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Tuesday, August 18. 2009
From The Panel, in the WSJ:
Read the whole thing. I like the way Mark Steyn put it on the radio today: "They want to nationalize your body." Yes, while pretending to do you a favor.
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The horrible part of this quote is that I can see this happening, once the Busybody Brigade forces Universal Health Care Rationing down our throats.
If it continues to look like the Mad Cow Congress is going to pass this, "get sick immediately" as some conservative health care pundit put it, so that you can at least get the most urgent things taken care of before the onset of rationing takes place.
I pretty much agree the envisioned scenario is possible. Heck, to some extent it occurs now but just via a form letter of denial - but you can at least appeal those, even take the matter to court.
I do think the system needs some reforms - but all of the various bills currently in the two chambers of Congess are not about reform, they are about replacement. Replacing the current stretch limo with a pedal-powered Yugo.
Cost reduction? Hey, the people saying that point to probable big savings (I've seen up to 32 percent) that could be made in Medicare by better accountability while simultaneously expanding coverage[s]. OK, prove it: get those savings, and perhaps (unlikely, but possible) I'll believe a vastly expanded version could work. As is, I don't believe a word about savings. While you're at it, look into the VA. And maybe the "Native" American medical Federal policies.
Heck, I am on Medicare and grateful to the millions of taxpayers who subsidize it. No way I could afford an office visit to a doctor every thirty days* to get a new copy of my prescriptions, let be pay for the meds. But I do not believe it is well-run, keeps up with actual costs, on and on...
* yeah, thirty days. A doctor explained he automatically writes prescriptions for thirty days because the majority of insurance policies will only cover a "month" of thirty days at a time - never mind that there are more months with thirty-one days than thirty. Luckily I was able to show him that my coverage would cover longer periods and he re-wrote the 'scrips for ninety days. Still silly, I"ve been taking all this stuff for years and will take them (or new versions) for the remainder of my life so why not six months at a time?
The whole idea of medical panels is absurd. So many unaddressed problems. If people can't get treatment after a certain age because of statistical models, then you artificially retard life expectancy improvement. If we had instituted this garbage back in the 1920s, the average life expectancy for men would probably still be 56. Furthermore, how would they handle lifespan differences between races and genders? Can you really see a panel member saying "Sorry buddy, you're black and have a lower life expectancy than the white male we just barely approved this operation for, so you won't be getting it." Good grief.
Wait until they incorporate affirmative-action quotas into the decision process as well...yeesh.
I'm seeing something new and startling here. I've been watching this stuff for more than 60 years and this is a whole different thing than I have ever seen.
For the first time we are seeing more than a million people exercise a constitutional right that has been forgotten:
" or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
And they refuse to identify with any political party. They are absolutely dominating all media and the internet. They are driving the public debate by their actions. They are leaderless and adamantly refuse to accept leadership.
And then a woman arises from the dead and from her igloo at the north pole puts pen to her Facebook.
And all eyes are on her. She gave focus to the confusion of the many issues - taxes, spending, deficits, healthcare - and spoke the magic words: "Death Panels!"
In all my life I've never seen anybody take control of the debate with two words.
There is a great restless citizen army mustering in this land. She just may have become the commander in chief with just two words.
If you start to see hand painted signs proclaiming NO DEATH PANELS! then we'll see if that's happening.
Ben Cardin town hall protest in Maryland last week. Someone there was carting around a sign saying "No Govt Death Panels".
I'm gonna try to make it to Washington D.C. for the Sept. 12 demo.
Never been there before.
March On Washington
FreedomWorks--March On Washington
Roy Lofquist ... Don't know how old you are, but I'm 81, and I agree that "in all my life I've never seen anyone take control of a debate with two words." That was the shot heard round the U.S. -- a transforming, rallying cry.
Last week, or maybe the week before, some pundit on the 'Net pointed out that most of this ill-planned badly-written legislation which has been passed since the new Administration took office can possibly/probably be walked back, once the Congress acquires some cooler-headed grown-ups among its members. But this appalling bill will fester like a cancer as it metasticizes through the government. That will take decades to remedy, if it can be remedied at all.
You're not quite old enough to be my mom but the position is open - maybe you could adopt me. I'm a war baby - 1943. Spent my infancy on Navy installations. As my dad used to say - he fought the battle of Key West. He was a pharmacist's mate and they treated more than a few merchant seamen who's ships had been torpedoed in the Gulf.
You lived through that time of peril. I lived it through my extended family. I was steeped in the story of The Great Depression and the horror of WWII.
It was deemed The Greatest Generation. Ah, so true. But, I think, only because it was faced with the challenge. We've not seen that since. We rebuilt the world, brought Pax Americana to vast regions and built a society of bounty unimagined just a few scant years before.
We appear to many to have softened, become complacent, too focused on worldly pleasures. That's what Bin Laden thought. That's what the Japanese Empire thought. Attributed to Admiral Yamamoto, probably incorrectly, was the memorable "I fear that we have awakened a sleeping giant"".
We now are facing an assault from within. The leadership in Congress, speaker and chairs of the powerful committees, all hail from leftist enclaves on the coasts. Their assault has been fast and furious. They have tried to swarm us with an avalanche of legislation - forcing myriad schemes through before we could realize what was happening.
Ah, but the resistance formed with lightning speed. The "Tea Parties" mobilized by tax day - April 15th. Springing from nowhere, spontaneously across the land. These people - I've been with them - are the solid citizens who are our backbone and our heart. They are not angry, they are sore annoyed. They are resolute. This fipple has been tried many times before and we'll just have to shove them back in the hole they crawled out of so we can go back to the real world that we love.
I sense a seismic shift in our politics - a major realignment where we cast out the grifters and the parasites and clean this mess up once and for all. Or at least for a couple of generations.
As I remember, Sarah Palin did exactly that in Alaska. Hmmm.
I hope that when I get to 81 we'll still be talking to each other.