Posts Tagged ‘Health Care’

Trump’s Healthcare Executive Order

Posted by Troy on 12th October 2017 in Current Events, Political

Sadly, it’s a bit unconstitutional.  But what has the Government ever done in healthcare that isn’t?  I wish the Republicans weren’t so useless and would have made this into legislation instead of it being an executive order.

That being said, this is a potential game changer in health insurance.  Basically, it allows a class of people (say, Plumbers, Accountants, etc) to form an association for which to buy health insurance.  So instead of a sole proprietor having to buy an expensive plan, they can buy it as a group, saving a ton of money.  He is also allowing this to go on ACROSS state lines.  So you are forming massive groups and increasing competition.  This is amazing.

He is also allowing for you to choose to buy what was once considered substandard plans.  Why does a healthy 23 year old have to buy full coverage when they really want a super cheap plan to cover catastrophic accidents and cancer.  This makes economical sense.  But what you want does not matter to them.  They know what is best for you.

That’s what really rubs me the wrong way…the sheer arrogance that they think they know what’s best for you.  What’s even worse is that there is a whole host of people that agree.  They clap their hands and say, “Yes!  You know what’s best for me.  Thank you for not making me think for myself.”

Long Live the Constitution!

Romney Killed My Wife!

Posted by Troy on 9th August 2012 in Current Events, Political

A new attack ad on Romney claims that his shutting down a plant caused a man’s wife to die.  Shall we also charge liquor store owners with drunk driving deaths then?  What about you eating crab when someone dies on The Most Dangerous Catch?  Do you see where we are going?  Did you know that it is a given that x number of workers will be killed building a road or building a building?  If we set a speed limit of 35 miles per hour, we would have virtually zero fatalities on the road.  Does your desire not to take seven forevers in getting somewhere mean that you are directly responsible for these deaths?  Sounds that way, really.  Is it a company’s objective to provide health care to people?  Nope.  It’s to make a profit.  If you owned a business that wasn’t profitable, you wouldn’t sit there and keep losing money.  Would you?  If you would, it’s no small wonder that you don’t own a business.

Here’s the real answer to this attack, and it’ll never be said.  Sometimes, life sucks.  Sometimes, life is unfair.  Everyone you know will eventually die.  Sometimes through no fault of their own.  Perhaps, if the steel mill had been left open, the husband would have fallen into a vat of molten steel and died, and his wife still would have died of cancer.  Life is crazy and unpredictable.  The only thing we can do is play the hand we are dealt to the best of our abilities.  I’m sorry that the man’s wife died, but Romney’s no more to blame than anyone else.  This isn’t to mention the fact that she died 7 years after he was fired and had insurance of her own.

Life isn’t fair.  Deal with it.

Long Live the Constitution!

Obamacare or Obamatax?

Posted by Troy on 2nd July 2012 in Political

And the dance begins!  Obama is so happy his bill survived, but suddenly he has another problem.  Now, he has to call it a tax.  If they say, “it’s not a tax,” then people can respond that it has to be a tax otherwise it is unconstitutional.  As Romney is already saying, “Is it unconstitutional, or is it a tax?”  If you count the actual cost of this “tax” to the people, it is going to end up being the single biggest tax increase in history (after accounting for the skyrocketing insurance costs which we will be obligated to buy and all the penalties).

In 2084, I said that Obamacare was created to fail.  It was meant to fail to usher in a government, single-payer system.  After looking at this law further, I think I was too kind to it.  This bill is a killer.  It is literally going to destroy businesses.  If it is not defeated, we will be Socialists.

When I was growing up, Socialism was bad and Capitalism was good.  Suddenly, everyone wants to give Socialism a fair shake.  Look, Capitalism works.  That’s the beauty of it.   Nothing has done more to raise the mass of men than Capitalism.  Socialism leads only to destruction.  If you point to our debt and say we have the same issues as the Socialist countries, I agree…but these are all a direct result of the socialist programs of Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, and the like.

We would have been better off if we stuck to the old ways.  Families should take care of their elderly family members.  Communities should take care of their poor.  Families and individuals should have to make the hard choices in medical care.  Perhaps if they had to face those choices, they would choose to live healthier lifestyles.

We must defeat Obamacare in 2013.  All the destruction comes in 2014.  Know why?  It’s after Obama’s re-election.  If you could see what is coming, there is no way you would support this bill.

Long Live the Constitution!

On the Eve of the Obamacare Decision

Posted by Troy on 27th June 2012 in Current Events, Political

You do not have the right to healthcare.  You do not have the right to a home.  You do not have the right to food.  You do not have the right to anything that you cannot afford.  If that sounds harsh and unfair, so be it, but it is true.  You only have the right to have the ability to buy these services and possessions.  All the things you have the right to are free: speech, thought, religion, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, to protect yourself, to equal treatment under the law, to a trial by jury, and the like.

To those people who like Obamacare because of the pre-existing conditions, they are going to charge you dearly for this insurance.  As such, you will not buy the insurance anyway and will pay the penalty.  You will then buy the insurance when you need treatment and will drop it as soon as you no longer need treatment, and this will cause insurance rates for everyone to jump, and then everyone will do exactly what you are doing, and then the insurance companies will go bankrupt, and then the real fun begins when the government steps in to save us.  Read 2084.

If you want to solve the issues with pre-existing conditions, how about this: If you buy insurance before age 25, the insurance companies cannot deny you coverage.  As long as you stay current with your premiums, they cannot kick you out.  We can even make a rule that they cannot charge people more than 125% of the average premium to prevent people from being priced out of the market.  We can even put more responsibility to the insured and state that these restrictions only apply if they remain non-smokers, do not use illegal drugs, and maintain a BMI under 30.  Hell, that would solve a lot of problems right there.

I am a fan of doing away with insurance altogether.  I think that insurance severs the link between the patient and the bill.  This leads to insane choices.  If you had to pony up $90,000 for a knee replacement, you might choose to buy a $50 cane instead–particularly if you are near the end of your life and would rather your kids have $90,000 more when you die.  This would lead to chaos for five to ten years, but this would end up solving most of our problems with “health care.”

May the whole thing be overturned.

Long Live the Constitution!

Unconstitutional

Posted by Troy on 13th February 2011 in Current Events, Political

A Florida judge has ruled that the health care bill is unconstitutional because of the individual mandate.  Also, he points out that, since they didn’t add a severability cause, the whole bill is unconstitutional.  I find it interesting that Obama’s legal team suggested they put one in there, but Obama chose not to do so.  Why?  He had to know that that would be the point of contention.  Why give an enemy a point of weakness to attack?  This is the sort of thing that leads to conspiracy theories.  But to what end?  He poured on such political capital.  He made this bill the make or break of his Presidency.  This was to be his legacy.  Why?  It’s senseless…

I will say that I am glad the judge ruled the way he did.  Even if you think that it’s a good idea for the government to tell us we must buy health insurance, there is no way you would support that power.  It’d be good if we all ate more broccoli.  So, why not let them tell us that as well?  There are those who point out that the Constitution is not a perfect document, that it has been changed just because of this, and I agree.  It’s not perfect, but it’s meant to be amended by rule of law.  That’s the difference between our system and parliamentary systems.  If they don’t like a rule, they just change it.  To change our rules, you have to get the governed to consent to it.  The fact of the matter is that, particularly on the Left, they just want to blatantly ignore the restrictions of the Constitution because they know that their ideas would never have the widespread support needed to pass with the People.

Long Live the Constitution.