Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Reagan was right, and so was Rep. Joe Wilson !
As Ronald Reagan famously once said "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ' I'm from the government and I'm here to help' ". Well, President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are pounding on the door and telling us the government is here to help "reform" health care. Ronald Reagan was right, we should all be "terrified".
Now I'm certainly no expert on the health care industry or the insurance industry that enables most of us to afford that care when we need it. And I do agree it's currently too complex and too costly, but anyone who thinks that allowing the government to essentially take over the health care industry is going to increase its efficiency and reduce the cost needs to stop kidding themselves. That is not "reform". Does anyone honestly believe President Obama's claim that we can extend health care insurance to approximately 30 million uninsured people and "reduce" health care costs at the same time? I don't, and I don't think most taxpayers do either.
Ronald Reagan believed in individualism, entrepreneurialism and the power of the American spirit to solve our countries problems and meet its challenges. He also believed in allowing market forces to drive the demand for new products and services, while encouraging competition among private companies to keep down costs to the consumer, making them affordable to more people. He believed that government should play a very minor role in the marketplace and that its main responsibility was to get out of the way of small businesses so they could grow and prosper. He viewed government as more of an impediment to business than a promoter of it.
Barack Obama, on the other hand, believes in the power of government programs and bureaucrats to solve our problems for us, all funded by the U.S. taxpayer of course. Socialism is defined as "a system of ownership and operation of the means of production and distribution by the society or the community rather than by private individuals, with all members of the society or community sharing in the work and the products."
Barack Obama's plan is government run health care or "socialized medicine". There is no way private health insurance will survive in competition with a "public option", and if it is approved, and President Obama will have gotten the "single-payer" health care system he has said he favors.
This is where "we the people" need to step in and tell our elected representatives in Congress how we feel. We need to research, debate and discuss ideas on real reform, and voice our opinions. We should demand that Congress listen to us and our ideas on reform, not just allow the liberal congressional leadership and the President to take-over our health care.
And as one of my blue-collar co-workers at Ford said to me; If Congress is so confident in the quality of care and cost savings of the "public option" coverage they are advocating for the rest of America, why aren't they willing to give up their current coverage and join us?