Cradle to Grave

Presidential hopeful John Edwards has a plan for you. If he is elected, then that is when your choices end.

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

“It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care,” he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. “If you are going to be in the system, you can’t choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK.”

Edwards said his mandatory health care plan would cover preventive, chronic and long-term health care. The plan would include mental health care as well as dental and vision coverage for all Americans.

“The whole idea is a continuum of care, basically from birth to death,” he said.

This position is not unique to Mr. Edwards. Back when she was still First Lady, Senator Hillary Clinton spearheaded a plan for universal healthcare that ended up defeated in 1994 when the Republicans took control of Congress. Most of the Democrats in the race this year have their own plan for taxpayer-subsidized health insurance. This, however, is the first overt mention of it being mandatory.

The position of the 21st Century liberal can be boiled down to this: “We know better than you, we will take care of you, and we must take your money to do so.” Most of the Republicans are not much better, and I believe soon that nearly all politicians will favor some sort of universal health solution. We are only a few steps away from a government that tells you what you are allowed to eat, where you are allowed to travel, who you are allowed to fraternize with, and when you must go to the doctor. In short, the government is becoming our master, from the cradle to the grave.

The most ominous part of this trend is that they are ostensibly doing it for our own good. Tomorrow’s totalitarian government is not one that will take power by force or coup, but one that promises to take care of you. Our rights will be restricted for the good of mankind. Property rights are already being denied based on a supposed impact to the environment. Our Constitutional right to freedom of association is being denied because of a distaste for discrimination. If John Edwards has his way, we will no longer have a choice of doctor, or even the choice of whether or not to see a doctor.

Ronald Reagan once said that the scariest phrase was “I am from the government, and I am here to help.” We have on our doorstep a government that is going to help us to death.

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