The Horror of Socliazed Medicine

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					Ronald Reagan once said:"Freedom is always just one generation away from
extinction. We don't pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have
to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that they
shall do the same, or we're going to find ourselves spending our sunset
years telling our children and our children's children about a time in
America, back in the day, when men and women were free."As you may have
surmised from reading any newspaper or watching any news channel,
Socialized Medicine is shaping to be the issue of our day.Let's just
correct a few misconceptions. Universal Healthcare is not "free". Either
you, your children or your children's children will be paying for health
care that you consume today. Look at it this way, would you rather trust
your healthcare to you - who can go out and shop around for the best
healthcare that you can find, from companies which need to compete
against each other in order to provide the best service possible in a
country with the best doctors in the world, or would you rather receive
your healthcare from a single entity (the government) which is not
required to run efficiently nor has ever show any inclination to running
efficiently? Go wait in line at the DMV and picture yourself doing the
same thing while bleeding, having trouble breathing or worse,
experiencing symptoms which lead you to believe that you're having a
heart attack?Just because citizens are uninsured does not mean that they
cannot receive health care. Nonprofits and government-run hospitals
provide services to those who don't have insurance, and it is illegal to
refuse emergency medical service because of a lack of insurance. In fact,
the oath that doctors take upon donning their scrubs for the first time
mandates just this action.Like Social Security, any government socialized
benefit will eventually be assumed that it is a right rather than a
government provided social benefit. This makes it essentially impossible
to ever remove. This isn't a scare tactic, it is reality. With this in
mind, why the rush towards socialized medicine? If it's really permanent,
then shouldn't we take the time to know the pros and the cons of the
system?As I type this, Barack Obama is pushing to rush this through
Congress without giving us, Americans, a hint to how he's planning on
paying for this. Is this what we want? Hastily-made decisions which are
done for political reasons under the guise of altruism? Or would we
prefer a decision made after all the facts are presented to the American
people and we're able to decide what we want after careful consideration
of all pros and cons?It's important to get all the facts straight, which
is why during these times is crucial to be as informed as possible. One
area that you can do this is by partaking in healthy debate with your
fellow citizens. One such place is a Political Forum - Political Hotwire.
It's the place where I visit daily and enjoy debating current events.
Check em out.

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