Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hooray for Healthcare! or, The Name of The Game is Socialized Medicine

It's a shame that 47 million Americans don't have healthcare. But that's okay. With Obama's arrival in office, I think we can look forward to that changing. With National Healthcare, we'll all be taken care of.

Assuming, of course, that those Republicans don't raise a stink. Stupid Republicans. How dare they interfere with Obama's socialism!!

(By the way, those two paragraphs up there consist of sarcasm.)

Welcome to the Conservative Corner. My first subject is socialized medicine. Looking for info, I went out and did a blog search. Here's one blog:

... What follows in this article are 7 of the many reasons I am voting for Obama and not John McCain....

But I'm only looking at number 6:

Health care. While I do not believe that Obama’s health care plan is the universal plan that our country really needs, it is a good step towards a better plan and it will help to lower overall health care costs. McCain’s approach would hurt more than help. There would be even more people without health care with McCain as President.

Socialized medicine is never a good step to better plan. Ever.

Here's another blog:

With the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American President of the United States of America on Tuesday, America showed that it is ready for ‘change.’ As Sarah Palin headed for snowy climates and John McCain returned to the Arizona desert, some Americans are realizing that they do not know exactly what change is in store for them in terms of health care. Nursing student Taylor Sohrwide discussed her views on Obama’s health care plan. Sohrwide, 22, is in her second year of nursing school. Although optimistic, she admitted that she was not certain what health care changes will be made. She has a general idea. “I think it might sound good to some people who don’t have health insurance, but in the long run, it’s going to be bad for our country.”

It's a shame this didn't dawn on people until after they elected him. Over here, on another site known as "That's Debatable" the author writes:

Let me play devil's advocate for just a minute with regards to medical research. I am a big fan of capitalism. However, pharmacological research is one area where I think capitalism is failing. Take antibiotic development for example. We are seeing more and more organisms develop resistance to many of the antibiotics we rely on daily. The solution, of course, is to stay ahead of the curve by developing new antibiotics to replace the older ones. As much money as "Big Pharma" charges for medicine, this shouldn't be a problem, right? Wrong.... pharmaceutical companies are in business to make money, with the secondary aim of stamping our disease (capitalism at its best).

The author goes on to explain that antibiotics are only bought occasionally, so pharmaceutical companies spent less time working on those, and more time working on medicines that have to be taken daily. Pretty scary stuff. But what I want to know is, how is socialized medicine going to fix that? Does Socialization inspire anyone to fix anything?

Well, let's see what Obama has to say about all of this. Back on Obama's site , he claims he will make healthcare affordable for all. According to his site:

...that’s why they’ve proposed a plan that strengthens employer coverage, makes insurance companies accountable and ensures patient choice of doctor and care without government interference.
The Obama-Biden plan provides affordable, accessible health care for all Americans, builds on the existing health care system, and uses existing providers, doctors and plans to implement the plan. Under the Obama-Biden plan, patients will be able to make health care decisions with their doctors, instead of being blocked by insurance company bureaucrats.
Under the plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year.

He also says he will

Establish a National Health Insurance Exchange with a range of private insurance options as well as a new public plan based on benefits available to members of Congress that will allow individuals and small businesses to buy affordable health coverage.

That site was quite vague, actually. (How very Obama-ish.) He's got all sorts of ideas to fix the mess, all of which are vague. Myself personally, I wanna know what that National Health Insurance Exchange is. I decided to Google it. I managed to find an explanation:

A regulated market of private health plans which would compete with a proposed public health plan for consumers who cannot obtain health insurance through their employers or current public programs such as Medicaid or SCHIP.

Regulated market, eh? According to Wikipedia, a regulated market is:

the provision of goods or services that is regulated by a government appointed body.

Interesting. I wonder what they mean by "government appointed body." Also, how is Obama going to pay for this vague plan of his? Well, he explains that little bit of knowledge on his website:

Barack Obama will pay for his $50 - $65 billion health care reform effort by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for Americans earning more than $250,000 per year and retaining the estate tax at its 2009 level.

Ouch. Now, let's go over to Ontheissuses.org. Let's see what Obama really says about his healthcare program. About halfway down the page, I found this most interesting quote from Obama:

I've got a plan for creating universal health care, shepherding that through Congress so that I can actually sign a bill, then executing and implementing that. You know, those are things that I worry about.

He's got a plan for creating a universal healthcare bill. That's bad, people, that's very bad.

Over on Angelfire.com, I found some pertinent information. Alot of pertinent information. According to the author, there are six results of Socialized medicine:

1) When healthcare is free, people have no incentive to save money. [And it's your money they're spending.]

2) Doctors have no incentive to give good care, Pharmaceutical companies have no incentive to develop new medicines.

3) You will end up paying for my healthcare, and vice versa.

4) The quality of the healthcare will deteriorate. [Ain't that the truth.]

5) You'll have no privacy. [Not when everyone else has to pay for your problems.]

6) You'll have no freedom.

And you know what? I believe all of it. Go to the site, and read the article. Then keep scrolling down. There, you can read about:

- How a woman was forced to pull out her own teeth after no dentist would treat her.

- How patients with lung diseases were "condemed to death" after thier medicine was taken away.

- How some hospitals have banned the obese and smokers from the hospital. (And were allowed to do so)

It's not funny, people. It's not good - for anyone- and despite all the complaints I here on the net where people are complaining about America's so-called "terrible healthcare" at least in this country you don't have to wait thirteen weeks for an MRI if you have cancer.

And this is what Obama wants to do. He wants to install socialized medicine. I'm sure he's convinced he can do better than Britain, Cuba, Canada, or the other countries.However, I'm equally convinced he can't do it.

If so many other countries have tried and failed, what makes him think he can do better?

No, it's not racism. It doesn't matter what color his skin is or isn't, all that matters is if he'll do the best he can for our country. Socialized medicine would not be a good thing for our country.

Begun 11-11-08

Completed 11-13-08

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