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Single-payer good for government, bad for citizens


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Dec. 20, 2017 - 11:19 PM

A recent NTH article title accurately states the premise of the entire essay: “Single-payer, good for state and local government.”

I submit this is the single accurate statement in the entire article.

The author advocates for government control of healthcare as a panacea for medical care. That there are health care issues is axiomatic. That government is the answer is problematic.

The words Medicare and “high quality care” are antonyms, i.e., mutually exclusive because there is little BIG government does that is efficient. “Need we any other proof of [government’s] wretched management, than the excess of debts and taxes…under which every nation groans…” – Thomas Paine

A tenuous claim is made that “the money saved could go towards state and local priorities such as education, economic growth and infrastructure.” If there is any money to be saved, and with government involvement that is arguable, why not return it to the taxpayer? However, saving money and refunding it to the citizen is an anathema with government.

The author claims to be a Republican, but I submit the author is a Democrat in masquerade. Why? Comments belie the author’s GOP assertions: Supporting Democrat endorsement of H.B. 676; a Medicare tax on all workers and employers; increasing tax on capital gains and dividends; complaints of ultra-wealthy tax avoidance; reducing tax cuts; reduction in military expenditures; and citizen support for increasing taxes on the wealthy – a favorite Democrat mantra.

We must not be fooled. When government wants to increase control over its citizens – no matter how good the intention – freedom is sacrificed. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”

It is not government’s responsibility to provide healthcare – it is a personal responsibility. Children need to be taught if you want a good life you need a good education with a viable degree or commercially strong skillset. Clearly this precludes much public education.

It’s time Americans returned to their roots of self-reliance and independence, and ceased asking government to supplement their needs. “If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

Ken Schaefer

Sharpsburg