Health Care: Civility Cannot Mask Bad Ideas
President Obama’s “Health Care Summit” continued at the White House today. From Ted Kennedy to the National Federation of Independent Business, a diverse group was assembled to provide input in the large public forum and in smaller “breakout” sessions. It is beyond dispute that all Americans want consistent access to high-quality and cost-effective medical insurance and care. No one who has ever seen a loved one suffer or who has personally experienced a serious disease or injury wants anything less. How we arrive at this goal is where the division lies.
President Obama has asserted that health care a “right.” Is healthcare itself a “right” or is access to health care a right? These are important distinctions. If it is a fundamental right it must be provided for and that would fall to the government. A government-run monopoly would result in sharp increases in health care costs, rationing of healthcare and a decline in quality. The options for health care reform boil down to a relatively few essential proposals. Reforming America’s system of providing medical care is not a matter of finding some mysterious new formula, but of choosing between some basic options–options the President and his advisors know well. To read more. click here.
“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. … I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.” —Thomas Jefferson
“Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community? Realize that the doctor’s fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can’t socialize the doctors without socializing the patients. Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among
you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he’ll eat you last.” —Ronald Reagan
“(W)hen a strict interpretation of the Constitution … is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under the government of individual men, who for
the time being have power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of what it ought to mean.” — Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Curtiss, March 6, 1857, dissenting from the Dred Scott ruling that slaves were property