single payer

The End Game

How long have we been talking about so-called "Health Care Reform"? There was the almost three year campaign season which ended when millions of Americans failed to see how much of a fraud Obama was and elected him President.  Now we're on year two of endless back and forth on a government takeover of Health Insurance and the Health Care industry (yes, it is a takeover).

The entire time we've been having this debate, there has been a large percentage of liberals / progressives who have flat out said that the reform being proposed wasn't a takeover of Health Care.  Sure, they would like for it to be a takeover but they weren't going to get it. "Oh, no!" they said. "We're not going to have a wonderful system like the British NHS here. Relax."

Nevermind, of course, the times when Obama, Rahm Emmanuel, Barney Franks, Jan Schakowsky, Russ Feingold and others said that the plan was to destroy the Health Insurance industry and pave the way for single payer.

Those single payer zealots would simply give up their lifelong goals and settle for a smaller reform package that we'll all love. Promise.

Well, they lied. The Progressives in power lied and their minions lied. Single payer has been the End Game all along and now we have definitive proof.

But, said one attendee, Obama pointed Kucinich toward single-payer language that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was able to get into the bill. Kucinich fought for an amendment that would allow states to adopt single-payer systems without getting sued by insurance companies. Obama told Kucinich that Sanders's measure was similar but doesn't kick in for several years. "He definitely wrote it down," said one member of Kucinich, suggesting that he'd look into it.

The meeting was entirely non-confrontational, said members who were present, but Grijalva did raise the issue of the public option.

"He just said that the public option, something that he has supported along the way, is not something that we can pass. And he emphasized the fact that the decision now is between doing as much as we can do and doing nothing. That's it. He thought the whole foundation thing -- that this is definitely something we could be proud of, something we could build off [of]," said Schakowsky.

Woolsey told Obama that she'd be introducing legislation to create a public option and Obama said he encouraged the effort, according to Schakowsky.

 So let's stop pretending that Single-Payer isn't the goal and that this bill isn't designed to set the table for it, shall we?

well, the GOP nomination for NY 29 just got a lot more valuable

Not sure if I were holding a "right wing, Republican district" if I'd go outside my district and tell a bunch of left wing activists I'd "vote against my district" on single payer health care; especially if I were a freshman Democrat like Eric Massa.  

Apart from admitting the Town Halls are killing the move towards socialized medicine, this is nasty toxic  Hey, telling the truth on that point might get you support in the Southern Tier.

Hopefully, we will do better than running another Randy Kuhl, a careerist underachiever  with personal issues who couldn't exceed 51.5% in three tries in a district drawn to favor Republicans.


Albany Times Union: Opponents of Obama health care takeover are Nazis

Well, we have a winner, A major metropolitan newspaper violates Godwin"s Law and abandons all pretenses of being anything other than a shill for the DNC.  Go tell George Soros liberal media bias is alive and well in New York State.

Some of the high points in this trip down the low road.

"right wing front groups" " smear reform efforts" "front group"  "fool them into believing there is wide opposition to reform" "Putcht-like"

Jeez, folks, the New York Times found "wide opposition to reform" Are they too a tool of evil Republican lobbyists?

I suppose the oh so clever Mr. Karlin thinks present day Republicans and libertarians  are emulating this event by getting to the public forums early and being a tad bit rude to elected officials.

It's actually kind of disgusting to think that the mainstream press, who wrap themselves in the First Amendment when it suits their interests, now openly advocating silencing ordinary citizens trying to exercise the same right themselves. 


Opportunistic infections plague Dodd's health care tour

Chris Dodd's effort to change the subject for the 2010 election to health care made a pit stop yesterday at Derby's Griffin Hospital.

Since the Senator got it from both sides, maybe he should have skipped the event and checked himself in.

Before he got there, he was greeted by a picket line of protesters from Dump Dodd. This is a sight he was unaccustomed to seeing in his travels around Connecticut.


Then it got worse, Dodd may have thought he was going to run a pep rally for Obama-style "health care reform", but was confronted with a cadre of militants demanding the immediate adoption of single payer health insurance.

Needless to say, it looks like it was ugly.

DERBY — A “town hall discussion” on health care reform held at Griffin Hospital Saturday became contentious when advocates of a single-payer health insurance system shouted at U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd to put the plan back “on the table.”.......The two people evicted from the meeting in Derby Saturday were members of the group Single Payer Action. Russell Mokhiber of West Virginia, formerly of Simsbury, was the first to stand and shout at Dodd. He asked him several times, “Why did you take single pay off the table?” Then he added, “Tell us about your corporate connections.”Jerry Kann of New York was the second person to stand and ask Dodd why he had taken the single-payer proposal “off the table.” He, too, was escorted from the building. 

The Democrats in general have a rather large problem on their hands which us poor Republicans can;t solve.  There are millions of lefties out there who actually believed their party's diatribes and think the Democrats are going to hand the Gitmo detainees a plane ticket home and an ACLU lawyer; and implement every social policy pipe dream that got a favorable mention in Mother Jones or the Nation.  

The Obama  Adminstration and folks like Dodd now have to cater to Rachel Maddow's whims as well as trying to run a government. Reap what you sow, folks.

Chris Dodd is a lot of things, but if you think he's going to crush the private insurance industry in CT, which only accounts for 65,000 jobs and is the highest concentration of such jobs in the nation, might I suggest you move on to marijuana legalization.

The internal contradictions of "health care reform" are rather immense; it appears to be the theory that somehow better management will lower costs to consumers; lower costs to the government. cover everybody, and maintain the expected standard of care.  I'm not bright enough to figure out how this is going to work, but then again maybe Peter Orslag has invented a perpetual motion machine in his spare time.  It doesn't seem NY Governor Paterson has had much luck reducing the excess cost of his state's health care system  and closing hospitals and laying off insurance workers is not going to be an easy sell in what is likely to be a jobless economic recovery.

So, the Obama team has decided that rather than engage in the merits of the issue, it will merely accuse skeptics of "swiftboating". To wit.

We knew healthcare reform would face fierce opposition -- and it's begun. As we speak, the same people behind the notorious "swiftboat" ads of 2004 are already pumping millions of dollars into deceptive television ads. Their plan is simple: torpedo healthcare reform before it sees the light of day by scaring the public and distorting the President's approach

 Dunno guys, looks like the more dangerous squadron is coming at you from your exposed left flank, arguing you guys aren;t socialist enough.  Gonna explain why healthcare costs money to the likes of them?

Looks like this prescription isn't going to restore the ailing Dodd back to political health.  Then again, every day he spends on this is a day he isn't socializing the financial services industry.

* Full disclosure: My wife works in the CTICU at a local CT acute care hospital (Not Griffin).

The philosophy of single-payer health insurance

First, I think we should all agree that single-payer health insurance is probably the most un-conservative idea that one could possibly imagine and that this is one issue that Republicans should go to the mat and beyond fighting against.

But what I most object to is the philosophy behind single-payer health insurance.  It is a philosophy of dependency on government.  It is the philosophy of entitlement - that we are all entitled to certain things without having to work for them.  It is the philosophy that government should provide citizens with needs, even if they are able to pay for them themselves.  It truly is the old-school hard-core central-planning-style socialism.

De Tocqueville was an amazing man.  In his book Democracy in America, he wrote (among many other things) about ways that a democratic nation like America might succumb to despotism.  It would of course be different than the despotism of a king, emperor or tyrant since a democratic nation has none of these.  Instead, he wrote (yes it's long but read the whole thing anyway):

"I think, then, that the species of oppression by which democratic nations are menaced is unlike anything that ever before existed in the world; our contemporaries will find no prototype of it in their memories. I seek in vain for an expression that will accurately convey the whole of the idea I have formed of it; the old words despotism and tyranny are inappropriate: the thing itself is new, and since I cannot name, I must attempt to define it.

"I seek to trace the novel features under which despotism may appear in the world. The first thing that strikes the observation is an innumerable multitude of men, all equal and alike, incessantly endeavoring to procure the petty and paltry pleasures with which they glut their lives. Each of them, living apart, is as a stranger to the fate of all the rest; his children and his private friends constitute to him the whole of mankind. As for the rest of his fellow citizens, he is close to them, but he does not see them; he touches them, but he does not feel them; he exists only in himself and for himself alone; and if his kindred still remain to him, he may be said at any rate to have lost his country.

 "Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?

 "Thus it every day renders the exercise of the free agency of man less useful and less frequent; it circumscribes the will within a narrower range and gradually robs a man of all the uses of himself. The principle of equality has prepared men for these things;it has predisposed men to endure them and often to look on them as benefits.

 "After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."


The reason why De Tocqueville couldn't come up with a name for this despotism was because it hadn't yet been invented in the early 19th century.  He was writing of the despotism of the welfare state.  It doesn't crush a person's spirit like a jailhouse tormentor might, but it simply attempts to divert a person's life into a prescribed direction, like a shepherd does for his flock.  I don't want government as my sheperd.  And that is why I oppose single-payer, and that is why I am a conservative.

P.S. For those of you seeking conservative ideas about health care, see this website and associated book from the Cato Institute.

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