An orthopedic surgeon and author of a recently released book detailing the pitfalls of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) says the law was designed to essentially crash the U.S. healthcare system, paving the way for complete nationalization.
Already the law has caused scores of rural hospitals to close, and hundreds more are in danger of closing, says Dr. Lee Hieb, M.D., in an interview with WorldNetDaily.
And that’s exactly what the law was intended to do, he adds.
“I think that’s what the ACA was really designed to bring about,” he said. “You can say it’s an unintended consequence. I’m not sure; I think it’s an intended consequence.”
Since the law passed in 2010, 48 rural hospitals have shuttered. Another 283 are on the cusp, The Washington Post reported March 15. Most of the closures have occurred in the south; 10 of them in Texas alone.
Hieb, who authored, “Surviving the Medical Meltdown: Your Guide to Living Through the Disaster of Obamacare,” says he believes left-wing politicians and policymakers are pushing to have U.S. healthcare become as centralized as possible – to make all hospitals like the VA hospital system, which, of course, is completely operated by the federal government and is beset with chronic problems of poor patient care and gross inefficiency.
What the declining number of hospitals will mean is that there will be fewer treatment centers and specialists, at a time when the population is aging and Baby Boomers are retiring at an unprecedented rate.
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Rural hospitals are ripe for closures because they tend to serve more elderly and poor patients, which translates to more Medicare and Medicaid patients. Many of these hospitals have been losing money lately because the federal government, under the Affordable Care Act, has cut back on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to doctors and hospitals.
“Up until now, hospitals have failed and succeeded, they’ve come and gone just like businesses,” Hieb said. “Some are better-run than others, but the economic deck was not totally stacked against them. Now, unfortunately, the economic deck is stacked against them in such a way that, universally, smaller hospitals are disenfranchised.”
The orthopedic surgeon also charged that the closing of rural hospitals is similar to the infamous Reichstag Building fire, the seat of the German Parliament, in February 1933, an incident many have claimed was a false flag attack by Nazis, with Chancellor Adolph Hitler waiting in the wings.
“This is going to be like the Reichstag fire,” she said. “It’s going to be an excuse to say, ‘Look, the free market failed, and now we can go in and institute universal health care, because you see, these people in these rural areas need healthcare, and you’re not getting it to them.'”
‘We may not get there immediately’
In her book, Hieb predicted the widespread closure of rural hospitals. She warned, “In the near future, there will be many underserved areas. Finding a doctor will be harder and harder, especially for the poor, the rural, and the elderly.”
She went onto say that already, government- (i.e. taxpayer-) funded health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, the VA and others routinely deem procedures “unnecessary” so the various bureaucracies, operating with finite resources, don’t have to pay for them.
“The result is predictable: Economic failure of hospitals and physician practices that have become dependent on government payment for large segments of their population,” Hieb notes. “The hospitals and offices that will close are those with the least private insurance.”
In some cases, for instance, she said where private health insurance would pay $4,500 for a spinal surgery (her specialty), Medicare will only reimburse $1,200.
Six years ago, during his first campaign for the White House, then-Sen. Barack Obama, during a speech before a meeting of the AFL-CIO, expressed his desire for a single-payer, universal health care program in the U.S. – as in, putting all Americans into a government-run program like Medicare.
“But, as all of you know, we may not get there immediately,” he said.