Monday, May 11, 2009

Faces of Government Health Care: Be Careful What You Ask For!

President Barry Hussein Obama and the Leftists in Congress are pushing their way towards so-called "universal health care." I know, I know, Obama recently said that this isn't an immediate priority. Of course, his relationship with the truth is a bit strained these days. Now, the insurance companies have knelt before King Barack's throne and offered to cut costs. Sounds good on the surface, right? But, do we really want companies making decisions based on fear of being nationalized by a runaway federal government? Are these cost reductions based on sound accounting measures or will they involve tighter rationing of care? The devil is always in the details.

Currently, America has the world's best health care system. Americans get the care they need. Safety net programs exist for those who truly cannot afford care. The numbers of uninsured include many who choose to be uninsured. The bloated number also includes illegal aliens. The idea that government is responsible for everyone's health care is unconstitutional. However, controlling your health care would be just another way to control you. This is about power, nothing more. Many of the factors in the spiraling health care costs are because of government actions from regulation to abusive lawsuit awards. There is much the government could do to make health care more cost effective by simply divesting some of the power it has taken over the industry.

What does government health look like? Be sure to check out the Faces of Government Health Care site. A standard line from England's Primary Care Trust (PCT) reads as follows:

"This may seem harsh for individuals, but the PCT has to balance the cost of individual treatment against the needs of the wider community."

Does that seem like a system that bases its decisions on the worth of the individual? Be sure to listen to the story of Kate Spall's mother. Then think of your own family members. Be careful what you ask for.

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