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.
How many of us were good Liberals in youth, only to have our naive illusions shattered by the way the big world really works? For example, we have all learned to see through government's ginning up crises, with the collusion of media, which "only federal government can solve." We have also learned that these are power grabs, and that our federal government is no font of wisdom. It's just a font of unprincipled political calculation.
Right. Like Obama's mother was denied coverage. Except that she wasn't denied health insurance coverage; it's just that Obama told a story, a lie. In fact, Obama's mother's coverage was one of those 80-20 plans where the insurer paid 80% of the medical bills.
So no, health care wasn't broken. At least not until Obamacare came along and broke it.
Actually Dr. Bliss, I had no illusions about this. I grew up with one of the biggest movers and shakers in Milwaukee and Wisconsin politics in the '50s as my Grandfather and by observation of how he operated, can say with no small measure of confidence that he made the current crop of politicians look like amateurs.
''...a font of unprincipled political calculation''
--great phrase, but could be that in a sentient being there's no such thing as 'unprincipled'. Even the 'will to power' made manifest by 'that Austrian paper-hangin' sonofabitch*' herr schicklegruber, that was a principle.
If my memory serves me [and it usually does] the Democratic party technique is to invent a crisis, blather about it in the supine media, and then offer a 'big government' solution which will drop the country even deeper in debt. That's the Liberal way.
The so-called 'health crisis' is an excellent example. If you will direct your memory to those golden days before Obama swanned into town, most of us adult citizens were not really all that discontented with Medicare. We figured it needed some tweaking, but by-and-large it served us fairly well. After all, we as adults are used to paying the bills we are presented with using our own money. Now, with the Obamacare staring us in the face, we know we are in deep trouble.
Mr. Obama's "solution" to the made-up "healthcare crisis" is to get the elderly folks to die quickly, [death panels manned by untrained busybodies] and use the money the Medicare system uses for elderly folks, to add thousands and thousands of uninsured people to the already overburdened system.
The Democrats deliberately ignored the present health system which already covers illegals and the jobless who turn up at emergency rooms which by law have to treat them. That's an awkward fact, since it removes the emergency from "the health emergency."
My perspective is that the most needed 'insurance' reform needed was for 'insurance' to become more like actual 'insurance' against large unplanned expenditures vs. a payment transaction service. This actual insurance should be available accross state lines with little government interference with mandates on what must be covered in a policy. People should pay for their routine medical needs like they pay for their routine auto mechanical needs and buy insurance as a backstop for ruiness medical expense. The level of coverage should be offered in the market and selected by individuals as they see fit. Also level the playing field between companies and individuals to shift health insurance more to an individual ownership versus dependency on a company. That's where I would have started.
I wouldn't confer any more power to this Congress (or to any Congress in the recent past or foreseeable future) but where does private health care work? Show us an example. What Obama should have done in the very first instance is to bring in a single-payer system. Everyone needs health care, even the healthy. If we had proper health care, many serious problems could be avoided because people would get check ups more frequently. Health care should be severed from employer obligation and everyone should pay a tax based on their income. Everyone. A pool of sick and healthy payers is necessary or health insurance will not be affordable. It's like when you only have a few dollars to spend on your friend's birthday present and a bunch of friends get together and pitch in. Those few dollars each contribute buys a nicer, more desirable present. We need to give ourselves a present and introduce single-payer health care and clear the malaise that overshadows each citizen. The malaise that lies just under the surface, subconscious but still present that knows all too well how easily a little disease can wipe out one's life savings and send them into a spiral of despair, particularly if they don't have the years to catch up.