Why is the
Government Involved in Healthcare?
By Elizabeth Lee
From the 2008 campaign through the 2009 summer of heated Town
Hall debates on healthcare “reform,” I am struck by an overarching
question that keeps haunting me. Why is the government involved in
healthcare at all, much less pushing to
take over the private
healthcare sector (whether by mandates or “public option”)?
There is no enumerated power in the Constitution of the
United States to give the
federal government the authority to be involved in
health care at all. Medicare is already an infringement of the 10th
Amendment. Under the Constitution, it is the
states that correctly
should be overseeing such services, not the
The federal government already has all the
regulatory powers it
needs to oversee businesses in the private sector, including
healthcare. In spite of that power, President Obama has said
publicly many times during the campaign that his goal is to have a
(translate: government run and controlled) health care system. This
has also been a longstanding goal for many Democrats –from Senator
Jay Rockefeller to Hillary Clinton to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky,
to Senator Ted Kennedy and many others, beginning with President
Why are Democrats now seeking to violate the Constitution
further and take complete
control of private
healthcare? Whether by massive new regulation or moving most
Americans into a quasi-Medicare, government run, nationalized health
service, this urgent and desperate push to run the entire private
healthcare sector, rather than simply
modify the parts that
need to be fixed, isn’t adding up.
It makes no sense, unless there is a hidden agenda. Here is
how I see it:
Follow the money.
Medicare and Medicaid are going broke. The government has no
money to bail them out. In 2011:
the first of the “baby boomers” turn
65 and become eligible for Medicare. Overall, the “baby
boomers” born between 1946 and 1964 will add another
76 million to the
Our current deficit is devastating. Since January 20, 2009,
the Democrats in the White House
and both houses of
Congress, have passed legislation that
increased the federal
deficit to more than 11 trillion
dollars ($11,897,336,052,071 as of mid-day August 23,
2009, to be exact). The debt clock ticks higher every second.
This is now $38,250 for each American. The National debt increases
$3.92 billion per day!
Add 76 million baby boomers to the roughly “47 million
uninsured” the Democrats claim need to be covered under a
Medicare-type plan. That means
126 million more people to be covered under Medicare,
which is already broke. How is it possible to pay for all these
people without any money?
It is a physical – and fiscal – impossibility. Unless
services are cut drastically.
The federal deficit is now greater than the deficits of
all US presidents combined,
from George Washington to George W. Bush. The federal government is
broke! The government can only print so much money, or tax us so
much to raise what is needed to cover the staggering deficits
plus cover more Medicare
beneficiaries. The federal government desperately needs to get its
hands on hard cash.
So, follow the money.
What’s another source of revenues the federal government currently
does not control?
healthcare sector. This is the only component of our current
healthcare system with money. Private insurers also have huge
financial reserves they are required to set aside for payment of
I believe the hidden
agenda for government takeover of healthcare is simple.
The government needs the money that is currently in the private
sector. Once everyone is swept into the public, Medicare-type,
taxpayer-funded nationalized system, the federal government will
gain control of all this additional revenue. How?
The government can gain control of private sector money at
least two ways:
Money now being paid for private health insurance premiums
and medical services will go to government coffers, either as direct
payments for premiums or as added taxes.
The Government can nationalize private insurance companies
and confiscate their financial reserves. It would mean enormous new
cash under government control.
I have written earlier about the use of government run health
care as a major way to control people (voters)
by controlling their access to medical
care, which in turn enslaves the middle class and consolidates
political power. We have seen this happen in Britain, Europe and
Access to this new source of revenue is another
reason behind the power grab that explains the current
administration’s refusal to discuss excellent and viable alternative
options to fix only what is
“broken:” payment and insurance issues for those with
pre-existing conditions, or those between jobs who can’t get private
insurance. Whole Foods and Safeway have successfully solved the
problems of lower costs, better access, and more patient empowerment
over health choices
Since politicians are not honestly addressing the question
about why the
government is pushing to take over private health care, I have come
to the following conclusions:
The plan all
along has been to take over all of healthcare to create a
government run single-payer system that controls costs and saves
money by rationing and denying care. President Obama, Professor
Jacob Hacker, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and many other
Democrats are all on record for years stating this goal.
Constitutional right to life and (medical) liberty will be lost
– whether due to government mandates or a government public
officials who vote for government mandates or public options are
selling out the American people to give the federal government
control of private revenues.
except the anointed and exempted ones (the President,
Congress, and certain Unions), will be waiting in long lines
just as has been the case under every nationalized, government
run healthcare system on the planet.
cost more as the government keeps printing more and more money
to pay the debt. We will have less and less money to spend on
things we would like to use our money for, as we instead send
more and more to the IRS in taxes. We will shortly reach the
60-70% tax burdens of Europe.
We need to get back to our roots: every American
citizen deserves to
keep the right to choose
how, when, where, and with whom to seek our healthcare. Get
government out of the exam room! Let the people choose their own
insurance, services and treatments. Town Halls across the country
clearly show this is what we the people want.
Right now, media and Washington Democratic leadership do not
allow public discussion of all the constructive, creative,
successful ideas from business (like Whole Foods and Safeway), from
fiscal conservatives (Republicans and Democrats), from multiple
successful state programs, or from the medical profession! Only 17%
of practicing physicians in the US are members of the AMA. Many
physicians and health systems have creative solutions to our current
problems that are not being heard. We can achieve the goals most
Americans want without massive government takeover of it all:
Individual choice and patient empowerment
Reduction of government interference and regulations that
artificially increase health insurance premiums and costs of medical
market competition across state lines for people to buy their own
medical insurance, and tax deductibility for
both individually owned
and employer-based policies
Patient ownership of medical insurance policies, rather than
Reaffirmation of the physician-patient relationship to make medical
decisions without third party interference from private insurers
The Declaration of Independence and Constitution guarantees
each of us certain inalienable rights endowed by our Creator: life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It specifically did not give
the Federal government the responsibility to
or control these rights.
We cannot not have liberty, happiness or even life itself, if
the federal government controls our money
and out personal
healthcare choices and treatment options.
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