Government Managed Healthcare Tantamount to Murder?

The stories regarding horrendous conditions within the British managed healthcare system are legion, and now comes the claim that the system is actually a pathway to death for the elderly.  The issue of course, is that in a health system funded solely through taxation services always have to be rationed.  So don’t take the article to mean that the British healthcare system is intentionally murdering people.  yet at the end of the day thats precisely what its doing.  When scarce resources have to be allocated, they’re more likely to be allocated to the young and that simply isn’t something we should contenence here in the United States.

While there are a litany of issues — severe and other wise — with the patch work of healthcare and insurance systems here in the U.S., I don’t want to see us march down the road of Britain like a bunch of lemmings either.  We can do much better, and without consigning our elderly to the deathchamber of centrally managed healthcare.  Foremost is controlling skyrocketing healthcare costs, which Obamacare doesn’t even begin to provide.  The issue of ever increasing cost is a complex one with no single solution, yet the first step should be to enact Tort reform enabling Doctors and Hospitals to control their insurance costs.  Those costs are passed along to each of us in turn, and doctors are forced to defensively order batteries of needless medical tests for no other reason than as insulation from possible future legal proceedings.  The costs of which are also passed along to us all.

Secondly, Congress should enact cross state insurance pools, and allow insurance companies to sell insurance across state lines as well.  Larger pools mean lower premiums, and that is never a bad thing.  Third, the States and Congress should enforce existing laws, or enact them as needed to better regulate the industry and vet premium increases.  There should be clear, convincing documentary evidence required for premium increases.  And that simply isn’t my impression now.  In most cases I’m a proponent of less regulation, but I believe the record is clear that in the healthcare insurance industry, the industry has failed to regulate itself.  And that lack of self regulation has caused great harm.

Beyond controlling cost, the States and Congress also need to address egrgious industry practices that directly harm consumers.  States and consumers need real teeth to combat those practices that can, and have lead to death or debilitation through lack of medical treatment.  Examples of which are the well documented policies of insurance agencies to intentionally deny claims for non-medical reasons, and the intentional cancellation of consumer policies when healthcare claims are made.  My sister-in-law is an example of this second practice.  She lost her healthcare three years ago when she was diagnosed with a chronic illness.  After nearly 20 years of maintaining healthcare insurance, and being in good health, the company refused to renew her insurance at the end of the term after submitting her claim.  She was unable to find comparable coverage afterward that would cover her (pre-existing condition), and couldn’t afford the one policy that would.  Practices such as these should come with very real consequences to the companies that practice them, and what’s more, can be done Constitutionally.

That Democrats have refused to discuss, let alone enact, many of the similar proposals Republicans have put forth over the last 20 years shows that the Obamacare is more about politics than it is about ensuring the health of American citizens.  Obamacare will eventually lead to single payer system, with its inevitible rationing and treadmill to the “death panels” which Britain itself is experiencing.

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The things people say when they think no one is listening

Not that a Michael Bloomberg endorcement would be anything to desire as a Republican, but in a candid moment when Michael Bloomberg lets slip that Mitt Romney would be a better President than Barack Obama?  You know that must have had a few tongues wagging in the west wing!  Of course Bloomberg is only saying what a lot of Democrats of thinking, even if they can’t say it publicly.  So now can we Republicans start saying to Democrats that if they don’t vote for Mitt Romney that they are Religious Bigots?

Admittance of Media Bias and Denial

Just occasionally you actually hear someone *in* the main stream media admit what the rest of us already know.  Or at least the rest of us who are not left leaning wing nuts who benefit from the media bias.  I’ve seen statistics that something like 70-80% of journalists identify as, and vote Democrat.  So it was surprising and gratifying to see Les Moonves of CBS make this public assertion recently.  Not so happy to see him duck back into the closet of denial again however.  Les, you can trust me when I say this.  CBS is partisan, and is biased just like ABC and NBC.

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The economy is fine?

Mr. President, let me be the latest to remind you of a few inconvenient truths.  The economy is not fine; not close to fine; and will never be fine as long as you remain in office because you lack the belief in capitalism and lack in the understanding of how capitalism works.  That economy that you claimed today was fine?  It’s limping along at less than 2% growth, in a recovery period that began in June 2009.  As average economic growth prior to 2008 was above 3%, that means we will never actually recover and gain back what we’ve lost these three years.  In the last 37 recoveries, after recessions, the average rate of economic growth has been greater than 4%, marking this recovery — officially — as the slowest recovery with the least economic activity out of the 37.  That isn’t fine Mr. President.

Growth won’t increase because the engine for growth starts and ends with jobs.  We are currently experiencing the lowest labor participation rate since 1982 — 30 years.  The fewest people in 30 years are actually working right now, today.  You might think otherwise because the unemployment rate had been declining in the last few months, but I assure you it is.  The official unemployment rate — the U-3 rate — doesn’t track those individuals who had previously been employed full time and now are not.  If those individuals are currently working part time, they’re still counted as employed.  Well, they are, fair enough.  But the official unemployment rate also doesn’t track those individuals who had been previously unemployed and who have given up entirely and are no longer working.  Those individuals are only tracked in another rate, called the U-6 rate, which the media never talks about.  That rate stands at 10.3% today, but I don’t need to actually tell you that.  If you’re looking for a job today my guess is you already know it innately.

If you’re looking for work today, you know the economy certainly is not fine.  President Obama?  He’s completely disconnected from reality.

Unemployment Rates and Correlations

I’ve been sifting through raw government data again this evening. I know, bad Torpeo!  I wanted to capture three facts that will not fit the Obama 2012 narrative very well.  The Average Unemployment Rate between 1970 and May 2012 has been 6.4%.  The average unemployment rate under the George W. Bush administration was 5.3%, and includes the Fall months in 2008 when the unemployment rate began to rise.  Incidentally the average unemployment rate in 2008 was 5.8.  The average unemployment rate under the Obama administration has been 9.2%.

2009 average: 9.3%
2010 average: 9.6%
2011 average: 9.0%
2012 average: 8.2%

All of the rates were calculated from the official U-3 figures, which are misleading as I recounted yesterday.  But that being said, they’re the official rates and so I’ve used them.  All of this is terribly bad news for President Obama.  I don’t recall President Reagan ever complaining how he inherited a bad economy from President Carter, but I do remember him taking us through a terrible recession that had an extended period of even higher unemployment than President Obama and the United States have experienced here.  Under President Reagan the country experienced 10 strait months of unemployment over 10%.  Even then he didn’t complain about President Carter, which points to two certain correlations.  First, President Obama is a whiner.  Second, President Obama is no President Reagan.

Voting with my Wallet

The level of stupidity of the average liberal entertainer never ceases to amaze me. At the same time they both scream for the government to protect their right to vomit whatever their few brain cells can muster, and for the government to stop others from speaking out in response. It’s a hypocrisy of giant proportion. A condition undoubtedly brought about by something in the Californian water.

Evidently those towering intellects of the left coast don’t realize the same right to spew stupidity is the same right accorded to others which enables them to register their displeasure; to judge. Evidently it never occurred to some of those geniuses that when your livelihood is entertainment and relies on the positive impressions of others, you might not want to antagonize a hefty percentage of the public with your partisan political agenda.

Which brings me to my point. Liberals are always threatening boycotts and it’s about time they reap what they’ve sown. It’s high time we conservatives stop funding liberal entertainers and the Hollywood entertainment machine.  Ever dollar we provide it is used against us, and I see no reason to enrich those who revile the very principles this country was founded upon and which we conservatives cherish.  Let us teach those on the left they can spit upon out institutions, our country, and our beliefs but they won’t get rich doing it.

As an example I’ve stopped purchasing music by groups who actively attacked the right.  Likewise I’ve stopped seeing movies, watching TV shows or series, and purchasing DVDs with active left leaning actors and actresses.  And I’ve stopped purchasing books from authors who actively campaign against my principles.  I encourage others to do the same.  I’d rather do without than see another single dollar of mine find its way to the wallets of the likes of Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, and others.

This is why Obama can’t run on his record

Obama never really quit campaigning after the 2008 election.  Undoubtedly he must have been thinking forward to all of the accomplishments he was going to usher through Congress as he stood under Greek columns in 2008 accepting the Democratic nomination for President.  Not many think he’ll make that mistake again — of festooning with such pomp again that is.

But life has a habit of not going the way we want it to.  And for someone who spent his entire life ducking responsibility — drug use, refusal to take stands on controversial legislation, minimal private sector work experience — he simply wasn’t prepared for the disappointments and tasks that would lay ahead of him.  Instead of walking into the White House and immediately getting to work setting the economy to right, he lacked executive experience and knowledge that he would need in order to do that.  Instead, he ushered through a $900 Billion Stimulus package which funneled millions to campaign donors and other connected individuals; instituted $100 Billion in highly questionable loans to companies that likely couldn’t have gotten them on their own through the private sector (Solyndra, and many others); and failed to create the jobs President Obama promised would come of borrowing nearly an additional $1 trillion dollars.

Jobs that were created through the stimulus legislation, however, ended up costing the country $300-500k to create per job.  Yes, you saw that figure right.  However, that figure is reflective of the administration’s claim of “saved” and created jobs.  A claim that is entirely unsupportable in that you can’t document jobs that weren’t lost, but were saved none-the-less.  The administration now counts jobs that are supposedly “funded” by stimulus dollars, instead.  Free money to pay my existing employees? Sure, I’ll take some! Hire new employees? Are you kidding? Demand drives hiring and we have none of that around here, thank you very much!  The actual figure is likely higher, though I haven’t seen a credible figure yet.

Instead President Obama ushered through Obamacare, which most expect to be tossed by the Supreme Court later this year despite considerable political capital expended by the President and Congressional Democrats to pass it.  Itself, a tremendously expensive drain on the nations budget!  Estimates now show that the initial 10 year cost will be $1.7 Trillion, though even that cost is gamed.  In order to get it passed, Congressional Democrats back loaded the costs while immediately instituting the taxes and fees.   The figure represents only 6 years of actual Obamacare related spending, but 10 years of taxes related to it.  The cost will balloon as time passes, though how much is impossible to determine.

Instead of fostering realistic economic growth President Obama has gone on a spending spree the likes of which the world has never seen before.  He’s drowned the United States in debt, having accumulated more current and projected debt than all of the previous Presidents before him combined.  In terms of real debt he accumulated more than President Bush did in 8 years, in less than 2 years.  Lacking in a business background, President Obama simply doesn’t understand how to create jobs.  Nor do his advisers, who like him  are similarly lacking in the knowledge and skills businesses tap to foster growth and economic demand.  Such a waste.  A waste that points to the President’s unrealistic ideology, which is grounded in the world of academia where there are no actual repercussions for being wrong.

President Obama promised he would create jobs, and hasn’t. President Obama promised to reign in the cost of healthcare, and hasn’t. President Obama promised to banish lobbyists from the White House, and didn’t.  President Obama promised he was post-racial, but throws the race card in every instance anyone disagrees with him. And the list goes on.  This is why President Obama can’t run on his record, and why his entire campaign will be negative.  That negativity has already begun and will only get worse as the 2012 campaign season kicks into high gear.

For those who want to see the facts about the Obama administration, here are a few charts to digest.  While they should be self explanatory, I’ll discuss them briefly for the liberals in the audience.  The data for each of the charts was obtained directly from the CBO, Dept. of Labor, and the Treasury.  Read more…

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