Madeline Crabb
Please don't take my health care away
By Madeline Crabb
March 19, 2010

This weekend, 435 politicians will decide the future of our health insurance system. More importantly, the future of our liberties, freedom, and our constitutional republic are at risk.

A majority of Americans understand the importance of the vote about to be taken in the U.S. House of Representatives. However, there are far too many people who don't understand the potential negative consequences if Congress takes this one giant step into socialized, universal health care. Unfortunately, this group of people won't ever understand until illness and disease hit them.

I already appreciate the health insurance my husband and I have as a "benefit" through his employment. (And believe me, he has earned every penny of this benefit during his tenure.) I am even more thankful for our insurance since I had a bad accident a few weeks ago.

Because of my excellent insurance, I had expert assistance from the ambulance ride to the emergency room, and then through the subsequent surgery. My freedom of choice allowed me to select my surgeon and anesthesiologist. Since this was my first surgery, it was important for me know into whose human hands I was entrusting my life.

I face months of doctor's care, treatment, and therapy, which my insurance will help cover. Yes, my husband and I pay a portion of our treatment. And yes, this is how it should be. We never, ever expect someone else to pay for all of our needs. But, this is the mindset of far too many Americans, which has led us to this health care showdown.

Somewhere, somehow along the way, Americans started buying into the lie that Big Daddy Government could and should be taking care of our needs. A large portion of Americans actually believe this care should be from cradle to grave. Can anyone say welfare state? Millions and millions of able-bodied people sit on their ever-widening, lazy backsides waiting for their next government handout every month. Just a few generations ago, this would have been unheard of, because our forefathers built this country on hard work and self-reliance. As a matter of fact, the people who formed this great nation left everything behind them to come here. America was built from scratch — brick, by brick, by brick. We had to do everything ourselves; otherwise, it just wouldn't be done.

What has caused so many people to forsake all to come to America? It's the American dream. It's a hopeful idea that a person can be anything, and have anything he wants if he is willing to work hard enough. The dream is not to leave one socialistic, oppressive land and government where one can barely eke out a living. Neither is the dream to come here to have government care for all our needs...or is it? After all, our government is doing everything in its power to encourage Mexicans to illegally cross our borders so we can throw money, education, health care, and myriad other benefits at them. It's not that we don't have a number of our own citizens who really do need a helping hand. It's just that our elected officials think being in office is a mandate from Americans that allows them to spend, spend, and spend our tax dollars in any way they see fit. (Which is usually any way they can make people "beholden'" to them to insure loyalty and future votes.)

Politicians continually berate our health care system. But those of us who have had to rely on this system know how outstanding it is. Politicians like to say this whole argument is about everyone receiving affordable health care. (It's really about health care insurance.) But what they propose will make health care more expensive, and in some cases, totally unaffordable. (Too have to buy insurance anyway.) Politicians say health care is a right. It is not, because rights come from God. And the Declaration of Independence only proposed we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. (God-given rights.) And just a reminder: If the government can grant rights, it can also take them away.

When trying to get to the truth about such matters, there is an adage: "Follow the money." Well, our federal government is in deep financial doo-doo. Politicians are salivating at the mere thought of getting their hands on one-sixth of the economy. Oh my, what fun they can have with all that money! They are already thinking of ways to spend the same money twice. Through various smoke and mirror tricks and accounting gimmicks, politicians have repeatedly lied to American citizens about how much their takeover of the health care industry will actually cost. Furthermore, they forget about a little thing called the Constitution that gives them no authority to do such a thing. But then, when has the Constitution, the Law of the Land, ever stopped politicians. Really, all they are concerned with is getting re-elected. And to that end, they are willing to lie, cheat, steal, and who knows what else. After all, as Machiavelli said, "The ends justify the means." Whatever it takes...

But dear American, the health care debate is not about some abstract idea. It is about the rights of individual American citizens in evaluating personal matters of life and death. It is about American citizens' freedoms and liberty. Government control of health care denies American citizens their ability to make decisions in running their own lives.

Knowing government's inability to run any program or agency successfully or efficiently, I cringe to think of the state of my personal health these past few weeks if they had been in control. Hey, I might not even be alive.

We do NOT want government controlling health care and health insurance. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are all bust. Socialist and ineffective programs, but they meant well. Does anyone see a pattern? Hello, these folks have big ideas, but don't know what they are doing!

Isn't it time to just say NO to government takeovers of the private sector? If we don't stop the power-hungry government now, it may become so powerful that we can never undo the damage. This weekend, I stand with millions of other Americans to say, please don't take my health care away. To anyone willing to hear....

© Madeline Crabb


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Madeline Crabb

Madeline Crabb is a Christian, a Constitutional Conservative, and a patriot. Holding a degree in journalism and public relations, and training from the Leadership Institute, she has been a columnist since 2000, and has written for various Christian newspapers around the country. As a “watchwoman” on the wall (Is.62:67), Madeline calls all citizens to awaken, arise, and act in restoring one nation under God.


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