Lincoln Steffens was an early Twentieth Century reporter and journalist who, among other things, was an unapologetic advocate of the Soviet Union and the world-wide revolution towards an era of collectivism. Upon his return from a journalistic visit to the USSR in 1919, Steffens famously wrote: “I have seen the future, and it works.”
He was speaking of the collectivist efforts toward socialized medicine, public works, and labor reforms. To say that the American (and European) media during that era was not swept by the utopian visions of socialist paradise would be a lie. Of course, some members of the media and “educrats” throughout society still love these things, but, since the atrocities of “Red Russia” and its fall in the 80’s, they would have to be more careful about how they pushed a socialist agenda.
Steffens saw “the future” and loved every bit of it. If socialism is the future, I want no part in it. For I too have seen it, experienced it firsthand. In fact, I just got back from London, where my sick wife was subject to the full wrath of a collectivist medical system, against both her will and mine. For those who have been through our increasingly bureaucratic medical system and are already disgusted by its development, I must make myself plain: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”
Because she was not allowed to continue on the plane from London back to the United States, without doctor’s approval, we were forced to stay in London for the night. She needed rest. More than anything, she needed a good night’s sleep if she was to continue on the long flight home. But rest was not to come. No, rather, we took a taxi to the “better of the two hospitals nearby” so that we could “pick-up” a note from the doctor.
And we thus entered one of the most painstaking and frustrating experiences of our life: State-sponsored medical services.