Skip to comments.A Teachable Moment: Lessons From The Obamacare Debacle
Posted on 03/16/2014 7:45:52 AM PDT by Kaslin
The Presidents popularity is crashing, congressional Democrats are on the run, and America is about to make a shift to the right in the upcoming elections right?
Ill believe it when I see it. The electoral outcomes of this year are still unknown, but this we do know: for the past six years Americans have displayed not only a tolerance, but an appetite for big and abusive government. For those of us who are seeing this clearly, there are some lessons to be learned amid the insanity.
Even as Mr. Obama himself continuously and arbitrarily changes and delays implementation of the disastrous healthcare law that he brought about (all without congressional approval), his faithful followers in the media insist that the law is more resilient than you think and that it simply needs to be fixed.
Meanwhile the rest of us across the country find ourselves on the run from our government, hoping and praying that we dont need serious medical care anytime soon or that our insurance plans and jobs dont both get cancelled. Even the New York Times had to admit in a recent news story that, because it raises taxes and drives up the cost of every facet of healthcare, the Obamacare agenda is hammering middle class Americans who arent poor enough to qualify for the presidents healthcare subsidies.
What can we learn from this debacle? In the interest of not repeating the same mistakes, consider this:
We should all stop believing in the magical promises of politicians: President Obama promised that his legislation would produce better quality health care for more people, and that the higher-quality health care would cost less money. But how could that have ever been a realistic promise? Goods and services have to be paid for somehow. The Presidents rhetoric was the economic equivalent of alchemy the mythical chemical process of turning fecal matter in to gold.
Arguably, the American people were duped by this. Not once, but twice did we vote to make the man with specious claims our President. And along with Barack Obamas magical promises about health care are his and congressional members promises for reducing the cost of higher education, even as student loan debt among college graduates is at an all time high.
The modern-day liberal political agenda promises a government program to meet every human beings needs at every stage of life. Americans need to sober-up and realize that there is no government program that can substitute for hard work, frugality, stewardship and productivity. And the more we vote for our government to meet our needs, the more we are subject to the whims of politicians and bureaucrats.
We should all begin to understand the basic economic dynamics of our professions and industries: It is sad to realize how many highly trained and well-educated professionals dont understand basic cash flow issues at their place of employment. Ask them how do you get paid? and youre likely to hear through automatic deposit or I get a check every 2 weeks.
The insurance industry thought the Obamacare agenda was great at first if the federal government uses its power to mandate that people buy your product (insurance) what could possibly go wrong? but now finds itself a servant to the federal government, and reliant on the governments ability to operate websites and process subsidy applications properly. In short, the insurance industry is now, by law, an extension of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the presidential administration.
And then there are the medical doctors among us. There was a day when the American Medical Association officially opposed Medicare, the federal healthcare program for retirees and the disabled, because physicians feared too much government meddling in their practices. But soon after the program launched, the AMA fell in love with Medicare because it created continuous revenue streams in to doctors offices.
But after two and a half decades or so of financial bliss, things began to change. Back in the 90s the federal government began telling physicians, in essence, we dont care what your billing rate is for any particular service well pay you what we think your service is worth. As a result many physicians try to limit the number of Medicare patients they see today, because dealing with Medicare is financially a loser.
Having still not learned their lesson, the AMA then began an on again off again flirtation with President Barack Obama. In 2009 the group tacitly opposed Obamacare; then in 2010 they said they were open to it; and in 2012 in the final few weeks of the presidential re-election cycle they officially opposed it again. Without any clear understanding of the economic dynamics of their profession, today physicians are losing their jobs in some regions of the country and having their wages cut in others, because the Obamacare law drives up the operational costs of hospitals and clinics, making physicians salaries unmanageable.
For those physicians who are privileged to remain employed, increasingly they find themselves to be administrators of a government program, less practitioners of medicine. Tragic, indeed.
Have Americans sobered-up and are we willing to assume responsibility for our own needs? Or are we still looking for a savior in the White House and in Congress, and willing to believe more empty promises? The 2014 elections should help answer these questions.
See my tagline. It’s a bit stilted, but the point is - do the rest of us have to put up with our liberties being stolen by a majority of morons? If not, what do we do about it?
Resist...resist...resist. In any way you can and at every possible opportunity. Never quit.
“Resist...resist...resist. In any way you can and at every possible opportunity. Never quit.”
Attack...Attack....Attack....In any way you can and at every possible opportunity. Never quit.
Resistance is futile.
“do the rest of us have to put up with our liberties being stolen by a majority of morons? If not, what do we do about it?”
to me, the answer is that for most of the population, our lives have not changed much. we still have a job, can still afford groceries, gas, heating fuel, entertainment. and when we see on tv nsa, obamacare etc, it seems distant.
now, maybe, just maybe, the obamacare increases will be tolerated.
but....the day our lives change, ie, cannot afford to feed our kids or heat our home, then people will take action.
will it be too late then?
that’s the question.
From the article:
“It is sad to realize how many highly trained and well-educated professionals dont understand basic cash flow issues at their place of employment. Ask them how do you get paid?”...”
It is a disaster to realize how many of them don’t understand that the government does not grow money on trees, and that when they do, as in the case of printing money with no basis, the value of each dollar decreases as the basis is spread thin, then those to whom we owe money will not get paid, and that includes our kids, whom we are borrowing from.
How to fix this?
Well, when I say you should have to own property to vote, the answer is mouth breathing. When I say, no way should you vote if you take public assistance, I get the same mouth breathing.
No imagination. No desire to fix the problem.
We are in charge of the government. They work for us. They do not work for conservatives, who work hard, honestly, and gain credentials and property. THey work for the takers, those who don’t expect the government to work to do anything but print money and give it to them; and that’s why this country is heading in the very wrong direction.
does BO think money grows on trees? Or is he out to destroy and deliver us to his bosses? It’s one or the other.
Wrong. America will undergo a record surge of voter fraud and white intimidation at the polls. Holder will see nothing.
Set out runnin' but I take my time.