When Conservatives think of “socialized medicine” they tend of think of wishful thinking, good intentions gone bad. I’ve been told more than once that if you’re young and don’t find socialism attractive you don’t have a heart, but if you’re old and find socialism attractive you don’t have a head.
But what we need to realize is that if you are old and want socialism it is probably because you don’t have a heart but do have a head for figuring out how to buy friends and influence people. Socialism is just a cover for graft and corruption, for buying friends and doing favors to get favors in return. The ideology provides cover to keep the public money flowing.
We all know this is true about environmentalism and “alternative energy” (which means: inefficient, overpriced, diminished energy that no one sees as a real business opportunity). Solyndra and other businesses, showing all the productivity of Amtrak, are an opportunity for the regime to trade favors and stay in power.
So too, Obamacare. Even if, in the long term, advocates are looking for a future of more control of the populace, in the near term they just want to take and spend money.
That’s why a recent Federal audit found billions have been wasted doing nothing in the name of digitalizing medical records.
“The idea behind this plan is to switch medical records from paper to digital to create a centralized system that supposedly improves the quality of health care. The overhaul won’t come cheap and the government is offering hospitals and doctors billions to switch to electronic medical records. The money has come largely from President Obama’s fraud-infested $787 billion stimulus which was supposed to jump start the economy and put Americans back to work. Instead the economy is a disaster as the nation suffers through a staggering $16 trillion (and growing) deficit and unemployment is at record highs. This has not affected the cash flow to government programs, however. In this case the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is the agency that cuts the checks to healthcare providers that agree to switch to electronic records. So far CMS has doled out $3.6 billion to 74,317 medical providers, but the agency doesn’t bother following up to assure the money is appropriately spent.”
At this point, the projected price tag will be $6.6 billion! But that is just a guess. If the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are simply going to send out the money and not verify that it is used properly, anything could happen.
This is just the tip of the ice berg. The whole point of the socialist ideology is to provide politicians with new ways to get money from people and give it to their friends. It isn’t so much that socialism doesn’t work (though that is true) but that it works all too well for corrupt bureaucrats and corrupt corporations.