Welcome to Health-care Bizarro World

If anyone needed proof that this Administration, like its predecessor, operates in a Bizarro-like world in which reality is subverted, just consider President Obama’s recent statements to Charles Gibson of ABC News, in which he defended his health care proposal.  The president told Gibson that if his health care “reform” legislation is not passed quickly by the Congress, “the government will go bankrupt.”  Well, guess what, Mr. President – our country already is over $12 trillion in debt, and the estimated cost of your health care legislation far exceeds another trillion dollars! 

Issuing repeated dire warnings that the “sky will fall” if desired action is not taken, looses its impact when the dire consequences one predicts will happen, have already happened.

By the way, the president also predicted that health insurance “premiums will go up” if the legislation he and his Democtratic Party colleagues are pushing in the Conress isn’t passed.  Is that supposed to be breaking news?  Don’t insurance premiums go up every year now?  And isn’t a primary reason for such increases the high cost of government-run medical programs like Medicare and Medicaid; and the tremendous costs incurred by doctors and hospitals in complying with existing government mandates?

These folks truly do live in a world of their own.  Welcome to Bizarro World.

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Mike

December 20th, 2009
11:51 pm

Bob Barr, the man who helped make the Libertarian Party look weaker than it already is. Thanks, Bob.

What do you call a man with no arms and no legs in a swimming pool?

Bob.

What do you call him in a jakuzi?

Stu

What if you find him on the front porch of your house?

Matt.

And finally, what if he decides to go waterskiing?

Skip.

Jeff

December 21st, 2009
8:04 am

The “Health Care” Anti-Stimulus Act.

There are over 25,000 small businesses, employing over 100K workers which face business closure because of last minute changes to the health care bill.

A new provision of a 10% tanning tax was inserted at the last minute without any honest debate. The industry was not able to defend itself publicly. This is failure of good governance.

Tanning salons are primarily mom-and-pop small businesses. Lease and equipment obligations of tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars are typical and must be paid whether they remain in business or not. It is in industry highly dependant on consumers discretionary income, which has been weak during the recession. Profit margins of less than 10% are typical. Adding this huge brand new tax will simply close thousands of businesses.

The botax provision of last week was simply replaced by this new tax. The $25,000/day the Drs. doing cosmetic surgery bring in, has allowed them to pay Democrats to switch this tax to a weaker industry. This is corruption at its finest.

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December 21st, 2009
9:16 am

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I have the answer

December 21st, 2009
9:30 am

First, let me state I work in healthcare. We don’t have a problem with the healthcare system; we have a problem with paying for it.

First, if you have paid attention lately, you will see that insurance premiums have continued to go up while reimbursements to providers have gone down. All of that increase goes to insurance company overhead (salaries, bonuses, etc…).

Second, the cost of prescription drugs and medical equipment continues to rise, even though the R&D costs were paid back long ago. Guess where that increase goes – yep, overhead of the pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies. (See definition of overhead above.)

But here’s the key problem with the system: the Federal and State governments. If the government would simply pay 100% of the COST of taking care of their patients (Medicare, Medicaid, Tri-Care, etc…), the healthcare system would be able to absorb the rest and lower prices in the process. However, the government continues to ratchet down reimbursement levels based on nothing other than their need to cut costs so that they can fund their own pet projects.

Do number 3 and the system survives relatively unscathed with consumers seeing a reduction. Address all three areas and you will have really fixed healthcare, without resorting to a single payer or government run system.

However, I won’t hold my breath waiting for any of it to happen…

P Jones

December 21st, 2009
1:23 pm

The only good that will come from the passage of healthcare will be that we in Fulton County should see a significant drop in our property taxes since Grady should not have any additional funding needed for those who do not have health insurance. Since everyone will now have insurance, Grady should be able to run on its own with no additional taxpayer subsidy

GADawg

December 23rd, 2009
9:22 am

Regarding to this Obama health care scam, liberals need to respond to one simple question – If this health care proposal is so great, then why has Congress excluded themselves and their staffs from its coverage?

Hard Right Hook

December 27th, 2009
12:39 pm

Mr_B

December 18th, 2009
12:28 pm
It’s not unusual to hear complaints such as “we can’t trust the government with 1/6th of the total economy,” but no one seems willing to ask why we have to devote so many of our resources to health care. We are debating whether or not we can afford to “insure” people against the inevitable, but the whole idea of insurance is that the insurer assume a relatively small risk. The business model of an insurance company is not about paying claims; its’ about collecting premiums.”

This is why health care debates turn into screaming tantrums. Insurance, regardless of what risk you are insuring, works by virtue of the Law of Large Numbers. There are large numbers of houses in America; total burnouts are relatively rare. Thus, fire coverage is relatively cheap.

If everyone in America has health insurance, and pays no portion, then the Law of Large Numbers is shot to h-ll. And demand overwhelms capacity (how long do you wait in lines now?) and we have a nightmare on our hands.

Just wait.

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December 31st, 2009
3:32 pm

[...] is not passed quickly by the Congress, ‘the government will go bankrupt,’” wrote Barr. “Well, guess what, Mr. President – our country already is over $12 trillion [...]

Areyoukidding?

January 7th, 2010
11:56 pm

apex wrote: i left home at 18, joined the service, paid for school on the GI Bill, worked, saved money, went to grad school, paid for that. i am a latino minority, grew up in much worse conditions than the poor, and because now I am a rich guy (I do not make that much with student loan payments, but oh well), i get to pay for health care for those that have it worse.
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Are you kidding APEX? First you indicate your life benefited directly from the GI Bill (which was funded by the government, using TAX revenue, paid for by everyone–people like you), and then you complain about heath insurance reform? So you oppose heath care reform because you now pay more in taxes? I think that is really ironic. I am very sorry that your publicly assisted improvement in the quality of your life and the resulting higher income that came with your government funded college education has led you to pay more taxes.

I know many of you disagree, but I think heath insurance reform will end up saving the average person money and improve the quality of all our lives, just as our nation benefited from the GI bill.

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January 21st, 2010
3:29 am

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Henry Massingale

January 27th, 2010
7:34 pm

I have weighed this issue Health Care Bill vs. Constitution, and if a Political Party Gains control over a people because if the Health Care Tax Dollars, then it is laws with out moral value.
You see when tobacco companies became under fire the laws were based on a moral value because of the issues within.
The moral building blocks from Bill to Law is not supported because these Laws are for increase taxes and force pay against the people and a increase tax forum in a wide coverage stated to be in the best interest of the Country.
exmp.,

So this is Health Care Reform at its best, please allow me to share a concept that will open your mind in a way never thought of for a United Forum Concept. At first I stood alone and I wrote my first blog and little did I know that thousands of people and companies stood by it,
I have waited to see the issues of tax increase and health care, something that may be wrote by President Obama,
You see a lot of what I write, is in fact that, I do not seek Political support because I do not belong to any party. As for President Obama and theses 60 people that hold seat of Government who wish to build 1900 page of law to Govern this system because of this Health Care dollar. I watch them stumble about without a clue of how to fix this failed system. To see into this failure, you must allow this system to be seen as a forum for dollars of taxes created as a constant as a yearly figure. This prediction of dollar for the future, is in fact what I call Artificial Intelligence built on the hope that taxes will stay a constant figure.
To state it simple if Health Care Insurance Companies Unite and hand over this issue then the Officials of Government then they will have have no choice but to turn their eye to the companies of medication and medical supplies and hospitals and Doctors who charge cost that is the cause and effect of this failure within this system.
This Health Care Forum we offer is built on a moral value, a strategic forum to place issues to work ,that offers freedom to be a part of it or not. This force pay against companies, force pay against VETS, and so on shows the lack of a moral building block within this Health Care Reform.
What we offer is that, will, Lets use the AARP Health Care Insurance Company, and lets say that they have 30 million members. To show that this company can earn $150 million dollars per month and be released from the burden of medical cost, by what we wish to show as health care tax forum and a freedom of choice for a pay in to a forum to a Insurance Company for people who do not trust this system within The United States Government. A tax forum forces the Government system to work for the people and at the same time forces Government Officials to work for the people within this forum.
To reach out to a company and sit down with them to build something never attempted in order to rebuild lives and the National Security of The United States as a moral building block without laws to Govern, but to protect this system from crime is what a moral law use to stand for.
To show a $100 trillion dollar strategic building block by companies of freewill that step forward to help rebuild America. To build the most powerful anti war / crime forum ever conceived by such as I a nobody that only seek to only go back to work as a painter and rebuild his little company dream.
As stated at first I stood alone against so many and I have found the uniting of people of different faith that seeks the same as I do. What makes FASC Concepts different, we do not ask for money and we opened a door for people to put their faith into themselves as a person and not what we say, to build on this and protect it under the concepts of law such as the Patriot Act. {A Moral Concept}
There is a day coming that Officials of Government will see that the Laws built against God and Country was the first steps of the United States Of America headed for failure because it lacks moral value. This is what our enemies see, a Country of Laws that should of never been created by few against so many people of the USA.
Is it so hard to see a concept for a Health Care Stimulus Package that builds jobs and life within a anti war / crime forum ? But it was the war and the crimes committed after 9/11/2001 of how I was allowed to see into the basic tax forum failure. And to rebuild the security within the Country.
Henry Massingale
FASC Concepts in and for Pay It Forward
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