Republicans are always portrayed as being against anything the Democrats propose, and this includes ObamaCare. As the saying goes, “You can’t beat something with nothing.” The GOP comes across as naysayers with few viable alternatives. Part of the problem for Republicans is that they are generally against government solutions.
It’s hard to beat the Democrats when the Democrats are promising all kinds of voter benefits with other people’s money.
Wouldn’t it be great if the Republicans offered a viable non-government alternative to nationalized healthcare without it costing tax payers any money? In 1964, Ronald Reagan warned what would happen if government healthcare became a reality. In his famous speech “A Time for Choosing” introducing Barry Goldwater at the 1964 Republican Convention, he said:
“Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community? Realize that the doctor’s fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can’t socialize the doctors without socializing the patients. Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he’ll eat you last.”
In 1964, there wasn’t even the hint of the internet, alternative media, and ways to shop for almost anything online, from ant farms to zinc supplements and everything in between. I can go to BookFinder.com and shop for books, from the lowest price to the highest price without ever leaving my house. The same is true of eBay and Amazon. Online shopping has made Christmas shopping a breeze for my wife.
It’s interesting that President Obama talked about “competition” in shopping for healthcare. But there can’t be competition when the government mandates that certain things must be covered.
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