It seems like there are a lot of things being done in Washington right now that add up to politicians just wanting to leave their mark in history. Guess what, politicos, you probably want your legacies to be good things, to be remembered for making our country better.
Small piece of advice: Your mark on history should not be a skid mark.
I read something on Twitter a while back that made me see red. Someone was lambasting Republican governors for wanting a repeal of Obamacare, saying that it was free money and they were heartless to turn it down.
Well, hell. Free money! Awesome. Where do we sign up? Everyone just loves free stuff.
I didn’t engage, didn’t want to get into an argument (i.e. spew facts in the face of someone’s feel-good righteous indignation), but it’s bugged me ever since. Why? Because, when all the talk of Obamacare started, it began hitting people right where it counts: in the wallet.
In January of 2012, our insurance – which we’d had for years and had no problems with – changed. It became more expensive; certain things weren’t covered anymore.
Guess what, Twitter-dude, that free money? Is coming out of our pockets. OURS. You know, the people who aren’t rich, the ones who don’t fall into a high tax bracket, the middle class – the people whose interests Obama is so fond of saying he wants to protect.
This article has a link to the 17 largest insurance companies in the country whose rates are going to skyrocket because of Obamacare. You can probably guess where this is headed.
Yes. My insurance company is on that list.
For the most part I’m preaching to the choir here, I know that, but Obamacare is going to help no one. It’s not going to matter if you want insurance or not, they’re going to fine people who don’t get the package. And God help you if you’re a business; you’ll be forced to pay new federal taxes if you don’t offer this government approved Charlie Foxtrot to full time employees. This will make it more expensive to hire people in the future and, as a consequence, raise unemployment even further.
If you’re interested in reading about the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare) and have neither the time nor the inclination to read the 900+ page condensed version of the bill then Obamacarefacts.com has provided both a page of facts for the Obama Health Care Plan and, if you’re still feeling uninformed, a summary which breaks down the bill ‘section by section’.
You know how bad Obamacare will be when even the Democrats are backing away from the plan. Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana, commented that he can see a huge train wreck coming down.. And, apparently, in Washington, Republicans and Democrats are trying to declare themselves exempt from Obamacare. If they don’t have to suffer the Affordable Health Care Act, why should we?
And then you have to wonder how this will affect our right to confidentiality where our medical records are concerned. With Obamacare, our records will be accessible to the federal government. HIPAA, as regards your right to privacy, may be tossed out for the skimpiest reasons. All of your health care information, every embarrassing health problem, everything you’ve ever told your doctor that s/he’s written down is now in the hands of some low-level bureaucrat and you don’t know if this information will get out. Who will decide what will happen to you based on that information?
And for those pro-choice people out there, what if, now that the government has your records, they see that you’ve had eight or nine abortions before the current one – because you were told that abortions were basically retroactive birth control and were ignorant enough to fall for it – and the government decides that it would be a great idea to sterilize you. Personally, as non-politically-correct as it is, I think that’s a damned fine idea. If the babies you aborted were inconvenient, I hate to see what would happen when you get tired of the ones you actually want.
I’m pretty sure that whole right to privacy thing is important to everyone, even you. One of the main arguments in Roe v Wade was that women have the right to privacy, as protected by the Ninth Amendment.
As for women being told that it was perfectly acceptable to use abortion as a method of birth control, that did happen to a young woman who went into Gosnell’s clinic. A short documentary titled “3891 Lancaster” has an interview with her and another woman. The video is enlightening, but please be aware that there are brutal and shocking images and themes within the video.
Of course, there will be an excuse – probably one easily accepted by the ones who are already full of Kool-Aid – that since Big Daddy Government is now taking care of you, Big Daddy Government needs all the details of your particular health care needs – including the past – so he can take better care of you.
If that doesn’t ring any alarm bells for you, then feel free to stay safe and warm in your straightjacket.
And the propaganda machines rumble along, spreading the feel-good messages, while the drivers of the short buses keep hoping that everyone will stop thinking so much and just drink the damned Kool-Aid already. On January 18th and 19th of this year, a private organization, the Commonwealth Fund, in conjunction with SABEW, held a symposium for the press on how to report on health care.
It’s tough when you have to meet with reporters to make sure they have the company line down straight.