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Healthcare Reform Passes - by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, M.D.

Written by Subject: Healthcare
by Ron Paul, M.D.
Following months of heated public debate and aggressive closed-door negotiations, Congress finally cast a historic vote on healthcare late Sunday evening.  It was truly a sad weekend on the House floor as we witnessed further dismantling of the Constitution, disregard of the will of the people, explosive expansion of the reach of government, unprecedented corporate favoritism, and the impending end of quality healthcare as we know it.

Those in favor of this bill touted their good intentions of ensuring quality healthcare for all Americans, as if those of us against the bill are against good medical care.  They cite fanciful statistics of deficit reduction, while simultaneously planning to expand the already struggling medical welfare programs we currently have.  They somehow think that healthcare in this country will be improved by swelling our welfare rolls and cutting reimbursement payments to doctors who are already losing money.  It is estimated that thousands of doctors will be economically forced out of the profession should this government fuzzy math actually try to become healthcare reality.  No one has thought to ask what good mandatory health insurance will be if people can’t find a doctor.

Legislative hopes and dreams don’t always stand up well against economic realities.

Frustratingly, this legislation does not deal at all with the real reasons access to healthcare is a struggle for so many – the astronomical costs.  If tort reform was seriously discussed, if the massive regulatory burden on healthcare was reduced and reformed, if the free market was allowed to function and apply downward pressure on healthcare costs as it does with everything else, perhaps people wouldn’t be so beholden to insurance companies in the first place.  If costs were lowered, more people could simply pay for what they need out of pocket, as they were able to do before government got so involved.  Instead, in the name of going after greedy insurance companies, the federal government is going to make people even more beholden to them by mandating that everyone buy their product!  Hefty fines are due from anyone found to have committed the heinous crime of not being a customer of a health insurance company.  We will need to hire some 16,500 new IRS agents to police compliance with all these new mandates and administer various fines.  So in government terms, this is also a jobs bill.  Never mind that this program is also likely to cost the private sector some 5 million jobs. 

Of course, the most troubling aspect of this bill is that it is so blatantly unconstitutional and contrary to the ideals of liberty.  Nowhere in the constitution is there anything approaching authority for the Federal government to do any of this.  The founders would have been horrified at the idea of government forcing citizens to become consumers of a particular product from certain government approved companies.  38 states are said to already be preparing legal and constitutional challenges to this legislation, and if the courts stand by their oaths, they will win.  Protecting the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, should be the court’s responsibility.  Citizens have a responsibility over their own life, but they also have the liberty to choose how they will live and protect their lives.  Healthcare choices are a part of liberty, another part that is being stripped away.  Government interference in healthcare has already infringed on choices available to people, but rather than getting out of the way, it is entrenching itself, and its corporatist cronies, even more deeply.

5 Comments in Response to

Comment by Chip Saunders
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"Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism" and "The goal of socialism is communism."
-- Vladimir Lenin 

Comment by scott vincent
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I  like most everything about this Bill except the "mandatory" stuff.

Comment by Culley Grace
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Perhaps the most empowering concept in any paradigm-challenging movement is simply opting out. The opt-out strategy can humble the mightiest forces because it declares to one and all, "You do not control me." You don’t have to put your hands on the tyrant to make him fall. Just remove your support. Withdraw your consent, if any were ever given, and withdraw your support. Stop supporting the tyrant and he will fall, as surely as a statue whose pedestal has been removed. So said de la Boetie in his essay in 1548 It is error alone that needs the support of government," wrote Thomas Jefferson. "Truth can stand by itself." "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it." ~ Frédéric Bastiat, The Law "The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~Stephen Biko,
Comment by Nick Barnett
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I think we both see the socialist takeover as bad for the country, but I think further dividing the population by declaring an Obama Free Zone is equally as bad.

 I would offer Healthcare Freedom Zone, or something that doesn't alienate a huge piece of our population. We have to let them know what freedom can do for them that government will never be able to accomplish.

Comment by Ross Wolf
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Creative Counter-Propaganda Needed—To Stop Obama Socialist Insurgency

In order to defeat Obama’s Socialist Insurgency against the Constitution and American People it is necessary that Patriots consider creative propaganda to out-maneuver the Left. Conservatives need to create a fresh new vocabulary that sharply penetrates the public’s attention that highlights the Tyranny of the Obama Government and his leftist supporters.

For example: States that successfully refuse to participate in Obama's forced health care takeover, could be marketed as friendly to business, good states for industry to locate: To disseminate Anti-Obama propaganda—each state could be called an “Obama Free Zone” symbolizing a states’ resistance to federal control. The term “Obama Free Zone” could be used by residents in States that refused Obama health care to sell their homes, as a more desirable place to live.

Senior Citizens injured because they lost Medicare Coverage under Obama Care may have reason to believe government has indirectly euphemized them. Those Seniors might refer to this as being  "Obamaized." The term "Obamaized" could travel like the wind.

Conservatives to counter Obama leftists should utilize Creative Propaganda that can be powerful if disseminated properly. Creative propaganda is inexpensive and can travel like wildfire against the left and Obama if adopted by the public.