When politicians decide to make something “free”, what that really means is they pass the typical cost on to others who don’t directly benefit from the goods or services being provided. Those folks in turn make adjustments to make up for their loss by alleviating this cost via something else – their customers, their charities, their investments. When people are made to pay, repeatedly and significantly, for something from which they did not benefit, the ripple effect of passing the buck continues until it gets back to the people to whom the benefit was originally given. Have you spotted the problem?
And when the patient, in this case, finds themselves in harder circumstances than before, they request more government assistance again. If the government agrees, they push the additional costs to a group of people who again gain no benefit, and the cycle continues. This is why everything “socialized”, from medicine to groceries to electricity, continues to rise in price until no one can afford the basics, and the government must step in and actively set price and wage controls on everything. And that’s when the real havoc begins. See Venezuela and South Africa for the latest in a long line examples of this. Regardless of the motivation, whether it’s compensation for perceived past injustices, or a simple moral impulse to make something “free”, when government intervenes too far into individuals’ freedom to transact for goods and services with a provider of their own choice, without coercion, really bad things start to happen.
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It’s important for readers to know that Female Genital Mutilation is not “Female Circumcision”. That is a term used by defenders of the practice in order to make FGM seem equivalent by comparison to male circumcision. Circumcision of males carries the same risk of infection as any other medical procedure that involves cutting skin but is otherwise harmless. FGM on the other hand has long-lasting, often lifelong physical and emotional consequences for girls and is done for purposes that have nothing to do with a woman’s health or well-being.
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Virtue-signaling, the lazy, self-justifying compulsion of most progressives you went to school with, is the act of communicating by words, actions, or illustration their passion for some social justice issue that makes them look 1) caring; 2) in step with the times. It doesn’t need to be followed up with any walking of the talk, it just needs to be signified on Facebook cover photos, t-shirts, or words spoken a little louder than necessary at Starbucks. And although the hot social issue du jour for leftists changes a bit every 2 – 3 years, when an issue is “in”, it’s In. And today what’s In is “Welcoming Refugees”.
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So how’s your health insurance these days? Better than it was five years ago? Less expensive, as the president promised? Procedures and prescriptions covered more comprehensively? We thought not. Barack Obama was advised by his handlers not to make these promises in 2009, but he did it anyway. Not only was the Affordable Care Act built on lies told to the public, it was actually designed to fail. But why would anyone do that? Because it’s difficult to pass a bill publicly that creates socialized health care outright. Much easier to create a temporary diversion, Obamacare, that promises the world but delivers little to nothing on those promises, then “rescue” the failed system by ushering it quickly and stealthily (non-democratically) into a single-payer system when the planned system goes into a life support crisis.
Perspicacious observers accurately predicted at the time that Obamacare – which was passed without a single republican vote in either chamber – was intentionally designed to fail and was never more than a feint to distract attention from the real, though unstated, goal of moving to a single-payer system, the holy grail of socialist central planners where health care is “free”. And now that Obamacare is completely unraveling, the lies that were told to sell this debacle to the American people are becoming exposed.
Continue reading ““If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor too.””
Is your health care better now than it was four years ago? How much easier is it to get your prescriptions or doctor’s referrals? How are your premiums and deductibles? Is your insurance company reasonable? If you’re like most Americans, the answer to nearly all of those questions is negative. Health care is no better now, and in many ways worse, than it was before the Affordable Care Act that President Obama strong-armed through Congress and signed in 2010. And one massive reason it’s worse is because of the suffocating tangle of unnecessary regulations that drive insurance companies costs up, causing them to pass the pain along to you.
Now the State is set to do with the cable industry what it has so successfully done with health care, the energy industry, and nearly every other industry it has heavily meddled in: bring it to its knees till it begs for a federal bailout, thus giving the federal government permanent, inexorable control over a primary communications channel Americans have always been able to choose for themselves.
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A recent article in American Thinker by Eileen F. Toplansky lucidly explains how the standard provisions of Obamacare, plus additional “rules” (i.e. executive orders) made subsequently by the president’s pen and Blackberry, created a negative economic situation and then made it worse. As has been the case with central planning interventions into the economies of socialist nations across the world over the last century, the Obama administration’s tinkering with the American health care system has needlessly created more problems than it solved.
To understand how companies used to compete with each other to attract and retain valuable employees, as well as understand how governmental interference into this process with idealistic but clumsy, counter-productive regulations takes some study and patience. However when we take the time to examine the details, we begin to see how businesses’ self-preserving actions make sense, while the government’s counter-proclamations end up actually hurting the American workers they are trying to help. Toplansky’s article, which I’ve reprinted below in its entirety, does an excellent job of making the complex understandable and is well worth the read, as are her supporting links.
When President Obama stages a photo op to publicize signing a measure he claims will “help” American workers, you can be almost certain that “unintended consequences” will outweigh any intended benefits. Lacking even an elementary understanding of how a market economy works, he only makes things worse.
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