On to more Reader's Comments:
"Merlin, you have a wife and
four daughters, do you really mean to tell me that you haven't
noticed that the cost of medical care and insurance has gone
through the roof? Either you are a tenured professor with
medical coverage for life - or you are rich if you haven't
noticed. The President is just trying to do what England,
France, Canada and others have done: Control Medical costs
and increase access for those who haven't got it."
- Almost broke Daphne, Oregon 2/15/2012
I am neither
rich, nor tenured. I pay for medical insurance the same
way you do. In fact, I pay for it as an individual, as I
do for all my dependents. I am not employed in the
classical sense; I am an "independent contractor", so, in
addition to worrying about the cost of medical expenses and
insurance - I have the added worry of just making ends meet
while hoping money keeps coming through the door. I
suspect that I share that with many of you. I will take on
the rest of your commentary in a bit, when I reveal the truth to
you and the rest of the nay-sayers simultaneously.
"Mr. Wizard - you seem to
think that absolutely nothing good can come of the Affordable
Healthcare Plan and you use the term 'Obamacare' as if it is a
dirty word. If it is so bad, why does the NHS in the
UK/France & Canada work so well?" - Brad,
People there die of things we survive every day. France is
at the bleeding-edge of pharma-tech and they aren't any better.
Cancer mortality rates are higher in all three countries than
here and trauma survivability rates for the U.S. make those
three countries look like Ghana. Canadians and Brits come
here for non-emergent but life-threatening illnesses in droves
because of the waiting lines... Keep reading - you're
about to get a giggle.
"Merlin, I think you are
wrong. Dead wrong. The President, though he may have
gone too far too fast, is not making ill-informed, ill-conceived
and ill-applied decisions. He has surrounded himself with
the best and the brightest and the time was right for his brand
of change. The American public voted for it and they
overwhelmingly put him and his likeminded associates into power.
Obamacare is the best he could get in the furious climate that
grew up overnight. It's not as good as the EU NHS system
but it will be a good start here until we can nationalize it.
Isn't it better to have a decent system where everyone gets the
best care than a bad one where only the rich get it? Even
you must have a heart." Name withheld by request,
possible points to start with came flooding to my mind making it
almost impossible to begin this rebuttal. First and
foremost, he has not surrounded himself with those you claim.
He has surrounded himself with Academics, inexperienced
bit-players, failed business people and half-wits - all of which
have his agenda in common' they too are socialist or marxist-leaning.
Read all of my previous work, the evidence is there - as are the
citations if you question the veracity of my research.
Second - the American public did no such thing. They had
no idea that he was going to try and turn a capitalist society
into a bigger version of Venezuela. How could they?
The press never vetted him, his views or his previous actions!
They never reported the totality of his speeches (only sound
bites) and he never gave any detail of his plans. The
left-wing that was ushered into power with him simply rode his
coattails. I'll get to your point about the NHS below, I would
like to get to the last of your nonsensical assertions next.
You insinuate that only the rich get "American healthcare" - I
invite you to take a look at Medicare/Medicaid and Children's
insurance programs that every state has for uninsured children
(CHIP). The poor, in the words of Mitt Romney, "have a
safety net." It is the middle class that is struggling
with medical care and insurance - NOT THE POOR! MY GOD
would you liberals wake up. I am so sick of hearing about
the poor, the minorities, the under-class, the inner-city, the
etc., etc.. EVERYONE is hurting - we do not need to name
them, class them or associate them with urban centers. No
one is "targeted" by high medical or insurance costs - not the
minorities, not the poor, not even the redneck hicks living in
the sticks; no one is. We need something to make the
insurance companies not fear insuring people, medicines,
procedures, doctors and hospitals. We need insurance
companies, physicians and hospitals alike to be able to do their
job, make money and not fear for their solvency. Tort
reform is the only solution. Keep reading below.
Ever wanted to know just how effective the
left-wing conspiracy to control the press is? Here's a
good example for you: Google "UK privatizing health care"
Go ahead, I'll wait.
Did you notice that there are only two
American news organizations reporting on it? Both are
conservative. Did you notice that it is all over the UK
like a firestorm? Hardly... It is a big deal in the
UK, but Google hardly notices. How about Yahoo?
Somewhat better, but still, it mostly returns hits to
conservative-leaning outlets, the British Telegraph and the
Guardian, another UK paper.
So, I went to the Huffington Hope Float and
typed the same thing in their search engine: 1 hit on
their site - in their "tech" section of the paper.
LATimes: No Results Found
Chicago Tribune: No Results Found
San Francisco Chronicle: No Results
The NY Times: No Results Found. To
be fair, there was one result - A 2010 piece on David Cameron
that essentially said that there would be no privatization of
the NHS in the UK. Upon further review of the NY Times,
under the heading of Great Britain, there were scores of article
regarding the UK, EU issues and even the PM Cameron - but
nothing on the biggest deal in UK politics today.
Of course AP or Reuters will have something on
NOPE... No results were found.
I have sent each and every one of those news
organizations an email, daring them to bust out and be their own
news organization. We'll see.
Here is the NEWS you are
BRITISH PM PUSHES TO PRIVATIZE HEALTH CARE
As Obama pushes new regulations, UK eyes privatizing health care
Health Bill spells "the end of the National Health Service as we
Keep in mind that the Guardian is a Washington
Post/Huffington Post style of paper, prone to wild assertions
and finding the most dramatic way to get their point across.
Having said that, I would offer that it has become apparent to
the Brits, like the Cubans recently learned, Cradle-to-grave
welfare & pension is just not possible. It is a fool's
paradise. The former USSR learned it, the North Koreans
are suffering because of it and the Greek are taking their time
figuring it out.
As Obama pushes this thing further and further
in our butts, trying his best to change everything that makes us
American (Read: copy Europe et al), others are trying to come
back our way. The signs are everywhere that we are
following the wrong leader... When are we going to wake