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Reality & Society: Socialism Vs Capitalism- Your Healthcare System

Updated: Nov 4


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I remember when I was 17 and pregnant with my oldest daughter, I was working at a gas station and made a little over minimum wage And I was able to afford health care. In 2001 if you remember, the health care system was beginning to fall. Employers began to pass along the health care costs to the employee making it impossible for most to carry the burden of health insurance. I remember paying only $100 a month and being able to chose my Dr. Now I can't afford insurance and I don't qualify for medicade because "I make Too Much"


I firmly believe that if we would put on the Morals, Values and Ethics of Abba Yah and bring back home visits made by the physician or even allow our physician to be our Entire Care Team like we use to, Health care would be something for Everyone again.


I firmly believe that greed and Capitalism took away the basic Rights of All to Be Healthy. When you can No Longer Chose your own Dr. or face paying more out of net work, this is a Disservice to the Human Race.


I Firmly Believe that Government Should Never Be Allowed to tell Anyone who they can and cannot see regarding their health. I Believe that Socialism would make us worse. The control of your Health should be with You, not your Lobbyist who line their pockets from kickbacks they receive via hospitals. Once Health care became a Bureaucracy, a hierarchy of Vice Presidents and Administrators who Don't Know Jack, but have the power to decide whether or not you receive vital treatment Is The Problem Today!


The Way I see it, we have a 3rd Choice and That is The Law and Morals Of Abba Yah. Everyone would benefit regardless of whether or not they believe in God. For we the Body of Yah would provide the stranger with what they need and show them a better, different way when All are included and Nobody is Oppressed.


Capitalism and socialism are so different that they're often seen as diametrically opposed. Capitalism is based on individual initiative and favors market mechanisms over government intervention, while socialism is based on government planning and limitations on private control of resources


Understanding Capitalist vs Socialist Economies: What's The Difference?- Investopedia.com


Capitalism

Capitalism is based around a free market economy, meaning an economy that distributes goods and services according to the laws of supply and demand. The law of demand says that increased demand for a product means an increase in prices for that product. Signs of higher demand typically lead to increased production. The greater supply helps level prices out to the point that only the strongest competitors remain. Competitors try to earn the most profit by selling their goods for as much as they can while keeping costs low.


Also part of capitalism is the free operation of the capital markets. Supply and demand determine the fair prices for stocks, bonds, derivatives, currencies and commodities.


Socialism

In socialist economies, important economic decisions are not left to the markets or decided by self-interested individuals. Instead, the government—which owns or controls much of the economy's resources—decides the whats, whens, and hows of production. This approach is also called "centralized planning."


Advocates of socialism argue that the shared ownership of resources and the impact of social planning allow for a more equal distribution of goods and services and a more fair society.


Key Differences

In capitalist economies, people have strong incentives to work hard, increase efficiency, and produce superior products. By rewarding ingenuity and innovation, the market maximizes economic growth and individual prosperity while providing a variety of goods for consumers. By encouraging the production of desirable goods and discouraging the production of unwanted or unnecessary ones, the marketplace self-regulates, leaving less room for government interference and mismanagement.


But under capitalism, because market mechanisms are mechanical, rather than normative, and agnostic in regard to social effects, there are no guarantees that each person's basic needs will be met. Markets also create cycles of boom and bust and, in an imperfect world, allow for "crony capitalism," monopolies and other means of cheating or manipulating the system. 


In socialist societies, basic needs are met; a socialist system's primary benefit is that the people living under it are given a social safety net.

In theory, economic inequity is reduced, along with economic insecurity. Basic necessities are provided for. The government itself can produce the goods people require to meet their needs, even if the production of those goods does not result in a profit. Under socialism, there’s more room for value judgments, with less attention paid to calculations involving profit and nothing but profit. 


Socialist economies can also be also more efficient, in the sense that there’s less of a need to sell goods to consumers who might not need them, resulting in less money spent on product promotion and marketing efforts.


Special Considerations

Socialism sounds more compassionate, but it does have its shortcomings. One disadvantage is that people have less to strive for and feel less connected to the fruits of their efforts. With their basic needs already provided for, they have fewer incentives to innovate and increase efficiency. As a result, the engines of economic growth are weaker.


Another strike against socialism? Government planners and planning mechanisms are not infallible, or incorruptible. In some socialist economies, there are shortfalls of even the most essential goods. Because there's no free market to ease adjustments, the system may not regulate itself as quickly, or as well.


Equality is another concern. In theory, everyone is equal under socialism. In practice, hierarchies do emerge and party officials and well-connected individuals find themselves in better positions to receive favored goods.


Free- Market Health Care- Capitalism.org


Under capitalism, there is a separation of health care and state, where the government is not permitted to interfere with the practice of medicine.

Under capitalism, the government may not grant a monopoly to a private doctor’s or union to restrict supply (and thus artificially raise prices).

Under capitalism, the government will not grant a monopoly to a licensing agency to prevent the opening of competing hospitals.

Under capitalism, the government will not ban a drug or medical practice that a doctor thinks can help their patient.

Under capitalism, the government’s sole role is to protect individual rights by enforcing contracts, and protecting the rights of doctors and patients to make decisions free from the initiation of physical force, and its corollary fraud.

Government’s job is to intervene when a doctor commits malpractice (fraud or not fulfill their contractual obligations) through the court system.


What Happened to USA Healthcare On The Way To Socialism?-US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health


Dr. Ghaly correctly summarizes the state of medicine today in the USA in his essay, “What Happened to the ‘PatientFirst’ and the ‘Do No Harm’ Medical Principles?”


The real reason the changes have happened in medicine and healthcare is related to the centralization of control of HealthCare Services (socialized medicine), which is the most important part of establishing communism or socialistic control over the people. When you control their health care, you control their lives. Once the state gains control of everyone's health care, they control all the people.


As the US government became involved in medicare, or health care for the aged, in the 1990s under President Lyndon Johnson, it only added health care to social security and pensions offered by the corporations as settlements to communist inspired union disputes. These benefits then became established entitlements. The people believed that the government owed them these entitlement programs as a “right.” These programs now have costs that go way beyond what can be provided as promised by the politicians and political leaders to gain control of the people.


No centralized system of health care can determine the millions of individual demands in the market place for each patient. This principle is the fundamental failure in the economics of socialism. No bureaucrat can determine what is needed in every location in the USA or a country or town as those factors are determined best by the local market place. This allows each individual physician an opportunity to achieve his/her best in providing health care for the customer, who is the patient


Since the locally controlled free market system was replaced with centrally controlled socialism, there had to be some way to determine what the doctor is doing for their government pay. So, complex medical records were developed, with forms to be filled out that have little to do with patient care but are used by the bureaucrats to control the doctors. Since the government, which now runs health care, does not know how to distinguish good from bad physicians, they instituted a system of payment in which all are basically paid the same for each operation.


The only way the doctors could make more money was to develop more complicated operations as in the spine surgery, for which their pay was rewarded at a higher level. Thus, the biomedical industry which benefitted from this incentivization to buy equipment supported this system. So, prices got higher for complex spine surgery, and doctors made more money. The evaluation of these products against standard operations and against each other was not done, as it would have destroyed the incomes of the biomedical companies and show that much of the complex surgical equipment is unnecessary. This is a worldwide problem. So, everyone is playing the “system” to gain the most money they can. You can see where this thinking will end with the corruption and eventual destruction of medicine as we know it. The system has failed in Russia, Communist China, most of the Europe, South America, and now is failing in the USA. Free enterprise and free markets have never been fully tried in health care, although the bureaucrats are quick to say that the free market does not work in medicine. Being 80 years of age, I witnessed medicine for 70 years with my father as a physician, and the free market did work as did health care. Doctors gave away much medical care to those who could not afford it at the time, although the costs were never mentioned or recorded.


When the government entered medical care, they took away the doctors’ rights to perform X-rays, lab tests, and distribute drugs in the office; they gave that right to the hospitals. As one can imagine, the hospitals charged more for these services than the doctor. The government eventually gave the hospitals 3% over their costs for doing these tests and taking care of patients. Naturally, the hospitals raised their charges to make more money under the 3% rule. So, prices for care at hospitals climbed to ridiculous levels as one can see if he/she inspects a patient's bill today.


Hospital administrators do not contribute to the health care of patients. Now, they run the hospitals and control the money that is generated by the physicians. Add to that more bureaucrats to run this complex centralized controlled system; this gives you health care today as explained by Dr. Ghaly.


It is doubtful that medicine will return to a free market system. So, what Dr. Ghaly has described is the result of socialisms, not only in medicine but in industry and other parts of our economy. Medical care is headed for a total failure as the costs get higher and the controls over the doctors and the workers by the bureaucrats limit what they can do and how they get paid. Incentive to practice the “best” medicine is lost, because it is not rewarded. The quality of health care is declining as is the education of medical students under an increasingly socialized educational system. This system rewards outcome and does not incentivize each individual to do his/her best. Would it matter if everyone were paid the same in the end? So why work so hard?

In a free-market system, each person is incentivized to do his best for him/herself and family. And yes, some are better than others and deserve more for their creativity. But Karl Marx stated, “From each according to his ability to each according to his needs” as the fundamental principle of socialism. In a socialist society, the successful and rich are supposed to support the others, including the bureaucrats. Socialism is supposed to guarantee equal outcomes for all, which never occurs because of the inevitable corruption of the bureaucrats who control the socialistic system (e.g., taking the peoples’ money, leaving little for those in need). Socialism will fail as we see Venezuela, the USSR, Communist China, and other authoritarian forms of government in Europe and the USA. Health care will also fail as is seen in those countries.


Neither of these markets are best.

We should be taking care of each other without the government telling us too.


Philippians 2:4

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.


Proverbs 19:17

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.


Luke 3:11

And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”


The Lord God Almighty Abba Yah has commanded us to be Fair To All. If We lived by Abba Yah's rules and guidelines, we wouldn't need to have the government or businesses define our lives.


Fair Trade Under Abba Yah


Leviticus 19:35-36

35 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.

36 Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.


Fair Treatment of The Poor


Leviticus 19:15

15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.


For more information Read the Sermon on Leviticus 19.


If we took care of each other, we wouldn't need our government or businesses determining our best interests and working for their own agenda and profit. We must change and do our part. Otherwise we here in the USA, we will lose everything and be left under the rule of those who don't even know God or care to, We Will Have Returned to Egypt.


Capitalism is about money, while socialism is about government control. Both are a form of controlling principalities That Abba Yah has Warned us About. Nothing will be perfect until Abba Returns, but we can do our parts and bring His Morals, Values and Ethics back and apply them to our lives.


Free Market Health Care

https://www.capitalism.org/healthcare/free-market-health-care/


What Happened to USA Healthcare on The Way to Socialism?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6187962/


Understanding Capitalism Vs Socialism

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/082415/pros-and-cons-capitalist-vs-socialist-economies.asp




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