Well, today is the big day. This is the day we have all been waiting for. This is the day the Republicans announce their magical plan to abolish the not-so-hated Obamacare and establish health insurance justice throughout the land. The problem for the Republicans is that Obamacare has been around long enough to become entrenched. An entrenched entitlement program cannot be abolished without suffering significant political backlash. The Republicans know this and have already started to backpedal on their promise to repeal Obamacare. The Democrats also know this and are cheerfully watching the Republican machinations, knowing full well that if the Republicans really do repeal most of the constituent parts of Obamacare they, the Democrats, will win the mid-term elections in 2018. Oh what fun it is to watch career politicians doing everything they can to remain career politicians while, at the same time, making grandiose speeches about how what they are really doing is really best for the Amerikan people.
Few people recall the sordid socialist history of this sad land but there was real opposition to the Social Security Act, as it later became known, on the grounds that it was nothing more than socialism. Those criticisms were brushed aside by the majority of the politicians at the time because they realized that passing the Act would guarantee them lifetime positions in Congress. As early as 1935 the citizens of this immoral land were already committed socialists. That should not surprise anyone. Socialism is founded upon the bedrock principles of sinful human envy + government power + redistribution of wealth to the majority of the voters. Anytime government exists socialism is bound to be close behind.
The same thing happened with what eventually became Medicare/Medicaid. The following quote describes the efforts taken by one man in what proved to be a vain attempt to slow down the socialist train in regards to Medicare. "In 1960 the Kerr-Mills Act passed, providing
federal funds to states to cover the 'medically needy.' Another piece of
legislation, the King-Anderson bill, was introduced, and proposed
covering some medical expenses for the elderly. The King-Anderson bill
ultimately failed, but was seen as a predecessor to Medicare. In 1961, a
newly-conservative Ronald Reagan — at the time still an actor — joined a
PR push by the American Medical Association against 'socialized
medicine.' 'If you don’t [write your senator in opposition to
King-Anderson], this program, I promise you, will pass just as surely as
the sun will come up tomorrow, and behind it will come other federal
programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in
this country,' Reagan said, 'until one day… we will wake to find that we
have socialism. And if you don’t do this and I don’t do this, one of
these days we are going to spend our sunset years telling our children
and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men
Reagan was correct. Nobody remembers what it was like to be free these days. Quite the opposite is the case. People who run around claiming to be free are also running around claiming that health insurance is a "civil right" granted to them by the Constitution and the Supreme Court of Jokers. If the Republicans had any courage they would announced that they are repealing Obamacare in toto. I heard Rush Limbaugh argue for that position a week or so ago. He said that all the Republicans need to do is declare that all aspects of Obamacare are gone and whatever "system" of health insurance had existed prior to the creation of Obamacare is what will now rule the day. It would be even better if the Republicans truly behaved like people who believe in freedom and announced that the government would not be involved in health care or health insurance in any way. A total abolition of all government programs related to health, plus an absolutely free market in all things health, would be the best thing for the citizens of this land, although few of them know that and even less of them believe that to be true.
Instead the Republicans are going to give us a modified version of Obamacare, which I will call Repubcare, that maintains most of the socialist elements of the prior plan. According to an Associated Press story this morning, "The plan would repeal the statute's unpopular fines on people who don't carry health insurance. It would replace income-based subsidies the law provides to help millions of Americans pay premiums with age-based tax credits that may be skimpier for people with low incomes. Those payments would phase out for high-earning people. The bill would continue Obama's expansion of Medicaid to additional low-earning Americans until 2020." The article went on to point out that Repubcare will have some rules in regards to preexisting conditions that will be essentially the same as the Obamacare rules. In other words, those folks with preexisting medical conditions cannot be refused health insurance when they apply for it after becoming ill.
Unlike most things I write about in my blog, I am not an expert on health insurance. What I do know is that most envy-filled citizens of this land hate the free market and love civil government. I also know that when a bill says that it will kick the can forward "until 2020" on something, that something will never change. Those who are on Medicare today will be on Medicare after 2020, I guarantee it. I also know that most envy-filled citizens of this land believe evil profit seeking health insurance companies are worse than Hitler and need to be heavily regulated to make sure they genuinely serve the hard working families of this land. I suspect most folks believe profit seeking health insurance companies make outrageous profits by refusing to cover people with preexisting conditions and only insuring people who are "healthy" and will not use their services.
The facts are found here: "Updated data are now available for Q4 of 2009, and the Health Care Plan industry (includes Humana, Aetna, WellPoint, Magellan, Unitedhealth Group, etc.) slipped to #88 with a profit margin of 3.4%. Actually, that industry profit margin was boosted by WellPoint's
18% profit margin for Q4 2009, which was due largely to a one-time sale
of its Pharmacy Benefit Management division. Without that sale, WellPoint's
profit margin would have been only 3.9%, the industry average profit
margin would have been closer to 3%, and the ranking for the industry
would have fallen a few places down to #92." So evil, profit seeking health insurance companies have an average profit margin of 3%. Shame on them! They should be serving the public for free. 3% is an outrage! There ought to be a law forbidding such abusive profits.
It seems to me that Repubcare is doomed to fail. By eliminating the requirement that all people purchase health insurance, defined as a "tax" by the Supreme Court of Jokers, and by continuing the provision that nobody can be excluded due to a preexisting condition they have sown the seeds for their own demise. How are any health insurance companies, operating on a thin 3% profit margin, going to be able to remain in business when they can't count on an income stream from the mandated "tax" and they have to cover people who will make the rational and voluntary decision to wait until they are sick before purchasing insurance?
There is no going back when spineless wimps rule over us. Rather than getting the citizens of the country entirely out of socialized medicine, the Republicans are proposing a misguided and ultimately economically doomed plan to replace the Obamacare they proclaim to hate so much. However, what they are discovering is that it is vain to close the barn door after the horse has escaped. Too many socialist citizens in this immoral and God-hating land have already become accustomed to their free health care and they are not about to give it up. The Republicans are about to discover what the Democrats already know. Once an entitlement has been given it is impossible to take it back.