An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 1 August 2009
I’ve been hearing “the health care system is broken” for so long now, I’d like to barf smack dab on the head of the next person who spews such crap! The U.S. has the best health care in the world, yet we have politicians spouting insults at the very people who save their sorry asses when they get sick, and personally, I’m fed up! It is NOT the health care system that is broken. It is the HUGE bureaucracy, created by the same government that believes it can manage your health care better than you and your doctor. Are they freaking kidding? The first step towards this boondoggle, that I remember, started with good ol’ Teddy Kennedy, of Chappaquiddick fame, and the Health Maintenance Organization and Resources Development Act sponsor (HMO), and it’s all gone downhill from there. Government has created this mess, government sure as hell can’t fix it.
Demagoguery: The speaker of the House says insurers are “villains” for opposing Democratic plans for overhauling the health care system. Nancy Pelosi needs to rethink who the bad guys really are.
It would be more understandable if health insurers considered elected officials the villains. After all, it’s the 50 state legislatures and Congress that have twisted the industry into a regulatory pretzel subject to an exhaustive list of can’t-do’s and must-do’s.
It is Congress, not the industry, for example, that passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 1996 that drove up health insurance premiums in the small-group market.
The law requires insurers to offer plans to any small employer that applies no matter what the group’s health status might be. This provision, called guaranteed issue, gives healthy groups an incentive to wait until they’ve developed high-cost conditions before they buy insurance. Such a practice increases carriers’ costs significantly, which in turn causes premiums to escalate.
Think 0bama will Listen to His Doctor? – The Asian Badger
Memphis Has No Willie! – Rustmeister’s Alehouse
Atta Boy Al! – No Runny Eggs
Ten Ways America’s Health System is BEST – YID With LID
Why everything sucks – From Where I sit
Mel’s taking matters into his own hands – Babalu’
Paul Ryan on MSNBC: “Let’s have an honest debate” – Real Debate Wisconsin
Who is writing laws in Orlando FL? Adolf Hitler? – Disgruntled Truck Driver!
Is Joe Biden Guilty of Hate Speech? – Blue Collar Muse
I (Don’t) Want My OTV – Support Your Local Gunfighter
You Know B. Hussein Is In Trouble When… – Tammy Bruce
THE POTUS ON MILITARY HEALTH CARE – Basti Says
‘Asking for states rights is asking … the children to be the parents.’ – Blue Collar Republican
Cops & Sotomayor: Obama Says Go By Feelings, Not the Law – Lloyd Marcus
Skilled immigrants fleeing the U.S. – Texas Fred’s
Question Of The Day – silent E speaks
Justice, Obama/Holder Style – creeping sharia
Obama’s Teachable Moment – The Black Sphere
Obama’s Old Friends and Why We Should Care – Gates of Vienna
Key Democrat Constituency: Convicts – Malignant Idiocy
Huh? What hate? – This Ain’t Hell
Pelosi and company tax schemes exposed on health care – Stepping Right Up!
Izlamic Honor Killing: AGAIN – Woman Honor Thyself
President Obama Kills 24% More Afghan Civilians And US Troops – Stop the ACLU
Empathy – The National Conversation (Raw)
Republicans and Shadow Diplomacy – RedState
Black, White, and Blue – La Shawn Barber’s Corner
Obamacare – The Real Meaning of Hope and Change – Freedom’s Cost
Where’s MY Friggin’ Stimulus? – Feed Your ADHD
TEA PARTIES LAYETH THE SMACKETH DOWN! – Angry White Dude
Flat Stanley – Newscoma
Michelle Obama Disbarment, Disciplined? Michelle’s Administration Job – Maggie’s Notebook
Do you really believe it’s a case of “it wasn’t done right, we’ll do it better?” Horse manure! Socialized medicine kills people. NOTHING is “free”! NOTHING! There will be NO new discoveries that may save your life, because no one will bother doing the research!
Then freakin’ move to Canada! Or Great Britain! Or freakin’ Cuba!