By Randolph D. Brandt
The Federal Government is about to force the American people into a massive experiment in socialized medicine with rationed health care and unpredictable results.
And it will cost billions of dollars, all of which will be added to an already out-of-control federal deficit.
Without asking the voters, the government is about to allocate 200 million doses of swine flu vaccine based on the recommendations of a government death panel that’s already decided old people are expendable and won’t get the vaccine.
And what does this decision say about our free-market health care system? Everyone knows that the most efficient allocation of health care is delivered by our current system of private, independent insurance companies providing necessary health care to working people with benefits or to anybody else who can afford to pay for it, so long as they aren’t already sick.
So, why are we circumventing this proven system that’s given us the best health care in the world in favor of a government option that will provide freebie swine flu shots to children, young people and a lot of illegal aliens?
This epidemic started in Mexico. It should be Mexico’s problem. Everybody who wants a flu shot in America ought to be required to certify their citizenship so that any illegal aliens will be forced back across the border into Mexico to get their shots.
It’s a chance to rid our country of this growing pestilence on the body politic, literally and figuratively, one way or another.
Also, isn’t it just a little suspicious that this latest version of Obamacare puts pregnant women at the top of the list for inoculations with a vaccine that’s probably laced with themosal, boosting the odds of birth defects?
It’s just a liberal plot to increase the number of federally funded abortions, I tell you.
Now, I know Obama says flu season is close and time is short, but he lies.
There’s no reason to rush into a system of government-sponsored, socialized medicine and rationed care just because Obama declared it a legislative priority this session.
No, it’s time to scrap this plan and start all over from scratch to build a vaccination plan that truly fits the needs of the American people.
If you like your current vaccination plan, you can keep it, just the way things are now. It’s your choice, a private decision between you and your doctor. Why take chances on an unproven socialist plan for mass inoculations just because some liberal Nazis claim it’s a better for everybody?
Remember the last time the Federal Government tried to inoculate us all against swine flu in the ‘70s? Hundreds, maybe thousands of people were paralyzed with Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Next, they’ll probably try to put fluoride in the water.
No, you can’t afford to have government mess with your health care.
We should, at the very least, leave it up to each individual state to decide whether there’s a real threat of swine flu in their jurisdiction, so they can develop their own decentralized plan to deal with a nationwide epidemic. If one state blows it and the rest get infected, well, we all know the price of freedom comes high.
Besides, who’s going to pay for all these federal vaccinations? You and me, of course, with a tax increase, no doubt.
Why should you and I pay for other people’s vaccinations? We’ve worked hard. We’ve got insurance, or at least we can afford to pay $20 a pop for swine flu vaccinations for our own families.
Health care shouldn’t be rationed only for health care workers, children and pregnant women and people with chronic illness or their caretakers.
Anybody who can pay should be at the front of the line. It’s the American way.
If there are 50 million or so other people who somehow failed to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and now don’t have insurance or can’t afford a swine flu shot, well, that’s their problem.
OK, OK, so our hospital emergency rooms will be filled this winter with lots of sick people who otherwise, with a little preventive care, could have avoided adding billions of dollars to our national health care bill.
So what? That’s the way the system’s always worked.
And after all, we already have the best health care system in the world, don’t we?
(Randolph Brandt is a retired newspaper editor living in Racine, Wis.)