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Medicare for All Will Bring a Full Federal Healthcare Takeover

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Why are Democrats now calling for Medicare for all? The reason is obvious: Obamacare failed to fix America’s healthcare crisis. If Obamacare had succeeded in fixing America’s healthcare crisis, there would be no reason to be calling for a new reform, one that would vastly expand the role of the federal government into healthcare. But make no mistake about it. Medicare for all will not fix America’s healthcare woes, any more than Obamacare did. Where will that lead us? It will lead us to a full and complete takeover of healthcare by the federal government. That will be a system in which all doctors become employees of the federal government and where every American will be going to the federal government for medical care. Of course, that will also mean that everyone’s healthcare records will be in the possession of federal politicians and bureaucrats. In other words, like healthcare in Cuba, a country that ...

The Horrific Long-Term Consequences of Regime Change

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84-year-old Emma Thiessen Alvarez has never forgotten the day in 1981 when Guatemalan officials came to her house looking for her daughter, a student leader who had escaped from military custody. Unable to find her, the officials settled for Thiessen’s 14-year-old son. She never saw him again. Thiesen’s story was highlighted in a recent New York Times article because the Guatemalan legislature is now contemplating granting a blanket amnesty to military officials who participated in the rein of terror that the Guatemalan national-security establishment inflicted on the Guatemalan people for period of some 36 years. Thiessen and other Guatemalans who were victimized during that period of time are not happy about the proposed amnesty. As Edgar Perez, a human-rights lawyer, put it, “For the victims, the sentence is their certificate of truth. It is their history.” Guatemalans are not the only ones who have an interest in what is now occurring in ...

Political Contests Are Between Competing Socialisms

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Another election cycle has begun, even though it is less than a half a year since the November 2018 congressional elections. Donald Trump seems unlikely to face a serious challenger for his re-nomination as the Republican candidate for president (unless explosive revelations place his public standing in serious doubt in the coming months). But the Democratic field already has well over a dozen declared serious candidates, each one of them eager to be chosen as Trump’s opponent for the presidency of the United States in the autumn of 2020. Already a plethora of promised political goodies are being presented to the voters with every word spoken by these would-be occupants of the White House. You want good and accessible health care, and all free of charge? No problem. How about forgiveness for your college loans? A legislative act will take care of that. What about financial and other reparations for things done to people long dead with whom you may ...

The Immorality and Destructiveness of Wealth Equalization

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One of the hallmarks of the leftist/progressive/liberal/socialist philosophy is wealth redistribution through the force of government. Leftists/progressives/liberals/socialists lament the enormous disparities of wealth and income that exist in American society. They believe, therefore, that a legitimate function of government is to take money from the rich and either keep it for governmental expenditures or give it to the poor ...