As I listened to Ronald Reagan speak about socialized medicine and the foot-in-the-door philosophy, I wondered who had the the first foot in the door, so, I researched a little and found some interesting information.
George W. Bush, the Commander-in-Chief and architect and proprietor of Medicare Part D, had very similar rollout problems to those of Obama Care. Likewise, many considred it the largest expansion of the welfare state since the creation of Medicare in 1965. Republicans refused to dedicate funding for the bill, raise Medicare tax, or cut spending; therefore, the entire cost of the bill became part of the increasing budget deficit. What made matters worse was that Republicans insisted it be there bill, not allowing Democrats to take the lead on this enourmous new entitlement initiative. They new, had Democrats written the bill, they would include provisions requiring drug companies to lower the prices of the 178 most common drugs considered elegibile for the Part D program, thus driving down profits for pharmaceutical companies.
Be that it as it may, I decided to dig a little deeper. I found enourmous similarities between Obama Care and Romney Care. The biggest challenge with both is the gaurenteed issue clause. Simply put if a citizen is diagnosed with a vastly expensive or fatal condition, he/she is still eligible for coverage. This clause cost insurance companies a lot, which is why many of them have dropped out of the insurance exchange.
I also researched Governor Charlie Crist, a trusted lieutenant of the bush family. He won words of praise for his legislative initiatives with Florida Kid Care, a program that gaurantees Florida children healthcare coverage. Governor Crist also created Citizen’s Property insurance Corporation, which is not a health insurance program, but a public, last-resort option for homeowners with older homes or homes in hurricane danger zones.
My point here is, the foot in the door leading to socialized medicine is that of many conservative Republicans who realize that government programs, spending, and employment are big parts of our economy. So, Why don’t they get off their high hypocritical horses and join the rest of mainsteram America in trying to find solutions to our biggest problems and, even more importantly, making our future better for our children?