Imagine waiting for a year to have cancer surgery while the malignancy spreads - and then be told, "Sorry. You waited too long. Go home and die." It happens in Britain and Canada because they have socialized medicine.
Now imagine a federal bureaucrat possessing the power to choose your doctor, tell doctors what treatments they can prescribe and which tests they can run. They decide at what age you are no longer eligible to undergo dialysis or receive an organ transplant or a CAT scan, even treatments as simple as antibiotics.
Are you ready for a law that forbids you from consulting a private physician for better treatment or to get a second opinion -- even if you're willing to pay for the service yourself?
These are all features of President Obama's health care plan which he recently announced, saying: "After decades of inaction, we have finally decided to fix what is broken about health care in America. We have decided that it's time to give every American quality health care at an affordable cost."
Obama is using the excuse that millions of Americans are uninsured to take over America's health care system -- and he will destroy it.
The health care "crisis" is a myth. Medical costs are high, but this is a result of the best care in the world. There's no health-care crisis in America. Improvements can be made, but according to Investor's Business Daily, the crisis is exaggerated: "According to 'Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States,' a Census Bureau report published last August, of the 45.6 million persons in the U.S. that did not have health insurance at some point in 2007, 9.7 million, or about 21 percent, were not U.S. citizens. Also among the uninsured are 17 million Americans who live in households where the annual income exceeds $50,000; 7 million of those without coverage have incomes of $75,000 a year or more."
IBD continues: "Many of the uninsured are young and healthy (40 percent are between ages 18 and 34) and at this point in their lives, particularly in this economy, choose to put their dollars elsewhere."
Apparently, those who are legally in this country, and are involuntarily uninsured for an extended period of time, constitute a small number of people. Moreover, the involuntarily uninsured are not forced in this country to go without medical treatment.
IBD again: "The notion that the uninsured are without health care is bogus, as well. They consumed an estimated $116 billion worth of health care in 2008, according to the advocacy group Families USA."
So based on a fabricated crisis, Obama panics and is attempting to hand doctors, hospitals, and patients over to an army of bureaucrats.
Senator Richard Shelby recently said that President Barack Obama's proposed health care plan is the "first step in destroying the best health care system the world has ever known."
Dick Morris captured the progressive nature of the plan this way: "Now that the cameras have been put away and the media is no longer watching their secret emerges: They are going to cut medical costs by cutting medical care ... These decisions will not be medical but financial. They will not be based on a doctor's opinion of what his or her patient needs, but a bureaucrat's and an accountant's opinion of what the new health care system can afford.
"And you will not be able to bypass their rulings and pay for this care yourself ... What we now call a private fee for service will metastasize into a bribe."
Everything Obama's is doing moves the U.S. economy closer and closer to financial collapse. We stand on the brink of the precipice, staring down into the abyss. Three of the most recent estimates place the "true cost" of Obama bailouts at anywhere from $3.2 trillion to $12.8 trillion.
Perhaps that's why Obama solemnly stated a short time ago, "We're out of money."
Still, Obama wants to shove this money-guzzling, freedom-killing program down the throats of the American people. The dollar is perilously close to losing its status as the world's reserve currency. Other nations think we're about to go under.
We've been borrowing from China for years. Now, there's talk that soon China won't extend us credit because our economy won't generate enough wealth to meet our payments.
In the final analysis to pay the bill, Obama will do as England and Canada; he will restrict care to the elderly and the sick. Premature death is the most efficient way to curb medical costs, and Obama's plan will take America down this dark and deadly road.
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