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. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.