Government can fix health care. Sure it can. Just ask the Democrats in the Senate. They’ll tell you.
What they won’t discuss is the sad, proven fact that government’s fat paw stuck into any endeavor makes it more costly, less efficient, and far less accountable to the people it purports to serve.
Ask them about Medicaid, the government coverage for low income families. Are the “customers” (as the bureaucrats term Medicaid recipient) healthy? Nope.
Oh, never mind what they say. Look at Social Security instead. No, wait. Have a stiff drink first. That link is a double whammy, showing you the additional fragility of Medicare.
All right, all right, so Social Security’s not so great and Medicare isn’t feeling well. But how about our streamlined, efficient United States Postal Service? The one that’s planning to close on Saturdays to save money. They’re a good example of an institution that doesn’t care because it doesn’t have to. It’s a government monopoly that would be out of business tomorrow if competition were permitted.
Well then, how about our subsidized rail system, the money-eater otherwise known as Amtrak? What a long strange trip (and rip-off) it’s been since 1970…
Maybe Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are your own personal friends? Anybody home?
Government creates corruption and larger government creates larger corruption. That is a sad fact that the Left will never accept. How’s that War on Poverty going? How about the War on Drugs? Or the war on guns?
We already have many sad examples of the heavy hand of government health care. But don’t take my word for it. Ask the Indians who are at the mercy of the Indian “Health” Services. If you want to see living examples of why we need to keep government limited, as Ira Taken-Alive says in this video, “Go to the Reservation”:
Here’s what a Maine citizen says about the Indian Health Services:
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We do not need to compare the universal health-care system in Canada and England to know what government run health-care will be like in the United States. All we have to do is look at the health care our government is provides American Indians.
The Indian Health Service currently spends about the same per Native American as Finland, Spain and other countries Obama has said demonstrate that we can spend less and get better outcomes.
How is this working for them? Rates of infant mortality, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and liver cancer are significantly higher than among non-hispanic whites, and diabetes-related deaths are four times higher. On one reservation in South Dakota, life expectancy in 2007 was 58 years, while the national average is 77 years.
The motto on reservations is “don’t get sick after June” because that’s when federal money usually runs out. In addition, fraud, waste and mismanagement are problems.
A number of tribes are now moving away from the IHS system and doing tribal contracting, where they provide their own health-care funding from the IHS. They now administer their own hospitals and clinics and wind up with better access and better quality care.
Want to know what a public option will be like? Ask a Native American. How could our senators and congressmen support this treatment of any U.S. citizen?
Here’s the governor of South Dakota quoted in the Rapid City Journal:
South Dakotans who like the idea of more government involvement in medical care need only look at the Indian Health Service to see how easily things can go wrong, Gov. Mike Rounds says.
“Right now in South Dakota, we’ve got one of the best examples of a health-care system run amok, and that is Indian health,” Rounds said in an interview with the Journal. “And I wouldn’t wish that health care on anybody. It would be an absolute disaster in America.”
I have visited Native American friends in Indian health care facilities…and it’s pretty bad. I’m just talking about the physical condition of the buildings, not the wait times, quality of care, etc., which are a whole other story.
You might recall the scandal a few years ago when the terrible conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (paint peeling off the walls, etc.) were revealed. Well, military and veteran heath care isn’t the only U.S. government health care that is pathetic. I’ve seen the same kind of peeling paint, etc. in government-run Indian Health Service facilities as well.
Then we have the lessons from various state-run health care insurance:
A 2008 analysis by Kaiser Permanente’s Patricia Lynch published by Health Affairs noted that in addition to Washington and New York, the individual insurance markets in Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Vermont “deteriorated” after the enactment of guaranteed issue. Individual insurance became significantly more expensive and there was no significant decrease in the number of uninsured.
Our imperial Congress suffers from a bad case of over reach. They want to encase the body politic in a disastrous full body cast and tell us how good it feels. Will they themselves be partaking of this “health” “care” “plan”? Heavens no! The nomenklatura has its own insurance plan and you can bet that no one will be permitted to touch it. Nor will we mere citizens be permitted to partake of the same benefits.
What’s the point of running for elective office if you can’t avail yourself of the exclusive perks belonging only to the imperium?
Hat tip: Frugal Café