Once more the Man Child president has descended from Mount Olympus to press his holy cause for the salvation of our health care system and through it, the American people. On September 9 our gracious leader addressed a joint session of Congress to put forth the good word, dismiss the heinous rumors of opponents, and give support to his disciples in Congress… Or more accurately spew the same old rhetoric that we have all heard and rejected in the vain hope that he can turn the tide for his destined to fail health care take-over.
While I did not listen to the speech – as I refuse to abuse myself in such a fashion (I’m no masochist) – I have taken the time to read the transcript and below you will find my responses to selected sections. Needless to say that there is much from the Man Child’s speech that beggars response – as most egregious lies, misrepresentations and half-truths do.
There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage. In just a two-year period, one in every three Americans goes without health care coverage at some point. And every day, 14,000 Americans lose their coverage.
A few weeks ago that number was 48 million. What happened? Note the use of the term “American citizens.” It appears that the President decided to be slightly honest with his figures by excluding the 12.6 million illegal immigrants. However, that only brings the number down to 35.4 million. I wonder who else he is now excluding. Would it be the 18 million that can afford insurance and don’t want it? Or the 8.4 million that are between 18-25 and choose not to get insurance? Or the 9.4 million that are between jobs and will have coverage again when they regain employment? Or perhaps the 8 million children covered but their parents have not signed them up and the 3.5 million people that are eligible for government coverage but have not signed up yet? Don’t worry folks… These people’s choices will be made for them if the president has his way. They will be mandated to have coverage. No more right to choose for them.
Then there’s the problem of rising costs. We spend one- and-a-half times more per person on health care than any other country, but we aren’t any healthier for it. This is one of the reasons that insurance premiums have gone up three times faster than wages.
The costs keep rising because of frivolous lawsuits, government mandates, and a lack of any real free market competition (courtesy of the government). As for not being healthier, try telling that the millions of people in single payer systems that have their health care rationed and spend years waiting for surgeries that are standard out-patient procedures here. And forget about cancer treatments.
It’s why so many employers, especially small businesses, are forcing their employers — employees to pay more for insurance, or are dropping their coverage entirely.
It’s why so many aspiring entrepreneurs cannot afford to open a business in the first place, and why American businesses that compete internationally, like our automakers, are at a huge disadvantage.
Obama’s solution is to force these businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to purchase health care for their employees… the same health care that they already can not afford. In other words force them into a public option. No amount of tax credits will change this… none. But fear not automakers, your unionized employees will remain unscathed by the Obamacare insurance taxes – where is that disadvantage again?
And it’s why those of us with health insurance are also paying a hidden and growing tax for those without it, about $1,000 per year that pays for somebody else’s emergency room and charitable care.
And I suppose that putting them on a public plan – still paid for by tax payers and those with insurance – fixes this? Nae, I guarantee that that $1,000 will quickly and painfully escalate.
Finally, our health care system is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers. When health care costs grow at the rate they have, it puts greater pressure on programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
If we do nothing to slow these skyrocketing costs, we will eventually be spending more on Medicare and Medicaid than every other government program combined.
Put simply, our health care problem is our deficit problem. Nothing else even comes close.
This is all very true. However, the solution proposed by the Obama administration defies logic – place an overwhelming majority of Americans on Medicare. Call me crazy but it seems like the solution to unsustainable costs in Medicare and Medicaid would be something other than adding more people to the program – thus increasing its burden.
Since health care represents one-sixth of our economy, I believe it makes more sense to build on what works and fix what doesn’t, rather than try to build an entirely new system from scratch.
Then why are you trying to rebuild it entirely in the image of the failing European systems. Argue all that you want, at the end of the day everyone knows that a public option will become the only option and thus a single payer system. This fact is indisputable to all but the most hopelessly drunk on Obama Kool-Aide. Even the liberal statists admit it… and cheer it.
I’ve said it dozens of times but it bears repeating. The end goal of HR3200 is the destruction of the private health care industry and the establishment of a permanent single-payer system. No amount of speeches, rhetoric or platitudes will change that.
Stay tuned for Part 2.