Homesick Cajun wrote:I don't know if any of ya'll have been following the heartbreaking story of Charlie Gard. But, his and his parent's story is a cautionary tale. The result of socialized medicine, which is what the left wants for us. Single payer is exactly that. You get government (judges in this case) deciding who lives or dies. Who is given life saving treatment, and who is unworthy. In spite of the fact, his parents have raised enough money to bring him to the US for treatment. I understand the treatment is experimental, but the judges have taken that decision out of the parent's hands and sentenced this baby to death. As of yesterday, the judge has agreed to "allow" a doctor from the US to examine him. Just unbelievable bureaucracy.
Imagine having to go before a judge to justify keeping a loved one alive! Unfathomable.
Sillycone wrote:OK, here is my 2 cents in the whole Healthcare debate. The Republicans have a slight advantage over the Democrats in the Senate:
Republican (52 seats)
Minority Party: Democrat (46 seats)
Other Parties: 2 Independents (both caucus with the Democrats)
Under Obama, the make up was greater for the Democrats to pass ACA:
Party: Democrat (57 seats)
Republican (41 seats)
Other Parties: 1 Independent; 1 Independent Democrat (both caucus with the Democrats)
What it comes down to is the Republicans (and a few Conservative Democrats) fear potential political costs. Voting on something that have no consequences is easy, but voting on something that can put a target on you is hard. Taking free things away from the public is even harder!
The principles of liberty are if you believe healthcare is a 'RIGHT' because it is a necessity, then you must also believe that you have a right to FOOD, CLOTHING, SHELTER, etc... If you are hungry, do you have the 'RIGHT' to go onto someone's property and take their food or use their clothes or sleep in the house just because you feel you have the 'RIGHT' to do so? No you don't. But, you want the government to force insurance companies, hospitals, and doctors to provide health care for you.
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