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Obamanycare Confirmed

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

One of the best lines used against Romney was “Obamanycare,” It captures the essence of what is wrong with Mitt. He is a liberal at heart, believes in Paternalism and is an empty suit.

Now we have confirmation that Romneycare was instrumental in the formulation for Obamacare.

Taken together, Massachusetts’s experience under the 2006 reform initiative, which became the template for the structure of the Affordable Care Act, highlights the potential gains and the challenges the nation now faces under federal health reform.

The rest of the study is interesting though. They basically confirm that people are using more health care, which is expected. When it comes to affordability they say this:

 Consistent with that expectation, there have been gains in the affordability of care for adults since 2006, as evident in a lower burden from out-of-pocket health care spending (excluding premiums) and less unmet need for care because of cost (Exhibit 4; additional measures in Appendix Exhibit 4; simple [unadjusted] estimates in Appendix Exhibit 8).9

Why are they excluding premiums? Maybe because premiums have risen more rapidly in Masachusetts than anywhere else in the country?

 As highlighted in Figure 1, in the absence of policy change, health care spending in Massachusetts is projected to nearly double to $123 billion in 2020, increasing 8 percent faster than the state’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Take out most expensive portion and of course it’s “affordable.” Hell if you don’t count all the beer I drink, I never drink alcohol either! Only Academics and Politicians think that is good policy (see how they measure CPI).

January 19, 2012 
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers was unchanged in December, as it was in November. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in December after increasing 0.2 percent in November.

All in all, Romneycare is a disaster. The economics are wrong. I’m not even going to get into the Mandate, which was also used for Obamacare. Obamanycare is a great word to use to describe MassCare. It needs to be hung around Romney’s neck. Thankfully Newt is doing just that.


h/t: James Pethokoukis <—Read his story. It’s much better written than mine.

British NHS is decentrializing…Leftists everywhere are lamenting.

During our recent Obamacare debate both sides looked at the British NHS as an example of state-run healthcare.

Those opposing a single payer system used the endless wait times and other inefficiencies as what not to do. Well now, those inefficiencies are causing the new british government to make some real reforms.

Practical details of the plan are still sketchy. But its aim is clear: to shift control of England’s $160 billion annual health budget from a centralized bureaucracy to doctors at the local level. Under the plan, $100 billion to $125 billion a year would be meted out to general practitioners, who would use the money to buy services from hospitals and other health care providers.

The plan would also shrink the bureaucratic apparatus, in keeping with the government’s goal to effect $30 billion in “efficiency savings” in the health budget by 2014 and to reduce administrative costs by 45 percent. Tens of thousands of jobs would be lost because layers of bureaucracy would be abolished.

In a document, or white paper, outlining the plan, the government admitted that the changes would “cause significant disruption and loss of jobs.” But it said: “The current architecture of the health system has developed piecemeal, involves duplication and is unwieldy. Liberating the N.H.S., and putting power in the hands of patients and clinicians, means we will be able to effect a radical simplification, and remove layers of management.”

It should be noted that while the Government will still be shelling out the money, the bureaucrats won’t be in charge anymore. Also of note is to remember the single-payer advocates claim that having the government running it, instead of those evil insurance companies, would create efficiencies. Now we have the British wanting to save $30 billion by getting government our of running health care. These new reforms are a far cry from true free market reforms, but they are a start.

Categories: Health Care

The Left Hates a Debate

March 30, 2010 2 comments

There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do do not want to lose their jobs.

I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.

My experience is that people who call themselves “The Intellectuals” understand theories, but they do not understand things. I have long been convinced that, if these men could have gone into the South and taken up and become interested in some practical work which would have brought them in touch with people and things, the whole world would have looked very different to them. Bad as conditions might have seemed at first, when they saw that actual progress was being made, they would have taken a more hopeful view of the situation.

Booker T. Washington, from My Larger Education, Being Chapters from My Experience (1911)

Booker T. Washington has long been one of my favorite early twentieth century writers. I think that both the Left and Right can do well to read his works and learn from them. The Left might realize that many in their ranks are the “certain class of race-problem solvers,” that Washington talks about. The Right will have to come to grips with a lot of unpleasant facts about black life in the early 20th. One thing I want to focus on right now is Frank Rich’s column; The Rage is Not about Health Care.

Writing for the NYTimes, an organization of “problem-solvers” who have probably never stepped foot in a slum or ghetto in their lives, basically coffee shoppe liberals, Rich knows exactly the thoughts that are going through every single Tea Party or small Government protester, it’s all about racism. He doesn’t even have the gumption to come out and say it directly either. He cowardly eludes to it with statements like; The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House — topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman — would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play.” That’s right, if your against the Health Care Bill, it because your afriad of diversity, and we all know what times of people are against diversity right?

Now if that isn’t bad enough, Rich links to MSNBC –Isn’t this the same MSNBC that has been accusing HCR protesters of being racist, bringing their guns to rallies, only to selectively edit out a black man at a rally with a gun?– to show all those examples of racism at Tea Party protests. Most of Rich’s link have been debunked, or have no evidence except by reporters who have an incentive to stir things up. Oh yeah Rich even links to the false story mentioned above!

I’m sure there is racism left in this country. Maybe racism is the motivation for some of the protesters, but not ever single one of them, like the Left is trying to portray. But let’s not forget that there are racists on the Left as well; race hustlers like Sharpton that yell racism at everything, do you think he sees no difference between black and white. What about the certain group that can use the “N” word, while everyone else can’t…kinda smells like racism to me. Can a poor white kid qualify for a scholarship from the United Negro College Fund? What would the reaction be to a United White College Fund? But this is all beside the point.

Why do the Left, like Rich, have to play the race card all the time? As John Smart (one of the few on the Left, that is open to debate) said in a recent post, “To these people the Tea Party has to be about race. If it’s not they lose control of both the narrative and the outcome.” It’s true, they have to make it about race, they don’t want the debate to be about the proper role of Government. It’s a debate they know they will lose.

So the question still remains, why do people like Rich use the race card so profligately?

The AGW debate gives me the answer. It’s because ad homimen works, or at least is used to. Logical fallacies work for the most part. The Left knows that most people don’t take any formal classes on logic; they should know, they are usually in charge of the school system. They know that the average Joe, doesn’t know what a red herring, appeal to emotion, appeal to authority are all fallacies, the use of them doesn’t prove anything. Really it’s both the Left and the Right that use them, but when it comes to using the race card, that’s all Left baby.

The Left knows that no one likes to be called a racist. Racism, as it should be, is a taboo. By using the term racist, a person can easily neuter anyone’s argument. The accused now has to spend time and effort defending themselves against a warrant-less charge in stead of the topic of the debate. In the Tea Parties’ case, instead of actually having a discussion on the role of Government and should it be allowed to Mandate anything. Now the Tea Party has to spend valuable energy and more importantly time, remember the elections are in November, defending against baseless charges instead of rallying the people around the message of smaller Government.

People, that otherwise support the message of smaller Government, are now put off from the Tea Party because they don’t want to be seen as a possible “racist” or “segregationist.” This might now stop those people from voting against the Left this election, since, thank the GODS, voting is still done in private. But it might stop a movement from turning into a rebellion.

The Left doesn’t not and can’t afford a rebellion against Big Government. That kind of rebellion will destroy the welfare state. The Left doesn’t want that to happen. If the Tea Party movement keeps growing, it will only naturally want to repeal, not only, the Mandate, but all forms of Government Welfare Statism. A movement like the one the Left fears, can amend the Constitution with wording to the effect of; The Congress shall pass no law that will un-uniformly distribute wealth from one citizen to another. (Mind you, I’m no lawyer so I don’t know what the proper legalesse would be.)

The effect would be that Congress can’t give goodies to certain people at the expense of others. I think of it as a true representation and ultimate form of “Equal before the Law.” So if Congress gives Eagle Lake Farm Partnership a $43,158 Soy subsidy in 2005, they have to give everyone  the exact same subsidy. Imagine how quickly Farm welfare will dry up? Politicians will not be able to claim any extra benefits, or bring any money home to certain political pressure groups. Imagine the incentives against corruption those will be?

But that isn’t a debate that the Left wants. They want bigger, more “benevolent” Government. We all know that benevolence and Government do not mix. The Left, still thinks it can. That’s should be debated as well. In today political climate it won’t be. To the Left, to be against Government is to want old people to die on the streets, to want children to starve, or to want the poor go bankrupt for having diabetes. Those are all fallacies and all appeals to emotion. The Left believe those to be valid arguments and as a result, we will never be able to have an open and honest debate.

I think if Booker T. Washington were still alive, he probably rewrite his quote above to read, Some of these people do not want Anyone to lose their grievances, because they do do not want to lose their jobs.

Post Obamacare Unemployment

March 26, 2010 9 comments

Expect unemployment to rise over the next several months. I doubt anyone can predict the future with any certainty. That being said, I think we will see sign that companies are going to start cutting employees rather than pay the stiff fines that Obamacare will make them incur.

  • Caterpillar: $100 million
  • John Deere: $150 million
  • Verizon: Undisclosed, but will make them drop prescription drug coverage, dropping people into Medicare Part D, with the elimination of a subsidy, $665 per person.
  • AK Steele: $37 million
  • Valero: $15-20 million
  • Medtronic: “could force it to lay off a thousand workers.”
  • AT&T: $1 billion, yes that’s with a B.

The common retort is that companies can simply pass off the tax to consumers. I really don’t think so. Firms can’t simply pass these costs onto consumers in a time of recession. Only during times of growth, when incomes are growing will consumers take the kind of rate adjustments needed to fund these costs. People who don’t have a job, will not be able to incur these costs, period.

On the bright-side, Castro loves Obamacare.

“It is really incredible that 234 years after the Declaration of Independence … the government of that country has approved medical attention for the majority of its citizens, something that Cuba was able to do half a century ago,” Castro wrote…

Don’t you feel like your in good hands?

So what will Obama do? Well, more stimulus of course! It has worked so good so far that we can’t call it stimulus this time, it’s a Jobs Bill.

But now, besieged with prolonged high-level unemployment, the President and his congressional allies have put forward yet another deficit-enhancement plan. The “stimulus” tag has been abandoned; this is a jobs bill. And the rhetoric defending last year’s spending binge has been duly adjusted, trumpeting the school teachers and fire fighters who kept their jobs due to credit extended to the states by the Federal Government.

The change is anything but subtle, and is entirely appropriate: massive U.S. deficits aren’t stimulating private sector job gains.

Don’t worry though, don’t underestimate a politicians skill are revising past expectations. Expect Obama to say that he never claimed that Obamacare will create jobs. Actually it’s the Leftist, Center for American Progress; 4 million jobs in the next decade. All government jobs probably.

Either way, expect unemployment to go up, and expect the MSM to keeps saying it’s “unexpected.”

Categories: Health Care, Obama

How much will this all cost?

March 23, 2010 1 comment

Here’s what your new Obamacare will create.

The only thing Obamacare will create is a bureaucratic morass.

1. Grant program for consumer assistance offices (Section 1002, p. 37)
2. Grant program for states to monitor premium increases (Section 1003, p. 42)
3. Committee to review administrative simplification standards (Section 1104, p. 71)
4. Demonstration program for state wellness programs (Section 1201, p. 93)
5. Grant program to establish state Exchanges (Section 1311(a), p. 130)
6. State American Health Benefit Exchanges (Section 1311(b), p. 131)
7. Exchange grants to establish consumer navigator programs (Section 1311(i), p. 150)
8. Grant program for state cooperatives (Section 1322, p. 169)
9. Advisory board for state cooperatives (Section 1322(b)(3), p. 173)
10. Private purchasing council for state cooperatives (Section 1322(d), p. 177)
11. State basic health plan programs (Section 1331, p. 201)
12. State-based reinsurance program (Section 1341, p. 226)
13. Program of risk corridors for individual and small group markets (Section 1342, p. 233)
14. Program to determine eligibility for Exchange participation (Section 1411, p. 267)
15. Program for advance determination of tax credit eligibility (Section 1412, p. 288)
16. Grant program to implement health IT enrollment standards (Section 1561, p. 370)
17. Federal Coordinated Health Care Office for dual eligible beneficiaries (Section 2602, p. 512)
18. Medicaid quality measurement program (Section 2701, p. 518)
19. Medicaid health home program for people with chronic conditions, and grants for planning same (Section 2703, p. 524)
20. Medicaid demonstration project to evaluate bundled payments (Section 2704, p. 532)
21. Medicaid demonstration project for global payment system (Section 2705, p. 536)
22. Medicaid demonstration project for accountable care organizations (Section 2706, p. 538)
23. Medicaid demonstration project for emergency psychiatric care (Section 2707, p. 540)
24. Grant program for delivery of services to individuals with postpartum depression (Section 2952(b), p. 591)
25. State allotments for grants to promote personal responsibility education programs (Section 2953, p. 596)
26. Medicare value-based purchasing program (Section 3001(a), p. 613)
27. Medicare value-based purchasing demonstration program for critical access hospitals (Section 3001(b), p. 637)
28. Medicare value-based purchasing program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 3006(a), p. 666)
29. Medicare value-based purchasing program for home health agencies (Section 3006(b), p. 668)
30. Interagency Working Group on Health Care Quality (Section 3012, p. 688)
31. Grant program to develop health care quality measures (Section 3013, p. 693)
32. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Section 3021, p. 712)
33. Medicare shared savings program (Section 3022, p. 728)
34. Medicare pilot program on payment bundling (Section 3023, p. 739)
35. Independence at home medical practice demonstration program (Section 3024, p. 752)
36. Program for use of patient safety organizations to reduce hospital readmission rates (Section 3025(b), p. 775)
37. Community-based care transitions program (Section 3026, p. 776)
38. Demonstration project for payment of complex diagnostic laboratory tests (Section 3113, p. 800)
39. Medicare hospice concurrent care demonstration project (Section 3140, p. 850)
40. Independent Payment Advisory Board (Section 3403, p. 982)
41. Consumer Advisory Council for Independent Payment Advisory Board (Section 3403, p. 1027)
42. Grant program for technical assistance to providers implementing health quality practices (Section 3501, p. 1043)
43. Grant program to establish interdisciplinary health teams (Section 3502, p. 1048)
44. Grant program to implement medication therapy management (Section 3503, p. 1055)
45. Grant program to support emergency care pilot programs (Section 3504, p. 1061)
46. Grant program to promote universal access to trauma services (Section 3505(b), p. 1081)
47. Grant program to develop and promote shared decision-making aids (Section 3506, p. 1088)
48. Grant program to support implementation of shared decision-making (Section 3506, p. 1091)
49. Grant program to integrate quality improvement in clinical education (Section 3508, p. 1095)
50. Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women’s Health (Section 3509(a), p. 1098)
51. Centers for Disease Control Office of Women’s Health (Section 3509(b), p. 1102)
52. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women’s Health (Section 3509(e), p. 1105)
53. Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women’s Health (Section 3509(f), p. 1106)
54. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health (Section 3509(g), p. 1109)
55. National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (Section 4001, p. 1114)
56. Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health (Section 4001(f), p. 1117)
57. Prevention and Public Health Fund (Section 4002, p. 1121)
58. Community Preventive Services Task Force (Section 4003(b), p. 1126)
59. Grant program to support school-based health centers (Section 4101, p. 1135)
60. Grant program to promote research-based dental caries disease management (Section 4102, p. 1147)
61. Grant program for States to prevent chronic disease in Medicaid beneficiaries (Section 4108, p. 1174)
62. Community transformation grants (Section 4201, p. 1182)
63. Grant program to provide public health interventions (Section 4202, p. 1188)
64. Demonstration program of grants to improve child immunization rates (Section 4204(b), p. 1200)
65. Pilot program for risk-factor assessments provided through community health centers (Section 4206, p. 1215)
66. Grant program to increase epidemiology and laboratory capacity (Section 4304, p. 1233)
67. Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (Section 4305, p. 1238)
68. National Health Care Workforce Commission (Section 5101, p. 1256)
69. Grant program to plan health care workforce development activities (Section 5102(c), p. 1275)
70. Grant program to implement health care workforce development activities (Section 5102(d), p. 1279)
71. Pediatric specialty loan repayment program (Section 5203, p. 1295)
72. Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program (Section 5204, p. 1300)
73. Allied Health Loan Forgiveness Program (Section 5205, p. 1305)
74. Grant program to provide mid-career training for health professionals (Section 5206, p. 1307)
75. Grant program to fund nurse-managed health clinics (Section 5208, p. 1310)
76. Grant program to support primary care training programs (Section 5301, p. 1315)
77. Grant program to fund training for direct care workers (Section 5302, p. 1322)
78. Grant program to develop dental training programs (Section 5303, p. 1325)
79. Demonstration program to increase access to dental health care in underserved communities (Section 5304, p. 1331)
80. Grant program to promote geriatric education centers (Section 5305, p. 1334)
81. Grant program to promote health professionals entering geriatrics (Section 5305, p. 1339)
82. Grant program to promote training in mental and behavioral health (Section 5306, p. 1344)
83. Grant program to promote nurse retention programs (Section 5309, p. 1354)
84. Student loan forgiveness for nursing school faculty (Section 5311(b), p. 1360)
85. Grant program to promote positive health behaviors and outcomes (Section 5313, p. 1364)
86. Public Health Sciences Track for medical students (Section 5315, p. 1372)
87. Primary Care Extension Program to educate providers (Section 5405, p. 1404)
88. Grant program for demonstration projects to address health workforce shortage needs (Section 5507, p. 1442)
89. Grant program for demonstration projects to develop training programs for home health aides (Section 5507, p. 1447)
90. Grant program to establish new primary care residency programs (Section 5508(a), p. 1458)
91. Program of payments to teaching health centers that sponsor medical residency training (Section 5508(c), p. 1462)
92. Graduate nurse education demonstration program (Section 5509, p. 1472)
93. Grant program to establish demonstration projects for community-based mental health settings (Section 5604, p. 1486)
94. Commission on Key National Indicators (Section 5605, p. 1489)
95. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 6102, p. 1554)
96. Special focus facility program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 6103(a)(3), p. 1561)
97. Special focus facility program for nursing facilities (Section 6103(b)(3), p. 1568)
98. National independent monitor pilot program for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities (Section 6112, p. 1589)
99. Demonstration projects for nursing facilities involved in the culture change movement (Section 6114, p. 1597)
100. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Section 6301, p. 1619)
101. Standing methodology committee for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Section 6301, p. 1629)
102. Board of Governors for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Section 6301, p. 1638)
103. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (Section 6301(e), p. 1656)
104. Elder Justice Coordinating Council (Section 6703, p. 1773)
105. Advisory Board on Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation (Section 6703, p. 1776)
106. Grant program to create elder abuse forensic centers (Section 6703, p. 1783)
107. Grant program to promote continuing education for long-term care staffers (Section 6703, p. 1787)
108. Grant program to improve management practices and training (Section 6703, p. 1788)
109. Grant program to subsidize costs of electronic health records (Section 6703, p. 1791)
110. Grant program to promote adult protective services (Section 6703, p. 1796)
111. Grant program to conduct elder abuse detection and prevention (Section 6703, p. 1798)
112. Grant program to support long-term care ombudsmen (Section 6703, p. 1800)
113. National Training Institute for long-term care surveyors (Section 6703, p. 1806)
114. Grant program to fund State surveys of long-term care residences (Section 6703, p. 1809)
115. CLASS Independence Fund (Section 8002, p. 1926)
116. CLASS Independence Fund Board of Trustees (Section 8002, p. 1927)
117. CLASS Independence Advisory Council (Section 8002, p. 1931)
118. Personal Care Attendants Workforce Advisory Panel (Section 8002(c), p. 1938)
119. Multi-state health plans offered by Office of Personnel Management (Section 10104(p), p. 2086)
120. Advisory board for multi-state health plans (Section 10104(p), p. 2094)
121. Pregnancy Assistance Fund (Section 10212, p. 2164)
122. Value-based purchasing program for ambulatory surgical centers (Section 10301, p. 2176)
123. Demonstration project for payment adjustments to home health services (Section 10315, p. 2200)
124. Pilot program for care of individuals in environmental emergency declaration areas (Section 10323, p. 2223)
125. Grant program to screen at-risk individuals for environmental health conditions (Section 10323(b), p. 2231)
126. Pilot programs to implement value-based purchasing (Section 10326, p. 2242)
127. Grant program to support community-based collaborative care networks (Section 10333, p. 2265)
128. Centers for Disease Control Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
129. Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
130. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
131. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
132. Food and Drug Administration Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
133. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (Section 10334, p. 2272)
134. Grant program to promote small business wellness programs (Section 10408, p. 2285)
135. Cures Acceleration Network (Section 10409, p. 2289)
136. Cures Acceleration Network Review Board (Section 10409, p. 2291)
137. Grant program for Cures Acceleration Network (Section 10409, p. 2297)
138. Grant program to promote centers of excellence for depression (Section 10410, p. 2304)
139. Advisory committee for young women’s breast health awareness education campaign (Section 10413, p. 2322)
140. Grant program to provide assistance to provide information to young women with breast cancer (Section 10413, p. 2326)
141. Interagency Access to Health Care in Alaska Task Force (Section 10501, p. 2329)
142. Grant program to train nurse practitioners as primary care providers (Section 10501(e), p. 2332)
143. Grant program for community-based diabetes prevention (Section 10501(g), p. 2337)
144. Grant program for providers who treat a high percentage of medically underserved populations (Section 10501(k), p. 2343)
145. Grant program to recruit students to practice in underserved communities (Section 10501(l), p. 2344)
146. Community Health Center Fund (Section 10503, p. 2355)
147. Demonstration project to provide access to health care for the uninsured at reduced fees (Section 10504, p. 2357)
148. Demonstration program to explore alternatives to tort litigation (Section 10607, p. 2369)
149. Indian Health demonstration program for chronic shortages of health professionals (S. 1790, Section 112, p. 24)*
150. Office of Indian Men’s Health (S. 1790, Section 136, p. 71)*
151. Indian Country modular component facilities demonstration program (S. 1790, Section 146, p. 108)*
152. Indian mobile health stations demonstration program (S. 1790, Section 147, p. 111)*
153. Office of Direct Service Tribes (S. 1790, Section 172, p. 151)*
154. Indian Health Service mental health technician training program (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 173)*
155. Indian Health Service program for treatment of child sexual abuse victims (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 192)*
156. Indian Health Service program for treatment of domestic violence and sexual abuse (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 194)*
157. Indian youth telemental health demonstration project (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 204)*
158. Indian youth life skills demonstration project (S. 1790, Section 181, p. 220)*
159. Indian Health Service Director of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment (S. 1790, Section 199B, p. 258)*

Categories: Health Care

Cruising down the Road to Serfdom

March 22, 2010 4 comments

[Today]… socialism has come to mean chiefly the extensive redistribution of incomes through taxation and the institutions of the welfare state. In [this] kind of socialism the [totalitarian] effects I discuss in this book are brought about more slowly, indirectly, and imperfectly. I believe that the ultimate outcome tends to be very much the same…

Friedrich A. von Hayek – Road to Serfdom, 1976 edition

I don’t think March 21st 2010, will be they day remembered for the death of liberty in the United States. I know a lot of people are lamenting the passage of the Senate version of HCR in the House. There are still a few more procedural hurdles to go. I think it will ultimately end up on Obama’s desk, with huge pomp and fanfare by Liberals. Maybe Obama could auction off the numerous pen’s he will use to help pay off the debt?

Then there will be lawsuits from Attorneys General in at least Virginia, Florida and South Carolina, challenging the Constitutionality of Obamacare and the Mandate. The Mandate is unprecedented and the true affront to liberty. I don’t think the Court will do anything to stop the Mandate. Ever since the New Deal, the Court has sided with ever increasing Government power over personal liberty. If you have any doubts, Kelo vs. New Haven should have dashed that.

In the end, the only hope for the Republic is the people. The people have amassed in opposition to the ever increasing powers of Government in the Tea Parties. It’s no wonder that Progressives in the Media have tried to deride and discredit the Tea Party. They need to disparage the movement before as soon as possible. It hasn’t worked. The protests outside Washington will only get bigger than they were yesterday. They will only get louder. No amount of astro-turfing by the Liberals (Coffee party) or plants (the racial slurs supposedly reported being used against John Lewis) will detract from the growing Tea Party movement.

In the end, I think Obamacare will have done a huge service to the country. Not by its intended consequences but through its unintended consequences. Unintentionally, Obama, Reid and Pelosi have woken up the populace to how the sausage is made in Washington. The people don’t like what they see. They see bribery, thuggery and shady deals going down in order to barely pass a bill along purely partisan lines. I expect we will see huge protests this April.This is good for our country. The more the populace gets involved with the sausage making, the better.

This November, I hope enough of the populace goes out and votes out everyone of those yea votes, that we can do something truly unprecedented in our Nation’s history, repeal an entitlement and put make a u-turn on the Road to Serfdom. It remains to be seen, but Obama will definitely go down in history. Either as one of the greatest instigators of the Socialist State or as the cause of a Great Awakening. I’m hoping for the latter.

Back From Colorado

March 21, 2010 2 comments

Had a fun extended weekend in Colorado. Colorado Springs is a great city.

Man oh man, did I miss some good stuff today on the Hill.

Money quote of the day:

Pence to Stupak;

You traded 30 years of pro-life law for a promise from the most pro-abortion president in history

Still not over yet, but I’m not too optimistic. I think it’s going to pass.

I tweeted the other day, expect unemployment to rise as soon as businesses are hit with the new taxes. There are too many parallels between GD and what’s happening now. Politicians will never learn from history.

Categories: Health Care