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Op-ed column: Health care law still flawed; we need a backup plan

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Last week was a rare moment of total validation for Democrats. After years of both political parties pretending they’re chock full of pre-eminent constitutional scholars, the country’s high court finally had its say. And Democrats won: the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. That doesn’t mean Obamacare is perfect — or permanent. After all, if Mitt Romney is elected president, he won’t find it terribly hard to repeal the whole thing, given a solid majority in ...

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July 8, 2012
2:19 p.m.

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It is a crying shame that supporters of universal health care refuse to acknowledge that as soon as the government take over your health care that two things will necessarily occur. First, the government will now control all the rest of your life. Laws and rules and regulations can now be made with the excuse that your lifestyle choice is affecting the cost of health care and therefore must be banned or taxed. Every election cycle will be a frenzy of politicians promising free stuff via the government health care system until very shortly it runs out of money from the available tax base. Once that happens, the rationing begins.
Secondly, as soon as the government takes control, the quality of health care decreases. First because of the vast government systems that must be put in place to administer it suck the money out of the systems leaving far less in the system to pay for care. The largest employer in the world is the Chinese Army. The second largest employer in the world is the British National Health system. After that doctors quit the field because they don't want to be treated like some government employee. This is already happening. For an example of this phenomena, look at the dentist situation in England. They periodically hold lotteries for folks that don't have a dentist. If they are lucky, they may win the lottery and get to sign up with one of the available dentists.
This is not the kind of system I want for my children and I am heartsick that we are a hairsbreadth from doing this to them.