By Douglas V. Gibbs
Obama, and the hard left, radically socialist, Democrats will do anything to put into place their health care reform. Back doors are opening everywhere, and they are testing the waters in any of them. You see, America won't accept willingly what the Left has to offer, so they have decided to use every deceptive avenue they can. I guess if you throw enough darts at a wall, eventually one will hit the bulls eye.
Freedom equals choice, and a government run health insurance program will eventually limit all choices, and give way to a single payer system. So, to counter the argument that nationalized health care equals a loss of liberty, the Democrats are claiming the government public option won't cost anything, nor increase the deficit. In fact, with the Left's rhetoric being as thick as it is, a lot of people actually think that Obamacare will be free.
Nothing in life is free. Government health care is many pronged in costs, from the cost of choice, to the cost of increased taxes to cover the creature that will ultimately cost more than the Leftists dreamed it could. Ultimately, that means increased taxes for everyone, and a sky-rocketing debt - all for a government fix that not only won't work, but will destroy the private industry, and ultimately destroy any semblance of the superior medical care we currently have in this nation.
All we have to do is look at history. Lieberman recently said, regarding the costs of government run healthcare: "Well all the history we have of health entitlement programs, including the two big ones that I dearly support, Medicare and Medicaid, is that they end up costing more than we're prepared to pay, and they add to the debt, and then they add to the burden on taxpayers."
According to The Heritage Foundation, "in 1967, the experts predicted that the new Medicare program would cost about $12 billion in 1990. Actual Medicare spending in 1990 was $110 billion—off by nearly a factor of 100. The leftist TPM shot back noting that the government run health company is supposed to be 'financed by premiums, and unable to draw on federal funds.' The statement would be comically naive if the stakes weren't so high. Does the left really expect the American people to believe that the same government that bailed out General Motors, Chrysler, and scores of highly unpopular banks, would not bailout the already-government-run insurance company they fought so hard to create?"
Whether the Democrats are willing to tell you, or not, the goal of programs like the proposed health care reform bill are to destroy private systems and replace such industries with government-run programs. And the reason for the government wishing to maintain control over these industries is ultimately to control the American People. So, once again the question over cost rises to the top - the real question is: Is the cost of losing liberty through governmental broken promises and failed programs worth it?
My answer is a resounding NO!
Think about it: if their health care reform was so wonderful, why are they trying to fool us into receiving it?
The Democrats truly believe that if they can look like stars in their handling of the "H1N1 National Emergency," it'll be all the proof the people need that we need government health care, and that the leftists are just the government bureaucrats to handle it.
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Morning Bell: Is Government Run Health Care Inevitable? - The Heritage Foundation