The Totalitarianism of Nationalized Health Care

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When Sarah Palin suggested that Obama’s health care plan will give bureaucrats the right to decide who lives and dies, she raised a legitimate concern. After all, a health care system that is limited by meager financial resources must ultimately decide who gets to benefit from it and who doesn’t.

However, the debate over life and death issues has obscured a more fundamental concern. The system will not only have to make decisions over who is allowed to die, but the government will be faced with the God-like responsibility of telling the rest of us how to live.

At least, that is the precedent that has been set by those countries already providing national health care, particularly the United Kingdom.

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