Tyrannical Government Health Care

One of the main arguments that I use against the idea of Government-controlled health care is that the Government would, in fact, CONTROL our health care. That’s why I refer to it as Government-controlled healthcare, and not “Universal Health Care” or a “Single-Payer System.” Both of these diluted terms are meant to distort the reality of the situation and distract you from a major problem – Federal bureaucrats would have complete control of your health care.

Some people hear that argument and tell me that I’m being irrational. Government would not seize control of our personal health care. They wouldn’t ration it, and they wouldn’t implement draconian, tyrannical mandates concerning it. They would simply act as a control to make sure that everyone had equal access to “free” health care.

If that’s what you believe, you may as well stop reading here, because your fantasy world is about to get a huge reality check.

One of the biggest names in the Democrat Party is John Edwards. His campaign for the Presidency has been centered on a few different issues. But, mainly, his focus has been on “Universal Health Care.”

According to John Edwards’ website:

Under the Edwards Plan:

* Families without insurance will get coverage at an affordable price.
* Families with insurance will pay less and get more security and choices.
* Businesses and other employers will find it cheaper and easier to insure their workers.

So, what steps would he take to achieve these things? Well, part of his plan calls for MANDATORY VISITS TO THE DOCTOR!

Let me say that again. Under John Edwards plan, all Americans would be FORCED by the Federal Government to get regular medical check-ups. This includes “mental health care as well as dental and vision.” According to an article by the Associated Press:

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

"It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care," he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. "If you are going to be in the system, you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK."

Do you still believe that the Government would stay out of your personal health care decisions? John Edwards has said, up front, that you will not be allowed to refuse regular medical check-ups. And, since his plan even covers “mental health care as well as dental and vision,” you would also be FORCED to see a psychiatrist, a dentist, and an ophthalmologist. Does this sound like a Government which promotes Freedom for the individual?

So, how does John Edwards justify this? Well, if the Government will be subsidizing (via the taxpayers) health care for all Americans, they must find ways cut and control costs. For most Government-controlled health care systems, this means a rationing of health care. For John Edwards, this means FORCED visits to the doctor. He assumes that regular preventative care will cost less than emergency care.

To a certain extent, he may be correct. Preventative care may, in fact, be less expensive than emergency care. But, the more important point is that the Government is directly controlling the health care system and making decisions which should be left to the individual.

Where does it stop? If we are forced to get regular check-ups from a doctor, a psychiatrist, a dentist, and an ophthalmologist, will we also have to submit to mandatory Government diets? Will they regulate what foods we can and cannot eat (FYI – They are already trying to do this by banning trans fats)? Will we be FORCED to undergo mandatory Government exercise?

These things sound absurd. But, so do forced visits to the doctor! It is the way that Government seizes more and more power…slowly but surely.

These are not powers that should be granted to the Government. These are powers that belong to us – free individuals. But, sadly, there are many Americans who would willingly trade their precious freedom for feel-good policies and so-called “security.”

Side note: I’m sure that the same people who scream over President Bush’s “tyrannical policies,” will have little or nothing to say about this.


  • One more item of note...They are not giving any mention of how much taxes will have to be increased to cover the cost. And according to Edwards plan unlike the socialized healthcare plans that are already in place in Europe and Canada, we would have to pay a healthcare coverage premium for the government healthcare just like we do now for private healthcare coverage. How does that make it more affordable? All that does is feed the government pork.

    By Blogger Trevor, At September 05, 2007 8:38 AM  

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