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August 11, 2009

Our Exalted Fearless Leader Almost Gets It

by tarran

Obama is not a dumb man. He understands that government provisioning generally produces a worse service than private organizations which are dependent on people choosing to patronize them.

Here he is pointing out that while Fedex is required by law to charge higher prices than the Post Office for equivalent services, it is the Post Office which struggles and requires constant taxpayer bailout.

Like Amtrak, USPS, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, any publicly funded insurance company will struggle to contain costs as it encourages overconsumption.

I’ve long argued that the real reason that medical care is so expensive is that the government limits supply and subsidizes demand.

The Obama administration, in choosing to ignore the limits on supply placed by government, is embarking on a program that is doomed to fail to meet any of the publicly stated goals.

It’s too bad that Mr Obama is unwilling to follow the evidence to its inevitable, logical conclusion.

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8 Comments

  1. Somebody at NRO stated:

    “1. The post office has a monopoly on first class mail. There is NO competition for that. 2. They lose gobs of money and are only kept around because they have a big union and a government balance sheet (our grandkids) to offset those mega-losses. 3. They are able to compete against Fedex and UPS [on packages] because they can afford to operate at mega-losses.”

    “Our government run package delivery system is an inefficient mess compared to free enterprise….so let’s make our health care delivery system like that too.”!!!

    Comment by southernjames — August 12, 2009 @ 5:33 am
  2. Many people have no idea what a free market really is or how it functions. Some really believe the state run market we have is actually “free”. It seems to me that the biggest obstacle to fixing the mess is educating the general populace.

    Comment by John222 — August 12, 2009 @ 8:16 am
  3. John:

    “It seems to me that the biggest obstacle to fixing the mess is educating the general populace.”

    That is the purpose of The Liberty Papers but we cannot do it alone (and of course we are not). This will not be an easy task but educating the “general populace” begins with your family, your friends, and neighbors.

    Comment by Stephen Littau — August 12, 2009 @ 10:09 am
  4. I think I’m doing my part as far as my personal sphere of influence goes. The concept of the state being the only one who can do _____ is so ingrained into some, it is difficult to overcome. I have convinced most of my friends and close family of the benefits of a market free from government interference. Unfortunately, those discussions usually end with “You’re right but it will never happen”

    Comment by John222 — August 12, 2009 @ 10:28 am
  5. Next time some liar (or consumer of the MSM or DNC talking points propaganda who doesn’t know any better), says something along the lines of “well you naysayers don’t want to do ANYTHING,” or “if you don’t like what our wonderful and intelligent and honest and well meaning president has proposed, why don’t YOU suggest something to fix our system” – - I’ll give them THIS list of suggestions from this article:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204251404574342170072865070.html

    Are these ideas the be all and end all? No, of course not. Steps in the right direction? Yes.

    Are these ideas something that the current powers that be in DC will consider, in lieu of that 1000 page monster? Answer: NO. Why not? Because these alternatives do not represent a transfer of power FROM the people, TO the Federal government. And right now, with every single program — from nationaling segments of the auto industry, to bank bail-outs, to Crap and Tax, to health care, it is all about increasing the size, scope, reach, and influence of the Federal government.

    Comment by southernjames — August 12, 2009 @ 2:19 pm
  6. I read the following list of comments on the bill in a post at The New Scientist. The text of the bill itself is here in PDF form.

    As well as encouraging over-consumption, and therefore higher costs and/or rationing, I think there’s fair evidence here we’re also talking about pretty dramatic additional distortions in the health mark segment.

    Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure

    Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED

    Pg 42 of HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose YOUR HC Benefits for you. YOU have no choice

    PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill – HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise

    Pg 58HC Bill – Govt will have real-time access to individuals finances & a National ID Healthcard will be issued

    Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic funds transfer

    Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Govt control

    PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill – Specs for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will ration your Healthcare

    PG 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill – Govt mandates linguistic apropropriate services Example – Translation for illegal aliens

    Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Govt HC plan

    -PG 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill – Medicaid eligible Individuals will be automatically.enrolled in Medicaid. No choice

    pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No “judicial review” against this Govt Monopoly

    pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill – Doctors/AMA – The Govt will tell YOU what you can make.

    Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST automatically enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE

    Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND their families.

    Pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Employer with payroll $400k & above who does not provide public option will pay an additional 8% tax on all payroll

    pg 150 Lines 9-13 Businesses with payroll between $251k & $400k who do not provide public option pays additional 2-6% tax on all payroll

    Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable HC according to Govt will be taxed an additional 2.5% of income

    Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)

    Pg 195 HC Bill -officers & employees of HC Administration (GOVT) will have access to ALL Americans financial/personal records

    PG 203 Line 14-15 HC – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that

    Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected

    Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill – Doctors, doesn’t matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same

    PG 253 Line 10-18 Govt sets value of Dr’s time, professional judgement, etc. Literally value of humans.

    PG 268 Sec 1141 Fed Govt regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs

    PG 272 SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!

    Page 280 Sec 1151 The Govt will penalize hospitals for what Govt deems preventable readmissions.

    Pg 298 Lines 9-11 Drs, treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission-Govt will penalize you.

    Pg 317 L 13-20 PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells Drs. what/how much they can own.

    Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion- Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand

    pg 321 2-13 Hospitals have option to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can you say ACORN?!!

    Pg335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 – Govt mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing

    Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Advance Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Govt plan

    Pg 354 Sec 1177 – Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs patients

    Pg 379 Sec 1191 Govt creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory Committee. Can you say HC by phone?

    PG 425 Lines 4-12 Govt mandates Advance Care Planning Consultations. Think Senior Citizens end of life

    Pg 425 Lines 17-19 Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

    PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Govt provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death

    PG 427 Lines 15-24 Govt mandates program for orders for end of life. The Govt has a say in how your life ends

    Pg 429 Lines 1-9 An “advisory care planning consultation” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates

    PG 429 Lines 10-12 “advanced care consultation” may include an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOV

    Pg 429 Lines 13-25 – The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

    PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life

    Pg 469 – Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit organizations. Hello, ACORN Medical Svcs here!!?

    Page 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment to a community-based organization Like ACORN?

    PG 489 Sec 1308 The Govt will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which means they will insert Govt into your marriage

    Pg 494-498 Govt will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services

    Comment by Akston — August 12, 2009 @ 8:35 pm
  7. Note: the above list of references and comments are not mine. They are from the original poster.

    Comment by Akston — August 12, 2009 @ 8:37 pm
  8. Well it looks like the members of the party of tolerance, compassion, and who are oh so eager for open and “civil” discussion and debate (as opposed to shrillingly demanding obedience to their exalted God-King’s every desire), are a little, shall we say…miffed, at the audacity of the Whole Foods president.

    How DARE he suggest (you know, as a part of our open and “civil” discussion of options – see the link in my post above) that there MAY be some alternatives to ObamaCare that help correct some of the present problems with out current system that DON’T involve a trillion more of our grandchildren’s money and creation of another permanant monster of a bureacracy intruding into our everyday lives.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=8322658&page=1

    But wait – I thought it was BAAAAAD, and CENSORHIP!!!, and CHILLED free speech!!!…when conservatives did things like call for a boycott of Dixie Chicks records when they went overseas and called the former President a terrorist, etc.

    Different set of rules in this country for the Left, that just don’t apply to the rest of us.

    Comment by southernjames — August 14, 2009 @ 7:46 am

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