Saturday, January 2, 2010

Regarding Health Care, Pending Bills and Reality.

Regarding Health Care, Pending Bills and Reality.

I think people miss an important distinction here.

The government isn't taking your money and giving you -anything-.
They are requiring you to buy something from a third party or face penalty.

Using water as an example as above, despite the fact that it is the one thing you absolutely need, there is no law that says "you will buy water".
Yes there are sewer taxes (which cover most of the costs of sewer related things), but you pay an authorized company for water delivery only if you own the home in most cases. Renters often don't pay a separate water charge.  You can also buy water from countless bottle water suppliers. But if I don't, I'm not fined nor am I facing threat of jail time.

Now, next to water, I require food. Yet, there are no laws that I am aware of that require me to pitch in $5 a week to fed the hungry. No requirement I am aware of that automates a deduction from my income specifically for the purpose of feeding the million+ hungry in the US. Yes, there are government services that do provide that service, however the money is budgeted from government income as they wish. I pay no "food for hungry tax".

After water and food comes shelter.
Again, no "shelter tax", no requirement I provide myself or anyone with shelter. I can choose to live in a tent in a field on public property if I so choose and in most cases will be allowed to do so. No requirement nor seperate tax/fee assessed at pay time that goes specifically towards any homeless shelters. Those are covered as is food and water through generic income/property taxes and other fees in a general pool.

Water, food, shelter.  What's next on the "Needs list"

Again, neither are covered by any taxes, fees, etc, nor provided directly by the government. We're kinda left up to those on our own.

Ah, Travel!  All those roads.
No specific tax/deduction nor any requirement to pay for or face fine/jail.
Toll roads are covered by tolls. I can not drive them and avoid the fee.
Public roads are covered by various general funds at various levels.
Highways are a national security level importance due to their intended uses of troop transport and air strip use in emergency. Yet despite their importance, again, no "road tax".

The fact that Dr. X charges $120 for an office visit is irrelevant.  Go see Dr. Y who only charges $25 a visit. Shop around if you don't like the prices. Right now, you can do that. Under alot of these systems people are pointing at as superior, you get the doctor assigned to you, no choice to choose differently. 

Now, you also have to realize that there is no Health Care in this Health Care Bill.  What it is is an Insurance Mandate forcing you to buy a service.   Since you are required to buy it, there is no incentive to lower the costs, so they will go up, you will be gouged, and the only people who benefit are the insurance companies.

If they were serious about fixing the health care problem, they would be addressing the -2- issues people keep bringing up yet are ignored by the bill pending.

-1 costs
-2 access

We need our costs lowered, waste reduced, overcharges reduced and high drug costs addresses.

We need more doctors, nurses, specialists, hospitals and clinics. 

This bill provides for none of that.

It's not a case of "it's better than nothing".
It's a case of it's nothing and they can do better!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Bob's Recommended Resources

Bob's Recommended Resources

I will periodically update this list of resources as I find and evaluate them. This list represents resources that I have found to be useful and of interest in the matters of US history and politics. Please do not assume that I am endorsing any particular view point or perspective other than my own. Please note, if you choose to purchase any of these, please use the links provided as MartialTalk is an affiliate and gets a small stipend.

Harry Browne
June 17, 1933 - March 1, 2006
[Article Index]

Michael Badnarik
Book - "Good To Be King"

Bob Barr
Book - "Lessons in Liberty"

Is the United States a Christian Nation?


Thomas DilorenzoJames Ronald Kennedy
Walter Donald Kennedy
Ron Paul
Jesse Ventura
Andrew P. Napolitano
Kevin R. C. Gutzman
Thomas E. Woods Jr.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Joke that is Pelosi

The Joke that is Pelosi

Love this joke:

The Pope & Pelosi are on stage in front of a huge crowd.

The Pope says to Pelosi, "Do you know that with 1 wave of my hand I can make everyone here go wild with joy? For the rest of their lives, when they speak of this day they will rejoice!"

Pelosi replied, "I seriously doubt that with one little wave of your hand you can do that. Show me."

So the Pope slapped her.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Is aviation security mostly for show? By Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier pens a brilliant piece on the issues with our approach to Airplane and air port security. I highly recommend you read it.

Once a society starts circumventing its own laws, the risks to its future stability are much greater than terrorism.

Despite fearful rhetoric to the contrary, terrorism is not a transcendent threat. A terrorist attack cannot possibly destroy a country's way of life; it's only our reaction to that attack that can do that kind of damage. The more we undermine our own laws, the more we convert our buildings into fortresses, the more we reduce the freedoms and liberties at the foundation of our societies, the more we're doing the terrorists' job for them.

Today, we can project indomitability by rolling back all the fear-based post-9/11 security measures. Our leaders have lost credibility; getting it back requires a decrease in hyperbole. Ditch the invasive mass surveillance systems and new police state-like powers. Return airport security to pre-9/11 levels. Remove swagger from our foreign policies. Show the world that our legal system is up to the challenge of terrorism. Stop telling people to report all suspicious activity; it does little but make us suspicious of each other, increasing both fear and helplessness."


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Health Plan? Naw, just more stroking off by Congress rather than a real fix.

How about a system that pushes for individual responsibility, doesn't subsidize mediocrity nor create an ineffective and bloated bureaucracy, and actually solves problems? I've yet to see that one on the table.

The "Uh, lets create some offices, raise some taxes, and work in some rewards for our buddies" answer is what got the US where it's at now, in deep ****.

Current plan:
- Everyone must BUY a policy.
- If you make under X, we will give you free cash to do so.
- If you make more than Y, or have a health plan that really works, you will pay extra to cover the poor people.
- If you do not buy a plan or otherwise prove you have a plan, you will pay a fine and face jail time.
- We get lots of free money tacked on in exchange for our votes.

That's the current plan in a nut shell.

Here's a real plan
- If you make less than X, you get free care
- From X to Y you get graduated care
- Over Y you're on your own.
- 1-2% tax increase on everyone making more than X to cover costs.
- drugs and tests and hospital bills carefully controled.
- doctors allowed to opt out of program.

There's a plan. Not as sexy, wouldn't take 6,000 pages, and not much room for self rewarding pork.

But, it would actually provide care, and not a feel good. That's the problem, we stopped living in the United States, and all somehow moved to the United Strokes. I for one am tired of being stroked off by the government.
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