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Saturday, January 2, 2021

The fundamental problem with single payer

One doesn't have to look any further than the name to learn what the problem with a single payer health care system is.

Only one payer is allowed.

A “right” to health care in practice ends up meaning the government pays for health care, and doesn't allow anyone else to pay for health care. Only two countries in the world have a single payer system, North Korea and Canada. The Canadian system is not comprehensive, and is increasingly less exclusively publicly funded. The only true example of single payer in the world is Communist North Korea.

Nonetheless, many are convinced a single payer would work out just fine, but let's say, for the sake of argument, that in a system serving millions of people, there may be times when some people are not satisfied with the services they receive through this system.

If those people find a different health care provider they want to pay to provide them or their family members care—a good thing to do—they are not allowed to do that. That would make them another payer and the government would no longer be the single payer.

Single payer would overnight turn every health care decision for anyone into a political decision. If anyone thinks America is divided now, this would make America look like its having a blissful family reunion now compared to how single payer would pit one against another.

Whoever pays has control. Single payer means single control.

Single payer defies basic economics. Prices hold demand down to available supply. Higher prices early fund research and development. A growing market later enables prices to fall. Single payer eliminates market-based prices, increases demand, and turns supply into a political weapon.

Single payer advocates make paying for your own health care sound like a sin. What's really a sin is to corrupt a system enabling people to provide good to one another for purposes of political gain.

Single payer is a tool of communism/socialism. Socialism is not a system of government. Socialism is a system of destruction.

Socialism is a system of claiming to empower people by taking away their power. Socialism takes away your right to control your own health care, self-defense, private property, and individual rights.

Socialism is sold in the name of giving people everything and anything under the sun except freedom. Anything the government gives, or rights it claims to “afford,” it controls.

Socialism doesn't empower people. The People are already empowered. Socialists claim people in poverty have no power. The People know poverty is better than oppression.

No one on earth has ever gained or will ever gain freedom by giving up the things that make them free.

For some Christians, this claim may set off alarm bells because they have been led to believe becoming a Christian is a matter of as surrendering our rights because before God we have no rights. They are correct that we have no claim to righteousness in and of ourselves, nor can we attain any on our own. That does not mean we have no rights; our rights come from God. Becoming a Christian does not come from surrender, but from believing in the Savior, Jesus.

The correct response for the Christian to socialism is to proclaim Isaiah 5:20-23.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Woe to men mighty at drinking wine,

Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away justice from the righteous man!

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