Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Worth of a Life to the Federal Government

The President spent no small amount of time last night selling fiction to the American people, namely the fiction that "universal" health care can be provided while cutting costs and making the plan deficit-neutral. There is a way to do this, and that would be to deny care to many Americans, especially those with critical, chronic, or cancerous conditions. At the very least, such citizens may be made to wait forever for the treatment and drugs they need. As a person with a disability, I find this especially frightening-and if you don't believe that could happen, it is happening in Britain under the National Health Service today, and it could happen here if the President's plan (the bill he hasn't read) passes.

Even more bizarre is Barack Obama's attempt to blame Republicans for the fact that the American people are on to his plan-or lack of one-and they don't like it in the least. The Democrats have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, they have nearly a super-majority in the House, but the President's plan is in in trouble (thank God) because 51 Blue Dog Democrats are actually listening to the people in Middle America and saying that this plan as presented is not acceptable. Republicans can criticize and critique all we like, but we do not have enough votes in Congress to stop the lead Democratic bill. If the legislation is to be drastically changed or altogether halted, only Democrats can make that happen in a temporary coalition to defeat their own Leadership.

Perhaps most telling was this line from the President's news conference:

"This isn't about me," he said. "I have great health insurance, and so does every member of Congress. This debate is about the letters I read when I sit in the Oval Office every day, and the stories I hear at town-hall meetings...This debate is not a game for these Americans, and they cannot afford to wait for reform any longer."

Mr. President, if the health care plan that you are proposing for the American people is so fine, it ought to be good enough for you and good enough for the Congress. If it is not good enough for you, it shouldn't be forced on us either.

There is a reason the President is in such a hurry, and that is because he knows that if the political trends continue, he will lose the ability to pass anything on this issue in the next Congress. He and the extreme Left are on a political kamikaze mission to make the population as dependent on the federal government as possible before any election intervenes to stop it.

How much is my life or yours worth to the federal government? We may be about to find out.

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At Thursday, July 23, 2009 9:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess is that you have never had health insurance, or you'd realize that all of those "scary" things that President Obama is proposing are already out there. Bureaucrats in charge of your health care? Have you tried talking with a customer service rep of a health insurance company? Rationing health care? Most insurance companies will only authorize X number of doctor visits for most conditions. Need more than that? Open your wallet. Someone stepping in between you and your doctor? Ever read the pre-approval section of your health ins. policy? Need a drug that doesn't have a generic equivilent? Once again, open up your wallet. What if your doctor recommends treatment that your insurance company thinks is "experimental" - like bone marrow transplants? You get the picture. And to top it off, we pay exorbitant premiums to these people for the privilege of being told "no" or "resubmit the paperwork" or "that doctor was out of network". All the while these companies are posting billions of dollars of profits and paying their CEO's millions of dollars in salaries each year. We need to go to a single payer system which can provide better service to our citizens and to the health care providers that want to provide those services without an insurance company standing in the way. Study after study shows that single payer would be much cheaper, provide better levels of service and provide coverage for all Americans.

At Friday, July 24, 2009 1:14:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

I can't wait to have my future durable medical equipment needs denied by the Federal Health Board because they deem them unnecessary!

Single payer indeed!

At Friday, July 24, 2009 11:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you miss the point. You've got that already - it's just in the hands of people who stand to profit by denying you coverage.

My guess is that you already have some type of government subsidized insurance.


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