Obama's Health Care Speech Tonight

Obama assures America that there is nothing in his plan that will prevent individuals from keeping the insurance they have.

Then in the very next breath he explains at length how he's going to screw the insurance companies - for instance by compelling them to cover pre-existing conditions.

Decoded: You can keep the coverage you have, BUT we're rewriting it.

His great advantage is that there is not much in the way of principled opposition to socialism in American politics. What politician is willing to affirm that hospital emergency rooms ought to be free to turn away patients who can't pay?

And short of that, you agree with the main thrust of what Obama said more or less explicitly tonight: To each according to his need.

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More on how he will screw your insurance company

“They will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime. We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses… And insurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care”

But you can keep your insurance.

As long as your insurance company can stay in business...

...under price fixing.

Mate In Three

The worst part of the plans on the table is forcing employers to pay for health care insurance. This is the largest amount of cash flow permanently captured by government in the proposed plans, and virtually no one notices. That move isn't even controversial, and it essentially wins the game for socialists.

Obama can't lose. In chess they call this "Mate in three".

You guys are funny

Companies get large tax breaks for providing coverage for employees.

"Socialized" medical payment plans, like Medicare, are always rated higher in customer satisfaction.

As are those scary socialized programs like your fire department.

Should we go back to requiring a medallion on your home to prove you paid your fire department bill, and if not, they let your house burn to the ground?

Go crazy republicans! Let 'em burn!
You guys are out to lunch.

Customer Satisfaction?

Having (as a disabled veteran) been on both VA health care and Medicare, I have to wonder where "me" gets these ratings he speaks of.

It took me nearly five years to be diagnosed by the VA with diabetes, despite the presence of signs that the American Diabetes Society lists as clear indicators of diabetes. It took 18 months for my doctor to get me scheduled for a sleep study and diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, after ten years of documented symptoms. My primary disability (neurological damage caused by 300+ hours of exposure to CS over 2 years) is listed in my VA record as "anxiety and depression" - despite my having never seen a VA psych doctor of any kind, and despite the nerve damage being diagnosed via testing done by a civilian neurologist.

Under Medicare, I was denied several treatments that were considered standard at the time by rheumatologists, neurologists, and pulmonologists, because Medicare lists them as "experimental".

And then there's basic medications, which is a whole other ball of wax that raises my blood pressure just to think about.

Quite frankly, I'd be much happier if medical services and insurance were still available in the form they were prior to the creation of Medicare. At least then I could choose the medications and treatments I both want and afford, based on my doctor's recommendations and my own preferences, without a government-mandated bureaucracy coming between me, my doctor, and my pharmacist. I remember those days, when insurance was all about paying for catastrophic events, like falling off a ladder and caving in your ribs, rather than about paying for everything from your runny nose to your annual checkup.

And I'm speaking as a disabled veteran, living on a fixed income, forced to endure the VA and Medicare "service" model.

As far as I'm concerned, that "service" model is using the word in the same way a cattle breeder uses the word "service" when ordering up a bull.