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By Angye Morrison

Picture this: You’ve been diagnosed with cancer and the prognosis is not good. You’ve had to wait a year for surgery, meanwhile, the malignancy has spread.

Now you finally get to see a surgeon, and not one you’ve selected, but one that was selected for you. You’re told, “It’s too late. There’s nothing we can do for you.” You’re refused any further treatment.

Think it can’t happen? It happens all the time in Britain and Canada, under the government-controlled health care plans that are in place. Those instances are well documented.

Think about how you’d feel if the federal government had the power to not only choose your doctor, but also what treatments can be prescribed and at what age you are no longer eligible for an organ transplant or even receive antibiotics. You can’t even get a second opinion or consult a private physician.

But that would be the case if President Obama’s health care plan is passed. On the surface, it seems like a good thing. It would provide health care to those who don’t have it, so he says. But let’s take a closer look at that claim.

It’s true that medical costs are out of control, but there is no health care crisis in America. A Census Bureau report published last year stated that of the 45.6 million persons in the U.S. that did not have health insurance, 21 percent were not U.S. citizens. Also among those were 17 million Americans who live in households with annual incomes of $50,000, and 7 million live in homes where the annual income is $75,000-plus.

The bureau report further stated that many of the nation’s uninsured are between the ages of 18 and 34, and are choosing to spend their dollars elsewhere, rather than on health insurance, due to the currect state of the economy.

There are those who have no insurance and did not choose it, but that number is small, the report stated. But those folks do not go without medical treatment in this country. According to a report by Families USA, $116 billion was spent on health care in 2008 for those without health insurance.

When you really examine Obama’s plan, it becomes apparent that the plan will cut medical costs by cutting medical care. What gets cut? A doctor won’t decide; a federal bureaucrat will.

But it seems apparent that our president is hell-bent on shoving this plan down our throats. I for one, don’t like being force-fed anything.

Where has England and Canada’s health plan wound up? To foot the bill, the government in those countries has restricted care to the sick and elderly. Is that what we really want, America?

At first, America’s voters seemed to want a universal guarantee of coverage, and seemed to be willing to pay higher taxes in order to get there.

But a poll by USA Today now says different. Americans now disapprove of the way Obama is handling health care. Fifty-nine percent of those polled say the president is spending too much money.

Writing in The New York Times recently, David Brooks sees a collapse on the left: "It was interesting to watch the Republican Party lose touch with America. It's not that interesting to watch the Democrats lose touch with America. That's because the plotline is exactly the same. The party is led by insular liberals from big cities and the coasts, who neither understand nor sympathize with moderates. They have their own cherry-picking pollsters, their own media and activist cocoon… We're only in the early stages of the liberal suicide march. Every cliche Ann Coulter throws at the Democrats is gloriously fulfilled by the Democratic health care bills. The bills do almost nothing to control health care inflation. They are modeled on the Massachusetts health reform law that is currently coming apart at the seams."

President Obama and his cohorts cannot and should not run this nation’s health care system. In the end, it will destroy the health of our nation.

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