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10/10/2013 (1 year ago)

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Like all gifts, government healthcare is eventually used for control.

According to history, governments that wanted to expand their power over their people have used medical care to manage it. By looking back at Kaiser Wilhelm and Lenin, we can see how they viewed healthcare as a cornerstone of state power.

These guys definitely believed in the power of government healthcare.

These guys definitely believed in the power of government healthcare.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/10/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Obamacare, control, warning, history, Lenin, Germany


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The idea of government-sponsored or government-run healthcare is far from new and the first instance in modern times came about under the rule of Kaiser Wihelm in Germany who long before WWI, suggested doctors be used to make his subjects dependent on his government.

By sending young doctors into the countryside to administer vaccines and basic healthcare, the Kaiser built up a culture of need that could only be satisfied by the state. This apparatus continued after the war and was used by the Nazi regime to further control people to the point that doctors began euthanizing undesirables in special facilities and participating in the mass extermination of Jews and political prisoners.

Yes, the beginnings were both benign and useful, but like a gateway drug eventually leads to serious consequences for the users, so too does government control of healthcare.

Vladimir Lenin also commented, "Medical care is the keystone in the arch of socialism."

The government that took control of the state from Czar Nicholas wasted no time commandeering the healthcare system and centralizing control of it. Now, doctors became agents of the state and access to healthcare was an argument for loyalty.

Granted, the United States is neither a monarchy, nor a socialist, totalitarian state, but just as with any power, these things grow cancerously over time. Consider that in 1913, the United States had no personal income tax. Now the federal government lays claim to up to half or better of some income and anyone who works full time, pays.

Just as power corrupts, so the power that comes with regulating healthcare will also corrupt. Indeed, the corruption should already be evident. Long ago, healthcare was affordable. It has always been difficult since such expenses are unpredictable and limitless, but it was generally affordable. Families were not typically bankrupted by healthcare expenses.

Today, costs have risen considerably so that the private individual cannot afford them, even if relatively wealthy. Now, middle-class citizens need government assistance just to pay for their healthcare.

The elderly rely largely on Medicare.

There is no reason to believe that our government will behave benevolently in the long term, will reduce costs or actually improve the quality of care.

There is every reason to worry that our government will use Obamacare as a means to leverage its power over the people and manipulate us into servitude, after all, it has happened every single time before.

Let us not be fooled. As Homer explained, we should beware of Greeks bearing gifts. Obamacare is a gift that looks a lot like a Trojan horse. We should accept it with great caution.

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