Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Socialized Medicine by Any Other Name Is Still Socialized Medicine

The Democrats keeping renaming their plans for total control of the health care industry in the United States with such appealing words as “reform” and “insurance.” But, as my grandmother used to say, ‘anyone with one eye and half sense’ can easily figure out that it’s still socialized medicine. Despite their protestations of deep concern and sympathy for people like me who were once caught with a catastrophic illness but without insurance, it’s still a grand scheme to increase bureaucratic control of our lives.

There are a few things to always keep in mind when discussing this issue:
1. No one, citizen or illegal alien, is ever denied necessary health care in the United States. Our current system of Byzantine insurance rules and federal regulations needs to be corrected, not transformed.
2. Our most egregious problems with delivery and cost of health care directly result from stupid laws passed by stupid Congressional Clowns in the past. We should work to eliminate their interference with physicians, patients, and hospitals, not increase it.
3. Socialized medicine has not worked well in any country where it’s been enacted; there is no reason to destroy our superior system and follow the same path to destruction.
4. Socialized medicine inevitably results in health care rationing and inferior treatment.
5. Federal bureaucrats will use cost cutting as an excuse to interfere with personal freedom for all citizens. Any activity they decide is counter productive will become illegal. *
6. Adding the U.S. government to the list of 1300 insurance providers we already have will eliminate private insurance, not increase competition. Do not be fooled by pious claims made to make a bill sound better to the general public.
7. Costs ALWAYS greatly exceed the original estimates and so far even the estimates of any Democratic plans are high enough to engender a round of heart attacks across the land.
8. Increased federal control will eliminate conscience clauses for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and hospitals. Both abortion and euthanasia will increase.

Many of the changes Obama’s administration has effected are deleterious, but they can be changed by future administrations. However, entitlement programs never go away or diminish. This must be stopped! Sign the petition at this website because one petition with many names has more effect that several petitions with fewer names. Then call your Congressional Clowns and email them. Or, best of all, confront them face to face and explain your extreme opposition to any plan proposed thus far. Then recruit your friends and family to take up the cause. Their lives may depend on it.

We need to remember the closing lines of our Declaration of Independence because our country will always need patriots to defend its principles: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

To read all posts on health care, go here.

* Remember the egg. In the fifties, it was considered the perfect food. Then with the fat phobia of the seventies, it almost became contraband. There was no memory of the lecithin in the yolk or its benefits for health. Instead, families were daily encouraged to avoid eggs for their health. Recently, some semblance of sanity has returned to the breakfast wars. But just imagine bureaucrats let loose with the ability to put the latest food fad into law.

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