I was talking the other night with a few friends, and a liberal buddy and his girl, were the ones primarily trying to prove to me how stupid I was for not being as enlightened as they are. The topic was Obamacare, and how despite all the lying, failures, increased costs & lost plans, and the fact that much worse was still to come, that they felt it was a good thing. And they admitted that the feel good part was more important than the thing working right, which is baffling, but that was not the thing that really bowled me over. Progressives have been instituting stupid, horribly flawed, and incredibly damaging policies for decades, and we still get told that we are the ones that are in the wrong for pointing out that good intentions are not enough.
Anyhow, we had been discussing the inadequacy of the law, and as an example, I put up the abysmal record of Medicare & Medicaid, which my own doctor just recently decided to stop working with, because it was simply not financially viable. I told them that I saw this trend becoming even more prevalent, as people in the medical profession, burdened with more and more regulation and the massive costs of that regulation, simply could not keep operating at the loss that Medicare and Medicaid cause. Their only option was to then stop dealing with these government programs. In fact, I pointed out, the same would happen with Obamacare. They were not fazed and even smugly told me they had already thought this through and had a solution. I readied myself for whatever the talking point of the left was – these progtards are nothing but predictable, and you know they get their marching orders from whatever machine tells them what to think – that they would be using to make the insane argument that people should operate businesses at a loss.
To my surprise the solution they proposed, well the girl did, was to force anyone in the medical field to take Medicaid and Medicare patients or be denied the ability to keep practicing. I was stunned. I asked her if she really meant that she wanted a law that forced medical professionals to work for the state at a loss, and she told me, without batting an eye, that she felt it should be so. After all, healthcare is a right, so nobody should be able to do anything that affected people’s ability to get it, so no one should have the right to turn down patients covered by these two government programs. And yes, when I asked her even if it meant their business would have to somehow find a way to keep operating with a big loss, she told me it had to be absolutely so. Her boyfriend that knows me better and had been on the receiving end of some of these conversations with me before, already saw the trap I had laid and tried, to walk it back, but it was too late.
I ignored the boyfriend’s attempt at damage control and pointed out then that she was basically a proponent of slavery. She was stunned. She tried to justify her ludicrous stance, but I would have none of it. When the state can force you to work, not only against your own interests but for peanuts, it is tantamount to indentured servitude. Indentured servitude is a form of slavery. I was not done however, so I asked her why stop with people in the medical profession? We all have to eat to live. That makes it an essential right, doesn’t it? Make people working in industries related to food work for a lot less than the operation of their businesses cost, and tell them to suck it the fuck up too. In fact, make everyone obligated to work for the state, and do it at a loss. That way the state can do a lot more with less! Instant deficit spending solution! I am sure that is the only way to really be just/fair about it all too. She actually was ready to tell me she felt that maybe it wasn’t a bad idea at all, so she did not take kindly to my finishing comment that such a novel system should be tried: after all, its not as if it was done before, and what could go wrong? She had a blank look on her face, but her boyfriend knew exactly what I was talking about. When he pointed out that they didn’t want a repeat of the USSR she got it. At that point they just wasted my time for 20 more minutes trying to pretend that somehow they could do communism better here because our leaders were not the craven and evil megalomaniacs that every other socialist paradise ended up being run by.
The thing is that in the end her argument – actually their argument – was that the problem was mine. That despite the obvious fact that the issue was that she didn’t realize the destructive and stupid thing she was proposing. Instead what she took from the conversation was that she had to be more careful about how she communicated what she wanted. I then pointed out that knew progressives were real good at saying one thing, making it sound awesome, and then fucking people over, but the shit they wanted to do remained fundamentally freedom robbing and despotic . Kind of like what Black Jesus and Team Blue have been doing for the last 5 years, and in particular about the Obamacare fiasco.
At that point they decided it was better to pick on Miley Cyrus for no longer wanting to be the Disney good girl, but the discussion we had had left me thinking. Was this really the strategy the left would employ: push for medical entities that dropped Medicaid, Medicare, or even Obamacare insurance for maybe a cash only system, to be forced to take them, regardless of the loss, or no longer be able to operate? I would not be surprised to find out that democrat politicians or members of the media are already telling the people pointing out how many medical entities are dropping Medicaid and Medicare coverage, especially with so many of the small practices even talking about going to a cash only system, not to worry. They can after all use the threat of force from Leviathan to force them to accept these deficient systems. Or else.
Yeah, this system where we all work for the state will be awesome. Nothing can go wrong….