It’s 1,018 pages, a couple of people really love it. And it’s failed in other countries. What is it? Government Health care!
“If Congress continues on this path, disaster lurks in 2010’s midterm elections — especially for Democrats. A Gallup Poll out Wednesday suggests a fed-up public, with approval of Congress falling from a spring high of 39% to 21% in October (see chart).” Investors Business Daily, October 7th, 2009
Okay, Okay sorry, let’s get to heath care.
“Current efforts by Congress to “reform” the health care system are centered on several flawed policy initiatives that will transfer more power and decisions to Washington and away from patients and families.
Rather than create a massive government-based health care system and dislocate people from their existing private coverage, policymakers should focus on putting the health care system on a path where individuals and families are in control of their health care dollars and decisions.” The Heritage Foundation, August 28th, 2009
Do Americans “more power and decisions to Washington and away from patients and families”?
Please allow me to inform you.
“Both the House and Senate bills would create a new government-run health care plan through the establishment of a federally run national health insurance exchange. The result: widespread erosion of private insurance and substantial consolidation of federal control over health care through the exchange. As is evident in the details of the House bill (H.R. 3200), there is no level playing field for competition between the government plans and private health plans. Plus, the incentives in the legislation guarantee that millions of Americans will lose their existing employer-based coverage.” The Heritage Foundation, August 28th, 2009
But by how much will the government take over?
“In this context, putting a health care reform bill online would seem the least Congress could do — especially if that bill could lead to a de facto government takeover of 17% of the U.S. economy.” Investors Business Daily, October 7th, 2009
Ironically, government makes the problems.
“While Congress is busy working on health care reform, policy-makers are reluctant to admit that many of our nation’s health problems are linked to practices subsidized by taxpayers. An American diet heavily dependent on corn and corn-derivatives is linked to obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, Type II-Diabetes, constipation, joint pain, and other ailments. The tragic irony is that government subsidizes the low-cost production of the corn-based, unhealthy foods that make many people sick. Now the Obama administration wants to give these same policy-makers responsibility for our health care.” The Acton Institute, September 2, 2009
“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?” Ronald Reagan, 1981 Inaugural Address.
So government makes all of these different problems, and then uses more regulation. (Which caused the problem in the first place) to “solve” the problem. It doesn’t work.
Unfortunately, this happens to often.
So by now you might be saying: “Wow Ben, that sounds bad, but we still haven’t tried it. We still don’t know for sure.” Well, lets look at some countries who have tried it and are currently using it.
“Stafford Hospital in central England was found to have appalling standards of care, putting patients at risk and leading to some dying, according to a report on Tuesday.
Between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected in a three-year period at the National Health Service (NHS) hospital, according to an investigation by the Healthcare Commission watchdog.
‘We do apologise to all those people who have suffered from the mistakes that have been made in the Stafford Hospital,’ said Prime Minister Gordon Brown, questioned on the matter at his weekly grilling in the House of Commons.”
Later in the article:
“‘Julie Bailey, whose 86-year-old mother Bella died in the hospital in November 2007, said she and other family members slept in a chair at her bedside for eight weeks because they were so concerned about poor care.
‘What we saw in those eight weeks will haunt us for the rest of our lives,'” said the 47-year-old. “‘We saw patients drinking out of flower vases they were so thirsty.’
‘There were patients wandering around the hospital and patients fighting. It was continuous through the night. Patients were screaming out in pain because you just could not get pain relief.
‘It was like a Third World country hospital. It was an absolute disgrace.'” Breitbart March 18, 2008.
“Health-care resources are not unlimited in any country, even rich ones like Canada and the U.S., and must be rationed either by price or time. When individuals bear no direct responsibility for paying for their care, as in Canada, that care is rationed by waiting.
Canadians often wait months or even years for necessary care. For some, the status quo has become so dire that they have turned to the courts for recourse. Several cases currently before provincial courts provide studies in what Americans could expect from government-run health insurance.” The Wall Street Journal February 9th, 2009 (Note: Opinion Article by Nadeem Esmail)
This will replace the current system. The people in favor of this think our current system is “bad.” And think that the above, is our solution that is “better”.
Do we want any of this? After the simple facts, do you?