Without question, there is a health care problem in this country. Law-abiding citizens are extorted by insurance companies who get away with slashing coverage behind the scenes, leaving their members out to dry. Some who know they cannot pay simply refuse to seek medical attention, sacrificing their health to the system. This is surely a sticky situation with limited alternatives. So, like every other contemporary issue in America, people look to the almighty government to bail us out, and save us from the sins of capitalism. According to Obama and Pelosi, this is not only the best option, but the only option. Not only do I oppose their agenda-driven assertion, I hold that government-run health care is blatantly unconstitutional. But, more importantly, it is the worst option for America.
Being as the issue is split almost directly down party lines, it is hard to imagine that socialized (Sorry if the word shocks or offends you, but that’s exactly what it is.) health care is the only option for America. If I’m not mistaken, we’ve survived, and prospered, for 233 years without it. Also, the Republicans would be hard pressed to fight a Democratic proposition that had no conceivable alternative. However, the current power nucleus in Washington has done an excellent job convincing the public, and the media (Granted, that last one is not as difficult.), that there is no other way out.
In reality, that is simply not the case. But, the Democrats would love for us all to believe that, though. Just think about it. A constituency that relies on their government for absolutely everything, even their properly functioning bodies, is a dream for big-government liberals. How could you ever tell the government ‘no’ if they get to decide whether you get medicine or no medicine, get treatment or no treatment, and even if you live or die? You are at their mercy. Sounds just a bit like tyranny to me. And they accuse Republicans of “fear-mongering.”
If stretching the Constitution to fit a Democratic platform was not enough, how about outright defying it? That’s exactly what government-run health care would do. Though it’s not ever discussed, the Constitution specifically lists every power granted to the federal government. Politicians don’t like to tell us that because it would essentially undo all their hard work, all but eliminating most of their power. Any item not granted to the Legislative, Executive, or Judicial branch is an invalid role of government. Health care falls into that category. It, or anything remotely related to it, is not mentioned anywhere in the constitution. Though we generally accept that this is ignored repeatedly, socialized health care would be one of the largest (if not the largest) oversteps of governmental power since the New Deal. And yes, I believe that most of the New Deal was unconstitutional, and largely detrimental to the long-term sustainability of society.
But, if we simply ignore its unconstitutionality or the sheer tyrannical nature of the concept, we’re all good, right? Not so fast. We forgot one very important fact. SOCIALIZED MEDICINE DOES NOT WORK! If there’s anything we can learn from our buddies around the globe, it’s that government-run healthcare programs have failed miserably. Any average citizen of Britain, Canada, etc. will tell you that medicine and health care are monstrous disasters in their country. It is nearly impossible to see a doctor at a clinic. Emergency Rooms are forced to deny significantly sick and injured patients because lines are too long. Life-saving treatments are eliminated because the government says they are too expensive. Vital medicines are eliminated because the government already spent too much money on something else. These nations are only able to claim higher percentages of “insured” citizens because they can count everyone. This doesn’t mean that everyone, or even most, will be treated. Why do you think foreign citizens of socialist nations so often come to America for treatment?
When government runs health care, bureaucrats and elected officials, with no background in medicine, decide exactly what medicines you can have, what treatments they are willing to pay for, and how long you can ultimately live. Every aspect of health is politicized and lobbied, by self-serving politicians, at the expense of citizens. And when has the government ever succeeded after taking control of any industry? Education, you say? Since private schools are all but non-existent in this country, government has unlimited power over the education sector. Yet America (one of the wealthiest nations in the world) doesn’t even break the top 15 in global education rankings. What about social security, the crown jewel of liberalism? Oh, you mean that system that will be bankrupt before the next generation retires, barely 100 years into its existence?
The figures in Washington want us to believe that millions are dying because of capitalist health care. This is simply not the case. Sure, rates are expensive and work could be done to revamp the system, but the situation is better than ANY other nation on earth. There are thousands of free-market options to insure yourself in our system, with flexible ways to pay for treatment. Hillary Clinton made a case of telling stories about uninsured people dying because they were refused treatment. First off, all of her stories were either wrong or completely made up. This has been researched and proven. Secondly, in this country, it is illegal for doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc. to deny treatment to anyone based on their health insurance. If an uninsured child comes in with a runny nose, the attending medical authorities will be shut down if they refuse treatment.
The socialist class of politicians consistently tries to sell the plan as “universal health care,” implying that if you oppose it, you oppose health in general. That you don’t care about the welfare of children, the elderly, or anyone at all. This is a ridiculous distortion and they know it. The fact is that socialized medicine simply does not work. The logic is flawed and history shows that it is a failure everywhere it was ever tried. Government control of the system would do nothing but decrease the number of people covered and the quality of coverage. There is no perfect solution to 100% health care coverage for everyone, but we have to do our best. Socialist medicine will surely not cover everyone adequately, and will undoubtedly be an immense detriment to the health of American citizens. Sure, if you think government knows best, then by all means, let your elected officials establish this system. But, it will cost thousands of lives before anyone realizes the toll it has taken. And by then, it will be nearly impossible to reverse the failed experiment. I know that we are in an age of government expansionism, but don’t let fear and distortion silence the truth while politicians have their way with our freedom and welfare. Please, for the sake of your family’s health and lives of millions, I beg you all to consider the full consequences of such a concept.