We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
President Obama has crossed the Rubicon with the health care vote. The bill was not really about medicine; after all, a moderately priced, relatively small federal program could offer the poorer not now insured, presently not on Medicare or state programs like Medicaid or Medical, a basic medical plan.
We have no interest in stopping trial lawyers from milking the system for billions. And we don’t want to address in any meaningful way the individual’s responsibility in some cases (drink, drugs, violence, dangerous sex, bad diet, sloth, etc.) for costly and chronic health procedures.
No, instead, the bill was about assuming a massive portion of the private sector, hiring tens of thousands of loyal, compliant new employees, staffing new departments with new technocrats, and feeling wonderful that we “are leveling the playing field” and have achieved another Civil Rights landmark law.
What about the practical consequences of Obamacare? “Soon, we’ll see individual-market insurance companies go out of business and dump their people,” Ryan says. “Tax increases on capital are going to hurt the economy in 2011. These arbitrary Medicare cuts will adversely affect the providers and therefore their beneficiaries. You’ll have the Internal Revenue Service beefing up its enforcement of this new mandate, which people have no clue is coming. And you’re going to have employers dump employees in this exchange once it’s up and running — funneling everyone into a government-run rationing system. Then we’ll see a big spike in insurance rates, and the Democrats are going to wager that they can just blame the insurers for that, and therefore that means they will need to institute insurance price controls or have a public option. Our side is going to say, ‘Look at what you just did to ruin our health-care system,’ and focus on repeal.”
"All this talk about backlash and Republican landslides is very premature. The Democrats just purchased 30,000,000 new votes. In November, the Democrat machine will drive through the low income neighborhoods in buses with loudspeakers warning people to get on board and vote against the evil Republicans promising to “steal” their “right” to free healthcare. And it just might work."
Come on, we aren't lazy Euro-trash! We're Americans and we always think bigger!
We are going to destroy our health industry faster and more completely than any other nation. We are going to suck up a far greater percentage of our GDP for corruption and bureaucracy than any lazy foreigner could imagine.
Kafka was a piker compared to what we are going to do.
It’s going to be barter trading and witch doctors for me.
I'm not sure very many of those 30 million votes were realistically available to the Republicans, anyway, or that all that many of them will actually make it to the polls on election day.
About my affordable catastrophic private coverage, which is about to subject me to fines: I'll just keep buying it until Blue Cross discontinues coverage, because even with the fines it will be cheaper -- and what the heck, when it comes time to buy the expensive first-dollar coverage, I can wait until the last minute and not worry about the then-to-be-pre-existing condition that will make it cost-effective for the first time.
But in the meantime I'm also trying to line up actual medical care that will be available for cash, as opposed to medical insurance that will give me theoretical access to doctors who aren't available any more at the insurance-regulated price. If that means a concierge practice (on a waiting list), or a Costa Rican practice (checking into it now on the excellent advice of Mr. Limbaugh), well, I guess elections have consequences. At least I still have some savings, unlike most of the morons who voted the morons into office who voted for this moronic bill. Ironically, I may be in a better position they they to survive the ruin they will have made of the American healthcare system.