Today, a reader of The Liberty Journal asked us to post his letter regarding the potential ramifications of the federal government running America’s healthcare system. The specific issue he addresses of population control is not one that I considered while evaluating this  proposed takeover of American health. The fact is, I merely concluded that if the government has its way with this, the freedoms you and I enjoy as Americans are toast. Is this letter by the author a justifiable concern? You bet it is – and you can bet that marrying healthcare to the federal government and IRS will result in outlandish scenarios of nightmarish proportions.   Enjoy this read by Robert A. Bonelli.

After A Takeover of Healthcare,
Can a One Child Policy be Far Behind?
Robert A. Bonelli

This Saturday in the U.S. Senate our way of life will reach a crossroads.  A vote not to allow the proposed Senate version of the healthcare bill to go to the floor for debate may well be the last opportunity for the majority of Americans to make sure the correct road is chosen.  Make no mistake about it; this bill is simply a power play by the government to gain more control of how we live our lives.  It could easily lead to government control of the continuation of our families.

In 1979, China’s Deng Xiaoping announced a one child policy in a speech.  A formal policy was in place nationwide by 1981. The technical policy on family planning followed two years later. Still in force today, the technical policy requires IUDs for women of childbearing age with one child, sterilization for couples with two children (usually performed on the woman), and abortions for women pregnant without authorization. By the mid-eighties, according to Chinese government statistics, birth control surgeries-abortions, sterilizations, and IUD insertions-were averaging more than thirty million a year. Many, if not most, of these procedures were performed on women who submitted only under duress.

How does China’s internal population management relate to the current healthcare legislation debate in our country?  Why should we be concerned?  Can it really happen in the United States? China did not initiate its one child policy to be cruel to its people, nor did they do it because they do not respect life.  They initiated the policy simply due to the growing fiscal demands of a rapidly expanding population.  In the mid 1950’s, Mao Zedong encouraged population growth as a means of increasing the size of the labor pool with the intent of increasing the means of production.  Years later this unchecked growth, assisted by government bans on birth control, lead to food supply shortages.  In 1962 when a famine resulted in 30 million deaths, China began to look for ways to reverse the rate of its population growth.  Initially simply nationalistic appeals and slogans worked, but by 1979 when the rate of growth started to accelerate, more drastic measures were devised “for the public good.”  The rest is history and that history is scared by more than an estimated 250 million abortions, many by force.  Naturally, it was all “for the public good.”

We talked about “death panels” in reference to our current healthcare bills now under consideration by Congress, but another approach is to simply control the number of people entering the system – new births.  Naturally, it will all be “for the public good.”

Should we be concerned?  Consider that one of Mr. Obama’s close advisors, his Science Czar, is John Holdren.  Mr. Holdren is a radical thinker who can, and has, rationalized the use of forced population control if economic conditions warrant it.  If government run healthcare begins to reveal a shortage of medical care supply versus a dramatic increase in demand for medical care –as is a predicted result of the current healthcare legislation before Congress, clearly Mr. Holdren will be at the President’s side with his suggestions.  Those suggestions will be to force a downsizing of the population.  A one child policy will be an easy first step for this man and for this administration.

To emphasize my point, I simply quote Mr. Holdren’s own writing from the book he co-authored with Paul and Anne Ehrlich – entitled Ecoscience. It is important to read these quotes to fully understand exactly what is in the minds of the people to whom we may be giving control over our lives. Holdren (with the Ehrlichs) notes the existence of “moral objections to some proposals (regarding population control)…especially to any kind of compulsion.”  He wrote:

“Several coercive proposals deserve discussion, mainly because some countries may ultimately have to resort to them unless current trends in birth rates are rapidly reversed by other means. Some involuntary measures could be less repressive or discriminatory, in fact, than some of the socioeconomic measures suggested.”

Holdren refers approvingly to Indira Gandhi’s government for its (at the time Ecoscience was written) attempt at a compulsory sterilization program:

“India in the mid-1970s not only entertained the idea of compulsory sterilization, but moved toward implementing it…This decision was greeted with dismay abroad, but Indira Gandhi’s government felt it had little other choice. There is too little time left to experiment further with educational programs and hope that social change will generate a spontaneous fertility decline, and most of the Indian population is too poor for direct economic pressures (especially penalties) to be effective.”

Yes, we should be concerned.  Still, it will all be “for the public good.”
As to whether or not it could happen in the United State; yes it could.  This past week we already had a trial balloon floated with the study by the U.S. Preventive Task Force that suggested woman wait until the age of 50 to have regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer rather than starting at the age of 40.  The uproar was immediate and was deafening.  However, it is clearly a view to what will be coming.
If we cede one sixth our of economy – healthcare – to the government and along with it effective control of the most personal aspect of our lives, we will have placed so much power in the hands the government that the only result most certainly will be absolute corruption and abuse.

For the “public good” radical thinking will consolidate more power and control in the hands of the federal government.  We will experience the trampling constitutional rights to citizens while constitutional limitations on government powers will be breached.
The American Revolution continues this Saturday on the floor of the United States Senate.  Debate must be blocked in order to preserve the freedom our founders intended.