In the aftermath of the federal hijacking of 1/6 of the economy in the name of healthcare reform, I have to wonder about the people who are happy about it. It seems to me that these people fall into two groups, the ignorant or the evil.
Single payer healthcare is a failure in every county where is has been tried. British, Canadians and people from around the world come to the US for care in staggering numbers.
The US is on the cutting edge of medical technology. Have you ever watched Discovery Health? Where do people around the world turn to have life threatening tumors that no other doctor will touch removed? Where do parents turn to have their dangerously conjoined twins separated? Where do they turn to have rare diseases diagnosed and treated? Overwhelmingly, it is to doctors in the United States.
This legislation threatens that. It will lead to fewer doctors and even fewer really excellent doctors. Who is going to study that long at such a huge expense without the probability of a large salary at the end of the tunnel? This will lead to rationing. With fewer practitioners and a greater demand ("free" care will create a greater demand), I see no logical way that these needs will be met. Which means they won't. Care will be reserved for those who are of more use to society, ie those who will pay more taxes. Sorry Grandma.
And yet, I still run across people who are excited about "Historic Healthcare Reform". Perhaps these people failed to look past the surface of this issue. Sure it sounds good for everyone to have "free" healthcare but in reality it's not possible. When did Americans start thinking of the government as a parent? Perhaps their own parents failed to prepare them for the big bad world if they think they need someone or something to take care of them and provide for them.
Those who view the federal government as a benevolent force could not be more wrong. Our founding fathers knew that a large federal government would lead to corruption and the enslavement of the people and went to great lengths to limit its powers. What may look benevolent now will certainly change over time or under the wrong leadership. Hugo Chavez comes to mind.
So that leads me to the evil and this is the one I have the hardest time with. There are people in this country, even worse, people high up in our government who know the promises of universal healthcare are a lie. They know that this will bankrupt the country, they know that this will limit care and reduce the quality of care, they know that this will take away freedom and that is exactly what they want!
It is hard for me to conceive of people wanting to destroy this country. Who honestly thinks that he knows what is best for his neighbor? Isn't it stealing to forcibly take something from one person to give it to someone else? What kind of thirst for power that leads people grab it at any cost. We need only look through history to see that those people do exist and I'm afraid a lot of them are hanging around Washington.
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