St. Charles Herald-Guide

Medicine becomes political problem

Our View - November 1, 2013

Obamacare may decide who wins the next presidential election.

If the national healthcare system pulls out of the glitches it has encountered so far, it would be the rallying cry of those who think government should run the medical profession. If not, it could require reexamination of what we need to fulfill the medical needs of our nation’s population.

Years ago, we used to go to our doctor’s office, get an examination and a prescription, pay him $10 or so anad then go on home and treat ourselves with his medicine.

Nowadays, medicine is much more complicated. There are all sorts of medicines, treatments and ideas about how to go about giving the human body what is best for its existence.In fact, there are alternatives to regular medical treatment that many people adhere to and some do not. And that is divided among professional and non-professional people.

One question is whether or not we should delete the non-professional people from prescribing what our medical needs should be. With socialized medicine, or Obamacare, that would be the case. Should we let our people decide for themselves what they should prescribe to help them live healthy lives?

Our past governor, Huey Long, created what was one of the first advances in promoting healthcare among our citizens. He created charity hospitals where people could go regardless of their wealth to receive what medical treatment was available at the time.

Now, with Obamacare upon us, we have to decide if so much government involvement in our medical needs is the best thing for us. It certainly deserves a lot of attention.

It not only is a matter of good government or not. It is a matter of healthy living.