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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Obamacare! Who are they to tell us what is in our best interest?

Among the most resilient is the utopian belief that health care could be cheap, free, and available to all, if only we’d let the government take care of it.
Some ideas do indeed die hard. For the greater part of the last half century, a number of our more “enlightened” — that is, more socialist-minded — neighbors, such as Canada and the European nations, have nationalized their medical industries and ever since have been struggling to live up to their promise of “health insurance and quality health care” for all. Huge waiting lists for care and visitations with specialists, a lack of sophisticated medical equipment, rising costs (which must be met by rising taxes), and a general increase in dissatisfaction with government-run health care are typical in all countries where the government, literally, calls the shots.
The first error of those who promote “national health care” is their complete inability to accept that nothing in life is certain. Just because a law is passed guaranteeing “quality medical care for all” doesn’t mean it will happen — though this is certainly a heretical view in today’s climate of government worship. No matter how much they may want it, leftists will have to accept that regardless of the system in place, someone, somewhere, will go without the care he needs. Conventional “wisdom” has maintained that at least under a government system more people will have care than otherwise. But after 50 years of experimentation, the jury is in: Socialized medicine simply cannot deliver the goods.

So the only question is, what system has shown itself capable of best distributing the greatest amount of any good or service to the greatest number of people, at the highest quality and lowest price? The answer is the free market. Medical care is no different from any other commodity. In order to be most efficiently and widely distributed, it requires the unfettered signals of supply and demand, lest it fall victim to socialism’s standard shortcomings: bureaucratization, rationing, rising costs, overproduction (in some areas), underproduction (in others), and eventual failure.
Perhaps that is what’s at the root of leftists’ continued belief in the state — they refuse to accept that regardless of how passionately they feel about everyone’s need to be covered against medical emergency, reality requires that the proper distribution of goods and services be through a peaceful, voluntary — that is, free — market. Like it or not, medical care is a market good. And we ignore the market’s winds at our peril. The Soviet Union proved the long-run impossibility of socialism, yet it is just this kind of command-and-control mentality which the former president, Senator Breaux, and a whole host of other like-minded American socialists would like to bring to the health-care debate.
That is politician-speak, meaning that after a few more years of rising costs, rationing, bureaucratization, and continual failure in the health-care industry — brought on by continued government interference in the health-care market in the form of regulations, licensing, mandates, price controls, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription-drug coverage, and a whole host of other government-imposed “solutions” — then the country, and Congress, will be “ready for a universal health-care proposal.”
America doesn’t need a “bipartisan” approach to our health-care worries. The mess we’re in is a direct result of bipartisan compromises on the issue of medical freedom. It is the responsibility of each and every American to provide for his own medical needs, by contracting for such services on the free and open market. The only effective role Congress or the president can play in any debate about health care is to accept that socialized medicine, in every form, is a failure and to restore freedom to the health-care market.

Come on America wake up! We were born to be free to choose our own path, not what the government fells is good for us.


  1. Very nicely written... unfortunately I'm one of the wacky leftists who is sick of trying to let the free market "fix" health care. I'm curious what proof you see that it is working. Every year my cost goes up and more and more things aren't covered under my top quality plan. My brother lives in Europe under the system you don't care for and absolutely loves it. It's funny to hear someone actually like their health care system. Here, I think no matter which way we go, someone won't like it. I suppose that is probably true in Europe as well. You can't please everyone, so I say we stop trying to do the same thing expecting different results.

  2. I some ways I have to agree with you but we don't have a free market when it comes to insurance. We can not buy across state lines. this will make insurances company bid for our business. The government has over stepped it's power. I do not believe in a nanny state. They are already trying to tell us what we can eat, what to do with our children, what to do with our wealth, if we can have a pet,(Calif), if we can smoke (don't get me wrong smoking is bad)but it is our choice.The government has no right to tell us what we HAVE to buy. They say that they already do it with insurance like car and home insurance but we don't have to have a car or a home if you don't want to pay for the privlege of having them. We will not have a choice when it comes to buying health insurance, we can not get rid of our bodies. Free market is what America was built on. Then we can bring in the illegals who drain our systems. All people can get health care right now. Most hospitals will not turn you away if you don't have insurance. I also went through that. I am paying a little every month for that hospital care. They work with you!