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.
In response to our Massachusett's reader's heated objections to the new law, Bruce Kesler of Democracy Project emailed this:
I suggest he read this at National Review( http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/haislmaier200601271110.asp ), and realize many of his objections are met, and many of many others' are met, including why someone else should be responsible for his family exceeding his means to pay, and including that limited (more toward what he calls catastrophic) policies will be available at a more affordable cost.
Are even conservatives so dead to reason that they can not understand the very existence of someone who would object to this on principled grounds?
I read Haislmaier's piffle before. I read Sally Pipes thing before too. She know what she's talking about. He doesn't.
Hey Bruce, maybe you should read Haislmaier yourself:
"While his proposal does provide some regulatory flexibility to enable insurers to offer cheaper plans through the exchange, Romney knew from the start he didn't have the votes for a full repeal of Massachusetts's community rating and mandated-benefit laws."
Let me translate for the Edmund Burke impaired: The yoghurt enemas are still covered by law. If you're point is, it could and would have been worse, I said so in my last rant. It's cold comfort to any that think going down the chute slowly isn't the opposite of going down the chute.
Every time I go to the doctor, and offer to pay for what I'm getting, I get looked at like I'm insane. It's an incredible ordeal at the hospital to get anyone to look at you without sitting through fifteen minutes of impassioned pleas to sign up for welfare. They, like Bruce, can't understand a situation where a person would decline to take what should be charity even if they qualify for it. And anybody that has two eyes in their head knows what happens to those that accept goverment supervision of their affairs in exchange for "benefits." Please look up "Moynihan."
I have first hand knowledge of government mandated insurance that you are not allowed to opt out of, Bruce. it's called flood insurance. 12 years ago, I was informed if I wanted to live in my house I had to get it. And the nice government took care of it. Don't worry, it's cheap, they said. It cost around $500.00 a year.
I didn't need it. I didn't want it. I had to have it.
It costs $2600.00 dollars this year, Bruce. Why so much? Because I have a basement below a certain elevation. What's not covered by the insurance? Flooding in the basement. And the benefit max is capped at $250k, even though my house costs twice that, and would have to be totally destroyed by flood to get the $250k. Welcome to government supervised insurance, Bruce.
I get private insurance for my fire policy. If my house is hit by a meteorite, trampled to splinters by a herd of rabid wildebeest, burnt, blown up, eaten by termites, flattened by a tornado, or if someone pretends to fall down on my lawn and shows up at the court with a neck brace and a ravenous lawyer, you know, like the ones passing this stupid health care fine I gotta pay to avoid their "help," I'm covered for anything you can think of , and many things you can't, with a limit of liability in the millions, for 600 bucks.
To paraphrase the Sundance Kid: "You keep thinkin' Bruce, that's what you're good at."
I adore my friends at Maggies. I sheepishly direct them and all others to their masthead:
"Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for."