Well, we’re not fans of socialized medicine around here, that’s for sure. 7:18 here on Houston’s Morning News, News Radio 740 KTRH. Democratic candidates are talking about Medicare-for-All. Of course, when I imagine Medicare-for-All I imagine system not that much different from the VA, and I know the VA does the best it can, but it is overwhelmed with the amount of veterans they have to take care of. Imagine that kind of a system, trying to take care of all Americans. Joining us to talk about it, Robert Charles, Association of Mature American Citizens – think AARP for the conservative bent. Former Assistant Secretary of State for President George W Bush. I don’t know any country where you get great customer service and get seen quickly and get your problem taking care of by socialized medicine, do you?
Absolutely not, and it’s a pleasure to join you. You know, sometimes we just let common sense get away from us and I think the media tends to encourage us to do that. The two Medicare-for-All Bills that are really under discussion – and they’re both being championed by these Democratic candidates – are just really the antithesis of common-sense. One is a bill that was introduced in the Senate by Bernie Sanders and the other was introduced in the House by Representative Primula from Washington, and, you know, if you read these bills, and any American can read them, you come away in shock, because these bills – forget the cost for just a moment. Even what they intend to do truly upends the entire American medical system, which is about 20% of our economy. They throw 180 million Americans off their health care plans and they say – and I’m reading from the bill right here – it shall be unlawful for a private health care insurer to sell health insurance coverage. Bottom line is, it makes illegal the private sectors advances, the private sectors ability, and your personal doctor. The other things it does, and I can happily run through them with you, but they’re just extraordinary. And then, of course, you have this overwhelming cost. It’s like Soviet-style medicine being purchased and making everything else illegal for the cost of 32 trillion dollars, which is, by the way, more than one and a half times America’s gross domestic product in a single year.
Well, it’s not about health care at all, is it?
No, it’s about control over your life, and it is about – same thing as some of these other proposals – they’ve got the New Green Deal where we will spend more than 30 trillion dollars so that we can change the weather for you. It’s about centralized government, and that is of course what socialism has always been about, and socialism migrates rapidly to communism and anarchy if you look at places like Venezuela. But totalitarian control is something that creeps up on a population. And we all think, well, you know, we live in America. We’re never going to have that happen. Democracy is a delicate thing and you have people actually advocating right now, ranging broadly, from this Omar and Talib and AOC character, to these presidential candidates – including Elizabeth Warren – for things that are utterly and completely anti-American. They are the idea of centralizing power and giving up your liberty so that the government can give you a freebie. And I’ll just note that this particular idea has to be, yeah, I’m always proud of Americans in the heartland who say, no, that makes no sense. This idea has only 20% support from even the Democrats. So, yeah, it makes you think, how far off can we get?
Well, even with the 20% support – I mean, the likelihood of a major candidate from that party running for president who believes and socialism and many of the tenets of socialism, it’s relatively high, don’t you think?
Yeah, no, you’re right. And we God knows he’s got his troubles. I mean, I think the irony here, is that, you know, if the first people become untethered from the wharf, they drift away real fast. And this entire group of Democrats have been encouraged – I guess they’ve been encouraging each other – to essentially forget about the needs, the wants, the desires, the liberty-loving elements of the average American. And instead they are encouraging one another to offer more and more things for free. You know, if it isn’t going to be the weather and health care, which would be a disaster by the way. the other provisions to this bill would just turn your stomach. But they make doctors testify against each other, kind of in the Orwellian way that, you know – go around and see if you can’t find somebody who’s providing private care and then you’ll get extra benefits and we’ll throw that person, you know, we’ll penalize that person. It’s an extraordinary series of provisions in this bill which really make no sense in the sense that you could never make it workable. But it’s still – the very fact that they would entertain the idea is what I think would sicken the average person, and I guess, I think they’ve been encouraged by the media. I mean mainstream media; it doesn’t take time to do what we’re doing today and explain the bill and talk about the fact that this will never work. It would undermine everything we believe in.
Just proposing it’s scary enough.
And on this 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down.
Yeah. We’ll have to see if we can get you on our afternoon show so we can go over further details here and explain the whole thing to folks. Robert, thank you so much. Robert Charles, Association of Mature American Citizens, here on news radio 740 KTRH.