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Friday, August 14, 2009

What I Believe - The Solution to the "Healthcare Crisis" - Part 1

What a complex and complicated topic this healthcare thing has become. It really doesn’t have to be that way. Let me begin by saying that to fix healthcare or more specifically fix the problem of health insurance the general public will have to accept three premises:

1. Healthcare is not a right.
2. Responsibility for healthcare rests with the individual and the individual alone.
3. Health insurance should be reformed into just that…..INSURANCE.

HEALTHCARE IS NOT A RIGHT

I know that those on the left would have you believe that it is. Find for me in the Constitution where the federal gubment is empowered to pay for or administer yours or anyone else’s healthcare. You won’t find it. Neither will you find that the federal gubment is empowered by the Constitution to provide social security, medicare, medicaid, food stamps, welfare…….I could go on and on.

I tend to subscribe to the idea that if something is not in the Constitution, then the federal gubment has no bidness doing it.

So where did this notion come from? It came from none other than the great socialist president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In 1944, Roosevelt proposed in front of congress a “second bill of rights”…..and here they are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;


The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;


The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;


The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;


The right to a good education.


All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.

At face value these all sound peachy keen, but read Mark Levin’s description:

This is tyranny’s disguise. These are not rights. They are the statist’s false promises of utopianism., which the statist uses to justify all trespasses on the individual’s private property. Liberty and private property go hand in hand. By dominating one, the statist dominates both, for if the individual cannot keep or dispose of the value he creates by his own intellectual and/or physical labor, he exists to serve the state. The “Second Bill of Rights” and its legal and policy progeny require the individual to surrender control of his fate to the government (gubment)…….Mark R. Levin, “Liberty and Tyranny

FDR did a lot of stuff as we know to foist socialism on America. He spent lots of gubment money in the 1930’s to try and bring us out of the great depression. Our economic situation actually got worse under these measures. The left would have you believe that FDR saved us from the depression. He did not. World War 2 is what finally brought about economic recovery. Gubment spending has never worked to alleviate periods of economic recession, as Obama’s ”porkulous” stimulus package has not created jobs other than perhaps a few gubment jobs. Yet the left continues to try this failed technique each and every time they have the opportunity. Alas this is a topic for yet another day.

Also FDR created social security. We all know how well that one is working out......IT"S BROKE!

The problem was further exacerbated in the 1960’s by the great socialist president, Lyndon Johnson. LBJ brought us medicare, the war on poverty, and the great society. Today medicare is broke and has created the most onerous Stalinist intrusion of the gubment into the free market ever known until perhaps the gubment takeover of the car companies and the banks. The bureaucrats make it their bidness to go around telling private doctors and hospitals how much they can charge while piling on stacks upon stacks of gubment regulation. Yes, medicare is a failure; yet Barack Obama and his ilk would have you believe that the gubment should run healthcare for the entire US of A.

Trillions of dollars have been spent on the war on poverty since the 1960’s. The result has been the creation of a multigenerational society of dependency on the federal gubment. This came to a climax during hurricane Katrina. People in New Orleans were told days in advance that catastrophe was on the way, “get out!”, yet many of them sat there on their collective asses waiting for the gubment to “rescue” them. The gubment did not/could not rescue them and many died. Indeed, if a disaster is coming, YOU (and only YOU) need to make plans to deal with it. If the gubment can help you out later, so much the better, but if you sit idly by waiting for the gubment to rescue you, you may be fatally disappointed. If you sit idly by waiting for the gubment to take care of your healthcare needs, you may also be fatally disappointed.

So the next time one of your leftist friends tells you that healthcare is a right, challenge them to find for you in the Constitution where this is so. I guarantee you they will get frustrated and they may even call you a Nazi!

RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTHCARE RESTS WITH THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE INDIVIDUAL ALONE

Sadly, several generations of Americans have been born since FDR and the great depression. The entitlement mentality has been pounded into our young skulls of mush by the left from the time we were old enough to reason. Some of us who became independent and critical thinkers have been able to reject this entitlement idea. We realize that America became a great nation not through entitlement but rather rugged individualism. Americans do best when the gubment gets the hell out of the way. Unfortunately, those on the left and many of the so called independents remain skulls full of mush.

As a physician I hear the same thing over and over again:

“Why have you not seen your regular doctor about this problem?” I inquire.

“Oh my insurance wouldn’t pay for it.” (Of course they have no problem sliding into the ER where the prices are usually several times as high).

I’ve even heard some of the nurses in the hospital grumble and ramble on because they have insurance co-pays and their insurance won’t take care of all their doctor bills.

If I had any hair I would pull it out listening to this stuff. I will often confront them with the notion that THEY are the only ones responsible for paying for their healthcare, not the insurance company, not the gubment. I am frequently met with blank stares and stares of disbelief. These are people that should know better, but I have to remember they have been pummeled their whole life with the notion of entitlement.

The hated George W. Bush had the right idea when he tried to introduce the idea of Health Savings Accounts. These only received lukewarm reception at best and it is my understanding that these things are not even mentioned and are in fact illegal in Barry’s gubment run healthcare. HSA’s provide for patients to contribute to a tax exempt fund which pays for the routine small stuff. The insurance kicks in for the big stuff like hospitalizations and catastrophic illnesses. If a person does not use the money in the fund, then it becomes theirs to keep and spend…..tax free. This makes perfect sense to me.

Will we ever get over this notion that healthcare is a right and an entitlement? I have my doubts, but if we don’t I don’t see a solution to the so called “healthcare crisis” ever happening.

This is getting long. I’m going to break this up into a second part. When I come back I’ll talk about health insurance that works and makes sense.

DISCLAIMER: THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURES ARE NOT REAL PATIENTS. THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN DURING A DISASTER DRILL AT THE HOSPITAL. THE DOCTOR AND NURSE IN THE PICTURES ARE REAL.

2 comments:

  1. Excellent article, with history and facts.

    Gave you a plug:

    'HELLO MONTANA', says Obama

    http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2009/08/hello-montana-says-obama.html

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  2. Great post Grouch. You are totally correct--health care is NOT a right. Even amoung the tribes in darkest Africa its traditional for one seeking the treatments provided by the local Witch Doctor to offer up something in return for his service--a chicken or goat usually does the trick. Free this or that is a total myth.

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