Ms. Pelosi - are you misinformed or a just a liar?
On August 10, 2009, Speaker Pelosi co-authored an opinion piece with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in USA Today. The title of their piece is "'Un-American' attacks can't derail health care debate." You can read it here:
It is hard to know where to start in trying to counter the mis-information in this piece. I guess the first sentence is as good as any:
"Americans have been waiting for nearly a century for quality, affordable health care."
No Ms. Pelosi, until the state and federal governments got involved in health care, Americans had quality, affordable health care. Before government interference, the private market offered many ways that Americans could cover their health care costs. Most doctors offered their patients credit so they could pay for any needed care over time if needed. Private insurance companies offered reasonable coverage and offered a wide range of policies so Americans could choose the coverage they wanted. Voluntary associations provided medical coverage for their members.
Fraternal Beneficiary Societies were common in America. These voluntary associations insured their members, paying out when a member was sick and paying a death benefit when they died. These groups often started in a town or city and several grew to international scope - for example the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (see: http://www.ioof.org/) and the Foresters (see: http://www.foresters.com/) that in spite of the best efforts of government to drive then out of operation are still functioning today. Young doctors starting out would often associate with a local Fraternal Beneficiary Society, offering their services at a low cost to quickly gain a good reputation within the Society.
All of this voluntary activity ended when government started interfering with health care. No private association can compete with a tax subsidized entity. This is the same reason that government schools have driven almost all private schools out of business - everyone is forced to support the tax subsidized operation, whether they use its services or not. Once government started using our taxes to provide services once provided voluntarily, the Fraternal Beneficiary Societies' days were numbered. This is absolutely not a case of the private association not being able to "compete" with the public service - it is a case of government using its monopoly on force to take unfair advantage of the private association.
Just one example of the effect of government regulation is what happens when state and federal mandates require insurance companies to cover certain procedures. It is common today for insurance companies to be forced to provide coverage for procedures that might or might not be wanted by their customers.
For example, several states (see: http://tinyurl.com/pn4k6l) now mandate that group plans cover infertility treatments. Participants in these plans must pay for the insurance to cover these very expensive procedures, even if they don't anticipate becoming pregnant or would not use such aggressive procedures in any case. This is just one example of how government interference drives up the cost of health insurance for all of us.
Here is another quote from Pelosi:
"However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue."
You know, she may actually believe this statement. I am fairly confident, that like most of her House colleagues, she has not read this damnable piece of legislation. Fortunately, some Americans have read it and as a result are alarmed. The bill, as currently written, will force pro-life Americans to fund abortion under the euphemism of "Reproductive Services" (see: http://tinyurl.com/oyrhcz). One of my favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson is:
"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
I suppose Pelosi would call such Jeffersonian thinking un-American.
Another feature of this bill is that it mandates an "end of life options" counseling session for seniors every five years.
Surely, to any rational mind, such provisions as these in the health care reform bill are truly un-American.
"These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves."
No. Americans are sick and tired of being lied to by an arrogant, out of control Congress. Calling out our lying representatives in town hall meeting is the very essence of being an American. Americans are fed up with Representatives who do not listen. In spite of massive opposition, this Congress has squandered Trillions of our dollars to bail out their Wall Street cronies and foreign bankers, and now propose to increase our energy costs through the political shell game of Cap and Trade. Enough is enough!
"Reform will mean affordable coverage for all Americans."
No. Ms. Pelosi, can you point to a single case where government reform led to affordable anything for all Americans?
"Our plan's cost-lowering measures include a public health insurance option to bring competitive pressure to bear on rapidly consolidating private insurers, ..."
This shows Pelosi's utter contempt or complete ignorance of the free market. How is it "competition" when one player has to make a profit to remain in business and then is heavily taxed when they do, and the other player will be bailed out at taxpayer expense whenever they don't make ends meet. It is abundantly clear that the real intention of the legislation is to drive all private providers out of business, leaving Americans with no choice in who they get their health care insurance from.
Calling us "un-American" shows Pelosi's contempt for average Americans and her utter lack of understanding of what America is about.
The only legitimate function of government is to protect its citizens' Natural Rights. Pelosi does not understand America. She is about to get a history lesson, and I believe she will not be around to call us "un-American" after the next Congressional election.
Government, as it does with everything it touches, has all but destroyed what was once the best health care system in the word. After we defeat this fascist proposal, we must all work hard to dismantle the regulations that will continue to cripple it. Health care is a service, and the free market will always be the best way to provide any service in abundance and at an affordable cost.
Americans are waking up. I pray it is not too late. We must constantly monitor what Washington D. C. is doing in our name. I am reminded of the following:
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
-- Thomas Jefferson