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Friday, March 2nd 2007

Walter Reed = Fate Of All American Health Care!

Run for the hills, Ma! Homeland Stupidity tries to scare readers off “universal health care” (h/t Kevin, MD) by analogizing further government health care subsidization with what is happening at Walter Reed.

Most Americans, not knowing any better, think “universal health care” is a really good idea. Unfortunately, there is no such thing. To see exactly what American universal health care will look like, one needs look no farther than the smaller version of universal health care which already exists.

“Universal health care” is a national tragedy wherever it has been tried, resulting in needless death and suffering as fewer and fewer people actually get anything resembling health care from the national health bureaucracy. The reason for this is simple: no government can effectively run a social program.

Indeed, there’s no need to leave the country to see what universal health care would look like. You need go no farther than Building 18 of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the nation’s so-called leading military hospital.

I really don’t buy this argument. This pundit doesn’t even know enough to distinguish between the many forms which “universal health care” could take in this country. I think we can all agree socialized medicine – the term closest to what the military runs – isn’t coming to the U.S. no matter if Homeland Stupidity puts these words down or not.

This argument sets back those opposed to increased government involvement in health care.

Despite my many posts on lifestyle contributions to this country’s health problems, making claims like universal health care universally causes “needless death and suffering as fewer and fewer people actually get anything resembling health care,” is ridiculous. That holds no water and it shouldn’t no matter your opinion on the issue. The data simply does not support this.

The bureaucracy of government funded health care has many unique drawbacks. But for a sum total government guaranteed health care increases access and increases a population’s health. The argument is if you think such access is a right above and beyond the freedoms enjoyed with our current system (or, if we dream, a system where government involvement is even reduced).