In today’s American Spectator, I discuss Herman Cain’s claim during last week’s Republican debate that he’d be dead if ObamaCare had been in effect when his colon and liver cancer were diagnosed.
Cain pointed out that ‘from March 2006 all the way to the end of 2006, for that number of months, I was able to get the necessary CT scans, go to the necessary doctors, get a second opinion, get chemotherapy … go to get surgery, recuperate from surgery, get more chemotherapy in a span of nine months.’ He went on to suggest that, under ObamaCare and its bureaucratic red tape, his diagnosis and treatment would have unfolded far more slowly and that probably would have been fatal.
This comment provoked a good deal of sneering from the left and even some skepticism among frequent critics of ObamaCare. But these people aren’t considering the effect of ObamaCare’s “Accountable Care Organizations”:
A key feature of ObamaCare is the Accountable Care Organization (ACO), and it will affect the delivery of care more profoundly than any development since Medicare introduced the Prospective Payment System (PPS) … However, instead of merely shifting the setting of care, the ACO will slow down the speed at which it is delivered. In other words, a system purportedly designed to promote quality and efficiency actually creates disincentives that discourage physicians from pursuing those goals.
So, Cain was absolutely right when he said, ‘I’m here five years cancer free because I could do it on my timetable and not on a bureaucrat’s timetable.’ To learn why Cain is right, read the rest of the column at the American Spectator.