Every time government gets involved in our lives it takes a slice for itself. Bureaucrats create administrative oversight requirements (more government agencies and workers) and more data requirements to be reported back to these agencies. More overhead. And so big government was both a primary cause and a primary beneficiary of the system we have today.
Despite all the debate in DC and the media about the national healthcare crisis, the status quo serves all players except one — the public. The Beltway bloviates about affordability but ignores the basic question: Why does healthcare cost so much? Where are the initiatives to lower high healthcare costs?
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As the healthcare segment grew, it became an increasingly important source of campaign contributions. In the 2016 election cycle in round numbers at least $500 million from healthcare and health insurance interests went into campaign coffers. A growing healthcare segment of our economy is a growing source of campaign contributions. An example of the quid pro quo was the ACA’s “risk corridors”. At the public’s expense, participating insurance companies were protected by government against financial losses. Insurance companies — experts at managing risk — pulled a fast one in managing their own risk by transferring it to big government (and more specifically, taxpayers). Here….
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But the only thing that is immortal in this world is a government bureaucracy. And now, irony of ironies, with the GOP in full control of the government, the Left is floating the idea of Charlie Gard-care thinking that the GOP wing of their party will embrace “bipartisanship!!!” and actually institute single payer. Think of that; the Left is electorally neutralized and yet they have a chance to institute their 100-year wet dream of national health — while being completely out of power. If the GOP even so much as hints that this is open to consideration, it really is the bitter end. For them and probably for us as well. Here….
Having lost our 10 year old beagle last year to cancer I’m a sucker for beagle posts, this one looks just like ole’ Max.
I miss him.by jeffli6 with 2 comments
When reviewing the security footage from outside his house in Austin, Texas, Al Brooks spotted an unusual sight: a bird seems to hover past the camera with its wings completely stationary. Of course it wasn’t really hovering (and no, it’s not suspended by strings) but rather the frame rate of the camera matched the flaps of the bird’s wings perfectly resulting in a stroboscopic illusion. This is the same stroboscopic effect you might see in a video of airplane propellers that aren’t moving or when the wheels on a car appear to be frozen. Found Here….by jeffli6 with 1 comment
The quest for power in Washington is a blood lust that can’t be satiated by the job they were elected to do. Pandering to their constituents with absolutely no intention of following through with campaign promises is the status quo for both parties.
They have their hands on the treasure of America, they have access to special interests that know how to circumvent ethics rules so they can line their pockets with riches well beyond their salaries. They vote themselves benefits that normal Americans would be thrilled with yet those benefits are for the well connected…not thee. Power
The government leviathan has built magnificent monuments and buildings over the years for the political elite to do their politicking. It allows the average citizen to stroll through and gaze at the wonder that has been constructed with their own taxes yet never invited to the backroom where their current collected revenue is being doled out to whatever agency or contractor that has donated to the their campaign.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
― Abraham Lincoln
The character of this current batch of politicians has been measured and found wanting, on both sides. Actions speak louder than words yet words is all we hear. It seems the only way anything gets done nowadays is when it benefits the politicians, not the American people. They talk a good talk but at the end of the day they spend like drunken sailors with no regard for fiscal responsibility. They peer out from their cherrywood appointed offices and scoff at the notion that the peasants have a say in the way things are done, they know better because they assume they are our betters. Power
Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.” ― George Orwell,
We as Americans have sat quietly by and allowed this monstrosity we call the Federal Government to expand and flourish. Politicians and their minions can get away with anything without the fear of repercussion. During the World Wars Americans believed that government had it’s best interests at heart, and without the benefit of information we have now, they were told by newspapers and the big three networks that all is well. Trust the system, be happy, pay your taxes, all is well. Power
With the information highway we can now see what our vaunted elected officials are really up to and it ain’t pretty, but here we are. Changes need to happen, it started with Americans who could see the destruction that Washington was doing and turned their back on the status quo. We elected an individual who is brass, egotistical, and lacking in the art of political articulation. Good. We have had enough of the silver tongued devils telling us all is well.
America needed a Trump, and after him, another one more brash and louder than he is. Nothing will fix the problems in Washington with both party’s having brunch and making deals together because they don’t have Americas best interest in mind, they are just playing cards with taxpayer money and splitting the pot at the end. As long as the house keeps handing them more money they keep playing because the only one losing is the house, it goes against all the rules you know about gambling because the house always wins….unless the game is rigged. Power
So give it up kids, game over. If for some reason you held out hope that things will change the more they remain the same.
See: Repeal and Replace Obamacare.
Powerby jeffli6 with 6 comments
Looks like the GOP is going to take a run at repeal of Obamacare with a two year sunset window.
They have had 8 years.
They campaigned on free market policies for healthcare.
Now we get two years for Americans not covered by a group policy, (like myself), to blow in the wind of unfulfilled promises and hope like hell we don’t have a major health issue. Dropping the replacement plan may or may not be a good thing but failing to come up with a Plan B is insane.
If they were required to purchase their own health insurance through the individual market they may have taken a better swing at this.by jeffli6 with 7 comments
“Proposed law: “Notwithstanding any other provision of federal or state law, it shall be lawful to purchase or sell any health insurance product in the United States of America.”
Skip the repeal—so there’s nothing for leftist ruffians to protest—and just give the rest of us the option of escaping Obamacare to buy health insurance the same way we buy everything else. Only a free market can guarantee good products at good prices.”
“Instead of throwing off the shackles of these commissions and giving us a nationwide free market in health insurance, Obamacare imposed one enormous federal shackle.
As a result, “health insurance” under Obamacare isn’t insurance at all—it’s the government forcing us to pay for other people’s health care through ghastly insurance premiums, deductibles and co-pays in exchange for highly limited health insurance for ourselves.
Trump ought to be using the flaming wreckage of Obamacare to illustrate what’s wrong with all Soviet five-year plans. It could be as iconic as Reagan’s Berlin Wall speech. Teenagers would vote Republican for the next 70 years—80 or 90 years, if they could finally buy decent health insurance.” Here….
Inhabitants of ivory towers, however, have no cause for panic. Why would they? After all, their basic instincts never developed due to lack of any adversity in their lives. They are propelled through life by the dubious virtue of their relations, connections and inheritances, all without a care in the world. For entirety of their existence, they have never left the sterile comfort of boardrooms, villas, conference halls, luxurious hotels and posh restaurants.
Here’s the trick: these creatures do not know the world they live in—at all. They spend their lives surrounded by yes-men and servants, mingle with the vacuous and hypocritical “cream of society,” and keep contact with the outside only through mediums and filters. Lack of genuine human interaction, combined with an extremely decadent lifestyle and delusions of grandeur has culminated in them developing a completely demented view of reality.
Here lie the roots of their adherence to lurid ideologies and worldviews, as inability to understand the human mind results in total absence of empathy and tendency to view people as mindless cattle. Some, owing to their religious belief, openly think so. Their solution for the unruly masses is always the same—yet another economic crisis to send everyone scurrying. This time, however, they are in for a surprise. Here….
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By slowly force-feeding the whole world a dish poisoned with apathy and degeneration, the “elites” have inadvertently taken a large bite themselves. Their arrogance, complacency and hubristic belief that things are always going according to plan will be their downfall, because the people’s anger has reached a fever pitch.
Parasites will be excised, filth will be cleansed, justice will be meted out and a new golden age for the West will dawn.
For the future belongs to us, and it will be glorious.
Just saw this on the ineterwebby, proof positive Trump is a colluder.by jeffli6 with 2 comments