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.
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!