Humanitarian Victory or Restriction of Freedom?
March 22, 2010 2 Comments
Okay. So, I took the morning to grieve a little bit. And in the process I did a little research and discovered a few things. Firstly, in the social research I’ve done (and yes, that means facebook) it seems that people can’t see eye-to-eye on this whole healthcare issue because we’re arguing over two different things.
People on the Pro-Bill side seem to think that Universal Healthcare means Free Healthcare. Not true. It saddens me that so many of my peers (18-28 age range) have a sense of entitlement; that they are OWED healthcare simply because they exist. Also, there seems to be an ignorance of what is actually in the bill. Let me lay a few things out on the table:
Page 30 Section 123: A government committee will decide on what treatments and benefits you will get.
Page 29: Your health care is rationed.
Page 170 & 50: Health care will be provided for illegal aliens (and guess who’s tax dollars will be paying for it).
Page 430: Government determines what level of treatment you will have at end of life.
Page 195: Government will have access to all American’s personal and financial records.
Page 239: Government will reduce physician services for medicaid.
Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private health care industries.
Page 317-321: Government mandates that hospitals can not expand.
Page 280: Government will penalize hospitals for what they (the government) deem as preventable readmissions.
Page 253: Government determines the value of doctors’ time and professional judgement.
Does this really sound like any kind of solution to a humanitarian issue? Or does it sound like the government stretching their power and furthering their control over the day-to-day lives of Americans? And since when do elected government officials know how to better care for the ill than doctors?
And this brings me to the core of what’s on the other side of the issue. Contrary to popular leftist belief, Conservatives do have hearts. We don’t want to see the elderly struggle to afford medicine and individuals denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions. And many of us recognized the need for some sort of healthcare/insurance reform… but not quite like this.
For those of us on the Anti-Bill side, the issue is a gross imposition on our freedoms and civil liberties – and an outrageous breech of our Constitution by the very people elected to uphold it. It’s the government getting bigger and bigger… and because of that, our choices are getting fewer and fewer. It’s a slippery slope. The more dependent we as a people become (or are forced to become) on our government, the harder it will be to break that dependence.
And on top of all that, many of the DEMs in Congress totally ignored the will of their constituents — the people who VOTE for them and PAY their salaries. Despite the overwhelming unpopularity of this bill amongst us citizens, despite the tea parties, rallies, protests, letters, phone calls and e-mails they passed it anyway. Which, if you’re like me, leaves you disheartened and grieving at the current situation — and yet angered and outraged enough to keep fighting.
Also in my research, I realized that this whole “Socialized Healthcare in America” thing is no new topic of discussion. Ronald Reagan fought against it… and communicated (very effectively) the perils that follow accepting a system like this.
Listen to him speak on the issue, from waaaay back in 1961, well before he became president. And hopefully the picture he paints at the end of his speech won’t come true for all of us several years from now.