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.
"Universal health care isn't worth our freedom." From Dr. Tom Szasz in the WSJ this morning:
Henry David Thoreau famously remarked, "If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life." Thoreau feared a single, unarmed man approaching him with such a passion in his heart. Too many people now embrace the coercive apparatus of the modern state professing the same design.
Our national conversation about curbing the cost of health care is crippled by the vocabulary in which we conduct it. We must stop talking about "health care" as if it were some kind of collective public service, like fire protection, provided equally to everyone who needs it. No government can provide the same high quality body repair services to everyone. Not all doctors are equally good physicians, and not all sick persons are equally good patients.
If we persevere in our quixotic quest for a fetishized medical equality we will sacrifice personal freedom as its price. We will become the voluntary slaves of a "compassionate" government that will provide the same low quality health care to everyone.
Time for Betsy McCaughey to reprise her key '93-'94 role and torpedo this Byzantine monster, just as she did Hillary's. Have you seen the organizational chart???!!! That alone is enough to scare the hell out of any sane person.
I see commercial potential, though, as a nice piece of "pop" art to hang in the office, nod sagely and pass it off as Andy Warhol's "vision" of our national health care plan, or something. House GOP should copyright it and sell prints for $100 a copy to raise funds for 2010 campaign.
GOP House and Senate conferences better be solidly united against this disaster- should be their ticket back to the majority along with everything else these tyrants have already enacted and are trying to enact. Now is the time to stand against everything the Democrats do, they are really making it so easy.
This post and the one above it about the outline of the health-care financing bill are obviously linked.
For openers, health care and health care financing are no more rights than is housing or a car. We are expected to earn our livings and to decide how to allocate our income and resources. If I choose a smaller home to allow me to buy a boat, that's my family's business. We did choose a larger home and keeping our cars longer. Same thing with health insurance: I retired from the military, having stayed in partly to get the health plan. Others have made other decisions -- as is their right and duty.
The other big concern about nationalizing health care -- the clear goal of this program -- is nationalizing compliance with health care. There are a number of procedures that doctors recommend for people in my age bracket that I think don't apply to me and I have skipped them. Saves money, saves me time, avoids discomfort that I believe would have little or no health benefit in my case. That I BELIEVE will have little or no health benefit. I do not want to pay a "fee" or a "penalty" for not complying with the nationally established "best practice". I don't even want a barrage of letters reminding me to have my cholesterol test, my PSA, my prostate exam and my colonoscopy. I foresee this coming; with electronic health records (actually a good idea) comes the chance to query who filled the square and who's hiding out. Clinics will see their compensation finagled according to compliance levels.
Be sure that, if there is harrassment or coercion on procedures, there will be harrassment and coercion on diet, exercise, tobacco, alcohol -- everything except (just watch) currently illegal drugs or sexually irresponsible behavior.
I've also commented before and will again: there is no Constitutional warrant for any of this. I think that Social Security and Medicare are also unconstitutional and I hope we can find a way out of them. I really want to stop adding a similar program.