Health Insurance – He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune
So why am I bringing up an old-timey saying like this? Because that’s how medicine dragged us into the ditch.
However you say it, whoever pays the bills controls what happens. And we don’t pay doctors for treatment; insurance companies do-so they have the power.
And with behind-the-scenes deal-making that makes the Tasmanian Devil look positively tame, the pharmaceutical companies and government agencies-such as NIH, FDA, etc-get in on the game.
How did this happen?
During World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted wage and price controls. Well, such controls are the government’s attempt to control something they don’t understand-the economy. This never works out. Nixon gave it a whirl, too, also with bad results, but nothing like the mess FDR caused.
WWII was a time of very high employment. Since employers weren’t allowed to give anybody a raise (except for a promotion), job-hopping for better money came into style. With the constant turnover, companies struggled to get their products made and out the door.
Then the government announced that companies could offer health insurance-a way of giving a raise without actually giving a raise.
Various scenarios explain how the decision came to be. FDR leaned to socialism and favored universal health control. (Notice the word “control.”) Insurance companies recognized a coming bonanza with this new form of insurance. The American Medical Association-which was started, in effect, by pharmaceutical companies-touted the benefits of health insurance to doctors.
Presented as a terrific benefit for everybody, health insurance turned into a disaster.
Insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and the government used health insurance to take over medicine.
By the 1960s, pharmaceutical companies, their efforts assisted by the Rockefeller Foundation, controlled medical schools, dictating the curriculum. Before then, half of all medical schools taught natural methods as well as drugs, while the other half taught drugs only. Now all medical schools teach drugs only. That’s where the money is.
Standard of Care
Insurance companies jumped in to set up Standard of Care policies-which have nothing to do with patient health, just protection from law suits. In fact, it appears that the so-called Standard of Care goes a long way in explaining why doctors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
And insurance companies pushed “efficiency,” which, translated, means brief office visits in which doctor and patient hardly have time to say “hello,” let alone solve a problem. And each “successful” office visit ends with the writing of one or more prescriptions, as dictated by the so-called Standard of Care.
Government energetically joined in.
State medical boards are beehives of pharmaceutical and insurance company advocates that control how doctors practice medicine. If a doctor doesn’t toe the line, the board simply yanks his/her medical license-whilst issuing a report guaranteed to destroy the doctor’s reputation. One doctor here in Arizona spent $500,000. to get his license back, only to realize every hearing was rigged.
Medical tests we need have been banned by insurance companies, and we end up dealing with health chaos that could be avoided. And on and on-planned failure as far as the eye can see.
Nationalized medicine, such as Obamacare, sinks this mess into a very deep, very dark ditch. In his book Rules for Radicals, anti-freedom writer Saul Alinsky said controlling medicine was the best, first step to making people dependent on government. And here we are.
Medicine is about control and money, not people. Patients are no more than a necessary inconvenience.
All because we don’t pay the doctor and insurance companies do. You can argue that the money originally comes from you, but that doesn’t matter. Insurance and pharmaceutical companies are the ones who show up with bucketfuls of money to splash around.
As I said, he who pays the piper calls the tune.
The reality is there’s no such thing as free health care. You’ll pay-through the nose, in fact-just not directly. And you’ll keep paying, even after the bureaucrats decree your life has no value and cut off further care.
That’s why we need to be our own health advocates.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.