Higher medical costs

My Thoughts

atwoods@sti.netApril 8, 2014 

Last week on April Fool's Day, the President announced that the Affordable Healthcare Act enrollment period had ended successfully with the enrollment of 7,100,000 people. This was a result, the White House and their lapdog media pundits stated, of the media purge to encourage folks to enroll. The fact that the deadline and the goal came together at the last minute was as predictable as the Sun rising in the East. The White House simply can announce whatever numbers they want because they control the flow of statistics.

It amazes me that for months the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Jay Carney, President Obama and all the rest couldn't ever tell us how many had enrolled as they did not have the ability to monitor the enrollments so closely.

They can't tell who has paid a premium but only that folks have enrolled. They had warned it might take weeks after April Fool's Day to tell us the numbers. Then overnight, the White House announces that 7.1 million folks are enrolled. Not just over the 7 million mark, but down to the decimal point.

The problem comes in the details which the snake oil salesmen conveniently ignore. We hear only 85% of the enrollees at best will have actually paid for their insurance, meaning that the other 15% are simply on the list of those still thinking about it. Which means that 1,065,000 of those 7,100,000 are not really insured. Oops.

There were more than six million folks who lost their insurance coverage because their insurance companies decided to no longer offer medical insurance because of the president's health care scheme. That number alone is now greater than the number of folks enrolled under the Obamacare program. Oops.

Many thousands or really tens of thousands have been enrolled because of new Medicaid regulations and still many others have been dropped from their already existing plans, which they fully funded to get onto the government program they don't like, but which is subsidized. More cost to those of us called taxpayers who actually still must send money into the treasury department. Oops.

So we are being told that maybe half-a-million folks, who did not have medical insurance. now have coverage thanks to this progressive takeover of a sixth of the American economy. The president and his followers told us that there were 35 to 40 million Americans without available affordable health care and his plan would remedy that situation.

That is the big question. Why didn't those 35 to 40 million folks race to enroll into the subsidized medical care giveaway? The Obama folks have had four years to get that job done and yet only one-in-seven or one-in-eight opted to get into this program that Barack Obama saw as so vital, he changed the entire medical insurance industry.

The lies and the double-speak, along with the unconstitutional and illegal Executive delays and mandate delays, have hurt this nation a great deal. Barack Obama has had to delay the mandates until after the next election because he knows a bloodbath at the ballot box would take place.

So think about what he and his party did to you when you see the cancellation of your insurance. Think about the folks who voted for that legislation when you can't see your doctor any longer. Remember Obama's political friends when you see your insurance premiums $2,500 per year greater than they were and that is on top of the promised decline of costs by $2,500. Couldn't you use that $5,000?

When you see that your deductible is $8,000 per year before you get to have your insurance cover anything, remember that Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and every other Democrat voted for those costs and effects on you.

So, my fellow citizens, we may not have our favorite doctor and when we pay out thousands more in premiums for less financial coverage than we had and when our taxes or the national debt increase to cover the additional costs and one of your friends or family can't get a job because of hiring practices affected by the Affordable Healthcare Act, remember that they passed it to see what was in it.

What was in it for us was higher costs, less medical treatments, governmental intrusion into our lives and the ability of the Federal Government to now dictate to us the mandate to purchase a product we might not want.

All this expense, all the change and the 39 million uninsured Americans before the act was passed are still, by free choice, uninsured.

Was the hoped for change worth it?

At least Sandra Fluk will still get her free contraceptives.March 27 marked the 56th anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev assuming power as the Premier of the Soviet Union. He was a frightening man to many in western nations, and especially frightening to many Americans. He had been heard at a speech in November of 1956 telling people that the Soviets would bury people like us.

Many took it as a threat of nuclear war and he became a scary man with which to deal in the world. What Khrushchev was referencing was the economics of the times and he saw capitalism being killed off and that communism would ultimately prevail.

That attitude is scary to many, as well. In the 1950s we had the beginnings of the rebuilding of our economy from all of the costs of the second world war, along with the costs of the war in Korea. Many Americans, along with our allies, had made sacrifices to battle oppression and thousands of veterans had given the ultimate sacrifice to make the world safer for those of us who were to follow in their footsteps as Americans.

Those who fought made that sacrifice so that the American way of life could continue and prosper. The Great Depression had taken its toll on the world and this country, and the costs of those wars drained resources greatly.

People saw here a chance to better their own lives and the lives of their family by getting educated, getting jobs, working hard, and in doing so, getting ahead. The idea that this government owed you anything just wasn't a widely-held belief.

In January of 1961 John F. Kennedy stated, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Kennedy would stand toe-to-toe against Khrushchev with his comments in Berlin, and Kennedy would stand up to the Soviet threat in Cuba during the missile crisis that made everyone aware of the threat of the use of atomic weapons.

Reagan told Premier Gorbachov to, "Tear down this wall." Standing in Berlin, Reagan had the ability to face down the Soviets because the Russians feared Reagan and the space-based defense system we were developing.

Jimmy Carter saw what his weakness brought him. He smiled and he was charming, but the enemies of America saw him as he was — a weak leader in over his head. The hostages sat in Iran for 444 days while Carter spent his last 444 days at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

During the presidential campaign, Reagan had been asked how he would negotiate with the terrorists in Iran and he simply stated that he wouldn't deal with terrorists. Military action would send a message. Iranian terrorists understood that and while Reagan was being inaugurated and the ceremony was taking place at our nation's capitol, the Iranians released our folks.

History repeats itself and we must learn from history. Each generation must make the sacrifices for the next generation to enjoy the benefits of freedom. We can't have our heads in the clouds when we have to deal with those who want to destroy what we have.

Secretary of State Kerry telling the world that Putin is on, "the wrong side of history" or "these actions aren't done in the 21st century," are laughable. First, the secretary had better notice. Putin did advance into Ukraine in the 21st century. In fact, in the past month — just after assuring the president that the Russians had zero interest in going into Crimea. Kerry needs to understand that the history books are written by the winners of the wars and not the defeated.

The Russian textbooks will tell of the glorious actions of the Soviet Army and the 99.9% vote by the Crimeans to rejoin the old Soviet Union. On March 29, 1936 Hitler got a 99% vote in the referendum to have the Rhineland annex with Germany.

So while many may applaud the draw-down of the American military to levels less than what we had prior to WWII and explain it away with words that we have technology and have the superior forces in the world, they ignore one simple fact: what happens when the despots attack all around us?

Putin isn't afraid of the community organizer. Iran is ignoring the treaty with the community organizer — the Chinese and the North Koreans are not troubled by the community organizer and our allies can't believe the community organizer. Those despots have never been afraid of any community organizer in their countries because community organizers are either shot on the spot or arrested, tried in a mockery of a trial, and sentenced to death.

The bad actors in this world only understand strength and that strength comes from military might.

In November of 1956 when Khrushchev said the Soviets would bury us, he knew it would take time. Putin understands history and use of force.

The president wants to bury his head in the sand.

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