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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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  1. brittanicus says:

    Health care insurance companies have had it their way for far too long. Prior to 13th century the Barons, freeman and fettered surfs of England genuflected to every whim of the King John of England. In 1215 Magna Carta changed all that, just as we have reached a precipitous point today with the health care. WE desperately need freedom from the businesses that prey on the the average American?. We need a Single payer system, just like most European developed nations our insurance entities have subjected people to deceiving paperwork that would null their agreement for any pre-existing conditions found. They would delve deeply into any scrap of information, to cut off a person potential surgery–specially those items costing $100.000 dollars.. Not satisfied with that, under the watchful eye of the stockholders “bean Counters”, would hit you with co-pays and premiums.

    Governor Schwarzenegger should listen to the association of nurses and remove any insurance company from participating in the health care committee. Insurance companies are a cold dispassionate for-profit business that has no intentions of releasing their hold on a trillion dollar industry. Shortly we will be bombarded with gross lies, rhetoric and propaganda in every corner of the media. To even think of even enacting a single payer system is supposedly anti-American. In truth the estimates of Americans uninsured has reached a disastrous proportion. Then we have the shuffle of free health care for illegal foreign nationals that also have a massive financial impact on all taxpayers. Car makers would be in fair competition with foreign companies, who are usually subsidized by their countries. No business would be exempt from paying into the United States health care fund, and pharmaceutical companies would not have a monopoly any more.

    One monolithic pool of people is far better than the chaos of health care system we have today. England, prior to the ingress of illegal and legal commonwealth immigrants, the island had a true excellent system of health care for everyone. Your job paid insurance stamps, same as the employee who gave you access to a doctor, a surgeon, eye or dentist practitioner. No money, no insurance card, no state picture ID changed hands. A small payment for medicine was all that was expected. The only difference was a short waiting time for specialists that the well-heeled are completely isolated from.

    Indeed, I had 2 minor and one selective surgery that cost nothing out of pocket. Here Americans live in frightened anticipation of debt collectors and bankruptcy for bills unpaid. Health care drains the country each year of trillions of dollars– much going to insurance companies, archaic billing companies, and a whole cornucopia of middlemen. It will not be easy to change the broken system? Just like illegal immigration, the open-border proponents have everything to lose, that includes politicians who are major stockholders in hospitals for profit. Call the President, Senator or Representative and demand a—SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM: 202-224-3121

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