Tag: healthcare

Video Monday: Takei and Hobby Lobby

I bookmarked these two video over the weekend. The first is a TED talk from George Takei. While I’m not fond of TED talks — they often cross me as smug and overly confident in their points — this one explains why George Takei still loves the country that interred him during the war:

(I’ve found this embed tends to hang. If someone has a better link, I’ll update the post.)

This comes close to my view of America. The United States, like all human institutions, is flawed and capable of doing awful things. But the principles on which our nation is founded are a beacon to humanity. And I would take the achievements of America, its role in the world and its history over any other nation on Earth. Takei’s story sounds familiar to me — and probably to many of you as well. Both of my paternal grandparents fled the “Jewish crescent” of Eastern Europe in the early 20th century. Despite the virulent anti-semitism they encountered — they vividly remembered the Leo Frank lynching — they still believed there was nowhere else in the world they would rather be.

The second I couldn’t resist. Takei is calling for a boycott of Hobby after the Supreme Court’s narrow decision last week. This completely useless gesture would accomplish little except making liberals feel better (how many liberals actually go to Hobby Lobby?) Reason, by contrast, proposes some changes to the law that would actually do some good:

The amazing thing about Obamacare is that many liberals believed — many still believe — that Obama “stood up” to the special interests and the healthcare industry. This could not be more false. He “stood up” to the insurance industry by forcing everyone to buy their product, outlawing the cheaper versions of their product and refusing to break the intra-state cartels. He “stood up” to healthcare providers by mandating coverage of expensive procedures and not even considering obvious cost-reducing measure like making birth control available over the counter.

All three of Reasons’s suggestions would be diametrically opposed by the healthcare industry lobbyists who wrote and campaigned for Obamacare. Insurance companies don’t want to offer cheap catastrophic plans. They certainly don’t want to compete across state lines. And providers don’t want more competition And so we can expect the liberal wing to “stand up for the little guy” by continuing to acquiesce to every demand of the industry they supposedly hate.

After healthcare, your savings, food, and security

I guess the best way to get everyone to want to keep around a failing government run Ponzi scheme, is to make any other kind of investment vehicle unattractive. Qeueue the idea that 401Ks should be taxed pre use. Not to mention that once government can raid them through taxes, they also find ways to justify doing what Europeans are talking about or doing to their private investment retirement vehicles – nationalizing these investment vehicles so the government can raid the big cash in them – with a lot more ease.

Just like with healthcare, if you make the system too top heavy, expensive, and unviable, you can get rid of it and have government run it all. It really isn’t a coincidence that they are going after these things. Between healthcare and private retirement vehicles, the government could grab control of trillions of new dollars. And after all, the plan is to control people through their access to this stuff. It is not a coincidence that they are also going after control of what you eat, either.

This is not accidental. And to make sure we all stay well behaved,
they are getting moar dronz! Luckily, some of us get what they are doing. If one was religious shit like this would frighten us. They are a cult.

Stimulus update

If it costs, on average and pulling it off the top of my head, over $600K per job created by the stimuluspatronage bill, then I guess nobody should be surprised that it also cost us tax payers $205,075 to ‘Translocate’ One Shrub from Path of Stimulus Project in glorious People’s Republic of San Fran, where Queen Pelosi reigns supreme:

(CNSNews.com) — The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a $1.045-billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009.

“In October 2009, an ecologist identified a plant growing in a concrete-bound median strip along Doyle Drive in the Presidio as Arctostaphylos franciscana,” the U.S. Department of Interior reported in the Aug. 10, 2010 edition of the Federal Register. “The plant’s location was directly in the footprint of a roadway improvement project designed to upgrade the seismic and structural integrity of the south access to the Golden Gate Bridge.

“The translocation of the Arctostaphylos franciscana plant to an active native plant management area of the Presidio was accomplished, apparently successfully and according to plan, on January 23, 2010,” the Interior Department reported.

The bush—a Franciscan manzanita—was a specimen of a commercially cultivated species of shrub that can be purchased from nurseries for as little as $15.98 per plant. The particular plant in question, however, was discovered in the midst of the City of San Francisco, in the median strip of a highway, and was deemed to be the last example of the species in the “wild.”

Emphasis mine on that critical tidbit about how expensive the plant is to replace by just visiting your average Lowes or Home Depot. And yeah, this incredibly wise and noble decision comes courtesy of the same people that believe government should be running our healthcare. My bet is that given the choice between saving people or plants they will opt to save the plants, no matter the cost, over people, under Obamacare. What a freaking waste, but I am sure none of these tools can be bothered to get angry at this waste. After all, it’s not like it was the military that is all wasted money or something like that!

Think the LSM will report this nonsense? Link it to Obama and Pelosi as it should be? Yeah, me neither.

My Belly and Me

So, yeah, the last few days have been somewhat eventful. My gallbladder attacked me and I had to have a laparoscopic cholecystectomy to get it out. I’m home now, under 24 hours after the procedure, recovering nicely and perusing the last few days of Google Reader to see how stupid the Left has been while I was out (answer: very).

Just one thought I’d like to share:

And the more I think about it, the more I am amazed with modern medicine. A couple of centuries ago, my gallbladder would probably have led me to an agonizing death. A couple of decade ago, I would have had open surgery and spent weeks recovering. Now, four cuts and a day later, I’m home and should be recovered within a week or two.

When people ask me why I oppose socialized medicine, this is the reason. Medical science has advanced with incredible rapidity over the last few decades. And the century ahead is going to be filled with challenges, most notably the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. I do think we can get the same innovation for less money. But I fear the heavy hand of government will retard if not end the kind of innovation that got my gallbladder out with comparatively little fuss.

Bastiat talked about what is seen and what is unseen. In the future, we may see a healthcare system that is “free” and treats us all equally. But what is unseen will be the new techniques and drugs that could have made our lives safer and healthier.

Obama economy made me do it!

This story is just too crazy to make up. here are the details.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — A former Columbus police officer admitted in court that he robbed a bank last year so he can get health benefits being in a federal prison. Edward Pascucci told U.S. District Court Judge Clay D. Land Thursday that he was facing “severe health problems” and homelessness when he decided to rob the Citizens Trust Bank last August, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

“I didn’t want to be homeless,” Pascucci said, according to the paper. “I should not have manipulated the justice system, but I couldn’t think of any other way to get help.” The FBI said Pascucci walked out of the bank with more than $1,000, according to WTVM-TV. He was jobless for more than a year when the crime occurred. Pascucci – who served as a police officer for 15 years – was sentenced to five years and three months in prison.

Things are so bad you decide prison is a good alternative? And you used to be in law enforcement? In addition to pointing out how messed up things are, this whole thing tells me we should wonder if we coddle people in prison too much. Tax payer provided healthcare, three meals, roof over your head, and from what others say, sex too. Dang, and here I thought Obamacare was going to fix everything if we just passed it.

Government run Healthcare genius.

I am not at all surprised to find that the people that so love and want government controlled healthcare – because of those evil profit making insurance companies and their callous ways – would think this refusal to be genius and just:

A man from Nyköping in eastern Sweden has been denied a power wheelchair despite having had both of his legs amputated as the local health authority remained “uncertain if the impairment was permanent”. The man had his legs amputated after a long struggle with diabetes, but despite being unable get about, his application for a power wheelchair has been denied. “I was bitterly disappointed in the local authorities. I don’t feel I got the support I deserve,” Evert Stefansson told The Local. Evert Stefansson had struggled with his health for a long time. As a long-suffering diabetic his kidneys have taken a beating, as has his eyesight.

I would also not be surprised to find out that they refused him because they think he isn’t doing a good job dealing with his diabetic condition. It’s just as likely to be that as it is them callously calculating that he isn’t long for this world and a set of wheels would be wasted on him. Of course, it could also be that they think this guy has lizard DNA and will regrow his appendages or that he is slated to get bionic legs and thus not need them sweet wheels. Any way you cut it, it isn’t what they tell us it is going to be when the “right” people are in charge of this stuff.

Funny how the left wants “less democracy” when they are in power, huh?

Peter Orszag, one of those evil Wall Street types – he is Vice Chairman of Citigroup, one of the left’s biggest money bag operations -that once was the 37th director of the Office of Management and Budget, under President Barack Obama, has an article out in the New Republic where he is lamenting the evils of democracy, and all out pining for the bureaucratic aristocracy class to simply ignore the process and do what they feel is best. Here are his words:

So what to do? To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.

Frankly, one of the things I like the most is gridlock. Whenever DC can’t agree on anything “We the people” are spared all sorts of horribly stupid, disastrously costly, massively freedom robbing, and oft time outright evil legislation – always cloaked with the mantle of that shafting being “well meaning”, “socially just”, or to protect some victimized group – from them. It is absolutely a rare occasion when these fools pass anything of real value for us the people.

I frankly wish we had had a lot more gridlock when these crooks rammed Obamacare down our throats, in a purely and partisan vote that had necessitated hundreds of billions in graft money, paid for by the US tax payer, to buy the necessary votes from members in their own party preceding it, followed by massive favoritism in the form of special exclusions for the big donors that then tried to avoid the disastrous government takeover of healthcare this bill was designed to bring forth. And let’s not forget the blatantly obvious bullshit that the OMB did when Orszag was there to pretend Obamacare would somehow actually reduce the cost of this massive entitlement. American tax payers are in dire straights already, but wait until this fisting rolls us over. I bet even democrats will wish they had failed to pass this shit sandwich.

And I remind you that it was gridlock that prevented the democrat controlled congress from doubling down on the stupid with “Cap & Tax”. Of course, people that feel like Orszag that democracy for the stupid little serfs is such a problem in getting things done and that our aristocratic political class should simply “do by committee what they feel is in the best interest of the country” – that’s in quotes to point out it is as a snark, because what they are really doing is what is in their best interests, first, second, third, anything in between, and even last – are now implementing what they found to politically unsound and costly to do in the legislature, to avoid the wrath of the US voter, by just such a committee at the EPA. And we all know how destructive it will be to our economy.

More important however is the way the left feels about this idea when the other side has power. If they really believed this whole “rule by committee instead of democracy” pap Orszag is now selling us, wouldn’t they be for it when the other side was in power too? History kind of shows us that’s absolutely and undoubtedly not the case. Remember the gyrations Bush went through to get anything? Yeah, I know the left now pretends these things never happened, but those of us that paid attention or do not suffer from the self induced amnesia the left suffers from when it comes to facts & truth, know better.

Beware these crooks. In the name of doing more for us they are yet again trying to fool us into giving up another set of freedoms and a key vehicle to prevent them from doing far greater harm than they have already inflicted on us, in a much faster timeframe, so they can rake us over the coals even harder. Do not worry much about Wall Street: fear the fucking government that tells you it wants to just steamroll its agenda even when it holds the majority of the engines of power but can not get its will done because the fucking peasants won’t shut up and let their betters do what will save the political class’ collective hide at the expense of the serfs. Fuck em all.

Preparing the battlepace for Obamacare

That’s what your tax dollars are doing over at NPR, where they spent 4 minutes talking about how evil the conservative judges on the SCOTUS were while ignoring the one with most strikes against them: Obama’s appointee Kagan.

Have no doubt that this is the left preparing the battle space for the Obamacare fight. The constitution is toilet paper to these people. Big government the only answer. And what a way to gain real control of people controlling their access to healthcare gives you. The left is playing for keeps, and they are going to try real hard to use the courts to get them what they told us we needed to elt them pass before we could find out what was coming our way, despite the consitutionality fo the whole thing.

Expect a lot more of this from the LSM.

It’s not my bad priorities, lack of understanding about economics, stupid beliefs, or incompetence: it’s bad luck!

That’s what Obama told people on the campaign trial when discussing the horrible economy we are straddled with under his presidency. So, if you will follow along here, and allow me to set this up with some facts, I will put some perspective on this claim. First off, according to Obama and the left’s reckoning, the economy went south because of evil Boosh. W’s his tax cuts for the rich and his wars to steal oil – do they still call it that these days? – being the main reasons, and not the growth of the entitlement nanny state, though. Those of us that know better know we had an implosion in the housing market because for 3 decades democrats pushed laws and guaranteed government backing to lenders to get them to go along with the insane practice of forking over huge sums of money to bad risks – because they believed that homeownership, like healthcare, was a right – then tried to hide the bad loans using Freddie & Fanny and a whole lot of trading schemes and scams, until the whole house of cards came tumbling down.

They will also tell you evil Boosh threw a whole bunch of money at Wall Street when this happened. The fact is Bush’s people wanted $350 billion, Pelosi’s congress jacked it up to $700 billion. We should have spent exactly $0 and let all these banks go belly up. It would have hurt for a year or so, but we would have been fine after that. And most of that money went to bail out friends of the democrats. That was followed, with Obama as president by then, by a stimuluspatronage bill that’s going to cost tax payers over a trillion dollars when said & done, that served primarily to help service the usual democrat constituencies – federal & state workers, lobbyists, big donors, and eventually campaign coffers – at the expense of over one million private sector jobs according to economic analysts that understand how dumb the Keynesian bull is.

But they did not stop there. While they where siphoning massive quantities of money from the private sector, pissing away tons of money we don’t have, tacking on about 2 trillion of new debt every year, and letting the very architects of the regulatory morass that led to the housing collapse rewrite the rules of the game, they also wanted to push a massive “Cap & Tax” bill – for the environment and to push green jobs! – created the most hostile anti-business environment ever, ratcheted up the class warfare, and passed what will likely become the final nail in the American coffin, Obamacare, on a purely party line vote, after throwing billions in bribe money at their own party members to get them to go along and setting up a scheme for their friends to get exclusions to the law.

The class warfare rhetoric & anti-business agenda has been so evident and thick, against the people most needed to invest and grow the economy that it is an insult to hear any democrat, and especially the president, pretend they give a rat’s ass about anything but government control of the markets, and certainly their track record proves that what they did was anathema to job creation of any kind in the private sector. Hence the tour to convince people that the problem isn’t them, but bad luck:

At a town hall meeting on his campaign-style tour of the Midwest, President Obama claimed that his economic program “reversed the recession” until recovery was frustrated by events overseas. And then, Obama said, with the economy in an increasingly precarious position, the recovery suffered another blow when Republicans pressed the White House for federal spending cuts in exchange for an increase in the national debt limit, resulting in a deal Obama called a “debacle.”

“We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again,” Obama told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa. “But over the last six months we’ve had a run of bad luck.” Obama listed three events overseas — the Arab Spring uprisings, the tsunami in Japan, and the European debt crises — which set the economy back. “All those things have been headwinds for our economy,” Obama said. “Now, those are things that we can’t completely control. The question is, how do we manage these challenging times and do the right things when it comes to those things that we can control?”

Let that sink in. After owning government for 2 years and focusing on anything but getting the private industry to create jobs, they blame the fact things have gotten worse not on their actions, policies, and beliefs, but on bad luck! Anyone that believes this nonsense deserves this economy. The problem isn’t bad luck: it’s the downright hostility towards the private sector, job creators, and anything not controlled and run by the academics in government, coupled with a heavy dose of incompetence, if not outright malicious forethought and action, all while pissing away trillions of dollars, that has basically pushed investors, job creators, and even the American people into playing tortoise, hoping this ill wind blows over sooner than later.

If Obama wants to blame things on bad luck, blame it on the bad luck that we had so many people fall for the propaganda that turned a community organizer/academic with a resume that’s thinner than that of the average college grad into the second coming. I guess the adage that history repeats itself is playing itself out. People forgot the Carter years. Obama is hell bent on making those of us that do remember those finally say someone did worse than Carter.

Some more perspective

One of the arguments that the left pushes in their quest to make government control and run healthcare is that evil for profit corporations in the insurance industry screw people over. Of course, knowing how inefficient and ineffective government is at anything it undertakes due to my interactions with it, I am usually flabbergasted that they feel government will do a better job. Seriously, when the “social justice”, “war on poverty” big government can’t do it right and billions are squandered, why would anyone think a big government bureaucracy will do anything else?

The federal government’s largest housing construction program for the poor has squandered hundreds of millions of dollars on stalled or abandoned projects and routinely failed to crack down on derelict developers or the local housing agencies that funded them.

Nationwide, nearly 700 projects awarded $400 million have been idling for years, a Washington Post investigation found. Some have languished for a decade or longer even as much of the country struggles with record-high foreclosures and a dramatic loss of affordable housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees the nation’s housing fund, has largely looked the other way: It does not track the pace of construction and often fails to spot defunct deals, instead trusting local agencies to police projects.

The result is a trail of failed developments in every corner of the country. Fields where apartment complexes were promised are empty and neglected. Houses that were supposed to be renovated are boarded up and crumbling, eyesores in decaying neighborhoods.

That’s the future of healthcare too. Except the numbers will be in the trillions, and the fields won’t be empty, but full of graves of people that were “helped” by government run healthcare. I know how the left will defend this! Its healthcare, so this is real “serial”, and they will definitively do it right because of that, and they will make sure the right people are in charge! Heh! Epic fail.