Sunday, March 21, 2010

It is not about Healthcare

There are many ways that the American Healthcare System can be improved. Most improvement would come from opening up the system so that free enterprise and market conditions would determine what products are wanted by the American people, and then made available by insurance companies and healthcare providers. The reduction of government interference, and the increase of competition, will bring down prices and improve service. It always does.

Have you ever compared the Post Office with Federal Express? Who do you use to deliver that all-important package when it absolutely, positively, has to be there overnight? The Post Office has a monopoly on First Class mail. Because they have this monopoly, they should be able to "add on" additional deliveries at very competitive prices, and they should be able to provide the very best service. But they do not. Instead, they are broke. Their service with trackable shipping (Express & Priority mail) is both more expensive and less reliable than that of FedEx. The most remarkable thing is that Federal Express actually makes money.

Have you ever had anyone involved in the VA Hospital and Healthcare system? Then you know what government run healthcare will bring to America. Are not Social Security, Medicare and Medicaide broke even though every working American pays taxes to support them? What government program has ever provided good service and came in under budget? None. Not one.

But those reasons are not why I am opposed to Obamacare. I am opposed to the current healthcare legislation because it allows the federal government to require me to buy something that I may not want. If the government can force me to buy healthcare insurance, then it can force me to buy anything our good leaders in Congress are cajoled or bribed into writing into law.  The Constitution of the United States does not say, and has never before been interpreted as saying, that the Federal government can force me to buy something that I do not want. The 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution where written and included in the Bill of Rights specifically to protect us from a corrupt, greedy and out of control federal government. We must fight to protect and defend our Constitution!

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