Yet, this is the America that is promised by Marxist Democrats and their leader, President Obama. Under their direction, the Federal government has grown to titanic proportions. The Federal government now owns 56% of the mortgages in the nation. It has a major share in the banks, insurance industry, and auto industry and wishes to hide its shady dealings within the stygian folds of the Federal Reserve. President Obama and his allies have outspent President Bush by trillions of dollars and for the first time in American history we are operating with a budget shortfall of one trillion dollars and that amount is expected to grow by the close of the fiscal year.
This brings us to health care. The numbers regarding its cost has been all over the map and that usually means that an inordinate amount of lying is taking place. I have heard estimates that range from zero budget impact to 4.4 trillion dollars, but with Joe Biden’s insane declaration that we must spend our way out of bankruptcy, I am inclined to believe the higher estimates, but what are we getting for spending our descendant’s into oblivion? Not much.
President Obama has declared repeatedly that Americans who wish to keep their private health insurance will get to do so, but when questioned about the lack of this provision in the House bill he endorses, he admitted “…I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about.” Excuse me? The President wholeheartedly supports this bill, has derided Republicans for opposing it, and he has no idea what is actually in the bill? This is one of the reasons that occasionally I think that I am just having a surrealistic nightmare and will be waking up soon.
Other things in the bill that the President may not be aware of include:
1. Rationing health care. With regard to senior citizens who require expensive, life saving medications and treatment, forget it.
2. Keeping your own health insurance. According to the language in the House bill you will be forced to participate in the government program because it will be illegal to sell health insurance in this country. Health insurance will only be sold as supplemental policies similar to the Medicare supplements now available to seniors.
3. Long waits to see a doctor and no choice regarding your provider. Similar to England, France, Germany, and Cuba, you will have no choice regarding which doctor sees you. Don’t like your physician? Too bad. If you want treatment, you take who we give you or go home. Want to see your doctor today? You can see your doctor in two weeks. Really sick? Two weeks. Need an MRI? Six months. Need Surgery? Three month wait. (These numbers are typical of British waits in their National Health Service)
4. Sky rocketing costs. Because the government is paying for your medical care now, citizens will go to the doctor far more than they ever did before. This will put an incredible strain on the health care system and costs will balloon. Eventually, the system will become economically unsustainable as the system in Britain has.
5. If you cannot prove to the IRS that you are covered by an authorized policy then you will be fined heavily and enrolled in a random policy regardless of whether you want it or not.
Even the Mayo clinic, that President Obama is so fond of touting, has said “Although there are some positive provisions in the current House Tri-Committee bill … the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the opposite. … The real losers will be the citizens of the United States.” Is government provided healthcare a train wreck waiting to happen? I believe so, but that it remains the gateway to the destruction of liberty in this nation is an undeniable fact.
By accepting government provided healthcare, what we as a people are saying is “Help us government because we are too weak to do it ourselves.” By turning to the collective to provide what we could provide for ourselves we relinquish our individual rights in favor of the collective. This is because you admit that as an individual you are weak when you turn these responsibilities over to others. The child like notion that the government will always take care of you only emphasizes that weakness and encourages the government to take the final step of actually treating you like a child and what liberties do you give your small children? Freedom likes a strong people and it finds no home in the weakness of the spirit or of the will.
This is why national healthcare is akin to the Rubicon. When Caesar arrived at the Rubicon he knew he faced a choice, either cross the river with his legion and destroy the Republic or cross alone to his fate and preserve it. Caesar crossed the Rubicon and became the Emperor of Rome. The choice of the American citizen regarding healthcare is the same. Either we accept a nationally provided healthcare and end our freedoms by adopting a socialist government or we take personal responsibility for ourselves and maintain our liberties.
Thus, do we cross the Rubicon or not?