Saturday, August 15, 2009

Corporate Media Propaganda Tries to Shame Americans Into Accepting Obamacare

The Drudge Report headline screams, BRITS MOCK AMERICAN HEALTHCARE?! And above the Independent headline reads, Obama's healthcare plan. The "report" documents an 8 day program in California where the Los Angeles Forum was turned into a "magical medical kingdom" in which thousands of people walked for miles into a "strange parallel universe where medical care is a free and basic right and not an expensive luxury," a "sobering reminder of exactly why President Barack Obama is trying to reform the US system."

This is such sloppy propaganda that it is only a testament to how drugged up and dumbed down Americans are that anyone will take it seriously at all. As if it's some sort of blockbuster news story that Americans want free healthcare. Anyone, anywhere, will take anything of value, for "free". This isn't news. But to call healthcare a "free" and basic right blatantly dishonest. The article explains that "in the first two days, more than 1,500 men, women and children received free treatments worth $503,000." The author leaves us to believe that the use of the Forum, the time and expertise of the doctors and nurses and assistants, the equipment used, and the medicine administered, suddenly became totally free of cost; just popped up out of thin air. According to one patient interviewed,

    "I had a gastric bypass in 2002, but it went wrong, and stomach acid began rotting my teeth. I've had several jobs since, but none with medical insurance, so I've not been able to see a dentist to get it fixed. I've not been able to chew food for as long as I can remember. I've been living on soup, and noodles, and blending meals in a food mixer. I'm in constant pain. Normally, it would cost $5,000 to fix it. So if I have to wait a week to get treated for free, I'll do it. This will change my life.

What she really meant to say was, "If I have to wait a week to get treated at the expense of other people, I'll do it." This is the same attitude displayed by many after Obama's election: "I don't have to worry about putting gas in my car. I don't have to worry about paying my mortgage." It's not that Obama's election suddenly created free gas and mortgages out of thin air, it created the promise that someone else, somewhere - doesn't matter who, just as long as it's not me - will pay for our living expenses.

The thousands who flooded the Forum may not have had to pay for their services themselves, but someone, somewhere, surely did - it was certainly not "free". What the writer means when he says "medical care is a free and basic right" is, the poor, the jobless, the illegal aliens, have the right to siphon the wealth of others to pay for their "free" healthcare. This cannot be described as anything other than legalized theft. As Margaret Thatcher once said, "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money."

Perhaps less dishonest but ignorant just the same is the failure to recognize the State's role in the current healthcare crisis. By the law of supply and demand, when the State subsidizes something - anything - it creates an artificial demand that drives up prices. You can apply this to anything - health care, education, housing. More subsidies paradoxically has the opposite effect: whatever you're subsidizing becomes less affordable. The current housing and banking crisis is the epitome of this, but as another example, there was once a time when medical insurance was only used to pay for medical emergencies, like surgery. Minor medical expenses were paid for out of pocket. Obviously, if your insurance now covers even elective, non-emergency doctor visits, like regular check-ups, it will drive up prices. And then of course there's prescription drugs: hardly anyone in America isn't on some form of prescription medication. A large percentage are on multiple medications. Perhaps if even normal behavior or conditions, or conditions that aren't the result of diet, conditions that could certainly be treated with bettter diets, exercise, and natural remedies, weren't diagnosed and medicated, costs would go down. But when the FDA, infested with lobbyists from Big Pharma, tells you only a drug can cure a disease, it certainly restricts the options your doctor has:

    The disclaimer must also state that the dietary supplement product is not intended to "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease," because only a drug can legally make such a claim. The Food and Drug Administration

It is doubtful that a British publication, which we know is really a globalist publication, is going to sway the minds of Americans, taxed already half to death, and frightened and angered by the massive explosion in the size and scope of a government intended, by its constitution, to be extremely limited in power. After all, why would we seek the counsel of people half the world away when we can just ask our neighbors to the north: