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Oct 22 2013

Healthcare Apartheid

If it is run by the federal government, it is run by liberals. Liberals are by definition morbidly obsessed with race and committed to benefitting other groups at the expense of whites, who according to their bizarre ideology must be punished for being racist. Thanks to Obama and his collaborators, this will soon affect your healthcare:

A 2009 report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) examining [ObamaCare] advocates pairing patients and doctors of the same race, a goal toward which the law channels taxpayer dollars. …

“There is… evidence that race concordance — defined as shared racial or ethnic identities between clinicians and patients — is related to patient reports of satisfaction, participatory decision making, timeliness of treatment, and trust in the health system,” the report reads. In other words, fixing the broken U.S. healthcare system means assigning Hispanic doctors to Hispanic patients, African American doctors to African American patients, Creole doctors to Creole patients, and so on.

To accomplish this, the CAP report explains, Obamacare pours taxpayer dollars into affirmative-action candidates whose judgment will lead them to make life-or-death decisions. Ultimately, these taxpayer-funded grants would provide scholarships and loan forgiveness for minorities so they could provide healthcare services exclusively to their own race or ethnicity.

As is often the case with ham-fisted coercive micromanagement, this will have the opposite effect from what pointy-headed liberal masterminds intend. Since only the best white candidates will be able to get through medical school in the face of systematic discrimination against them, and nonwhite candidates will be advanced for their race rather than their ability, white doctors will be superior, regardless of the comparative merits of the races overall. White patients will get doctors who know what they are doing; those of politically approved pigmentation will often get Affirmative Action cases given responsibilities beyond their capacity. For an idea of how disastrous this can be, look at the current occupant of the Oval Office.

There is no problem created by government meddling that the government can’t make worse by fixing it with more meddling. As mythical disparities in the quality of healthcare received by whites and nonwhites become real, authorities will seize on them as an excuse to target an even higher proportion of money toward favored groups. When you need an expensive test or procedure, this will be very good news if you are not white, but very bad news if you are.

Using money expropriated from taxpayers to punish and reward along racial lines is a fundamental feature of ObamaCare:

Obamacare, the report reads, “provides scholarships and loan repayment support for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds serving in the health professions, and it grants funding for the Health Careers Opportunities Program, which supports schools that recruit and train individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to work in the health professions. The bill also establishes a grant program at HRSA [Health Resources & Services Administration] to promote health care professionals’ cultural and linguistic competence.”

In Govspeak, “disadvantaged” means “nonwhite.”

Grants are indeed handed out on a racial or ethnic basis. For example, Subtitle D, Sec. 756 of the Affordable Care Act lists eligibility requirements for mental health grants that demand universities and colleges recruit and “understand the concerns” of minority students, that programs offered to those students must emphasize “cultural or linguistic competency” — and the institutions must provide the HHS Secretary racial data on its student body, under threat of not only losing its grants, but being forced to repay them to the government.

There is no place for individual merit in liberals’ worldview, because they do not perceive people as individuals, but as interchangeable representatives of political interest groups that must be either rewarded or punished. Consequently, there will be no place for merit in a USA completely dominated by the malignant federal behemoth. Mediocrity will reign supreme, as in all socialist countries.

On a tip from G. Fox.

6 Responses to “Healthcare Apartheid”

  1. justme says:

    Dave, there is nothing new here. In the long ago time when I had wanted to become a doctor, after realizing the tremendous disservice I was done by having gone to a high school where “everyone was equal,” the lowest common denominator of educations, see 12th Grade Phonics classes geared for empowered African Americans with names the likes of “Earthling” (I joke not).

    I realized that even overcoming the four years lost to high school education, there was the added punishment of not being a favored ethnicity. My friends and I realized the futility in pursuing medical degrees somewhere around 1992. If Jamal scored a 2.5 and I scored a 3.5, Jamal surely would be more qualified for Medical School and a free education at that. Add in the favoritism towards “new” Americans and this “White Devil” with the Italian surname was not getting anywhere near being a physician.

    It is the lessons I learned so long ago and it seems now everyone else is beginning to learn as well.

  2. oldguy says:

    Abortion.2. This should just about finish blacks in America.

  3. Elections Have Consequences says:

    So a whitey cracka won’t be paired with some affirmative action flunkie nurse practioner fresh out of diploma mill university?

  4. 762x51 says:

    Reminds me of an episode of House where a black patient insisted that House give him the “white” medicine because black medicine is inferior. House gave him the correct medicine, which is the same medicine for blacks as it is for whites of course, and the Obama voter left happy. QED

  5. Callawyn says:

    Have you read the bill?

    Of the 2700+ original pages, over 300 are devoted exclusively to racial preferences.

    They will have control over who gets accepted into medical school, by race. Once you graduate, the government will determine where you are allowed to practice, by race. Once you have your practice running, you will have to keep track of absolutely everything you do for every patient, by race, and report to the government so they can be sure “protected minorities” are getting their share of healthcare dollars.

    Oh yeah, and the handouts to Indians (feather, not dot) are outrageous, and ubiquitous, throughout the bill. Every single section has a subsection dealing with how that particular part of the bill will be handled for Indians.

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