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I warned you…

Posted by Dr. Gray on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

President Obama is scheduled to lay out his budget in a congressional address this evening. Get ready for some serious duplicity and confusion… more about that later. First:

My last post to this blog, which has become one of the most read, detailed the health care ramifications that were insidiously hidden in the recent “stimulus” bill. I received a few emails from those not willing to publicly comment and defend their socialist master. They stated that I was being overzealous in my accusations and that Obama’s plan wasn’t to take over and control health care… just to make it safer. Well, I am looking forward to being proven correct this evening, and expect each of you to contact me again admitting you were wrong.

Through all the rhetoric, bloviating, and yes we can hyperbole this evening, pay attention when he begins discussing health care. He will make statements about “out-of-control” medical costs, yet will not tell you the truth about those costs. (Read this and this) He will talk about “health care coverage for all,” without mentioning rationing of care and lack of choice. He’ll talk about “the uninsured” without mentioning that it’s just a percentage of the total population that has remained consistent for decades. He’ll tug on your heart strings, without noting that 15 million of those “uninsured” live in households with incomes above $50,000 per year… yet choose not to buy insurance. He’ll forget to mention that another 15-20 million of those “uninsured” are children or lower income families that are eligible for state assistance… yet choose not to enroll.

Pure and simple?… The idea of people providing for their own health care with their own money is frightening to those who like big, expensive government subsidies that bribe voters with their own tax dollars.

Back to the “duplicity and confusion” comment… Here’s the deal, folks. Obama inherited a $400 billion deficit, which is a crime in itself. However, within one month of being in office, that deficit now sits at 1.3 trillion (that’s a “T”). Obama, and the other Marxists in Congress, need to slam the economy with as many of these massive programs as quick as they can so massive deficits can be blamed on the previous administration. Now, they want to nationalize one fifth of the entire economy of the country… with this one program. They’re already in the process of nationalizing the banks, Wall Street, the auto industry, and the mortgage industry. They’ve got your money… now they want your blood.

One question… how are we going to pay for this?

Obama will tell you that he’s going to “tax only the rich.” Really? You ever heard of one rich person or company that didn’t pass on their extra costs to the customer? So, regardless of all the rhetorical crap about only taxing the wealthy, he’s taxing YOU! But, Obama said 95% of people will see their taxes cut under his plans… you still believe that? If your taxes go down $10.00, but it costs you $15.00 more to buy daily goods, who paid the extra tax? You did! If your company is taxed at a higher rate leaving less money to reward their empoyees so you don’t get that raise you’re due for, who paid the taxes? You did, moron!

Medicare is currently slated to run out of money in 2016, only seven years from now. So… we’ve known for years that Medicare was failing, and now it looks like it’s going to fail three years earlier than recently thought. Instead of discussing alternatives, they want to make it universal and mandatory?! How does that make any sense? “Maybe if we throw more money at it…” (<– click the link)

Enough for today. Bend over America.

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2 Responses to “I warned you…”

  1. Amy Hengst said

    I’ve lived in countries with socialized care and got much cheaper and better care than ever I got here in the States. Here, I’ve been denied insurance for preconditions that are common, or forced to pay ridiculous amounts for premiums and prescriptions. While I do have insurance, it’s been because employers have been covering it, or because I coughed up the funds because I absolutely needed it to cover my medications for asthma/allergies and really common health concerns. If I didn’t need those meds, I might very well choose not to pay the extravagant costs.

    I can see the conservative viewpoint and the fear that social programs bring with them bureaucracy, slow service and big government problems, and security issues. However, the republican wars over the past decades have gotten us into this mess, and the extravagant defense budget is what caused the deficit, not social programs for Americans.

    I think it’s important also to make the distinction between social programs and socialism. Socialism is when government owns and controls industry. Social programs are supplements to private industry, intended to subsidize and help citizens cover the costs of things that they need. Obama is not buying out your practice.

    Social programs help balance out some of the problems with a pure capitalist society where companies are required to profit, sometimes at the expense of their customers. We can see that the “Free market” hasn’t been working since all the banks are failing. Installing social programs will help the capitalist system regain a footing and function with more stability, in fact the New Deal is what saved capitalism after the last depression.

    Politics today really baffles me, I find myself arguing with both liberal and conservative extremists. I’m the first to admit I’m pretty liberal but I am tired of republicans and democrats talking past each other, misunderstanding each others’ viewpoint and generally demonizing each other. If we want to find solutions to today’s extensive problems, we need to all come to the table and listen to each others’ concerns.

  2. Dr. Gray said

    Mrs. Hengst,

    Thanks for your comments… seriously. While I disagree, and will attempt to respond below, I do respect alternative points of view.

    I’ve lived in countries with socialized care and got much cheaper and better care than ever I got here in the States. Here, I’ve been denied insurance for preconditions that are common, or forced to pay ridiculous amounts for premiums and prescriptions. While I do have insurance, it’s been because employers have been covering it, or because I coughed up the funds because I absolutely needed it to cover my medications for asthma/allergies and really common health concerns. If I didn’t need those meds, I might very well choose not to pay the extravagant costs.

    I appreciate your plight and history, however, the question remains, “What is the best option for our society as a whole?” I would argue that your excessive costs were primarily related to the exhorbitant fees insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are allowed, and sometimes forced, to charge is due to over-regulation by the FDA. Big pharma must spend billions on research and government hoops to get a drug to market. While regulation is necessary, the current level required is nothing more than legalized extortion. And again, regulation is necessary, but if the insurance companies were allowed to sell nationwide, and were allowed true competition, insurance rates would fall to rates comparable to auto insurance rates.

    I can see the conservative viewpoint and the fear that social programs bring with them bureaucracy, slow service and big government problems, and security issues. However, the republican wars over the past decades have gotten us into this mess, and the extravagant defense budget is what caused the deficit, not social programs for Americans.

    “Republican wars over the past decades” is a level of rhetoric below you. I am no republican apologist, but I darn sure don’t blame them any more or less than democrats. The wholesale ignorance of the American Constitution is what has led us to this mess… not the particular actions of either party individually. Both Republicans and Democrats have done their share of bastardization of our Constitution in their times in power. And we, as a people, have not held them accountable. An extravagant defense budget is one of the few powers granted the federal government in our Constitution. Social programs are not. As originally intended and detailed in the Tenth Amendment, those issues are relegated to the states.

    I think it’s important also to make the distinction between social programs and socialism. Socialism is when government owns and controls industry. Social programs are supplements to private industry, intended to subsidize and help citizens cover the costs of things that they need. Obama is not buying out your practice.

    This is an issue of semantics and outcomes. When the fedgov starts telling businesses how much they can pay their employees, who’s in control? If I have to treat my patients how they want, when they want, and be paid what and when they want… who’s in control? You want to help people with the cost of things they need? Get the government out of the way, and let business compete. When people choose other health care providers… or other stores… or other products… because of cost savings, the prices come down. Look at electronics as an example: When a new TV comes to the market, it is incredibly expensive. As soon as a competitor releases another product with the same or better features, the prices drop rapidly while they vie for market share. Obama may not want to “buy” my practice, but he does want to tell me how I can and can’t run it… That’s socialism.

    Social programs help balance out some of the problems with a pure capitalist society where companies are required to profit, sometimes at the expense of their customers.

    A profit always comes at the expense of customers. That’s how any transaction of value works. Although I agree a purely capitalistic society would be unfair and punitive against the populace, the balance between anarchy and control for a growing society must lean toward capitalism. Social programs do not balance society; regulations do. Social programs attempt to supplant or subvert natural markets by altering the outcome of market actions.

    We can see that the “Free market” hasn’t been working since all the banks are failing.

    Wrong… you are seeing the exact outcome of how a free market works. These idiots have been taking advantage of the public and exercising unsound business practices for years (sometimes as required by government intervention), and you are now seeing them fail because of it. That’s what should happen! Other banks will not be hit as hard, or new ones will form, and will rise up as an alternative; repairing the market and regrowing the economy. By stepping in now and bailing out these crooks, you have just reinforced a negative action. You have just effectively said, “Fail all you want. We’ll pick up the tab.”

    Installing social programs will help the capitalist system regain a footing and function with more stability, in fact the New Deal is what saved capitalism after the last depression.

    I’m sorry, but you are wrong again. The latest research has shown that the New Deal actually prolonged the depression/recession about seven years longer than necessary. Previous depressions, and there were several, all self-corrected within one to three years. “Why the Great Depression lasted so long has always been a great mystery, and because we never really knew the reason, we have always worried whether we would have another 10- to 15-year economic slump,” said Ohanian, vice chair of UCLA’s Department of Economics. “We found that a relapse isn’t likely unless lawmakers gum up a recovery with ill-conceived stimulus policies.”

    Again, thank you for your comments. I’ll edit if these tags I’ve used don’t work right. I’m kindof a noob in using code. 🙂

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