Monday, October 31, 2016

The American Voter Has A Choice: Pay Your Mortgage or Pay Your Obama Care Bill

A budget tells us what we can't afford, 
but it doesn't keep us from buying it.
William Feather

The Progressive mantra was declared on the midnight Christmas Eve ride of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She rode through the towns and villages warning the people that the War on the American Poor, Weak and Sickly had begun.  Who could ever forget her fateful prognostication: “When I take this bill to the floor, it will win. This will happen.”  The people cheered.  Finally, those wicked insurance companies would be vanquished.  Our Government will no longer protect us.  They will provide for us all.  We will be saved.

As Paul Revere was not alone in warning American Revolutionaries of the coming British Invasion on his infamous ride, Pelosi was not alone in her famed pursuit of socialized medicine. President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius sought the Holy Grail denied Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.  The absolute control of the American people as property through health insurance.   Let them exchange their liberty for security. Let them surrender freedom for assurances.  Let them submit their sovereignty for the promises of good health and prosperity.  In remembrance of the great Caucasian used car salesman, “You have our word on it.

How could we not believe the noble proclamations?  It was Obama who promised 36 times that if you want to keep your doctor, no problemo, you got it.  We are learning day by day that not only are insurance companies backing out of this travesty of consumer financial justice but, even fewer doctors and hospitals will be participating in the socialized medicine experiment.

The number of doctors participating in health plans on public exchanges dipped 4% to 57% of physicians in “health insurance plans offered in the federal or state exchanges under the ACA,” SERMO, a doctor social media network said. That compares to 61% who said they were going to participate a year ago before 2016 open enrollment, according to SERMO’s poll of 1,682 doctor exchange participants.”

However, hardcore, Marxist believing progressives will tell you that Obama inherited a terrible situation and only Hillary can fix it.  Single payer will change this.  Yep, sure it will.

It was Obama that promised the Reforms would improve the overall health conditions of those that lacked access to medical treatment.  Yet Obama Care does not pay physicians to improve the quality of care.  Kathryn Nix, Obamacare Undermines Physicians, Quality of Care author, wrote, “This system will pay physicians based on how they stack up against other physicians — not the absolute quality of care they provide.”  Scott Gottlieb, MD, a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, predicted that cancer patients would suffer under Obama Care.  He surmised, “Obamacare is going to block the ability of patients to seek out the specialist doctors who are most likely to prescribe these cutting edge treatments.”  The hardcore, Marxist believing progressives would label Gottlieb a racist for saying a black man's health care plan would not work.  Truth be told, time vindicates him. Cindy Jacobson, a Houston woman being treated for renal cell carcinoma, found out that a change in health insurance coverage resulted in her losing access to her medical specialist and the team that had worked for years to secure her health.  Having Obama Care for some is the equivalent of having ticket number 91,001 at Redskins' Fed-Ex Field.  It's good to have the ticket.   Unfortunately, there is no admission because the seat does not existence.   Promising improved healthcare to all without those that provide the service is mere lunacy.   However, we must howl at the moon and accept the noble premise as truth.

There was the proclamation that over 30 million people would receive healthcare insurance coverage.  We are learning that Obama Care enrollment totals only 13 million persons.  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the real number is 8 million. It's like telling the grandkids that you are traveling with them from Washington, DC to Los Angeles, CA but, you end up in Evansville, IN.  Enjoy the beachfront in the Hoosier state.  However, you better know this ain't Cali-forn-i-a!  The CBO Director Keith Hall admits, “On the basis of information about 2015 enrollment and information available as of the end of December 2015 on 2016 enrollment, CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that about 11 million people per month, on average, will receive such subsidies in calendar year 2016.  Additionally, the agencies project that about 2 million people who are not eligible for subsidies will purchase coverage through an exchange, bringing the total number of people enrolled in coverage through exchanges in any given month to 13 million, on average.  (The enrollment projections and other factors underlying the estimates of exchange subsidies provided in this report for years after 2016 have not been updated since March 2015, except to incorporate the effects of enacted legislation.)”  We are merely to accept that 22 million people will enroll in the new Open Season while premiums, deductibles and tax penalties are increasing and options for doctors, hospitals and insurance providers are decreasing.  Only a government-only mentality would tell you that this happens everyday in the free market.

The proclamation I love most is about premiums.   Yes, the great Marxist promise in the sky. No, not the doctor one. No, not the hospital one.  The guarantee that your premium would go down $2,500.  Imagine for a family how much that means financially.  Imagine $200 a month more for the food richly desired by impoverished families.  Imagine two months more of affording housing in the inner city.  Imagine eight months worth of car payments to make travel easier between work, your children's school activities and home.  Imagine paying for a college course or at least the books for the enrolled classes.  Imagine how much this would have impacted the low income and middle income workers so coveted by the Socialists-Democrat Party of America.  However, due to real market influences, all that is left to do is to imagine.  The money promised is as real as the prosperity experienced by the Marxists in Venezuela.

Were you warned Urban America?  Well Yeah!  Before Blue Cross, Aetna, United, Humana fled the Obamacare Exchanges, the Major insurance Companies appeared before Congress and made it plain America, “You will not have a decrease in premium!” Gosh darn those doggone greedy capitalists!  They are racists!  At any time, the insurance companies can tell their investors and fund groups that they have accepted socialism as a way of business and will no longer be subject to the laws of economics.  In MarxEngelsLand, it is a reasonable supposition. In real life, coveting another man's property does not make another man richer or healthier except by theft.

For all of the lawyers, social workers and fanatical progressives (those that vote Democrat without discernment or contemplation) that say I am WRONG, let's explore the laws of socialized medicine.  The following states lost in the Obama Care Premium Lottery:

The eight states that will face the biggest increases in underlying premiums are largely southern and western states: Nevada (+179%), New Mexico (+142%), Arkansas (+138%), North Carolina (+136%), Vermont (+117%), Georgia (+92%), South Dakota (+77%), and Nebraska (+74%).”

I believe that this is Obama's and Hillary's Southern and Western strategies.

Progressives answer back, of course, that the tax subsidies will handle that.  It may for the premium holder however, who pays the balance due?  Yes, my friends, you do—the American Taxpayer.  You are voting as a Democrat for an automatic tax increase annually.  Fellow American, Democrats vote annually to plunder your savings and your wallet.  Smile, I am taking your wealth!

Yeah Ken, premiums increased but, at least, people get to use their health care and they have insurance to cover their costs.  REALLY?  Let's take a look at how that works.  Under the Obama Care Marketplace, there are four plans: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Premiums are highest under the Platinum Plan and are lowest under the Bronze.  What suppresses the premium under the Bronze Plan, the one most low- and middle-income indidivuals and families subscribe?  It is the deductible--the amount for which the insured is liable on each loss, injury, etc., before an insurance company will make payment.  Wanna see Dr. Do Me Right?  Under the Platinum Plan, all you need to do is pay $233 and your family pays $468.  Not bad for a monthly premium of $ $543.68 if you are 40 years old.  By the way, that's an increase of 16% over last year.  Yes, Ms. Democrat America, you only have to pay for a physical and a few blood tests and your insurance kicks in.  However, howabout Ms. Democrat America working at the Starbucks that you visit daily?  She does not make as much as you pay for your latte.  She can only afford the Bronze Plan.  At age 40, she struggles to pay the monthly premium of $289.88, an increase of 11% over last year.  She is as committed to the Democrat Party as you however, she does not have the luxury of healthcare that you promised her and enjoy yourself.  Her individual deductible is $5,731 and the family deductible is $11, 601.  After she pays for 3 major outpatient surgeries, just maybe her insurance policy kicks in. Fair for you, it is unjust for her.  Unless, you live in MarxEngelsLand.

Okay Ken, I'll give you that, although you are really an “Uncle Tom” with a very popular urban conservative talk show.  You don't understand, if I say that you are right, I have to admit that my health care policies oppress the poor, the young and the weak.  I am a Democrat.  We don't do that Republicans do.

Well, Plantation Pete, let us explore one more item: Taxes!

Wait a minute Ken, poor people and the elderly do not pay taxes!  I gotcha!

Well, Plantation Pete, they can and some do. Let me quote from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) first:

Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers and individuals are given shared responsibility to reform and improve the availability, quality and affordability of health insurance coverage in the United States. Starting in 2014, the individual shared responsibility provision calls for each individual to have qualifying health care coverage (known as minimum essential coverage) for each month, qualify for an exemption, or make a payment when filing his or her federal income tax return.”  So if you can not prove that you have insurance then, you pay on Tax Day!  There is no discrimnation.  Minimum standards are applied to all.  Unemployed for more than 60 days without insurance?  BAM!  You get hit. 

According to the IRS, shared responsibility payments will jump to $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, with the family maximum not to exceed $2,085 or 2.5 percent income above the filing threshold. That’s up from $325 per adult and $162.50 per child, with a maximum of $975 per family for the 2015 tax year.  An estimated 5 million to 7 million people are either not eligible for the income-based assistance, or they buy individual policies outside of the health law’s markets, where the subsidies are not available.

A $2,085 hit to Ms Democrat America working at the Starbucks is a devastating financial outcome.  All done for her betterment.

Urban America, consider this before you choose tyranny over liberty.  This is the same President that denied that there would be an increase at all.  This is the same President that blamed the premium increase hike on the Media for reporting it.  This is the same President that said tax credits cover everyone and the subsidies do not.  This is the same President that said that there would be a $2500 decrease in premiums.  This is the same President that said that you could keep your original doctor.  This is the same President that said that you could keep your health plan.  This is the same President that said he did not know that Hillary had a private server or email and yet, sent emails under a pseudonym to her.  This is the same President that blames Republicans for a health care policy created, legislated and passed by Democrats and signed by him.  You do not attribute the cause to the President's policies but immediately shift blame to a candidate that holds no position in office.  This is not reason, it is feelings.  Reason saves a fortune and feelings may cost you more.

Anyone on reading this editorial been unchanged by Obama Care? Anyone paying more for healthcare than ever before?  Anyone covered under Trump Care? Anyone on this page know of a family or friend that has lost catastrophic coverage or access to chemotherapy because of the Obama Care enrollment crisis?  Anyone on this page call me a liar when I said that Obama Care premiums were rising yet, today say that I am right.  Anyone blaming the GOP for the increases to insurance premiums, tax penalties and insurance deductibles?

Not the first time I've been right in the wrong place.  Not the first time a Democrat is embarrassed that socialized medicine is repudiated by the free market and is too stubborn to liberate poor, sick and elderly people from its constraints.  By the way, will Mr. President be covered by Obama Care when he leaves office? Not the first time I've been right in the wrong place.  Certainly, not the first time a Democrat has surrendered to tyranny and poverty and that has nothing to do with Trump!  When times were good, Obama said, “Call It ObamaCare All that you want!”  Now that times are more surly, he isn't too sure that he wants this as a part of his legacy.  Whether you are the first black President of the United States or the first female President of the United States, socialized medicine does more harm than good.  Socialized medicine does not work.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A City's Progressive Commitment to Death in a Nation that Promotes Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

The silence is wrenching.  Candles are lit amongst the chorus of modern protestants tearily signaling there discomfort of heart and burden of soul.  Death has visited the streets of this haunted estate.  Once home to ancestors that felt the vibrant oppression of Jim Crow, isolated, they assemble upon the streets of their neighborhood seeking a visible hand to dispel the pains of their long-suffering.  A journalist breaks the tender night to ask the grieving, “Do you feel that anyone will do something to help your community?”  Steely eyes lift from the harbor of devoted sorrow and affix upon her small stature in the cool autumn night.  The response tears at the very fiber of society.  It is neither faint nor disarming.  Upon receipt, it thunders through mind and blasts the very spirit of mankind.  The mother of the deceased wrests her sights upon her candle and softly utters, “No.  It is the way of the Streets.  It is the way of the City.  We will grieve.  The candles will burn out and we will rise again to die.”  Trembling, the journalist turns to the cameraman and signals him to turn off the video equipment.  The production light quickly shutters.  The candles burn until the evening winds silence them forever.

The foul scent amongst us is not the hopelessness of the grieving mother.  We often share tears in public and private for those that have suffered the loss of loved ones.  The disdainful odor is the acceptance of death as a way of life.  That the pursuit of death in the District of Columbia has become an accepted right of residency should be a stark and abrasive acknowledgement.  The Nation's Capitol has been consumed with the overwhelming optics of death as a means of living.  For some, the years of gang violence, illicit drug trade and biased economic outcomes has been a fitful reasoning for the Great Acceptance.

“We understand why they kill themselves and each other.”

“Who wants to be in such an environment.”

“People need to consider their ways before they even have children.”

The origins of this Great Acceptance is evident in those that have been chosen to represent the people of Washington, DC.  Those agents of “change” have not pursued Life, Liberty and Happiness for all in DC.  In fact, some like the DC City Chair Pro Tempore, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, refer to the Constitution as a “pesky” thing.  Yes, their focuses have been upon protecting the waste, fraud and abuses of government sponsored suicide, abortion and unresolved homicides.  The City has become noted as a place that one can get away with murder.  So infamous for its leniency on abortion, the City actually has medical tours created that persons from around the world may travel here to abort their child.  Now, to dissuade citizens from the City's ostentatious plans for economic gentrification in its most poor neighborhoods, they want Americans to accept and promote suicide as a dignified endeavor.  Washington's fame for a Progressive Commitment to Death exceeds the Founding Father's desire of a Capital City in a Nation that Promotes Life, Liberty and Happiness.

Once again, the Progressives are assaulting the Walls of Life and persisting that the world would be better off with the “Death with Dignity Act of 2015.”   A Councilmember who would love to remove the federal protections that gun manufacturers have finds it not harmless to apply immunities from  criminal and civil liabilities for those that would implement the strategy of ending someone's life.  “I think the time is right,” Councilmember Mary Cheh said. “There are some things that are momentous and are deserving of singular attention.. . .This is something we ought to take up as a community.”  Great legal minds like Cheh say that our society has arrived at a point that we should be more than willing to support the final will of a few.  A will challenged by the torment of disease and illness.   Ms. Cheh, in 2015, the City said NO!  Ms. Cheh, I am praying that in 2016 that the City will rise up again and say this time, “HELL NO!”

The American Medical Association, the oldest and largest association of physicians in the nation, has an official statement of opposition to assisted suicide.  That statement reads, in part: “It is understandable, though tragic, that some patients in extreme duress–such as those suffering from a terminal, painful, debilitating illness–may come to decide that death is preferable to life. However, allowing physicians to participate in assisted suicide would cause more harm than good.  Assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks…(American Medical Association, Code of Medical Ethics, Opinion 2.211)”.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has developed a policy for the prevention of suicide. It includes as essential components of suicide prevention the following measures: educating professionals in recognition and treatment of individuals at risk; educating society that such individuals are suffering from a medical condition that must be recognized and treated rather than stigmatized, and that effective treatments are available; and educating survivors of suicide attempts about the resources available to them.  I suppose, however, that if you are deemed "terminally" then, all bets are off!  No need for reading or teaching.  Give 'em two pills, turn off the lights and plan the funeral.

Lucia Silecchia, professor of law and vice provost for policy at the Catholic University of America, spoke to the reasons that people choose suicide in “terminal medical conditions”: “Contrary to common belief, those who chose assisted suicide do not cite excruciating physical pain as their primary motivation.  Rather, they fear burdening others and losing "autonomy" and "dignity."  The great shame is that progressives will not end their pursuit of death for the weak, the broken and the poor.  O, Ken, you are just being mean.  Well, the National Institute of Mental Health says, I am not.  NIMH says, "high-risk groups include the elderly, the sick, and the mentally ill."  When we should greet the misery of those in greatest pain with compassion, we offer a bottle of pills and the exit door of the doctor's office.

When we consider the inequalities of medical care, the progressives push for socialized medicine.  An agent of economic disparity that has left those with greatest medical needs with limited physician resources, few health plan options and higher premiums and deductibles.  Now, as we await the November surprise regarding ObamaCare, minorities are offered another option.  Just in case the healthcare thing doesn't work.  According to the Patient's Rights Council:

“Black and poor Medicare patients are more likely than others to be discharged from hospitals in unstable condition.”

“Outpatients with cancer who went to clinics that served minority patients were 3 times more likely to be under-medicated for pain than were patients in other settings.”

“African-American cancer patients in nursing homes are severely undertreated for pain – some don’t even get aspirin.”

Disability activist Diane Coleman put it this way: “If policies or laws permitting assisted suicide are approved, assisted suicide could become the only type of “medical treatment” to which certain people — those who are members of minority groups, those who are poor, or those who have disabilities — would have equal access.  The last to receive health care would be the first to receive assisted suicide.”

Dignity, from the Latin dignus, means "worth (n.), worthy, proper, fitting".  It is not proper or fitting that we act as “gods” to men, women and children that desire and need to know the Love of God most in the midst of their dismay.  If we do not know the final hour then, we must not cease to comfort the burdened and strengthen those bond by illness and disease.  We do not have the privilege of forgoing the challenges of loving those when they need us most.  This is the Nation's Capital.  Your City, America.  Contact the Chairman of the DC City Council, Phil Mendelson, at pmendelson@dccouncil.us or phone (202) 724-8032 or fax (202) 724-8085.  America, tell Mendelson what President Barack Obama encouraged the world to do as he eulogized former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres:  "Uvacharta Bachayim.  Choose life.  For Shimon, let us choose life, as he always did."

Choose Life DC.