Nigel regularly appears on shows here in the US wondering why we would want to bring the same kind of ridiculous leftist polices the EU now faces to our own shore. Here, while addressing the EU, he lays out the folly in so many leftist policies–they never work, but they can never admit they don’t work, so the only solution they see is to throw more money at the problem. Here Nigel questions the serial “more money/no solution” pattern in the EU’s current financial crisis:
Archive for July, 2012
Everybody likes to talk about the macro effects of ObamaCare–the cost to the economy, the cost to the middle class, the cost to freedom and liberty. But what does ObamaCare mean to the individual? I think there are two possible outcomes.
First–there is no doubt that ObamaCare is the first step to government-run health care. By mandating unpaid coverages such as contraception, testing, and other expenses, private insurance will be driven out of the marketplace or reduced to little more than a servicing industry. The government will dictate what is covered, how much is paid, and, eventually, will take over the whole of our medical establishment. Doctors will be government employees and patients will be at the mercy of Sarah Palin’s “death panels” that will decide whether certain procedures, medications, and treatments are economically justifiable based on one-size-fits-all parameters of quality of life standards, useful economic life (age), and other parameters that only bureaucrats and academics will have the warped imagination, time, and inclination to come up with.
The second scenario and the one I think is more likely is that a secondary market of health insurance will crop up. Like private schools, this would necessitate people paying their tax or minimum insurance coverage in the government system, and then purchasing separate health insurance from private companies. Canada had such a system for a short time, but found that doctors would refuse to see government-sponsored patients because of the higher pay for privately insured patients. Canada then had to legislate “single payer” in order to legislate the private insurance industry out of existence and force everyone into the government system. I don’t think such a move would pass muster in the US, so ObamaCare may eventually die, but it will literally cause unmitigated death and destruction to Americans, their pocketbooks, and our health care delivery system in the mean time.
So whether you’re going to belong to the bureaucrat-run, inefficient, overhead gobbling government health care system, or you’re going to pay the minimum tax and purchase your own, guess what? YOU’RE GOING TO BE PAYING MORE…LOTS MORE…for your health care coverage.
The old and infirm in our society will be at the mercy of this behemoth. Retirees cannot afford to purchase secondary policies and will be left at the mercy of the bureaucrats, as will the poor. And, as usual, the middle-class will pay far more for the same coverage (or inferior coverage), it has today.
Either way, this is a boondoggle of incredible dimensions, affecting 1/6 of our economy. We have one prayer–that Romney and Republicans will somehow carry the day in November.
I keep reading about the Administration still refusing to admit that ObamaCare is a tax. This is quite a feat–because if it’s not a tax, it’s unconstitutional. The other two arguments for it were struck down by the majority fairly briefly. The vast majority of the opinion was spent trying to justify re-writing the Administration’s argument for them and then trying to explain the rewriting. There’s also well-founded speculation that Roberts changed his vote at the last minute and while I haven’t seen any theories about his switch, based on the fact that he wrote the majority opinion, it’s my thought that the liberal justices and Obama Administration asked him what it would take to save their precious health care law and he told them that it would only pass as a tax. So the left caved and allowed him to write the majority opinion, he was able to restrict future use of the Commerce and Right and Proper clauses of the Constitution, and he forced the Administration to admit that it’s about to foist the largest tax increase in the history of civilization upon the American people.
The other big lie in the Administration’s propaganda surrounding ObamaCare is that it “will only affects about 1%” of taxpayers who don’t acquire health coverage. First, they’ve spent the last year and a half telling us that it will cover 30 million who don’t have health care. That’s a far cry from 1% of our roughly three hundred million population and assumes that 90% (27 out of 30 million) of those who don’t have health care will now rush out and buy it. Secondly, the requirements to acquire health care or pay the tax for not acquiring health care applies to every single American. That a small percentage will be paying the tax in lieu of mandated insurance doesn’t make the coercion any less broad. The government is telling you what you must do with some portion of your income regardless of whether you choose to buy the insurance or pay the tax.