As I've listened to the arguments for socialized medicine from both sides of the aisle, I've come to realize, moreso than ever, how incredibly dangerous it is. The Canada Free Press has a fantastic article which I found very useful, about this very topic:
by Daria Anne Giovani
16 June 2009
When my Blog Talk Radio co-host Stephen Rhodes and I sat down to interview Dr. Alphonse J. DiGiovanni, M.D., General and Vascular Surgeon last week (yes, Dr. Al also happens to be my dad) about the Obama Administration’s forceful push to nationalize medicine, I already had a fairly accurate understanding of the points the good doctor would make in defense of the free market, and the best healthcare system in the world.
Among other troubling things, socialized medicine would jeopardize doctor-patient privilege by giving government bureaucrats the power to interfere with the proper course of treatment (e.g. usurping the doctor’s authority to recommend a particular procedure or operation deemed necessary for the patient’s health); potentially force mothers-to-be to abort pregnancies determined to have fetal abnormalities (and pay doctors more money to intimidate parents into choosing abortion); and deny elderly patients recommended care simply because the state decides it is not worth the time and money to preserve a life that’s nearly over anyway.
Dr. Al eloquently opined on all of the above, but he also offered a history lesson as to how it all began, having been in practice since 1965. And just to set the record straight, he is not some wealthy physician born with a silver spoon in his mouth, fighting for a doctor’s right to make a lot of cash. Contrary to what liberals want Americans to believe, not every doctor was once a child of privilege. My father was born to Italian immigrant parents who came to the USA well into their 30s, in order to create a better life for their children. His dad was a humble tailor with a third-grade education; his mother a seamstress who only made it as far as the sixth grade.
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So let me ask you this? If you owned a company and were looking at different subcontractors to handle a job outside of your purview, would you choose that subcontractor who had failed at every job he'd undertaken or would you choose the subcontractor who had a phenomenal track record. It really is as simple as that.
The federal government cannot administrate anything without making it an unmitigated disaster. They are trillions upon trillions of dollars in debt and are working on the premise, "What the hell, we can print or borrow more." The basics of accounting haven't applied in Washington, D.C. in a very long time. Anything which requires government input, as we all know, is guaranteed to take months if not years. And so I ask Americans across the nation: Why on earth would you trust your healthcare to THAT!