Posted by: reformedmusings | August 16, 2009

Flag this post – socialized medicine at the door

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples’ money.” — Margaret Thatcher

Those words should be guiding the national debate in the U.S.A., but the same people who think that their mortgage should be paid by others now want their health care paid by everyone else as well. So, now that the big auto companies and the largest investment banks are owned by the government with total lack of accountability , why not your doctors and hospital care? It’s all someone else’s money, right? If you think so, then read this again.

The U.S. has the best health care system in the world. Canada uses us as a dumping ground for their more complicated, expensive cases. Whenever some foreign government official gets seriously sick, they come to the US for care and have for decades. A friend in the UK told me a few years ago that his uncle went blind in one eye because the wait for treatment was so long in the UK, but that was OK with his uncle. He “understood” that’s the way the system worked. Huh?

How bad an idea is socialized medicine? Town hall participants are vocal and animated over it. To counter, the administration is exploiting children as plants, substituting liars for doctors., and sending in union thugs to beat up folks exercising their first amendment rights. The socialists are so desperate that they are calling concerned citizens unamerican, nazis (check out the source of the lie here), and political plants. But it’s not just conservatives – even some staunch liberals can see the impending disaster of Obamacare.

Nor is socialized medicine new in the U.S. Ronald Reagan made a radio address in 1961 as a private citizen on the subject. It’s about 10 minutes long but worth listening to here. He could have made it yesterday and all that would have changes is the names of the perpetrators. He starts it with a salient quote that’s coming even more true today than in 1961:

“The American people would never vote for socialism, but under the name of liberalism, the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program.” – Norman Thomas, 6-time Socialist party presidential nominee

Liberalism is stealing the soul of America. Glenn Beck has been hammering that home for some time now on his show. Ronald Reagan expressed this danger clearly in his first inaugural address, when he pledged to lead a government with its…

“…ability to act tempered by prudence, and its willingness to do good balanced by the knowledge that government is never more dangerous than when our desire to have it help us blinds us to its great power to harm us.” [my emphasis]

President Reagan echoed a sentiment often attributed to our Founding Father (though some say falsely so), President George Washington. Washington, having led the fledgling country against our former masters across the sea, fighting tyranny up close and personally, supposedly observed:

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence. It is force, and like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

We have forgotten that wisdom to our peril. All socialist systems around the world have failed, yet we fail to learn that lesson. That’s the audacity of arrogance.

The government doesn’t have to have “death panels” to pull grandma’s plug, it merely needs to “selectively allocate limited resources.” The results are the same. When the government, either directly or indirectly, starts deciding who lives and dies, that’s the open door to eugenics. Abortion isn’t mentioned in the Obamacare plans, which means that it is included by default. As Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and admired by Obama’s Science Czar, openly advocated eugenics. History shows that socialism always leads to scarcity and rationing. Logic tells us why – see Margaret Thatcher’s quote that opened this post.

Incentive to innovate dies with liberty. Yes, health care is expensive, but look at the miracles of medicine that capitalism has fostered: ACTA improvement to CT scans that made them practical for widespread use, widespread MRI clinics in neighborhoods, the proliferation of arthoscopic and laproscopic surgeries with micro-video, micro-surgery, modern prosthetics, and many others. None of these were invented or proliferated under socialized medicine. The incentives of capitalism provided the engine for invention and proliferation to the masses. Everyone benefits. Under socialized medicine like the U.K., only the rich can afford quality, private care.

Polls show that Americans are finally beginning to see the road Obamessiah wants to lead the country down. It’s a road where the government runs the major industries and fires their leaders at will, culls the population herd of undesirables, controls the banks, and controls and rations health care with a single-payer goal. It’s about time people woke up.

BTW, you can vote against free speech and flag this post to our government overseers. Facts are indeed stubborn things. So is history, and neither are on the Obama administration’s side.

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