Monday, October 7, 2013

Let history decide not egos

Here is a little history lesson about some of our current entitlement programs: social security and Medicare. Fears about Social Security and Medicare are surprisingly similar to the ones critics have raised about the Affordable Care Act today.
“The Social Security Act, which in 1935 introduced old-age insurance, unemployment insurance and other social welfare programs, faced critics who worried it would threaten democracy itself”.
"Isn’t this socialism?” one senator, Thomas Pryor Gore, asked.
A major critic of Medicare was Ronald Reagan. In 1961, the future president recorded a speech in which painted a dark picture of a time in which doctors would be told by the government which patients they could see, and where. He used the term socialism quite strongly.
Listen to the speech here:
Like it or hate, “the Affordable Health Care Act”, “Obamacare”, (or whatever you want to call it) is the law of the land. Holding “we the people” hostage because of sour grapes and egos is not the way to govern, and is probably a career limiting move.
Let history decide this fight.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

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