Ron Paul: Healthcare Reform is Economic Malpractice

Healthcare Reform is Economic Malpractice

by Ron Paul

As Washington continues debating healthcare reform the rest of the country is primarily concerned about jobs and the economy. It is still uncertain what policies will be implemented, but I am certain about one thing: It will only further devastate our economy and our dollar.

The leadership has come up with a proposal they are confident will be what they consider fiscally responsible, only to have it scored as nearly twice as expensive by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Estimates of past healthcare spending programs have been off by as much as 100 percent so there is no telling what the actual cost will be.

The past century should have taught us one thing: that government intervention is expensive. Government programs lend themselves so easily to waste, fraud and abuse. Combine that with overall inefficiency and it all adds up to a hefty price tag for the taxpayer, with not much leftover for actual services. An outright takeover of an entire sector of the economy, especially one as important as healthcare, is something that we just cannot afford for the government to do right now. Not to mention the fact that it is completely unconstitutional. But Washington insists on torturing the numbers and tinkering around the edges rather than facing this truth.

If healthcare reform does indeed pass, we should not be under the illusion that it will be free. The money to pay for it will have to come from somewhere. They say they will get the money from cutting waste, fraud and abuse, but all of that is seemingly intrinsic to government programs. Since they want to expand the government’s reach we have to assume we will be trading waste, fraud and abuse for waste, fraud and abuse with a bigger budget. The powers that be have insisted the money won’t come from higher taxes, it won’t come from rationing of care, and it won’t come from higher premiums. This can only then put more pressure on the Fed to print the money out of thin air. We already have a weakening dollar. They are accelerating everything that weakened it in the past. Adding this new, monumental pressure could very well be the straw that will break the dollar’s back.

Foreign creditors are already nervous about continuing to invest in the US because of our skyrocketing debt. The explosion of debt that is certain to accompany the enactment of this national health care bill can only add to that nervousness.

Ironically, enactment of the health care bill could help the cause of liberty by hastening the day when Congress is forced by economic circumstances to stop increasing the welfare-warfare state and return to the Constitution.

There are many problems with our current healthcare system, to be sure. There are many tragic stories to be told. However, we need to look at the root of our problems in order to address them properly. More government intervention and bureaucracy injected into healthcare will take a flawed system and make immeasurably worse.


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  • jones

    And the main aim of the health reform should be to rehabilitate the human population so that self control is back in place where it should be: each person in control of their self, no phony high tech interfering with the true talent and potencial we were endowed with.

    For that we need order, law, justice, reasoning, all human capcities.

    This, i think, is the main reason why no major and useful breakthrough is taking place, because crazy useless ideas have been thrown in that are taking away the true talent of human beings.

    The crap has to stop, and now.

  • jones

    The healthcare system needs reform, it’s not working as it is.

    You can convince yourself by how people look and act: too fat or too thin, ill, agressive without cause or provocation, crime prone, reproduction out of balance (either too infertile or too much fertility), etc.

    The questions are: how, when and for how long.

    Also, ask yourself why is it that people need so many insurance policies? as if your life is constantly under threat.

    If that is what is meant for new world order I can tell you the previous order is the best, but it needs just a few improvements: clear and simple regulations, accountability, and the recovery and fixation of the limits of liberty and privacy. It should apply to all people.

    Any politician that commits to that will gather millions of votes and loyal supporters for them and their followers and their descendants. But it has to stand by the promise and deliver, not as a religous figure but as a man, or woman.

    No magic tricks allowed, the crowd will not be fooled.

    if the Pauls can do that, they will win, but they would need to deliver results, and the question is why would they if the last run of politicians all change into the same.

    • jones

      And there are already examples of succesful independants or third party leaders making a big difference and a worthy job.

      I don’t like a two party system anymore, maybe is one of the needed changes needed.

      If any new world order is needed, third official party is one essential.

  • Cherie LW

    Sooner or later, Americans had better wake up to the fact that Congressman Paul knows what he’s talking about.

    Please keep up the good work, Congressman. And I’m glad to see that your son is continuing in your footsteps!