Silence is golden… except when it’s dangerous. This is one of those times.
I considered not addressing the health care debate on this website because it’s not strictly a real estate-related topic. After all, I get hate mail every time I publish articles related to politics, even when the topic is directly related to real estate.
But this issue is much bigger than any individual topic. The health care proposals before Congress at the present time will effect every single American, and not a single one of the effects will be positive. It’s a horrible idea, and nowhere in the history of the world has the idea of universal/single payer health care been implemented as a benefit to the citizenry. To the contrary, it’s always negative.
Here’s the basic thrust of the current proposals: Barrack Obama wants the government to take over the entire health care system. He knows that the single most important issue to every single person is their own health, and he knows that the government’s power over the citizens will be increased profoundly if the government has absolute control over every citizen’s health care. Let’s not pretend that this legislation is anything other than a massive – and horrible – power grab by the federal government… and let’s stay clearly focused on the literally life-and-death nature of this issue.
As he’s said repeatedly for years, Obama is for a “single payer”/universal care system. Let me cut through the garbage and tell you what that means: The “single payer” supported by Obama is the U.S. government, and if the government ‘pays’ for all health care, then it controls the health care business… and it controls the care that each one of us receives in our times of need.
Obama’s scheme is also referred to as “universal care”, under which every single person in America will have health care coverage. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? The reality is different: “universal” doesn’t mean that everyone in America will have the opportunity to use this program… it actually means that everyone in America will ultimately be forced to use the government’s health care plan regardless of the fact that 89% of people in America are satisfied with their current health care… and for those of you with an eye for critical details, it also means that 100% of the ILLEGAL ALIENS in America will be entitled to health care under this program… at no cost.
How will that make you feel to be forced into a health ‘care’ program that’s run by an inept government with no track record of financial success – and to be taxed so high for it that you pay for not only your own health care, but for that of the 20 million or so illegal aliens in America? These people will be granted the right to go for checkups, have routine care and have major medical procedures – all on your dime.
Is it a good idea to allow the government to control health care? Is it a good idea to allow the government to decide what treatments you receive and when? When has the government ever shown the wisdom to consider what’s best for the individual rather than what’s best for the government?
This is a terrible idea. Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or something else entirely, this issue transcends party lines, because it is literally your health and safety that is on the line. In fact, much of the attendance at the highly publicized town hall meetings has been by people who are registered as democrats but who highly oppose the president’s health care takeover plan.
The U.S. government has been a model for failed financial management for an entire century. Most recently, the Obama administration failed quite miserably at running the “Cash For Clunkers” program, a $1 Billion program to subsidize the purchase of new cars. The health care system will be far larger than that, and there’s no reasonable way to think that Obama’s crew – or anyone else of any party – can (or should) manage such a huge undertaking. In fact, under the current administration, the national deficit grew by $181 Billion in the month of July alone – and that’s without a socialized health care program.
I repeat: The issues involved are matters of life-and-death. The government will make decisions for your health care, and you can be completely sure that these decisions will be related largely to your ability to positively contribute to the government’s revenue stream. Some of the easy-to-predict practical ramifications are:
- Health care needs by anyone in their 60′s and older will receive a higher level of scrutiny from the government. (The “End Of Life Counseling” provisions in the current proposals are raising serious and legitimate concerns from senior citizens and those nearing senior age.)
- Wait times for simple doctor visits and for more serious medical procedures will become ridiculously long. (At a recent seminar, two of my clients who happened to be residents of Canada commented that when they need medical service, they cross the border and return to America for health care due to both quality and timeliness concerns in Canada… and the quality level in the U.K. and other socialized countries is just as bad.)
- Obama’s plan ultimately complete eliminates private health care and private health insurance. This means that the only health care that will be available to you will be that which is approved by the government. You won’t be able to acquire private care, even if you are capable of paying for it yourself.
- One of the provisions of the health care proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives requires you to give direct access to your financial accounts to the U.S. government so the feds can withdraw money directly from your account to cover the cost of medical procedures. The U.S. government will directly control your money in that circumstance. There is no Constitutional authority for such a thing.
What is your “gut” telling you about this issue? Some very curious things I’ve observed are as follows:
- Barrack Obama unsuccessfully pushed very, very hard to get these proposals through Congress before the August recess. Why was he in such a hurry, since his radical proposals would fundamentally change the entire U.S. economy? As you’ll see, it appears Obama’s goal was to stifle debate about the issue…
- Congress did not pass the health insurance legislation Obama wanted prior to their recess, and now Congress is facing huge crowds and massive scrutiny at their local town hall meetings. The extent of the pressure that members of Congress are facing (primarily the Democrats who support the legislation) is making headlines every day.
- The Obama administration and congressional Democrat leaders have failed to refute the wide-spread criticism of their takeover plan, and have responded only by referring to their opponents at these town hall meetings as “mobs” and “uninformed”. It’s also reported that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has referred to the protestors as “unamerican” in an op-ed published in today’s USA Today. Since when is protest unamerican? This woman is a fool, and it’s totally justified that only 24% of Americans trust her.
- Obama recently blamed “the mess” on some unidentified group of people – presumably his political opponents – and stated flatly that he “doesn’t want them to do a lot of talking”. It is flatly unamerican and cowardly for a President of the United States to suggest that a group of people shouldn’t exercise their rights to free speech because it contradicts his own goals.
- The Obama administration is now collecting information about anyone who publishes information about the health care takeover plan that is, in their words, “fishy”. That’s right: The federal government is monitoring our communications – but only if those communications are in opposition to their ideas. (What Would Hitler Do?)
I have a lot of Candian and European friends and colleagues who are already facing the tyranny of government-controlled health care. None of them have said positive things about the direction in which Obama is trying to take our country. It’s just a bad idea, and it does not work.
There are a number of specific policy provisions that are entirely detestable, and we’ll doubtlessly discuss those issues as they’re raised in the comments to this article. But for now, fire away and tell us what you think about Obama’s government health care takeover proposals. Do you like the idea? Do you hate it? Should our system be left alone? Is “reform” necessary and urgent like we’re being told? Do you like the health care you currently have? Share your thoughts now in the comments area below…
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