"Waiting for the Stars to Shine Through"
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Back in March of 2005, I wrote the following: “National Health Care is a Socialist dream. It is also a Conservative’s worst nightmare.” Americans are about to wake up “to," not “from," that nightmare!
Now, if you really want the government to have control of your life, I mean every facet of your life, then a National Healthcare program is EXACTLY what you want! If, on the other hand, you want to preserve your freedom, then a national healthcare program is the last thing on this earth you want.
We are, of course, referring to Obamacare, which is now the law of the land.
Look, “womb to tomb healthcare” has so many strings attached that it isn’t worth the hassle , the increase in taxes, and the decrease in the quality of health care that has already begun as a result of the most intrusive government program ever devised by the mind of man.
Already, the damage done to the world’s premier healthcare system has been devastating. The money saving schemes sold to corporations to reduce that corporation’s expenditure on it’s employees group healthcare programs, of many varieties, has devastated healthcare in the US.
Once, just a few short years ago, the US healthcare system was the envy of the world. No nation on this planet enjoyed the quality of healthcare as did Americans. That is no longer the case. The US healthcare system has fallen far down the list from the number one position it held a decade, or two, ago.
But, if you happen to suffer from a chronic disease and require frequent medical attention, you already know that. In my case, I have required 80 some odd hospitalizations since 1965. Doctor’s office visits for me run about one or more a month or six weeks. Now, during all those years of experience with doctors and hospitals I have been in an unenviable position, which enabled me to observe the decline of healthcare in this country.
These days hospitals and doctor’s offices run patients through the system at a rate, which approximates that of a downhill bobsled run!
Patients wait in the doctor’s waiting room for an hour to have the privilege of spending 5 or 6 minutes with your doctor. Does anyone actually expect even the country’s best doctors to be able to accurately diagnose an illness in five minutes? Sure, things like a cold, the flue, etc. But a serious illness is going to be missed. If the patient insists there is something seriously wrong, then the patient is hit with a battery of tests that cost in the thousands of dollars and yet depend upon the trained eye of the specialist to interpret. It becomes a circus.
Hospitals are sending patients home “quicker and sicker” than ever before. In my case the same illness used to require ten days to two weeks of hospital time -- plus 30 days of recovery at home before I could return to work.In the last decade, or so, the same illness requires a hospital stay of three days, four days tops! What has changed? The way, in which, the insurance companies pay the hospitals. These days a hospital is forced to move patients through their system and continuously bring new patients in, and through, the system, at as fast a pace as is possible in order to stay profitable. Non-profits have to do it to remain open. It reminds one of the necessity of a shark to maintain forward motion in order to "breathe" and maintain life.
As a result the emphasis, in the American healthcare system today, has shifted from the care of the patient… to the viability of the practice as a business, or the hospital as a business. The quality of care, for the patient, is nowhere near what it was just 20 years ago.
Now, the dark forces of the American Left have arranged to have the government deliver your healthcare. That sound you hear is the “death knell” of the American healthcare system.
Back in March of 2005, I wrote the following:
“National Health Insurance” is one of the primary tools used by a government to control her people. That alone is enough for me to be whole-heartedly against it.
Now, lets get something straight… I believe the health insurance companies, in America, deserve what they get. They have been, in my opinion, abusing their subscribers for entirely too long. Rates have risen thru the roof at an undeservedly fast pace. Sure medical costs have gone up, but not at the percentages your insurance premiums have gone up. This has to stop. But National Health Care is a cure worse than the disease.
More government in our lives is more than just a little bit scary. Once National Healthcare is implemented, and don’t get me wrong, I believe some form will be, your life will be under the control of the administrators of that insurance.
For Instance, lets say you have an obesity problem. You have developed a heart problem as a result of the obesity. You need treatment for your heart. National Health Care says: “OK, we will not pay for the heart treatment until you lose weight”. Or, they provide all citizens with a chart, approved by the FDA, of the “Approved Foods” all citizens should eat. They make it clear that if you cannot show proof of having ingested those “approved” foods, on a regular basis, also decided by them, you Health Insurance is no good. You will not receive treatment.
Or, another example, you may be allowed to have one child only. It must be a boy. (See China.) If you choose to have another baby, after the approved ONE, the costs will come out of your pocket. Get the picture?
Now, this does not take into account the reduced quality of care we will receive from the medical community. Their hearts will not be it. After 8 years. or so, in school, to learn their profession -- and they -- will become “salaried government employees”. Need I say more?
The left is hell-bent on imposing such a system on the citizens of this country. That is another reason we must refuse them power, ever again, in the Congress. At least in numbers large enough to affect legislation.
National health care is a socialist's dream. It is also a Conservative’s worst nightmare.
We must be on our guard, for some form of national health care is about to raise its ugly head in the nation’s legislature. It is time for conservatives to exercise their power and stop it in its tracks as we did the “Clinton Care” attempt in the ‘90s.
Lets get it done."SOURCE: INSIGHT on Freedom: http://www.insightonfreedom.blogspot.com/2006/11/dark-forces-of-left-insistent-on.html
That was written in March of 2005. Some eighteen months after its publication the democrats had control of the Congress. Their goal was to bring socialist change to this country. They did that as quickly as they could before the American electorate had recovered from the shock of the election.
Let’s face it. The America my generation grew up with, a global super power, a nation that could not fail… because it did not believe in failure, a nation that had a vision unlimited even by the sky, is gone. What we are left with is a defeated, deflated, depressed, democrat socialist country, with its core slowly rotting away.
Obamacare, the national healthcare system we warned America of, will prove to be the last nail in the coffin of a proud, independent, and free, America.
Those Americans among us, who still value freedom, must continue to fight Obamacare even unto our last breath. We must ignore the laughter, the smirks, the out and out denigration from the left and maintain our drive toward repealing Obamacare.
We have been leaderless in the Congress for a long time now. Now there appears HOPE on the political horizon!
Thank Providence, a leader SEEMS to be morphing from the ranks of the young conservatives who were sent to Washington to stop the backwards slide and the leftward tilt of the GOP, which had seemed dead set on suicide for many long months.
I hesitate to even mention the name of this human "catalyst" for fear that I will be disappointed once again. But I can tell you this: He has an Hispanic name, is of Cuban extraction, born in Canada, lives in Texas (Where else?), is a lawyer, and is now a junior Senator, who, for all intents and purposes, is powerless -- and yet -- has the power to strike fear in the hearts of the democrats, the entire left, much of the GOP, liberal republicans, the leftist media, and -- a "slew" of conservatives who fear that he is NOT legally qualified to be a candidate for President of the United States.
I know it appears hopeless. I continue to remind myself -- from deep inside the moribund democratic cloak of darkness smothering freedom in the USA literally "to death," -- that "It must be dark before one can see the stars."
Well, it sure as heck IS dark! Is that pinprick of light in our darkness a star we see, or is it the brilliant blase of a penny match at the apex of its short but fiery existence? The answer is yet to be determined.
© J. D. Longstreet