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What's Wrong with Medicare?

by Donald A. Tevault

In the late 1960's, President Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic-controlled Congress gave us Medicare and Medicaid. In the 1990's, the Clinton's tried to create a totally government-run health care system for every U.S. citizen. "What's wrong with that?", you say. To begin with, the U.S. Constitution, what's supposed to be the supreme law of the United States, does not give to the federal government any authority to set up universal health care systems. Check out the following articles, and you'll see how wise the Founding Fathers were in not wanting the federal government to have this power.

  • Self-Deception about Medical Care
    Sloppy thinking can make intelligent people say stupid things. Take Christine Cassel. She has been a physician specializing in geriatric medicine for 30 years and recently published Medicare Matters, a brief against privatization of the huge, brittle government program.
    by Sheldon Richman
  • Paris General
    Forget Canada. The socialized health-care set now wants the U.S. to model itself on France.
    By David Hogberg
  • Kill the Prescription Drug Benefit
    Writes George Reisman: there is still time to abort this highly destructive program, which constitutes the largest increase in the welfare-state functions of our government since the administration of Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s.
  • Free health care
    Walter E. Williams describes nightmare inflicted on Canadians.
  • Medicare Mendacity
    Everyone always knew the Medicare prescription drug bill would cost tons more than officially projected. So why the recriminations against those who pretended otherwise?
    By Sean Higgins
  • Drug Dealings
    Democrats had it right before.
    By Sam Dealey
  • Hillary's back!
    A huge headline on the front of a recent issue of the New York Times Magazine said more than they intended: "Now Are We Ready to Talk About Health Care?" Inside was an article with the same title by Hillary Clinton.
    by Thomas Sowell
  • Medicare drug law becomes bitter pill
    President Bush had hoped that the passage of the Medicare prescription-drug bill would be one of the crowning achievements of his administration, but so far it has turned out to be one of the messiest policies, being attacked on several fronts.
    By Amy Fagan
  • An Unhealthy Tradition
    Medicare miscalculations.
    By Michael F. Cannon
  • Medicare Bill Makes Fiscal Problems Worse, Watchdog Says
    A government watchdog group is criticizing the government for overseeing the fiscal deterioration of the Medicare program over the last four decades.
    By Melanie Hunter
  • Congress Urged to Re-Think Medicare Drug Plan
    A new government report on Medicare's huge liabilities and looming bankruptcy are just two more reasons why Congress should consider revising the recently passed prescription drug law, says a taxpayer watchdog group.
    By Susan Jones
  • Report Says Medicare to Go Broke by 2019
    Medicare will have to begin dipping into its trust fund this year to keep up with expenditures and will go broke by 2019 without changes in a program that is swelling because of rising health costs, trustees reported Tuesday.
  • Medicare reform gone bad
    Last year, when Republicans rammed a new Medicare drug benefit through Congress, I warned that they were unlikely to get the political boost they were expecting. Now, just 3 months after the legislation was signed into law, many now realize--too late--that I was right.
    by Bruce Bartlett
  • This measure will not strengthen Medicare
    I voted against the Medicare reform bill because it will not strengthen Medicare and does not responsibly address the need for prescription drug coverage. It will add trillions of dollars onto Medicare's current $13.5 trillion in unfunded liabilities for future generations.
  • Entitlements Are Forever
    Republicans make a bad deal on Medicare.
    Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
  • More freebies for older Americans
    Despite how popular free drug benefits for the elderly may be, and the elderly undoubtedly love the idea, Keith D. Cummings says that it's state sponsored robbery.
  • Free-lunch medicine
    It is always fascinating to see elementary economics make front-page news. It was front-page news in the Wall Street Journal of November 12th that there are long waiting times for seeing medical specialists in Canada and in other countries with government-controlled medical care systems -- but not in the United States, where some politicians are trying to get us to imitate these countries.
    by Thomas Sowell
  • Paying Dearly for Free Prescription Drugs
    As Congress finalizes plans to expand Medicare, more and more seniors are beginning to understand that “free” prescription drugs from the government will carry a very high price tag.
    by Rep. Ron Paul
  • Medicare Defrauds Itself
    And, the federal government doesn't seem to care.
    by Michael Arnold Glueck and Robert J. Cihak
  • Health and taxes: Even worse than death and taxes
    If you let the government control how you receive health care, says Richard E. Ralston, you get the worst of all worlds.
  • Socialized medicine is inevitable!
    Neal Boortz prescribes nasty dose of reality on health-care storm.
  • Should Americans surrender their freedom for government drugs?
    A Medicare prescription drug bill that Congress is attempting to put together takes away choice from Americans, says Richard E. Ralston.
  • Medicare plan = 'massive tax hike'?
    Libertarians hit Bush administration over $400 billion drug benefit.
    By Jon Dougherty
  • Costly Medicare Changes, Without Real Reform
    In "The Medicare Mess" we described some of the problems with the Medicare "reform" bills passed by the U.S. House and Senate last month. We also need to review how the bills shorten the fuse on the demographic time bomb facing Medicare and other entitlements.
    by Michael Arnold Glueck and Robert J. Cihak
  • Medicine to 'The Sound of Music'
    Tommy Thompson had had a long day. The secretary of Health and Human Services had been on Capitol Hill since morning, trying to persuade conservatives in the House and Senate to vote for a prescription drug bill he described as good policy, good medicine and good politics.
    by Suzanne Fields
  • The Medicare Mess: Will President Bush call Congress' Bluff?
    Way back in 1994, then-first lady and now Sen. Hillary Clinton, toured America to promote her plan to take over American medical care.
    by Michael Arnold Glueck and Robert J. Cihak
  • 'Universal health care': Part III
    Those of us who are getting on in years can remember a time when most people had no health insurance, when we simply paid the doctors or the pharmacies and went on our way, without giving it a second thought.
    by Thomas Sowell
  • Docs Decry Medicare 'Meltdown'
    Angry doctors called Sunday for wide-ranging actions -- including call-ins, fly-ins and even work stoppages -- to persuade Congress to correct errors causing a Medicare payment "meltdown."
  • Medicare's right to die?
    When Medicare started in 1967, many people were initially pleased with it because the government obligated itself to pay for most medical spending for most Americans over age 65.
    by Michael Gluek, M.D. and Robert Chihak, M.D.
  • The Trouble with Medicare
    Both major political parties cater to the interests of the elderly; both favor more federal spending and government care, differing in nuance rather than substance. Both pledge to save Social Security and Medicare programs which, in years to come, may run out of funds.
    by Hans F. Sennholz
  • The Medical Mess
    All of the details which politicians and their media allies like to publicize simply cloud over the real issue, that being how government truly distorts the practice of health care. Perhaps it is time for politicians to take the politics out of medicine, a novel idea.
    by William Anderson
  • Socialized Medicine, Take Two
    In 1994, the Clinton administration fell into near total disrepute among the public. The primary reason was its plot to socialize and nationalize the entire medical industry and conscript doctors and patients into a central plan.
    by Jeffrey Herbener
  • There Is No Right to Health Care
    The Cuban constitution expressly states that people have a right to health care and that it is the duty of government to guarantee this right by providing hospitals, physicians, and medicine to the populace. Judging from the health-care stands of both Al Gore and George W. Bush, both of whom call for greater government involvement in health care, you would think that Americans share the Cuban conviction that there really is a right to health care.
    by Jacob G. Hornberger
  • No cure for generational pain
    Nobody wants to speak for us younger folks who will be forced to foot these enormous bills. Free-lunch politics is a hard habit to break.
    by Michelle Malkin
  • "Patients Bill of Rights" or Federal Takeover of Medicine?
    For decades, the U.S. healthcare system was the envy of the entire world. America had the finest doctors and hospitals, patients enjoyed high quality, affordable medical care, and thousands of privately-funded charities provided health services for the poor. Doctors focused on treating patients, without the red tape and threat of lawsuits that plague the profession today. Most Americans once paid cash for basic services, and had insurance only for major illnesses and accidents.
    by Rep. Ron Paul
  • Best medicine is liberty
    Government "reform" means high costs, less service.
    by Rep. Ron Paul
  • Medical Regulation Piled on Medical Regulation
    Even after his whole health care plan got rejected by Congress, President Clinton continued his piecemeal but relentless drive toward federal control of health care in the United States. He decided that what he couldn't force us to swallow all at once he will have us accept crumb by crumb.
    by Sheldon Richman
  • Clinton's Health-Care Plan for You: Cradle-to-Grave Slavery: Part I
    President Clinton said that health care in America costs too much-that it's a national disgrace that 37 million Americans have no health insurance and that tens of millions of others have inadequate coverage. Clinton's "solution": a total government takeover of all medical care in the U.S.--1/7 of the entire U.S. economy. As you will see, what Clinton is really talking about is a government takeover of your life.
    by Jarret B. Wollstein
  • Clinton's Health-Care Plan for You: Cradle-to-Grave Slavery: Part II
    Under President Clinton's health-care plan, every person in America will be registered by the federal government and issued a red, white and blue "Health Security Card." This includes independent contractors, the self-employed, the homeless, and illegal immigrants who have regular jobs. Babies will be registered at birth.
    by Jarret B. Wollstein

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