The Early Stages of ObamaCare

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Here is a great talk given at The 21 Convention in 2012, by Doug McGuff, MD, a prominent member of the ancestral health (paleo-primal) community: “Fitness, Health, and Liberty.” Doug, an emergency room physician, is well known for his ‘Body By Science‘ program, a high-intensity interval training program.

This is an important presentation because Doug presents the historical picture on how the physician-patient relationship went from a fiduciary relationship between provider and consumer to a 3rd party morass of collectivized medicine that sacrificed individual services to the needs of the masses in general in order to conform to the rules outlined by the medical establishment-insurance industry alliance.

While it is easy to blame the Democrats or blame Obama for the nationalization of medical care, this system began to form many years ago under the auspices of self-serving medical practitioners who built alliances with the government-medical establishment in the pursuit of rent-seeking arrangements. Dr. McGuff notes that doctors, who had short-term gains in mind, ultimately sacrificed their profession to these pursuits and thus “set into motion the long-term unintended consequences that resulted in their ultimate enslavement.”

His discussion of the formation of the “Blues” plans to guarantee payment for services while receiving tax-exempt status in exchange for community ratings is spot on. Community ratings, that did not allow for discrimination based on individual health status, were the beginnings of socialized medicine and thus opened the door to moral hazard and the current system of pre-paid medical care that defies all the principles of personal accountability and the free market.

This presentation is 72 minutes, but it is worth every minute of your time. I work in this industry and can tell you that Dr. McGuff has presented the best short timeline I have seen on the topic of how 3rd-party insurance and government-business alliances came to destroy the U.S. health care system. Dr. McGuff is also a libertarian, as if you can’t tell by the presentation.

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3 Responses to The Early Stages of ObamaCare

  1. Daniel Kirsner says:

    March 4th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Thomas Sowell’s interview here nicely complement’s Doug’s talk, methinks: http://youtu.be/Wln6lNTxVpY

  2. Doug McGuff, MD says:

    March 13th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Karen,

    I am deeply honored that you posted my talk on your site.  I follow your blog on a daily basis and have learned so much from you.  Detroit should be proud to have you!

    If you get a chance, PM me.  I need to ask some guidance on researching Big Agra/Big Pharma’s circular relationship with government.

  3. da99 says:

    April 9th, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Would anyone be interested in seeing the kind of great, affordable care we could get without govt intervention? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1269079/pdf/cmaj00191-0085.pdf “Life before medicare in Yorkton”

    It gives even more power to McGuff’s argument.  I often bring it up, but it does not seem to “wow” anyone even though it has everything in just two short pages.

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