My Weekend Monologue - February 2

February 3, 2019

I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t have anxiety about a personal health crisis.  And adding to the anxiety is the thought that a gall bladder attack, a kidney stone, or a broken arm would take every last dime in one’s savings account.  And if it was a heart attack, stroke, or cancer, the fear of a possible terminal illness plus bankruptcy is a legitimate cause for stress.  So when politicians of either party promise “health care for all,” or something similar, we want to believe they really mean it as much as we want to believe in the tooth fairy or unicorns or that we’re going to win the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.  Universal health care sounds wonderful and is often sold in the form of “Medicare for all.”  But here’s what the politicians aren’t telling you.  Medicare for all would cost almost $35 TRILLION over the next 10 years.  I didn’t say million or billion, but $35 TRILLION.  To put it in perspective, our entire federal budget for EVERYTHING in all of the government is about $4.4 Trillion a year, so it would almost double all federal spending.  We are increasing our national debt about a trillion a year already, and only take in through ALL revenues about the amount just “Medicare for all” would cost.  But there are other questions.  Who defines what “health care” even means?  Is it dental work?  Will it cover only acute emergencies or serious diseases that are life-threatening, or will it include knee replacements, allergy treatments, physical therapy, carpal tunnel surgery?  And will it cover such things as transplants, long-term care, or reconstructive surgery?  And here’s what you need to never forget when you hear the term “single payer” health care.  That means the government will pay for all your health care.  But if they pay for it, they and they alone will get to choose what care you actually receive and whether it costs you nothing, something, or maybe EVERYTHING.  If the government is the one providing and paying, maybe you should ask the big question I never hear people admit--who is NOT involved in your health and health care.  Who am I speaking of?  YOU and YOUR DOCTOR.  The 2 people closest to your health and health care and neither of you will set the rules, determine what gets covered and when, or even if your life is still worth saving.  Lest you think I’m making a false argument, just remember that right now in the United States, states are proposing and passing laws that will allow a full-term baby who is in the birth canal and minutes away from birth to be aborted, and if the baby makes it out alive, the mother and doctor would then decide whether to kill it after birth.  If a perfectly healthy baby is left to die, what makes you or me think we’ll matter enough to the government when we’re 70 years old and sick with an expensive disease.  There are many problems that come from the private insurance market, but the government’s role regarding private insurance is to make certain that if you paid for coverage you get it.  What if the one who made the rules also gets to enforce the rules?  Who looks after YOUR interests?  There is a way we can cover everyone and it won’t even cost much.  The far left who pushes for “Medicare for all” also believes that we are not men or women unless we choose to be and we are whatever we “identify” as.  So if that’s the case, it’s a simple fix.  We just all identify as healthy 21 year olds and we identify as being without age, symptoms, pains, aches, or illness.  Please don’t say that’s stupid.  Because you aren’t supposed to question how I identify.  So there.  Problem solved.  And it won’t cost us a thing because we’ll identify as wealthy as well as healthy and if our pretending to be a girl when our body and chromosomes say we are a boy works, then pretending we’re healthy should work too.  So, you’re welcome—I’ve solved that problem….the liberal way!

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Comments 1-20 of 20

  • Amy Foster

    03/18/2019 02:03 AM

    Just read your comments Mr huckabee, they should be made mandatory reads to all left wing folks. I was not going to say folks so you can insert any word you wish for the lefts.

  • Richard Edler

    02/04/2019 02:44 PM

    Excellent truth about single payer healthcare. We feel the same as you - after working close to 50 years our gov. wouldn’t care if it came to this. They would welcome our demise after taking our taxes for 50 plus years. No gratitude or reward or respect. Just next, next, next unless you are wealthy and can pay for your own doctor or get it free because you are in gov. Elderly don’t count anymore. We will all become victims to these horrible unjust systems. And we will lose doctors and nurses who can’t afford low end salaries.

  • Vernon R Freeck

    02/04/2019 02:24 PM

    I am so glad that I am not running for public office, seeing I went to a private school in the 50's and we did minstrel stage show and we painted our faces black and did skids. As a young person I didn't think anything about a race problem just good fun. So picky picky today. LORD have pitty on our nation

  • Donna Monge

    02/04/2019 01:17 PM

    The founders got it right when they limited government. The growing socialist arm of the Democratic Party wants government to do everything because people tend to vote themselves perks for free.
    During my first year teaching, I was told, “Spend your entire budget for the year, or you will lose what you don’t spend for next year’s budget.”
    The bigger and more complex the government, the more inefficient and the less accountable and the more corrupt it becomes. (Ask a vet how they like their government healthcare, even after the improvements recently made by the President, because the employee mindset is the same).
    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said it simply:
    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.” Guess what happens when the money runs out?Obviously they aren’t teaching the answer in school.

  • Linda Myers

    02/04/2019 12:32 PM

    I just keep thinking of the film series/book by Francis Schaeffer: "How Should We Then Live"?...

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    02/04/2019 12:04 PM

    1st, let me disagree with Gary Fitzner: when I ran my own samll coproration, all 1099 contractors under me, we were an S corp, paid our own health insurance; I had a fever or 104, husband tales me to the hospital, they ask about insurance and were told we were selfpay so they gave me an asprin and a blanket along with a very small dark room (size of a closet)...$4500.00 for an asprin and a blanket. But, had we had insurance, I would have been ommited...So YES we have access, BUT NOT THE SAME.

  • John Myers

    02/04/2019 11:54 AM

    My wife and I agree with everything you said about the health care issue and abortion. We watch your show every weekend and really enjoy it. Keep up the good work on all of these moral issues, you are our hero.

  • Dolores Mattingly

    02/04/2019 11:41 AM

    The comments by Lawrence E Foster concerning health care and health insurance make the most sense. How do we make that happen?

  • Robin Durham

    02/04/2019 10:41 AM

    You are SO RIGHT, Mike, about any single payer health care. At 72, we might not qualify to be helped; too old! Just suck it up and go. Sometimes I would gladly go to my Savior’s house, if only to escape this CRAZY WORLD.

  • Robin Gonsalves

    02/04/2019 12:58 AM

    You serious about unicorns?
    What do i tell my granddaughter now?
    I'm going to be bad grandpa now!??

  • Gary Fitzner

    02/03/2019 08:16 PM

    The problem I have is that they are always talking about Healthcare...while what they are actually talking about is Health Insurance. There is a big difference here. Everyone in our country already has guaranteed Healthcare. If they are sick or injured, all they have to do is go to a hospital, or call an ambulance. They will get healthcare!!! So, this Healthcare for all is a bogus talking point, and we haven't done a good job of making the point clear, that with Obamacare, the actual healthcare has gone downhill for all of the country, simply because it is very difficult to find a provider. Also, it is important to talk about what the US Government pays health providers when they provide a service. The Congress, in order to save money, typically just reduces the amount they pay out of Medicare to providers, so there are many providers who simply won't accept Medicare patients. This is an important point for people to understand, but it is complicated...easier to say we'll just give you free stuff!!

  • Rick Augustine

    02/03/2019 08:03 PM

    Remember liberals get one kind of doctor like Congress and those supporters of Trump are taken to another ??

  • Elliott Brown

    02/03/2019 07:35 PM

    You mentioned that the state would have the mother and doctor decide as to whether to terminate the baby--in the cases where they are born alive. It could not be on the basis of the mother's health: the child is outside the womb and is an individual. So anything after that to kill a person would be the conspiring to murder (killing an innocent individual). And what do they do with the body parts? Have the Planned Parenthood teams come in and harvest the most pricey parts? The Va. governor was in trouble for his part in the proposed law from Conservatives, folks of all sides with any sense of decency, compassion, morals and humanity . But many Democrats had immediately said that he had no future with their Party or their goals BECAUSE he, being a pediatric neurologist, pointed out, over an over, that an "infant" was involved, not some blob. That totally went against the narrative they have hustled for years. Yes, the Supreme Court legalized murder of babies in 2016 under the urging of Barrack Obama, but the Commonwealth of Virginia can not,

  • Betty Blanks

    02/03/2019 06:08 PM

    Mike, your information on "medicare for all" was beyond amazing. The democrazies who even consider this have no business even being politicians. They seem to have no understanding of basic economics, just tell lies and hope the voters don't understand either. I am almost 85 years old and see right through them. What's happened to common sense with the Dem. party? Some how, some way we need to do something about our education system.
    Students should be encouraged to see all sides and learn how to think for themselves, not be indoctrinated by treasonous professors.
    I know this is lengthy and you won't have time to read it all but I felt the need to thank you for your great newsletters which I read every day.
    Love, love your daughter. Her parents did a wonderful job raising her. I would like to see her as President some day.
    Please keep educating people and maybe they will stop believing the lies and come to their senses.

    Sincerely,
    Betty Blanks

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    02/03/2019 05:45 PM

    Mike, Your "liberal Fix" to the "Medicare for All" proposals is very funny. I wonder if it will give any of them the idea to use it. Because I am elderly (74 years young) the loss of Medicare is near and dear to my heart. This, like Social Security, is NOT a benefit. They are both programs that while I may not like them I was forced to pay into them and sure hate the thought of losing them because the socialist think they have a better plan.

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    02/03/2019 05:44 PM

    Mike, Your "liberal Fix" to the "Medicare for All" proposals is very funny. I wonder if it will give any of them the idea to use it. Because I am elderly (74 years young) the loss of Medicare is near and dear to my heart. This, like Social Security, is NOT a benefit. They are both programs that while I may not like them I was forced to pay into them and sure hate the thought of losing them because the socialist think they have a better plan.

  • Allegra Kitchens

    02/03/2019 05:32 PM

    The problem is how do we stop government controlled health care? These days Congress passes bills before reading "so they can know what is in them," and will refuse to pass anything supported by Pres. Trump and/or other Republicans and other Conservatives. Once universal health care is passed we will be helpless to stop it or to stop our tax money from being for it just like our tax money is currently used to pay for abortions. Without God's direct intercession, I think we are in serious trouble.

  • Allison Boyle Runkles

    02/03/2019 05:18 PM

    Mike,
    **One statement.....you are “da bomb”! (Would you consider running for office in the event Trump doesn’t choose to in 2020?)

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    02/03/2019 04:09 PM

    Gpvernor Mike: Contrary to popular opinion, our health care system is about as good as anywhere in the world. There is care for everyone, even if they cannot (or will not) pay their bills. What is broken is the way we pay for health care, and the parasites who feed off the health care system to the detriment of everyone but themselves. We could return to what health insurance was supposed to be - payment for hospital stays, surgery and other expensive issues, and not for routine visits to the doctor. To do so, we need to rid the system of some parasites, namely the slip-amd-fall lawyers and the insurance companies who provide liability insurance for doctors and other health care providers. We could do this by changing the tort system so a frivolous lawsuit would result in the lawyer filing the suit having to pay the legal fees of the winner. Second, we could restore full income tax deductibility for all medically necessary procedures and drugs. Third, we would have to establish boards who would review legal claims against doctors to throw out the frivolous claims, and sanction lawyers filing such claims. Finally, change the law so mediation would be required before any lawsuit could be filed, and allow admission at any trial of the results of the mediaton. Reducing the frivolous ("John Edwards") law suits, where a lawyer files and asks for just under what the insirance company thinks it would cost to litigate, so the insurance company will offer a settlenent even when the doctor is not at fault. With these changes, people could go back to paying for their own routine doctor visits, and deducting them from their income taxes. Changing the tort system would result in significantly lower insurance costs,which would be passed on to the public. Reducing the costs the medical insurance companies would cover would lower premiums significantly. State governments could still provide help to pep[le with pre-existing conditions, much as they provide 'insurance of last resort" for drivers who are otherwise uninsurable. Then, if states want a single payr system, they can organize it like we organize fire and police protection - by city, county or some other jurisdiction smaller than the state. This will make medical care a less attractive target for fraudsters, and make it easier to manager.

  • Maxine Minnich

    02/03/2019 04:01 PM

    Thank you Mike for being my voice of reason. I’m actually glad I’m the age I am, because being younger today is a scary thing.