Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Healthcare Entitlement That Reduces Deficit?

It goes from bad to worse. How does one actually say with a straight face:
new estimates show a health care overhaul drafted by Democrats would reduce the U.S. budget deficit over 10 years and cost less than $900 billion.
To believe that fantastic claim, you have to ignore everything we know about Washington and the history of government health-care programs. What federal entitlement programs have ever cost less than what they initially claimed or have ever reduced government expenditures or the need for higher taxes? (2003 Medicare prescription drug bill is one.)

We can look to other nations and states that have tried this. They all offer crappy services and high costs.

The Republicans need to take on the Democrats, not by saying 'no' but by providing sound alternatives to our current private and public health insurance model.

It only makes sense to get the government completely out of the health care business and to favor a model based on health care spending accounts and catastrophic insurance. A true market approach to health care will control costs, reduce corruption and give people value-based options.

This Democrat-led Obamacare health plan will be disastrous for decades. Besides the costs and unavoidable crappy care, it will increase unemployment. How can medical institutes, insurance companies, and drug and medical device firms justify business risks? Who would want to invest the time and costs associated with preparing for a medical profession?

Why do the politicians think that they can create a brand new entitlement program that will not balloon and crash due to its cost, bureaucracy and incompetency? Are Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare not good hints?

Big social government programs always fail. Socialism is a failed ideology on a massive, heterogeneous scale. Politicians the world over continue to demonstrate their insanity by trying the same things over and over again, hoping they will turn out differently.

For many, this argument is about health care; but for a few, it is about control -- the means to an end. Socialized health care provides a little help for a few but at a huge cost to personal freedom and liberty to most.

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