Rep. Brenda Barton’S Mythology Continues



Now that our good friend Brenda Barton is back in town, I imagine she is here to continue the myths about the Affordable Care Act as another one of Hitler’s socialist inventions. As with gun restrictions in Germany occurring in the 1800s, compulsory health insurance was initiated during that same period long before Hitler’s terror. By early 1900s national health insurance had expanded throughout Europe. By 1940, 27 countries had opted for some form of health insurance.

President Harry Truman believed that the nation’s health was a major national security issue. After the difficulty of raising an armed force during World War II due to many health issues, both physical and mental, President Truman tried to turn his concerns into public policy. He said, *“About 1,200 counties, 40 percent of the total in the country, with some 15,000,000 people have either no local hospital, or none that meets even the minimum standards of national professional associations.”

The threat to American security was illustrated by the fact that more than 5,000,000 young men called to service in World War II were unfit to serve.

“In addition, after actual induction, about a million and a half men had to be discharged from the Army and Navy for physical or mental disability exclusive of wounds; and an equal number had to be treated in the Armed Forces for diseases or defects which existed before induction.”

In 1945 President Truman delivered the first presidential message devoted entirely to American health care. Agree or disagree, it seems rational to want our citizens to be in the best possible health in the event of an attack on our country. I do not believe health care is socialism, simply preparedness.

*Harry S. Truman vs the Medical Lobby, University of Missouri press (1979)

Special Message to the Congress Recommending a Comprehensive Health Program, Nov. 19, 1945.

Sylvia Freeman


Ronald Hamric 2 years, 11 months ago

Why do I get the sense that had the ACA been exclusively a Republican program forced upon the American people solely by Republicans, those on the Left would be apoplectic. These defenses of the ACA are purely political and have little if any justification in the supposed "health" of the American citizenry. Every one of the issues brought up to justify this sham ( like that posted above, those 30 million uninsured, healthcare is a "right", etc)", could have been adequately addressed in many other fashions other than this doomed to failure attempt for the Federal government to place themselves between doctors and patients. Ms. Freeman and others may not have a problem with the IRS dictating their healthcare, but as one who has dealt with that bureaucratic morass, I and millions like me, do.


Donald Cline 2 years, 11 months ago

Response to Ronald Hamric's question and Sylvia Freeman's letter to the editor: Truman was a Democrat. Democrats always seem to think the manna from Heaven to pay for their schemes magically appears out of thin air in response to their deep compassion for their fellow citizens they want everyone else to pay for at the muzzle of government's gun.


don evans 2 years, 11 months ago

I hereby authorize Ms. Freeman to pay for all of my medical care needs. Please acknowledge in writing that you agree to do this and have it recorded by public notary.


Michael Alexander 2 years, 11 months ago

For more than half a century, the United States was known worldwide as the leader in medical care and research - the foremost developer of ground-breaking advances in the field, the destination for people from around the globe most in need of the best care available on the planet. But apparently that wasn't good enough for the Democrats... or Sylvia Freeman. Or, possibly it was TOO good. Now maybe they will all find solace as this once great industry settles unceremoniously into an insignificant mass of mediocrity, along with the rest of the Third World. Congratulations, Ms. Freeman, for your party's contribution toward the destruction of a nation... and thank you for illustrating exactly what Brenda Barton meant.


John Wiechmann 2 years, 11 months ago

LOL Democrats bad Republicans good.

"Congratulations, Ms. Freeman, for your party's contribution toward the destruction of a nation"

This I'd expect from a 12 year old. From an adult, it's just pathetic.

Boomers need to learn to love their country more than they hate the Democrats. It took BOTH of these parties to get us where we are now and nothing will change until this fact is understood by the masses.


Anita Christy 2 years, 11 months ago

Mr. Wiechmann, I agree with you that it has taken both parties to get us where we are now, which is why John McCain was overwhelmingly censured at yesterday's AZGOP convention, for not abiding by the Arizona Republican Platform and principles.

I do not agree with you that we hate Democrats more than we love our country. We love and are working hard to preserve our Republic. It is in all of our best interests to fight against our country turning into an Administrative State, run by an army of unelected bureaucrats. I'm a Republican, but I have worked with Democrats on principle. For example, the principle of private property rights. On that, the San Carlos Apache Tribe and I agree.


Michael Alexander 2 years, 11 months ago

John Wiechmann in a nutshell: "Bush did it."

Cheers to Anita Christy! There is a solution as big as this problem ==>


Kim Chittick 2 years, 11 months ago

What I know for a fact: A good friend, someone I have known 40+ years. Small business owner, father of 2 sons, one of whom has Down's Syndrome, will, for the first time in his life, be without medical insurance, as of Saturday morning. Over the last 4 months, his premiums have increased 40%...he can no longer afford to insure his, what has changed in the last 4 months??? Hmmmm??


Michael Alexander 2 years, 11 months ago

So sorry to hear about your friends, Kim... our small business lost its coverage as well. They are saying that for every Obamacare enrollee with coverage, two others are left without. Worse yet, the president can stand before Congress and lie to the nation for an hour, and no one in any political party has the guts to call him on it. We've lost more than our insurance policies, Kim... much more... and it's time to set the wheels in motion to get it all back, with interest! Arizona has just become the 8th state to file an application for a Convention of States for approval by the legislature. This could be one of the most important events in modern political history... it's a solution as big as the problem ==>


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