There are way too many people, saying way too much, way too often, that the Health Care Reform Bill will ruin the Republic and turn the U.S. into a Socialist State.
It makes my head hurt.
My Uncle Albert liked the idea of Socialism. He seemed to understand what Socialism actually is. In 1949 Albert Einstein had the following to say about Socialism. Does this sound like he's describing the bill that the House passed on Sunday?
"I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate (the) grave evils (of capitalism), namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow-men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society."
Uncle Albert was a pretty smart guy. He escaped Nazi Germany to come to America.
Canada has Universal Health Care. The last time I visited Canada it did not seem all that much different than America, sort of like America Lite, with an annoying tendency to end every sentence with "eh".
The bill that passed on Sunday does not change the American Health system into a government run, owned and controlled operation.
I'm of the opinion that it would not be a bad thing if somehow a way was found to provide Americans Universal Health Care. I saw a little girl, about 9, last week at Wal-Mart, with a very bad club foot. This is a treatable condition. Anyone seen any 9 year old Canadian kid with a bad club foot?
I don't get how people can rail against this Health Care Reform bill as being a big, bad, socialist thing.
These same people don't seem to be upset by our public school system, which is a socialized school system.
Or with our public road system, which is a socialized road system.
Or with our military, which is a socialized defense system.
Or with NASA, which is a socialized space system.
Or when a state or the federal government builds a dam.
I'm sure there are plenty of other examples where the government does something that benefits everyone.
The presidents prior to, I think, Andrew Jackson, believed it was not the government's business to build roads or canals.
Would America of 2010 be better off if the government did not act for the collective good? If the government left it to private business to build roads, levees, schools, libraries, dams, power plants or space vehicles?
Anyway, those who are all in worry mode that all is lost and we are sliding down a slippery slope towards a Socialist non-Utopia, read the Wikipedia article about Socialism to get an idea what the word actually means.