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Socialized healthcare and the outrageously high cost of “free”

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Written, directed and produced by Colin Gunn, who first grabbed our attention with IndoctriNation,“Wait Till It’s Free” is another powerful documentary that exposes how the U.S. government destroyed our healthcare system.

America’s medical industry has no free market competition whatsoever. When shopping for anything else, people have various ways to find the best value for money, but in the healthcare industry, it is impossible to check prices. Costs are intentionally obscured and consumers have no idea what they are paying for and whether or not it is good value for money.

How we got here

At the starting point, the whole healthcare pie was where it belonged-in private hands. However, in 1935, we shifted towards socialism with FDR’s “new deal,” which pushed cradle-to-grave entitlement, significantly increasing the government’s role in private lives.

This was followed by FDR’s Stabilization Act of 1942, which prevented employers from raising wages. Regardless of FDR’s intentions, this first, giant government overreach started us down the road to a ruined healthcare system, and paved the way for the following:

• 1965–President Johnson passes Medicare and Medicaid, a huge victory for those seeking government-controlled, centralized medicine.

• 1973–the journey toward Socialism continues with President Nixon’s signing of HMO laws with the hopes of controlling the rising costs that were created by government interference in the first place.

• 1986–a veto-less bill is passed by a Democrat Congress obligating hospitals to service individuals whether or not they could pay.

• 1993–President Clinton’s “HIPPA” law is passed, which is merely a huge bureaucratic burden to doctors and hospitals.

•2006–Medicare Part D was signed into law in by President George W. Bush, placing an additional 852 billion dollars of debt on Americans’ shoulders.

Obamacare–last stop before socialized healthcare

Obviously, the most detrimental and destructive program ever forced on the American public was Obamacare. Obama had the charisma and political momentum to force through this law while citizens were still excited about “hope and change.” However, here is an interesting quote by a Harvard Law School graduate who attended the school with Obama from 1988-1991, served on the Harvard Law Review with him and heard many of his philosophies:

“Obama believes in the redistribution of wealth. He does not like the fact that some people have higher income than others in this country and he is not a friend of free enterprise.” –Andrew Schlafly, Attorney General Counsel for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Although Obama marketed this socialist law as something he created to champion the “little guy,” in reality it was nothing more than a backdoor way to push us into socialized healthcare.

The government created this outrageously expensive system by tampering with what should have been left in the hands of the people, and then comes to the rescue with a controlled pricing system that was nothing more than crony capitalism. It is merely socialized healthcare with a profit taking middleman–the insurance companies.

Obama’s mandate that all citizens purchase health insurance was his way of making sure the middleman got paid. Obamacare was nothing more than the government cutting deals with big businesses, while simultaneously hurting patients and small businesses.

The failure of Obamacare is a mathematical certainty. Unfortunately, however, this creates the launching pad that proponents of socialized medicine have been attempting to build for over 70 years: the demand for a solution in the form of a single-payer system.

The government systematically ruined America’s healthcare system, nevertheless Americans will turn to that same government for a quick-fix, which can only be socialized medicine. After all, isn’t that the system used in Europe and Canada?

Let’s take a deeper look at what we are attempting to model ourselves after due to media brainwashing and our own naivety:

Socialized medicine is not the answer

In today’s age of unconstitutional “it should be free” mentality, socialism in all forms plays well for the media. Regardless of the fact that it fails 100% of the time, many still find socialism appealing, failing to realize that our government is suppose to ensure equal opportunity, not provide equal things. When they try to do the latter, it inevitably leads to shortage, and finally rationing. When rationing is applied to healthcare, the government wins and patients lose.

Liverpool Care Pathway–A nightmarish pathway to death

Gunn’s documentary takes us across the pond to the world of socialized medicine and exposes its unconscionable results. In one segment, the film follows the story of a terminal patient admitted to a London hospital with symptoms of pneumonia. London hospitals are part of the National Health Service–NHS–which is a socialized healthcare system.

Upon admission, the patient was immediately placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway–LCP. Although the name rolls easily off the tongue, as does “Obamacare,” there is no care on the Pathway, it was merely a pathway to death: even those expected to live for years with their illnesses were heavily sedated, denied food, water, and life-sustaining medicines without their permission until death occurred.

The doctor of the patient featured in this segment, Professor Patrick Pullicino, who later played a vital role in the exposure of the LCP, found that his patient was being deprived of all lifesaving measures and instead was being given high doses of morphine at regular intervals, which would have killed him in a matter of days had Pullicino not staged a rescue.

This was not an isolated incident, but rather an everyday practice of the NHS at that time and a perfect example of socialized health care. After the patient was rescued, he went on to live 14 more months with his family, despite his terminal illness. Those last 14 months would have been robbed from him under the LCP euthanasia program. In fact, he may have lived even longer if he had not once again had to enter one of England’s hospitals for a different set of symptoms, at which point he was put back on the “care” pathway and essentially euthanized, dying a few days after admission.

Sickeningly, at that time, the NHS even gave target numbers to hospitals and offered incentives for placing X number of people on the “care” pathway to assist them to an early grave. Finally, when Doctor Pullicino and several journalists began exposing the LCP for what was, a scandal erupted and the Pathway was supposedly abandoned. However, many people believe its practices are still underway, merely repackaged under another name.

In a scandal involving another NHS hospital, where 1,200 unnecessary deaths occurred in 36 months, the following quote was made by Andrew Lansley, the MP Secretary of State, on public television:

“There was a lack of care, compassion, humanity and leadership. The most basic of carestandards were not observed, fundamental rights to dignity were not respected, elderly and vulnerable patients were left unwashed, unfed, without fluids and deprived of dignity and respect.”

You’ve just had a glimpse of “free.”

The solution elbowed aside

Sadly, the capitalist system is begging and pleading to help and would indeed fix this disastrous problem through the same free market competition that makes car insurance, food, clothing, and other items affordable.

Below are some chilling prophetic words by then-actor Ronald Reagan in 1961:

“My name is Ronald Reagan and I have been asked to talk on several subjects that have to do with the problems of the day. We can say right now that we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms and at the moment the key issue is we do not want socialized medicine. Tell them that you believe in government economy and fiscal responsibility, that you know that governments do not tax to get the money they need, but governments will always find a need for the money they get. You demand the continuation of our traditional free enterprise system. Otherwise, federal programs will invade every area of freedom we have known in this country, until one day we will awake to find that we have socialism. If you don’t do this and if I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America, when men were free.”

Listen to Reagan:

Sadly, he was correct: when Obamacare fails, our government will offer their final healthcare solution: socialized medicine, death panels and “care pathways.”

Gunn’s documentary should inspire We the People to turn from our destructive path before it is too late. If remains to be seen if Americans will wake up or eventually experience first hand the extraordinarily high moral and monetary cost of “free.”

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  1. Makar Trenovskya

    August 11, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Everyone online is saying OH MY GOD! Thank you Jesse. I am so glad you are back writing political stuff. There was never anyone as good before or since. Sorry to gush! I know it’s not a guy thing but sometimes ya gotta. The Randy Dude reads every TNA article you write on the radio show, did you know that? AWESOME piece!

  2. Raphaela Verano (@Raphaela2017)

    August 11, 2017 at 9:57 am

    The Rockin’ Chic is back, guys. Can’t TOUCH this!

  3. July Harris

    August 11, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Awesome work once again. ROCK ON!

  4. Danny Lamar (@4liberty7777)

    August 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Excellent article, superb writing! More people need to hear more about socialized medicine and the dangers involved and the catastrophes caused by socialism that DOES NOT WORK! Many have died before their time because of socialized medicine! We need to hear more from you! S

  5. Sharon

    August 11, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Usually, I peruse an article, expecting to READ it. This by comparison was an EXPERIENCE–outstanding, chilling, horrific and as paradoxical as it sounds, a must read for everyone, exempting small children. Broadt has done it again–taken the “elephant” in the room, lifted it above her head (I, uh, assume “the Rockin’ Chic” refers to a lady–my apologies, Jesse) and slammed it down so hard no one can fail to see it. The Ronald Reagan audio piece was the perfect selection, as his words seem to have been prophetic, though he was no prophet–he simply knew economics and what would happen should America continue down the road towards socialism. The Pathway scandal was brought to life by this article. The whole idea that this could happen in America is not something most people believe or WANT to believe. I applaud you, Jesse, and your assistants in the production of this sad, but fascinating slice of reality.

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Jeff Flake has become a punchline

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Jeff Flake has become a punchline

There are conservatives who oppose the President through conscientious means and with discernment of who to support and what to oppose. Then, there are “conservatives” like Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

In his final days in the United States Senate, Flake has decided to go out with his conscience intact. At least that’s what he’s telling himself and anyone who would listen. In reality, he’s going out with his middle finger raised to the man he blames the most for his career failures: President Trump.

Flake has threatened to hold up judicial nominations until the Senate votes to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. Let’s set aside the likelihood that such an action by Congress would be unconstitutional with Article 2 giving the President wide powers over the Justice Department. That’s a debate for Constitutional scholars.

Instead, let’s focus on what Flake is actually doing. He’s willing to jeopardize the judicial system which desperately needs an infusion of originalists just to fire a parting blow at the President. That’s really what this comes down to. He’s not obeying his conscience. He’s not protecting Mueller. He’s not trying to right a wrong. He’s being a child.

He’s a punchline.

Even if there was a real threat that President Trump might somehow interfere with the Mueller investigation, this wouldn’t be the way to try to protect him. All Flake is doing is pulverizing the few pieces of his credibility that were left standing.

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Good news for the Democrat agenda: McConnell and McCarthy will lead the GOP

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Good news for the Democrat agenda McConnell and McCarthy will lead the GOP

Trumplicans chalked one up for the status quo yesterday when they chose Paul Ryan’s right-hand man, Kevin McCarthy, to be the party leader in the House and unanimously re-elected Mitch McConnell to lead the Senate. Both men were endorsed by Donald Trump for the jobs.

Despite the fact that Republicans suffered the worst mid-term defeat since Watergate, McConnell and McCarthy touted a list of vague GOP accomplishments that conveniently failed to mention the party’s failure to keep their promises, which is why the Democrats won last week.

In an opinion piece for FOX News, McConnell bragged — now try not to laugh — about how the past two years of Republican leadership “will be remembered as a period of historic productivity.” He then challenged the new Democrat majority in the House to put aside partisan politics and work with Republicans to get things done.

Apparently, the concept of irony is lost on McConnell. Outside of the GOP’s alleged success at saving the Supreme Court, Democrats and Republicans have always been working together, which is why they still fund Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, DACA, and sanctuary cities with massive new spending that exploded the budget deficit.

While McConnell and McCarthy have adopted Trump’s “blame the Democrats for my failures” playbook, the sad reality is that Republicans favor the Democrat agenda because it’s their agenda; bipartisanship is a given.

Based on developments during the lame duck session, it’s going to be worse when the 116th Congress opens for business in January.

Nancy Pelosi called last week’s victory a mandate to save Obamacare and she will promote legislation designed to move America closer to a single-payer healthcare system. Trump has a track record of support for Obamacare and he promoted single-payer healthcare during his 2016 campaign.

Following the recent shootings in California, Pelosi announced that she would make gun control a top priority. Trump and the GOP have actively promoted radical gun-control legislation, including: seizing guns without due process, establishing an FBI database to track guns and gun owners, and requiring a license to own a gun.

Now comes word from the Democrats that they will work to bring back a classic of Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialists — a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour. As expected, Trump appears to be a fan of the idea.

During his 2016 campaign, Trump supported raising the minimum wage to at least $10 and hour. And as part of the recent US-Mexico trade deal, he fought for and won a $16 an hour minimum wage for auto workers on both sides of the border in an effort to price Mexico out of the auto industry. Ironic because he’s essentially admitting that mandatory minimum wages eventually result in lost jobs.

Even thought economic advisor Larry Kudlow recently stated his preference to see the federal minimum wage eliminated, Trump’s history of flip-flopping on this along with a host of other issues, along with his 2020 re-election hopes, means that the Democrats will likely win on the issue.

We were repeatedly told last week to vote Red to make sure we stop the Democrats. But to quote Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearings, when it comes to the difference between Republicans and Democrats . . .

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

 

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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Before the midterm elections, most of the writers here spent a good chunk of their copy space helping Republicans in their campaigns. They focused on exposing Democrats for what they are (as well as what they’re becoming) and often turned their back on the negatives associated with Republican candidates.

This was intentional and I allowed it. Like many proponents of limited government, I compare the rhetoric and actions of the two major parties and I see one that’s pushing for big government and another that’s pushing for even bigger government. The fallacies in the Democrats’ proposals are obvious and universal. Republicans have a mix of good and bad; for example, lowering taxes was good, but simultaneously increasing spending was bad.

I allowed the pro-Republican approach because in the world of partisan politics, we’re stuck in a lesser-of-two-evils scenario. While I personally didn’t get involved in party politics and focused my posts on fighting for conservative and limited-government federalist values, I didn’t ask my writers to do the same. Any who chose to promote the Republican agenda, which was most of them, were allowed to do so.

They still can. I’m not censoring anyone. However, I want to be clear about the true purpose of this news site.

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