bad medicineThis article, "Socialist Medical Care Is Bad Medical Care," by Gary Allen has been reprinted from the February 1971 issue of American Opinion magazine, the forerunner of The New American. This article, which was written for The John Birch Society's magazine, American Opinion, reveals how both Democrats and Republicans were already working hard to establish a compulsory national health insurance program back in the 1960s. It also reveals some of the details about the transition of the A.M.A. from the champion of the free-enterprise private-practice physician it had formerly been to the champion of ObamaCare-style socialized medicine it is today.

Doctors or physicians and socialized medicineThis material, is excerpted from an essay by Robert Welch, which served as his "Foreward" to the June 1970 Bulletin of The John Birch Society. His arguments against government-run health care, such as our present-day ObamaCare, are still valid. Welch noted in the February 1976 JBS Bulletin that "There are more physicians and surgeons who belong to The John Birch Society than people who earn their daily bread in any other way." This tendency for doctors to become Americanist boosters was attributed to the fact that the hard-working physician was "more inclined to be an individualist instead of a collectivist...." In addition, the financial independence and high degree of respect earned by the doctor was seen by Robert Welch as protecting the physician from "outside views and pressures."

Hospital PatientOne of the many fashionable notions that have caught on among some of the intelligentsia is that old people have "a duty to die," rather than become a burden to others.

 This is more than just an idea discussed around a seminar table. Already the government-run medical system in Britain is restricting what medications or treatments it will authorize for the elderly. Moreover, it seems almost certain that similar attempts to contain runaway costs will lead to similar policies when American medical care is taken over by the government.

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