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Sunday, March 05, 2006

DFL "Right to Affordable Health Care" Scam

DFLers in the Minnesota Senate are once again exhibiting their ignorance regarding the relationship between the government and the people in a free society. Senator Linda Berglin from Minneapolis has introduced legislation for a constitutional amendment to make “affordable health care” a basic constitutional right in Minnesota. In practical terms, this is nothing more than an effort to obligate the state to fund and administer a socialized medicine program without regard to costs or infringements on freedoms.

This liberal view of the government as the cornucopia of society, while it may sound good at a simplistic level, is a threat to those of us who value liberty and personal freedom. The mere concept that “rights” are arbitrarily created, regulated, and taken-away by the government should be enough for those who cherish freedom to rigorously oppose politicians who take this view.

Senator Berglin's legislation is an attempt to attain what is actually a liberal political “want” (government run health care, i.e. socialized medicine) by selling it to the public as a “right”. Liberals seem to believe that if a "want" is desirable enough it should be elevated to a "right".

This nonsense is brilliantly refuted by economics Professor Walter E. Williams in his 2/8/2006 syndicated column where he states:
If it is said that a person has rights to medical care, food and housing, and has no means of paying, how does he enjoy them? There's no Santa Claus or Tooth Fairy who provides them. You say, "The Congress provides for those rights." Not quite. Congress does not have any resources of its very own. The only way Congress can give one American something is to first, through the use intimidation, threats and coercion, take it from another American. So-called rights to medical care, food and decent housing impose an obligation on some other American who, through the tax code, must be denied his right to his earnings. In other words, when Congress gives one American a right to something he didn't earn, it takes away the right of another American to something he did earn.

The DFL legislation is just the latest ploy to sell socialized medicine to the public without having to address the politically unpalatable subject of how much is it going to cost (lots) and who is going to pay for it (the taxpayers). It will do nothing to help expand the availability and contain the cost of health care -- in fact, it will do just the opposite.

Hopefully conservatives in the legislature will have the political courage to blow the whistle on this scam and offer alternative legislation that will actually do some good, such as medical IRAs, workers compensation reform, and a reduction in government regulation of the health care industry.

We as citizens can help by contacting our legislators who will oppose this DFL nonsense and provide them the political cover of our support. It would also be helpful to contact legislators who have a known tendency to go RINO and remind them that this is an election year and encourage them not to play nice with the libs on this issue.


Blogger Douglas said...

I tried sending you an email, but I couldn't find an address. This is to all of you.

I'm writing to ask for your assistance. I'm presently writing a paper that will be submitted to the International Workshop on Weblog Ecosystems, which will be in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK in May of this year. I'm writing a paper on the Minnesota Organization of Blogs, and I would like to take a survey of members of the MOB to see how the MOB compares with other profiles of bloggers, and the general public.

All of this data will be kept strictly confidential.


The reason I'm asking about age is because there was a recent journal article that said three out of four LiveJournal bloggers were between 16 and 24 years of age. I know we have a much wider spread, but I'd still like to be able to compare it.

Marital Status:

The reason I ask this is because Nick Coleman said that bloggers were the lonely guys listening to police scanners. I know this is not the case, but I want to compare it with the general population

Level of Education:

Nick inspired me to this one as well, when he compared journalists to astronomers. I believe we are significantly more educated than the general public, but I want to confirm this.

How do you read the blogs you read regularly? Do you surf a blogroll, use an RSS aggregator, use the favorites menu in your browser, etc.

The reason I ask is because other papers haven't discussed this, and I was curious.

How many of your regularly read blogs are other MOB blogs? How many of your regularly read blogs are outside the MOB?

The reason I ask this is because I'm curious as to how many of the visits to MOB blogs are from other MOBsters, and how many are from outside the MOB.

What was your traffic for the month of January? (Be honest, now! If you can give both visits and page views, that would be great)

The reason I ask this is because I plan to say "The MOB received x visits and y page views in January." Your number will just get added together with all the rest. I get less traffic than most members of the MOB, so I'm definitely not interested in comparing individual stats.

If I can get this information from you by this Thursday, that would be great.

Best wishes,

Dr. Douglas Bass

3/07/2006 10:21 PM  

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