Liberty Gazette

Healthcare after the Economic Crisis: Harder to find a solution?

Posted in Uncategorized by libertygazette on October 11, 2008

In this current economic climate, it’s difficult to believe that the major focus of this campaign year was going to be healthcare. Early polls put the topic at the top of concerns that voters wanted addressed. It is as tough a topic as a recession ever could be. It is a topic that must be addressed, much like Socialist Security and Marxist Care. Those who love liberty have been offered a reprieve. Let us hope that America can solve this problem without ceding more authority to the Socialists sleepers in Washington. The sad thing is that there are many great ideas floating about. It saddens the heart of a patriot. I cry for Lady Liberty that Americans would run into the arms of socialism when the free market has given them above and beyond everything they have ever asked of her. Let us, for nostalgias’ sake, investigate the free market options to socialist health care.

First, we’ll look at our options as proposed by the presidential candidates. Let’s play a little game. I’m going to show three statements. Read all three and try to match them to the candidate. Ready? Go!

“We want a system of health care in which everyone can afford and acquire the treatment and preventative care they need. Health care should be available to all and not limited by where you work or how much you make.”

“It’s time to bring together businesses, the medical community, and members of both parties around a comprehensive solution to this crisis, and it’s time to let the drug and insurance industries know that while they’ll get a seat at the table, they don’t get to buy every chair.”

“We favor restoring and reviving a free market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want, the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions.”

Your candidates: Barack Obama (DP) John McCain (RP) and Bob Barr (LP)

The answer is at the bottom. Don’t cheat. Make your guesses and then read the answers.

In a free society, the right to choose, in every aspect of the individual’s life, is sacred. The government’s roll in this free society is to ensure the individual’s right to make their own decisions concerning health care. It is not the roll of government to ensure the cost of care is something that I can afford.

If I blow my money on Cadillacs and McMansions, I might not be able to afford the same level of care as my frugal neighbor. That’s the fact of a free society. Instead of coming to terms with this reality, “experts” would like to steal (tax) from my frugal neighbor to pay for my socialized care. This is another redistribution of the fruits of honest labor, on the grounds that my frugal neighbor does not have the McMansion tax write-off that I do. So, while the frugal live within their means, their taxes bailout my McMortgage to pay for my McMansion and he also has the privilege to pay for my healthcare. Isn’t he lucky?

What the government could do, that would be helpful, is ensure that insurance companies are given clear guidelines. The government could pass a Healthcare Bill of Rights as a guideline for the courts when dealing with insurance companies and hospitals. Laws could be passed mandating that insurance corporations cover the percentage that they say they will cover. Laws could be passed transferring the burden of proof for the need of care to the insurance companies rather than the patient. This law could mandate that doctor ordered care be paid by the insurance corporation before the claim can be contested. Funds paid due to fraudulent claims could then be recovered from the doctors that ordered the care.

In conclusion, there are solutions that do not include socialism. Investigate your choices. Know what the candidates are proposing. It is your civic duty to be informed on the issues. This is still one of the biggest issues we face. We as a society cannot be distracted from the problem at hand. This is costing us jobs, our health, and our advantage in the world marketplace. I hope you are informed by the answers to the quiz. Now go promote the free market solution with government in it’s proper roll, as citizen’s advocate.

Barack Obama (b); John McCain (A); Bob Barr (C)


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  1. betsyjob said, on October 14, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Liberty Advocate,
    That was a very good article. I especially liked the illustration about the frugal neighbor having to pay for the mortagage and medical expenses of the Mcgreedy and irresponsible neighbor.

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