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.