Saturday, December 5, 2009

Crux of the issue

Liberals are hell-bent on bringing socialized medicine to the United States and the Senate is where it will be decided.
Whatever the Senate passes may not be the worst of it. The House and Senate bills will go to conference to be reconciled but what will really happen is that the bill will be written by the conference committee.
In every legislative body rules say that the product of conference will contain only what was in the two original bills. Nothing is to be added. It is a virtual certainty that the liberals, drunk with power, will ignore that rule and tradition.
The so-called government option is what the debate is about. Liberals say it is needed to ensure competition.
This is ludicrous.
There are 1,300 health insurance companies in the nation now. How does one more "option" increase competition?
What's more, it will not be an option. Government will force private insurance out of health care, leaving everyone to foot the bill. As it is in every other socialized medicine scheme, health care will be rationed.
Private companies would be competing with a "company" -- the government -- that would determine what they can sell and how much they can charge for their products. Give Apple that power and see how long Microsoft stays in business.
Unemployment is at 10 percent and the nation is $12 trillion in debt. Socialized medicine will increase both numbers and lower the quality of health care in America.
Here's what we know from history: No liberal entitlement program has lived up to its billing. The costs always are higher and the benefits less.
George Santayana often is quoted as saying, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." That is applicable in this case, certainly. But, given that liberals have stated they want to improve health care and lower costs, something else Santayana said is even more apropos: "Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim."

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