You Get What You Pay For

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The True Cost of a Flawed Healthcare Paradigm

by Dr Mercola

The documentary film The True Cost of Health Care6 by Dr. David Belk, MD (featured above) also reveals a number of shocking details that help explain the exorbitant cost of American health care. For example:

  • Generic medications can cost 100 percent less than their brand-name equivalent, and usually cost less than most insurance co-pays. This means you might actually pay LESS by purchasing a generic medication out of pocket, compared to using your insurance if you have a co-pay. In essence, going through your insurance amounts to paying extra for the privilege of being overcharged…
  • Hospitals routinely bill 10 or more times what they expect to be paid for any given service. As I discussed in a previous article, most hospitals end up receiving just 35 percent of what they bill, yet they still manage to make tens of millions of dollars in operating profits each year. Some hospitals, including Sloan-Kettering and MD Anderson, who are tougher in their negotiations with insurance companies, end up getting around 50 percent of their total billings.
  • Most diagnostic tests and procedures are inexpensive to perform. However, the charges for these tests and procedures typically have no relation to the actual cost. Each hospital has an internal price list called a chargemaster, which contains every single item you may be given or come in contact with during your hospital stay. The problem is, no one quite knows how the prices in the chargemaster are created. What is clear is that there’s absolutely no market feedback to regulate and control the prices that are charged.
  • Health insurance companies deliberately manipulate these costs to maintain their profits. As explained by TheTrueCostofHealthCare.org:7 “Health insurance companies can manipulate a patient’s out of pocket payments to make it appear as though health care is more expensive than it really is. Insurance companies sell security against financial risk. If no one really understands what that risk is (because all prices are hidden or deceptive) then the price of the security (insurance) can be grossly inflated.”

Wall Street’s Greatest Wet Dream: The Grand Bargain Betrayal

I told you long ago that Obama was W II (the third and now fourth term of George W Bush policies). Very little has changed, except that Americans (especially black ones) think that his color makes him some sort of Messiah. I have said many times that he is whiter than I am, meaning that he is acting black, but serving the interests of whitesJews. And only the uninformed can really argue that point, as Luke points out in one of his latest videos:

Luke Rudkowski hits the streets of NYC to find out where Obama supporters really stand on his policies. Now he did this in an underhanded way where the policies where presented to be Romney’s, but this was only done to get an honest opinion. The reactions when the truth was uncovered varied but they were very telling to say the least.

Of course Luke won’t tell you about the Jewish connection, but the point is that every one of those he interviewed show their total ignorance when it comes to Obama’s policies. The Obama Brand has done a great job of lying people into believing a load of bullshit that simply perpetuates the Empire and direction towards American financial serfdom.

After his “win” in this past sElection, he now work to implement the final austerity goals that Steve Lendman (quoting Bill Black) lays out as “forced-fed austerity“:

Force-fed austerity assures the worst of hard times. It’s responsible for what Black calls “the four horsemen of the economic apocalypse:”

  • economic decline;
  • job cuts and greater unemployment;
  • increased deficits and debt; and
  • destruction of safety net protections.

Wall Street Wants It ALL, Folks

They want your retirement. They want your healthcare. They want your Social Security. They want your property. They want your savings.

They want to control it all.

And when I say “Wall Street”, I mean what Lendman, nor Black will say out loud… Jews and their parasitic lackeys.

The goal is to take this country down to third world status, where the very rich prosper and the poor barely sustain a miserable existence the best we can. Enough pain felt, for long enough, and us poor ole rednecks will beg them to bring the work back, at slave wage levels, just to feed out kids and care for our sickly old folks, since SSI is going to be privatized (continuing W’s wet dream).

Bill Black explains it very well in his Real News interview:

Bill Black: A group of Democrats called “The Third Way” are working with President Obama towards the “grand betrayal” on social security

The Unholy Grail Of Wall Street

The “unholy grail of Wall Street” is the privatization of the SSI safety net, which so many idiots believe is a good thing. But how can it be good? When has anything that they privatized end up being the best solution? It only steals from you by costing you far more, introducing middle men who scam you and install systems that force horrendous requirements to sustain their profit motives (think privatized prisons or military).

SSI is a very well run institution with little overhead. Any supposed shortfalls are simply because the damned government has stolen the money with no intention of giving it back. But the dumb ass republican sycophants believe the hog wash that the government tells them… believing that it is unsustainable, without ever asking their favorite reTHUGlican Congressman/Senator where the money went to begin with.

And don’t think that demoRATs aren’t complicit… they work together for the same goal, for they serve the same Wall Street Jews and sycophants:

Combined [“the four horsemen of the economic apocalypse“] assures third world status. Black said Obama prioritizes it. We’re forewarned but does it matter? Few Americans understand what’s coming.

Grand bargain betrayal is planned. It’s come in stages like boiling a frog. It doesn’t know it’s dinner until too late.

Social America is on the chopping block for elimination. It’s been happening incrementally for decades. Democrats are in league with Republicans. Their agenda assures intolerable pain and suffering for ordinary people.

These criminals are about to make life in America very hard for the poor. SSI is to be butchered, Medicare and Medicaid to be butchered, Food Stamps to be butchered… They are at the cusp of major changes to your already weakened quality of life. Both “parties” are complicit. Dumb Americans are complicit.

You are about to go the way of Greece, but here in America, we don’t even have a clue, even though we have already experienced huge losses in money and quality of life. And the accelerated changes are coming very soon. Mr Lendman writes:

From now through yearend, four major issues must be resolved:

(1) extending the 2% payroll tax deduction another year. In fact, it’s a stealth drain of hundreds of billions of dollars from Social Security’s Trust Fund reserves.

Revenue already lost irreparably weakened its ability to pay future benefits. Lose more and the entire program may be lost. Privatization assures it.

Obama fully concurs on driving a stake through the heart of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and public pensions. He’s no progressive. He’s a corporatist hardliner. He never would have become president otherwise. Populists needn’t apply.

(2) extending expiring unemployment benefits for millions of laid off workers.

(3) another one-year Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) fix.

(4) delaying the 29% cut in doctors fees for serving Medicare patients.

Expect Republicans to drive a hard bargain like they always do. Democrats pretend they care. In fact, they’ve already sold out. Obama’s reelection hinged on it.

He talks tough, then caves at the 11th hour. He did repeatedly throughout his first term. Both parties are in lockstep on defending privilege.

People needs don’t matter. It’s part of a longstanding plan to third worldize America. Safety net protection is someone else’s problem.

On November 6, Bill Black discussed what’s coming. His article headlined “Wall Street Urges Obama to Commit the Great Betrayal,” saying:

Top domestic policy is eroding safety net protections en route to eliminating them altogether.

“Only a Democrat can make it politically safe for Republicans who hate the safety net to unravel it (a process that would occur over a number of years) by legitimizing the claim that (it) must be cut.”

Obama was hand-picked to do it. “Wall Street’s unholy grail (is) privatizing Social Security.”

Doing so will let financial predators “charge tens of billions of dollars in fees annually and the banks that administered the privatized program would be systemically dangerous institutions (SDIs) because the consequences of allowing bank failures to cause tens of millions of Americans to lose their retirement savings would require either that all such deposits be federally insured or that the failing banks be bailed out by the federal government.”

“Privatization, therefore, is a convenient fiction. The banks’ profits will be privatized. Any catastrophic losses will be borne by the public.”

The Big Lie claims no acceptable alternative exists. Safety net cuts must be imposed. Obama’s sharpened knife is a dagger at the heart of what matters most to ordinary people. Their welfare, security and futures are up for grabs. They’re being destroyed in plain sight.

h/t The Real News & Steve Lendman’s Blog

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The Grand Bargain IS Paulsterity

 

I have warned you multiple times about Paulsterity. I told you that it didn’t matter whether or not it was Ron Paul or Paul Ryan’s plan, or whether or not the liar-in-chief, Obama, wins another term, Austerity is coming. I have warned you that it doesn’t matter which of the two complicit duopolistic parties win, the end result will be hurting poor folks at the expense of the rich getting richer (why do you think they give all this money to the elections in the first place: because they “love America”?).

Morons.

They give all that money because they want something in return. They want to control the money (and control it right into their own pockets). They will do so by attacking the social network while NOW is the time to keep their greedy fingers off of it. Now, the worst financial situation this country has ever found herself in is a result of privatization which simply makes those who can afford to buy even richer at your expense.

I mentioned a friend’s unwavering dedication to Romney and the Republicans, mainly because he thinks Obama is a communist and Romney is a Capitalist (indicating that he would be better than Obama). I insisted that on the issues that matter, disregarding the propaganda of Rush Limbaugh (he did use him as an example), they are the same, and that they are both bad for this country.

In a passing comment about Romney vs Obama, I wrote:

As for preferring Romney over Obama… one is just as evil as the other. Both are corrupt, as are both parties. Both serve Israel’s interests (Romney will probably be much worse than Obama, as a matter of fact).

To me, my concern isn’t about which person or party wins, for we all lose with either one.

He countered:

Sorry B’Man, can’t agree with much of what you say below. Your belief that Romney and Obama are the same is simply wrong, and I’m very sad that you think this way. Obama is a communist, plain and simple, and his communist roots and education are plain for all to see. Romney is a successful capitalist and a decent man. Are saying communism is morally equal to capitalism? If so, you couldn’t be more wrong and I would hardly know where to start in convincing you otherwise. How about this: Do you want this country to look like Cuba, Russia, or China?

You see, he immediately went for at least one of the Seventeen Techniques For Truth Suppression.

I had to explain, again, that the system is corrupt (I used the word “evil”) and had to bring out my tired old motto:

My motto is “Ne’er an R or D Again”.

The two party paradigm has grabbed you. I am sorry that you don’t understand what I’m saying. You have lived much longer than I and surely have experienced the ping pong effect. One election year is the lesser of two evils. The next election year, it is the other lesser of two evils. I assume you understand evil. Evil is evil. Period.

The debates are controlled by those two parties. Big Money controls both parties. It is obvious simply by following where they put their money in each election cycle (Opensecrets.org).

Obama is evil. Romney is evil. The system is evil.

And this is the mindset that keeps us in bondage to Big Money. An undying allegiance to one of the two dominating evil parties. A lack of discernment, both politically and spiritually. A trust in one’s favorite “lesser of two evils” and the total abandonment of sanity and/or clear thinking. A purposeful dedication to an evil, corrupt system that is blatantly obvious to any open-minded, sane person.

DCDave sent me a link this morning to The Activist Post (I have been a long time subscriber to their site and must have forgotten this comparison of the two evil, lying characters running for POTUS. They write that there are “40 Points That Prove That Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Are Essentially The Same Candidate‘:

1. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both supported TARP.

2. Mitt Romney supported Barack Obama’s “economic stimulus” packages.

3. Mitt Romney says that Barack Obama’s bailout of the auto industry was actually his idea.

4. Neither candidate supports immediately balancing the federal budget.

5. They both believe in big government and they both have a track record of being big spenders while in office.

6. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both fully support the Federal Reserve.

7. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are both on record as saying that the president should not question the “independence” of the Federal Reserve.

8. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both said that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke did a good job during the last financial crisis.

9. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both felt that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke deserved to be renominated to a second term.

10. Both candidates oppose a full audit of the Federal Reserve.

11. Both candidates are on record as saying that U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has done a good job.

12. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both been big promoters of universal health care.

13. Mitt Romney was the one who developed the plan that Obamacare was later based upon.

14. Wall Street absolutely showers both candidates with campaign contributions.

15. Neither candidate wants to eliminate the income tax or the IRS.

16. Both candidates want to keep personal income tax rates at the exact same levels for the vast majority of Americans.

17. Both candidates are “open” to the idea of imposing a Value Added Tax on the American people.

18. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both believe that the TSA is doing a great job.

19. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both supported the NDAA.

20. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both supported the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act.

21. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both believe that the federal government should be able to indefinitely detain American citizens that are considered to be terrorists.

22. Both candidates believe that American citizens suspected of being terrorists can be killed by the president without a trial.

23. Barack Obama has not closed Guantanamo Bay like he promised to do, and Mitt Romney actually wants to double the number of prisoners held there.

24. Both candidates support the practice of “extraordinary rendition”.

25. They both support the job-killing “free trade” agenda of the global elite.

26. They both accuse each other of shipping jobs out of the country and both of them are right.

27. Both candidates are extremely soft on illegal immigration.

28. Neither candidate has any military experience. This is the first time that this has happened in a U.S. election since 1944.

29. Both candidates earned a degree from Harvard University.

30. They both believe in the theory of man-made global warming.

31. Mitt Romney has said that he will support a “cap and trade” carbon tax scheme (like the one Barack Obama wants) as long as the entire globe goes along with it.

32. Both candidates have a very long record of supporting strict gun control measures.

33. Both candidates have been pro-abortion most of their careers. Mitt Romney’s “conversion” to the pro-life cause has been questioned by many. In fact, Mitt Romney has made millions on Bain Capital’s investment in a company called “Stericycle” that incinerates aborted babies collected from family planning clinics.

34. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both believe that the Boy Scout ban on openly gay troop leaders is wrong.

35. They both believe that a “two state solution” will bring lasting peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

36. Both candidates have a history of nominating extremely liberal judges.

37. Like Barack Obama, Mitt Romney also plans to add “signing statements” to bills when he signs them into law.

38. They both have a horrible record when it comes to job creation.

39. Both candidates believe that the president has the power to take the country to war without getting the approval of the U.S. Congress.

40. Both candidates plan to continue running up more government debt even though the U.S. government is already 16 trillion dollars in debt.

I am not saying that I agree with every point (for instance, I don’t see number 12 being correct… neither want “universal healthcare”, what they want is to privatize the system and continue feeding the beast that is draining the system, Health Insurance… NOT the same thing. Nor is ObamaCare “universal healthcare”… #13). But, by and large, most are an accurate comparison.

It truly boils down to Big Money and austerity measures to keep afloat the very ones that have wrecked our economy, at YOUR and my (and our children for generations to come) expense. They truly desire to create a third world country where the few ultra-rich dominate the millions of us poor folk.

A vote for Romney is a vote for Paulsterity (Paul Ryan’s Plan).

A vote for Obama is also Paulsterity (or the Great Bargain).

The insanity (or stupid allegiance, whatever) to continuing the support of either “Party” or the bought and paid for candidates that the bogus media has brainwashed you with, is not only horrific for me and my family, but it is equally bad for your family. Its time you get your heads out of your butts and see what’s going on.

One could simply not vote (and if enough were to stay away, in protest, perhaps it would send a message). But there is another way, if enough people got on board, and that is to vote for ANYONE else that is unassociated with an R or D (reTHUGlican or demoRAT).

A poster promoting the virtues of austerity. But who really benefits? Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

 

There are some third party or independent candidates running, personally, I am voting for Merlin Miller (will write him in, if he is not on the ballot). At least he is not afraid to call out the best reason we are falling apart as a country.

At least then, we would easily be able to see the obvious election manipulation that will permeate the corrupt voting machines as Dr Paul Craig Roberts highlights in today’s post at his site.

You will finally recognize that next year, when they cut your Social Security, Food Stamps, Medicare/Medicaid… when you see the poor people begin to starve and/or get sick and die because you didn’t have the sense or discernment to see what is obviously coming… when you will be the one that suffers burdens to take care of your elderly mother, because they are taking away the safety net that all of us poor rednecks have piad for all of our lives… when they complete the cycle of theft, by taking your savings because there is no interest paid on the meager money you do have left… when the final condition will be them taking your home because you cannot afford the taxes…

THEN and only then will the brain-dead, political sycophantic fools FINALLY realize that dumb ole redneck, B’Man, warned you to the best of his ability.

But then it will be too late.

Morons.

h/t DCDave, The Real News, Paul Craig Roberts, and Activist Post

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We Must Collapse The Current For-Profit Healthcare System And Replace It With Single Payer

I have been writing about a “Not-for-profit” healthcare system (a single payer system) for years. I have shown many countries that have such systems. I have shown that they live longer, have a better quality of life, don’t go bankrupt over medical issues, have fewer dead babies, and actually see the doctors more, but are much more healthy, while spending a fraction per individual than Americans do. How can we be so stupid? How can we NOT want what these other countries (we are somewhere around Number 45 in healthcare in the world… we were once Number 2 or 3) have for their citizens?

My guess is that the answer is that most of us are too stupid to understand what I am writing about. You fall for the two party lies. You fall for the MSM’s lies. You actually like and want corporations dominating you and your life. In other words, as much as Dr. Robert S. Dotson seems to indicate that the problem is the 545 elected congress maniacs, in all actuality the problem is us. Until the current system collapses (and it will, just how long it will take is the question) his recommendations are pertinent:

In a perfect world, it is my opinion that we should have some form of single payer healthcare system and divorce ourselves from corporate medicine. In my opinion, this will not happen without the complete collapse of the present system. Since that is unlikely to occur before more seasons of national election fraud are imposed on us, a few “in-the-meantime” suggestions follow:

Avoid contact with the existing health care system as far as possible. Yes, emergencies arise that require the help of physicians, but by and large one can learn to care for one’s own minor issues. Though it is flawed, the internet has been an information leveler for the masses and permits each person to be his or her own physician to a large degree. Take advantage of it! Educate yourself about your own body and learn to fuel and maintain it as you would an expensive auto or a pet poodle. One does not need a medical degree to:

1. avoid excessive use of tobacco or alcohol or, for that matter, caffeine;
2. avoid poisons like fluoride, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and addictive drugs (legal or illicit);
3. avoid unnecessary and potentially lethal imaging studies (TSA’s radiation pornbooths, excessive mammography, repetitive CT scans – exposure to all significantly increases cancer risk);
4. avoid excessive cell phone use and exposure to other forms of EMR pollution where possible (the NSA is recording everything you say and text anyway);
5. avoid daily fast food use and abuse (remember: pink slime and silicone) ;
6. avoid untested GM foods (do you really want to become “Roundup Ready?”):
7. avoid most vaccinations and pharmaceutical agents promoted by the establishment;
8. avoid risky behaviors (and, we do not need a bunch of Nanny State bureaucrats to define and police these);
9. exercise moderately;
10. get plenty of sleep;
11. drink plenty of good quality water (buy a decent water filter to remove fluoride, chloride, and heavy metals);
12. wear protective gear at work and play where appropriate (helmets, eye-shields, knee and elbow pads, etc.):
13. seek out locally-grown, whole, organic foods and support your local food producers;
14. take appropriate nutritional supplements (multi-vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3);
15. switch off the TV and the mainstream media it represents;
16. educate yourself while you can;

And, lastly…

17. QUESTION AUTHORITY!

We, if we had any sense, whatsoever, would have learned the truth and done away with both faux parties and took the bull by the horns to eliminate the health insurance stranglehold over us (and those corrupt politicians who made it possible that these companies take you for everything you have). And maybe the answer is to address it at the state level, like Maryland seems to be doing.

The following series of videos presents one of the better descriptions of how a single payer system would work, how it would be paid for and how much money would be saved, how it would serve far better healthcare, longer lives, better quality of life, fewer dead babies (and an improvement in every other metric I can think of):

Also, the entire series with transcripts can be seen at the RealNews Network.

Of course, you might want to save 25% over what you pay right now?

Naaa.

h/t Paul Craig Roberts

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The Video Rebel Gets Close To A Solution, Then Mimics Lamar Alexander

I have been following the Video Rebel since the inception of the blog. They do some very good work, altho they also fell for the ‘Ron Paul for God’ meme floating around the blogosphere. I called him out on the Ron Paul Plan To Restore America, suggesting that Paul’s stump rhetoric does not match his written plan. Maybe he doesn’t like the word PaulTard. I dunno.

Like most all the other “alternative” sites, this went over like a lead balloon (it amazes me how emotionally invested these people get in their favorite candidate of the two parties). No matter how much people like Video Rebel and others suggest Paul is “Independent”, Paul’s own words betray such a trust and makes these people look like lemmings unable to think thru another two-party dog and pony mindmuck.

Nevertheless, VR has written two blog posts recently that grabbed my attention. I try to comment, but he has banned me from his blog (ole B’Man must be really scary, a total dickhead, or I say shit that goes against their ideology, causing these stalwart defenders of liberty and freedom to squash any liberty or freedom for me to share with them). That is very telling. In the two posts, VR has a solution for the financial woes and in my estimation, they look as if they could work (nothing being done now is correcting any of the problems) and so I commend him for his ideas and presentation.

For instance, an interest free money… taking the trillions stolen by bankers back… debt cancellation… abolish income taxes…. etc (many very good ideas)…

However, like most Socialist Hunters (kinda like a Vampire Hunter), VR takes the same tact that my TN Senator takes and that is to continue the Health Insurance Companies’ stranglehold over healthcare. They think they offer a solution (well, I am giving VR the benefit of the doubt, cause Alexander doesn’t give a shit about anything except protecting the health insurance companies). In Alexander’s latest Newsletter he says:

The Supreme Court may have failed to declare the entire health-care law unconstitutional, but it is still an historic mistake that expanded a health-care system we already knew we couldn’t afford. Congress should repeal the law and then proceed step by step to reduce the cost of health care so more Americans can afford to buy insurance.

Health Insurance does not equal Health Care. No matter how twisted the thought is in the minds of all these people, health insurance is NOT health care. To continue to allow these entities to siphon off their 35% off the top and add ZERO value to do it, is stupid. But its not that they just don’t add value, they detract from the overall care. It shows that some people (like VR) are not thinking this through. But then again, look at the comment policy I have here compared to how many people treat me over the Paul issue on their blogs. There is openness and then there is a close-mindedness among many of these people, especially when it comes to their favorite Demublican politician.

His failure is that he doesn’t identify WHY prices are so high and wants to allow the very entities that cause it to still dictate pricing and acceptance/denial. Just like his using someone from within the two corrupt parties as a lamppost to guide us out of our woes, VR also wants to use the very same criminally corrupt insurance agencies to continue their scheme.

You can read Part1 and Part 2 of Video Rebel’s essay at the links below:

Eddie Reborn Into A World With Debt Cancellation

What Real Debt Cancellation Combined With Pension And Health Care Reform Looks Like Part II

Working John, Working Joe

When I was a young man (as all good tales begin)
I was taught to hold out my hand
And for my pay I worked an honest day
And took what pittance I could win
Now I’m a working John and I’m a working Joe
And I’m doing what I know
For God and the Economy
Big brother watches over me
And the state protects and feeds me
And my conscience never leaves me
And I’m loyal to the unions
Who protect me at all levels

And as I grew, the winds of fortune blew
And the bank smiled down upon me
And mortgaged to the hilt I threw
The breeze of caution behind me
Now I’m a working John and I’m a working Joe
And I’m good at what I know
And God and the Economy
Have blessed me with equality
Now I’m equal to the best of you
And better than the rest of you
Who would criticise my success
In times of national unrest

Now I own my horseless carriage
In it’s central-heated garage
And I commute eighty miles a day —
Up at seven to make it pay
I direct ten limited companies
With seeming consummate expertise
Two ulcers and a heart disease
A trembling feeling in both knees —
I’m a working John and I’m a working Joe

BTW, VR, I won’t ban you from commenting here. You see, here, I am looking for dialogue (and not necessarily someone to agree).

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I Don’t Want Healthcare If Just Anyone Can Have It

I Don’t Want Healthcare If Just Anyone Can Have It

By Jocelyn Chao
March 7, 2007 | ISSUE 43•10

 

As a concerned citizen, I must voice my adamant disapproval of the “universal health care” proposals we’ve been hearing so much about. I don’t have any gripes with expanding and improving health coverage, per se. It’s the “universal” part that irks me. Providing health care for all would completely undermine the whole idea of health care. If every last one of the 40 million uninsured bozos in this country is going to get access to the vast, virtually unnavigable system of medical care we chosen few now enjoy, then I no longer even want it.

When hospital administrators see me flash my Blue Cross card, it means something. It tells the world, “Hey, look at me: I pay increasingly high monthly premiums, submit to annual exams, and claim any health-related expenditures over seven percent of my yearly income on my taxes, and you can’t.” But when this bill passes, they’ll be handing out insurance cards willy-nilly, and nobody will be able to tell the difference between someone who’s had health coverage for 20 years and someone whose boss was compelled by law to provide it to all full-time employees.

Then again, maybe they’ll offer some sort of special Platinum Plus medical card. But I can’t count on that.

Health care is all about exclusivity, pure and simple. It’s for a group of like-minded people bonded by the dream of only having to contribute a portion of their weekly wages to ensure unfettered access to a number of licensed health care professionals. If we change all that, health care will be about as elite as a public restroom, open to any yokel who waltzes into an emergency room and can legally establish California residency.

Mark my words, this will completely destroy the allure of filling out all the necessary-but-time-consuming paperwork, choosing one primary care physician attached to one specific plan, and becoming eligible for prescription medications at a reduced rate.

The only reason this is even being considered is because a majority of voters want it. Well, of course they do—they don’t have it! But you don’t see 33rd Degree Freemasons letting any old average citizen into their inner sanctum just because he’s curious. And you won’t catch me sharing my God-given right to affordable lifesaving medical procedures with every bum who’s got a jones for another hepatitis vaccination. It’s undignified.

After all, how do I know I’ve made it in this world if I’m not able to enjoy something others can’t?

Lack of access to health care is the seventh leading cause of death in the country, and that says something. It doesn’t get much more elite than being part of a club other people are literally dying to get into. So what incentive would there be if everyone were guaranteed equal health care, regardless of income, age, or employment status? Who would be left to proudly tell their grandchildren about the glory days of PPOs? That is a future I’d rather not imagine, thank you very much.

So why the constant desire to guarantee basic yearly screenings and vital operations for all, thus creating some kind of ridiculous, unrealistic safety net? How will people fully appreciate the excellence of the American health care system without the constant threat of it being yanked away at any moment?

If middle-class children are given government-subsidized medical coverage from the beginning, they won’t have anything to look forward to when they get older. Though my offspring will never have to worry about desperately trying to scrape together the money for a hospital visit, it doesn’t mean we should do away with the millions of other uninsured Americans who show them how privileged they are to have it in the first place.

That’s just a simple matter of respect.

I urge all citizens of good sense to reject any universal health care plan that gets put forward. It’s time to stand up for what’s right, and protect our most respectable institutions. If we don’t do it now, what will they tell us next—that everyone deserves a free public education and “the right” to a fair trial?

h/t The Onion


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B’Man’s Rants: What Can Be Done To Fix The Country I Love?

Not Necessarily In Any Particular Order:

Conduct an immediate, independent investigation of 911 (all facets leading up to and after the event). Any and all conspirators and their operatives should be summarily executed upon any finding of guilt (for this would be obvious treason). Any person or organization found to have lied, misrepresented, or hid facts revolving what happened on that fateful day should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (members of the 911 Commission, Zelikow, Bush Admin officials, etc)

“Think Tanks” and other Elitist organizations with obvious blood lust as their mantra should be dismantled and those people held to scrutiny of truth by the American public. No think tank (nor its Zionist operatives,) should be allowed to organize and write battle plans for any military endeavor. No organization or persons should be allowed to blatantly lie about rationale to invade innocent lands and those who did should be prosecuted and held responsible for those lies.

End the “War on Drugs” immediately

End The Empire immediately

End all of wars – Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya… and all proxy wars, coup attempts, and assassinations

Eliminate all off shore military (Empire) bases and bring each and every military personnel home

Eliminate all over-seas money (especially to Israel)

Allow all “Too-Big-To-Fail” banks/corporations to fail like the rest of us when we over-extend or bet away our security.

Abolish Corporate person-hood.

Never vote for a Republican or Democrat (nor any defectors from these parties when we clean house)

Re-balance the power structure of the US Government (Executive power has been increased to dictatorial levels, but to the demise of the congressional power. There should be no presidential “signing statements”. )

Enact campaign finance laws taking corporate money out of elections (heavily scrutinize and hold accountable donations sent to congress people who cater to the whims of that industry: ie; Marsha Blackburn’s heavy telecom money influences her votes regarding legislature that affects them).

Have Term Limits and use a proportional voting system (shorten Senator terms to 4 years and increase Congressional seats to 4)

Minimize congressional pay, retirement and medical benefits (none of these millionaires have done anything to deserve these huge benefits and payouts for the rest of their lives). This should be an honor to serve and no enriching, lifelong career move.

Disallow wives and family members from active participation in congressional matters (example: Max Baucus’ wife). Obvious conflict of interest.

Disallow insider trading of Congressmen (the Congress has 50 times more millionaires than regular citizens, per capita). These people can get inside information and buy/sell stocks. For you or I, this is illegal. For them, its enriching.

Stop the revolving doors of industry/government. Want to know why regulators don’t regulate? Their next employer (the one they are supposed to watch) won’t like it. Look no further than this devil to see why there needs to be no revolving doors (he is responsible for the Patriot Act, much of the Homeland Security apparatus, and untold other secret initiatives AND is an Israeli dual citizen… see next point).

Do not allow dual citizenship personnel to be in our government (there is but one allegiance to as an elected official in America and that is to AMERICA, not Israel, nor any OTHER country). Frankly, as opposed to the Senators who don’t even question such things, I don’t trust anyone who shows allegiance to two different masters. For such devotees can only hate one and love the other or be devoted to one and despise the other (Matt 6:24). They certainly cannot be trusted. Period.

Stop all foreign campaign finance and strongarming by lobbying groups whose allegiance is to another country (AIPAC, as an example). What a Zionist wants for America is NOT what is BEST for America, but is BEST for Israel and their world take-over agenda.

Mandatory disclosure of ALL personal information when running for elected office with exclusion and/or prosecution for those who refuse (never allow a dead beat draft dodger or Kenyan with a Connecticut birth certificate… having never actually lived in Connecticut… become leaders of this country).

Audit the FED… hold the thieves accountable… Close the Fed… enact a viable financial system where the government issues currency backed by precious metals (never allow a fiat currency in this country again)

Eliminate the IRS.

Eliminate personal and corporate income tax.

Eliminate the estate (death) tax.

Abolish Obama Care… implement Single Payer, Not-For-Profit healthcare. (Get the middle man insurance companies out of it.)

Immediately reduce Federal spending by 25%, minimum

Eliminate hundreds of unnecessary Federal agencies, including the FDA, Education, Dept of Agriculture, etc (not to mention all the pork and hidden payouts found deep inside bills)

Abolish the Department of Homeland Security and its entire apparatus (especially the TSA)

Repeal the Patriot Act

Prosecute, imprison or execute the ones (including George W Bush) who are responsible for torture to be conducted in our names. Prosecute and imprison any and all presidents who do not hold these murderers accountable, including Barack Obama. Obama, himself, should be held accountable for the murder of American citizens without a trial.

Balance the Budget

Secure our borders, pursue a sane immigration policy

Please add points of interest or correct anything I may have off base in comments…

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