Medical Tuesday Blog
The Myth of Socialized Medicine
We have been bombarded in this presidential campaign about the greatness of “the common good” that socialized medicine may bring. We have been appalled that this discussion in this campaign could even occur for us who have had American History and our march to freedom. We have won a revolutionary war to establish this freedom to worship, to speak openly without fear of retribution, to pursue our God-given talents for the betterment of the human condition. We must implore our Maker to help us re-establish the understanding that mankind has existed in slavery for thousands of years. There have been little bursts of freedom arising from time to time but each was snuffed out by eliminating our basic freedom of speech, to dialogue with our fellow human beings on the nature of our existence, and how humans on their own have always fallen into a feudal or oppressed state.
We have been negligent in understanding how we have given up the education of our next generation to understand the history of how we have become subservient to others of an ignoble ideology who have made themselves into gods with the end result of oppression and eventual enslavement.
We do not seem to be aware of the ideological drive behind some of our candidates who are displaying some of the same characteristics that were present in some of the leaders of socialism in prior centuries. Many Americans have been hoodwinked because of a slightly different name. Democratic Socialism was thought to be a new political movement having its origin in the Democratic Party which made it seemed benign. But it has all the same characteristics of Socialism of any other era.
Thomas Di Lorenzo of the visa Mises Institute spoke at the National Meeting of the Association of the American Physicians and Surgeon in September in Oklahoma City. He was asked to write a treatise on Socialism in January and have it to the publisher in 30 days. By rearranging his schedule, he was able to submit the manuscript on time. We were afforded a copy of this book at the meeting which is a splendid introduction to “The Problem with Socialism.” In this little book of 200 pages, he outlines the history of Socialism in the world and how Bernie Sanders and his followers are being misled.
What is happening in our beloved USA is not so different as to what happened in Russia in 1917, and then in Germany and then Italy. All these variations had a couple of things in common. They all confiscate private property. They took over any industry as they saw fit which would help them in conquering their countries. They eliminate all those that could think for themselves. They would be considered too dangerous to let live and oppose them later. They had to eliminate all those who had wealth.
This explains the reason for their mass murders. The USSR murdered 10 million people to achieve the socialistic agenda under the name of Communism. The Soviet Union’s “experiment” with socialism included what these authors call “its venture into planned, logical, and ‘politically-correct’ mass murder. China murdered 60 million to achieve their socialistic agenda. North Korea killed 2 million of their own to establish their socialistic goals. Cambodia killed 2 million to achieve their socialistic goals. Africa murdered 1.7 million in their attempt to achieve equality. Afghanistan killed 1.5 million of their own to achieve their utopian agenda which ended up as hell on earth. Eastern Europe murdered one million in their similar agenda.
Fascism was also a type of socialism. The Nazis called themselves “national” socialists, to distinguish themselves from their fellow socialists in Russia who labeled themselves international socialists. The German national socialists of the early twentieth century murdered approximately “21 million, men, women, handicapped, aged, sick, prisoners of war, forced laborers, camp inmates, critics, homosexuals, Jews, Slavs, Serbs, Czechs, Italians, Poles, Frenchmen, Ukrainians . . . Among them were one million children under eighteen years of age,” according to sociologist R. J. Rummel, who spent his entire academic career documenting “democide,” or death by government.
Russia’s “international socialists” were very egalitarian in their mass murdering of any and all who might be suspected of having doubts about the glories of their socialist Nirvana. As Rummel explained:
Some (of the socialists’ victims) were from the wrong class—bourgeoisie, landowners, aristocrats, kulaks. Some were from the wrong race—Ukrainians, Black Sea Greeks, Kalmyks, Volga Germans. Some were from the wrong political faction—Trotskyites, Mensheviks, Social Revolutionaries. Some were just their sons and daughters, wives and husbands, or mothers and fathers. And some were in lands occupied by the Red Army—Balts, Germans, Poles, Hungarians, Rumanians. Then some were simply in the way of social progress, like the mass of peasants or religious believers. And some were eliminated because of their potential opposition, such as writers, teachers, churchmen; or the military high command. . .
The Soviet government actually had a system of quotas handed down to its functionaries and henchmen. Rummel quotes Vladimir Petrov, a Soviet spy who defected in the 1950s, who revealed a written order once given to him saying: “You are charged with the task of exterminating 10,000 enemies of the people. Report results by signal.”
Torture and murder were the foundations of government power in the socialist Soviet empire. Things were even worse in Mao’s China. The Chinese Communists killed three times the number of people killed by the Soviet Union—and again, these were China’s own people, the eggs that allegedly had to be broken to make the Communist omelet.
How remarkable it is that to this day, self-proclaimed socialists in academe claim to occupy the moral high ground. The ideology that is associated with the worst crimes, the greatest mass slaughters, the most totalitarian regimes ever, is allegedly more compassionate than the free market of capitalism that has lifted more people from poverty, created more wealth, provided more opportunities for human development, and supported human freedom more than any other economic system in the history of the world.
We have quoted heavily in the above from Di Lorenzo. The book is readily available and is a must read for every American prior to the elections this month. Many Americans are asleep or unaware of the seriousness of the coming elections. It has been reported that there have been more than 50 unexplained murders in the recent past in America. We still don’t know for sure who killed Vince Foster. We still don’t know why Supreme court Justice Scalia’s family was denied an autopsy to determine the cause of his sudden death. Doctors still don’t understand why they have been de-professionalize by CMS, HMOs, our own medical societies who have convince the public that we need to improve the quality of our care. Everyone should know that “quality” is our middle name. The quality of our practice exceeds that of any other country on the globe. Or what do the sick from all over the globe seek out our high standard of care. Why did we succumb to HIPAA which allows essentially all government agencies to invade our patient’s confidential medical records without their approval? Why does CMS (Centers of Medicare Services) make it so difficult to withdraw from their membership when CMS is going broke? One CMS administrator tried to explain that no one at CMS ever thought that doctors would give up the free Medicare Money and didn’t understand why they would ever want to “Op Out?” We heard testimony after testimony of doctors trying to withdraw from Medicare. Why was it so difficult? Why does CMS not want to refer to us as physicians but as Providers? Were Nurse Practitioners just the first step in replacing us? Are pharmacists who have been given increasing latitude in diagnosing and prescribing immunizations the second step? Why have we allowed our income to be so totally dependent on CMS? Why are hospital administrators now being paid more than those who save people from dying? In Russia neurosurgeons are paid less than garbage collectors. Why are we allowing ourselves to imitate physicians in the medical socialistic countries? It has been reported in Russia that doctors are threatening their emergency surgical patients to pay a bribe or they will operate without anesthesia.
Medical Myths originate when someone else pays the medical bills.
Myths disappear when Patients pay Appropriate Deductibles and Co-payments on Every Service.
A painful death could occur if health care is totally free!
* * * * *