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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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DDoS and Twitter attack in same day. Someone’s not happy with us.

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DDoS and Twitter attack in same day Someones not happy with us

I should have known when the the Twitter account for the site was suddenly permanently banned that something was fishy. Unfortunately, Twitter is funny that way, so I didn’t put 2 and 2 together until the site itself went down.

When you operate a site that tells the truth, there’s bound to be someone offended. That’s the nature of the game, especially for a news site that focuses on conservative media, that holds a Judeo-Christian worldview, and that isn’t afraid to say things that may not be popular with, well, most people.

Our web provider was great. They recognized the attacks and took steps to stop them, but the attackers are clever. When they couldn’t brute-force hack into the admin, they went the DDoS route. I’m not going to get into the technical details because they’re over my head, but from what I can tell from the logs and in talking to our host, it wasn’t a casual attack. They’ve been trying to hack the back end for days and when that proved too challenging,they went straight for the shutdown attempt.

As for Twitter, I’m not even going to bother. The site and one of the authors (that I’ve seen so far) were banned. I switched the site to link to my personal Twitter account. Been meaning to spend more energy there anyway.

This is reason #17 why we’re so badly in need of donations from our readers. We have big plans for the site that include paid editors, writers, graphics, and a tech person (which we obviously need). I need to move the site to a stronger hosting tier, one that can withstand attacks like today. The one we’re using isn’t cheap, but it’s not top-of-the-line.

When you’re on the right side of the political aisle, there will be people who try to stop you. We will persevere, but we certainly can use the help.

To paraphrase a famous quote, if you’re not making enough people mad, then you’re doing it wrong. We will not crumble under the weight of heavy opposition. Fighting the left and their media puppets is a task that’s too important to let go.


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The complete fraud that is socialism

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The complete fraud that is socialism

Once again we are witness to the age-old scam of socialism with Leftists making promises to attain power that can never be fulfilled.

Long before Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago exposed the systematic oppression, torture, incarceration and deliberate mass murder that are the hallmarks of socialistic slavery. James A. Michener documented the 1956 Hungarian uprising against communism in his book ‘The Bridge at Andau’. While both are great literary works, ‘The Bridge at Andau’ laid bare the complete fraud that is the collectivist ideologies in creating a ‘Heaven on Earth’ or ‘worker’s paradise’ that never comes to fruition.

The selling of socialistic slavery to a new generation tends to follow a certain type of ‘progress’. Promises are made for all kinds of largess ranging from Free Healthcare, Free Housing, Free College, Free food to even Free income. All paid for with other people’s money. Never mind that It’s impossible to fulfill all of these wondrous asseverations. Appearances must be made to at least begin the process, so the ever-present task of wealth redistribution begins at the point of a gun.

This is also why the Socialist-Left obsesses over gun confiscation and the suppression of free speech. It is imperative for the Leftists to disarm the people since they generally object to having their property stolen from them. However, we are getting ahead of ourselves, this is to document how this exploitation of the people has ‘progressed’ in other collectivist enclaves to better understand how this crime against the people is perpetrated.

Why do collectivist regimes always require secret police apparatus and the suppression of Liberty?

This question was detailed in The Bridge at Andau in the chapters on the ‘AVO man’. In which he discusses the secret police organisation of the Hungarian Communists, the AVO (Allamvedelmi Osztaly). He bluntly asked and answered the question:

Why must communism depend on such dregs of society?

No matter on what elevated plane communism begins its program of total dictatorship. it sooner or later runs into such economic and social problems that some strong-arm force is required to keep the civil population under control.

As is the case now as it was then, a nation’s Socialist-Left will promise just about anything to attain power over the people:

When communism is wooing the workers in Csepel, all kinds of exaggerated promises are made if they seem likely to awaken men’s aspirations and their cupidity. These promises are couched in such simple terms and such effective symbols that they become immediate goals of the revolution.

Review briefly what communist agitators had once promised the Hungarians who appear in this book: consumer goods such as they had never known before, increased wages. increased social benefits, shorter hours of work, improved education for everyone, a greater social freedom, and a government directly responsible to the working classes. Under communism such promises were never even remotely capable of attainment.

[Our Emphasis]
If all of that sounds eerily familiar, it’s because that’s part of a very old song and dance that has deceived many a generation into enslaving themselves under socialism. Consider this recent story from the Associated Press:

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for “Medicare for All,” free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans.
….

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is expected to launch his presidential campaign soon, has sponsored legislation to create a federal jobs guarantee program in several communities across America.

The pilot program… could ultimately transform the U.S. labor market by providing well-paid government employment with benefits for anyone who wants it.

[Our Emphasis]

As Margaret Thatcher so aptly surmised, eventually they will run out of other people’s money. In our case in the states, that is already the situation given the enormous debt and unfunded liabilities reaching into the stratosphere of trillions of dollars. Of course, this hasn’t deterred committed collectivists such as Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio who recently stated that ‘There’s plenty of money in the world… It’s just in the wrong hands!’ Never mind that it is morally wrong to steal the property of others or that once a society turns down the dead-end of socialism there will always be more people wanting more money from those who have it.

Wealth redistribution scams will always wreck the economy. A socialist regime that nationalizes the economy can never function better than one of economic Liberty. Soon enough everything breaks down, the people see through the lies and the government has to start breaking heads. Thus it is imperative that they have previously confiscated the people’s guns and made it illegal to defend themselves.

The Takeaway

Socialistic schemes always run contrary to basic human nature. Rewarding someone for not working will always result in less work. Conversely, punishing someone for working will also result in less work.

This basic logic of human nature seems to be lost on Leftists. But perhaps it is not. They have to know their schemes have never and will never work. And yet they still try to impose them on everyone else. Perhaps they know of the epic fraud they are continually perpetrating on society, but they don’t care. That will be the subject of our next installment.


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As Venezuela implodes, Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaidó as President

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As Venezuela implodes Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaid as President

The destruction of Venezuela by socialism and corruption is practically complete, but hope is on the horizon. A new President has been recognized by the United States, making Nicolas Maduro’s presidency nearly finished.

Juan Guaidó has been serving as the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela since earlier this month and assumed the role of interim President earlier today. The United States joins Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Puerto Rico in recognizing his claim as legitimate.

People have filled the streets of Caracas in an amazing display of solidarity against Maduro, who held an “inauguration” on January 11 despite clear indicators the May 2018 elections were rigged. Now, the streets of Caracas are full.

President Trump confirmed the move following multiple news outlets quoting White House officials.

Ironically, Guaidó’s rallying cry happens to be “Sí, se puede!”, Spanish for “Yes we can.”

My Take

This is the only viable move given the circumstances. As I posted on Facebook:

It may not be possible for Guaidó to turn around the failing nation without a lot of outside assistance, but one thing is certain: Maduro had zero chance of making anything better for his starving people.


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