How did that happen, ask the progressive/statist/altruists? That’s impossible, they say. Only the federal government can provide for such people. Nonsense. It happened through the good auspices of human beings of all stripes.
Now we have Medicaid (Medi-Cal if you are unfortunate enough to be “poor” in California). With the advent of Obamacare, this is what the poor face. Obamacare was the brilliant offspring of the minds of the Democrat Party. This is not the way to help anyone, let alone “the poor.”
The following quote is from Dr. Scott Atlas. Like me, Dr. Atlas is a radiologist (Dr. Atlas is a prominent neuroradiologist and Professor at Stanford Medical School). He is now also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
“The harsh reality awaiting these low-income Americans is undeniable: according to 2013 data from a 2014 Merritt Hawkins study, 55% of doctors already refuse new Medicaid patients. According to the HSC Health Tracking Physician Survey, 2008, the percentage of doctors that refuse new Medicaid patients dwarf by about 8 to 10 times the percentage that refuses new private insurance patients.
Such ‘insurance’ from Obamacare not only fails to provide access to doctors, but research in the top medical journals such as Cancer, American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and Annals of Surgery, show that Medicaid beneficiaries suffer worse outcomes than similar patients with private insurance … all at an added cost of another $800 billion by CBO estimates to taxpayers after the decade.
It is not hyperbole to call Medicaid a disgrace at its annual cost of about $450 billion, and expanding it rather than helping poor people buy private insurance is simply inexplicable.”
And by the by, I have the best health insurance support imaginable (I am on Medicare and the University pays for most of my Medi-Gap policy, and my wife is provided health insurance, also by the University). Our health insurance premiums rose 12.4% this year. Inflation was near to nonexistent (if you look at the graph “all items” rose by approximately 0.5%) – so around 25-times inflation. Now that is a program that “bends the health care cost curve.” Too bad it bends it UP!