By Douglas V. Gibbs
As the Democrats push their beloved health care legislation on a citizenry that is against such a program, it occurred to me to consider the results, and consequences, of socialized medicine in other countries.
In order to pay for these programs, governments are required to increase taxes (despite the Democrat's claim to the contrary). If you will notice in all of the nations that have socialized medicine, none of these countries have a thriving middle class. The lack of a thriving middle class in countries with socialized medicine is because the cost of running these programs take so much money in taxes that discretionary spending by the populace goes way down. In other words, so much money is taken in taxes to cover the health care programs that there is nothing left for people to live on other than the bare necessities.
Also note that in all cases the government health care has had to resort to rationing care to try to keep their costs down.
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