Not Enough Money

Reality is setting in. Health care is not free. National health will not be free. An Associated Press story in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle is a harbinger. Under socialized health care, patients might hear, “Officials say they have about half what they need to operate (on some Indian reservations, in the Indian Health Service), and patients know they must be dying or about to lose a limb to get serious care.”

What have these headlines in common?

  • Promises, Promises: Indian health care’s victims. On some reservations, the oft-quoted refrain is, ‘don’t get sick after June,’ when the federal dollars run out. It’s a sick joke and a sad one because it is sometimes true. (AP)
  • Panel Lists Ways to Rein in Medicare Costs (WSJ)
  • The Price Isn’t Right: Health care bill could cost $1.6T; Dems eye cutbacks (AP)

Take your pick: Do you want Obama-Care to be more like the Indian Health Service or the Veteran’s Administration?

A flabby, indulgent, and thus sick, nation faces reality: there is not enough money for everything.

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One Response

  1. Both the VA and the IHS serve populations that gave something to this nation and deserve to be taken care of in return. Veterans gave their time, limb, and sometimes their lives. We owe them decent health care. The Native American people gave up millions of acres of land under Treaties and were promised they would be taken care of by the government. Neither group has been well served. As a Native American veteran, I should be outraged; instead, as an American I am embarassed that our Nation has disgraced itself to this extent.

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