Problem With Entitlements
People need to examine closely the problems that have arisen since the implementation of entitlements. In the U.S., there are three entitlement programs that are part of the federal budget and receive automatic increases every year: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
The concept here is that all Americans are “entitled” to the services these programs provide. Once considered the proper and humane thing to do, entitlements are now ripe with fraud, excess, and are now underfunded despite the continual increases in the federal budget.
Even by the liberal standards of PBS, entitlements cannot be sustained – (Frontline Investigation).
People need to take a huge dose of reality!!
The government is not responsible for your retirement, well-being, or happiness. This country was founded on three inalienable rights as defined by the Declaration of Independence – “…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…”
Every individual must hold themselves accountable. They must recognize that the problem with entitlements is that you are not entitled to anything. You must provide for your own well-being, your own retirement, and your own happiness.
Problem with Obamacare
From a historical perspective, Obamacare will be considered Obama’s signature achievement. In a nutshell, it mandates that all Americans must purchase health insurance, or pay a penalty, to ensure that all Americans have quality medical care – at least that is what it is supposed to do.
The problem with Obamacare is that the following developed countries have already implemented an universal insurance mandate:
• South Korea
Certain countries like Belguim, Luxembourg, and Switzerland can be tossed out of this comparison, because there are no real similarities with the U.S. in terms of population, size, and economy.
Other countries such as Germany, Greece, and Austria would provide a solid comparison with the U.S. Germany has had the longest form of universal health care in existence. However, reality has set in for them as well. They have introduced the following reforms to maintain the viability of their system.
• Open the system up to more competition – i.e. the free market
• Shift more of the costs to the patients (increase copayments and cease drug coverage)
• Mandatory for drug companies that participated in the universal health care programs
They also are attempting to increase the source of funding to include capital and rent earnings as well as a tax on labor (i.e. tax the rich). They are also considering a mandatory payment, by individual and employer, regardless of income.
So, despite Germany’s ability to maintain the system for as long as they have, the reality is that it cannot be maintained without ever-increasing taxes, mandatory payments, or cuts in service – which is what this is supposed to prevent in the first place.
Problems With Greece
Greece has got to be considered the poster child for everything that is wrong with entitlements, universal healthcare, and social programs. With their impending financial doom, Greece has destabilized into violence, riots, and protests on a continual basis.
Why? They are unwilling to face the cold, harsh reality that their entitlements, social programs, and universal healthcare have bankrupted the country. Other countries, for example Germany, have agreed to provide money; but they are insisting on austerity measures.
What would cause the Greek economy to completely collapse? Simple, the Greek government offers the following entitlements – for lack of a better word – to their citizens:
- Unmarried or divorced daughters of civil servants can collect their dead parents’ pensions. (Those civil servants get to retire with a pension in their 40’s.)
- Civil servants receive the following bonuses: Using a computer, Speaking a foreign language, Arriving to work on time, some get a bonus for working outdoors – even though their job requires them to work outdoors.
- Civil servants get an extra half-month’s salary at Easter and Christmas.
- Labor unions and their families get to fly for free
- Numerous people are employed by the government to do such wonderful things as manage Lake Kopais – which dried out in the 1930s.
- Of course, they have universal healthcare via an insurance mandate.
- The government owns 74 companies that are losing money “hand over fist.”
- (Note: Do realize that these are just a few examples.)
This is in a country where the economy is contracting, the workforce is shrinking, and the people are unwilling to accept reality – they aren’t entitled to anything. Something the U.S. needs to learn before we also have problems with entitlements, Obamacare, and Greece.