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One Possible Future


UPDATE: In the year since this was posted, it doesn’t seem quite so radical. The Gulf oil spill is the latest crisis being used against the American people.  Every day, I fear that we are one step closer to what at one time was unthinkable…

Explore with me one possible future:

“Now for tonight’s headlines.”  The newscaster took a deep breath and sighed uncharacteristically before he continued.  “With the support of all unions, the president has declared the Constitution invalid.  Here’s the Rose Garden press conference…”

“In the interest of global unity, I have declared the Constitution of the United States null and void.  It is no longer practical to allow the citizens to believe they have any influence on the future course of this nation.  We have a greater good we must deal with,” the president paused for dramatic effect, “and I will share what this actually is as you need to know.  Trust me.  In the mean time, I will be the absolute final authority on the American economy and the American people.  All voting will be suspended until further notice.

Now that there is healthcare for all, we need to control the costs.  Everyone is going to have to be realistic in their expectations for their healthcare outcome.  So, there will be mandatory genetic screening, if you have a genetic pre-disposition towards cancer, heart disease or obesity, we will ask you to report immediately for counseling and treatment.  This way we can assure that no one who deserves excellent healthcare will be denied.  Funerals will, of course, be covered by the Single-Payer option.

As for our carbon output, it is time for all Americans to tighten their belts once again.  To discourage the irresponsible use of electricity, we will add an additional 50% surcharge to your bill to help you remember what you’re doing to the earth.  I know there are Internet rumors that claim that Global Warming isn’t based in fact, but we’re going to err on the side of caution and make sure that we win this fight.  Also, all southern states, I know it’s summer, but you can’t go expecting a/c every day, all day.  You’ll just have to go green or get hot.  And since we’re already taxing all American’s in every way we can think of, you probably can’t afford it.”

You are probably thinking, the extreme picture I’ve painted for you above just isn’t possible.  However, it is just one of the many possible futures for America from the cross roads we are standing in.  Before you discount it completely, just think about the fact that the House of Representatives passed CAP and TRADE even though there are studies by MIT and other well respected scientists that say all we are seeing is the normal global cycles of warming and cooling.  Since it is widely accepted that there were at least four major ice ages, it is only logical that there were periods of global warming in between.

Instead, consider what is the motivation for those who are behind the strong push for policy change.  Money and power are at the root of everything we’re seeing.  When the dust settles, we’ll see who made the best deals and won at the expense of the American people.  The winners may be political powers from other nations, union executives and the Washington toads that have sold us out for personal or political gain.  Worse than what I’ve already described, now consider this. Is it that great a stretch of the imagination to believe that there are those in power who would gladly sell America’s future out and have us take on not only a global currency, as they have already alluded to, but come under the authority of a One World Government?

We have an obligation to the Founding Fathers of this nation, to our children and to each other to not sit idly by and watch as our Constitutional rights are systematically dismantled.  Unless We The People stand up and object loudly to what is transpiring in Washington, we will loose the right to disagree, to speak out against, to keep and bear arms and to keep the fruit of our own labors.

Cross-Posted at DirtyRottenScoundrels

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The Future of Healthcare in America – part 2


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We were promised change when Mr. Obama was elected President.  Well, hang on to your wallets and pray you never get sick, change is coming.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) describes a conversation she had with an insurance industry representative. She says: “I said, excuse me sir, the goal of health care reform is not to protect the private health insurance industry.” She adds: “I am so confident in the superiority of a public health care option, that he has every reason to be frightened.”

The idea that there will be more competition in the healthcare sector with the expansion of the Federally funded programs is counterintuitive.  Because Medicare reimbursement rates in some cases are lower than the cost to provide the service, we can expect fewer healthcare providers.  Surely everyone can follow this to the next step.  With fewer providers, it will take longer and longer just to get seen.  We can also expect that there will be fewer expensive diagnostic tests performed as a cost savings measure.

How long will it be before they start making value decisions:  “Mrs. Ray, your mother is old and its just not worth doing the knee replacement since she is not working.  We have decided euthenasia is the best treatment.  That’s a huge savings for the American tax payers.  Not only do we avoid this big expense, but we’ll also be able to stop her Social Security payments.  Thank you for your contribution.”

Michelle Obama is already advocating the idea that some will have to give something up for the greater good.

“The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”

Mrs. Obama, the last time I checked, this is still a free democratic nation.  Are you proposing that you and Mr. President are going to give up a painfully large percentage of your personal pie so that someone else can have more?  Probably not.  It seems likely that Washington will not personally suffer the same sacrifice that is being asked of all.

The Foundry had this to say:

In an Editorial on Monday, the Washington Post said: “For liberals, labor unions and others pushing to make health care available to all Americans, however, the fixation on a public plan is bizarre and counterproductive.”

As for me, if we allow the Federal Government to force Single Payer – Universal Healthcare on us, we can only expect the worst.  Higher taxes to pay for it, a dramatic loss in the quality of healthcare, and eventually a cost/benefit formula to see who qualifies for the right to get what they need.

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The Future of Healthcare in America


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The Wall Street Journal article,

The End of Private Health Insurance. When government ‘competes,’ guess who always wins? quoted here that talks about the end of private insurance as we know it.”

The following is an exerpt from the WSJ article describing how universal healthcare would work:

“This public option will supposedly “compete” with private alternatives. As President Obama likes to put it, those who are happy with the insurance they have now can keep it — and if they happen to prefer the government offering, well, gee whiz, that’s the free market at work. The reality is far different. Not only will the new program become the default coverage for the uninsured, but Democrats intend to game the system to precipitate — or if need be, coerce — an exodus to government from private insurance. Soon enough, that will be the only “option” left.“

Our current system is most definately flawed, but what motivation will providers have to continue in private practice if the Medicare sets the rates.  Currently, in diagnostic imaging for example, the provider barely covers cost, let alone make any profit at all.  Small independent facilities that offer a better out-patient experience are effectively reimbursed at a lower rate than a hospital using the same diagnostic equipment.  Many insurance contract prices are already tied to Medicare rates.  Many doctors will no longer accept Medicare patients, again due to the reimbursement.  If Congress insists on reducing the cost of Medicare on the backs of the providers, they will find themselves without anyone to do the work.

This is what we have to look forward to if we allow Congress to expand Medicare to cover everyone.

P.J. O’Rourke said, “If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it is free.”  Very aptly put.

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The Future of Healthcare in America – Part 2

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