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Another Socialized Medicine Success

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I  didn’t realize the full meaning of the recent announcement of the stars of the movie Titanic helping the last survivor of the Titanic until Glenn Beck talked about it on his radio show.  It is a classic example of the failure of socialized medicine and the success of capitalism.  Here we have an elderly lady in England who paid taxes for socialized medicine most of her life and now when she needs nursing home care she can’t afford it and the health care system won’t pay for it.

On the other hand we have some capitalists in Hollywood who have made money by selling a product.  Now they of their own free will are making a charitable donation to help this lady.  They weren’t forced by the government to make these donations, nor will a portion of the funds be lost in the bureaucracy of government.  So, remind me again why we would want to bring this sort of universal health care to the US?

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  1. Karis
    May 18, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I hadn’t heard about this as I’m a little out of the loop with newsworthy stuff. How interesting to read the Glenn Beck transcript too.

    Universal health care could sound pretty good to people like us who pay $750 a month for health insurance and we hardly ever use it (which we praise the Lord that we haven’t taken advantage of those monthly premiums — don’t get me wrong — we don’t want to get a good deal on the money we put out in this area if it means we’re at the doctor and sick!). When I really stop and think about socialized medicine “success” in other countries and the cost it would give to taxpayers, I change my tune of eagerness to get away from high monthly premiums — it seems there has to be a better way.

    I know it’s a completely different economic scale over here, but it’s interesting to see a “health care system” here with no health insurance. Everything is paid out of pocket upon arrival (no billing for future payment and no help by the government). This may help keep the prices “down” but it still doesn’t work to give affordable health care to all. Many people suffer for “simple” things because they don’t even have the money for a doctor visit where a consultation is $1-$2 ($3-$4 is a day’s salary for those who have jobs). Anyway, I’m off topic but interesting post.

  2. Leigh Riffel
    May 20, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Thanks for your perspective Karis.

  3. March 20, 2010 at 1:23 am

    There’s a good reason – or two – it’s the moral thing to help our fellow citizens; it’s a benefit to all when our people are healthy; Jesus referred to that service in the parable of the Good Samaritan.

    • leighriffel
      March 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm

      For other readers I’ll respond to ChristianLiberal’s post. I support individuals and churches using their resources to help those truly in need. Nationalized health care doesn’t help our fellow citizens any more than it helps us. Of course it is a benefit to all when our people are healthy, and making that happen is less likely under government run health care. Luke 10:25-27 is a great example of personal charity that we need more of.

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