Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Free, Did you say Free?

I hadn’t planned to write this article until I was hit by Jimmy, one of Brad the Unrepentant Individual’s Free Radical’s two by four. That hurt by the way, the bruise may go down after I vent off some of this steam. In case you are wondering, Jimmy would have us believe that “Universal Health Care”, call it what you will, under the supervision of government would be a good thing. Read his article and then send him your best wishes for a quick recovery from his insanity.

I will keep my remarks focused on Jimmy’s off hand statement that would have us believe:

“It goes relatively without question that if you live in these United States of America, you have the ability (again, I’ll stop short of using the word “right”) to attend a public school nearly free of charge through graduation of high school. Education is a service paid for by the constituents of the school district…” (emphasis added )

The use of the words, “nearly free”, followed in the next sentence with, “paid for by” should be the focus of our attention when dealing with governmental control over education and or health care services. It’s definitely not free. The fact is that a public education costs a small fortune, paid for by somebody, just not those attending the classes. Then consider the quality of that public education compared to the same amount of time spent in a privately funded school system and the results will show a resounding failure in bold red ink of government run school systems. The system fails to educate to bare minimum college level entry requirements at a cost that is staggering. What makes it worse is that we have to pay for it regardless of the quality, at premium prices to boot.

Why should I believe that a government run health care program would be more efficient than one run in a competitive environment such as we have now? The answer is, I can’t. For all of its shortcomings, the private sector has been able to accomplish providing health care for the entire population, regardless of their ability to pay for those services. While some of the more elaborate procedures are provided to those who have lots of money and/or their insurance companies have lots of money, these services are available to even the poorest citizen as charitable donations. Government in charge of such a system would make all of us equally poor; poor service, poor quality and definitely poorer in the pocket.

The waste factor of government run programs is overlooked, “But, they are doing the best that they can.”, is not good enough. I have a better idea; all those folks with no money to pay for private medical insurance, no money to pay for private schools and no money to pay for food to put on the table, let them have all those services provide for “free” by the rest of us who have learned how to discipline our expenditures. Let them have the fruits of our labors with the express understanding that they relinquish their right to vote in the electoral processes. Eliminate their ability to demand such services and admit that they are beggars willing to take the table scraps from those with enough and then some; then I might consider government health care for “everyone”.

Let me continue to provide for my own health care via the totally corrupted privately owned health care system, thank you very much. To say that they have no access to health care is simply not a true statement; more accurately, they choose to spend their limited funds on other things.

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