Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Healthcare Reform

To the few who found my post last night, I had posted an article on the Bill. Right after posting it I was researching a couple of the facts that were presented in it and found them to be false or at best misconstrued. Being ever diligent (and not wanting to appear like a dumb blankity blank) I deleted the thread until I could find more information.

Since this is a major uh-oh issue for our country I wanted to address it on my blog. It's hard to do since I can't inject my usual humor into such a topic. Besides, even if I did want to inject it and you really needed it, its possible that  you would have to wait 19 hours for the injection only to have Mr. Speedy Gonzales been seen before you because he cut his big toe leaping the border into our country.

Here is an article (this one is accurate) that I found that explains more about what the Bill is actually about.

Healthcare Bill Explained

I won't deny that there are some benefits, but I feel that the cons cancel them out in the long run.

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin

The purpose of this Healthcare Reform Bill is to provide security, in a financial sense, in trade for our freedoms. Once we begin to let go of our freedoms so eagerly, do we really get to say "Uncle" when it starts going too far? The Government is there to do the things that the private sector can't or should not do; such as infrastructure, military and prisons. There is no denying that these things should be run from a central location to the benefit of the nation. But Government controlling charities, putting taxes (laws) on sugar consumption? It's a slippery slope, my neighbors, when we allow the Government to think that we are idiots that need protection from ourselves.

Some quotes by the late President Ronald Reagan...

But at the moment I'd like to talk about another way because this threat is with us and at the moment is more imminent. One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. . . . Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it. We have an example of this. Under the Truman administration it was proposed that we have a compulsory health insurance program for all people in the United States, and, of course, the American people unhesitatingly rejected this. The doctor begins to lose freedom. . . . First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients. They are equally divided among the various doctors by the government. But then 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 someplace else. And from here it's only a short step to dictating where he will go. . . . All of us can see what happens once you establish the precedent that the government can determine a man's working place and his working methods, determine his employment. From here it's a short step to all the rest of socialism, to determining his pay. And pretty soon your son won't decide, when he's in school, where he will go or what he will do for a living. He will wait for the government to tell him where he will go to work and what he will do.

There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism — government. Lord Acton said power corrupts. Surely then, if this is true, the more power we give the government the more corrupt it will become. And if we give it the power to confiscate our arms we also give up the ultimate means to combat that corrupt power. In doing so we can only assure that we will eventually be totally subject to it. When dictators come to power, the first thing they do is take away the people's weapons. It makes it so much easier for the secret police to operate, it makes it so much easier to force the will of the ruler upon the ruled.

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