Socialized Medicine

We already have socialized medicine in the US — just ask a veteran

Department of Veterans Affairs

Given the situation with the increasing number of Veterans Health Administration facilities being listed as having “problems,” it isn’t surprising that talk has started about the VA system showing what the future holds for all Americans under ObamaCare. It’s an accurate assessment that has already been said, and should be repeated often.

It is the pure definition of rationed care and gives an honest view of what health care looks like when the government has complete control. The headlines are focusing on relatively recent cases, with veterans waiting months or occasionally years for needed treatment. Family members of veterans that died waiting for treatment are being featured on the news.

Politicians are calling for heads to roll, including a lukewarm claim from Obama himself that “something” will be done. Given the track record of this administration when it comes to accountability, that’s not very likely. Congress is introducing a bill that will supposedly make it easier to dismiss less-than-stellar administrators. One thing that isn’t being mentioned often is the fact that this isn’t a new problem.

Before Kiefer Sutherland had several really bad days on the small screen, he was on the silver screen as a doctor in the VA system. Hollywood depicted what we’re seeing today back in 1992, in the film Article 99. Don’t feel bad if you don’t remember it. It wasn’t a particularly good film, and probably only caught the interest of veterans and military personnel anyway. Poor scripting and acting aside, it did show how rampant bureaucracy is the quickest way to cripple a medical facility.

Leftist magazine: Obamacare a step toward single-payer

nationalized healthcare

The New Republic is only repeating what several Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), have said: Obamacare is a step in the direction of a single-payer healthcare system.

The lede in the piece is that Michael Moore got it right when he describe Obamacare as “awful” because it “preserved the health insurance industry preserved the health insurance industry rather than replacing it with a Medicare-for-all style single-payer system.” Like Moore, The New Republic, a far-leftist publication, posits that Medicaid expansion through Obamacare is the key to luring Americans into socialized medicine.

“[O]ne day soon, especially if Medicaid becomes more generous, the working-class person who makes 175% of the poverty level will look at his working-class neighbor making 130% of the poverty level and think, wow, his health insurance seems a lot better than my private Obamacare plan,” wrote Noam Scheiber recently at The New Republic. “How long can it be before most people earning 175% or 200% of the poverty level are allowed to buy in, too?”

Scheiber believes that the same thing could happen with Medicare, the government-run health insurance program for the elderly, surmising that “progressives are likely to get their beloved public option one way or another” in the near future.

Harry Reid: ObamaCare a step toward single-payer [UPDATED with video]

During a recent appearance on a Nevada-based public television program, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that ObamaCare is a step down the path to a single-payer healthcare system for the United States:

Reid said he thinks the country has to “work our way past” insurance-based health care during a Friday night appearance on Vegas PBS’ program “Nevada Week in Review.”

“What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,” Reid said.

When then asked by panelist Steve Sebelius whether he meant ultimately the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid said: “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”
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“We had a real good run at the public option … don’t think we didn’t have a tremendous number of people who wanted a single-payer system,” Reid said on the PBS program, recalling how then-Sen. Joe Lieberman’s opposition to the idea of a public option made them abandon the notion and start from scratch.

Eventually, Reid decided the public option was unworkable.

This isn’t really surprising. The idea that ObamaCare is a step down the path to a single-payer system is one that has been promulgated by both Democrats and Republicans alike.

Occupy Wall Street frustrations are understood, “solutions” are dead wrong

For the last few weeks, protesters have camped out in New York City to express their grievances with Wall Street. The complaints are somewhat familiar and to some extent, I can understand where they’re coming from. They are upset with what they see as government colluding with corporations for taxpayer-funded bailouts during very tough economics times.

The frustration with corporatism is understandable, libertarians and free market conservatives have expressed the same sentiment for years only to take a back seat to the idea that what’s “good for business” is good policy. But as we’ve come to learn, so-called “pro-business” policies aren’t always a good deal for taxpayers. And by that I mean that we truly want a level playing field, but not through excessive taxation or regulation. Rather, keeping government out of the business of picking winners and losers.

But some members of the nascent “Occupy Wall Street” have expressed demands (note that these demands are unofficial), which for all of their supposed distrust of government, these guys have a very utopian idea of what government should be — likely enough to make Karl Marx and Che Guevara proud. Nevermind that they would be economic suicide.

Among the suggested demands for the movement are (with my comments next to them):

Poltifact’s “Lie of the Year” is Not a Lie

I have long had a problem with Politifact.

There is just something wrong with not being able to come out and call a statement straight up true or false.  I guess I’m a black and white kind of guy.  For crying out loud, they have four different versions of a statement being deemed true.  For me, it is either true, or it is false.

What has happened in the political arena as a result of painting with so many shades of gray, is that politicians can use Politifact anytime they want to demagogue just about any issue their opponents have made a statement about.  They can point to a Politifact rating of Half-True (Insert sneering chortle here) and say their opponent is being dishonest with the voters.

And I guess what really irks me out of my pants-on-fire is that they are simply wrong so often.  Case in point; they recently deemed the Lie of the Year to be the following statement; “A Government Takeover of Healthcare.”

Really?  Why not pick something a little more easily provable, like I dunno, Christine O’Donnell’s claim that she, is in fact, you.

Billy Hallowell over at Mediate does a good job pointing out how much of the debate Poltifact had to ignore to reach their conclusion that “Government Takeover of Healthcare” is a lie.

Flatline ObamaCare

Interestingly, government intervention in the 1960s introduced a third party (insurance co/HMO/PPO, etc) into the one-on-one relationship between doctor and patient. Prior to that, people paid premiums for medical insurance policies designed to cover catastrophic medical events like cancer, serious accidents and the like, NOT for physicals, check ups or routine visits. Instead, the DOCTOR and the PATIENT negotiated a rate for services based on the patient’s ability to pay on an individual case by case basis. The introduction of a third party shorts the doctor AND raises the costs for the the patient, as the third party must also be paid. Yes, health costs have soared, but further government intervention - especially a government takeover of a free market healthcare system - is NOT the answer.

Disturbing Stories - ABC working for Obama and “TeddyCare”

So there are two very disturbing new stories I came across today, and I just have to share them.

The first news story originated on The Drudge Report. Basically, on June 24th programming will indirectly (or directly, depending how you look at it) be given over to the Obama Administration for an hour to push the Democratic health care agenda. Charlie Gibson will be airing World News from the White House and it will be talking specifically about health care reform. Problem is, there will be no representation from a free market health care advocate, just the socialized health care side. Yikes! Luckily Lost (the best show on television) will not be back until winter so I can join in the boycott of ABC.

Obey Obama’s Health Regime or Pay the Price

“One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project, most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.” ~Ronald Reagan

“We have to pass the [ObamaCare] bill so that you can find out what is in it.” ~ former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2009, pushing for the passage of ObamaCare


Well, Democrats did indeed pass ObamaCare, on a party-line vote, in the middle of the night, on Christmas Eve, after months of threats, arm-twisting, and open bribery, and over the last half decade or so we have indeed found out what was in it. We now know that the “in it” amounted to a giant, teeming, fetid cauldron of government-mandated, top-down, force fed, command-and-control socialized medicine where government bureaucrats, rather than doctors and patients, get to decide what kind of treatment you get.

Another Brutally Disturbing Example of Government-Run Healthcare from the United Kingdom

Here we go again: Donald Trump may consider 2016 presidential bid

Donald Trump

Donald Trump — the billionaire real estate mogul, reality TV show host and media whore — hinted in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday that he is considering a bid for the Republican nomination in 2016:

Outspoken real estate billionaire Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, claiming he wants to undo President Barack Obama’s legacy.
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“It is something I would certainly look at. You know why? I’m unhappy with the way things are going in America,” he said in a telephone interview ahead of a speech at the “Eggs & Politics” forum at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire - an event that tends to feature presidential hopefuls.

Trump toyed with the running for the Republican nomination in 2012, though it was more of a promotional affair for his TV show. He was able to harness a lot of media attention as he went on a one man crusade for President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, later becoming the butt of jokes after the White House put a copy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate on display.

He was hit hard by fiscal conservatives for his abuse of private property rights, support for socialized healthcare and higher taxes. The reality TV star also wanted to start a trade war with China, despite the fact that the his clothing line is made there.


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