Monday, September 03, 2007

To The Free Clinic.....March!

According to an AP story shown on news, John Edwards, the man Rush Limbaugh calls "the Breck Girl," and Laura Ingraham calls "the Silky Pony," and I call one of several interchangeable "Rotten Fascist Bastards" is proposing a socialized medicine system in which everyone is required to go see the doctor for "preventative maintenance."

Edwards' plan claims it will cover preventive, chronic and long-term health care, including dental and vision coverage for all Americans. Showing either his utter contempt for the intelligence of Americas or his own poor knowledge of both economics and human nature, Edwards claims the plan will cost "up to $120 billion a year" which he will cover by ending President Bush's tax cuts to people who make more than $200,000 per year.

Edwards' plan is also unConstitutional. No where in the document can one find authorization for the federal government to be involved in the health care of individuals in any way.

I'm imagining, and this will unquestionably be the case should this program be enacted, Edwards' Bureau of Health" police marching manacled groups of people, rousted from their homes at all hours of the day and night, to wait in long lines of others who are really sick, or have hangnails or sniffles. I'm imagining people with serious conditions, waiting in long queues to be seen by specialists--the queue only moving when someone nearer the door dies.

I'm imagining tens of thousands of competent doctors retiring early or taking less responsible jobs to get away from the bureaucracy--leaving largely doctors of lesser ability and experience to fill the gaps.

“I quit when medicine was placed under State control, some years ago,” said Dr. Hendricks. “Do you know what it takes to perform a brain operation? Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill?
That was what I would not place at the disposal of men whose sole qualification to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities that got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun. I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or of my patients, or the amount of my reward. I observed that in all the discussions that preceded the enslavement of medicine, men discussed everything—except the desires of the doctors.
Men considered only the ‘welfare of the patients with no thought for those who were to provide it. That a doctor should have any right, desire or choice in the matter was regarded as irrelevant selfishness; his is not to chose, they said, only ‘to serve.’ That a man who’s willing to work under compulsion is too dangerous a brute to entrust with a job in the stockyards—never occurred to those who proposed to help the sick by making life impossible for the healthy. I have often wondered at the smugness with which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my consciousness, to stifle my mind—yet what is it that they expect to depend on when they lie on an operating table under my hands?
Their moral code has taught them to believe that it is safe to rely on the virtue of their victims. Well, that is the virtue I have withdrawn. Let them discover the kind of doctors that their system will now produce. Let them discover, in their operating rooms and hospital wards, that it is not safe to place their lives in the hands of a man whose life they have throttled. It is not safe, if he is the sort of a man who resents it—and still less safe, if he is the sort who doesn’t.”

--excerpt from the novel, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Rand's novel is a dramatization, but it's both logically and empirically true that individuals will either quit work, or continue working at a less-than-optimum level, if his conditions of work are not suitable. This is only part of what we will face if Williams' program, or that most of the posturing fascists running for the office of President have their way in this area.

They've killed Freedom! Those bastards!

Warm regards,

Col. Hogan
Stalag California


Ol' BC said...

Oh, Colonel, I think your vision will come to fruition. It is clearly logical if one has had much interaction with those in the medical community.

Col. Hogan said...

Yeah, BC, if this stuff is allowed to happen it won't be long before our gradually lengthening life expectancy stats will peak and reverse.

First comes full government control of medicine, then comes the rationing of complex procedures, then comes limiting the best care to party members and the compliant, then comes euthanasia for the elderly and finally, medicine will be taken over by blood-letters and rattle shakers.

Stay healthy, old friend.

steveintx said...

I'm very surprised that euthanasia is not a law already. Politicians want you to work hard 'til you are non-productive and just die. Do not pass go. Do not collect Social Security.
You will remember that when we were yonkers the retirement was mandatory at 65 (?). But when they made a big deal out of polticians not retiring at the same age, it magically changed. Almost overnight.
Dueling was legal at one time, but when honorable people demanded satisfaction from political pimps it was made illegal.
I guess my point is, congress makes laws only to benefit them. If it also benefits the cattle that'll be okay but it's not necessary. That's why it's so very important not to allow people like this in office.
There is only one right that I feel should be changed, the right to vote, I feel a person must take a test to be able to vote. Idiots should not be allowed. If any person suggests taking any rights away from the people he/she sould not be allowed to run for office.

Col. Hogan said...

My favorite theory is that the reason why the evil FDA is trying so hard to be able to control vitamins and other food supplements is that they don't want people staying too healthy too long. Social Security is in enough trouble without more people living to 100 or more.

As for voting, I'm on the edge of quitting. I wonder if it's worth giving them the satisfaction. The only reason I'm voting this time is to vote for Ron Paul. Otherwise, I've been disappointed by Republicans too many times.

MK said...

If it's any consolation CH, i don't think John Edwards has a chance in hell, but then what's Hillary's take on all this. I fear she's thinking the same thing..

Aurora said...

Like MK, I think Edwards is pretty much a non-event. I'm not surprised he's a nanny-stater.
what's Hillary's take on all this
More of the same and worse no doubt. Hillary is the super-b**** of the lot.

Ol' BC said...

Hillary tried to push it through once while Bill was getting a Lewinski. In his first term, that was her project. Lucky for us Congress was a little smarter then. On Social Security, Don't forget the life expectancy was 59 when The Big Socialist (FDR) pushed through Social Security and it took the ripe old age of 62 to begin drawing.

Col. Hogan said...

Fred said today that he can beat Hillary. We'll see. We've been burned so many times by Republicans that I'm not sure I'll even vote.