ObamaCare Ruins Medicare Deliberately — But Why?

Dr. Milton Wolf, The Washington Times

“We don’t want to take away people’s health insurance,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius so graciously declared earlier this year. But then she quickly qualified that with these ominous words: “before they have some realistic other choices.”

Americans have overwhelmingly, consistently and wisely been opposed to a European-style, single-payer, government-run, socialized health care system. So how might the big- government types who are hell-bent on forcing their will upon us attempt to implement this oppressive system in America? Simple. By creating medical refugees desperate for any port in a storm. That storm is coming and, unlike global warming, it’s actually man-made.

America somehow managed to survive for 189 years without Medicare or Medicaid and, in fact, became the greatest nation in the history of humankind. Established in 1965 – a mere 46 years ago – too many politicians today lack the perspective to understand this health care altar at which they worship. Instead of reforming the system to align it with American values, they abuse it as an eternal source of giveaways to buy votes. As for the politicians of the 1960s, except for the mop tops and go-go boots, they were very much like the politicians of today: They made a lot of empty promises.

President Lyndon B. Johnson promised that Medicare would cost about $500 million a year – yes, million. He even said that if costs went higher, then he was going to look like the “worst kind of damn fool.” Just a year later, in 1966, the House Ways and Means Committee estimated thatMedicare would cost about $12 billion a year by 1990. The actual 1990 cost was $107 billion – off by an order of magnitude but close enough for government work. And that’s when costs really took off. By 2008, annual costs hit $599 billion and the program for the first time went into deficit-spending mode.

For all the Democrats’ dishonesty and reckless spending, Republicans weren’t exactly blameless either. In 2003, President George W. Bush and a Republican Congress doubled down and ushered in the largest expansion in Medicare history with their senior citizen prescription drug entitlement program. They claimed the price tag would be $400 billion for the first decade but quietly adjusted that estimate upward to $534 billion just one month after passage.

Parenthetically, just three years later, in 2006, the free market roared as a private company in Bentonville, Ark. – without a single dime of taxpayer money or the compulsion from know-it-all government bureaucrats – lowered prices of the top 331 prescription medications to just $4 per month (and later to $10 per three months), not just for seniors but for all Americans. And equally importantly, Wal-Mart did not send the bill to our children.

Today we know that LBJ and a lot of other politicians indeed are the worst kind of damn fools.

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Comments

  1. Sebelious, you just don't look like ONE OF THEM !!!???????????????????????

    • Obozo, our Liar in Chief is determined to destroy this country, that he has repeatedly said in Public that he HATES!! He is doing a great job, and is about 80% done!! all in 2 years!!

      • ….and unfortunately, people will still vote for him in 2012. How ignorant is that? Obama truly HATES AMERICA.
        He shows it with every decision he makes. I thought we had really smart, American loving people in charge.
        Someone that should have called for impeachment/investigation when Obama started ignoring, attacking and
        deliberately hurting us.

        He cares nothing about our Constitution, our laws and let alone our needs. He is destroying us right before our eyes and all I see is bloggers blogging and complaining, I see journalist trying to sell their books at the expense of our nation falling apart.

        How many petitions do we have to sign? How many donations do we have to give? before our nation is totally destroyed. WHY IS OBAMA ALLOWED TO CONTINUE HIS QUEST AGAINST US. ………

        If Obama wins 2012, I believe it is over for our CONSTITUTION AND OUR FREEDOMS….
        GOD BLESS AMERICA………

        • Mrrzk, what makes it really hard is, that Congress knows this, and refuses to take action!! Felow Dem maybe, don't forget we had the same thing under Bush!! Rep Pres, & Rep. Congress! The "supreme"Court knows this, they have refused to even hear a case against Obozo!!…Now what the hell to do? Don't look to the Dept. of (in)Justice…Holder won't act!! We have been sold out!!! HOPEFULLY the next election….yet non running are Constitutionalists!! will help…or advance the Police State!! Right now the Constitution is dead!! Judges do not have to regard it at all…The "supreme"Court said it is invalid!!! The people are waking up, and may yet change this game!!

          • Sorry buddy…I failed to proof read!!

          • Liberal judges that refuses to abide by the Constitution just need to be taken out back and shown the light and their error of their decisions. They will see the light and their atititudes will be adjusted. Praise the Lord.

  2. Texas Granny says:

    The government needs to stick to the business of government and let the people take care of the business of the people. King Midas had the magic touch and everything he touched turned to gold, but we all know to well what the government touch turns to .

  3. Monday Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop?
    35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government
    Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.
    This is an idea that we should address.
    For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform…in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

  4. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.
    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States."

  5. oh…again this guy is to adventurous…noone understands his reasons, but anyway we should worry about our own things to do

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