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The Hegelian Dialectic and Single Payer Health Care

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President Trump’s first week in office has unfolded like a conservative fairy tale. The Donald seems to be signing away the unconstitutional edicts and strangling regulations in the same manner in which Obama enacted them, with a stroke of his pen.  He is acting on immigration, he has put an end to the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty, he has signed executive orders doing away with the Syrian refugee program and another that allegedly “eases the burden of Obamacare.” This seems almost too good to be true. One of President Trumps biggest campaign promises was the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement that provides health care for everybody. That is a rather vague statement, considering that Trump wrote in an early campaign book called “The America We Deserve” wherein he supported universal health care. It’s possible that the newly anointed one intends to introduce a single payer plan in response to the disaster that is Obamacare.

“We must have universal healthcare. I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one. We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses.” (Donald Trump, The America We Deserve)

The executive order itself was rather vague, providing little detail into what it meant to “ease the burden.” It did state that government offices would be charged with finding ways to alleviate the financial strains caused by Obamacare, while, at the same time, tasking them with implementing more viable health care programs.

“The order called for government agencies, to the maximum extent permitted by law, to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications. It also called for the federal government to provide greater flexibility to States and cooperate with them in implementing healthcare programs, with the same caveat,  to the maximum extent permitted by law.” (Olivier Knox, Yahoo News)

Again, this is a rather vague order which does little to explain exactly how this is going to work. While easing financial burdens on families would be a positive move in the right direction, this order does little to remove government from the equation. In fact, the above statement seems to suggest that the federal and state governments will still very much be in the driver’s seat while developing health care programs. This is not what conservatives wanted. The question as to whether or not President Trump really supports single payer is one voters should really take seriously. Many people believe that Obamacare was designed to deliberately fail in order to implement single payer. This would be an application of the Hegelian Dialectic, otherwise known as the problem, reaction, solution strategy.

What is the Hegelian Dialectic? Georg Hegel’s theory on Dialectical thought led to Karl Marx’s theory of communism through a concept known as Dialectical Materialism. This theory posits the idea that all social progress is an inevitable result of chaos and conflict. The Hegelian Dialectic is a method of guiding our thoughts and actions into a predetermined solution by controlling the very issues we care about. The issue of Obamacare and single payer would be an excellent example. The idea would be to deliberately crash the health care system while, at the same time, educating the nation’s students about single payer systems in nations such as Canada and Britain. Present America’s health care system is one based on greed, and you create the demand for government to do something about it. Is it possible that Donald Trump will present a single payer health care system as a solution to Obamacare? It is more than possible: it is highly likely. To understand this, we need to examine another subtle application of the Dialectic, The Cloward and Piven Strategy.

The Cloward and Piven Strategy, as it has come to be known, was a deliberate effort to expand the welfare rolls, in an attempt to destroy capitalism and implement a socialist economy. The Weight of The Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty, was written by Francis Fox Piven and her husband, who is now deceased, Richard Cloward.  Piven and her husband were sociology professors at Columbia University and had extensive ties to socialist groups like Democratic Socialists of America. In fact, according to Stanley Kurtz, author of the book Radical in Chief, Piven sat on the Executive Committee of this group. The plan called for the creation of an “unsustainable welfare state,” where everyone was entitled to benefits of some kind. This would crash the economy and create the artificial demand for the government to act and implement an economic solution more in line with socialism.

Is it possible that Obamacare was deliberately designed in order to force the government’s hands and implement the left’s lifelong dream of single payer health care?  It is more than possible, it is probable, as, over the past eight years, we have been governed by the radical left. The question is whether or not Donald Trump is aware and acting in accordance with this plan or simply following the suggestions of advisors, if a single payer system will even be introduced at all. It is clear that President Trump once supported universal health care, as he once supported Bill Clinton’s assault weapons ban.  There are many issues on which President Trump seems to have changed his position. The biggest mistake America could make is to sit back and assume everything will be fine because Donald Trump won the election. We must realize our responsibility to be active participants in our republic and hold Donald Trump to the same level of scrutiny we tried to hold Obama to. The last thing we want to do is be fooled into accepting leftist policies because they are coming from the guy we voted for. If, in fact, a single payer solution is introduced, this author would argue that the election of Trump and all of the propaganda around it was, in and of itself, an application of the Hegelian Dialectic. Remain vigilant, America.

Article reposted with permission from In Defense of Our Nation. Article by David Risselada.

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