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America Already Has Single-Payer Health Care and It’s a Catastrophe! by The Elephant's Child

There are very few things that are better done by a large central bureaucracy, that is why folks on the right speak about “draining the swamp.” Bureaucrats don’t like to give up power, and, convinced of their own wisdom, usually fight any effort for reform. In particular, the federal bureaucracy cannot do health care, The case of the Veterans Administration is only the most visible failure.The Indian Health Service is reportedly a disaster. Medicaid promises much but few physicians are willing to see Medicaid patients. Medicare has always been a Ponzi scheme, and as the Baby Boomers are rapidly reaching retirement age, there are not enough members of the Baby Bust to support them. Medicare is due to go broke in short order.


They Told Us, We Just Weren’t Paying Attention! by The Elephant's Child

Liberals have been telling us, for years, that they wanted Single-Payer Government-Controlled Health Care. Why they would think that this is a good thing is completely beyond me. But then Liberals have never been particularly known to pay attention to evidence.

They believe in Big Government, which proves my contention that they don’t pay attention to evidence. So I guess it follows that they would assume that government would do a better job of health care than all those medical people.  I guess when they look at Britain’s National Health Service, they only see people going to the doctor and not having to pay. Is that what they so admire? Or is it just the sheer power that they want so much?

We have government-run, single-payer health care in many countries, and it simply does not work. The systems are all going broke. England has been the longest participant, and bears the closest watching. Unsurprisingly, the bureaucracy of NHS is far larger than the number of people who actually do medicine. Liberals always look at what they hope it will be. Reality, on the other hand, is not so favorable.  There are always unintended consequences, and with liberals, they’re usually pretty major.

The Democrats Clarify What They Have in Mind for Your Health Care, In Their Own Words. by The Elephant's Child

(ht: Hot Air)

We were speaking of Freedom. There are little freedoms and some very big ones. by The Elephant's Child

KENNETH CITY — Council members caved in to demands from an angry crowd and delayed approving a neatness ordinance until officials explain every word of the 26-page document to Kenneth City residents.

In what was estimated to be the largest crowd to ever attend a Kenneth City Council meeting, an outraged group of residents railed at the proposal that would regulate the upkeep of both the exterior and interior of all property in the town.

The proposal basically sets standards for upkeep and appearance and gives town council officials the right to enter homes.  If the owner refuses to allow the official to enter, the town can go to a judge for an “administrative search warrant” to allow access to the interior of  buildings.  Violations would cost up to $250 a day.

Angry residents likened the proposal to rules created by Communist or Nazi dictatorships.  One person said the result would be to create a network of spies to snitch on neighbors to council members and other town officials.  Someone suggested the town should change its name from Kenneth City to “Petty City.”

I know that potholes and traffic lights get boring after a while, but city councils, drunk with power, frequently go too far.  The Seattle Parks Department is considering a regulation to ban beach fires on city beaches to prevent their contribution to “global warming”.  The Seattle City Council was advocating tearing down the dams on the Columbia River, until they took a field trip to Eastern Washington and found out how big the dams are.  The Berkeley City Council and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors provide frequent entertainment, but when it is your freedom that they encroach upon, it isn’t so funny.

Bureaucracies, at every level, want to control things that they find annoying.  Since they are in positions that allow them to dictate to others, they assume that they are qualified to do so. They fail to recognize that restraint is their most important duty.

Some inroads upon our liberty are vastly more important than others. Congress, obsessing over the phony statistic about the number of Americans without health insurance that they used to such effect in the recent campaign, now wants to use that statistic to force universal health care on Americans.

Democrats love the idea of universal health care.  As always, they focus on their intent, the goal, and are uninterested in studies and statistics and results of how such health care actually works in countries where it has been adopted.  Tom Daschle, who will be President-elect Obama’s Health Care Czar (if he is confirmed) thinks that a plan just like Canada’s would be a fine idea.  What planet has he been living on?

To a clone of Canada’s health plan (you must belong) he adds the hated NICE from the British plan to decide what treatment you will be allowed to have, and what drugs you will be allowed to have, and what tests you are allowed to have.  Bureaucrats decide, not you, not your doctor. Many Canadian doctors have immigrated to the US.  Many Canadian patients come to the US for treatment. Fewer people enter the profession of medicine.

Reports from other countries are pretty uniform.  It works for a while, but costs so much that government must drive down costs.  It is NOT FREE, you pay for every bit of your own health care and everyone else’s in increased taxes.  Claims that you will save money are false.  Long waits (6 months) for an appointment or treatment are standard in Canada, Great Britain, France, Sweden, New Zealand.  British patients needing serious surgery go to India if they can afford it.  Ordinary care in India is not good, but there is a higher level for those who can pay.  Hospitals in Britain and France are often dirty and infested with “superbugs”.

These things don’t matter too much when you have a simple, common problem — a broken arm, a bad cut.  It’s when you face a serious health problem that it really matters.  We have more diagnostic machines in any major city than there are in Canada.  People are lured by the false promise that the care is FREE.

I have written about socialized medicine here, here, here, and here. This is an enormous attack on your personal freedom, your health, and will drag your country down.  Please do your homework. Read and read some more.

All of the major think tanks have comprehensive studies.  Do not part with your freedom lightly. There are times when you must stand up and be willing to fight to retain your freedom.

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