I wish I never had to write this article, but I cannot put it off any longer. There are life-threatening secrets you need to know today.
In the fall of 2009, my wife Jo and I went to a town hall meeting in Illinois. The guest speaker was a member of the House of Representatives who served on the committee putting together the law now known as Obamacare. The Congressman stood next to a draft of the bill and answered our questions by reading straight from the text. Most of us left terrified, hoping the bill would never pass.
Jo and I were so aghast that we attended several International Living conferences and even traveled to Costa Rica and Panama to investigate international healthcare options. The thought of going to a hospital where we didn’t even speak the language was unnerving, but we needed to know our options.
We spent time with the president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Panama—a real world-class facility with mostly US-trained and board-certified physicians. He laid out the details of international medicine for us: “We are gearing up for an onslaught of Americans coming here for health care which they will find denied or delayed in the United States.” Much like Canada, eventually Americans will have to leave the country to get quality, timely health care.
Like most countries, in Panama you either have insurance from a carrier the hospital does business with, you pay out of pocket in advance, or you don’t get treated.
So, we looked into obtaining international insurance and discovered two things. First, the policies are expensive: over $12,000 for the two of us, who are both currently covered by Medicare. Second, if you want a policy, you need to be under 75 years of age; 75-plus trips around the sun renders you uninsurable.
At the time, Jo and I decided to put it off. Health care in that part of the world is currently less expensive than in the United States, so we took our chances and self-insured. If we needed treatment, we would pay for it ourselves.
Obamacare is now the law of the land. We can’t put it off dealing with it any longer. Disagree? Here’s a frank look at the law’s dirty secrets, courtesy of a few friendly experts.
During our webinar last month, David Galland asked FOX Business reporter John Stossel about his recent book:
“You write that, ‘Where governments control health care, but want to limit the costs, everyone has to get in line.’ … and then you go on to say, ‘Once you accept the idea that taxpayers should pay, then individual choice dies. Someone else decides what treatment you get, and when.’ …
“It sounds to me like the end result [is] the government basically decides who lives and who dies. Could that really happen?”
“Sure. I imagine it already happens under Medicaid; they won’t pay for every experimental treatment. And in some cases that means who gets it lives and somebody who doesn’t dies. But when somebody else is going to pay, there is going to be a limit on that. And the question is: who’s going to set the limit? If you pay, you get to set the limit. … It should be an individual choice that you weigh based on the cost, but right now with no cost, nobody even thinks about it.
“The people at FOX are fond of saying … there’s going to be this unelected committee of bureaucrats that’s going to decide what you get, and they’ll decide whether you live or die. … Would elected bureaucrats deciding for you be any better? No. It’s the idea that others will decide for us, and that’s what happens when it’s a third-party payment.”