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We Can’t Afford the Govt-run ‘Health Care’ We have Today

Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

That bit of wisdom already applies to socialized health care. We have today two existing examples of government run health care: Medicaid and Medicare. Both are already financially unsustainable failures. The problems with the¬†collectivized approach of these two government programs was noted in a recent article called “Obama’s False Choice” :

…the existing Medicare program (which covers 36 million people) is running a long-term funding gap of $36 trillion, while Medicaid¬† (which covers 39 million people) is crippling individual states. If we can’t afford the government-run care we have, potentially adding 131 million more Americans to the rolls will only make our looming entitlement crisis even more severe.

If people somehow think that taking a fatally flawed idea and implementing it on a bigger scale will somehow make it work, they are in for a big disappointment. Why do the rest of us have to suffer this lack of foresight and leadership? It’s like reasoning with a person that has to walk out into traffic and get hit before they can understand the negative impact. But in this scenario, like in real life, then it’s already too late.

So I’ll say it again: Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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