Forget about co-ops. The government is never a partner in anything.
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B. Hussein Obama recognizes his Waterloo is on the horizon. To try and turn back the tide, Commander Ego wrote a lengthy screed for Pravda, aka, the NY Times this past weekend. I guess when you are the anti-president, you can pull some strings and get a column in Pravda. In that piece, the Czar’s Czar said:
Our nation is now engaged in a great debate about the future of health care in America. And over the past few weeks, much of the media attention has been focused on the loudest voices. What we haven’t heard are the voices of the millions upon millions of Americans who quietly struggle every day with a system that often works better for the health-insurance companies than it does for them.
The media has not focused on the loudest voices, but sought to make the opponents to Dear Leader appear to be insane, failing to focus on the union thugs Obama called upon to strike back against dissenters. Commander Ego then goes on to make an unqualified and unsubstantiated point, that “millions upon millions” (apparently a government accounting tool) of Americans struggle with the system. This is a major deviation from the 45 million Americans, and illegal aliens, not covered that Dear Leader has been touting. Health Care and the government are married and have been since Medicare/Medicaid/VA. What we do know about the government’s involvement in health care is this: 1) It will cost more than estimated, 2) It will be inefficient (reimbursements are routinely denied because a box isn’t checked clearly), and 3) Take a good look at the VA, there have been filthy hospitals and poor care.
Commander Ego then goes on to say his health care plan will improve health care in four main areas, the first of which is:
First, if you don’t have health insurance, you will have a choice of high-quality, affordable coverage for yourself and your family — coverage that will stay with you whether you move, change your job or lose your job.
Big government has never brought more choice to anything. Remember, this is the group that took the clocks out of the DMV as a solution to the complaints the wait time was too long. Affordability is a relative term, in that aside from your premiums, you will pay higher taxes and fees (another term for a tax). The government plans will do away with private insurance plans in two ways: 1) If your private plan changes anything, you have to switch to the government plan, and 2) The government will run the private plans out of business because they have unlimited cash, to keep premiums down, and that cash comes from the pockets of the American taxpayer. The only choice you will have in health care is one you must make now, to give the government control over your life and 20% of the economy, or to draw the line in the sand and say no, you cannot take my freedom.
Dear Leader’s second prong of his program is based upon cost control. Don’t laugh, at least not until you have tried to read what he wrote:
Second, reform will finally bring skyrocketing health care costs under control, which will mean real savings for families, businesses and our government. We’ll cut hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and inefficiency in federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid and in unwarranted subsidies to insurance companies that do nothing to improve care and everything to improve their profits.
Unlimited taxpayer money and out of control deficit spending are the way to control costs, stop waste and control inefficiencies, like 800 dollar hammers. Medicare is going broke. Social Security is going broke. Both Medicare and Social Security are run by the government. They don’t have cost controls, efficiencies or a desire to stop the waste. Many doctors will not accept Medicare now, so this will only reduce the number of doctors treating the seniors in America. Giving money and control of health care to the government is like giving whiskey and car keys to Ted Kennedy.
Dear Leaders third point is:
Third, by making Medicare more efficient, we’ll be able to ensure that more tax dollars go directly to caring for seniors instead of enriching insurance companies. This will not only help provide today’s seniors with the benefits they’ve been promised; it will also ensure the long-term health of Medicare for tomorrow’s seniors. And our reforms will also reduce the amount our seniors pay for their prescription drugs.
The government has never made anything more efficient. I can go out in my yard and dig a hole by myself. Watch the government employees working. Four guys leaning on shovels and one digging the hole. Efficient…even Stevie Wonder can see it isn’t. There is a long history of governmental failures when it comes to price controls and the economy. Ignoring the economy and setting price controls based upon politics is like trying to herd cats. Agriculture farm failures were based on governmental controls. Government interference regarding ethanol has led to a fuel that doesn’t allow for good fuel economy, is more expensive than gas and has created a food shortage in America and world wide, thus driving up the cost of corn and anything made from corn. Thank you government.
If only Commander Ego understood the definition of “insurance”, this entire fiasco and debate might never have occurred. Which leads us to the Knucklehead in Chief’s fourth point:
Lastly, reform will provide every American with some basic consumer protections that will finally hold insurance companies accountable. A 2007 national survey actually shows that insurance companies discriminated against more than 12 million Americans in the previous three years because they had a pre-existing illness or condition. The companies either refused to cover the person, refused to cover a specific illness or condition or charged a higher premium.
We will put an end to these practices. Our reform will prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage because of your medical history. Nor will they be allowed to drop your coverage if you get sick. They will not be able to water down your coverage when you need it most. They will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or in a lifetime. And we will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses. No one in America should go broke because they get sick.
Insurance is sold based upon risk. The cost is driven by actuarial tables. If you are young and healthy, insurance is less. If you are older and unhealthy, insurance costs more. Customers VOLUNTARILY participate in insurance. Using the force of law, the will of the government to force universal coverage, that includes pre-existing conditions and the ignoring of risk factors, for everyone, for the same price, is not insurance. Obama’s use of Orwellian terms like “insurance”, “premiums” and “universal coverage” confuse the public and do not allow for a clear understanding of the issue by the average American.
We cannot allow the left to control the language in this debate, as it clouds the discussion. Investment is a conscious decision to risk your own money (NOT THE AMERICAN CITIZENS), in pursuit of financial gain. The government is not in the financial gain business. The government is a black hole that swallows money at an ever increasing velocity.
Forget about co-ops. The government is never a partner in anything. Partners work together for a common goal. As Doctor Zero states, “No one willingly chooses a gigantic, emotionally unstable “partner” who puts chains on your wrists, and a gun in your back. Government cannot “guarantee” anything, because the political winds of the future can blow today’s promises down the memory hole. The benefits a group secures through government pressure will only last until a larger, louder, hungrier group comes along”.
We, as free and sovereign Americans must stand up and refuse to allow the government to take control of 1/5th of the gross domestic product. We must stand up and say no to giving away our freedom, our liberty, our rights, and our future to a beast that eats incessantly and never stops hungering for your cash.
Bill Turner is a Patriot Warrior, fighting to preserve the Constitution and the liberties provided therein. He is the US Western Regional Director for Anystreet.org. He is available to speak on a variety of subjects and is notorious for his talks on Creeping Sharia.