Who is Bill Elliot? In some sense, he’s you. Bill is struggling with cancer, the same affliction all of us would face on a long enough timeline. The problem for Bill is, he voted for President Obama because of the “if you like you doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor” promise. Now, his health insurance has been cancelled. For years we wondered what the president meant when he said that he would “fundamentally transform” America. Now we’re finding out.

Bill wrote to Fox’s Megyn Kelly, who had him on her show Thursday night.

Here is what Mr. Elliot, who now fears burdening his family with medical bills after having lost his insurance, faces going forward:

“What I’m going to do now — and I thought about this long and hard — is when my insurance comes out, it’s going to be just for me $1,500 a month with a $13,500 deductible. I’m not going to pay that,” Mr. Elliot said on the show. “If I make it that long, I’ll pay the $95 fine, and I’m just going to let nature take its course. I’m not going to put a burden on my family to pay this $1,500 dollars. … I’m not going to put up with that. I thought about it. I prayed about it.” …

Mr. Elliot went on to say that the reason why he voted for Mr. Obama was because of the promise that Americans could keep their doctor and their insurance plans if they liked them. …

“I liked my doctor. I loved my doctor,” Mr. Elliot to Ms. Kelly. “It was paying just about everything, including medications and medical devices. Now, with Obamacare, the man that I had look into it — they’re not going to pay for the pharmaceuticals, and they’re not going to pay for the medical devices.”

The president told Chuck Todd on Thursday that feels “sorry” for Americans like Bill Elliot, but what good does that do anyone now?

Mediaite reports:

President Obama formally apologized to those Americans who have had their health insurance policies terminated since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” Obama said Thursday.

“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this,” the president continued.

As economist Thomas Sowell would say, these are the spoils of turning to self-congratulation as a basis for social policy. The only way to sell such a behemoth of a government program to the American people would be to lie. And lie the president did, over … and over … and over again. And then he got caught.

Obama’s comments before the law passed

White House Web page: “Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform debunks the myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors. To the contrary, reform will expand your choices, not eliminate them. “ (Spanish-language version.)

White House Web page: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”

President’s weekly address, June 6, 2009: “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it.  If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too.  The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.”

Town hall in Green Bay, Wis., June 11, 2009: “No matter how we reform health care, I intend to keep this promise:  If you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor; if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.”

Remarks at the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009: “I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage — they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

Presidential press conference, June 23, 2009. “If you like your plan and you like your doctor, you won’t have to do a thing. You keep your plan. You keep your doctor.”

Rose Garden remarks, July 15, 2009. “If you like your doctor or health care provider, you can keep them. If you like your health care plan, you can keep that too.”

Remarks at a rally for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, July 16, 2009: “if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctor, you like your plan — you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan.  Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”

Those are just a few examples. The Tampa Bay Times has the rest chronicled. The weird thing is that if you watched the news before the president’s interview with Chuck Todd, then you would have seen numerous pundits denying that he lied.

For days, the people who earn a living watching video of the president and talking about it pretended that video of the president saying “if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep you doctor” didn’t exist. And members of the media wonder why so many people trust them? Interesting.

The bottom line is this: We are now left with the White House and its friends in the media saying that “only” a “small fraction” of Americans will have their plans cancelled. They conveniently leave out the part where that “small fraction” just so happens to be millions of people who are affected by the (hope and) change, but the point remains: You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, right?

Remember when the president said he wanted to “fundamentally transform” America and no one asked him what he meant? Many of us do. We know that you don’t say you want to “fundamentally transform” things you love, and that you can’t fundamentally transform America without hurting a whole lot of Americans.

If the Affordable Care Act would have been sold to the American people for what it really is — and they accepted it — that would be one thing. But it wasn’t. It was given a Photoshop makeover, and now people are seeing it for what it really is.

Ronald Reagan hit the nail on the head over 50 years ago:

“Back in 1927 an American Socialist, Norman Thomas, a six-time candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism, but under the name of Liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.” — Ronald Reagan

We should all empathize for Mr. Elliot because he is us. He is us not just because we will all one day suffer the ravages of old age, but because we are all susceptible to the con jobs of a snake oil salesman if we aren’t informed. While the case of Mr. Elliot is extremely sad, hopefully many Americans will use it as a reason to become better informed as public policy matters are debated in the future.

Make sure you watch this Photoshop video to see how Obamacare was sold to the American public.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

18 comments

  1. Firstly, that Dust mite advert for the LG sucker is really being flogged. This is the 3rd wordpress post I have seen with it down the bottom.

    I’d agree (from what I have seen) that the roll out of the Obamacare website has been an inexcusably messy debacle! I’d also agree that he lied, providing information that was incorrect to the American Public – intentionally or unintentionally. I do find it hard to imagine it was intentionally, – because surely anyone would know that would NOT be a good look – oh and also the wrong thing to do.

    I recently read some stats provided by various sources – one of them being FamiliesUSA that 50 million Americans have little to no health care coverage, and that an American dies every 20 minutes due to lack of health care as a result having inadequate health insurance.

    I cannot speak for anyone else, though in my opinion, that constitutes a crisis. People should not be dying from curable diseases because they cannot afford treatment.

    I do not think Obamacare is perfect. I also think it is a little too early to be writing it off as a complete farce. As with any policy, it means change, and sometimes the change is uncomfortable and sometimes it is not going to benefit everyone.

    One would hope that there is some developments in relation to the policy that helps alleviate some of the terrible angst people have been experiencing as a result by these changes.

    We do not know yet how things will turn out, but if even 60% of the 50 million Americans currently without adequate cover gain access to this essential care, that is a win in my view.

    For every story you provide of someone affected negatively by the policy, there will be someone affected positively. With time, there will be some middle ground reached, where people are no disadvantaged and gain the benefit they would and should expect when seeking out medical care.

    If not Obamacare, and perhaps this is not the right option, then what? Any ideas about what would work? Any ideas about how to roll that out so that every single american citizen is pleased with the result?

    Should nothing have been done at all? I’m sure a few of the 50 million Americans suffering due to lack of coverage would disagree.

    Great read, thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Miss Lou. Thanks for the read and the comments.

      You might be interested in my earlier post: Alter: Obamacare gave us immortality, Romney wants to take it away

      That touched on health care portability. When you break the numbers down of people who don’t have health insurance, millions are transitioning between jobs. So they might not have in that gap between jobs for any number of reasons. Fixing that would be an option.

      I also mentioned this in another post: ‘Hope and Change’ sticker shock hits America: ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it’

      Years ago I didn’t have health insurance through my employer and had to buy it on my own. Why couldn’t the tax code be reformed so individuals who have to pay out of pocket get the same sort of tax relief that employees getting health care through their workplace receive? Why couldn’t health care be reformed so that people who leave a job aren’t automatically dumped from their coverage? If health insurance isn’t portable, why didn’t Congress hone in on that?

      Fixing a tax code that essentially penalizes guys like “past Doug” would help, too. Notice anything interesting? It seems as though “fixing” health care could have been broken down into many smaller bills that really honed in very specific problems. Instead, we got a massive bill that even Nancy Pelosi infamously said: ““[W]e have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” That’s a recipe for disaster.

      Indeed, people died before Obamacare. However, the point of this post wasn’t to highlight one man with cancer — it was to highlight the Photoshop job that was done to sell Obamacare to the nation, even though millions of people will be affected. That’s precisely why I would have preferred for this to have been broken down into small parts. But that doesn’t lend itself to big political campaigns where we can all blame this guy or that guy for not “fixing” the problem.

      Even if I do grant you the 50 million number, the vast majority of Americans had health care prior to this law. However, what ACA basically did was to reinvent the wheel for those 50 million. Medicaid already existed for poor people. If Medicaid wasn’t doing the job, then why not fix that instead of giving over 1/6 of the U.S. economy to the federal government?

      Are you familiar with NBC’s report, which shows that the White House knew exactly what was going to happen? If not, I highly suggest reading it.

      The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered.

      Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”

      That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

      They knew they were going to take a hit on this, but in their mind it doesn’t matter because they got their baby. They got the program, and once it takes root it gets really hard to pull it out. And, as it spirals out of control, they can (again) blame the insurance companies, which would give them the excuse to say that the government should take over the entire process. There are plenty of Democrats on record who have said that was the plan all along (i.e., single payer).

      Finally, there is big a difference between having health care coverage and getting quality care. If you show up at the emergency room tomorrow, you will not be turned away. However, with a “single payer” system comes the loss of the kind of innovation American medicine is known for. There is a reason why we lead the world in the creation of wonder drugs and wonder pills that save millions of lives each year. There is a reason why the latest and greatest medical technology has a track record of showing up in American hospitals. Giving the government more control over the health care industry involves a trade offs I’m not willing to accept. Look at laser eye surgery (which I had done in 2000) to see what the free market could do for health care if it was given a fair shake.

      Michael Moore said he wants all American treated the same when it comes to health care. I disagree.

      I don’t want Americans to be covered “the same” as me. I want Americans to be covered the way they want to be covered. I want them to have choice. I want a young college graduate to have a plan that works for his lifestyle and his assessment of his overall health and I want the recent retiree to have the plan that works for her lifestyle and her health needs—each of which will have different overall costs.

      I eat right. I exercise. I get adequate sleep. I don’t smoke and rarely drink. I should not have to pay for a massive health care plan, a one-size-fits all package that blankets the slovenly guy who wears a moo-moo. And neither should you.

      Again, thanks for the read and the comment.

  2. This will be a few he first or many cases like this.

    Barack Obama has effectively sentenced this man to a painful death and his family can do nothing but watch.

    My mum died from cancer 2 years ago. My heart goes out to him and his family.

    1. Sorry to hear about your mother, Andrew. I lost my grandmother not too long ago (she lived with the family since I was born, so she was like a second mother to me). She was the first really close loved one I lost. I’m not sure if you believe in God or not … but I believe you will see your mother again.

    2. Sorry to hear that, Andrew. I had an uncle pass away recently from lung cancer. My maternal grandmother was a lifelong smoker and died of lung cancer in 2006. My mom is a breast cancer survivor.

    3. Cheers Carl. My mum was also a smoker and had lung cancer for 3 years before passing away at Christmas 2011.

      I have lost an aunt and grandmother to cancer as well.

      Glad to hear your mum is a survivor. Makes me happy when I hear about people winning their battles against cancer.

    4. Yeah, she’s been cancer-free for nearly 20 years. I was in kindergarten when she had it, so I don’t remember it very well. All I know is that if my dad hadn’t pushed her to get those chest pains she was having checked out by a doctor…. she might not be here today.

  3. I feel for the guy. Call me ignorant but I’m not quite understanding why Obamacare is failing. Is it not being implemented properly? To be honest I haven’t read into it that much.

    I’m guessing it’s a very different system to what we have here in Australia. Under the public health system in Australia, everyone is entitled to heavily subsidized healthcare under Medicare.

    You are also entitled to take out private health insurance if you want. You can choose your own doctor. My family and I are insured with Medibank private, but we also use Medicare from time to time.

    The only negative I can think about under our Medicare system, is you may have a longer wait to book in a scheduled surgery at a public hospital.

    1. The only negative I can think about under our Medicare system, is you may have a longer wait to book in a scheduled surgery at a public hospital.

      I’m running short on time (I have to work today), but this is a big one. It’s basic supply and demand. What happens when you make something “free”? People use more of it. More than they would ever use if the prices ever accurately conveyed the true costs. What happens in every country that tries price controls? You have shortages. See Venezuela.

      Venezuela: You can’t have a revolution without a few skidmarks; ignore the toilet paper shortage!

      The reason people don’t always notice with medicine is because they are still “treated.” They still go through the process, even if they don’t realize they’re getting less quality care than they would in a system designed to harness the society’s collective entrepreneurial spirit. There’s a reason why so many people fly to the U.S. for highly technical procedures and not to, say, China.

    2. 10 Reasons Why Obamacare is going to fail and BIG:

      1. The US is composed of states. If I buy insurance up in the northeast and live in the south for the winter, say in Florida, that is Out of network and I will have no insurance while I am there! Even though I just paid it. Or if I fly out to see the kids in California. No insurance.

      2. If Bob lives in a small state such as Vermont and typically travels into New Hampshire and or New York to see the doctor he cannot. It is once again Out of network. The same applies to other vast regions of the country where the only doctor may well be 50 miles away and Out of network.

      3. Let’s say Bill has a specialty illness. And Bill’s doctor is not one but two states away! Out of network. God forbid the specialty illness is so special it is only treated on the other coast!

      4. Happily Jay signs up on the state exchange to find out there is only one abysmal insurer whose list of doctors reads like a list from … wait! This doctor is dead! And this one is retired!

      5. Jill finds a plan and finally goes to the doctor they take her card and co-pay and the doc writes a prescription and Jill goes to the pharmacy and they say… that will be $159 please. Jill argues it is only $20 and they say “You have not met your deductible.” Jill does not buy the medicine because Jill’s money went to pay the insurance premium and two weeks later Jill gets a bill from the lab for three hundred and from the doctor’s office for $250 all of which is under the deductible. Jill cancels the follow-up appointment and then decides not to pay next month’s premium and cancels the insurance.

      6. John goes to the doc IN network who he has always had and smiles because Obamacare problems only happen to other people. The doc says that bump John found needs a biopsy. John goes to the local hospital still smiling after all John has a good hospital covered on his Obama plan. The biopsy comes back and the doctor says….ummm… they had trouble reading it…. John is still smiling after all he has good insurance and he feels healthy. The biopsy finds its way to a hospital in Bethesda which specializes in reading the sort of nasty thing John might have but as yet doesn’t know he might have. The doc calls and says I have some bad news …. some very bad news… John needs to call his insurance company and see if they will approve him for an Out of network visit to …. See #3 and don’t forget the bill for lab in Bethesda is in the mail. John is has unhappily discovered that the Obamacare critics might have been right even if they were Republicans.

      7. Jim is over 55 and recently laid off. No problem. He has investments and is going to open up the business of his dreams. He earned some $15,000 last year on them and now plans to live cheap during the first few lean years. He did not take Cobra (health insurance from prior employer) because he could not afford the $1000 premium but he has found out he can get a high deductible cheap plan for $400 on the state exchange. He applies and for some reason is directed to a Medicaid page. He tries again but is still directed to Medicaid. He is confused by the disclaimer and checks the box and soon is the lucky recipient of Medicaid. He does not understand until the state agent contacts him about his assets. States like Washington start collecting back their benefits immediately. States like New York suggest they only take your estate at death. Eghads! Forget the business now he has to fight the state to keep the assets he has spent a lifetime setting aside.

      8. Carl is 29 and has never been sick. He looks at the premiums and says, “How much!” And that is with a six thousand dollar deductible! But three free doctor visits. Not including lab work though. How dumb do they think I am!

      9. Sam travels for work. He works as an independent contractor. In other words his employer does not want to deal with the problems of having employees. So he drives from here to there making sales calls. He gets sick in Detroit but that is Out of network so he drives home to Ithaca, NY knowing he cannot afford doctor bills and believing he can make it. Sadly, on the road to Ithaca as the famous story goes he has a few travails and never makes it home.

      10. The mandate. If these products are “so good they will sell themselves” then let them. Many will pay a one percent increase in their taxes just to make the statement that insurance can and should not be mandated. If this mandate works, they will mandate something else the next year.

    3. This reply was amazing. Number six is my favorite:

      6. John goes to the doc IN network who he has always had and smiles because Obamacare problems only happen to other people. The doc says that bump John found needs a biopsy. John goes to the local hospital still smiling after all John has a good hospital covered on his Obama plan. The biopsy comes back and the doctor says….ummm… they had trouble reading it…. John is still smiling after all he has good insurance and he feels healthy. The biopsy finds its way to a hospital in Bethesda which specializes in reading the sort of nasty thing John might have but as yet doesn’t know he might have. The doc calls and says I have some bad news …. some very bad news… John needs to call his insurance company and see if they will approve him for an Out of network visit to …. See #3 and don’t forget the bill for lab in Bethesda is in the mail. John is has unhappily discovered that the Obamacare critics might have been right even if they were Republicans.

      Thanks for the read and comment. I really appreciate it.

    4. @Gilgamesh

      Wow! that’s really informative, thanks. So is Obamacare which looks really complicated to implement, simply something that needs to be drastically overhauled and improved to suit every citizen’s needs?

      Do the Republicans have a better model?

      Do Americans want an equitable and functional health care system that is universal, fair and integral across all 50 states?

      Sorry if I appear to habouring a point, because I don’t see why it wouldn’t be beneficial for all American citizens given the choice.

      Hope you guys don’t mind, but I’ve cut and pasted the following information from the Australian Medicare website, just in case you were curious to see what our system offers.

      What is covered by Medicare?
      Medicare is the basis of Australia’s health care system and covers many health care costs. You can choose whether to have Medicare cover only, or a combination of Medicare and private health insurance. Citizens and most permanent Australian residents are eligible for Medicare.

      The Medicare system has three parts: hospital, medical and pharmaceutical.

      Hospital
      Under Medicare you can be treated as a public patient in a public hospital, at no charge, by a doctor appointed by the hospital. You can choose to be treated as a public patient, even if you are privately insured.

      As a public patient, you cannot choose your own doctor and you may not have a choice about when you are admitted to hospital.

      Medicare does not cover:
      private patient hospital costs (for example, theatre fees or accommodation),
      medical and hospital costs incurred overseas,
      medical and hospital services which are not clinically necessary, or surgery solely for cosmetic reasons,
      ambulance services.

      Medical
      When you visit a doctor outside a hospital, Medicare will reimburse 100% of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) fee for a general practitioner and 85% of the MBS fee for a specialist. If your doctor bills Medicare directly (bulk billing), you will not have to pay anything.

      Medicare provides benefits for:

      consultation fees for doctors, including specialists,
      tests and examinations by doctors needed to treat illnesses, such as x-rays and pathology tests,
      eye tests performed by optometrists,
      most surgical and other therapeutic procedures performed by doctors,
      some surgical procedures performed by approved dentists,
      specific items under the Cleft Lip and Palate Scheme,
      specific items under the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program,
      specified items for allied health services as part of the Chronic Disease Management Plan.

      Medicare does not cover:
      examinations for life insurance, superannuation or memberships for which someone else is responsible (for example, a compensation insurer, employer or government authority),
      ambulance services;
      most dental examinations and treatment,
      most physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, eye therapy, chiropractic services, podiatry or psychology services,
      acupuncture (unless part of a doctor’s consultation),
      glasses and contact lenses,
      hearing aids and other appliances.
      home nursing.

      Pharmaceutical
      Under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) you pay only part of the cost of most prescription medicines purchased at pharmacies. The rest of the cost is covered by the PBS. You must present your Medicare card to obtain this benefit.

      The amount you pay varies with the medicine, up to a standard maximum. People with concession cards have a lower maximum payment.

    5. @ Magnetic Eye

      Thank you for the information. It is actually great to read someone else’s plan. How much do you personally have to pay to be on this plan? How much does the average citizen have to pay? How much does the government pay per average -healthy- citizen for someone on this plan?

      On the new US plan they are asking for sums of money as premiums that out distance by far what a normal family can pay. And then the deductibles are so high that the average family will not remotely meet them in any given year. So they will still be paying for their health expenses out of pocket despite having insurance.

      I have found quoted (estate recovery under Medicaid) that it costs the State of New Mexico $40,000 a year to cover each person on Medicaid before the doctor bills are even counted. How can the states afford this? The math does not add up and this is why states like Louisiana are refusing to up their Medicaid rolls. They know that the out-go is exceeding the in-come and they are on the verge of bankruptcy. Their solution is to open free clinics.

      Thousands of miles away in the far north country of New York we also have clinics which operate on a sliding scale. That is where my adult daughter got insulin affordably and saw her doctor for years because she made too much to qualify for Medicaid. (Her income was $840 a month vs. $811 cutoff while Insulin is $400 a bottle. Needed two per month. Do the math. The government could not.) Thankfully the clinic got it for her at $40 a bottle. She still sees the same doctor even though she now has premium health insurance through her employer so these sliding scale clinics are absolutely great.

      A normal family here today, despite what the overall media displays, is driving a ten year old car to the bargain store to shop for groceries that they have to hem and haw over because they cannot buy all they need for the week. The normal family has two working parents, and on and on. Congress just does not understand the new normal here is getting pretty darn envious of the Welfare lifestyle. I will give one example of the welfare lifestyle in the US to illustrate. While raking leaves outside a tenant house where the tenant with four children of various fathers lives, the landlord was graciously offered a bottle of bottled water by the tenant. “Bottled water?” The landlord said, “Don’t drink it. Can’t afford it.” The tenant asked, “But what do you drink then? You can’t drink the water.” Landlord: “You mean you can afford to buy all your water bottled? And why can’t you drink water from the tap?” There is a scary inequity in this. The landlord does not have health insurance but the tenant gets for free a plan better than what your country offers. She pays nothing. BUT she can afford bottled water for a family of five?

      The average citizen can afford to see his doctor and pay his bill and pay for his pharmacy bill if he is reasonably healthy. All of which will total much, much less than insurance premiums. They will opt to feed themselves and pay out of pocket to see the doc. They will simply do the math.

      What if they need a $40,000 surgery? Let’s do the math. 40,000/12 paid over 5 years = 666 dollars a month. Well, that’s still much less than the premium! Over ten years its 333. I can afford one surgery every five to ten years. People will simply do the math.

      In fact, to give you a comparison, property taxes are $500 a month for a very, very modest home in New York due mostly to the existing Medicaid burden and expected to rise dramatically to cover the cost of Obamacare. If my property taxes go up 33% to cover the expanded Medicaid rolls, will I lose my home to taxes? The lists of properties up for sale for tax liens is getting longer every year. At the end of the day somebody has to pay for Obamacare.

      The Republican government in Louisiana is offering free clinics and the Republicans of the distant north in New York have sliding scale clinics. Hmmm.

      How many sliding scale clinics could have been opened and funded for years for the cost of the website catastrophe?

    6. @Gilgamesh

      Thanks again for an other informative read.

      I gotta say I’m a little out of my depth here, but I do find this subject interesting and I realize the Australian system is vastly different. We’re a nation of 6 states and 2 territories with a population of 23 million, so I don’t know if that made it easier for our government to implement Medicare back in the 70’s. Logistically though, Obamacare seems laboriously difficult to implement across 50 states.

      Medicare here, basically provides subsidised treatment from medical practitioners and free treatment in public hospitals. Check out the link below for more info.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicare_(Australia)

      Most Australian taxpayers pay a Medicare levy of 1.5% of their taxable income. The link below has more info.

      http://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Medicare-levy/

      In terms of my private health insurance, I’m with a provider named Medibank Private. Our family plan package is $277.00 per month for full comprehensive cover.

      Hope you don’t mind all the links, but there’s another one below that has a fair bit of info on what various private health insurance funds may or may not provide.

      http://www.privatehealth.gov.au/healthinsurance/whatiscovered/privatehealth.htm

  4. A lot of foreign politicians come here to the U.S. to get healthcare… hell, here in Minnesota, you periodically get famous people from all over the world fly into be treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

    Obamacare was disaster from the beginning. I predicted that it would be 4 to 5 years ago when it was still being debated.

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