The Fall-Out Due to Socialized Medicine
As you may have heard, we are having a great debate in this county over healthcare reform. While most Americans strongly agree that we do need to reform healthcare within the country, most Americans disapprove of the current solution that has been passed into law by Congress. There are many reasons why Americans don’t like the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The most common one is that it brings us a giant leap closer to socialized medicine. Whether you agree with the side that claims that this is only a step toward socialized medicine or not, it is clear that socialized medicine is the ultimate goal of liberals in politics.
I don’t think that most people realize the loss of freedom that we will all be forced to endure if socialized medicine is ever fully implemented in
As far back 1927 Governmental control over the healthcare system in
This is exactly the tactic that was used to promote the ACA when it was being debated in the court of public opinion in 2009. The proponents of the ACA asked. “How can any caring citizen deny necessary medical care for any American, just because they can’t afford it?” Liberals claim that Americans have a ‘right’ to healthcare, and play on your emotions. Either liberals are lying or they don’t understand what a ‘right’ really means. Let’s hope they don’t understand what a ‘right’ truly is, so let me explain.
A ‘right’ is a universal concept that exists in an unlimited way to every individual. If you are exercising your ‘right’ in no way does this diminish anyone else’s claim to the same ‘right’; as true rights are boundless. Your ‘right’ to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom of the pursuit of happiness, does not lessen the amount of freedom for anyone else to have the ‘right’ to do the same.
Healthcare is not a ‘right’ because it is not available in an unlimited quantity, nor does your use of healthcare not limit healthcare for everyone else, as exercising a true ‘right’ would not limit anyone else’s enjoyment of the same ‘right’. When you increase the availability of a finite resource, such as healthcare, for one person you necessarily decrease the amount available to another person. Also, do you not reduce a healthcare provider’s right to the pursuit of happiness when you decrease their ability to set their own price or practice where they what to practice?
In a latter portion of the same speech, Ronald Reagan also warned against the government controlling doctor’s ability to practice: “The doctor begins to lose freedoms; it's like telling a lie, and one leads to another. First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients. They are equally divided among the various doctors by the government. But then the doctors aren't equally divided geographically, so a doctor decides he wants to practice in one town and the government has to say to him you can't live in that town, they already have enough doctors. You have to go some place else. And from here it is only a short step to dictating where he will go. This is a freedom that I wonder whether any of us have the right to take from any human being.”
You may think that the ACA does not limit where a doctor may practice, but not so fast. In fact, the
You may wonder why, within the comprehensive ACA bill, that the Federal Government moved away from guaranteeing student loans made by private banks to making student loans directly to students. Not only does this take tens of thousands of jobs out of the private banking sector and move them into government jobs, but it also gives the Federal Government complete control over students. You say you need a student loan in order to attend medical school? Sure, we’ll grant you a loan, if you promise to practice in a rural area that is currently underserved by medical doctors. While the government will not directly tell you where to practice, it will coerce young medical students into practicing where the government thinks is best, or practicing the type of medicine that the government thinks is needed.
To many Americans, and future medical students, this may sound far fetched. But remember; only 2 years ago we would never have thought that the Federal Government would own a part of GM. We are moving closer to socialized medicine than most people realize, and this will limit doctor’s income and the freedom to practice where and which specialty they choose to practice. I would urge every doctor to look at the facts of the ACA and its long term ramifications, not just believe what the media is reporting. The future of healthcare in
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Tuesday, 24 May 2011
posted by Michael Marvel
The goal for all of us who desire to live in a humane and caring society should be a health healthcare system that provides comprehensive health care to all people regardless of their ability to pay. The only social institution that is designed to provide this fundamental human service is the Government. A private insurance based health care system provides health care only on the basis of ones ability to pay, which falls far short of meeting the health care needs of all men, women and children.
Friday, 20 May 2011
posted by jimmy k
As we can see from the past: banks and insurance companies have our best interest in mind when doing anything.
Wake up people, the ACA is good for us in most respects. It only takes control away from the power brokers in charge of all the money now and that is why they are fighting tooth and nail against it.
Equate it to Big oil. With all their tax breaks, is this country doing any better as far as gas prices are concerned? NO.
But their argument is it crates jobs. BS, all it does it make the Exxons of the world have multi-billion profits, of which we get nothing.
The conservative mantra is let the market decide everything. Well the top 1% of the earners of the world control about 90 % of the wealth. There are more of us than them. We can make them give back some( not all) to those in need.
Not socialism- just common sense - humane !!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Dr. Susan Sykes
First of all the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not reform healthcare, it only serves to pad the pockets of the insurance companies and the drug companies.
Secondly, anyone who thinks that the ACA will reduce their freedom has their head in the sand. Healthcare freedom is already restricted by the insurance companies who tell patients which doctors they can go to (provider panels) and what care they can receive by placing limits on certain types of care and outrageous co-pays on other types of care that may be effective, but then is unaffordable.
The only way to have true health care freedom is to be enlightened enough to manage your own care, free from any insurance company guidelines.
Besides, who said socialized medicine is so bad? You can bet the insurance companies and the drug companies are against it, because it will effect their profit margins.
The case against socialized medicine is fraught with inaccuracies. People will argue that people can't get the surgeries they "need" in countries with socialized medicine, but the truth is that they get the CARE they need, which may not be surgery. In England, for example, a cancer patient doesn't just get surgery and chemotherapy, they also get nutritional and emotional counseling, as well as other adjunctive therapies that help them get the best response to care.
Just because we spend the most on health care, it doesn't mean we are the best!
Thursday, 19 May 2011
posted by Kathy
Excellent summary of this looming crisis!
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