Weatherford Democrat

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July 12, 2012

COLUMN: Health care will make government fatter

— We have Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid which are in distress and need to be revamped.

We have had a large dose of affordable housing, how did that work out? Affordable health care has been deemed Constitutional, and is now the law of the land. If by chance you think that affordable health care will have a better ending than affordable housing, I would like to take you snipe hunting and give you the honor of holding the bag.

Just in case you are not paying attention, the objective of this debacle is to screw up health care so severely that a single payer insurance is available only by the benevolent bureaucrats in Washington. Folks working in the private sector insurance will lose their jobs. There will be a need for thousands of more government employees to make sure that you are paying your fair share and shuffle the paper work paid for with your money. More government workers mean more government spending of federal funds that will have to be borrowed or printed, which will contribute to inflation.

What has happened to common sense? When all is said and done, you will wish for the days that you just thought health care was expensive.

There is no doubt that we need to do something about the high cost of health care, but government is not the answer. There is no incentive for government to be efficient because the bureaucrats aren’t concerned; it’s not their money. What they don’t realize is that wasting money will bite them in the rear because of the resulting inflation.

What has happened in Argentina and numerous countries can happen here. Our unfunded liabilities are only $119 trillion, $565 billion, $987 million and by the time you read this it will have increased substantially. When interest rates go up, there won’t be enough money to service the debt, but who cares? Well it’s about time all Americans sat up and paid attention. How much debt do we have to incur before we become the poorest nation in the world?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting parties for food stamp enrollment. America is undoubtedly the most amazing place in the world. In America the poor are quite plump, but in other countries the poor are just skin and bones. Don’t let this get out, but if you don’t fit government guidelines for weight to height ratio you may have to eat arugula salad until you fit government parameters before you receive health care.

Is it possible that we have a human nature problem? If it is touted as free, humans are going to make sure that they get their fair share. And, why not? I deserve it just as much as the guy down the street. The only thing wrong with that mentality is there is no free lunch. It may appear to be free, but you or your children and grandchildren will pay for it plus interest.

While government is giving all these marvelous things, I think every one should have a magic carpet.

Richard Feuilly is a guest columnist. He is a retired ditch digger and a resident of Weatherford.

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