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A Shadow of Things to Come

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Very soon, the discussion of healthcare will enter into the American discourse with a vengeance.  Very soon, ObamAd, Inc. will begin to work on its next private sector acquisition.  It’s not enough that Maxine Waters threatened the CEO of Shell Oil last year with socia…er, I mean, the Government taking control of their companies.  It’s not enough that GM now stands for Government Motors, vying for a big piece of that corporate pie by waiting until GM hits bankruptcy before buying up all the common stock and running GM from Washington instead of the glass towers of Detroit.  It’s not enough that ObamAd, Inc has just told Chrysler, who is now in bankruptcy after trying to caulk their ship with taxpayer dollars to no avail, that their marketing and advertising budget has just been slashed by half.

No, very soon, ObamAd, Inc. will want a new bit of business, control of your health care.  Through nationalizing the American health care system and mimicking the same programs as are in Europe, ObamAd Inc. will also create the same problems that are inherant with socialized medicine, that is, waiting lists, long lines for care, and rationed and prioritized care.

Meet Millvina Dean. She is the very last survivor of the Titanic disaster in April 1912. Millvina was just two months old when she was shuttled out of her quarters in third class to the deck, put onto a lifeboat, and spared with less than a third of the passengers aboard ship. 

However, because of the health care system in Britain, she will not be getting her health care and nursing home costs covered by the government. She’s too old, so she will have to front those costs all by herself.  She has resorted to selling her effects from the Titanic in order to pay for her nursing home costs

In a positive turn of events, stars of the 1996 movie Titanic, Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, and James Cameron have graciously donated $30,000 after being challenged to match photographer Don Mullan’s donation. While this is a wonderfhl gesture, it will take care of her for just a few months. Will they plan on continuing their donations or will she resort to selling her effects again?

There are two key lessons to learn from this incident, and both relate to socialized medicine.

1) The elderly will be systmatically prioritized out of care. As insensitive as it sounds, they will be classified as too old to make a worthwhile justification for coverage. They will either become the wards of their families, forced to fund their own care as best as they can, or go without care.

2) Costs of private care  will skyrocket as the government forces new regulations on doctors and insurance companies which will require additional revenue to keep up with the government’s plan.

There are far better solutions here. Personally, the ideas brought up by John C. Goodman in the March issue of Imprimis bring up some great free-market solutions that allow health care to run more like a business (consider how medical services like cosmetic surgery and vision correction, which work more free-market are very successful). 

For example, what would happen if hospitals were actually required to publish their error rates (such as rates of infection, misdiagnosis, or improper perscriptions)?  What would that change alone do to hospitals that would be forced to compete for business?  Easy, quality of service goes up quickly; perhaps warranted care comes to fruition. Anyway, read Goodman’s article if you get a moment.

Health care in the US is about to be treated, whether it needs it or not.  The current administration is all about nationalizing things, taking control of the private sector, and imposing its will on Americans.

Perhaps in a sick way, this is a good thing, since liberalism and socialism fail as a system of government, this may bring a new resurgeance of conservative government back to the center stage sooner than we think.  Of course, we as conservatives need to get back to the basics of our beliefs, start living them, not backing down, and sharing them wherever we can.  As much as they would like to think so, the liberals don’t own this country.  And at the rate they are going, they won’t be running it for long.

Written by Rick

May 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm

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