Category Archives: Health Care

Compassionate Democrats

The Democrats’ vision* is one a big, compassionate America where everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead. It’s a vision that says we prosper when we realize that we are all in it together and stand united as a nation without dividing or excluding people.

Democrats’ values* include tolerance, equality among all people, and the treating of all Americans with dignity and respect. ** 

2012 Democratic National Platform

The 1st open-enrollment deadline to sign up for health-care via ObamaCare was March 31, 2014. The Obama administration boasts 7.1 million Americans have signed up.

The hope was that these are people who were previously uninsured, although it remains unknown since the Obama administration is refusing to report how many of the 7.1 million sign-ups were not previously insured.

7.1 million Americans have signed up to ObamaCare

The Obama administration has routinely claimed that the number of Americans with no healthcare prior to the implementation of ObamaCare stood at near 46 million Americans (as seen here in a June 2009 speech before the American Medical Association in Chicago).Under the most favorable assumption that all 7.1 million sign-ups were not previously insured, this optimistic number constitutes only 15.4% of the uninsured.

How is it that at least 84.6% of the uninsured, or at least 38.9 million Americans have not signed up?

Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid  (Democrat, NV) knows why.

According to Sen. Reid, too many Americans (38.9 million or more, to be exact) just aren’t educated on how to use the Internet.”

And so, in an effort to explain a failure of a policy he supports, Senator Reid is dividing the uninsured into two groups, defining the larger one – 84.6% of uninsured – 38.9 million Americans – are just too stupid… unlike his own grandchildren!

By dubbing them not educated and implying they are inferior to his grandchildren, is Senator Reid being compassionate towards the majority (84.6%) of uninsured Americans – 38.9 million people – who voted with their feet against a policy he happens to advocate? Is he treating them with dignity, tolerance, respect and equality, as a democrat ‘ought to’?

 

* From the 2012 Democratic platform.
** Author’s emphasis.

Who Are the Real ‘Occupy Wall Street’ People?

New York Magazine, no right-wing rag by any stretch, on October 2, 2011 published a poll of one hundred ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters it considers as ones who ‘are in it for the long haul’.  Here’s what they had to say about themselves and their ideas:

  • 37% of them said capitalism is inherently immoral.
  • They think the best countries in the world are Canada and Denmark.
  • They would fix Wall Street by burning it down, making Elizabeth Warren President and by passing a maximum-wage law.
  • 34% of them are convinced the U.S. government is no better than Al Qaeda.

New York Magazine 'Occupy Wall Street' poll

 

The sympathetic New York Magazine, in yet another poll of 50 ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters published on October 18, 2011, tried to find out how much do the protesters actually know about the economic system that they’re fighting to change, Wall Street, taxes, and government?

  • 72% of them did not know what the S.E.C. (Securities and Exchange Commission) is.
  • 90% of them did not know that the top marginal income tax rate is (currently 35%).
  • 84% of them did not know what is the Dodd–Frank Act (a financial regulations law passed and signed last summer).
  • To the question: What does the government spend more on? Health care and pensions, education, or the military? 94% of them said government spends more the military. Wrong!  The correct answer is ‘health care and pensions’, which accounted for 43 percent of government outlays in 2010. Defense accounted for 20 percent.
  • Given that current capital gains tax rate stands at 15 percent, protesters were asked what would they want the capital gains tax rate to be. 6% of them want to see a 100 percent capital gains tax rate. 58% of them want the capital gains tax rate to be between 25-80 percent.

 

All the President’s People: Donald Berwick

During the 2008 Presidential campaign
Barack Obama told audiences:

‘Judge me
by the people with whom I surround myself.’

We do!

Obama’s Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Donald Berwick

(Appointed on July 7, 2010)

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Highlights of Donald Berwick’s Career

  • Was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in Healthcare
  • Supports a government-run, single-payer health care system
  • In 2008, Berwick praised the British National Healthcare System (NHS) at its 60th anniversary meeting for implementing a socialized health care system — rather than choosing America’s ho-hum, less superior, lower quality, fragmented, capitalistic, supply-driven plan.
  • Said: “[A]ny health-care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized, and humane must … redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”
  • Said: “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care, he told an interviewer according to the Associated Press. “The decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly.”
  • Was appointed on July 7, 2010 by President Barack Obama as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversee those two federal programs. It was a recess appointment, meaning that Berwick did not come under Senate scrutiny prior to securing the position.
Condemning “the darkness of private enterprise” for having made health care “unaffordable as a human right” in the United States, Berwick lauded Britain’s NHS for “guaranteeing it as a human right.” He derided people who favored free-market systems as benighted ideologues who had gullibly sworn allegiance to “the invisible hand of the market,” rather than choose what Berwick viewed as the wiser alternative: “using [the] tax base to provide a single route of finance.”

 

Donald Berwick opposes free market solutions to health care problems in favor of a system driven by “leaders with a plan“. He dismissed the possibility that competition gives hospitals an incentive to produce higher quality goods and lower costs to attract patients.

Despite promises that Obamacare will not include health care rationing or will result in a single-payer socialized health care system and despite Obama’s promise to run the most open and transparent administration in history we’re getting a recess appointment without extending senators the courtesy of listening to their advice and consent on the nomination of a man, Dr. Berwick, who believes an army of public servants ought to operate health care under the banner of central planning.