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where to begin on health insurance reform, part 1
August 19, 2009, 2:30 pm
Filed under: healthcare

How about with the knot in my stomach every time a person who should know better just makes shit up to scare people?  Or people who think they know what they’re talking about ignore direct refutation of their “facts” choosing instead to engage in ridiculous what iffery that causes people with functioning brains to give up trying.   (What if unicorns are allowed gender reassignment surgery under this plan?   Can leprechauns still get their Viagara? )  How about these what ifs … what if all women had access to prenatal care?  What if children got basic preventative medical and dental care and their generally improved health helped them perform better in school?  What if people didn’t have to file bankruptcy when a major accident or illness exposes the holes in their insurance coverage?  (yes, many people who file bankruptcy due to medical bills HAVE insurance). What if people with mental illnesses  had insurance that covered their therapy?  What if people with preexisting conditions could get good insurance to manage their disease without fear of insurance lapse or loss?  The next time someone tosses a ridiculous, unsubstantiated “gut feeling” about the Trojan Horse of impending doom that is basic access to health insurance for the least among us, ask some of those what ifs and see what they say.

This site, basically electronic hip waders for trudging through the BS.  Use it, pass it on.


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All obama will do is outsource anyways. Just think about the all the lobbyists flocking to Washington DC because of obama’s reckless over-spending of $2 TRILLION in just 6 months, which alone is increasing the National Debt by 20%.

Politicians take people’s money and reward the large corporations, in this case companies in the health care industry, since they have the money to more effectively lobby politicians. In the end smaller businesses will be hurt.

Politicians will only reward companies that will be in their best political interest. Honestly, when can you really trust politicians since they are basically professional liars, and being president just means you are the best liar of the time. Why not just give the money directly from the people to the companies and take politicians in government out of the equation?

obama is going to recklessly spend TRILLIONS of tax payers’ money just to give insurance to about 25% of those who do not have it. Over 50% of people’s income go towards taxes, just imagine how many more people will afford health care insurance if their income is almost doubled because of dramatic tax cuts.

Competition is what is needed. It lowers prices of products and services, along with developing new innovations. All of which will benefit consumers. You need to remember that monopolistic tendencies can also apply to government.

The reason why the cost of insurance is high is because politicians in government mandate insurance companies to increase their premiums to pay for ridiculous things. In addition, politicians put up regulations so that Americans are not allowed to get insurance from another state and use the coverage in their own state. This reduces competition making it more expensive for people to get insurance. On top of that medical professionals are not allowed to freely practice their profession in any US state without taking a long and tedious licensing process. This again increases the cost of medical insurance.

In the end, the problem with most economic issues is too much government intervention of the economy by politicians, who will only tend to do things for political self interest. Just like how obama nationalized GM to pander to its unions. Politicians can barely run government, yet people think they can run a multi-national auto manufacturing company?

The solution is SMALLER government, LESS spending, and LOWER taxes.

Comment by Sammy

Thanks for stopping by. I don’t agree with the entirety of your comment, Sammy, but do appreciate the omission of death panels. Planning for a busy weekend ahead so just a few points ..

1. Lobbyists didn’t just flock to DC in the last six month. They live on K Street. Full time.
2. Obama already spent $2 trillion? Not true.
3. Some of us are concerned about one in four citizens lacking insurance.
4. Highest income tax rate is more like 36% on really, really rich people. Capital gains tax (see, also, rich people) more like 16%.
5. Large insurance companies function as a monopoly when you consider how they divide the market and align to block ANY reform or discredit their critics. The public option increases competition.
6. Unlicensed doctors seem like a real bad idea to me. Plumbers, teachers, hairstylists and more are all required to have and maintain licenses and may face different licensing requirements when practicing in a new state. Doctors can do this too.
7. We are agreed that many politicians do things for their own self-interest and to keep their power rather than doing what’s right. GM is not an example of this.
8. Lower taxes doesn’t fix everything—even Ronald Reagan (gasp) raised taxes.

Comment by jessica

Thanks for trying to justify obama’s reckless policies.
1. Large corporations obviously love socialized government spending because it is a lot easier to lobby for one government contract than trying to convince millions of people to purchase your product of service. A more socialistic centrally controlled economy begets more mutual corruption with politicians and large companies because politicians in government control more of the contracts and transactions.
2. obama’s reckless spending policies have already been signed and passed, and thus why it is already being recorded on the Congressional Budget Office’s books. Just go to the CBO website and look at their projections, which are obviously very conservative since they are politicians.
3. I think a lot of people are just more concerned about preaching to other people how “good” they are. “I support universal healthcare!” translation “look how good I am!”
4. People do not just pay income tax there is a wealth of other taxes you need to consider. On top of that inflation is basically another form of tax where the government steals your wealth.
5. Insurance companies can only function as a monopoly with the support of politicians who enact regulations and mandates to hinder the competition. For there to be more competition there needs to be less government intervention.
6. If a doctor is qualified enough to practice in one state why would they not be qualified enough to practice in all 50 states? Think about it, if a doctor needs to get a license for all 50 states it would make it difficult to treat patients. This would also increase disparity and medical costs across the board.
7. Fact: obama nationalized GM to pander to its unions.
8. Taxes are a disincentive. If you raise takes on alcohol less people will consume it. If you raise taxes in a deep recession it will be a lot more difficult to attain economic recovery. Example: If you raise taxes on businesses they will just pass it down to consumers, relocate to a lower tax country, or just go bankrupt. Thus, if you increase taxes the prices of products and services will rise, meaning people will spend less. And, that is bad for the US since 72% of the economy is based on consumer spending.
Please, spend time to think about these facts. Thanks.

Comment by Sammy

Oy. Alright friend. We will have to agree to disagree. We see the world differently and are clearly operating with different sets of facts. I have no inclination to do your homework for you so we’ll have to part ways.

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