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Using the practical application of timeless wisdom to address modern issues

How to Fight Government-Run Health Care

Below is the link to a 7 minute primer on how to fight government-run health care and the dangers we face from it as a society.

You may be surprised to find that this is not the first time that the US has fought to stop the flawed and unsustainable agenda of government control over your health care options and your control of your life.

You may also find it surprising as to the source of the timeless comments used in the video snippet.

Enjoy:  A Fight For Our Way of Life: Socialized Medicine vs. A Voice from Our Past

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Elements Conspire Against Climate-Warming Alarmists

As it will take at least twice the amount of empirical evidence to convince those hoping for eco-apocalypse than regular people, I find it important to post info on the ongoing, real-world Global Cooling that is occurring.

An international team of scientists has used the latest electro-magnetic induction equipment to discover that the Arctic ice is in fact “twice as thick” as they had expected.

As the clock ticks down towards December’s historic UN Copenhagen conference on climate change, the frenzied efforts of the warmists to panic us over all that vanishing Arctic and Antarctic ice are degenerating into farce.

Read the rest of this article in the online version of the UK Telegraph

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Government-Run Health Care Denies You the Freedom to Choose

Here is a great articulation of the train-wreck we are hurtling toward with the flawed concept of Government-run health care:

The truth is, government-run health insurance takes away citizens’ freedom, forcing them to accept a government decree about intensely personal health decisions. At a time when Medicare faces unfunded obligations of nearly $86 trillion, dumping more than half of all Americans with private coverage into a government program will dramatically jeopardize our fiscal future. To make matters worse, it will take away citizens’ freedom to choose their doctors—and the freedom to choose, with their doctors, the treatment option that best meets their health needs.

This snippet comes from an excellent article in the American Spectator called “Freedom Can’t Be Rationed

The Solution? Reset our health care system back to a free-market, patient-driven system. Every other successful part of our society runs this way- why not our health care for goodness sake?! We need:

1. Market-based pricing of health care. We need medical Care/Service/Procedures priced up front like everything else in our society- not the price/cost black-boxes of today’s employer and government-subsidized health care.
2. Minute-clinics and similar no-appointment, transparently-priced clinics are going in the right direction of delivering this concept:

http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/23_zdechlikm_coninfo/

3. Just like with the fair, portability of pre-tax 401k’s, we need fair, portable pre-tax health savings accounts for everyone to save their own money over time, make their own decisions on health care, and pay it with their own money.
4. Make health care ‘insurance’ back into actual insurance. Couple health savings accounts with high-deductible catastrophic health insurance policies.

The above approach gives everyone the access, proper control, and choice over their health- not the opposite helplessness dictated by some far away, faceless bureaucrat.

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Two illustrations why Socialized Health Care will Fail

If I ever had the chance to discuss only 2 points with the President about Universal Health care, I could sink this broken idea right then and there.

My first point would be:

Mr. President: Have you ever (especially recently) lived as an adult in a foreign country under socialized health care?

I have. I recently spent two and half years in Canada for a work transfer. The experience for me and my family was hands-down much worse than the quality of health care we received in the US. The issues? Lack of medical specialists, lack of enough qualified doctors and nurses, lack of choice, and lack of access due to increasingly long waiting lists for various procedures.

The other observed realities?
-A perceptible worsening of the above rationing/waiting lines in just the short time I was there due to spiraling cost over runs.
-An influx of foreign doctors from non-first world countries to fill job gaps with language and cultural issues besides questionable medical training credentials.
-No coverage what so ever for adults with teeth- i.e. no dental coverage! Why the heck not?! Are teeth not part of the human body or health?
-And finally, if a politician or wealthy person really needed health care right now or cutting edge services, they flew to the US and paid out of pocket. That says it all.

The second point is even better:

Mr. President: You have stated that you do not want the US Government owning or operating all or even part of the ailing automobile industry or banking industry. If you are willing to acknowledge here that the Government would not know how or be efficient at running auto or banking companies, how is it that they would possibly be effective in running the entire health care industry?

I mean, how is it you wouldn’t see the issue here? While you socialize the healthcare market from the payment-side, the providers (doctors, nurses) and manufacturers (MRI & X-Ray machine makers, Pharma companies, etc.) will still be private parties or entities that have to pay for their own education/training or risk private capital to bring a medical good or service to market.

Will the government be completely baffled when, as they arbitrarily and politically set artificial prices for medical treatments and goods, that private parties and companies will quit the medical market/industry and take their private talents and money else where? Is the government too stupid to understand that the number and quality of health care workers will diminish sharply and health care companies will reduce or stop trying to develop goods and services because they will have no control over, or the ability, to make a profit?

Note to government: Talented Americans will not incur 11+ years of medical training debt and entrepreneurs will not risk billions on new drugs or medical machines out of a sense of guilt or ‘social justice’ or whatever other flawed methods politicians use to see the world.

Socialized health care, like socialized-anything will always fail. Period.

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The Ultimate Wages of Today’s Collectivism

I saw a great statement/articulation of where the Obama administration and Democrat’s collectivism is taking us: 

Despite its human cost, the lure of dependence would appear to remain very strong. We have installed a popular administration that promises a new level of dependence for Americans. The new administration’s stimulus bill seeks to undo the positive incentives of the 1996 Welfare Reform law which rewarded states for reducing dependency, and go back to rewarding states for increasing their welfare rolls. This alone is a major setback to which can be added all the other avenues through which this administration and this congress intend to “help” the rest of us toward a state of reliance that they know will weaken us and empower them. Such thinking must — and surely does — imply an assumption of superiority (them) and inferiority (us) that requires one to ignore the fact of America. That is the fact of an extraordinary nation built by ordinary self-reliant individuals.

American Spectator: Dependency‘ article

I believe this will be a great learning experience (although negative) and contrast for Americans on the value of our founding on individual liberties vs. collectivism and the eventual tyranny that inevitably follows. It’s unfortunate we will have to learn this by experiencing years of diminished quality of life .

Instead of this primitive way of re-learning what works, the American founding values of strong individual liberties, small  central government, economic free markets, and the rule of of law need to be taught to a generation of adult citizens and once again be taught to students in school that hope to be productive, functional citizens in the future.

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