Thursday, September 10, 2009

They Lie

They all lie - they're politicians. Even the claim that Joe Wilson's "you lie" outburst is unprecedented - is a lie. Presidents have been heckled in congress. Bush was booed and hissed, deservedly so, in more than one congressional speech. What may be unprecedented, is an individual member openly calling the president a liar during his speech to congress, although historically it has likely occurred it has never been caught on tape. It was a bit unsettling to witness last night's disrespect, but a few years ago when it was Bush being booed, I cheered.

More important, to me anyway, was Obama's statements that prompted Wilson's blurting "you lie." Obama: "There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false - the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally."

Ahh come on ... we know that's a lie, just as Wilson so rudely pointed out. We do not and will not turn away illegal immigrants who need treatment. So, if Obama is lying about one detail he's lying about others. It's our don't ask, don't tell sort of policy at clinics and hospitals. Besides Bubba, it's right there in Sec. 152. Prohibiting Discrimination in Health Care. "... all health care and related services covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services." Plain and simple - you cannot discriminate based on a person's legal status.

But, aside from the phony talking points of the ruling class managed pundits, what's the real goal behind taxpayer funded health care for all? We know the government never does anything that is not, first and foremost, beneficial to the ruling class. So what's in it for the ruling class?

Why would corporate America not embrace ObamaCare? Wouldn't government funded health care finally remove corporate responsibility to provide such benefits and up the company's bottom line? Of course it would.

Why would insurance companies drag their feet on ObamaCare? The government will contract with insurance companies to provide coverage because you will be required by law to have a policy, just like auto insurance. Although unlike a vehicle, as you become a clunker your rates will go up, not down. But wait - Obama claims insurers will not be allowed to raise your cost - sure they won't, until congress passes approval based on excuses written by lobbyists. Obama's plan says those who cannot afford a policy will be subsidized, supposedly a small percentage - another way of saying taxpayer funds will be sent directly to a corporate policy provider approved by the government.

Doublespeaking, much of the scam is referred to as "insurance exchange" and the "public option." The public option, if included, is a health insurance provider run by the government and not for profit - we don't have to worry about the government making a profit do we - how can they when all the funds go to the corporations providing the government paid services. Sniff, sniff - does that smell like government insurance contractors?

The insurance exchange is where small businesses and individuals are pooled to negotiate better deals with insurance providers. The public option, if included in the final game plan, will be part of the exchange. So government and private insurance will be quasi-competitors - and as promised, the government will be not-for-profit - it's the only promise our massively indebted government keeps - no profit.

Folks, if this cradle to grave mediocre scam was not being swallowed by the public, I would be ROTFLMAO.

Just as you believe you can negotiate great insurance deals for your home, auto, life, etc. you will negotiate health care policies, and if not, BigDaddy Guvmint will be your proxy negotiator, right? Just as with other insurance policies, your costs will depend on your record, your region, even your neighborhood.

The public option, according to Obama estimates, would include only 5% of the country, and is for those without any insurance, and it is not taxpayer subsidized - it would have to be self-sufficient and paid for by premiums it collects. No government subsidy and self-sufficient? sounds like a failed option from the git-go. So who would this 5% be? Not the poor as they do not have the money for premiums.

Obama's plan expands the customer base of insurance companies because carrying a policy will be mandatory - so are corporate insurers really dragging their feet? Nah, that's just rhetoric from the "left" so you will assume the plan must be magnanimous otherwise the evil insurance companies would not be against it. Insurance companies did not fight legislating mandatory vehicle insurance in the 1980s, and they're not fighting mandatory health insurance. They're salivating.

I said years ago, and will say it again, if you cannot purchase your own policy, the government will eventually get around to applying your tax refund, or add another withholding box on your paystub, which goes to the insurance pool for your health coverage.

I know a lot of single mammas EICers who are not going to like losing that refund. Of course, there may be an up side to ObamaCare. I know a few hypochondriacs and seekers who will be pee'ode as well as those regular trips to the ER for a cocktail injection buzz will not be covered. And 2 guys I know have made a lifetime living off personal injury lawsuits with willing chiropractors and spine surgeons. If Obama's plan cuts all the fraud and waste in the health industry - the nation will be better off, but at a cost of almost a trillion dollars and more bloated agencies/overseers, I beg you not to count on a fraud-free industry.

The sad part beyond the smoke and mirrors is - your quality of health care will not be better, if anything it will be worse. Dr. Gitrich will know he has to tend to a certain number of folks in the lower priced pools and, much like now, your care will be those tests and procedures BigDaddy coverage allows - not necessarily what you need.

And although torte reform has not been discussed, that too will come to pass - you will not be suing BigDaddy Guvmint and his medical groundlings for malpractice.

1940's Norman Thomas: "The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism’, they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened."

So, stay well folks, because once again, rather than address the root cause of our problems (political corruption) we're just going to hire more and more apparatchikers to doctor the system. Sort of gives the term "red tape" new meaning.

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