Posts Tagged ‘health insurance’

We got Dem King n Burwell blues agin

March 8, 2015


Big Brutha don’t want no death spiral ’round here

can’t let this Law go down,

cuz they done made this deal downtown:

won’t let Dem peoples experience fear

nor even shed a tear.

You hear?


It would be Orwellian–

a tale beyond Dem tellin’,

tail waggin’ de dog  is what I say

what this gov’ment confusion is today!

Was it always this way?


It’d be flat out Orwellian

a scam beyond the tellin’

if they call it flexibility–

what is in fact hijackin’ state’s ability

to make an “Exchange established by the state”

but be really Exchange imposed by THE STATE


of the Union.

That be my umble opinion.

This new New Deal done fall apart

from its very Reconciliation start,

like peel’n of an onion

our Insured Federal union.


Big brutha don’t want no death spirals ’round here–

no mortal holes in coverage, no death-panel fear

as Dem brought on by Republican occlusion,

and then adjudicated wi’ judicial confusion

lest we suffer some delusion

that lead to big contusion.

Aint healthy that–

too much redundant Federal obese fat.


Ev’body covered–

that be the gov’ment plan.

‘though liberty now be smothered

we be gettin’ it while we can,

before the coverage run out

and Dem peoples begin to shout,

or maybe if we lucky they just pout.

Tha’s what I’m talkin’ about.


Glass Chimera

A New Social(ism) Contract?

October 8, 2013

As near as this under-employed citizen can determine, the (over)simplified net effect of the Affordable Care Act will be this:

A big pile of money will be collected from employed people who can afford health insurance, and that money will be used to ensure health care for poor people who would otherwise not be able to afford health care or health insurance.

This will help poor people. Everybody else will, by premiums or by taxes, ante up some money to assure that the po’ folks will be minimally cared for whenever they have health or medical problems.

Okay, this working Republican can live with that, even it will cost me a few bucks, because, you know, I have a heart and I am a Christian and we’re all in this together and I don’t want to see riots in the streets etc etc etc.

My mind wanders every day between the poles and polls of this controversy, as I am under the influence of so many information sources, whether it be sound-bite Congressional rhetoric, or a morning email from Erick Erickson, or listening to a panel discussion on Diane Rehm or hearing Tom Ashbrook orchestrate an exploration of the issues, or reading a UPI report.

Here’s the problem: Our original social contract, which is the Constitution with its tripartite governmental institutions, does not effectively address all the divisions that arise in this post-modern predicament. For some people, such as Tea Party folks, or persons of independent means, that incongruence becomes a big objection to what is happening now. For others, who are poor or who want to, by grand design build a great society, our Constitutional freedoms and rights are not such a big issue.

Since the New Deal, the disparities and eccentricities of capitalism have driven us away from the original social contract enacted in the Constitution by our nation’s founders. We’ve tacked on Medicare and Medicaid. This is not your father’s oldsmobile; nor is it your grandmother’s household with muffin-buns and berries by the steamy kitchen window. We have evolved to a post-democratic, post-republican, post-capitalist, post-expansionist, post-consumer-waste welfare corporate State.

And hey, it is what it is, like it or not. This is 2013. I mean, 1984 was 29 years ago already.

But the libertarian folks who identify with  Constitutionally-protected rugged individualism are still with us. God bless ’em. They figure we didn’t sign up for this redistribution hijinks. I can relate. I live in a mountain town that was named after a musket-totin’ trailblazing pioneer named Daniel Boone. I wish everybody had the initiative and self-respect that the libertarians have. But alas, there are many other folks out there in the great cities and amongst the urbanized conglomerates who  are quite comfortable, even fat n’ happy, depending on the System that we’ve patched together, which is not the same as the visionary government that our Founders had wrought from the virgin soil of a vast contintent back in the day.

Now this whole Affordable Care vs. Obamacare mirage has got us all torn up, living on the edge of fiscal disaster or social dystopia or government shutdown or Default or  some combination thereof.

We need a new social contract. I propose a national referendum on the Affordable Care Act so we can settle this thing once and for all. Instead of depending on the Democrats or Republicans to interpret the polls, let’s take a real vote on the issue so we’ll know where the simple majority of Americans stand on this landmark issue of subsidized health care.

Glass half-Full

The incisive Mr. Will

March 27, 2010

I’ve been following the health care debate for the last six months or so. The progressives had me convinced that something needs to be done to get everybody in the US covered. Although I’m a republican, I was steadily more impressed at the passion and persistence with which democrats mustered up a photo-finish passage of their health care package.  I felt genuinely happy for them, and for the underrepresented people of our nation, when the bill passed last Sunday night and was signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday.
The warm glow of approval was suddenly cooled, however, last night when I read what Mr. George Will had to say about it. Here’s a short list of his concers:
~the power of entitlement plans to increase citizen dependency on government programs
~the burden of taxes and mandates that weighs down the “dynamism” of investments and job creation
~the already-existing massive weight of health care entitlements to the retiring boomers
~the inflative, enduring connection of health care costs to wages
~the new law’s unrealistic dependence on Medicare cuts
~the dubious budget-manipulating that lends an “Enronesque” unease to CBO cost projections
~”The bill is a museum of hoary artifacts from liberalism’s attic,” wrote Mr. Will.
~the increasing complexity of our health care delivery system, which leads to a user-unfriendly loss of accessibility
~higher premiums that will result from “making the risk pool more risky”(re: pre-existing conditions people)

So now I’m having second thoughts about it all. How about you?

How appropriate

March 23, 2010

How utterly appropriate that moment was. In the final hours of  birthing health care reform, our laborious legislative transition pushed us into ensuring the most important coverage of all–protection of each child’s inalienable birth.
Although this is an Inconvenient truth, every kid’s entitled to it.

In your heart, you know he’s right.

March 21, 2010

Now that President Obama has spoken frankly to the US House of Representatives about today’s legislation, which  is “built on the private insurance system that we have now, and runs straight down the center of American political thought…”
Now that he has asked them to pass the bill and  “do it for people who are really scared right now through no fault of their own, who’ve played by the rules, who’ve done all the right things, and have suddenly found out that because of an accident, because of an ailment, they’re about to lose their house…”
Now that our President has publicly admitted to legislators and to the American people that the measures taken are not perfect…
but it is designed in these times of high unemployment to improve an “employer-based system (that is) fray(ing) along the edges…”
Now that he has spoken persuasively to our lawmakers about “all those people who you looked in the eye and you said, ‘you know what, you’re right, the system is not working for you and I’m (you’re) going to make it a little bit better…'”
Now that this “middle of the road” bill is passing…
We offer sympathy to those progressives who complain that the law does not go far enough. We also offer advice: Get busy making this country a better place to grow old and healthy.
We offer sympathy to those conservatives who complain that the law goes too far. We also offer advice: Get busy and make this country prosperous again, so we can all afford reasonable health care.
To the doctors of the USA, we offer appreciation for your excellence and care. And we have counsel for you as well: Strive to do what is best for your patients, without unnecessary procedures and tests. Work to achieve a level of professional excellence without resorting to cover your ass medicine. Protect life.
To the lawyers of the USA, we enter this plea: Lighten up, will ya? Let the docs make the medical decisions.
To the nurses (like my wife, Pat) of the USA, we offer appreciation for all your tender care and professional excellence.
To all health care workers, we request: Do good work, and keep in touch. Be content with your pay; you’re fortunate to even have a job in these hard times.
To the medical administrators of America, I offer these suggestions, as we move toward further improvement of our health care system:
~Set up a clinic next door to your hospital where  folks can get treatment without incurring the expenses.  of emergency medicine. Establish a facility where th ER personnel can say: “You with the bloody nose, go next door (where you can walk out after treatmnt without carrying a bill for a thousand dollars,” or “You with the sprained ankle, we’ll take you next door…
~Find ways to recommend appropriate palliative care for granny and granpa instead of requiring their life’s net worth just to gain another six weeks or six months of being tube-tied. Replace cover your ass medicine with compassionate care wherever possible.

To the drug addicts and alcoholics of America, I highly recommend: Get help and get clean. Turn to Jesus. Cease and desist from your expensive, system-draining, drug-seeking hospital stays. We, the medically-insured people are tired of bailing you out when there are so many people who need real medical attention, and we can’t afford to string you along any more.

To the newly unemployed, we offer hope: Although your Cobra coverage may be running out, the people of the United States of America are standing beneath you with a safety net. God bless em’ with all their capitalist and socialist foibles. Now go out and get busy! Find something productive to do, even if you don”t have a the job of your choosing.
To those previously uninsured who will now obtain coverage as a result of the new health care bill: Act responsibly and be thankful.
To those whose previously-existing medical conditions precluded your obtaining insurance: I hope this new law works better for you.
To those whose insurance coverage has ever been canceled due to serious illness or lifetime limits: Hold on. We hope to get som help for you soon.
To everybody else in America:  Quit smoking cigarettes and watching so much tv.
To the world, we say: Thank God for the United States of America.

So make a deal! Trade abortion funding for a new health care system.

March 10, 2010

So Democrats, make a deal: trade abortion funding for a new health care system.
It’s a win/win situation for most citizens of the USA, including:
~uninsured Americans who will obtain coverage;
~insured Americans who will no longer have to accept their coverage being dropped when they get sick and “need it most.”
~Americans with pre-existing medical conditions who will be able to obtain insurance coverage when they “need it most.”
~American children yet unborn with pre-existing conditions that would preclude their entrance into life. They “need it most.”