The Fallacy Of calling For Universal Health Care
One of the great ironies of today is how the same group of people yelling the loudest for the U.S. government to put in place universal health care are the same people marching in the streets and denouncing how the government is handling this current coronavirus crisis. One has to wonder, ‘if the government is unable to do something like protecting us from such a virus,’ how are they going to handle something much more complex and vast as universal healthcare.
This is laying wide open the problem you have with such a policy, to do away with insurance, or healthcare for profit, and force doctors to do their work at the cost the government decides, with a lack of profit incentives to force labs to develop new medicines. I once heard Ben Shapiro state that this is theft, they are dictating to a doctor, who has spent years and hundreds of thousands to learn their craft, that they will be forced to perform the services at their price. This is not only theft from being able to earn a livable wage but is slavery as well.
This is what Bernie is pushing; his stance has pushed the left much further to the left then they have been as of yet. Obamacare, while a colossal flop, at least it gave employees of businesses the right to chose to keep their insurance, although I am somewhat confident that this was not the end-game of this plan, it was set up to bankrupt insurance companies, thus leaving only the federal government with the ability to step in and fill the void, Bernie wants to do away with this and give all universal health care, thus driving private insurance out of business.
We have seen over the years that when given a chance, our government will bury programs with a bureaucracy that will do nothing to benefit the people it is set up to serve, instead will empower a few people in government positions, set up infighting as each specialized compartment within that bureaucracy fight over funding their fiefdom, thus losing sight of whom they are supposed to be serving.
One needs to look at our one program set up along the same ideology, but for a specialized group of people, the V.A. Clinics. While much has been done under Trump to fix this, it is still such a bloated institution that there are long waiting for weeks, sometimes months to get in, the care has become so problematic that Trump finally put in place the right of veterans to seek help with private medical facilities and the V.A. being billed.
I have heard for years that medical care is a right; it isn’t, it never was a right promised under our constitution. We are promised, as citizens, the right to pursue a way of life that brings us happiness; this is so long as we are not causing undue harm to another. We are promised the right to chose our faith, or chose to have none at all, to love whom we please, to make our own life decisions and lift ourselves or fall by them, to protect ourselves and our family. Still, no place in the constitution does it promise us something as abstract as excellent or free healthcare.
While I think as a society we owe it to some of our citizens, from a charitable standpoint, to step in and give a helping hand, the same way that social services were set up, we were never intended to have groups of people solely dependent on the government for their livelihood. Social Services is an excellent example of this; we now have multiple generations of people that have never worked, demand that the government feed, cloth, pay for their shelter and take care of them, all while they have contributed little or nothing back themselves, then when they go out and commit crimes, act like we owe our goods to them because they refused to earn them themselves.
Some will yell that Social Security is the same, but it was never intended to be such. You and I work our whole lives, we pitch into this system, we are supposed to have then a base pay coming in when we retire, that was all good, but then the government stepped in, the same government that people like Bernie are yelling should take care of our universal health care.
S.S.I. was set up so that if you paid into the system if you were injured, you would have a source of income if you no longer were able to work, soon this extended to people that never worked a day in their life.
Alcoholics were added, than drug addicts, obesity. How do I know this? I had to get on S.S.I. when I broke my back, I had worked for over 20 years, had my spine crushed, could not walk for two years, fortunate that I do now, when I went in to get S.S.I. so I could recover, they refused because of my work history, here I was with both legs braced up, using a walker at the time, and the people that got it, alcoholics, drug addicts, some that said they were too obese to work or had a drinking problem. They could go on a diet, stop drinking, I could not get up and miraculously make my back healed.
I remember when I went into S.S.I. and said I wrote a book, started to report the money on that, later that I was getting paid as a business owner, people in there got angry, told me that if I could work, and I could barely walk, it made them look bad. I had some get angry; they were perfectly healthy. I told them their laziness was not my problem. But back to our Social Security.
The government started to siphon money from the funds, filled filing cabinets with I.O.U.’s, now the trillions that we have all paid in is gone, we are told we have to take less, but I ask, why? Why aren’t government officials held to the same standards we are? I own a business, if I took my employee’s retirement funds and used them on the company and left I.O.U.’s, would I not get into trouble for this? Why then don’t our Senators, Congressmen, and President? Maybe it is time we start demanding accountability for this.
Further, the figures I have seen show that the government has taken $2.9 trillion from S.S.I., the bank there is empty, we have seen Obama pay almost a half a trillion to Iran, why not instead put that money into S.S.I.? I know some will say it was their money, but I ask, why not then take money out of that for lives lost, for money owed to us by terrorist acts that Iran has sponsored? I would not have given them a wooden nickel.
What we have is a government that has shown it can’t be trusted with money, money saved that we paid in, with a promise we would get back, it is all gone, yet we are supposed to trust this same government to pay for our healthcare?
The more accurate statement is universal healthcare would not be an entitlement program, like Obamacare, as they finally admitted to the courts, it would be another tax scheme by the government. More intrusion into our lives, with the government deciding if we warrant to be taken care of or not, and then stripping far more funds to not only do this but take care of a bloated bureaucracy to take care of this.
I am not against universal health care because I think it is a bad idea; in theory, it’s a beautiful idea. I oppose it because the government has shown me it’s incapable of getting involved in anything and not making it worse.
There is also the case to be made for the advances brought about by free enterprise. Our society is driven by profit, or greed if you wish, you take that away what motivation is left, goodwill? I hate to break it to our flower children. Still, goodwill is a myth; it may come out for short periods when danger or national security is at risk but is very short-lived, then the real way of humanity comes out, people only care about themselves.
Free enterprise takes hold of this base way of humanity, uses it to drive innovation because innovation brings comfort and profit; there is a motivation, a cause, and effect. Profit trickles down; people that would not have access if the product was not made suddenly find they do. You take this drive away; we quickly see that the drive to innovate goes the way of the Doto Bird. This is what led to the downfall of the Soviet Union, forced China to make changes to save their nation.
Universal health care is a great idea, as are the ideals of pure socialist societies. Still, you always have one problem: men get involved; they are not driven by charitable ideals; they are driven by power and greed. In the end, you have elites that are taking the resources they want, stripping everything from everyone else, thus keeping you down, unless you have connections, the rest try to live from day to day.
Ideology without wisdom leads to fanaticism, not something that should be emulated. The youth yell that we can’t dream, but we can! We have lived long enough to learn that while dreams are pleasant, they have to have a healthy dose of reality mixed in, or they aren’t realistic.
Bernie and the left appeal the youth with these ideals because, like all young people, ideas are seen as the goal one should reach, and they are, but they have to have themselves tampered with wisdom. Ideology without wisdom leads to fanaticism, not something that should be emulated. The youth yell that we can’t dream, but we can! We have lived long enough to learn that while dreams are pleasant, they have to have a healthy dose of reality mixed in, or they aren’t realistic.