The thousands of physicians and millions of Medicare beneficiaries who think the government should provide “universal health care” insurance to all Americans are getting a good look at how ugly such a politically-driven scheme would be. Doctors would see their incomes fall, and patients would suffer big time.
Because Congress cannot agree on how to prevent a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments, doctors are threatening to drop their Medicare patients. And because the Democrats want to prevent the cut in Medicare payments to doctors by cutting payments to private insurers that cover millions of Medicare beneficiaries, insurers are threatening to drop out of that program and make those Medicare beneficiaries very unhappy.
The Washington Post’s report on the politically-driven stalemate is here. Clearly, the Democrats are intent on winning political points regardless of what happens to patients. And the Republicans are intent on preserving Medicare Advantage, which they created when they controlled Congress.
Under a “universal health insurance system,” which is advocated by the Democrats, political fights like this would happen every year. Doctors and insurers, if they were still in business, would face payment cuts. Patients would face uncertainty about who their doctors and insurers would be. And relationships between doctors, insurers and patients would become more strained than some of them already are.