Unfortunately, in politics, great campaign promises are not always kept. In the current Republican Presidential race, each hopeful has pledged to repeal ObamaCare, a job killing, tax & spend behemoth entitlement. If that promise is broken or, if President Iconoclast is reelected, the final nail will seal the coffin containing the remains of the US economy.
That must not happen.
It is disturbing to see the proportion of voters in favor of the federal government taking over this 1/5th of the US economy. They cannot understand anyone wanting to repeal ObamaCare. Mostly left wing and idealistic, these voters turn a blind eye to the pitfalls of increasing dependency on government at a time when drastic spending cuts are imperative to economic survival.
Many ask,”Doesn’t everyone deserve good health care?” No they do not.
What everyone deserves is the right to choose their own path. They deserve the opportunity to succeed, to keep the rewards of their labor and to avoid funding entitlements based on what others incorrectly believe they deserve.
By what justification is deservedness established? Should one not first accomplish something of value prior to making fiscal demands on fellow citizens? Just being born in the right country is nothing more than pure luck. It falls well short of being worthy of anything but the opportunity to try.
Look at the wording of the question – Doesn’t everyone deserve good health care? It is actually a statement disguised as a question. The implication is that to disagree makes you selfish, mean spirited and certainly not thinking like a proper Socialist. The second implication is that good health care comes only from government. That is a canard. The debate is actually not about health care. It is about how to pay for it.
Those supporting big government care are mainly interested in avoiding the bill. They willingly ignore government’s miserable track record in business. Amtrak, the Post Office, Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare – each on financial life support and every one an attempt by government to operate as would a business. Further, government health care is always more costly due to the bureaucracy required to run it. And how do we ignore the elimination of competition, so vital to cost control?
There are two major issues directly impacting medical costs in America, federal restrictions on insurance companies doing business across state lines and the out of control litigious nature of Americans. Legal reforms are needed now to bar many of the huge settlements driving up insurance costs for doctors and hospitals. Frivolous lawsuits must be stopped. That requires standing up to the lawyers lobby. But who will?
For those looking north to the Canadian system the news is not good. In Canada, economic realities are not bowing to entitlement ideology. Aging baby boomers and dwindling resources are forcing Canadian provinces to cut health care costs. As with any socialist system, Canada’s health care Utopia is collapsing under its own weight. In 2009, Canadian provinces spent 40% of their budgets ($183 billion) on health care. Ontario will reportedly spend 70% of its budget on health care by 2020 barring serious change.
Dependency is unsustainable.
Like it or not Canadians are looking at a new flat health tax, a fee per doctor visit, means testing and more private funding for some medical procedures now covered by the government system.
America, take note. Canadians are beginning to understand. If everyone deserves good health care, everyone must be willing to pay for it.