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Haupt’s Take: Through the doorway to socialized medicine

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William Haupt III | Haupt’s Take

“When we reform healthcare, I intend to keep my promise:  If you like your doctors, you’ll be able to keep them; if you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep that too.” (Barack Obama)

Nary a day goes by that the media doesn’t bare bad tidings about the failing healthcare scheme dubiously named Obamacare. Every day you hear the same sad news. Fewer people than ever can afford to buy health insurance after the Democratic grinches forced “The Affordable Healthcare Act” down the chimneys of America that horrific Christmas Eve!

Those who can afford insurance are paying as much as 50 percent more with 50 percent less coverage. By expanding Medicare, Medicaid and federal give-always, the free market swiftly reacted, punishing us with higher premiums. “Something smells fishy in DC and it is not coming from the Potomac or Anacostia Rivers in Washington.”

The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, was billed as Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement. As we witness companies drop out of the exchanges faster than a cat runs from a room full of rocking chairs in a nursing home, why doesn’t he care the program that bears his name is a disaster? Simply because this was a setup for America. Nurse Nancy Pelosi, Scary Harry Reid, the Democratic Socialists, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, AARP and those on the far left knew this would happen. Since they knew Obamacare would not spread bad medicine equally to all America, this was their way to force America to accept European socialized medicine!

“Reform will keep government out of your health care decisions. Trust me.” (Barack Obama)

They do not have the courage to tell America they plan to take our healthcare industry all the way to socialization. So they are caballing their course like pirates on the open sea to steal it from us. This plot has been in the making since Mr. Obama was elected. They are just waiting for the next progressive to take office and pull the plug on Obamacare.

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This will finish dismantling our private healthcare industry. Next is resurrecting Hillary-Care, her contentious health care reform package in 1993. When word leaked out she was holding secret meetings supporting a single-payer system, hubby Bill vetoed her legislation before it vetoed him. She was not happy with this.

“This would have driven (health care) costs down to the lowest they’ve been in 50 years.” (Hillary Clinton)

During Clinton’s primary run against Bernie Sanders, she started moving further to the left again on what is called the “public option.” This plan is the next phase of socializing all American medicine. She proposed permitting people to buy Medicare with the government subsidizing this through tax increases on those who make “over their fair share.”

In her public pronouncements, she claims she wants to “fix” Obamacare because of the negative response she got for supporting a single payer system. Is this the same song she is singing, just a different tune? She recently said everyone in this country needs to have equal heath insurance.

“What I really want to see is that we have more options for undocumented people to be able to get the healthcare that they need.”(Hillary Clinton)

Everyone but President Obama was watching his nose grow longer each time he repeatedly said people would be able to keep their current plans. But Reid, Pelosi, and Obama, secretly along with the architects of this vile monstrosity, knew its regulations would cause over 60 percent of Americans to have their policies cancelled immediately. Tens of millions more would begin losing their coverage as restrictions targeting employer-sponsored insurance kicked in.

This would drive millions of desperate Americans to look to the federal government to rescue them from the destruction caused by Obama’s incubus and that would be the key to open the door to inferior single payer European socialized medicine. The very day after it passed Nancy Pelosi said, “I am thrilled with this. Finally every American will have affordable health insurance.”

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Be careful who you put in office or you might be getting a Trojan Horse. The price of socialized medicine in every country where it has been implemented has usurped the people’s liberty. It has eroded autonomy, freedom of choice and rationed medical services and access to technology. And this laid the foundation for European Socialism.

The modus operandi of socialism is to control the population by depriving citizens of freedom and keeping them subservient and dependent on the State. Robbing them of ‘real’ healthcare is the ultimate first step to socialism.

“The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.” (Karl Marx)

Free enterprise in the U.S. relies on free choice in a free market place. Whether you are buying a home, a car, a computer or medical care, you buy what is best for you.

Government compulsion and social engineering were considered taboo in America since its founding. Our forefathers set out to establish a new kind of country with a government that belonged to the people. It was built on the premise that the people were supreme and they would hold the politicians future to the fire. They had the duty to replace all who violated their liberty and their God given human rights.

“The price of liberty depends on free choice and unrestricted capitalism is what it costs.” (Milton Freeze)  

Each progressive administration has made additory pseudo reforms in our once great healthcare system. They have continually placed extra burdens on American medicine via increased rules and regulations and rationing of services, coverage, and payments to physicians.

But fortunately for America each time they stepped too far over the line, large-scale attempts to socialize American medicine have been defeated until 1965, when Medicare and Medicaid were instituted. And this is where it all began. Then we had ObamaScare, and everybody knows what’s coming next!

“If it sounds too good to be true it probably is and it will get much worse. Trust me!” (Allen Ross)

For Americans, the terms “single payer” and “public option” sound more innocent than “socialized medicine,” which is why they were adopted as code words by progressive leadership. When you hear our next progressive leader talk about single payer or public option, remember they said that about Obamacare.  This was their plan all along. We were set up by a group of con men selling snake oil.

“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” (Nancy Pelosi)

The progressives feel now our foreign policy is isolationism; they think the road to the holy grail of self-indulgent socialism will be anointed with socialized medicine.

This will put the restraints upon our liberty necessary to control government and us. We will then be subservient to them instead of them submissive to the people.

“Socialized medicine is the essence of slavery.” (Roy Myers)

If you need a refresher course in the broken promises President Obama made you need to look no further than the proclamations he made at the AMA convention in 2012. “Let’s start with the fact that before the Affordable Care Act fully takes effect, about 85% of Americans already have health insurance, either through their job, Medicare, or from the private market place. If you’re one of these folks, it’s reasonable that you might worry whether health care reform is going to create changes that are a problem for you when you’re bombarded with all sorts of fear-mongering. The first thing you need to know is this: If you already have health care, you don’t do anything.”

This article was written by a contributor from Franklin Center’s independent network of writers, bloggers, and citizen journalists. 

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William Haupt III is a retired professional journalist, citizen legislator in California for 40 plus years, and author. He got his start working to approve prop 13.