- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 25, 2010

In 1961, Ronald Reagan spoke out against an early draft of Medicare. He said: “One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.”

He was right. And it is virtually impossible for Democrats and Republicans to agree on this issue because there is no common meeting ground. Two very different views of government are at play: socialism, which redistributes the wealth of taxpayers to tax users, and representative government, which is guided by the Constitution.

If the Constitution is to be discarded, it must be done in an honest and orderly fashion, by agreement of two-thirds of the states, not by congressional fiat disguised as “health care.”

As it stands, health care control is not the legitimate function of the federal government, whose primary responsibility - to protect and defend us from foreign and domestic enemies - has given way to an alarming obsession with interference in the medical profession.

Medical costs are out of hand because of, not in spite of, interference by the federal government. Before the advent of Medicare, Medicaid and myriad other government programs, health was an individual responsibility, and it was largely affordable. What wasn’t was handled by private organizations and charities and as a last resort by the state government.

Big government goes from bad to worse the bigger it gets. It has become obvious even to those too young to have lived through more acceptable times that the federal government is fast becoming their enemy. When government pays, it assumes the right to dictate terms and policies, as it has done in energy, education, welfare, medicine, religion, taxation and free elections - all to the detriment of the people. It has slowly eroded into an entity that exists for itself alone, not for the good of the citizens forced to pay for it. A course correction is imperative.



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