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Mike Griffith, of Canton, Ga., holds a sign during a protest against President Barack Obama Mike Griffith, of Canton, Ga., holds a sign during a protest against President Barack Obama's health care reform plan outside the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was hearing arguments on whether to reverse a Florida judge's ruling that struck down the law. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  

The cost of Obamacare’s control

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Elaina George, M.D.
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Obamacare advocates are struggling to convince Americans that the takeover of healthcare is the best thing ever.

Even celebrities are helping the White House explain the benefits of being forced into a ethically and morally bankrupt system built on promises never intended to be kept.

One thing they aren’t willing to say is that Obamacare isn’t really about health care — it’s really about centralized government control.

It’s about control of one-sixth of the economy.

All working Americans must submit proof of insurance or enter an “exchange.” Exchange participants must submit their tax return, Social Security number, employer’s tax ID, bank account information, address and telephone number. If one changes jobs and ends up pricing out of the government subsidy, the government will want its money back. Either say goodbye to tax benefits or say hello to working as little as possible to remain eligible for assistance.

It’s about control of physicians.

Because of regulations, compliance costs and the rising cost of doing business — coupled with the dramatic drop in reimbursements — independent private physicians are largely being driven into retirement or into the arms of hospitals or large group practices increasingly part of large hospital systems.

A hospital’s cost structure is vastly different than that of a private physician, with overhead and a fiduciary responsibility to stockholders at the top of the list. A patient’s cost doubles or triples in a hospital-owned practice as opposed to that of a private physician.

It’s about control of privacy.

Under the guise of efficiency and savings, physicians and patients are encouraged to get on the electronic medical record bandwagon. It creates a treasure trove of private medical information mined by government agencies that include the Department of Health and Human Services, IRS, and FBI. Can the NSA and CIA be far behind, if they aren’t in the loop already?