The British have tried to centralize health care. They quickly saw health care costs rise as the quality and availability of qualified medical treatment declined. Obamacare and the single-payer system that will likely follow (perhaps along with rationing) might eventually be available for all, but at a personal and monetary price most Americans will be unwilling to pay.
Take for example the Canadian Supreme Court. Adam Goldenberg of Slate.com reports that the court recently ruled that in Ontario a panel of "adjudicators" appointed by the government may overrule a family's wishes when it comes to keeping a patient on life support. Death panels, anyone? All inhumanities begin at the extremes, but when a precedent has been established it is difficult to reverse it.
Remember the many promises the president made to sell the Affordable Care Act to the public, including "if you like your current policy you can keep it" and "premiums will actually go down." People are now opening letters from their insurance companies that tell a different story. Many companies are telling them they can't keep the policy they have and in some cases their policies are being canceled. Others have been jolted with the news that their premiums are going up beyond their ability to pay.
Talk radio shows are hearing from listeners, including disappointed and outraged Obama voters, who realize now they fell for a lie. Conservatives warned them, but they were caught up in wishful thinking and blinded by Obama's charm.
"I can't go back to yesterday," said Alice. "I was a different person then."
Weren't we all, Alice; weren't we all.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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