Lanterns: Government Healthcare or Government Control?


Government Healthcare or Government Control?

The right to food, housing, transportation, and healthcare,” said not one of the framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Where have we come from a nation of people who fought to be free. Rugged individuals who risked life and limb to grasp hold of something the world had rarely seen: liberty! This from the founders and all who stood against the oppression of a King, to the brave men and woman who escaped slavery and risked death or worse to be free. When did we become the land of the dependent and the home of the complaining?

My guess is that most Americans have not become these things, but that our out of control, self serving, power hungry government is forcing this mindset of dependency on us. Neither Obamacare nor the new so-called “repeal and replace” bill have very much, if anything to do with concern for the health of the American people. Controlling healthcare has everything to do with power and control. This is one of the steps for instituting a socialist government. Socialism sees individualism as evil and believes that all should operate as part of the collective. Therefore, individual rights stand in stark contrast to their ideals. Controlling health care gives government officials complete control over matters of who gets care and who does not. Controlling health care gives bureaucrats control over the populace.

The history of government healthcare goes back to 1854 when a bill was introduced to provide for the indigent insane, the blind, and the deaf. President Franklin Pierce vetoed the bill commenting that health care should stay with the states. Universal coverage first showed itself in the 1912 presidential race where progressives supported Theodore Roosevelt who lost his bid. In the 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to attach publicly funded healthcare to the Social Security Act. Under heavy opposition it was removed before being voted on. Then Presidents Harry Truman, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Up to this point they all had one thing in common, that’s right, progressive Democrats. Wait, you say— you are correct that Theodore Roosevelt was a Republican when he was President, but in 1912, when he ran for President again, he ran under the ticket of his newly formed Progressive Party.

Enter the 1970s, when both parties understood that the health care issue garnered votes and the Republicans began to play as well. In public most will at least make a show of opposition to government run healthcare but remember controlling the populace allows for power and control. In 1993 President William Jefferson Clinton initiated work on The Clinton Health Care Plan with The First Lady Hillary Clinton in charge. The bill was never enacted into law. Then came the Obama years. On December 24th 2009 the progressives finally got what they long had wanted. Control of healthcare.

Ever since, we have been promised that, if we just give them the House, then if we just give them the Senate, oh, and then the Oval Office, the GOP would repeal Obama Care. Well, we are waiting. We, the people, do not want government control over our healthcare. We are not uncompassionate, nor do with believe we should allow people to die in the streets. Hospitals in this country are not allowed to turn anyone away who needs care. The monstrosity known as the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) needs to go away. It is an infringement on our liberties.

There are real solutions out there, like health savings accounts, opening up the sale of health insurance across state lines, healthcare co-ops. We must allow the free market work. The more government gets involved, the more expensive and oppressive it becomes. Americans are among the most generous people in the world before Big Brother stuck its nose in  our lives, Christian and other faith-based charities took care of most problems in their communities. And did a much better job. 

If the health and well being of the American people is not the objective, what is? Control and power. Power and control. The progressives virtually already control education and welfare. All they need is to take over healthcare permanently and do away with our ability to defend ourselves and they will control our health care, our money, and our minds.

I stand with the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon. With the words of Patrick Henry, I say, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

God bless and fair well. DTLSR.

Written by Dale Lumley

I am a 55 yr old Christian, Sgt. USMC DSGW. Patriot, Constitutional Originalist. Husband, Father.

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