Healthcare Facebookin’ with a Happy Socialist

October 17, 2009

This may shock you, but I have liberal friends. Extremely liberal friends too. This one is from Denmark, a country of 5.5 million that is probably the most socialist in Europe. And she’s just delighted that it is so. We have great friendly exchanges. I think she’s crazy; she thinks I’m nuts. Here is some dialogue off our FaceBook accounts.

First: She voted “yes” in the “Are you in favor of universal heathcare?” poll. You’ll laugh as I tell you that I checked “yes” too … I just don’t want government to do it. Then I commented on her post.

We already have universal health care. Ask any illegal alien receiving “servicios-gratis” in another one of the soon-to-be-shutdown bankrupt hospitals in Southern California.

And

39% yes, 16% no, 44% hell no. I would be ALL FOR IT if it was handled outside the inefficient, overbearing, nanny-state federal government. What if the hospitals that offered free service (not just ER visits) for low income / uninsured people got tax breaks? That’s ALMOST like “government run” healthcare, but without the top down bureaucratic madness inherent in any government system. Maybe hospitals and medical centers could COMPETE for these tax breaks, by serving a greater percentage of uninsured in the community … I see efficiency brewing!!

Second: She sent me an article about insurance reform, that I actually sympathized with. See? I’m not the cold “let ‘em die” Obama-opposer the liberal lamestream media would have you believe. I just don’t think that government should be in the healthcare business, except for a TINY bit of regulation.

That was a GREAT article, and really highlighted the strong need for insurance reform. See? I value “reform,” but I still don’t want “government healthcare.” Medicare, Medicaid and the VA are statistically much more wasteful than private systems. They don’t have to be efficient: they don’t have to, ‘cuz it’s just taxpayer money, and government takes care of it.
I think I would be open to more insurance regulation (CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?) But we should START with “portability” and “individual” pools, and make them competitive over state lines (currently prohibited by the federal gov’t).
And let’s get real: if we STARTED years ago with “tort reform” we may not even be having this discussion!

And

Question on that last one: in Denmark, is there tort limits? Can a Danish citizen sue a doctor or hospital for millions in “pain and suffering” and a “lifetime of lost wages”?

She replied…

I think they can, but it has yet to happen. As a healthcare provider you are insured through your workplace or union, so we do not have to pay insurance against malpractice out of our own pocket, only if we work out side the system, in some kind of private facility.

And its my blog, I get to have the last word.

First: “It has yet to happen”? How come people who are the victims of gross negligence don’t seek redress (at least to have consequences for the provider that made the mistake)? Is it because the actually can’t? Second: How many people operate “outside” that socialized system? Very few, I’m sure.  I’m sure the Danish government makes it is WAY too expensive to thrive outside the government system. And that is where the government owns you. On that note, I came up with a new “rear window sign” idea:

I’m here to bring you hope!

But it’s gonna cost ya,

So give me your wallet.

Hope you have to pay dearly for is not hope;

it’s slavery painted as “good intentions.”

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Obama Fully Deserves the Nobel “Peace” Prize

October 9, 2009

From Wikipedia, this is under the heading for Alfred Nobel

The erroneous publication in 1888 of a premature obituary of Nobel by a French newspaper, condemning him for his invention of dynamite, is said to have brought about his decision to leave a better legacy after his death.[2] The obituary stated Le marchand de la mort est mort (“The merchant of death is dead”) and went on to say, “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.”[3] On 27 November 1895, at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Nobel signed his last will and testament and set aside the bulk of his estate to establish the Nobel Prizes, to be awarded annually without distinction of nationality. He died of a stroke on 10 December 1896 at Sanremo, Italy. He left 31 million kronor (equivalent to about 1.8 billion kronor or 250 million US dollars in 2008) to fund the prizes.[citation needed]

The first three of these prizes are awarded for eminence in physical science, chemistry and medical science or physiology; the fourth is for literary work “in an ideal direction” and the fifth is to be given to the person or society that renders the greatest service to the cause of international fraternity, in the suppression or reduction of standing armies, or in the establishment or furtherance of peace congresses. There is no prize awarded for mathematics.[4]

It appears that Alfred Nobel – the inventor of dynamite – wanted a better legacy to leave. Therefore, in the last years of his life, he dedicated the rest of his estate to awarding people who made notable contributions to “non warlike” contributions to the earth.  Obama probably fits in the “fraternity” category, and fits the spirit of Alfred’s final wishes to hand out daisies, unicorns, and rainbows to the world. Here’s why Obama probably deserves it:

  • Freeing up terrorists from Guantanamo in the efforts to appease Islamic radicals.
  • When overseas, he disrespects US troops by not showing up to support them, but perhaps only for minutes to have his picture taken with them for personal promotion.
  • Pulls out of plans to support a missile defense shield for our allies, leaving them vulnerable, but removing the missiles leaves the impression that we’re not “war like.”
  • Sworn enemies of the United States love him: Every terrorist group (who had something to say about our election) came out in support of him. Jihadi fraternity, Obama style.
  • Announces to the UN his utopian dream of a nuke-free world … and says the US will lead the way in disarming ourselves in the face of a hostile world, like…
  • Talking … talking … and more talking … and more threats of more tough talking with maniacal Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, while Ahmadinejad plows on as fast as he can to get a nuke to bomb that “disgraceful blot” Israel and threaten the world.
  • Apologizing to the world for our “arrogance” (that clearer heads would call, “saving our allies butts from annihilation.” France: give me an “amen.”)
  • Ensuring our failure against al-Qaeda and the Taliban by not only ignoring the generals on the ground, but chastising them for making troop requests known. How peaceful is that? It’s peaceful to the world, because when we stop shooting, terrorists gain ground, and we mustn’t offend jihadists bent on subjecting the world to Islam by appearing non-peaceful to the world.
  • There are more examples I haven’t listed, and Barack Obama’s driving philosophy indicates more examples are on the way.

The Nobel Peace Prize is worthless now anyway. Alfred Nobel’s thinking was flawed; it assumes that if you play nice with everyone they will play nice back. History has proven over and over and over again this is not true. Nobel’s logic denies evil. Evil does exist, and it preys on ignorant people who placate it. The peaceful people stand up to bullies and protect the little kids’ milk money, even if they don’t have to actually throw a punch. That is what ensures real peace.

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If this prize was worth anything, Benjamin Netanyahu would get the prize for standing up to evil psychotics in his own midst. Harry Truman and Winston Churchill should get it for their efforts to thwart the Japanese and the Nazis. The Nobel Committee is being true to Alfred Nobel’s wishes, but it is not being true to “peace.”

 

I’m no longer shocked that Obama won the Nobel “Peace” Prize. 

 

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“Fake Peace” pats the arm of “Real Peace.”


An Open Letter to My Senator on Healthcare

October 8, 2009

I admit that I’m a little harsh in this one, and in some spots I seem irreverent. But this could be the pivotal point in my life where I tell my kids “this is where it all went downhill.” And we have an opportunity to bring us back from the brink here, so I have to let it all out before the vote comes. May God help us all.

Dear Senators,

I am against this bill that’s being rushed to the Senate floor.

  • Government shouldn’t be in the business of directing healthcare for the nation. THAT IS NOT GOVERNMENT’S BUSINESS. There are MANY ways that “reform” can be handled by the private sector. See Bobby Jindal’s Washington Post article here.
  • 2/3 of doctors don’t support this bill. That should tell us something! The president’s photo op was a farce. This is NOT what is best for patients!! Yet democrats insist on pushing this bad legislation anyway? WHY IS THAT? Is it because you think you know better, and all of us plebeians are stupid? How arrogant. That is the only reason I can see for continuing to push this bill that it seems that most free thinking Americans don’t want: arrogance.
  • The “public option” is particularly nefarious. Good thing for you that big government also likes to keep our kids stupid in public schools. Anyone with 1/2 a brain knows that if a “public option” is in the mix, it will NOT have to truly compete with private options, but government subsidies will consistently undercut the private options until they are out of business. Not to mention all these “uninsured” will HAVE to chose the public plan (for economic reasons). There is NO WAY that Obama would let a “public system” fail. He has banked too much on that, and he WILL use my money to subsidize it, and cause the downfall of the entire free market American health care system. Which brings me to my next point:
  • Government systems suck. Not just the failed socialist examples of western Europe, but right here in America we have Medicare / Medicaid / VA … ALL of these are HUGE WASTERS of money, and every other day I see a new report on TV about the waste that goes on here. If Obama and democrats want us to believe in their system, they should start with these government systems that are in place now, and make them really attractive. As it is, they are an embarrassment, and it just PROVES THAT GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS DON’T WORK. At least they don’t work well. But – given your record – I’m fairly confident you’ll still try to push this “un-wellness” down our throats.
  • I love the idea of “universal care for all.” That is so utopian. We DO care here in America that much. But it will drag the quality of care down and push taxes way up. Obama wants quality care that is affordable for all. But when you add 30 million new “customers” and make co-payments really low, you will have a rush on the system that will crush us. It will crush us. There are free market solutions (such as tax incentives for clinics to cater to a certain percentage of uninsured) that will NOT crush us. And conservative ideas – that have so far been almost completely rejected by democrats – can be implemented gradually.
  • And we can’t just give healthcare to the world. Again, I am ashamed that democrats won’t put a line in the bill about “no healthcare for illegal immigrants.” We just cant give away healthcare to 12 million people. And Joe Wilson was right: Obama lied. Otherwise democrats would have put a line in the bill about it so Obama could be a man of his word.
  • Tort reform. You and your fellow democrats are just money whores on this one. 90% of trial lawyer candidate support goes to democrats, so you just wont cut off the hand that feeds you. Shame on you for sacrificing what is good for America for the good of your political career. Tort reform alone could be the one thing that drastically reduces prices for every single American, and makes all the other health care goals attainable, but democrats wont even put this one on the table. And I am ashamed of them for it. Here is my promise to you: if YOU introduce radical “Tort Reform” into the democrat’s idiotic plan, you will have my vote next election. Lawsuit caps will drastically lower insurance payouts, which lowers malpractice insurance for doctors everywhere, and lowers the cost for every single American. Oh, and this only will happen in a truly competitive market, so I’m sure if Obama has his way, he’ll make it impossible.
  • We cant pay for this. We don’t have the money. “Healthcare reform” as democrats have planned is a recovery killer. I will hold you personally responsible if you continue pushing it. It is IRRESPONSIBLE to blast all Americans with mammoth new taxes (which the CBO has said WILL happen under the democrat plan).

Democrats wonder why there is all this resistance out in America to their plan. It’s because we see through it, to the radical power grab that it actually is. This is not “healthcare reform;” it’s “life control.” The democrat healthcare plan is sick! I’ve read the bullet points, and I don’t think there is ANY redeeming value in it. If you think there IS, let’s introduce some individual points and not go all out to tuck all Americans under big governments regulatory wing. It’s un-American and wrong. This big plan as it is should quietly die.

Healthcare reform as a free market system costs almost nothing by comparison. All a conservative approach does is unshackle the system as it stands from the constraints that make it inefficient. Let’s see insurance become “individual,” “portable,” and able to be sold across state lines. Let’s see radical “tort reform.” Lets see a move to electronic records (and computerized searches for fraud, waste and duplication). Let’s use what works well in one state, and transplant that to another. Let’s stop healthcare for illegal immigrants except in the case of imminent life threatening situations. Let’s free up Americans to actually apply “choice and competition” and show the world a system that really works!

Please stop this nonsense!

Paul Revere


Healthcare Reform Swirlies II

September 30, 2009

Here’s just some of the changes no one is hoping for:

Don’t let your rep’s pick you up, flip you over, and dunk your head in the bowl while telling you it’s “good for the country.”

Swirly guys

Tell them “NO!” to all these big-government schemes to dictate to you what you can’t have and how much more you’re going to pay for it anyway.

Johnny Isakson: “Americans Anxious About Healthcare Reform”

Complete list of congress’ email and fax numbers here.

Another “contact congress” option is here.

MORE DEBT +

HIGHER TAXES +

LESS “CARE” =

OBAMACARE


Healthcare Reform Swirlies

September 28, 2009

Here’s just some of the changes no one is hoping for:

Don’t let your rep’s pick you up, flip you over, and dunk your head in the bowl while telling you it’s “good for the country.”

Swirly guys

Tell them “NO!” to all these big-government schemes to dictate to you what you cant have and how much more you’re going to pay for it anyway.

Complete list of congress’ email and fax numbers here.

Another “contact congress” option is here.   Make your voice heard today.

MORE DEBT +

HIGHER TAXES +

LESS “CARE” =

OBAMACARE


Healthcare Clunkers

August 21, 2009

The National Automobile Dealers Association is urging the federal gov’t to shut down the “cash for clunkers” program immediately. Why? IT DOESN’T WORK. That is what happens when the socialists in charge have their way, they develop plans that waste your money, and then claim it was good. I’m going to go out on a limb here, and suggest that when they quietly close the “cash for clunkers” program, the democrats are going to brag that they “saved SO much money with this program,” and “it cost a lot less than they originally anticipated, saving the taxpayers millions of dollars” (because they shut it down early). Look for it.

Now here’s the quotes form the auto dealers:

Imagine these quotes as coming from DOCTORS about “ObamaCare.”

  • 97% of dealers who responded, say the government is not reimbursing fast enough
  • 13% of dealers have dropped out the program because the government is not reimbursing fast enough
  • 87% percent of dealers are concerned the money will be exhausted
  • 3% of CARS program deals have been reimbursed
  • 66% of dealers have not received one payment from the government
  • 25% of dealers are experiencing severe cash flow problems that require short-term loans to alleviate
  • 11% of submitted applications have been approved (though dealers still are waiting for the money)
  • 16% of submitted applications have been rejected
  • 55% of dealers are not confident they will get reimbursed for every deal
  • 40% do not want the program to continue, even if changes are made to the CARS program

These car dealers are just a microcosm of what is to come if Obama and the democrats cram this socialized healthcare plan down our throats.

There IS a better (free market) solution. See www.HealthCareTransformation.net for more.

TORT REFORM ALONE would save billions:

  • reduced insurance payouts for lawsuits (and LAWYERS) leads to
  • reduced insurance costs leads to
  • reduced malpractice insurance costs for doctors which leads to
  • reduced charges to the customer (you!) which leads to
  • more money in your pocket and more choices!!

See! There IS a better way! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


Why Is No One (Except Obama) Defending This Healthcare Proposal?

August 12, 2009

Okay, in the last couple days, dissenters from the fascist takeover of healthcare have been called:

Lets not even get into the fact that CNN is using Communist Cuba as a model for what our healthcare should be.  This is too rich! I just can’t make this stuff up!

Now the point: Nearly no one is actually defending this crummy healthcare proposal! But if you are not for ObamaCare, then you are a Timothy McVeigh, KKK lovin’, Racist, Fifth column, astroturfin’, Anti-American, Birther!  How dare you speak against the “messiah,” when all he wants is what’s best for you him and the monolithic iron (curtain) fist of democrats everywhere. I have a real answer that works coming up.

Personally, I’m lovin’ it. This debate is what American is all about, until dissention against the Big O becomes de-facto “hate speech,” in which case you’ll be in the gulag, Siberia, (wait, that’s germany and Russia, where fascism already got a grip 70 years ago, instead you’ll be in) a comfy American prison.

Hey, one specific point on healthcare and the “public option” (read that Government program).

a Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,001 adults in June that found that 83 percent were either “somewhat” or “very” satisfied with the care they receive and 81 percent felt the same way about their insurance. “These people have something to lose. If they think reform is going to actually make it worse for them, they get really scared.”

It is true that you can keep your healthcare if you like it, BUT two things about that:

  1. Since government (excuse me “public option”) healthcare is tied to the national treasury, it has the ability to subsidize the “public option” system with means they will always be able to undermine insurance companies. This means that as more and more employers find that the only system that makes sense economically for them is the “public ‘option,’” then one by one they will all slide over to the government system. This is a gradual government takeover. If there is a public option, there is no way that Obama would let it fall prey to capitalism. Some might say, “What is wrong with a government system?” First, it will be artificially economically the lowest, subsidized by you and I … we WILL pay more with a government system, even if other systems are an option, you will still pay for the “public option” in your taxes. But the real point is
  2. Government doesn’t care about you; they don’t have to. If an insurance company fails to serve their customers well, they will lose customers. Insurance companies have an incentive to do the best they can for you. Government doesn’t have that incentive. Government doesn’t even have to give you good care. The VA (a government system) costs 24% more than it’s private sector counterparts. Why would you want more of that? Which brings me to my next point, which defends insurance companies.

Our nation is NOT held “imprisoned” by insurance companies – as Obama said in New Hampshire today – but it’s that our current system in mired in a morass of litigation. Doctors pay huge amounts in malpractice insurance. Many doctors order more tests than they need to, just to cover their butts in the even that you’d want to sue them. Insurance companies are forced to pay more for service you receive at your doctor’s office, because he or she has to cover the costs of the malpractice insurance to stay in the business of giving you quality care and keeping you healthy. But for many, dear 80 year old Aunt Betty gets sick, and when the doctor can’t cure cancer, they sue. The idea is that it has to be someone’s fault. Which of course is not the case. Accidents happen. Stuff happens. And eventually, life ceases to happen. And we shouldn’t award a crying relative a couple million dollars because they refuse to believe it. So tell the masses: we could save billions by just limiting litigation. And that’s just one idea. There are more great free market ideas at www.HealthTransformation.net .

One more thing, about “quality:” Obama himself admitted that government systems are inferior. This is classic:

And I like the US Post Office, and use them frequently. And I can’t believe our president used the slang term “dissin’” in a nationally televised healthcare town hall. I wouldn’t “diss” on the post office, and I’m surprised that Obama didn’t get the quick idea to subsidize the US Post office more, and put FedEx and UPS out of business. And SHOOT, I probably just gave him the idea. Look for a government takeover of all mail related services soon. Just like US car companies, and AIG, and Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. And expect that if this healthcare bill passes, it will become a wholly run de-facto Government system in just a few short years.

I love freedom of speech. Evil will oppose it (and don’t even get me started on Muslim attempts to criminalize the mention of “jihad” or our own defense department’s use of “man-caused disasters” instead of what they are: Islamic acts of terror). Evil always opposes free speech, because that’s when the truth comes out, and “the truth shall set you free.”

Use your free speech! Tell it like it is! Keep at it!