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Poll: Most Americans Satisfied With Health Care System

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The maw of Big Government

A new CNN poll finds that more than 80% of Americans are satisfied with the quality of their health care.

And even after all the media-hyped whining about capitalism, costs and an expectation that the government should make everything “free,” the poll still found 52% satisfied with the cost of health care.

But that won’t stop President Barack Obama, his fellow socialists on Capitol Hill, and their allies in the “mainstream” media from fanning the flames for socialized health care.

Our health care system certainly needs a lot of improvement…but the direction to go is 180 degrees away from socialism, as fast as we can run.

What the socialists never tell people is that their meddling to-date is responsible for most of the problems seen in the American health care system…and that further meddling will make these problems grow and create new ones.

Massive government regulation in the health care industry has brought on increases in health care costs in order to comply with these regulations.

The government is already responsible for 50% or more of the health care spending in the United States through programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP and more.  The federal government is notoriously lenient when it comes to paying for expenditures, so costs of treatments get inflated, and many times tests and treatments are prescribed simply because the health care industry knows the government will cough up the taxpayer’s money to cover it.

I lived in England for three years and saw nationalized health care up close and personal.  I experienced it first hand a few times, one of those sitting in an empty waiting room for hours vomiting into a garbage can waiting to see a doctor after getting food poisoning.

The wait times for treatment and famous waiting lists of months to years in England and Canada have become known to most Americans, and awareness of the same problems in other socialist countries such as Sweden is growing.

Massachusetts also began an experiment with socialized health care a few years under Governor Mitt Romney.  While initially touted as a wonderful utopia, reality is now beginning to seep out and we are seeing the same cost explosion and increased wait times that befalls every other socialist experiment in the world.  Why do we never, ever learn???

Then there is the rationing which already occurs in socialized health care systems in other countries.  This means due to the massive costs of a socialist system, the government is forced to ration care.

In real terms, this means the government looks at you, your situation, and the cost of treating you, and if the government determines you aren’t a good investment…you don’t get treated.  If you are severely disabled, old, or otherwise considered a “poor investment” of the government’s money, you are simply denied treatment.

A leading British bio-ethicist has even recently argued that old people and the mentally infirm have a “duty to die.” That could mean Grandpa Jack, or Aunt Trudy, or…you.  (Though it certainly couldn’t happen to you, right?)  Remember that the next time you consider reaching for your pom-poms to cheer for socialized health care.

Seldom discussed, even in examinations of the dismal failure of socialized health care systems, is the personal expense of this “free” health care system.

Yes, my British friends receive “free” health care.  When they go to a hospital or see a doctor, they don’t have to bring cash, check book or credit card because they don’t “pay” for it…in the office.

But they do have staggering tax burdens.  When I lived in England in the late 1980s, the average Briton had a tax burden somewhere around 30-40%, much of which went to pay for all the “free” things their government provided, like health care.

I think it’s a safe bet that–if we could end the chorus of love songs from the “mainstream” media about socialized health care, and people could deal clearly with the facts–Americans would most certainly NOT be thrilled at the idea of seeing their tax burden skyrocket, the quality of their health care go down the toilet, and join waiting lists 18-24 months long for procedures they can now get in weeks, days or same-day.

What the “mainstream” media is doing by hiding the facts from the average American should be criminal.  It is pure propaganda and manipulation of a free people on a massive scale.

But what our own government will do to us, if we surrender to socialized medicine, will likely be far more criminal.

We must stop this march toward socialism dead in its tracks, and the Tax Day Tea Parties are a great occasion to send that message, along with many others, of what the free American people will not stand for!


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4 Responses to “Poll: Most Americans Satisfied With Health Care System”

  1. As alluded to my Mr. Ellis, demand for health care will quickly outstrip the supply in a “free” system. This leads to rationing; by long waits and poor service, and even denial of life-saving care if the cost-benefit ratio leans a little to the left.

    Medical savings accounts (MSA) hold the greatest hope of returning some sanity back into the system by putting more decisions, especially about costs, into the hands of patients and families. As a physician, but also as a patient, I would welcome this and might even decide to hang-on for a few more years.

  2. Funny how the word “socialist” is spat out several times before he even gets to his point, in a puerile 50’s style red baiting exercise. Sure the mythical wonders of the markets are best as Wall Street can now attest. (No country is “socialist” by even the wiki definition provided.)
    Either way perhaps Americans are “quality of their health care”, but few are happy with the “system”. “A new poll conducted by Lake Research Partners on behalf of Health Care for America Now (HCAN) found there is “intense and widespread voter support” for the choice of a public health insurance plan as part of comprehensive, national health care reform even when voters hear the sharpest insurance industry attacks such as a public health insurance plan would lead to lower quality health care, more expensive health care, or big government.” http://healthcareforamericanow.org/site/content
    The USA is the ONLY country in the developed world that has no public health care system beyond minimal stop gap Medicare and Medicaid. In the rest of the world public health care is a right like going to the library or the freedom of speech (two “socialist” ideals). The USA is still among the wealthiest countries in the world, but the stats on life expectancy and infant mortality are abysmal and far behind many far poorer countries. The costs are out of control. I have lived in countries with public health care, and though imperfect, few people in polls would trade for US style private insurance with de facto waiting lists and immense costs.

  3. The word “socialist” was used because, um, I was talking about a socialist system. Imagine that: using the correct word to describe something. In my experience, most folks who whine about “50s-style red baiting” either have no idea of what Marxism, communism and socialism really entail…or they do, and they like it and want to mislead people about its existence and/or implications.

    The US is (thankfully) the only nation in the developed world without a socialized health care system because we are the ONLY nation in the developed world that comes close to fully recognizing property rights and respecting the right of each person to their own property.

    In socialized systems, the government steals from one person that they deem to have “too much money” and redistributes it to those it deems to have “not enough” in a fashion that Karl Marx would be very pleased with.

    Put simply, the government steals the property of some of its citizens. If I came to your house, broke in and grabbed your wallet, your TV, your computer, and whatever else I decided to and said I was going to give them to someone on the other side of town who didn't have as much as you…would you cheer? Would you applaud? Would you beam with joy that you had such a modern and progressive and fair system?

    Or would that seem a little unfair to you? Surely you don't think theft is wrong for the average citizen but right for the government, do you?

    Costs are out of control in the States because (as I said) there is too much government meddling already. We need to move back to a system where the consumer is more involved in their health care decisions, not less as they would be in a socialized system.

    In such a system, prices would go down, quality would go up as medical agencies competed for business, efficiency would go up as government bureaucracy was cut, and freedom would increase as we no longer had our wallets lightened by a thieving government that thinks it knows better than we do how our own money should be spent.

  4. The word “socialist” was used because, um, I was talking about a socialist system. Imagine that: using the correct word to describe something. In my experience, most folks who whine about “50s-style red baiting” either have no idea of what Marxism, communism and socialism really entail…or they do, and they like it and want to mislead people about its existence and/or implications.

    The US is (thankfully) the only nation in the developed world without a socialized health care system because we are the ONLY nation in the developed world that comes close to fully recognizing property rights and respecting the right of each person to their own property.

    In socialized systems, the government steals from one person that they deem to have “too much money” and redistributes it to those it deems to have “not enough” in a fashion that Karl Marx would be very pleased with.

    Put simply, the government steals the property of some of its citizens. If I came to your house, broke in and grabbed your wallet, your TV, your computer, and whatever else I decided to and said I was going to give them to someone on the other side of town who didn't have as much as you…would you cheer? Would you applaud? Would you beam with joy that you had such a modern and progressive and fair system?

    Or would that seem a little unfair to you? Surely you don't think theft is wrong for the average citizen but right for the government, do you?

    Costs are out of control in the States because (as I said) there is too much government meddling already. We need to move back to a system where the consumer is more involved in their health care decisions, not less as they would be in a socialized system.

    In such a system, prices would go down, quality would go up as medical agencies competed for business, efficiency would go up as government bureaucracy was cut, and freedom would increase as we no longer had our wallets lightened by a thieving government that thinks it knows better than we do how our own money should be spent.