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Democrats overhauling health care before America awakes

Aug. 6, 2009

By Mike Benevento

Although it’s pricy and contains flaws, the United States’ health care system is one of the best in the world. Citing 50 million uninsured Americans and rising costs, Democrats are attempting to engineer a federal takeover of the system. As such, a strongly contested bill nationalizing health care is currently making its way through Congress.

President Barack Obama’s objectives for the bill are to reduce costs, increase patient choice and ensure health insurance for all Americans. What most congressional Democrats are rushing to implement, however, is a flawed, government-run health care plan that raises costs, causes rationing and still leaves 17 million Americans uninsured.

The good news is that Americans are finally noticing the health care bill’s many problems — and are increasingly voicing displeasure with the proposal.

Make no mistake, Americans want health care reform. Republicans do, too. However, both seek changes to the system, not a major overhaul. Socializing health care is yet another liberal attempt to control America’s lifestyle via Big Brother government regulation.

Democrats intend to pay for universal health care mainly by increasing taxes on the rich and penalizing companies who do not provide coverage. Former President Clinton advisor Dick Morris notes that the Democrat’s plan would raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year. It would force employers either to offer health insurance to their employees or pay an 8 percent tax. Finally, it would set up a government-owned health care plan to compete with private plans.

Since the American people would subsidize the government plan, it will soon put the private plans out of business. Inevitably, America will end up with a Canadian-style, single payer system.

The bill is estimated to cost $1 trillion.

“President Obama assures us that he will cut health-care spending,” Morris writes, “by adding $1 trillion to health-care spending.”

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the plan will fall $239 billion short of covering its price tag. Thus, columnist David Limbaugh points out, the bill will increase the federal deficit and threaten to overwhelm state budgets.

Bestselling author Jerome Corsi wrote, “Obama’s plan amounts to merely another instance of income redistribution from the haves to the have-nots, with insurance and pharmaceutical company profits subject to confiscation.”

With health care, Democrats are following White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s script — declare a “crisis” and rush through legislation. Doing so minimizes discussion, prevents eroding support and subverts opposition.

Essentially, the belief is that the more light shines on a proposal, the more flaws are exposed. Thus, Obama has constantly demanded that Congress immediately pass the health care bill — hopefully before everyone realizes what it contains.

The Democrats know that now may be the best time to forever change the health care system to their liking. They not only control the White House, but they have a nearly veto-proof majority of Congress. Delays only reduce their chances.

With the economy continuing to get worse, Democrats realize their popularity is rapidly dwindling. President Obama’s poll ratings have been falling ever since he took office. According to Rasmussen Reports, public opinion for the health care plan stands at only 47 percent. The numbers only look to get uglier.

The more Americans learn about the Democrats’ tax and spend nature, the more they reject it. So, now is the time for Democrats to impose their liberal-socialist agenda — while they still have the power to do so.

As Americans are finding out, the poorly conceived stimulus package added massive debt and has not stemmed unemployment as Democrats promised. It clearly has not jump-started the economy. If the administration was so wrong with the stimulus, how correct will it be with completely overhauling one-seventh of the country’s economy under the guise of improving health care?

One wonders if Congress and government officials have the knowledge and experience to run the health care sector. What makes them health care experts? Besides, as Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele asks, “When has Washington D.C. ever made anything cost less?”

As commentator Bill O’Reilly put it, “Time after time, we have seen the feds screw things up: Iraq, Katrina, immigration, Vietnam, the war on drugs, public schools … the list is endless. And we are going to put our troubled appendix in the hands of these people?”

O’Reilly cautioned Americans when he wrote, “This whole thing is poorly thought out, rushed, and full of peril.”

Now is the time to take action. Contact your representatives and tell them to stop their overhaul of the health care system. This bill is not change you can believe in.


Michael Benevento is a former Air Force fighter jet weapon systems officer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Military History and a master’s in International Relations. Mike resides in Williston with his wife Kristine and their two sons, Matthew and Calvin.