Humans can only experience so much outrage. Once the limit is reached, no further action can increase it. So when Obama quadruples the deficit, owns banks and auto companies, determines who can use what kind of energy, and dictates our medical care, our outrage tolerance has been breached, resulting in a "red alert" (pun intended). The Obama-Pelosi-Reid "axis of massive government" has been a ravenous, gluttonous creature since inauguration day. Federal spending has expanded from 20% of GDP to 28% of GDP in one year. This is before any health care or climate change "reform" or any other whack job proposals the Van Jones' and Cass Sunsteins' have in mind. The next few months are critical and may determine our country's direction for decades.
As with all things Obama-Pelosi-Reid, everything said about "health care" is a distraction. We do need health care reform, but not this Obama wolf cloaked in sheep's clothing. The purpose of this "reform" is to create nationalized health care. They don't know, or care, what are in various legislative proposals, because it does not matter. The Executive Branch will eventually "interpret" any legislation. When 1000 pages are written vaguely enough--a guarantee--all will be permitted. A "single payer system" is the ultimate destination on the Obama super highway to socialized medicine. They have one shot to pass this---now---and the fight is about to become white hot.
Our current medical care system is already severely hampered by government regulations. Insurance companies are prohibited from competing across state lines. Insurance is not portable. Employer provided health insurance is not taxed, but privately purchased insurance is. Insurance companies are mandated by state and federal government to provide coverage for predetermined lists of ailments and treatments and deny treatment for others. The current insurance system encourages indifference to cost by you, the consumer. The AMA is a guild with 15th century rules. Most inefficiency and lack of coverage can be traced to such laws, mandates, restrictions and regulations. We need changes in laws which address these issues and others, not laws and changes which magnify the problem.
Pretend that food were regulated the way medical care is regulated. Virginians' food purchases would be paid by a Virginia based "food insurance" company directly to the supermarket. No incentive would exist to care what ice cream or lobster cost. "Food insurance" would be provided by employers tax free, instead of taxable cash. But self employed people would pay for food with after tax dollars. Texans' "food insurance" laws might require payment for "dinners at 5 star restaurants", even if they wished for less expensive coverage. If New Jersey employers provided $20,000 a year "all you can eat food insurance", government mandates might require Beluga Caviar, Maine Lobsters, organically grown vegetables, Filet Mignon and dinners at the Four Seasons. But New York laws might limit purchases of hamburger, non low fat yogurt, butter or brand name cereals. You would present your state approved insurance card at the supermarket to determine if your food purchases were covered. The AFA ("American Food Association") would limit the number of people permitted to provide "food care and service". Would anyone in their right mind create such a system? Actually, it sounds pretty much like Cuba's food system.
Yet, the current medical care system is very similar to our hypothetical "food insurance" world. Our medical care system needs to become more market based, not less. You know, like the one that gives us virtually unlimited free choice in food with no anxiety, as opposed to our anxiety riddled medical care system. Do you think the differences in outcomes between these two "systems" is a coincidence? The Food Industry is 10% of our GDP. Yet, miraculously, we manage to purchase it daily without a "single payer government food insurance" program. Why are there no cries for "food reform"?
Obama is misleading the country when he implies the government can pay the medical expenses of another 45 million people by doubling down on the current system. Even a low ball $4,000 for insurance (per person, per year), would cost the government $180 billion per year. Where does that money come from? It comes from massive tax hikes and/or providing less actual medical care per person per year. This would primarily impact.............the sick. This tends to be "you" as you grow older. This is Obama Care, or medical rationing. Left wing intellectuals believe a group of "smart" people can prioritize who should get medical care. They also believe they can manage the economic activity of hundreds of millions of people.
Such a medical system would be managed by unionized state and federal government workers. Is there any wonder the people are largely in revolt? This needs to be stopped now. Obama wants to move the country in the wrong direction. If you disagree, you "bear false witness". Only when Obama unseals his school records will we listen to his phony moralizing. (Imagine hiring an employee who refused to provide you with his school records--Obama's Rocky Mountain High IQ--what is he hiding?)
The odds, unfortunately, still favor the president and all his men and women. It is up to us to increase our opposition, or they will indeed jam this through. They are looking for any temporary easing in public opinion to get this passed. Obama again will commandeer the networks this week. He will even take over an hour of classroom time. He is becoming as big a blowhard as Castro was in his hey day. Ted Kennedy's death is being used as they slap his name on various versions of these bills."Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?"
The hour is getting late for Obama. As such, he will start speaking falsely in ever greater exaggerated terms to persuade you. He must not prevail.