Health Reform

Practicing Medicine Under Socialism & Freedom

Written by Henry Lampman  

Health Reform: End of the American Revolution? by Dr. Lee Kurisko, St. Paul, Minn.: Alethos Press LLC, 2009, 238 pages, hardcover, $29.95.

As patriotic Americans continue to rise up against the coming yoke of ObamaCare, one of the most obvious threats is easily overlooked. That threat comes from the establishment wing of the GOP in the form of possible compromise, alteration, or replacement.

We’ve already had ranking Republicans, such as New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg (now retired), talk about “restructuring” instead of repeal. The GOP “Pledge to America” starts beautifully with a promise to “honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers” and “particularly the Tenth Amendment,” but sings a different tune when it comes to ObamaCare. It promises not just to repeal the beast but to “replace the government takeover of health care” with such “common sense solutions” as dramatic federal intervention into the insurance market. Let’s also not forget that some of these same self-proclaimed champions of conservatism were just a few years ago voting to support unconstitutional schemes like Bush’s Medicare Prescription Drug Modernization Act and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Remedying this threat requires an understanding of the constitutional limitations upon our government, the philosophy of freedom that forged those limitations, and both the moral and economic consequences of donning the shackles of socialism. That’s exactly what Dr. Lee Kurisko seeks to provide in his recent book, Health Reform: End of the American Revolution?

As a Canadian medical doctor, Dr. Kurisko became extremely frustrated with the regular restrictions and constant failings of the Ministry of Health. In his book, he describes the needless pain and suffering caused by Canada’s socialist system, which he witnessed firsthand. He recounts his difficulties as medical director of Ontario’s Thunder Bay Hospital in trying to procure necessary equipment. He recalls having to triage the sick for no other reason than the government’s rationing of resources. He exposes the long waits that caused unnecessary complications or death.

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