Now, many people really believe that government programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, were necessary to be imposed on the people to help the people. Many people are indoctrinated to believe that after many years of government-controlled schooling. Those programs are a given, a normal part of everyday life, they have been made to believe.
However, Jacob Hornberger discusses why those programs are the root cause of today’s healthcare crisis. Those are socialist programs, which involve redistribution of wealth to fund them, and government central planning to administer them.
It was a new system of government central planning imposed by political operatives and bureaucrats to replace the old system of freedom and free markets.
Hornberger describes how things used to be in America with healthcare:
The United States once had the finest healthcare system in the world. It was one based on no government involvement in healthcare. It was a free-market healthcare system. Advances in healthcare were occurring at a phenomenal rate. Doctors absolutely loved what they did in life. Healthcare services were reasonably priced.
In fact, hardly anyone had major medical insurance. That’s because healthcare costs were considered just an ordinary part of life, sort of like periodic car repairs. The price of healthcare stayed within reasonable boundaries.
The poor had no problems receiving treatment by both physicians and hospitals. I grew up in Laredo, Texas, which the Census Bureau said was the poorest city in the United States. Every day the doctors’ offices were filled with patients, some from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which was on the other side of the Rio Grande. The doctors knew that many of them could not pay for the treatment. It didn’t matter. I never heard of a case where doctors turned away anyone for inability to pay. And Laredo doctors were among the richest people in turn, second only to the oil families. They didn’t begrudge giving people free healthcare, especially since they were making so much money from everyone who could pay.
That’s the way things should be: a way of life in which healthcare is based on the free market and where charity is voluntary, not mandated through the force of the IRS or any welfare-state bureaucracy. A free-market healthcare system is precisely why the United States once had the finest healthcare system in the world.
Everything began going south with the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s…
And, as Hornberger points out, one socialist intervention after another has been imposed to try to fix the terrible effects of the previous socialist interventions, including ObamaCare, and on and on. Now the socialists want “Medicare for All,” i.e. Soviet-style top-down authoritarian-imposed medicine.
By the way, speaking of Soviet “Medicare for All,” Anna Ebeling, who was born and raised in the Soviet Union, wrote an article on how the Bolsheviks wanted to destroy the medical care system of Old Russia in the name of utopia, just like today’s “Democrats” want to do. And look what they did! And former Gorbachev-era Soviet economist and then dissident and defector Yuri Maltsev also tells us what Soviet medicine teaches us.