MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA — There is a frightening comparison
between the health care plans proposed by Democrats and the Holocaust.
However, it is not the comparison recently made by Representative Alan
Grayson (D-Florida) in his drive to impose the Democratic plan on Americans.
The proposed Democratic health care plans contain many of the same
elements of the Nazis’ plan to eliminate Europe’s Jews
in the 1930s and 1940s. The unofficial death toll of World War II is
52,000,000. Death camps, internment camps, death marches, imposed starvation
of non-combatants, and the deaths of non-combatants account for nearly
half of these deaths.
A major motivation behind Nazi programs to exterminate Jews was to
confiscate their property and give it to the state for redistribution.
To accomplish this goal, the Nazis portrayed the Jews as evil, deserving
to have their property seized.
Representative Grayson, from the floor of the House of Representatives,
chastised his fellow members for allowing the “American holocaust” to
continue. According to Grayson and his counterparts in the Senate,
the “American holocaust” is America’s failure to
provide universal health care in the U.S., funded at least in part
by confiscatory taxes levied on a targeted group of taxpayers.
Like the Nazis’ targeting of Jews, Grayson targeted “the
rich” to fund $500 billion of the cost of the House bill. His
colleague in the Senate, Max Backus (D-Montana), is proposing $349
billion in new taxes on “high-end insurance plans (the rich), “fees” on
insurance companies (evil doers), and taxes on medical device manufacturers
(also evil doers).
In short, the professed altruistic largesse of these two is the same
tactic the Nazis used when targeting the Jews. Both want to go after
someone portrayed as evil and impose penalties. Both assert that these
actions are justified and necessary. Both claim the state is the guarantor
of people’s needs and wants. Both are selling a pig in a poke.
The United States was founded to protect individual rights and protect
private property from confiscation by the government or anyone else.
Protection of private property was an alien concept to German National
Socialists. It is also alien to those pushing the Democratic health
care plans now before Congress.
These self-proclaimed Robin Hoods are attempting to visit a fairy
tale upon us while stripping us of any control we have over our health
care choices. The health care plans promise to give something at someone
else’s expense. Those who believe such a system will work believe
in fairy tales.
Senator Backus’ plan would not pass a 10th-grade business class
review. He claims he will fund $856 billion by two master strokes.
One: He will cap patients’ yearly health care costs (i.e., he
will effectively ration) by cutting $507 billion in current government
health care programs. Two: He will tax insurance companies, insurance
plans, and medical device manufacturers $347 billion.
If government cuts $507 billion from health care spending, it is fair
to ask, “Who will not get health care? Does anyone believe health
care needs are going to shrink by half a trillion dollars because Senator
Backus wishes they would? Does he believe providers of services and
goods will not pass on his tax increases?
To apply Representative Grayson’s “holocaust” analogy
accurately to the Democratic plans: The Nazi plan for Jews began with
demonizing them, then proceeded to confiscating their property, and
ended by eliminating them.
The Democratic health care plans demonize wealthy taxpayers, medical
insurance companies, and medical device producers and enact legislation
to confiscate their wealth. This will motivate the wealthy to hide
or to choose not produce wealth, and companies to limit expansion or
go out of business. The end result will be shortages of services and
options, escalation of costs, and rationing or premature death as the
consequence of rationing.
Our health care system will follow the fate of Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid, the United States Postal Service, Amtrak, Veterans Administration
hospitals, and TARP. All are failures — failures whose debts are now
on our shoulders and those of our children and grandchildren.
A Voice from Fly-Over
A Voice from Fly-Over Country is copyright © 2009 by Robert
L. Hale and the Fitzgerald Griffin
All rights reserved.
Robert L. Hale received his J.D. in law from Gonzaga University Law
School in Spokane, Washington. He is founder and director of a non-profit
public interest law firm. For more than three decades he has been involved
in drafting proposed laws and counseling elected officials in ways
to remove burdensome and unnecessary rules and regulations.
See a complete biographical sketch.
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