Healthcare: The Four-Part Series

Why is socialized medicine a bad thing for America? Why is it a bad idea to put government in charge of people's healthcare?

Ronald Reagan warned Americans about socialized medicine in the 1960s. He warned that it was one of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism. It's very easy, he warned, to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. However, turning over control of one's healthcare to a government entity delivers a severe blow to individual freedom.

In this four-part series, we'll explore the history of healthcare in America and why big government is never the answer.

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Healthcare Part I: Ben Franklin & Bolshevism

Ben Franklin raised private funds to open the first American hospital. He believed local communities held the responsibility for funding and managing their local resources. He did not petition the King of England for monies to build a hospital. When the government is involved in the cost of something, it always ends up controlling every other aspect.

Healthcare Part II: The European Model

For decades and decades, progressives liberals have lifted up European socialized medicine as the model to which America should aspire. This, in spite of the dismal facts about the effectiveness of nationalized health care. According to European parliament member Daniel Hannan, people are terrified of entering government-run hospitals in England, where 7,000 people died in one year from afflictions picked up in hospitals. Those with prostate cancer are four times as likely to die as their counterparts in the U.S. The survival rate for diseases like breast cancer, heart disease and stroke is a quarter of what it is in the U.S. There's a reason why our forefathers left the European continent: Freedom. Free market principles and choices translate into higher quality care.

Healthcare Part III: Economic Impact

The United Nations rates 36 countries as having superior healthcare systems to the United States, including Syria, Cypress, Costa Rica, Chile, Columbia, Iceland and Greece. Why? Because free stuff is always better than quality, accessible medical care, right? Take a look at the facts, though, and the crushing taxation required to support nationalized healthcare delivers a severe blow to a country's economy. What good are free services if they collapse your economy and country?

Healthcare Part IV: The Lie of the Year

With the passage of Obamacare, Americans were forced to purchase something --- for the first time in history --- in order to be in good standing with the government. Moreover, it wasn't an honestly brokered deal. Obamacare, pushed through Congress without proper evaluation or support from the American people, was based on a lie. The president stated over and over that people could keep their current plan and doctor once his sweeping healthcare reform passed. In reality, somewhere between four and seven million Americans lost their plan and/or preferred doctor. Obama promised that families would see their premiums reduced by up to $2,500 per year. Instead, the opposite happened, and rates rose an average of $2,500 per family. Even the liberal fact-check site PolitiFact called it The Lie of the Year. In 2016, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association reported that new enrollees under Obamacare experienced medical costs 22 percent higher than through their employers. Additionally, The New York Times reported that costs were expected to rise another 10 percent or more throughout 2017.

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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