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R.I.P.: The American Health Care System. Died: this week.

posted at 6:38 pm on April 26, 2009 by

The Democrats’ War on Poverty is nearly 50 years old, yet we’re told there’s too much poverty despite trillions in wealth transfers of every type.

The Democrats have run the education system for nearly 100 years — with monopolies like the NEA and the AFT teacher’s unions, yet we consistently hear that education is broken and that schools need more money.

Government was responsible for securing the southern border since the era of LBJ and it has intentionally and consistently failed in this mission; this has led to the presence of as many as 20 million illegal aliens in the country thanks to Johnson’s policies including “chain migration”.

Democrats were responsible for implementing Medicare and Medicaid, which along with Social Security, are in ruins with approximately $55 trillion in debt. That’s nearly a half million dollars for every household in America.

I could go down a long list of things the government said it would do, but hasn’t done. Because the Statist Democrats are liars.

And now the Statist Democrats are launching the most massive attack on the American people in the history of government.

They promise health care for everyone, but they will not — and they can’t possibly — deliver it.

While our health care system is certainly imperfect — because all humans are imperfect, including doctors, nurses, hospitals and insurance companies — they are more perfect, more competent, more informed, more capable than all of the bureaucrats to whom they’ll be forced to report: a bureaucracy that will make all decisions about your health care.

And it is easy to confirm the havoc that socialized medicine will wreak on American society. All you need to do is to look at how Democrats are trying to ram home socialized medicine: they’re doing it as fast as possible with as little debate as possible, using a loophole to slip it through without amendments or consideration.

Democrats claim it will be more cost-effective and efficient. That’s bulls***. The man who’s had the least experience at running anything is going to unleash the most massive federal leviathan in history.

This has been the dream of the Statist Democrats since FDR: to force each and every one of you, whether you like it or not, into a strait-jacket form of health care. It controls you; the actual being, the person.

Nameless, faceless bureaucrats substituting their decisions for those of your doctor.

Deciding whether you will have an operation or not. Whether you will have an MRI or not. Whether you will receive a life-saving, life-extending drug or not.

And we know this, because this is what occurs in Canada and Britain and other centralized bureaucracies, where you simply can not have access to advanced health care, period.

Where will the new drugs come from, since we produce half of them? Where will the new medical technologies come from, since we invent roughly three-fourths of them?

Who will run the hospitals and what will they look like when the government unions run them?

Who will be responsive in a massive federal bureaucracy, where no one takes responsibility for anything, and yet they’re all-powerful decision-makers for your family’s well-being?

Where will Barack Obama be in ten years, when the rest of us are struggling with a massive, out-of-control, federalized medical system that doesn’t give a damn about individuals and is busy rationing?

He will be retired as a very young man; a very wealthy young man, who will have imposed his Marxist ideology upon this society and then walked away from it.

The politicians don’t last. But their policies live forever.

And in every successive election cycle, the Statist Democrats will use the health care system to bludgeon their opponents. They will use health care as a weapon, rewarding you by offering more benefits for your votes and punishing you with less benefits if you dare to vote against them.

So much power for a faceless set of bureaucrats who can’t possibly have the best interests of your family in mind. And yet they’re going to take those decisions away from you and your doctor. And they’ve been lying every day to justify what they’re doing.

They’ve been lying about the number of people without health care. They’ve been lying about whether the public is satisfied with health care. They’ve been lying about every aspect of health care.

They unleashed the slip-and-fall lawyers on the medical system, causing untold higher costs for medical practitioners. They’ve attacked the health care system relentlessly, driving up costs just like they’ve attacked the energy industry and the automakers.

And even when they have complete monopolistic control of a system, like the educational system in America, they want more control. It’s never enough. They want more money, more regulations. More. They need to “invest”. They need to raise taxes. They need to repress. They need to compel.

Because the Statist cannot make the imperfect perfect, even though he says he can. The Statist is more imperfect than anyone else.

I ask you to consider something: what kind of persons can Obama and the Democrat leadership be, to think they can do these things when history tells them they can not?

What kind of a mind refuses to look at the evidence? What kind of person would refuse to look at Britain and Canada? Or engage in arm-twisting secretly, behind the scenes? And use brownshirts like ACORN and the SEIU to intimidate organizations and legislators alike?

They’re going to rush socialized medicine through the system, without any debate or transparency… and it’s going to be a complete disaster on multiple levels.

Call the so-called conservative Blue Dog Democrats now. Make your voice heard. Help us stop this rush to disaster.

Based upon: Mark Levin Show, 4/24/09. Cross-posted at: Doug Ross @ Journal.

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i’ll call, write & email. and i will ask everyone in my address book to do the same. however, i would like to see the bill.

what is the bill# so i can quote sections. (alot of my friends are lawyers).

kelley in virginia on April 26, 2009 at 7:43 PM

I ask you to consider something: what kind of persons can Obama and the Democrat leadership be, to think they can do these things when history tells them they can not?

Not a relavant question. The purpose is NOT to provide better health care.

The purpose is to create power and wealth for a small ruling class. All for a few and none for the rest.

Apply socialized health care to the ‘rest of the story’.

allrsn on April 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Does seem as if even the States that have been Democratic for decades are the ones in the worst trouble. Still they vote these folks in year after year. Go figure! Wonder if they’ll ever get it?

jeanie on April 26, 2009 at 8:13 PM

I do not know the bill number, but they will know precisely what you’re talking about if you call it “the Obama Health Care Bill jammed through using reconciliation”.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/04/25/obama-democrats-shield-health-care-plan-gop-opposition/

Keep the pressure up! Thanks

directorblue on April 26, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Ours did not become the most advanced and most consistantly excellent health system in the world because of government.

Government run health care? Have only to stand in line for a couple hours trying to get your drivers license renewed to see how efficient government is when it comes to the simple things. How does government do when it comes to more complex things?

Universal health care, in order to be efficient, needs to set parameters. Too sick, too old, too young, not critical enough, too critical…might find yourself moved to hospice care and prematurely. How long will our standard of health care last when everything is “free?” At what point will proactive rationing have to be forced on all of us? And how many hair-brained medical schemes will be cooked up by the same government folks who marvel at the infinite wisdom of man-made climate change being worthy of billions in taxpayer monies?

Witness the dog and pony show in Washington, today. Alarm bells and sirens going off all over government…for swine flu. Yes, the CDC and Public health Services should be in constant contact with hospitals and physicians to establish outbreaks and determine vectors…but to this extent?

More people die in the United States annually from regular ordinary old flu than have died from swine flu. But, all the excitement was caused because the press got wind of it and ran with their stories…

Officialdom in DC had to show the Nation they were on top of it. A lot of pressers today, but nothing of real substance. Stay home if you feel ill, go to the hospital if you feel really ill, wash your hands, use kleenex…don’t go to Mexico City…but let’s let people from Mexico City come here without so much as a thermometer shoved in their mouths…and you can’t get swine flu from eating a BBQ pork sandwich. I need Cabinet-level officials telling me this?

How stupid do they think we are?

Never mind…they depend on us being stupid.

coldwarrior on April 26, 2009 at 8:25 PM

To add to your list of analogies, directorblue…
“The only medical service in the country completely run by the Federal Government is the VA, and we constantly hear (in the liberal MSM even) about how poor the care is that it offers.”

And, just great. So where is Canadian Medicare going to send patients for treatments that are either too backed up here or are unavailable?

andycanuck on April 26, 2009 at 11:15 PM

The purpose is to create power and wealth for a small ruling class. All for a few and none for the rest.

Apply socialized health care to the ‘rest of the story’.

allrsn on April 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

No, the purpose is to turn a million health care workers into unionized government employees, with another $100 million in union dues going to Democratic campaign coffers.

Republicans will never win another election in this country.

rockmom on April 26, 2009 at 11:24 PM

the purpose of the socialized healthcare is to give the illegals a huge gift, thereby guaranteeing their votes for EVER. its about the politics/votes.

kelley in virginia on April 27, 2009 at 6:10 AM

After the government takes over health care women will be able to get abortions at post offices. They’ll just run the current postal workers through an extra summer course and then certify them. It’s going to be pretty ugly going to the post office. They’ll probably be giving out free needles to junkies, too.

Eutopia.

I was trying to get Europe in there

progressoverpeace on April 27, 2009 at 11:48 AM

If the DcEoMmOmCiReAsTs try to force this thru using reconciliation, the Repubs will stamp their feet and threaten to do something nasty the next time they’re forced to stamp their feet.

Akzed on April 27, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Any politician calling themselves conservative needs to copy the above info and hold “town hall” meetings, run TV ads, send e-mails, twitter, blog, and shout this info from the roof tops. Too many Americans are complacent in their attitudes and think the government can solve all of societies problems. It can’t and won’t. Just look at the history. If socialized health care and CRAP & TAX pass then it is time to round up the wagons and go make a stand somewhere.

izoneguy on April 27, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Great job, Director!

Here’s a question to pose to the One.

Will the Nationalized Health Care system invoke its rights to Sovereign Immunity and Damage Caps for Medical Malpractice?

Please research and report on this. After all, if there were damage caps already in place, our privatized system could remain intact with no fear of rationing.

Key West Reader on April 27, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Glorious Nationalized Health Care…

This week The StarPhoenix reported that when Saskatoon contractor Ken Olson informed City Hospital ER staff that a man in a hospital gown had collapsed just outside the door, rather than take steps to help the unfortunate soul or even see what was wrong, their first response was to phone 911.

That, according to Patti Simonar, director of emergency and critical care services for the health region, is standard procedure. Emergency Room personnel at City Hospital apparently aren’t equipped to deal with an emergency.

elgeneralisimo on April 27, 2009 at 12:13 PM

An exerpt of a peice I’m working on, wake up America and LOGICALLY think through the ramifications of a Gov’t mandated health care system!

When I try to explain the dangers posed by unrestrained federal growth to my liberal friends, they merely groan and roll their eyes. It would seem that only within the arena of ideology do they decide to abandon common sense. In any other instance they would surely be able to grasp the blatantly obvious, that indeed size does matter.

Would you allow your 5 year old to play with neighbor’s pet gerbil? How about their pet hippo? Really, why is that? Because quite simply, in the 1st instance you might worry about your 5 year old rolling around and crushing the gerbil, in the 2nd you’d be terrified of precisely the opposite.

The same is true if readying for an outing on the lake your friends are pulling up next to your sailboat in their inflatable dingy, as opposed to them pulling alongside in the Exxon Valdez.

Even though I would bet no one has seen the actual consequences, we intuitively understand the phrase, “like a bull in a china shop”. No matter how tame or benevolent the particular bull might be, no matter what congressional committee we might have providing oversight, we naturally understand that it is quite likely that disaster is imminent. One could elaborate further, but simple reason should make it abundantly clear, that the more mass anything has, the greater the inherent danger it poses. Period!

The same is true of government. And its mass is dictated proportionately by the revenues it is allowed to collect and the sphere of authority over our lives that we grant it. And as has been amply demonstrated with the bailouts, our government seeks to expand its sphere of authority by promiscuously doling out promissory notes and guarantees, which represent nothing other than future taxation.

The Americans who assembled on April 15th were also cognizant of this simple fact, that when you give up responsibility, you give up control. Just as your parents were responsible for you from birth till age 18, in accepting that responsibility they retained control or, custody over you and were entitled to make all the important decisions pertaining to you and your welfare. Once you emancipated and took responsibility for yourself, you were then free to make your own choices, to do so according to your prerogatives, not theirs, and manage your life as you see fit.

The situation is the same if we as adults elect to entrust our responsibilities for our own well being unto our government. We will in effect turn ourselves over to their custody, conversely the government will then be obligated to provide for you, however they see fit. Because once you give up the responsibility, it is they who are entitled to make the important decisions.

When they provide for your housing, they will tell you where you will live. When they provide for your healthcare, they will tell you what treatment is appropriate. And with the implementation of preventative care in our new government mandated healthcare system, you can rest assured that they will find a mechanism to enforce what you may or may not ingest. After-all, if the government is responsible for your health, they will be legally obligated to ensure your compliance with your treatment program. Just as the parent is held liable for their child’s compliance. Just as they are telling GM what cars they are allowed to build and who they can hire and fire!

When they take custody of your right to self-defense (2nd Amendment) of family and property they will tell that that is their responsibility and prosecute you for doing so yourself Just as they attempted to prosecute Joe Horn last year.

Do you not remember the old parental admonition? “I put clothes on your back, food in your stomach and a roof over your head! You will do as I tell you!” How could they get away with acting like such tyrants? Because they were legally responsible for you, and by being so, they were legally entitled to!

If you mistakenly think that you can get something for nothing, take governmental largesse without giving up the freedom to make choices for yourself, then you are not bloody paying attention. Just ask Detroit and Wall Street.
MJMotley.

Archimedes on April 27, 2009 at 12:14 PM

They unleashed the slip-and-fall lawyers on the medical system, causing untold higher costs for medical practitioners.

I’ve been saying for years that the key to reigning in health care costs is tort reform, but the government is ignoring the blindingly obvious.

My sister’s mother-in-law is from Ireland. She has some absoute horror stories about their health care system (people missing limbs because they had to wait for surgery, people dying because they couldn’t get the care they needed, etc).

crazy_legs on April 27, 2009 at 12:23 PM

crazy_legs on April 27, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Tort reform is what is needed. The question is, why would it take the enactment of a Nationalized Health Care system to bring forth said reform?

Key West Reader on April 27, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Swine Flu is this week’s *Distraction* — essentially applying lipstick to opposite ends of the Porkulus.

CaveatEmpty on April 27, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Good stuff directorblue.

toliver on April 27, 2009 at 12:39 PM

directorblue on April 26, 2009 at 8:17 PM

It’s H.R. 676

Why does everyone think this will create a Dem majority until the end of time? It will be a nightmare and everyone will hate it. Our prog friends should be careful what they wish for.

In related news, via Drudge:

NYT: DOCTOR SHORTAGE AN OBSTACLE TO OBAMA’S GOALS…

Rae on April 27, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Went to a townhall meeting with Pete Sessions over the Easter Break, and he predicted the Democrats would enact a single payer system by June. He wasn’t specific if that was only the House, or if that included the Senate. If Reconciliation is used then the Senate can pass whatever comes out of the House. Goodbye world’s finest healthcare system, hello healthcare system run like the VA and higher taxes as far as the eye can see.

txmomof6 on April 27, 2009 at 2:23 PM

An excellent summary of the cause & cure of our health care system’s woes:
http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2009&month=03

jgapinoy on April 27, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Coldwarrior Have only to stand in line for a couple hours trying to get your drivers license renewed to see how efficient government is when it comes to the simple things. How does government do when it comes to more complex things?

Or ya could ask…..you have a bunch o Canadians that post here, including myself. We get to live the “ideal” already. 😛

One correction for the article, and for all discussing it, there isn’t really a Canadian medical system. This seems to get confused on boards discussing it fairly often.
It’s the provinces decision on exact delivery, payments, what gets covered, etc, all payed for out the privincial budgets.
We really have 12 different socialized systems that vary quite dramatically with a loose set of federal guidelines overriding all.

taboo on April 27, 2009 at 5:03 PM

THANK YOU FOR TELLING THE TRUTH, THESE DEMOCRATS WOULD MAKE JOE STALIN LOVE THEM, NOW WE ARE READY FOR THE GOVERMENT TO OPEN THERE PRISON CAMPS SEND ALL OF US EVIL CONSERVATIVES OFF TO GET ARE MINDS RIGHT . WE CAN ALL MAKE VODKA OUT OF POTATO SKINS JUST LIKE THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF THE USSR I MEAN WE ALREADY HAVE THE TASS NEWS IN PLACE .BRING ON THE GULOGS THEY ALLREADY WANT TO PUT BUSH AND CHENEY IN PRISON WHY NOT THE REST OF US

wade underhile on April 27, 2009 at 5:45 PM

THE SILVER SCREW

Once upon a time, a young lad was born without a belly button. In its place was a silver screw. All the doctors told his mother that there was nothing they could do. Like it or not, he was stuck with it . . . He was screwed.

All the years of growing up were real tough on him, as all who saw the screw made fun of him. He avoided leaving his house . . . and thus, never made any friends.

One day, a mysterious stranger saw his belly and told him of a swami in Tibet who could get rid of the screw for him. He was thrilled.
The next day, he took all of his life’s savings and bought a ticket to Nepal.

After several days of climbing up steep cliffs, he came upon a giant monastery. The swami knew exactly why he had come. The screwy guy was told to sleep in the highest tower of the monastery and the following day when he awoke, the screw would have been removed. The man immediately went to the room and fell asleep.

During the night while he slept, a purple fog floated in an open window. In the mist floated a solid silver screwdriver… In just moments, the screwdriver removed the screw and disappeared out the window.

The next morning when the man awoke, he saw the silver screw laying on the pillow next to him. Reaching down, he felt his navel, and there was no screw there! Jubilant, he leaped out of bed . . .. .
and his butt fell off.

The moral to this is: ‘Don’t screw around with things you don’t understand — You could lose your ass.’

Congress is noted for screwing around with things they don’t understand – like health care & the economy. That’s why we are all losing our asses!

Keemo on April 27, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Keemo on April 27, 2009 at 8:16 PM

I plan on using that one of these days… 😉

coldwarrior on April 27, 2009 at 8:46 PM


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