Death Panels

This is really unbelievable.  But it serves an important lesson.  Famed New York Times columnist Paul Krugman this week actually said death panels – where certain people are denied life saving health care by the government – is key to fixing health care in the U.S.  And he used the term “death panels.”  There is no doubt liberals like Mr. Krugman believe this disgusting thing should be law, but their insistence on keeping it secret is what is truly infuriating.

On multiple occasions in the last two years, Mr. Krugman has himself blasted republicans for even suggesting there are death panels in Obamacare.  Here are some examples, courtesy of NewsMax

“Right now, the charge that’s gaining the most traction is the claim that health care reform will create ‘death panels’ (in Sarah Palin’s words) that will shuffle the elderly and others off to an early grave. It’s a complete fabrication, of course.”

“For the main G.O.P. line of attack is the claim — based mainly on lies about death panels and so on — that reform will undermine Medicare.”

“Politicians like Sarah Palin — who was, let us remember, the G.O.P.’s vice-presidential candidate — eagerly spread the death panel lie

“Senator Charles E. Grassley feeds the death panel smear, warning that reform will ‘pull the plug on grandma,’”

But this week, we get something shocking from Krugman:

“Some years down the pike, we’re going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes. It’s going to be that we’re actually going to take Medicare under control, and we’re going to have to get some additional revenue, probably from a VAT. But it’s not going to happen now.”

There is no denying that Obama’s health care law grants panels of individuals power to decide who receives what care and when.  This is extremely dangerous.  We should want no part of it.  Liberals like Mr. Krugman went bananas when republicans pointed these out and coined the phrase “death panels.”  And the same Krugman, who repeatedly said republicans were lying, now admits what he really thinks.  And he used the exact same phrase he once claimed to despise.

I should point out again, these are the people who claim to be the champions of the poor, oppressed, downtrodden, and the weak.  They blast conservatives as uncaring, even hostile to the weak of society.  Yet who is it that is coming to the defense of the vulnerable?  And who is it that is looking at them as no more than dollar signs?  It is not surprising to me.  This is the same bunch who think abortion is morally right and think conservative Christians have it all wrong.

Please wake up, America.  Your country is crumbling from the inside.

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And So It Begins…

The first in a long line of stories like this.  The democrats and President Obama told us over and over the health care overhaul would lower the cost of employer’s health insurance plans.  And already we are getting stories that not only are they not going down at all, they are going up so high – because of the bill – that some companies are looking at dropping coverage altogether.

This is precisely what conservatives warned about before the law was passed.  And many people recognized this.  But there were others who refused to look at the actual plan, and just because Obama was trying to “fix” the system, automatically agreed with it.

But this is just the start.  Obama is on record saying he wants a so-called “single payer health care system” – that is, total government control with little or no private insurance.  He is also on record saying he doesn’t think the government can eliminate employer insurance immediately, but that they can create circumstances that will make it happen in about a decade.  And so, we get Obamacare, designed to drive employers away from offering health benefits to employees, and to drive the private insurance business out of business.

How does the new law do this?  By placing unreasonable demands on health insurance companies, such as not allowing them to reject anyone for “preexisting conditions”; allowing people to wait until after they get sick or injured to purchase insurance, which must then cover the ailment; and removing lifetime caps on benefits, just to name a few.  In order to stay in business, insurance companies must raise their rates so much, employers can no longer afford to purchase it for their employees. Even though the law mandates businesses provide insurance, the fines for not doing so are much cheaper than the insurance would be.

Only one small problem with this scheme.  People weren’t supposed to figure this out until after Obama was reelected, the “public option” was created to save the day, and we were well on our way to British style health care.

There’s also another big problem.  Until said “public option” happens, a whole lot of people aren’t going to be able to afford insurance, which the law mandates they have.  I wonder if those who blindly followed our President on this matter even knew that the big “fix” says if you don’t have insurance you face fines or jail.

That is why this must be repealed.  It was a horrible idea from the start and will result in a lot of misery if it isn’t stopped.  And I remind you who is hurt the most by this: the poor.  Just your philanthropic democrat party looking out for you.  Aren’t we all grateful?

Surprise, Surprise

From Fox News: “Billionaire Soros Pays for Additional Reporters for NPR Partner Initiative”

“[B]illionaire liberal icon George Soros has donated $1.8 million to hire 100 new reporters for 50 of [NPR’s] member stations.

The money will go to launch a project called Impact of Government, which Soros’ Open Society Foundation says will ‘bring greater transparency and accountability to the workings of state capitals across the country.'”

Right.  Now imagine if Rush Limbaugh had announced he was donating $2 million to Fox News for the hiring of additional reporters.  What do you think the media line would be?

Haven’t heard much of a stir from the press over this announcement.  From one liberal to another liberal organization, more skewed information is coming your way, courtesy of NPR and your tax dollars.

Surprise, surprise.

Back to Reality

Oh the promises of the health care bill.  We were told, “If you like your insurance, you can keep it!” and “Your rates will go down!” and even “This is not some government takeover of health care.”  Just like that, with a stroke of a pen, Obama was going to make everything alright for everyone.  And only mean, rotten, nasty republicans stood in the way, denying that such claims could possibly be true.

No matter how hard you wish something to be, it doesn’t mean that it will be as you wish.  And if you do the things that are proven to fail, you will get failure.  Conservatives warned that if the government forces insurance companies to cover everyone for everything, they will either have to drastically raise their rates to stay in business, or simply go out of business.

And it is already happening.  Check out this article.  Companies right now are having to beg the government for a temporary exemption from the new rules so that they won’t have to drop health care coverage for their employees.  And the government is granting the exemptions, because we are a month away from an election, and they don’t want to give voters any more reason to vote them out of office.

And you know who is being hurt the most by all of this?  The little guy.  Those with low income and those in the middle class.  Our great leader, who claimed as many democrats do, to be the champion of the poor, is helping to make them even poorer.  That is my contention of the liberal position: it hurts the very ones it claims to care about.  It is not liberalism that cures poverty.  Rather liberalism makes the problem much worse.  Prime example: Obamacare.

Get used to it America.  This is what “change” looks like.

Temper Tantrums

We’ve all seen it: the 4 year old who doesn’t get what he wants, and proceeds to throw a fit, crying and screaming, and making everyone around uncomfortable.  It’s not just kids who have these tantrums.  Grown ups throw them as well.  Like what is happening in the Alaska and Delaware Senate races.

In the republican primary in Alaska, standing US Senator Lisa Murkowski, thought by many to be a republican in name only, lost to the more conservative Joe Miller.  The cry of the party officials was for unity, that though we may not agree all the time, that we needed to put that aside and support a candidate (Murkowski) that could win the general election.  When Murkowski lost, did she put differences aside and unite for the good of the party?  No.  Instead, she ran as an independent.  And did so for probably more reasons than just wanting to win.  It’s very possibly the old tantrum coming out.  “Well if I can’t have it, then you won’t either!”  Problem is, she isn’t splitting the republican vote in Alaska.  Polls show her actually splitting the democrat vote, and giving Miller an even bigger advantage.

Ditto in Delaware, where the republican party establishment was spitting mad at the tea party for ruining the chances of their beloved Mike Castle.  Before the primary it was, “We must unite for Castle!  He’s the only one who can win!  We have to get those 51 seats!”  After Christine O’Donnell’s victory, many in the party acted like the aforementioned 4 year old, and said “forget you!”  Castle has been flirting with a write-in candidacy himself.  But I thought we had to put aside our differences to elect a republican.  After all, don’t we need those 51 seats?

Ladies and gentlemen, we have those in our government who love power, and love it too much.  It is these people that need to be shown the door, so that someone who wishes to represent the people can govern.  That’s what our system is all about.  “We the people” have a right to fair and true representation.  Someone who looks down on us, and thinks they know better how to run our lives than we do, need not be in power.  We, the people, will have our say in that next month.

Making Sense Of It All

So it’s official: the healthcare bill is not only going to raise your insurance premiums next year, the cost of care in the long term is going up, not down.  Remember how we were promised over and over that this overhaul was going to cut costs?  And that was one of the reasons it was so urgent: the cost of healthcare was contributing to the bad economy, and we had to fix it right away so the economy would get going again.  (You didn’t fall for that one, did you?)

Conservatives like myself and anyone who wanted to look at the actual bill could see nobody’s costs were going to go down.  In fact, costs would go up so much, many employers would simply drop coverage, leaving their employees needing to buy health insurance from somewhere or be thrown in jail.  (Yeah – that was in there, too.  Surprised?)

I remember debating a friend about socialized healthcare, and  he insisted a government somewhere could create a good system of shared costs and run it effectively.  Though such a system does not exist, he cited what he liked from certain countries in saying that a) We could do better in America, and b) The government should be given more power over the system.  Though I strongly disagree, I could at least see where he was coming from.  And even if his ideas were idealistic, I knew what he was advocating.  The breakdown happened when his ideas on changing the system met the Administration’s plan to change the system.  They looked nothing alike.  But in his mind – and in the minds of many others – the two became the same.  His thought of “we need to do something” translated to “whatever they are doing must be right.”  The rationale became: a) The system needs to change, and b) I know the President wants to change the system, so c) His plan must be good.  Make sense?

Sadly, I saw this happen with many people, most of whom were thinking, intelligent folks.  Because they believed the system needed to be changed, they automatically agreed with the President’s version of change, without really looking into it.  They did not study the specific kind of change the bill would bring.  Because they wanted a change, the bill was automatically good in their eyes.  Though the kind of thing they wanted was nothing like what the bill would create, they shut their eyes, pushed ahead, and criticized those who disagreed.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read some of their comments.  What the defenders of Obamacare said amounted to either, “We have to do something now!” or “Let’s try something different…maybe it will all work out ok.”  None of their arguments dealt with the actual bill.  It was based on blind trust of politicians.  The same ones they consistently say can’t be trusted.  Go figure.

This speaks to a bigger point about how Obama was elected.  The man is an empty suit.  He spoke in platitudes during the campaign and with sweet sounding words of no substance.  And people projected onto him whatever they wanted him to be.  Their ideas and desires, though nothing like what Obama stood for and wanted, in their minds was exactly what he was.  Now, 20 months later, some are beginning to understand and to wake up.  Their country is being snatched away from them.  And now is the time to unite in stopping it.