By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) “How do you think we … Health care is not free. Now, we pay for health care in a variety of ways, pretty complicated. About half of health care dollars, more or less, comes from taxes.”
Quick — who said that?
None other than Sen. Bernie Sanders, Congress’ original and most enduring Socialist. The 2020 Democratic presidential contender admitted in a recent interview with the Washington Post that yes, every American will have to be taxed in order to afford a socialism-style, one-size-fits-all, government-run healthcare system.
What Bernie isn’t honest about is just how much such a system will cost. He talks blithely about ‘Medicare for All’ while dismissing the serious analysts who claim such a system for 320 million Americans is simply not affordable.
But you know who else isn’t being honest about the true costs of Medicare for All? Another 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris.
She told CNN this week in pandering fashion that she could deliver such a program without a middle-class tax increase — something even Bernie Sanders doesn’t buy.
Meantime, while attempting to sell this turkey, she was also suspiciously absent on details about real costs, how the services would be paid for, and who specifically would pay (and how much).
“Part of it is going to be about Wall Street paying more,” Harris said. “It’s going to be about what we tax in terms of financial services. That’s part of it. The other part is to ups understand this is about an investment that will reap a great return on the investment.
“We can’t only look at this issue in terms of cost without thinking about benefit. The benefit to the American public will be that people will have access to health care that right now they cannot afford. And we are all paying a price for that,” she added.
What the hell is that supposed to mean? No, seriously — ‘we are all paying a price for that.’ ‘The benefit’ being Americans will finally be able to access healthcare, yada, yada, yada.
This is the problem with our healthcare system at present: We can’t get any honesty from people who are trying to take it over, which is mostly Democrats.
You want honesty? Okay. Here is what ‘government-run’ socialist healthcare looks like; it’s a young boy being ‘treated’ in a hospital in Venezuela recently:
Is that what Americans should want? Is that the kind of care Harris wants for herself and her loved ones? No one deserves this, of course, let alone children — but that’s the reality of the kind of system Harris (and Sanders…and Obama) want for us. They, of course, being ‘elite,’ wouldn’t have to suffer through that, no more than Veneuzuelan President Nicolas Maduro suffers for a lack of decent healthcare.
Obama lied over and over and over again to get his disastrous “Obamacare” passed. None of what he promised — universal access, lower premiums, lower deductibles, fewer expensive E.R. visits, you can keep your doctor — came to pass.
None of it.
Now, we have another serious Democratic presidential contender who simply cannot be honest about the true causes and effects of full-blown government health care, let alone the negative impact such a plan would have on the American people and our economy.
All we get are pie-in-the-sky proclamations and meaningless platitudes. We don’t get details. We don’t get numbers. We don’t get the cause-and-effect of such policies.
Obama and the Democrats have been down this road before with our healthcare. We gave them (not like we had a choice) a chance to show us what they could do, and they blew it.
Kamala Harris (and the rest of the Democrat field) are not offering anything new above and beyond the Obamacare debacle except to double down on its failures.
We’ve tried this top-down, government-centric healthcare model in one form or another, steadily, over the past four or five decades. Healthcare has become one of the most controlled, regulated industries in our country.
And prices continue to climb while service and satisfaction continue to decline.
It’s time for a new approach. Republicans — those not coopted by donors and who still believe in the free market — know that forcing government to relinquish control of our healthcare system is the key to dramatically improving services and lowering costs.
Every new regulation comes with a compliance cost; every new compliance cost gets passed onto healthcare consumers. This is no different than any other industry.
And while too many Americans believe they have some weird ‘constitutional right’ to healthcare, at least Sanders is honest about this: It’s not free. Never going to be free. Can’t be free. Someone has to pay for it.
So why not make it as affordable as possible by decoupling healthcare from the heavy-handed regulatory mechanisms of big government? That would be truly transformative.
Harris can’t be honest about her proposal for the same reason Obama and Democrats couldn’t be back in 2010: They won’t work. It’s not about “reforming” healthcare, it’s about giving government bureaucrats the authority to decide for us how much of it we ‘deserve’ and ‘should have.’
Who or what has given them the right to make these choices on our behalf? Where is ‘manage healthcare for all’ in the Constitution? And what makes these pandering politicians healthcare experts?
We shouldn’t double and triple down on failure. Harris is being elusive and vacuous when discussing her plan because she can’t tell you the truth.
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