Of course, there are financial costs.  Socialized healthcare does not pay for itself, but is dependent upon increasing subsidies.  In this country, Medicare patients must pay for supplemental insurance themselves to cover essential services.  Those who live in nations with socialized healthcare systems must travel to other countries, including the US, to get the medical care they need.  Premiums go up.  Taxes go up.

However, the real cost is in human suffering.  Perhaps the most compelling example of this is Charlie Gard.  This UK infant was diagnosed with a terminal, incurable disease, and the state ordered him taken off of life support.  His parents wanted permission to try an experimental treatment in the US, but the UK courts denied their request.  You can read a concise summary of the case here: http://www.unionleader.com/editorial/Pray-for-Charlie-Gard-The-cost-of-socialized-medicine-07262017  Charlie’s mother offers a more personal and detailed account here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/24/charlie-gard-mothers-full-statement-sorry-couldnt-save/

In short, socializing medicine takes power away from individual and family, and puts the power into the hands of faceless bureaucrats who do not care about individual and family (unless it is their own).  In the case of Charlie Gard, the UK healthcare system actively killed the patient.

What they were elected to do.

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The Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House.  When the Democrats controlled these, they gave us Obamacare.  But Republicans, even Senators who swore to repeal the healthcare fiasco, can’t bring themselves to repeal or replace or even significantly amend.

More and more, the Republicans seem to be Democrats.  (The Democrats seem to be Socialists.)  I guess we’ll have to try again next time.

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They don’t work.  But don’t take my word for it.  It’s been tried multiple places in the US and abroad.  How did it work out for patients and taxpayers?  See for yourself: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2017/05/23/surprise-californias-singlepayer-healthcare-plan-would-cost-400-billionper-year-n2330456

 

I’ve heard a lot of discussions about the President’s executive orders, but not a lot of accurate information.  Here is a short summary of orders as of this morning:

  • An order instructing agencies that whenever they introduce a regulation, they must first abolish two others. 

     

  • An order to restructure the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. 

     

  • An order to lengthen the ban on administration officials working as lobbyists. There is now a 5 year-ban on officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government, and a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government. 

     

  • An executive order imposing a 120-day suspension of the refugee program and a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven terror hot spots: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan. 

     

  • Multi-pronged orders on border security and immigration enforcement including: the authorization of a U.S.-Mexico border wall; the stripping of federal grant money to sanctuary cities; hiring 5,000 more Border Patrol agents; ending “catch-and-release” policies for illegal immigrants; and reinstating local and state immigration enforcement partnerships. 

     

  • Two orders reviving the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access piplines. He also signed three other related orders that would: expedite the environmental permitting process for infrastructure projects related to the pipelines; direct the Commerce Department to streamline the manufacturing permitting process; and give the Commerce Department 180 days to maximize the use of U.S. steel in the pipeline. 

     

  • An order to reinstate the so-called “Mexico City Policy” – a ban on federal funds to international groups that perform abortions or lobby to legalize or promote abortion. The policy was instituted in 1984 by President Reagan, but has gone into and out of effect depending on the party in power in the White House. 

     

  • A notice that the U.S. will begin withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Trump called the order “a great thing for the American worker.” 

     

  • An order imposing a hiring freeze for some federal government workers as a way to shrink the size of government. This excludes the military, as Trump noted at the signing. 

     

  • An order that directs federal agencies to ease the “regulatory burdens” of ObamaCare. It orders agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement” of ObamaCare that imposes a “fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/24/list-trumps-executive-orders.html 

Of course, you can find the official documentation for Presidential Executive Orders, Memoranda and Proclamations at the White House web site: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/executive-orders

 

“…we’ll call it the Affordable Healthcare Plan.”

Under Obamacare, the majority of healthcare consumers will see premium rates increase, on average, by 25% for 2017.  Rates are set to increase in 41 states.  In some states, premiums will increase 50-75% in cost.