"I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last."
Well, that's one statement I can really get behind. I'd very much like to see that prove true - it began with our first proregressive president, Teddy Roosevelt, I'd be thrilled to see Obama be our last proregressive president - oh, and of course, with notions of govt health control fading away into discarded memories as well.
One hundred years of anti-American ideals in our presidents is quite enough, thank you very much.
Thomas Sowell has a very good column on how to listen to a liar, by comparing his words and his actions. I'd like to emphasise that you shouldn't listen to what he does say, but to what he is avoiding saying - which is the reason for the lie.
"Our collective failure to meet this challenge year after year, decade after decade, has led us to the breaking point."
What Obama didn't say here, was that it has been because of the measures that govt has passed, year after year, decade after decade, interfering in licensing, educating, mandating insurance, mandating policies, making a free market in health insurance illegal, foisting a nearly discarded medical care method, HMO's, upon us, PPO's, and so forth - all of govt's actions to 'Help us', have served only to bring us to the point that they can say we are in a crisis, and need more govt help.
This is the Modis Operandi of govt, and it can be seen in every area it has had no business whatsoever having gone into, and has worsened that market because of its presence: Education, Food & Drug, Banking, Savings, Securities, Corporate independence, Railroads... all of these industries have been either ruined, or brought to the brink of it - because of the incremental, creeping death of govt intervention... little by little making honest thought and free choice - illegal.
Is that going overboard? You tell me, between Fed, State and Local Govt, if I'd like to become a teacher tomorrow, that would be illegal, a Real Estate agent? - illegal, if I'd like to start a school tomorrow, that would be illegal, buy a gun, open most any business, drain a swamp ('wetland') from your property and build anything upon it without appeasing several layers of bureaucracy first... all of that would be illegal.
When my father was a boy, there were no drivers licenses, HIS father determined whether or not he could drive and at what age - govt is everywhere removing you, and your relevance, from your own life, by gainsaying or overriding, or disallowing you to make your own choices.
And now Obama and his statist cronies, are slavering over their next actions - if we don't stop them - they will end this Nation - they will remove it from being a nation founded upon the ideal that men should be free to live their own lives and pursue their happiness, without tyrannical intervention from the Govt.
Don't be distracted by the irrelevant issues:
- rising costs
- pre-existing conditions
- rising taxes
- worsening economy,
all of those and more are mere sideshow theatrics. The real issue is the assault on the sanctity of private property, the sanctity of contract (which means your ability to make an agreement with another), upon your right to choose your own actions, to live Your Life, they are what is under assault from all levels of govt.
When listening to a liar, don't bother trying to listen to his words to figure out what he is saying - he's a liar! The truth, is what his words are meant to conceal. You need to listen to what a liar is not saying, to figure out what the truth is that he is trying to keep from you.
It is what the liar doesn't say, that tells you what they are hoping you won't hear. Take this gem for instance:
"First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the V.A., nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have."
He says the bill won't require you to change coverage - so you know that statement isn't worth looking at, what is he not saying? What he does not say, is that it does make requirements that will put either your employer, or your existing insurance plan, out of business if they don't comply with what the govt does require.
Here's what it does say, on pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Employer with a payroll 400k & above who does not provide a public option, will pay an additional 8% tax on all of their payroll, and together with other 'language' on pg 24, the GOVT is the one which decides what will be acceptable to be offered.
Here's how John David Lewis at Classical Ideals makes the case for this and other key claims,
"Here is what it requires, for businesses with payrolls greater than $400,000 per year. (The bill uses “contribution” to refer to mandatory payments to the government plan.) Pages 149-150, SEC. 313, EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS IN LIEU OF COVERAGEAs one congressmen, perhaps inartfully burst out, Obama is a liar. Pay attention to what he does not say, remember, it is what the liar doesn't say, that tells you what they are hoping you won't hear. Will you hear what he and his fellow govt health control statists are trying so hard not to say?
(a) IN GENERAL.—A contribution is made in accordance with this section with respect to an employee if such contribution is equal to an amount equal to 8 percent of the average wages paid by the employer during the period of enrollment (determined by taking into account all employees of the employer and in such manner as the Commissioner provides, including rules providing for the appropriate aggregation of related employers). Any such contribution—
(1) shall be paid to the Health Choices Commissioner for deposit into the Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund, and
(2) shall not be applied against the premium of the employee under the Exchange-participating health benefits plan in which the employee is enrolled.
(The bill then includes a sliding scale of payments for business with less than $400,000 in annual payroll.)
The Bill also reserves, for the government, the power to determine an acceptable benefits plan: page 24, SEC. 115. ENSURING ADEQUACY OF PROVIDER NETWORKS.
5 (a) IN GENERAL.—A qualified health benefits plan that uses a provider network for items and services shall meet such standards respecting provider networks as the Commissioner may establish to assure the adequacy of such networks in ensuring enrollee access to such items and services and transparency in the cost-sharing differentials between in-network coverage and out-of-network coverage.
EVALUATION OF THE PASSAGES:
1. The bill does not prohibit a person from buying private insurance.
2. Small businesses—with say 8-10 employees—will either have to provide insurance to federal standards, or pay an 8% payroll tax. Business costs for health care are higher than this, especially considering administrative costs. Any competitive business that tries to stay with a private plan will face a payroll disadvantage against competitors who go with the government “option.”
3. The pressure for business owners to terminate the private plans will be enormous.
4. With employers ending plans, millions of Americans will lose their private coverage, and fewer companies will offer it.
5. The Commissioner (meaning, always, the bureaucrats) will determine whether a particular network of physicians, hospitals and insurance is acceptable.
6. With private insurance starved, many people enrolled in the government “option” will have no place else to go "
"You see, our predecessors understood that government could not, and should not, solve every problem. They understood that there are instances when the gains in security from government action are not worth the added constraints on our freedom."
Sounds great... because it is meant to reassure you, keep you from seeing the lie it conceals. Find me one scrap of your life, your freedom, that this, or one of their other proposals, from Americore to Education to the Arts, from a little Acorn, to full govt Health Control; where is there is one shred of independent life they intend to leave untouched?!
What they are not saying, is that little by little, govt is inserting itself into your life, inserting itself into areas of your life that should be your own, private, principal concern, slowly but surely they are excluding you from your own life.