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NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
I’ve seen several letters recently in support of the Affordable Care Act. There are too many problems with the ACA to address in one letter but here is maybe the most significant problem: This Act was designed to evolve to a “single payer” system, i.e., the government runs the health insurance industry, and consequently to a very large extent, the health care industry. That has been publicly stated by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi (she of “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it” fame), and even some of the authors of the Act.
The federal government cannot wait to get its hands on the vast pool of money that is tied up in the private insurance industry and the control of trillions of dollars. That sure worked out well with the Social Security Act didn’t it? You know, the so-called Trust Fund and all? Some Trust alright. There isn’t any money in the Trust Fund. That was spent years ago by the government. The ability of the government to meet its obligations under the Social Security Act depends entirely on the solvency of the USA.
It is ironic how similar in its scope, and unconstitutional on its face (never mind that a mandate is really a tax), the ACA is to the Federal Reserve Act (FRA), the one that created the Federal Reserve exactly 100 years ago. This latter Act ceded what was truly the government’s responsibility under the Constitution, the creation and regulation of money (Article I, Section 8), to a private corporation. The Constitution provides for the U.S. government to “coin” money. Notice it didn’t say “print” money.
Was that because those primitive rubes who wrote our Constitution were unfamiliar with the sophisticated modern printing press? NO! The colonies had experimented with printed money with disastrous results. The Founders knew all about the problems associated with paper money, especially if it ever was printed without being backed by something of intrinsic value, such as gold or silver. It is interesting that those who wrote the bill to create the Federal Reserve just wanted to get something in place. Sound familiar?
They could tweak it as much as needed along the way. The FRA has been amended 194 times. The Federal Reserve has existed for one purpose and that is to promote and create debt. Here we are 17 trillion dollars in debt, creating digital “money” out of thin air, with our debt increasing at a much faster rate and no end in sight. However, I think there is another type of “end in sight” and it is one that we aren’t going to enjoy.
Now we have the ACA, the Constitutional inverse of the FRA, where the government is taking over something that belongs entirely in the private sector: the responsibility for, and decisions involving, an individual’s own health, the quintessential individual right.
The ACA will end up in a single payer system. Americans can then suffer the long waits to be seen by doctors, like our friends in Canada and Great Britain experience. Americans can also suffer the denial of coverage for those whose infirmities are deemed to be too expensive to address or which do not meet some cost/benefit analysis of the government. We will be faced with the same government that sanctions, condones, and even encourages the taking of human life in the womb controlling our health care decisions for our entire lives. What could possibly go wrong with that?
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