Posts Tagged ‘health care’

It is unbelievably freeing to be out of work at this particular time.  Living off the few contracting jobs that can be found, substituting for schools at $7.50 an hour (without an education degree para work is just about all one can get) and off savings makes the health care debate just more noise in the vacuum that is DC.  There is no money in the family budget for health care, especially a plan that may cost more than the mortgage on the house.  What are they going to do, arrest me because I can’t afford to buy health care?  Maybe they’ll foreclose on my house.  That may happen anyway.  So then arrest me, I’ll get three meals a day, a roof and…………wait for it ………….free health care.

Sen.Max Baucus’ (D-Montana) is concerned that the powers that be aren’t explaining the health care plan well enough to the citizens on which it was forced, is somewhat disingenuous at best.  Talk about closing the door after the horse has bolted.   Sir, if you (who voted for it) can’t explain it to your constituents (who didn’t want it and made it clear they didn’t want it) then you, need to find a different job. Something in the extortion/bribery racket perhaps.  Maybe a jail guard if you still maintain you have integrity. They like pushing people around and forcing them to do things they don’t want to do or a teacher,same goes there.  Baucus wants Kathy Sebelius to explain it.  Explain it, she hasn’t even read it.  No one’s read it.  That’s one of the reasons it’s so bloody dangerous.  Once the lawyers get a hold of it no one in the country will be safe.  Except Baucus and Sebelius and their friends.

You see they are exempt. As are the other FOB (friends of barry). It seems that at least 700 companies and a the administration are all exempt. The jury is still out on whether Congress will get a pass, liberals say no-conservatives say yes. It says a lot that the framers of the huge debacle managed to do this:

The new health care law exempts the president from having to participate in it. Leadership and committee staffers in the House and Senate who wrote the bill are exempted as well. A weasel-worded definition of “staff” includes only the members’ personal staff in the new system; the committee staff that drafted the legislation opted themselves out. Because they were more familiar with the contents of the law than anyone in the country, it says a lot that they carved out their own special loophole. Anyway, the law is intended to affect “ordinary Americans,” according to Vice President Joe Biden (who – being a heartbeat away from the presidency – also is not covered), not Washington insiders.

I really love this answer on the cost the law will require from average Americans at Yahoo answers:

It is a 1% of your income, paid at the time you file your taxes. Here is an example of a breakdown for this.
I have a family of four including myself. If I buy family health care it is about $650 a month, multiply that by 12 and you get $7,800. My household brings in $55,000 intaxable income annually. So 1% of that is $550 per person a year, which is $2,200.
$7,800 – $2,200 = $5,600
I can invest the rest in HSAs, which gives me full control over what medical procedures I can get. I don’t have to get anyones permission to get a procedure. I have full control over my life.That fact is that the US goverment is a business, they are out to make money, just like every other business.
(The tip off that this is someone who knows nothing about the issue, is the very last line.  The government is NOT a business, it produces no product or service for pay.  It taxes us to continue to syphon monies to those who it deems deserving. The government raises NO money except by taxation -the taking of money from a group by coercion, blackmail and force for services to others and the providing of bad service to most).
In reality, according to the CBO (Congressional Budget Office):
President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and their allies, are cheerfully citing “ten year” costs of $940,000,000,000.00 — apparently believing this to be a far more palatable figure than $1 trillion.- The Weekly Standard
Among those who will have to pay a mandate penalty, 4.7 million will have incomes below 500 percent of the federal poverty line, according to the CBO, which is projected to be $60,000 for individuals and $123,000 for families of four by 2016. Given that the Supreme Court ruled the mandate was a tax, this would be a direct violation of President Obama’s pledge not to raise taxes on those earning less than $250,000. – Washington Times (read the whole article it’s amazing)
“And despite massive tax hikes and new penalties to pay for the bill, which CBO estimates have risen by another $99 billion compared to their estimates last March … the president’s health spending law will add at least $700 billion to the deficit over its first 10 years. Sadly, it may prove much worse than that.” –  daileycaller.com
And last but by no means least:
Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor PatientMedical Association.
Even if doctors do not quit their jobs over the ruling, America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020. The newly passed health care bill increases the demand for physicians by expanding insurance coverage. This change will exacerbate the current shortage as more Americans live past 65.

By 2025 the shortage will balloon to over 130,000, Len Marquez, the director of government relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges, told The Daily Caller. – Yahoo!News

So now with no reason for lawyers to be trained because there are no jobs for them, we have a doctor shortage.  Here’s a suggestion, make the people who want to be lawyers, doctors.  Allow the same sort of folks who came up with the 2,000+ health care plan have to figure out how to give services to people without enough money to do so. Of course after a one child per family rule (just like China our new benefactors) and the outlawing of care for units (those over 70 who aren’t worth anything to the government-all that Social Security drivel)  there might be some savings realized.  Once you add in the projected savings for the million or so aborted babies and sterilized women (thanks to abortion procedures, forced tubal ligations and vasectomies and other “reproductive health” procedures) the average American family may only be on the hook for a paultry:

Even those making less will have to reach deep into their meager resources to satisfy Obama’s statutory requirement. Families scraping by on only $44,0000 a year will have to pay 7 percent of their income (about $3,000) on insurance. Even those making just $33,000 will have to ante up 4.5 percent of their income (about $1,500) for health insurance. The required payments reach so far down the scale that those who are living at the federal poverty level of $22,000 will have to shell out 2 percent of their totally inadequate incomes ($440) for insurance.

Golly one could go on and on and on and on, the health care mandate sure does.  Here’s the straight scoop.  Health care is broken and it’s bankrupting millions of Americans a year.  It needs to be fixed.  It doesn’t need government supervision.  Look at the Veterans Administration, the IRS, the Education Department just to name a few.  These folks often screw up things that don’t even need to be fixed.  While there are problems with health care Medicare and Medicaid have had decades to fix them for the poor.  They’ve fixed nothing, just exacerbated the problem.  Putting a bandaid on didn’t work, neither will amputating all of the limbs.  There has to be a middle ground but that’s not popular in Washington today because it doesn’t give the government control over 1/6 of the economy.  In reality the government controls so much more than that in regulations, school monies and the military.  The government was never supposed to have such power and the “Constitutional” experts in DC know it.

Powers (according to the Constitution) of the Federal Government:

* Print money
* Regulate interstate (between states) and international trade
* Make treaties and conduct foreign policy
* Declare war
* Provide an army and navy
* Establish post offices
* Make laws necessary and proper to carry out the these powers

No where does it say provide health care, or levy taxes that came later.

It wasn’t until 1913 that the 16th amendment was passed. (allowing the establishment of a taxing system from the federal government) In the preceding years the government acted on the following:

Article I, Section 2, Clause 3:

Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers…[1]

Article I, Section 8, Clause 1:

The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.

Article I, Section 9, Clause 4:

No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.
Before 1913 Tariffs/Custom Duties and Excise Taxes funded the federal government.  It did levy taxes to fund wars but after that the taxes went away.
Here’s an interesting fact:
The Socialist Labor Party advocated a graduated income tax in 1887.[9] The Populist Party “demand[ed] a graduated income tax” in its 1892 platform.[10] The Democratic Party, led by William Jennings Bryan, advocated the income tax law passed in 1894,[11] and proposed an income tax in its 1908 platform.[12] (Remember that Bryan also argued for the prosecution in the Scopes Trial. Was he a real progressive or simply someone who needed to control the thoughts and actions of others. Somewhat akin to progressives today)
So along with slavery, the KKK, and Jim Crow we now have income taxes to thank the Democratic Party for.   Anyone that’s surprised by this is simply NOT paying attention.
What did the Patriots say about the scope of government:
It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense…. They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs.”
— Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations [1776]
“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.” .”
— Noah Webster
“They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare…. [G]iving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please.”
— Thomas Jefferson
How much smarter they were then are we? Without the media, computers, cell phones, fax machines and nuclear bombs, they knew instinctively what was right because they’d fought what was wrong personally. They, as the president has famously said, “had skin in the game”.  Too bad most Americans don’t understand that. Of course having been taught by coaches (because any idiot can teach History) in Social Studies it’s not at all surprising.
It is simply sad.

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