Photo of a medical procedure in an operating room in an article on universal healthcare by Allen West on the Old School Patriot.

Universal Health (S)care

In Democrats, Economics, Front Page, Healthcare, World News by Allen West

It was the great President Ronald Reagan who once quipped, “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

Actually, a better quote — reflective of our progressive socialist friends — comes from Albert Einstein who asserted that the definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing over and over and expect different results.

I just love it when these leftists try to convince us that this idiocy called socialism can work. That dog don’t hunt. What’s comical is when they seek to provide examples, and these examples just end up blowing up in their faces.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon:

“The government of Finland collapsed Friday due to the rising cost of universal health care and the prime minister’s failure to enact reforms to the system.

Prime Minister Juha Sipila and the rest of the cabinet resigned after the governing coalition failed to pass reforms in parliament to the country’s regional government and health services, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Finland faces an aging population, with around 26 percent of its citizens expected to be over 65 by the year 2030, an increase of 5 percent from today. Sipila’s reforms “intended to remove power from the 295 municipalities that currently oversee health and social care, and place responsibility within a leaner, more efficient system of 18 elected regional authorities,” according to the Journal.

The prime minister also wanted patients to be able to choose from a range of public and private providers.

Sipila said “there’s no other way for Finland to succeed” besides these reforms, which could have led to $3.4 billion in savings for the government. 

“Nordic countries, where comprehensive welfare is the cornerstone of the social model, have been among the most affected,” according to Reuters. “But reform has been controversial and, in Finland, plans to cut costs and boost efficiency have stalled for years.” 

Similar problems are bedeviling Sweden and Denmark, two other countries frequently held up as models to follow on health care. Finland’s crisis, in particular, comes as calls for universal health care have grown louder among Democrats in the United States.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I., Vt.) “Medicare for all” proposal would cost the U.S. over $32 trillion over ten years, according to an analysis by the Mercatus Center. It would also require enormous tax increases as “a doubling of all currently projected federal individual and corporate income tax collections would be insufficient to finance the added federal costs of the plan.”

Another Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), has called for eliminating private health insurance, although a spokesperson suggested she is open to multiple paths to “Medicare for all.”

Self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) has also called for “Medicare for all.”

Let’s be very honest here: these progressive socialists never intended for Obamacare to be the end all. They were always in favor of what they call a “single-payer” healthcare system, meaning government-controlled health services. They talk about “Medicare for all” but when people come to realize that means no more private healthcare insurance, the support wanes.

Furthermore, when one does an in-depth analysis of Obamacare, it was basically a large expansion of Medicaid, the government-run healthcare program for those at or below the poverty level. Now, who in the heck wants to be on a healthcare system that is meant for poverty levels and is replete with fraud, waste, and abuse, not to mention poor reimbursements to doctors who end up refusing to take the Obamacare health plans?

Also, seniors, if Medicare is gonna be for everybody, then where will y’all sit on the priority list? I know, that is a very inconvenient truth for our progressive socialist friends.

Always remember that “free” sounded good to the folks in Venezuela at one time. Now we have these Nordic countries, which are always touted by the leftists in America, and guess what? Their economies are collapsing.

I have shared this with y’all before and will do so again. My wife, Angela, and I experienced two very intense medical emergencies back in 2016 and 2017. I was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome and had to have a pacemaker implanted back in March 2016. Angela was undergoing a routine medical checkup and her astute doctor referred her to a neurologist when something did not look right. It was determined that Angela had a massive brain aneurysm and she was immediately hospitalized back in October 2017 with a six-hour surgery scheduled for the next day. She underwent what was then a recently introduced procedure, and was cleared in just two months.

Now, we in the West family are not fans of any socialized one-size-fits-all government-run healthcare system. We understand that there is a necessity for safety net programs for those in need. However, we will not support anyone that wants to force us onto the type of healthcare system that fails its citizens and resembles the DMV.

The most personal decision that we can make about our lives is our healthcare. Now, why would anyone defer that to a bunch of government bureaucrats who are not even on the same system they would mandate for us? Of course, y’all know that little thing called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is still in existence as part of Obamacare. The purpose of these unelected bureaucrats is to make all the pricing decisions on the healthcare services you, the newly deemed subject, will receive. Doctors and all medical professionals under a single-payer healthcare system, guess who makes the determinations as to your salary? Yep, that astute graduate from Boston University with a cum laude degree in Economics, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Now, if that ain’t FUBAR, tell me what is!

I think if Ronald Reagan were still around, he would amend his quote to say, “The trouble with our progressive socialist friends is that they’re ignorant; and what they know is proof that they are stuck on stupid.”