Friday, August 28, 2009

Overview of Nazi Germany's Health Care (1918-1945)

A few weeks ago I heard a talk show host compare the Obamacare Plan (a.k.a. HR 3200) with the health care system of Nazi Germany. Therefore, I took it upon myself to research the history of Germany’s health care system.

This will be the first of several entries regarding this, so please check back for more info periodically.

Brief Background

Bismark was in power in the 1880s when a new German health care and social system was implemented. At this time it was part of an “anti-socialist” legislation, belief it or not. The justification behind this was the belief that a moderately socialist government set in motion would prevent a more severely socialist one from running the country.

When Weimer was in power, doctors became more dependent upon the government. In other words, as Marc S. Micozzi, M.D. puts it, “By the time of Weimar, German doctors had become accustomed to cooperating with the government in the provision of medical care.”

By World War I new government policies included health care provisions for all of Germany. This seemed to bring home to many people at this time. Throughout Weimer’s rule more and more power was granted to the state.

The Effects of the New Health Care Plan (Indirectly or Directly)

Forced Doctor/State Partnership: One major change among ‘private’ (for lack of a better word in this case) citizens were forced back into state mental institutions after previously being housed within the local community. This major shift in health care responsibility from private facilities to the state had also forced many doctors to partner with the state (Weimer Republic).

Genocide: Charity then became nationalized. Along with it a host of other new problems, especially after the Great Depression of 1929. In 1933 the “Law for the Prevention of Progeny of Hereditary Disease,” was then past, which then was a segue into the Nazi movement.

In an effort to provide “population control” totalitarian leaders arose and advocated “genocide” and so on around the world. After this supposed attempt to sterilize the population which supposedly had been corrupted followed the plan to implement Euthanasia.

Euthanasia on Children: One of the most striking examples of this is the fact that Ernst Wentzler was a part of an order handed down from Hitler and his Chancellor staff. He was required to end the lives of thousands of handicapped children. They were then “dissected” and used for various experiments after their violent death.

What Does this Mean for America?

It does not necessarily mean that America will turn into Nazi Germany. Nor does it mean that Obama is a “bad” president. I just personally think that it is the people’s responsibility to keep it’s government in check.

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