Socialized Medicine: Think You’ve Got a Choice?

While the debate over health care reform rages with ever-greater intensity in the blogosphere and mass media, our masters in government are moving quietly forward with the implementation of socialized medicine. Via NCPA, Jack Markowitz describes how it’s happening:

Maybe it’s time to quit debating socialized medicine and admit we’ve got it … Roughly a quarter of all taxpayer spending at the state level is now socialized medicine in all but name …

What is Markowitz talking about? Some obscure, below-the-radar program run surreptitiously out of Hillary Clinton’s basement? Nope. It’s plain old unpretentious Medicaid:

America‘s program for footing the health care bills of the poor. And many who aren’t poor. In generous states, you could earn triple the poverty level, $61,332 for a family of four, and still be eligible. About 53 million people are covered, better than one out of six of us and counting.

Just as they have been doing with SCHIP, many states are quietly making it easier and easier to qualify for Medicaid. And why would they want to expand the program beyond the people it was originally designed to help?

Restricting it just to the poor …  doesn’t bring in the max in matching funds from Uncle Sam, which can range as high as $3 for every $1 locally taxed.

In other words, the bureaucrats have transformed programs whose ostensible purpose was to aid the poor into Trojan horses that they are using to subjugate another segment of the U.S. economy and pillage the taxpayers.

Meanwhile, we debate the pros and cons of various health care delivery systems as if we actually have some choice in the matter.

Comments 2

  1. Indra wrote:

    “The poor” are spoken about as if being poor is a crime. Amerians are taught that poor people are poor because they did something wrong and they’re lazy or criminals or stupid, etc. That is America’s most shameful mindset.

    Most poor people work hard and pay taxes, and in most cases, work harder and pay more taxes than “the rich.” And considering the continually growing costs of living in this country (let alone health care), if $61,332 is considered to be triple the poverty level, then shame on America again.

    The only reason I object to higher taxes now is because I know that most of my tax dollars are being spent to fund a war, line rich oil barrons’ pockets and pay for politicians’ limosine rides. In light of that, I would agree with you that, yes, taxpayers are being “pillaged.” However, I would have absolutely no problem with being heavily taxed if I knew that my tax dollars were being spent on humanitarian purposes such as education and health care — even if that made me part of the dreaded “poor.”

    I believe that the fortunate have a human obligation to help care for the not-so-fortunate and the unfortunate. It’s one factor that makes a society decent and civilized. Right now, the biggest taxpayers in our society, the not-so-fortunate and the unfortunate to name them, are the ones who are footing the bill.

    I have believed for a long time that America is a very inhumane country to live in. So it’s no surprise to me that there’s such an uproar over socialized medicine. It goes against that shameful American mindset of caring only for the bottom line and not for the people.

    Posted 03 Jan 2008 at 4:59 pm
  2. Rich wrote:

    “I have believed for a long time that America is a very inhumane country to live in. ”

    No wonder thre is such a long line to get in. This explains our immigration problem.

    Posted 03 Jan 2008 at 5:58 pm

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