America's Trojan Horse – Government Run Health Care
© O. R.
Adams Jr., 2009
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In the story of the
Trojan Horse, Greek forces had laid a ten year siege against the city of
Socialism has never
been able to openly conquer or even compete with the free enterprise system, and
the basic personal freedoms that we have in America. Now socialist leaning Democrats have presented
Actually there are two Trojan horses here. The first one, the "public option," is to make us believe that all healthcare would not be government run, and that we who wish could retain our private healthcare plans. But they know that the public option, together with controls on private plans provided in their current bills, would in time completely destroy non-government health care plans.
Once we then bring in the larger Trojan Horse, government run healthcare for all, we have dealt a death blow to our defenses against socialism and the destruction of our basic freedoms.
In every country that has adopted significant socialist programs, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, right to bear arms, right to self defense, right to own and control private property, and right to enter into contracts have been drastically eroded.
Canada, our good neighbor to the north, is a prime example. Even in Canada, these rights have been seriously eroded. In each country that has gone further into socialism, these basic freedoms are even more limited – and in some cases completely destroyed. The basic reason is clear – the government officials and the programs they enact cannot withstand open examination, discussion, and criticism by the people governed. We in America have been creeping in that direction for some time, with what we call "political correctness." We restrict open discussion on such things as the differences between men and women, differences in races, intelligent design and evolution, differences in religions, global warming, homosexuality, and other such things. Congress and the states enact thought control laws, described to us as "hate crime" laws.
The fact that something may be true and factual, and the opposing side may not be well supported, makes no difference. It must be according to the accepted views of the liberals in control – facts and truth are irrelevant. The fact that open discussion and consideration of all views leads to truth in a given matter appears to be something that a liberal either cannot fathom, or they just don't care. This has led us into a world of make believe science.
Just what is so dangerous about furnishing everyone healthcare? The great danger is to our entire system of American values, and to our basic constitutional rights. This statement is fully supported by what many knowledgeable people have written after having examined the various bills and their provisions. I will refer to only a few of the many things these people have to say about the proposals.
A Trojan Horse for Government-Run Health Care, is an article written by Michael O. Leavitt and Jeffrey H. Anderson. Michael O. Leavitt, former Governor of Utah, was Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2005-09. Jeffrey H. Anderson was a professor of Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. They said this about the proposed healthcare bills:
President Obama supports the idea of a “public option” for health insurance. The language of competition and choice cleverly conceals the objective. But the President’s “public option” is a gateway leading to 118 million Americans losing the option of private choice. It is a strategy for government-run health care. It is a Trojan horse. ...
With a “public option” in place, employers would bolt. How many employers would continue to provide health insurance if the government were willing to take their place? Under a widespread “public option” with Medicare-like reimbursement rates, the Lewin Group estimates that 118 million Americans would lose their private health insurance. If you add them to the 80 million Americans already insured by Medicare or Medicaid, no private insurance system would be able to survive, and the
United Stateswould have a government-run system like Medicare.
Why would this be bad? Advocates of government-run health care suffer under the illusion that Medicare operates more efficiently than the private sector. It’s true that Medicare issues checks more efficiently than anyone else. It should, as it issues a billion a year. But the efficiency of a health-care system isn’t measured by the volume of checks it issues, but the value it generates. Medicare’s uncoordinated, quality-indifferent, more-more-more structure is moving it rapidly toward bankruptcy, and taking our nation with it. ...
Americans’ 43 years of experience with Medicare and Medicaid provide a jaw-dropping tale of under-projected expense and extraordinary costliness. Within two years of Medicare’s creation in 1965, the Johnson administration and the
House Ways and Means Committee each projected that, in 1990, Medicare would cost $12 billion. In 1990, Medicare’s actual cost was $111 billion — nine times the original estimate. In fact, Medicare now costs more than half of what it cost to fund the entire federal government in 1965, even after accounting for inflation. ...
There is another answer. The government needs to promote value — to empower consumers to pursue the highest-quality care at the lowest-possible prices. Strong government action is needed to organize an efficient market where consumers can choose insurance plans and medical practitioners who offer the best value. What is not needed is to replace the private market with a government-run system in which only the truly rich have a choice.
Every American should have access to health insurance that he or she can afford. Government must take strong action to make that possible. However, President Obama’s “public option” is designed to become most Americans’ only option. Our only hope is to keep this Trojan horse safely outside our gates.
Actually, in the present bills before Congress, the system would be far worse than the present Medicare system. Presently, many people, including my wife and I, have supplemental Medicare insurance with private companies, which for a small additional fee, or in some cases for no further fee, provide very good health services. The promises that we could keep these private plans under the bills proposed are outright lies. In the first place, Medicare cuts are provided for in the bills, and this would reduce the amounts available for the private care providers. Secondly, the bills provide for regulations on what care could or must be offered by private healthcare providers, and the amounts that could be paid, set up by bureaucrats, that would vastly change the plans and result in their elimination. Thirdly, there is no way that the private insurers could keep the government plan, called the "public option," from completely running them out of business. Private companies, having to make a profit for their existence, cannot compete with a government plan that doesn't. All the bureaucrats have to do is make the prices so low and the services so great that enough employers and people with private plans will drop their private plans. Then there will be no competition from the private plans and people will be forced then to accept whatever the bureaucrats prescribe for them, and suffer the enormous taxes that will be needed to support an inefficient system. I firmly believe that this is the real purpose of the "public option." These people want socialism.
The Truth About the Health Care Bills,
is a short article by Michael
Connelly, retired attorney, and Constitutional Law instructor, who took the time
to read the enormous House Bill 3200. It is on the website of congress at the
reference given. Connelly states in part:
To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession.
However, as scary as all of that is, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of providing affordable health care choices. Instead, it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated. If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed.
This legislation also provides for access by the appointees of the Obama administration [to] all of your personal healthcare information, your personal financial information, and the information of your employer, physician, and hospital. All of this is a direct violation of the specific provisions of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures. You can also forget about the right to privacy. That will have been legislated into oblivion regardless of what the 3rd and 4th Amendments may provide.
If you decide not to have healthcare insurance or if you have private insurance that is not deemed "acceptable" to the "Health Choices Administrator" appointed by Obama there will be a tax imposed on you. It is called a "tax" instead of a fine because of the intent to avoid application of the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. However, that doesn't work because since there is nothing in the law that allows you to contest or appeal the imposition of the tax, it is definitely depriving someone of property without the "due process of law."
So, there are three of those pesky amendments that the far left hate so much out the original ten in the Bill of Rights that are effectively nullified by this law. It doesn't stop there though. The 9th Amendment that provides: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." The 10th Amendment states: "The powers not delegated to the
United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Under the provisions of this piece of Congressional handiwork neither the people nor the states are going to have any rights or powers at all in many areas that once were theirs to control. ...
Cal Thomas, in Liberal Coup = Socialist
Control of Our Lives, Albuquerque Journal,
Not all revolutions begin in the streets with tanks and guns. Some advance slowly, almost imperceptibly, until a nation is transformed and the public realizes too late that their freedoms are gone. ...
... This is about liberal Democrats realizing their decades-old dream of complete control of our lives. ...
... [T]he government will tell [doctors] how much to charge patients and, in fact, whether [they] will be allowed to treat them at all. ...
This is the triumph of the humanistic, atheistic worldview. We are all to be regarded as products of evolution in which the fit and the powerful will decide our survival and worth. ...
Great horrors don't begin in gas chambers, killing fields, or forced famines. They begin when there is a philosophical shift in a nation's leadership about the value of human life. ... [This article may be found online, under a different title.]
Hitler did not create Germany's National Socialism – he was a product of it. And he carried it to its ultimate conclusion, which was the destruction of all remaining basic freedoms of the people. His healthcare program eventually led to the killing of disabled people not considered sufficiently useful to society, and similar ideas also led to the holocaust.
Two articles that
should be read by every person in this country about the similarities between
Hitler's socialized medical care and the program proposed by President Obama and
the Democrats are Nazism and socialized
medical care, by syndicated columnist Joseph Farah;
and an Executive Intelligence Review artcle, Hitler's
T4 Program Revived In Obama's Health-Care `Reform,' by Nancy Spannaus.
The proposed healthcare bills, with their trillions of dollars of deficit spending, would be ruinous to our nation which, because of our individual and economic freedoms, became the greatest and most powerful nation in the world. Many of these freedoms will be eliminated by the proposed bills. A great country, built on freedom and responsibility of the individual, will be turned into a socialistic welfare state. Socialist have greatly resented this country being the only true super power in the world, and have long wanted to bring us down to the level of socialist countries. They have no respect for our Constitution.
Other articles on this website, under Articles, which are relevant to government run health care, are:
Why Our Founders Feared a Democracy
Why We Are Losing Our God Given Rights
America's Coming "Cultural Revolution"
Should We or Government Bureaucrats Determine Our Healthcare Needs
Turning Our Country Into a Socialist Welfare State