Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley must have based her most famous book on some earlier version of Obamacare. That Federal program has all the earmarks of her hideous creation and now it is failing economically and medically, circling the bowl and imploding before our eyes. It is so obvious that any semi-observant person must be aware of the coming train wreck.
Clearly semi-observant does not apply to the entirety of the Democrat party. If Chuck Schumer had been the captain of the Titanic he would have counseled the passengers, following the sideswipe by a passing iceberg, to stay calm. None of the life boats would have been deployed. He would have advised everyone that the bar was open and that a new supply of ice had just been brought on board. Perhaps he would have provided an updated schedule for arrival in New York because there might be a slight delay due to the pesky gash in the hull. But in no case would there be any suggestion that the voyage would not progress swimmingly there being no foreseeable problem…maybe the water was rising because of global warming!
It is stunning that the Democrats are utterly incapable of recognizing an obviously failed program. But it does explain a lot. What national debt?
Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of the mayor of the Chicago chapter of Murder, Inc., appears regularly on the various news programs to defend the indefensible and point out to the Pavlovian dogs on the left the many successes of Obamacare even as everything is in tatters. Emanuel is the stereotypical “progressive”. He is convinced that he is very, very, very intelligent, all empirical evidence to the contrary. And because of his towering intellect he feels that he should provide for the well-being of the common man (not financially, of course, because that is the job of the taxpayers) and make all the important decisions that the lesser lights are just not equipped to handle. He believes firmly that the Waco Kid from Blazing Saddles said it all: “These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know . . . morons”. The problem for the progressives tends to be that they are not capable of dealing with the slightest show of discontent by the “morons”. Ingrates one and all!
The leading practitioner of this vainglorious arrogance is Chauncey Gardiner (aka Barack Obama). He was always surprised that the average American did not swoon when they witnessed the self-identified genius and tender ministrations of the former President (that term is music to most ears). We must always remember that he genuinely believes that “by every measure the nation is better off now than when (he) took office in 2008″…which is, of course, delusional.
And now the Republicans are in the process of repealing Obamacare and designing a replacement. This Herculean task will not be made easier by the fact that the captain of the Titanic can see no reason to repeal and replace such a successful program. Admittedly it will be very difficult because…
Healthcare is NOT a right! As you have read on this site previously you cannot have a right that imposes a burden on a third party. Do you have the right to force a doctor or hospital to provide healthcare? Of course not. An acquaintance of the legal persuasion argued, in response to this that point, that everyone does have a right to have access to healthcare. But that raises the question…affordable healthcare? High quality healthcare? If so then we have created a right to healthcare.
Concomitantly does each person have the right to decline health insurance? The answer has to be yes. Which then raises the moral dilemma…must society take care of someone who elects not to have such insurance? The answer must be no. But what if a person cannot afford healthcare insurance (this applies to the folks who have been priced out of the market by Obamacare)? This is the purpose of Medicaid. You rarely hear stories of sick or injured people being turned out of the emergency room because they have neither insurance nor the ability to pay. Who picks up the tab in this circumstance? The hospital and it is then passed on to patients who have insurance or money for healthcare in the form of higher prices.
Rule of thumb: If they have to make it mandatory then: (a) it is not a workable program, and (b) you won’t like it. Social security is the best example of this point because…
The Federal government is absolutely incapable of doing anything economically or successfully. How can any sane person, surveying the wreckage of the New Deal and the Great Society, think otherwise? Obamacare is the QED of that observation…costs out of control, coverage diminishing, the insurance companies pushed into financial chaos, and, of course, many have neither their plan nor their doctor despite the promises of Chauncey Gardiner. Healthcare is properly a function of the various states. Let the experiments begin and the successful programs will be adopted by the states with failed programs such as Romneycare. “One size fits all” will never work as the UK has demonstrated. This will not stop California from trying to attract everyone who wants the world’s biggest entitlement cornucopia the laws of economics be damned! Governor Moonbeam’s plan is to grow the state until they have 271 electoral votes.
Progressives like Ezekiel Emanuel are incapable of managing anything more complex that a one car parade.
But, then again, the purpose of most progressive policies is to create dependence, the antithesis of liberty. The government establishes control over the sheeple by creating fear (e.g. global climate change or terrorism) or by making the people dependent on the largess of the regulatory state (e.g. welfare or mandatory healthcare). The not so Great Society implemented by Landslide Lyndon is the classic example. The poorest Americans have been made completely dependent on the government and they will respond politically to any politician who suggests that transfer payments will be eliminated or reduced. Listen to the caterwauling by the Democrats in response to the plan to repeal Obamacare. Somewhere between 15 and 750 million people will lose their healthcare they say and this will result in all sorts of horrors. By which they mean the system will be like it was before Obamacare when there were no wholesale medical crises. Pelosi and Schumer are terrified that the umbilical cord may be cut!
Doctors and hospitals, according to Democrat shills, universally oppose the Republican option. Even Kim Jong Un is envious of that level of consensus. It mirrors the “scientific” support of man-made global climate change which means…it is bogus. Nonetheless they are not short on foolish prescriptions for reducing overall costs.
My personal favorite is “making” us healthier which will reduce the need for healthcare. And how, pray tell, will we “make” people healthier. If it involves jogging I will lead the rebellion! The simplest way to reduce cost pressure on the system would be to address the largest self-inflicted health issue…tobacco related diseases. We will wait in vain for someone to recommend that we ban the manufacture, distribution and sale of tobacco products. Crickets! As it turns out the state and Federal governments have discovered that they can impose onerous taxes on addictive tobacco products to support the failing public school system and the heroin-like addiction to this revenue stream creates a Hobbesian Dilemma. The good news is that tobacco shortens lives thereby reducing the burden on the social security Ponzi scheme. So don’t count on this obviously logical solution.
But wait…why not deny healthcare to anyone who engages in unhealthy behavior say, for example, smokers and other devotees of the tobacco pleasures? That almost begins to make sense until you encounter the slippery slope. Can we deny healthcare to people who engage in risky sexual practices that result in STD’s and AIDS? The might be perceived as politically incorrect which means it is DOA.
Maybe we just deny healthcare to anyone who voted for Trump…a concept the left would eagerly embrace.
We have not yet discussed the issue of medication which is a huge part of the healthcare cost conundrum. We have generously provided a program under medicare covering prescriptions, which program bends the cost curve in the wrong direction. Would it be insensitive to suggest that the American people are wildly over-medicated? We have reached a point where we have medication addressing the epidemic of erectile dysfunction which managed to go without treatment for, say, 5,000 years. We start by prescribing Ritalin to children who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which manifests itself when children act like energetic children. Can’t have that going on in the schools! When the author of this post was young he had High Definition ADHD and it went unmedicated for his entire life without ill effect. There is a pill for every known disorder except and inordinate fear of chalk writing on flat surfaces but I am sure a team of scientists is, even now, working on that critical issue.
We await developments as the Trump administration continues airbrushing Chauncey Gardiner from Presidential history.
Next post will address the failure of public education which Captain Schumer refuses to recognize or fix.