Today, around 10:00 Eastern, just about two hours, the Supreme Court will be issuing their ruling on President Obama’s healthcare overhaul. Some opponents have called this bill socialist, some have called it a life preserver for the proverbial drowning little old lady. I think it’s neither.
Socialism, when applied as an economic principle, advocates either collective or governmental ownership. It can also be described as a system of living in which there is no private property, where every means of production are owned and controlled by the government.
When the government controls the means of production, and owns all property, there is no free market, and prices of goods and services are controlled by the government.
Take Venezuela for example. Gasoline in Venezuela is $0.18 per gallon. 18 freaking cents. I could fill up my 2006 525i for $3.24! No wonder the Venezuelans rioted the last time the government tried to raise the price of gasoline.
But Venezuela is broke. Their per capita GDP is somewhere around $12,000, while the per capita GDP of the United States is hovering near $49,000.
Plus, our flag looks better.
As Herbert Spencer said; “All socialism involves slavery.” If people don’t own anything, what’s their motivation to work? Just to support others. Mr. Spencer’s concept of “survival of the fittest” might be applied to explain why socialist economies haven’t lasted.
I am seriously digressing here. My bad.
What President Obama wants to do with or to healthcare, depending on which word you want to use, is certainly not Socialism. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe Mr. Obama is a socialist at all.
I believe President Obama wants a fascist economy.
Fascism revolves around government-regulated private property, and private enterprise contingent on service to the nation. When private enterprise does not prove itself to be efficient, are failing, or not serving the nation, the government either stifles the enterprise through regulation or takes over.
Fascists want private enterprise to fail, so they, those in power, can step in and “save the day” for the people, endearing themselves to the dumb masses.
What Mr. Obama has proposed for healthcare is fascist. Not socialist.
The socialist government would shut down Blue Cross, Humana, Kaiser, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, and every single other health insurance corporation. They would have shut those private organizations down, and instituted their own ideal “insurance company.”
Instead, Mr. Obama has decided that private enterprise is simply not serving the people well enough, and they need to change their ways. He wants to force you and I, private citizens, to buy a product we may not want, nor need. He wants to punish you and I if we don’t buy this mandatory product.
I could go on and on about this healthcare bill, but I won’t go much further. I will admit that healthcare is broken. I know it, and so do you. We work on the front lines of healthcare. We see the indigent patients who can’t afford to see a doctor, and we see those that prefer to have big televisions and iPhones instead of paying their bills. It’s usually more of the latter than former.
The Affordable Care Act will do nothing but astronomically increase the cost of providing healthcare in the United States, and will only lead to increased government dependence and healthcare rationing.
When a product is limited, and prices are forced low, the product either runs out, or is rationed.
How long would it take for a 70-year old man to receive a hip replacement in Winnipeg?
I predict a 6-3 decision, with the majority opinion delivered by Chief Justice Roberts, and the dissent authored by Justice Ginsburg.