Obama’s Contempt for the Free Market

Tait Trussell is a national award-winning writer, former vice-president of the American Enterprise Institute and former Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.


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It was brutally obvious that Barack Obama was determined to drive recklessly ahead with his political dream of a government-run health program for Americans no matter what the cost and no matter how many billions of dollars he could have saved through the generosity and innovations of a private-sector corporation. So, he deliberately stuck the current and future taxpayers with the cost and inefficacies of government health.

IBM announced last July its plans to enlist leading scientists and technologists in the company to help medical practitioners and insurance companies provide high-quality, evidenced-based care to patients. In this initiative IBM planned to collaborate with clinicians in medical institutions and hiring doctors to work with its researchers to develop new technologies, scientific advancements, and business processes for health care and insurance providers.

“Dedicating $100 million,” the corporation said in a press release, “the initiative will draw on IBM’s leadership…to drive innovations that empower practitioners to focus their efforts on patient care.”

IBM has been solving health-care problems for many decades. Working with the World Health Organization in 1976, IBM mapped outbreaks of smallpox. This contributed to the eventual eradication of the disease in the general population a few years later.

In the early 1990s, IBM, working with the University of Washington, built a prototype of the first medical imaging system. In 2004, IBM’s World Community Grid began to apply supercomputer levels of processing power to health-care needs, such as fighting AIDs, cancer, dengue fever, and malaria. Currently, the company is working on new technology that it says will read and sequence human DNA quickly and efficiently and has the potential to sharply cut costs.

Today, IBM also is focusing on “health-care transformation” that it says is helping countries develop new patient-centered models of care, linking health information with penetrating analysis of medical data. The company calls electronic health records “the basic building blocks of health-care efficiency. It claims proficiency in this field. Its goal is to achieve “better patient safety and save lives.”

How sad for America that the Obama Administration snubbed a grand medical “free lunch” and instead threw the load of national health costs on taxpayers’ backs just to assuage his ego.

 

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  • Bill

    Not at all surprised at this. the Obama Ministry of Citizen Control requires that, regardless of cost, any enacted law or executive order must first, provide control to the regime, secondly, must make the people reliant on the wind-blown policies of the regime, and third, must offer a mechanism for the regime to favor chosen groups and organizations by reducing their cost or allowing them to be exempted. Obama's health-control scheme did all of these.

  • 080

    Well, that's only fair. The free-market doesn't like him either.

  • ROSE

    Lets face it, Barry SORTORO AKA B.HUSEIN OBAMA,. IS ANTI-AMERICAN, HIS MISSION IS TO DESTROY AMERICA WHICH HE IS DOING A GOOD JOB.

    He has almost done as much damage to this country as the earth quake has done to Japan. a lot of the damage is still hidden and Obama continues with his plan, because he think he will be president for life IN OTHER WORD HE IS GOING TO BECOME DICTATOR OF THE U.S.A. NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKE. This is my opinion. If he has to get his friendly terrorist to attack the U.S. he will , HE CAN WITH NO FANFARE., STATE THIS COUNTRY IS IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY. You must remember the UNITED STATES WAS PUT IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY UNDER BUSH IT HAS NEVER BEEN LISTED, my opinion he will use it to stay in power. cheat, kill, what ever it takes.

    PEOPLE YOU SHOULD START YELLING IMPEACH BARRY SORTORO AKA OBAMA NOW AND TRY HIM AND HIS HORDES FOR TREASON. I'M SCARED 2012 WILL BE TO LATE,

    THIS IS MY OPINION WHICH I CAN EXPRESS BECAUSE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES GIVES ME FREEDOM OF SPEECH I HAVE A REASON FOR LISTING THIS PARAGRAPH

  • Wesley69

    Ego? TO HELL WITH THIS PRESIDENT'S EGO! WHAT HE HAS DONE IS CRIMINAL!!

    I can guarantee if IBM were to offer it to the, hopefully, next Republican adminstration, their offer would be accepted. I don't know how many times I have used the phrase, "this is a disgrace," but IT IS MORE THAN THAT – IT IS A BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    HOW? Rather that achieve $900 billion cost reduction, these bastards( not the word I'd like, prefaced by some colorful adjectives) would prefer this country BORROW more money, increasing the deficit, endangering the future for our children and their children. It is easy to see, this administration wants a transformation all right – a transformation into a total welfare-government directed state.

    Win the future, Barry? Win it how? Winning for whom? Soros & his gang? Your union thugs? Your Marxist environmentalists? This report needs to be repeated again and again. It needs to make it to Fox News, to Sarah Palin, to the Reguplican House, and yes, to Donald Trump. This travesty against the American people MUST be exposed.

    Only 4 hits on this article? It needs a catchy title such as Presidential Malpractice 101 or Obama's Ego Screws WE THE PEOPLE, or Incompetience or Deliberate??

  • Ted

    Obama delivered more people into this corrupt system we already had, forcing us to buy insurance from a system that is designed to profit on people's misery and poor health. If only we had the political will to stop this insanity of corporate / government merging. Case study on fraud for Medicare Part D "Part D adds $5 billion in annual costs due to needless administrative complexity and $70 billion in annual costs because it prohibits Medicare from using its bulk-buying power to negotiate lower prices." 700 billion should have been saved decades ago. Health care does not cost this much for a whole nation, and we don't even cover everyone. The profits are being delivered into Insurance and Pharmaceutical companies open hands. And guess who was a big donor to Obama's campaign… No wonder he didn't fix the system – just tweak it just enough to keep the people quiet..

  • Ted

    Report on how Medicare Part D passed with corruption built in, and costing the tax payers billions each year. 400 billion each year, to be exact. We don't even need IBM after we close this loop hole http://tinyurl.com/3c3ojqr