Saturday, October 4, 2008


On Friday I came accross the following opinion regarding the VP debate. Who are these people?

PALIN: Criticized Obama's "plan to mandate health care coverage and have universal government run program" for health care, and added: "I don't think it's going to be real pleasing for Americans to consider health care being taken over by the Feds."

THE FACTS: Wrong on several counts. Obama's plan does not provide for universal coverage, only mandates insurance for children and doesn't turn the system over to the government. Most people would still get private insurance through their work. Obama proposes that the government subsidize the cost of health coverage for millions who have trouble affording it and he'd set up an exchange to negotiate prices and benefits with private insurers — with one option being a government-run plan.

Fact Check may have their fact right but have completely ignored Gov. Palin's ability to sees past the initial phase of implementation to the resulting collapse to follow. This reform maverick's insight is visionary and she should be commended for it.

The following opinions are mine but I don’t think any thinking reasoned person could in good conscience argue with them.

The problem with Obama’s health care policy as I see it is this. Obama seeks to insert a socialistic style health care system into a free market system. The result of which would eventually cause the collapse of the free market system. He doesn’t say that or see that, which leads me to see his ignorance as inexperience shining through or blind socialist tendencies. Regardless of whether he acknowledges it the scenario would progress somewhat as follows.
Eventually under his system all the competing providers would be driven out of business by the government system, because the government system is paid for by tax dollars. How could they possible compete? Dahhhh.
With the demise of every competitor the government system would end up being the only system and would have to shoulder all the burden of coverage. Taxes would then need to be raised to pay for that increased burden upon the system. In the end government oversight would limit coverage and procedures to save money. Instead of each person being seen as a shopper to be taken care of, they would be seen as merely a number, a cost to the system. Decisions once made by between physicians and patients would now be made by policy from a Washington “exchange,” benefits would be reduced, and who gets what procedure when would be relegated to the government bureaucrats. These are the same bureaucrats who caused our current financial woes as a nation. Do we really think they are up to the task of fairness, or oversight, or getting anything right for Main Street?

Proponents of the system will tell us that the forgoing scenario won’t happen but it has already happened. People already abuse the social system we have in place. It has been happening for years and Washington bureaucrats have known about it and do nothing, because the people that abuse the system are voters and they need those votes to be re-elected.
They would have us believe that they would pass laws to protect taxpayers, that there would be heavy oversight to prevent abuses. But once again that is just another way of saying we plan to grow government!

So when Obama says that every American can have the same insurance as the senators in Washington for free or less than they pay now. People need to understand that such action will precipitate a mass exodus away from the current health care providers.

Businesses and individuals will see this as a way out of the high costs they now have to pay. This would force more government intervention. Laws would then need to be pasted that force business to provide some of the cost of health care for workers. MORE TAXES! Is it just me or is government already getting bigger in this plan.

What Obama proposes is government intrusion into our lives. That is how socialism works, and it is a failed system. But that is the system Barack Obama is touting in his campaign. He doesn’t say it in those words but that is what it is. In his failed system the burden of the cost for health care for the nation would eventually fall back entirely on the government backed system, which is just another way of saying the tax payers. The government will then become the big brother of every family doctor. The government would grow bigger and BIGGER, decisions on care would be relegated to government bureaucracy. Government oversight would reach all the way into the home of every American family needing medication and or surgery. With the competition put out of business the bureaucrats would run the show, just as it was in the old Soviet Union. Welcome to Russia!
The people would be subjected to the will of those in office. The bureaucrats would be in charge of decisions that affect the people right where they live without being subject themselves to the same restrictions. Because in a socialist system you can offer people the same health care without offering them the same service.
Government Bureaucrats would be granted preferential treatment in the system. Their needs would come before the people. That is the way socialism works. If the decision is between a heart transplant for Joe Biden, and a heart transplant for you, you loose because he is more important than you. You are not necessary, he is.

Now that is change! But I don’t think that is the kind of change we want as a nation. Such change flies directly in the face of the constitution. Our constitution promises a government for the people by the people. But the change Obama proposes is to make us a nation for the state by the state.

That is my opinion, what do you think? Am I off base? Where am I wrong about government health coverage?