As a physician and an American, I feel compelled at this time of peril, to address the changes that I see in the process of the actual delivery of health care to the American people.
From my perspective as a general practitioner of medicine, and from my concern as a citizen for my fellow man, I must speak out to explain the dangers that I see in the implementation of American health care today, as exemplified by Obamacare.
What I see being done today is chillingly consistent with the findings and warnings of Dr. Leo Alexander, the chief consultant to the U.S. prosecutors at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal after World War II. In his famous article entitled, "Medical Science Under Dictatorship," that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on July 14, 1949, Dr. Alexander made clear what happens to medicine when it "becomes subordinated to the guiding philosophy of a dictatorship."
That dictatorship today is money.
Medicine and economics are joined at the hip. But, in real economics, economic considerations, and monetary considerations are not identical. The problem today, is that monetary considerations take priority over all else. The fact that health care is considered synonymous with acquisition of health insurance today, is indicative of this monetary/health care problem.
Nor is this a government versus private sector problem. Nor is it a Republican versus Democratic Party question. We just suffered a 16-day government shutdown, that almost precipitated financial Armegeddon, courtesy of President Obama, and the Democratic and Republican Party leadership.
At the same time, USA Today of Oct. 22 reported that the top ten CEOs of the United States made $5.7 billion last year, even as we are at the verge of a financial blow-out, that will dwarf the one of 2008-2009. This is financial madness.
Are we to dismantle our health care system, based upon the recommendations of these mismanagers and people whose programs for theft would make Jesse James blush?