Obamacare: An Example of Excessive Government Meddling


Just about the most basic of economic functions, what the law states of markets, is not understood by most. We hear "supply and demand" but don't think about how precisely supply is established, why demand occurs, or how price is determined.

Further, we hear that wealth is made by the mix of labor and capital. For most of us in these days of political correctness, "wealth" sounds evil and "capital" sounds worse. "Labor" conjures images of poor workers under the rule of ruthless capitalists creating wealth - in their own business. What a false image and prevents us from understanding the simple nature of markets.

Let's simplify it. Labor equals people. Capital equals resources. Wealth equals money.

Here's an example of the coming of money with simply a person and basic resources. A female needs money, but she's got no resources except clay in her own yard. She combines the clay with water and makes pots that she dries on a sunny day. She sells the pots to passers-by for the money. She has created money, by just her own work and meager resources.

On this example, we view the coming of supply (anyone times resources) and demand (passers-by who need pots). If the seller along with the buyer agree with the worth with the pots, costs are the end result, and that we possess a simple demonstration of supply, demand and price.

Many government officials have not understood markets and therefore are incompetent at permitting them to work without their interference.

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Scarier than a “Death Panel”? Being 65 or Older

Of course, the words ‘Death Panel’ weren’t in Obama’s 2000-word health care plan. The words socialism, aborting, taxing, and redistribution of earned money weren’t in there either. But most Americans know they’re in there.

Obama’s Universal HealthCare won’t give people the option to put people’s relatives to death. At least not yet. It is known by millions what will happen if government-run health care becomes a reality. First, people will be allowed (or the government will do it for them) to euthanize older folks, or generally anyone expected to die in less than six months.

If Universal Healthcare gets voted in, the Obama administration holds every ‘control’ button. With the unsustainably high budget deficit, the government will inevitably make cost-minded judgments about what procedures are ‘worth’ doing, and which are not.

A 2009 interview with Obamacare advocate David Leonhardt (NYT) was quite telling. He specifically mentioned “a very difficult democratic conversation” about the most expensive costs of Medicare. Specifically, those occur during the last 6 months of life.

Take a known comrade who is wheelchair bound with Multiple Sclerosis. He is approaching 55, with a fading memory, and the inability to hold a regular job. The MS is progressing, despite the need for ultra high cost medication. Throw in the need for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), doctor’s visits, and other medications. He is not considered a a valuable member of society.

out of hospital since Oct 2010, but still suffering from Obamacare

I am hurt by Obamacare.  In May 2010, I signed myself off of medicaid public assistance because I did have faith in medical science or traditional medications.  On July 4, 2010, I was instructed by LORD Jesus Christ from the bible code to go to the hospital immediately, following my emailing of the Israeli prime minister for help with my "mission" and to look me up in the bible code.  The U.S. government and president thought I was either a terrorist or spy, and injured me accordingly.  I was raped by a doctor and stabbed in my knee by a nurse.  They did other less harmful things too to injure me.  I kept talking about how I wanted to impeach the president, which added to the mistreatment I received.  After two months of twice daily forced injections of psychotropic medications, I began fasting for an attorney and court date.  None was given, but my dad visited me so I thought God told me this was my interruption point, so I ate again.  I was later discharged after a total of eleven weeks, but now have a guardianship forced upon me to try to prevent me from suing the doctor who rapped me or anyone else.  I desire now to work for Barack Obama as his adviser and to direct the U.S.

The Art of Killing Young Life

Young unborn tigers being killed in their mother’s womb is not accepted in our society. What about killing young unborn golden retrievers? If large enough, the baby retrievers would have to be removed piece by piece, or if almost full term, would have to be wholly removed and left to die outside of the womb somewhere. 

One could kill the mother, but no more babies would be produced after that. But with humans, the mother is a “life”. It would be unacceptable to kill her. But many decide to kill the baby instead. Wasn’t it thought to be unacceptable to kill “life”?

But humans fall back on Roe v. Wade, not only to justify, but to claim as ‘legal’ the killing of unborn children. It’s difficult to answer the question—what happens to the soul if I abort? Then we comprehend that diabolical accomplice—Planned Parenthood of America (PPA).

Do Americans want their tax money ($404.9 million/yr) paying to create death(www.NRLC.org)?  But PPA took in over a billion dollars in 2009, when over 90% of their services involved abortion and contraception.

Number of ObamaCare waivers continues to grow

Despite the fact that last year's so-called health care legislation was sold to the public as necessary to "fix" the nation's health care system, over 1,100 waivers have been granted to businesses, unions, and other organizations exempting them from much of the new laws "remedies".

For its part, the administration claims that the waivers are needed to "stabilize" the insurance market.  In other words, they are admitting that their bill, if fully implemented and applied equally, would destroy the private insurance market and result in fewer (and more expensive) insurance options for Americans.

From the Hill:

“The fact that over 1,000 waivers have been granted is a tacit admission that the healthcare law is fundamentally flawed,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) last month. Upton is one of three House committee chairmen who has used new oversight powers to investigate the annual limit waivers.

Some conservative groups are suing in order to obtain documentation regarding those waivers, charging that favoritism is involved since many of the recipients have been unions.

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Obama admin trying to eliminate doctor and nurse conscience protections on abortion

The more the bureaucracy moves to enact the Obama administration's notion of health care "reform", the worse it gets.  In this case, it's their move to eliminate the conscience protection rights concerning abortion that were provided for by the Bush administration.

Those protections were put in place on behalf of those in the medical community who did not want to be forced to participate in performing abortions.  The 2008 rule by the Bush administration was put in place to prohibit recipients of any federal funding from discriminating against those who had such moral objections.

The Obama administration now wants to reverse that somewhat and force those medical personnel to distribute drugs which are intended to induce abortion.

(Via LifeNews)

Several pro-life groups are sending a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius warning her of the alarming effects on patients that will follow the Obama administration’s recent move to strip the medical community of key conscience protections on abortion. ...

SEIU Locals get waivers from ObamaCare rules

After spending years working to push their new rules for how the rest of us can access and pay for health care in America, it shouldn't surprise that many on the left are now seeking and getting waivers from those very rules for themselves.

In other words, ObamaCare for thee, but not for me.

This tracts with what we've always known about big government liberals.  They want to control and dictate how everyone else can live their own lives because they know better.  They're smarter than you.  Which of course means that they're also smart enough to be trusted not to have to abide by the same rules as you.

The latest offenders?  SEIU:

Three local chapters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), whose political action committee spent $27 million supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, have received temporary waivers from a provision in the Obamacare law.

The three SEIU chapters include the Local 25 in Obama’s hometown of Chicago.

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"Death panels" finding their way back into ObamaCare

Despite the fact that they had to drop this idea from the original legislation...and despite the fact that promoters of health care "reform" promised that no such thing would ever happen, here it is, just months removed from ObamaCare being signed into law.

In case you missed it, the White House is planning to put forward regulations that will incentivize doctors to meet with patients and discuss their "end of life" options.

Via the NY Times:

Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.

The final version of the health care legislation, signed into law by President Obama in March, authorized Medicare coverage of yearly physical examinations, or wellness visits. The new rule says Medicare will cover “voluntary advance care planning,” to discuss end-of-life treatment, as part of the annual visit.

57% of Americans support the repeal of ObamaCare

Over eight months after the passage of ObamaCare by a super-slim majority, party line vote, 57% of Americans still favor the outright repeal of the law, according to the latest survey from Rasmussen.  Further, about half of the public believes that the law will eventually force them to change their own insurance plan or cause them to lose it, which is of course what Obama (repeatedly) promised everyone would not be the case.

Again, this is over eight months after passage of the bill; a lapse of time that Democrats thought would allow the opposition to "settle down", especially after everyone saw all the wonderful things that the bill did for them.

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VIDEO: Pete Stark doesn't think there are many limits on what Congress can do

Leave it to eighteen term Democrat Congressman Pete Stark to pretty much encapsulate what's wrong with the federal government.  That being that we have too many members of Congress such as himself who don't recognize constitutional limits on the power of Congress.

In the following video Stark is confronted by a constituent who proceeds to take him to school on the Constitution and the fact that it does indeed limit Congress to specific delegated powers, leaving others to the state governments or to the people.

For his part, Stark was faced with a pretty hostile crowd and does a poor job defending his position.

Of course, this was the same member of Congress who caught flack for telling a constituent at a previous town hall meeting that he wouldn't even bother to urinate on them, (yes, really), so maybe he was just trying to be low key.  Regardless, his statements underscore just how far beyond recognition liberals have misconstrued and perverted our Constitution.


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