Some people doubted me when I recently denounced the deficit commission panel as just another pantywaist liberal exercise that would do nothing to get at the heart of America’s fiscal hemorrhaging. I pointed out that, in typical liberal fashion, they wanted to squeeze national defense–one of the few areas where the federal government is authorized by the Constitution to function–while ignoring the massive socialist entitlement programs that make up half or more of our federal budget.
More proof is in that I was 100% right. It’s just a game with these liberals: what piddly crap (in terms of the money saved) can I toss overboard to impress people and get them to ignore the elephant that’s about to sink this ship?
Rather than recommend ditching as quickly as possible the unconstitutional trillion-dollar+ ObamaCare debacle, the commission wants to keep it. Well, mostly.
Remember when we told you that government health care schemes always and automatically involve rationing? Remember when people like Sarah Palin and many others tried to warn Americans that socialized health care brings “death panels” who make fiscal decisions on what medicines are available and which ones are not, which treatments are available and which ones are not, which people are worthy of treatment and which ones are not?
Those are the kind of decisions liberals demonize insurance companies for making, but somehow the same decisions–when made by panels of government bureaucrats–become sanctified and wonderful. Never mind that in a free market, a person is free to look for other insurance that may provide things that one particular insurance company might not provide–or they might even pay for it themselves or with the help of friends and neighbors. But in a government health care environment, the decision of the death panel is final–you are locked out, regardless of whether you want to pay for it yourself.
Well, that is just what the deficit reduction panel is recommending: hard decisions about what to pay for and how much.
From Canada Business:
The plan leaves in place Obama’s signature health care law expanding coverage to more than 30 million uninsured, but it would repeal a new long-term care program included in the legislation, calling it “financially unsound.”
The plan tackles the unfinished business of Obama’s health care remake: how to keep it affordable. An advanced society that guarantees the latest medical technology to nearly all its citizens has to make hard choices about what to pay for and how much.
For the first time, the government would set — and enforce — an overall budget for Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs that cover more than 100 million people, from Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes to premature babies in hospital intensive care.
Palin attracted wide attention by denouncing nonexistent “death panels” in Obama’s overhaul, but a fixed budget as the commissioners propose could lead to denial of payment for medical care in some circumstances.
Those death panels were “nonexistent” when Palin warned about them…because ObamaCare was nonexistent then. It is a sad reality now–one that is already driving up health care premiums and costs, and will soon be cutting people off from health care they once had access to as (formerly) free Americans.
And the more they cut reimbursements for Medicare treatment and so on, the more private doctors and health care facilities will no longer be able to afford to operate…resulting in more and more shortages. We’ve seen it happen in every socialist health care scheme around the world, we saw it happen with RomneyCare in Massachusetts and pretended it wouldn’t happen on a national scale. How arrogant!
Now will you listen, America? I know many of you did–the polls show it–but virtually no one but slugs and hard-core socialists should have ever been in favor of this unconstitutional abomination. Maybe now the light will come on in the minds of the few remaining Americans who thought ObamaCare was a good thing.
And if Republicans show any sign at all of getting weak-kneed about repealing this monstrosity, they need to hear from us LOUDLY and CLEARLY that we want this crap gone from our country, and move us back toward the free market model that made us the greatest and most prosperous nation on earth.