Tuesday, August 11, 2009

While it's on my mind

As if the above Quote... wasn't enough of an indication, this is going to be something of a political rant...

I'm sure that you're all aware that I am no fan of Big Government. As far as I'm concerned, the more government we have, the less liberty we enjoy. And the current healthcare mess is one excellent case in point.
OK, let me start by saying this, I understand why so many people feel some need for the government to step in and "reform" our healthcare system. Not from the perspective that there is something wrong with the system, but because there are so many people who have no health insurance.
I get it. In this country we do try to be compassionate towards our fellow citizens. And when we know that our neighbors could be struggling with something, we'd like to say we did something to help.
Unfortunately, we aren't doing anything to help. We're asking our government to do something for us. And there's a huge difference.
We say we want to help, but we don't know where to begin because the problem is so big, and we're all so limited in our own resources. So we turn to our government because we're already paying taxes. And since we're paying taxes, and this is supposed to be a taxpayer funded program, we act as if we've done our part.
But here's the real problem.
We look at the situation where the news media and the supporters of "healthcare reform" bombard us with statistics that tell us that millions of people are living without health insurance. As if that means they can't get medical treatment! I hate to say this, but we've misplaced our compassion on this issue. Just because a person or a family doesn't have health insurance, that doesn't mean they can't get medical treatment.
I happen to know someone who works but doesn't get insurance through his employer, because he's considered to be self-employed as an independent contractor. Yet, when he had to have surgery, he wasn't turned down. The hospital didn't refuse to treat him. They didn't refuse to admit him. And while his stay was much longer than he would've liked it to be, they didn't hold him prisoner so he could work off what he owed. And the same would be true for any of us.
Now we can see that there is no real imperative to have "healthcare reform" for the uninsured. So why is it being pushed so vigorously?
Control! The expansion of government power!
Consider this. If our government wanted to pay for the medical care of anyone who doesn't have insurance, they could do it. I mean, they're already doing it for countless welfare recipients - and, dare I say, illegal aliens - right? So why not anyone who doesn't have insurance?
Think about it. If you don't have insurance, you just go to the doctor's office or the hospital, show them whatever ID you have - driver's license, non-driver's license, student ID, military ID, welfare ID, whatever - just so you have something that indicates that you are who you claim to be. Fill out a form that says you have no insurance, and the government pays for it. End of story.
But what we have instead is this massive legal document that criminalizes any attempts to bypass this monstrous new legislation. We find ourselves being burdened by thousands of pages of regulations that take our healthcare choices (liberty?) and subject them to a government bureaucrat. And we will see ourselves being taxed into serfdom over this program.
After all, if a bureaucrat is making decisions about your healthcare, how long before your diet becomes a health issue? What about your favorite activities? Could they put you at a health risk? Should I mention "Family Planning"? Do you think I'm being extreme here?
Maybe I am. But I'll be honest. I'd rather fight this now and eliminate the risk of being right later on.

OK, that is all.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jeff A said...

I agree with you, it is a big power grab. I don't think they even really care anymore, other than the fact that they can finally say they passed nationalized health care. I'm worried equally about what their next pet project will be when they finally either pass or get bored with this?

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

9:42 AM  
Blogger M+ said...

Jeff,
I'm just happy to see people showing their anger about this. And even though the media is portraying us as nutcases, at least they've been forced to cover the dissent.
Anon,
That's a pretty revolutionary declaration you're making. Are you suggesting we form a new nation, or just reclaim this one?

2:05 PM  

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