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Via Robert Gehl:
Bernie Sanders’ wild-eyed call for “single-payer” universal health care across the country has attracted many followers.
But in his home state of Vermont, they know what a total failure it is.
In 2011, the state adopted the nation’s first European-style, single-payer health insurance. Four years later, they’re forced to abandon the dream.
Last year, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s financial report shocked residents: “Green Mountain Care” was bankrupting the state. Costs for the program would double the entire state budget. To keep it afloat, massive tax increases would be necessary.
So they turned to the feds for a huge bailout.
“The idea of single-payer, or a Medicare-for-all type program, has always been a cherished dream for many in the Democratic Party,” said Henry J. Aaron, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a liberal-leaning Washington think tank. “In truth, there had never been a hard, developed plan to implement such a dream. In Vermont, they finally developed a plan, and look what happened.”
Since the end of World War II when President Harry Truman pushed for a single-payer system, universal health insurance has been the Holy Grail for liberals across the country.
When Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats rammed Obamacare down Americans’ throats, Vermont went further. Gov. Shumlin proudly signed a bill establishing a publicly financed, single-payer system.
Critics said the new bureaucracy would cost much more than liberals claimed, and they were right. The Boston Globereports:
The numbers were stunning. To implement single-payer, the analysis showed, it would cost $4.3 billion in 2017, with Vermont taxpayers picking up $2.6 billion and the federal government covering the rest. To put the figures into perspective, Vermont’s entire fiscal 2015 budget, including both state and federal funds, is about $4.9 billion.
Shumlin’s office estimated the state would need to impose new personal income taxes of up to 9.5 percent, on top of current rates that range from 3.55 to 8.95 percent. Businesses would be hit with an 11.5 percent payroll tax, on top of 7.65 percent payroll taxes employer pay for Social Security and Medicare.univer
And even those tax increases might not have been enough. The governor’s office estimated the Green Mountain Care program would run deficits of $82 million by 2020 and $146 million in 2021. Shumlin said he feared the tax increases would harm businesses and the economy.
So they turned to the feds for a bailout – to the tune of billions.
This is the face of single-payer, universal coverage. Vermont is a tiny state. Imagine if all 50 states adopted this plan? How fast would this country drive straight (further?) into the financial ditch?
Asked to define what it means to be a socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont pointed to “economic rights” at Tuesday night’s CNN-sponsored Democrat town hall in Des Moines, Iowa. An Iowa voter told Sanders that “some of your detractors have called you a socialist on occasions, and you don’t seem too troubled by that, and sometimes embrace it. I wondered if you could elaborate on that.” “Well, what Democratic Socialism means to me is that economic rights, the right to economic security is — should exist in the United States of America,” Sanders responded. “It means to me that there’s something wrong when we have millions of senior citizens today trying to get by on $11, $12,000 a year Social Security. It means there’s something wrong when the rich get richer, and almost everybody else gets poorer. It means there is something wrong, and government should play a role in making sure that all of our kids, regardless of their income, are able to get a higher education.
“Which is why I’m calling for free tuition at public colleges and universities, and why we have to deal with this horrendous level of student debt that people are having. “Now, what’s going on in countries around the world, in Scandinavia, and in Germany. The ideas that I am talking about are not radical ideas. “So, what Democratic Socialism means to me in its essence is that we cannot continue to have a government dominated by the billionaire class, and a Congress that continues to work for the interest of the people on top while ignoring working families. “What this campaign is about, and what I believe, is creating a government that works for all of us, not just a handful of people on the top. That’s my definition of Democratic Socialism.” Sanders later said he believes “everybody should be entitled to health care as a right,” in addition to the “right” to economic security and the right to free college tuition.
CNS News: Sanders Endorses ‘Right to Economic Security’ and Free Tuition; ‘Right’ to Health Care
State police already confiscated veteran’s guns over insomnia
BY KIT DANIELS
All doctors – not just psychiatrists – should screen adults for depression, according to a government task force, a recommendation which opens the door to backdoor gun control.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that health workers should ask patients questions to determine if they have symptoms of depression, even if the patients don’t initially bring them up.
“The USPSTF recommends screening in all adults regardless of risk factors,” the task force paper stated.
This sets a dangerous precedent in which primary care physicians – who are visited more frequently than psychologists – could diagnose patients with mental health issues, ultimately leading to the restriction of their Second Amendment rights.
Case in point, New York State Police confiscated a Navy veteran’s guns in 2014 after he received treatment for insomnia at a hospital due to anxiety.
The police used a mental health database enacted by N.Y.’s latest gun control law, the SAFE Act, to declare veteran Donald Montgomery, who is also a former detective, “mentally unfit” to own firearms due to his hospital visit.
“The Plaintiff [Montgomery] is a retired law enforcement officer with a distinguished career of more than 30 years, who retired with the rank of Detective Sergeant,” Montgomery’s lawsuit filed against the hospital stated. “The Plaintiff had a spotless record and was awarded the department’s Bravery Medal; [He] had been a Commanding Officer for 15 years.”
“At the time of his presentation at the Emergency Department of Eastern Long Island Hospital, the Plaintiff suffered from sleep deprivation, occasioned by his move from one location in the state to another, with his wife of many years, to live closer to their adult child and young grandchild.”
And despite the fact Montgomery checked himself into the ER, the hospital labeled him an “involuntary admission.”
“On or about May 30, 2014, the Plaintiff received a telephone call from an officer at the Suffolk Co. Sheriff’s Dept. informing him [they were] going to have to come overhand pick up his handguns because they were under repeated pressure from the N.Y. State Police to immediately do so,” the lawsuit stated. “The sheriff’s department arrived at the Plaintiff’s then-residence and took physical possession of the Plaintiff’s four firearms and provided him with an ‘inventory.’”
Additionally, the State Police cancelled his pistol permit without a hearing.
President Obama signed a Jan. 4 executive order to allow doctors to report patients with “mental health issues” to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System to prevent them from purchasing firearms.
“Obama is changing under such background checks a person prohibited from buying a gun from one formally adjudicated by a court of law to be mentally incompetent to anyone who – vaguely – has a mental health ‘issue,’” Freedom Watch founder Larry warned. “Thus, the due process protection of a court ruling is being lost. Obama ordered the Social Security Administration to report to the firearm background check database people on disability payments for reasons that may indicate ‘issues’ of mental health.
“Obama is working to require doctors to report those with (poorly defined) issues. Everyone living in same household may lose right to possess a gun.”