ObamaCare–what it means to you

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2012 by johnmwilliams

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.

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The illogical and desperate defense of ObamaCare

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2012 by johnmwilliams

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.

 

Democrats can’t make up their minds regarding the Contempt vote against Holder

Posted in Uncategorized on June 29, 2012 by johnmwilliams

Some say it’s totally premature–others say it’s election-year politics.  Which is it?  Neither.  The investigation has slogged on for 16 months as the Department of Justice dragged it feet, lying for 9 months about the operation before finally coming clean and then handing over a bunch of documents redacted to the point of irrelevance to try to stall for time.  So the timing has nothing to do with Republican rush-to-judgement or electioneering–it has to do with Democratic obfuscation and stall tactics.  The Democrats have no one but this Attorney General, the Administration, and their collusion to blame for the timing of the contempt vote.

The Obamacare decision

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28, 2012 by johnmwilliams

Well, Democrats lied (what’s new?).  They sold Obamacare, emphatically, as not being a tax.  Democrats knew that passing a huge new tax on all Americans (and it will eventually involve ALL Americans) would have sealed their doom.  The job now is to make sure that everyone KNOWS this is a tax.  That’s the only thing that made it legal–Congress’ taxing authority is what the justices cited–not the commerce clause.

There will be 21 new taxes.  Twelve of those will affect families making less than $250k per year (another lie by Obama/Democrats who pretended that this was as good as a “protected class” in all their bloviating).  We have been betrayed by a whole political party and it’s imperative that everyone make it known to everyone they know–this was a fraud from the start.

If allowed to stand, this will inevitably lead to “single payer,” or government-run health care for all.  I say inevitably because there is no way for private enterprise to compete with government, especially in the face of more and more unfunded mandates (they have now been forced to cover pre-existing conditions and contraceptives with no cost passed on to the beneficiaries of those services).  Only the government through taxation can absorb those kinds of costs and Obama and the Democrats know this very well.  They will drive the private insurance industry out of business and in effect, nationalize healthcare.

On down the road, they’ll do the same thing they’ve done with Social Security and Medicare–robbing healthcare of funds in order to fund other projects and gradually squeezing quality and quantity of care–rationing–in order to keep the funds coming.  And they won’t have to answer to the taxpayers for their malfeasance, because like Social Security and Medicare, it will go to the general fund where we have no way to track it.  In effect, they’ve taken another 1/6 of the economy as a new tax without any accountability to the taxpayers.  When they eventually say the program can’t afford a coverage, we’ll have no recourse but to go home and die.

Our medical research and development that has led the world will dwindle to nothing and not only we, but the rest of the world, will suffer for it.  Advanced cures and treatments for illness and disease will be jettisoned first as “experimental”–or worse, handed out to politically connected companies while the rest go begging.

Once this process is in the hands of the government, there is no accountability or recourse available to taxpayers.

I will think on this some more, but at this point, repeal is the only way to undo this bad law.  Please–support Republicans this November.   Otherwise, our parents and our kids will suffer for it later.

How incompetent is this DOJ?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2012 by johnmwilliams

And we see the same kind of incompetence from all levels of the Obama Administration.

The newly bloated Voting Rights Division of the DOJ (Holder installed a whole new level of management over the last 3 years) represents of the worst, weakest, and most pathetic bunch of attorneys that has ever occupied the highest level of law enforcement in this country.  This demonstrates exactly why liberals are considered incompetent anywhere but the rarefied air of academia where their theories and ruminations are safely walled off from the rest of society and why, on the occasions they’re unleashed on the real world, they prove incredibly bungling and amateurish:

DOJ voting rights case hinges on newspaper report

From a memo from the real attorneys in Florida defending the new voting rights law DOJ is challenging:

[quote]DOJ crosses even further into the realm of conclusory and unsubstantiated speculation by asserting that the Secretary’s use of MDAVE data is “discriminatory.” DOJ cites a single source to support this claim: a news report “indicat[ing] that the program may have a disproportionate impact on minority voters” because “87 percent of those on the 2,600-person list are minorities.” U.S. Mem. 17 & n.6 (emphasis added). As a threshold matter, a single media report speculating that the MDAVE data “may” have a disparate impact is obviously not competent evidence to support any judgment or relief.[/quote]

This is the most incompetent bunch of hooey from allegedly accomplished “professionals” that I’ve ever seen.  To initiate a legal action, taking a state to court on the basis of information contained in a newspaper report shows the vacuous, irresponsible and capricious nature of the liberal mind.  Is it any wonder the Democrats went running for the hills when faced with the prospect of having to face John Yoo in court while their constituencies screamed for the prosecution of the Bush Administration for “war crimes”?

So in 1972, 17% fewer women than men graduated from college…

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2012 by johnmwilliams

It was an emergency–one that demanded Federal action to level this grave injustice!

So we get the Education Amendments of 1972, Public Law No. 92-318, 86 Stat. 235 (june 23, 1972, codified at 20 U. S. C. sections 1681 through 1688, aka the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act–legislation intended to “level the playing field” for women in college.

In 2012, 25% fewer men than women graduated from college.

Our President calls this a “great accomplishment for America.”

Is it really?

So are we going to get Federal legislation to level the playing field for men?  My bet is no.  Because any attempt to “level the playing field” would get the same kind of “war on women” rhetoric going that we saw over being forced to pay for women’s contraception.  “Fairness” and “equality” are only useful, it seems, when the “right group” benefits.

This kind of social manipulation NEVER “levels the playing field” and ALWAYS produces winners and losers.  And once a group benefits from it and becomes the “favored group,” it can never relinquish its hold, even under the same auspices it received those additional benefits.  It’s a fool’s errand from the start and only serves to further separate us as a nation. 

Very Important–Obama’s Senior Swindle

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2012 by johnmwilliams

The Democrats have trotted out one fake “Republican war on (fill in the blank)” after another this election season.  They’ve tried to focus on a fake “war on women,” but it’s such an easy contrivance, they’re finding it hard not to use it on every issue.  One is the student loan interest rate that’s due to go up automatically in June.

The Obama Administration has a slush fund–the $8.35 billion “demonstration project”–to postpone the vast majority of Obamacare’s Medicare Advantage that will slash up to 5 million seniors from that very popular program until after this election (the first $267 billion in cuts would actually come into play in September without this money).  Republicans are fighting to use this fund to pay for the student loan interest reduction–but Democrats, in their own, through-the-looking-glass world, have twisted it to read as Republicans wanting to slash benefits “largely for women” (since the majority of seniors are women), when it is THEIR PROGRAM THAT WILL SLASH $567 BILLION FROM MEDICARE!  Please read the following and be sure to pass this information on to your friends and neighbors–this is the most dishonest, despicable hypocrisy I’ve witnessed in a long time:

Obama’s Senior Swindle–Weekly Standard