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Making Things Work is a Revolutionary Act

February 20th, 2014 - 3:20 pm

There’s a saying it’s better to light a single candle than curse the darkness. The Washington Examiner notes that the GOP is finally realizing there’s a leadership vacuum that needs filling and is actually trying to chart a course distinct from the “yes-but-not-so-fast” attitude they’ve taken toward the president’s proposals. As one wag once said the only idea the GOP ever had about a Democrat proposal to burn down something was to suggest it be done in gradual stages. But maybe that’s changed.

While the GOP is not planning to draft a new Contract or Pledge, House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are working to develop an agenda based on a handful of proposals on issues such as taxes, jobs, energy and health care that will give candidates something to tout in their campaigns.

Gone will be the endless repeal-and-reject votes on issues such as Obamacare, said insiders. Instead, Cantor is bringing together several ideas on issues like health care to develop a single plan for each.

One initial example is a resolution just offered by House Republican Policy Committee Chairman James Lankford of Oklahoma, one of the party’s fast rising stars. His idea: Help states enter into health care “compacts” to offer insurance, putting the power in local hands, not Washington. Several states have already adopted the idea, and the Tea Party backs the idea, which would even allow those with Obamacare to keep it.

Offering conservative alternatives to what the Democrats want is “essential” to identifying the party, Lankford told Secrets. “The 2012 campaign really ran on the concept of ‘We’re not them’ and really didn’t help. People need to know who we are. People want to know who they support, not just who they oppose,” he added.

Note the mention of the Health Care Compact. The Health Care Compact, readers will recall, is one of the ideas that was kicked around on this very site. Back then it seemed like a crazy long shot. Now that 8 states have signed on to it (Kansas is now considering it) and a request for the Compact’s approval is now moving through the Federal Government, it doesn’t seem like such a long shot any more.

And now Boehner and Cantor have discovered it. Why? because it might be a winner. In general they’ve found that doing something can sometimes be preferable to just throwing peanuts from the gallery. Of course the Health Care Compact is not the only alternative to Obamacare being proposed. The National Review described the 2017 Project. And of course there’s the Coburn-Burr-Hatch counterproposal.

So much the better. As Lankford said in the video above ‘may the best man win’. The unique thing about the Health Care Compact approach is that it isn’t really a jealously exclusive option. It allows Democrats to adopt an alternative to Obamacare without necessarily choosing a Republican branded option. That’s because the HCC is about “who decides”, not prescribing what you do.

But there’s another reason why counterproposals are springing up like mushrooms.

As the Obama administration runs into more difficulties, both internationally and domestically, it will no longer be possible to simply choose between criticizing or supporting a given political line. With Washington DC imploding and declining in relative importance,  it is no longer the defining attractor it used to be. Once the only thing that mattered was “whose side are you on?” But that was back when DC was the center of the universe.

Now it’s just Lost in Space. The press of problems means that it is no longer possible to stand around like peons waiting for a new king to be proclaimed. People will have to do something in the meantime because bills are due next month or maybe the dam is bust right now and you’ve either got to run or drown.

This is likely to take the form of formerly passive institutions reluctantly assuming the initiative for things.  It’s happening already. Overseas, American allies are making their own arrangements in the face of Washington’s abdication. Japan, Australia, the EU are all flexing their puny muscles because Obama is out playing golf and talking to himself in front of murals of the Sun Man.  It’s necessity.

Necessity means there will be a growing clamor both in the Federal Government and the states to simply “fix” things because of course Obama’s not. Bureaucracies do that all the time when things need to get done. It’s amazing how many agencies operate in a manner that bears no resemblance to the specified procedure.

Not surprisingly, people are doing that too.  Glenn Reynolds has talked about the seeming outbreak of civil disobedience, citing the reluctance compliance — actually noncompliance of Connecticut gun owners — with a registration requirement, as an example. But what may be emerging as the Obama administration turns out the lights on itself more important. Something that might be termed positive civil disobedience.

People — including states — are taking on responsibility to keep things going because somebody has to do it. And they often don’t have time to wait for the blessing from on high. Fixes are undertaken unless otherwise directed (UNODIR) or more accurately unless otherwise stopped (OOS). This kind of positive civil disobedience is very different from the traditional negative kind; usually a protest sending a signal of defiance to the government.

UNODIR or OOS civil disobedience takes the form of “whaddaya want? I am busy, would you like to lend a hand?” The principal revolutionary act consists of making stuff work. This is the market niche into which counterproposals to the Obama administration’s grandiose initiatives occupy. In a dysfunctional universe, success is sedition. The Health Care Compact is a classic. It essentially just picks up the abandoned tools and gets it going.

Positive civil disobedience — which once used be called “taking care of business” — is largely nonthreatening. In fact it is usually validated post facto. This was how fracking went from being the worst evil conceivable by the Obama administration to one of its proudest accomplishments. The frackers just presented the bureaucracts with a wow outcome, and the bureaucrats, never averse to taking credit, gladly cut the ribbon.

There’s an old adage which says that ‘victory has a thousand fathers while defeat is an orphan’. But the reason why this is maxim true is largely unexamined. Victory does have a thousand fathers. It is the guy who insists on controlling everything who usually winds up defeated in a corner, rolling ball bearings in his hand and muttering about strawberries. Smart leaders know the advantages of letting freedom — and initiative — take the lead. Or as Ronald Reagan once said: it’s amazing how much you can do if you don’t mind who gets the credit.


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Lankford was just great in that Huckabee video. He spaced the great arguments out over the interview to where they walked the barrage forward and all Huckabee had to do was walk behind it. The killer came at the end, the "...and if you don't think the states can do a better job than the federal government, I'd like to refer you to ...." and then that short list of looong tragedies --the very ones that we the people have been trained to believe are absolutely hardened into marble statuary on the DC mall.

I googled your name the other day to locate your website to see if you were posting HCC updates. Up popped a wiki that is frankly rather flabbergasting. You need to run for office, man. And a high one at that.

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Subotai says, "But there has to be more than a little bit of skepticism for Boehner and Cantor's actions."

I understand the skepticism, and think it's the right default position.

At the end of the day, it is unrealistic to expect elected officials to do things that are not in their interest. We may wish them to adhere to principles, but interests are more powerful.

My argument is that the HCC has a chance because it is in the political interest of individual politicians in sufficient quantity to gain passage.

Institutional Republicans will support it because (please note these are political assessments, not my personal preferences):

1. They need to do something about health care, but the intersection of the Venn diagrams "federal market-based solutions" and "health care policies the public will support" is the null set. There are too many folks who don't want market-based solutions; they want government involvement.

2. If the GOP rallies behind a specific policy, the press will rip it apart. They will focus on people who would be hurt, and use that to prove the Republicans are only interested in rich people. There is no policy in the HCC; it's pure governance reform.

3. It allows them to pursue a specific policy in addition to the HCC. They can continue to be for repeal and replace, with a variety of different replacement regimes.

Tea Party Republicans will support it because:

1. Their base wants states to push back on federal government and move more of their authority back to the states.

2. It is the single largest deficit reduction policy around ($3.6T over the next 10 years, assuming 50 states participate).

3. Grassroots organizations helped push it through the states, so they have a real claim to ownership.

So, amazingly, support is in the interest of both wings of the GOP. That's why Rep. Lankford was very confident on Huckabee that the HCC will get through the House.

What about the Senate? That's where things get interesting. Here's a thought experiment:

- Imagine there's a blue state that wants to implement a progressive health care system (single payer, public option, whatever) in their state. The state legislature and governor are fully on-board, and the health care providers are supportive as well.

- Further, this blue state has two Democratic Senators.

How will those Senators vote? Will they oppose the government-run, progressive health care regime that Democrats in their state want, or will they vote to support the interests of their state? Keep in mind that Obamacare is wreaking havoc in those states, as much as red states.

I think a plausible case can be made that Democratic Senators from blue states could support the HCC. From their standpoint, it is taking away the blocking position currently held by Speaker Boehner and various Republican Senators, and freeing Democrats to pursue their preferred policy in states they control.

At the very least, it changes the debate from "what should we do" to "who decides." And if that change occurs, it's a good thing in and of itself, particularly in an election season.

Your final question may then be, "What about the President?"

All I will say to that is that there is a strategy. At the right time, I'll be happy to share it. But now is not the right time.

The order of battle now is:

1. Add co-sponsors of HJR 110. You can play your part here by calling your representative and encouraging them to co-sponsor.

2. Have committee hearings in the House. The merits of a governance reform must be understood, and committee hearings are an excellent way to do that.

3. Vote it out of committee, and then the House.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement from the BC over the past 3 years. Rep. Lankford is a great champion for the bill, and it will be exciting to see how things develop.

It's still a long shot, but the odds have gone from 100,000:1 to 100:1.

And that's progress, right?

L3
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This just in: the Health Care Compact was voted out of committee today in Kansas, and is now headed to the full House:

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/b1e675aa08d24114bc4cde95007cc7b9/KS-XGR--Kansas-Health-Care

And for those of you who want to keep score at home, you can follow the progress of the HCC consent bill - H. J. Res. 110, introduced by Rep. James Lankford - at this link:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hjres110

Cheers,
L3
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I guess Marx was wrong. History repeats itself, first as farce (The President's Analyst http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldKsO6yFi0w) then as tragedy.

Full review on Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_President%27s_Analyst

Of course that was BEFORE the government broke up Ma Bell.

P.S. Godfrey Cambridge had charisma. He makes Obama look like the stiff he is.
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MS/IE evil? Damn right!

Salaam eleikum Y'all!1
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If something simply does not work, is that Evil?

...at least there's not that Devilish uncertainty about whether the time has come to move on from IE.

...although the powers that be at PJ have not reached the same conclusion about this bundle of crap code.
Puzzling.
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Here is another tin foil ready theory to explain PJM's technical flaws.

Back at the creation much of the code was written by a certain Lizard King who was secretly already drawn to the Dark. Soon after he departed, leaving behind many trap doors, back doors, time bombs, and evil imp Easter eggs.

Ready for novelization wretchard? It comes complete with echoes of Tolkien. It certainly sounds better than the probable truth, that greed results in the hasty installation of advertising and other code that is poorly implemented.

Yesterday Professor Reynolds was bemoaning that he found himself posting under his wife's name after she had used the computer, and it was a pain to correct.
22 weeks ago
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Opening a 'next' page in Belmont comments is like opening one of those eggs in Act I of "Alien" --only diff is, an exhausting hour later, when the creature pops out of your chest, it chortles "just kidding!"
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Buddy: An explanation, of sorts -

When Pajamas installed this "wonderful" new blog-posting platform, I was assigned a temporary name and id.
Not wanting to go through any further ordeals, and given that you were not posting here at the time, I stuck with my temporary name given to me by the PJ platform, namely "uddy arsen" (!)
I thought it was hilarious at the time, but if it grates excessively, I'll consider subjecting myself to the dangers and travails of messing with my registration.

Doug
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nah --i was just surprised, initially. Go ahead, be uddy. You're not Hawaii Doug, is you?
22 weeks ago
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That would be me.

You no doubt suspected as much when I tried to pull off another one of my "sarcs" w/o proper tags with Mr R Daneel, with the usual disappointing results.

I got a good laugh out of
"--btw, i'd like to make fun of your name, but somehow i just can't."
though. :-)
22 weeks ago
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Instead of 'Doug From Hawaii' mind if i go with 'Oug Rom Awaii'? Maybe streamline as 'Ugrom Awaii'?

--or 'Ug Romawaii'? Ugroma Waii? Ugrumaw Aaiii?
22 weeks ago
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I think I'll go with "oug rom awaii'" for a couple of months, then switch to capital letters.

Might help more to get it, go along with it, and eventually learn to love it.

Like Me.
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I notice Insufficiently Sensitive has become "Insuffic Sensitive" under the New Regime, along with several others, yet you managed to retrieve your real name.
Good work, sir.
22 weeks ago
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Well, the previous format had already decided against my real name --i came up with Luddy Barsen in the nic of time --when you're the incredible shrinking man and the invisible man at the same time, it's really hard to post --you have to jump up and down harder and harder on each key, and stay away from long or hard to spell words, racing the countdown to nillo.
22 weeks ago
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I've been through the process of politicians, specifically Obama, "leading from behind". I called it Plagiarism Masquerading as 'Leading From Behind'.

http://machiasprivateer.blogspot.com/2011/10/plagiarism-masquerading-as-leading-from.html

Remember how the BP oil spill was going to be controlled during hurricane season by a Rube Goldberg collection system while we all awaited the government's final solution, the relief wells?

Then suddenly, Tropical Storm Bonnie came along and the oil was GONE!

The debate was whether to pee in one's pants about whether or not the well had the mechanical integrity to withstand being shut in. So as a good little boy, I pointed out that the emperor had no clothes in that there was a "third way", to actively kill the damn well.

Now I produced what engineers call a "management of change " document. It addresses the concerns of the Nanny State. It answers the kind of questions reporters ought to be asking.

What are we going to do?
Why do it?
What are the risks?
What are the benefits?
What are the risks of NOT doing it?
Can you spell out in detail, how you are going to do it?
How will you know it is working?
Will those preliminary indications happen quickly, in REAL TIME?

By doing this, we offered to the Media the revolutionary idea that it was indeed possible to kill the well from the top without waiting for the relief wells and that it would be the safest way to go. The sooner you start, the better. And you would never have to re-open the vents on the capping stack and let oil flow into Gulf of Mexico again.

The first comment I got was by Dmitry

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6753#comment-682569

"I think at 1 psi differential, we could be waiting for the mud to reach the formation for a very long time.

Practical pressures they will use are considerably higher.

We already have interesting and increasing leaks (luckily, mostly in parts we can change out) at 6.8 ksi. At higher pressures they can easily get worse.

As the pressures go up at the wellhead, the risk if catastrophic casing failure increase.

If serious casing failure occurs, the BOP/capping stack can't provide required backpressure to the RW, making them continuously dynamic. This makes the final stages of completing the RW and cementing very difficult."

Good old Dmitry the Naysayer. He who already had ignored the problems with completing the relief well without the ability to shut in the wild well, thereby creating a huge siphon from the relief well drilling rig, down to the intersection, up to the sea floor and out into the ocean. So, if you could not shut in the wild well you would suck all the mud out of the relief well and end up with TWO BLOWN OUT WELLS.

Can you say "unintended consequences"?

In the event, the rationale for the static kill won out. It was performed and went exactly as predicted.

Talk is cheap. Results matter.
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Offering conservative alternatives to what the Democrats want is “essential” to identifying the party, Lankford told Secrets.

If it's taken five years to figure out that piece of common sense, the Republicans may only be said to be waking up like Rip Van Winkle. Where the hell have they been? What opportunities wasted?
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Health Care Compacts may be great for the Red States to do an end run around Obamacare and other dreadful Federal regulation, but they do not fundamentally affect our Health Care Dilemma - namely Health Care costs are rising on average 9% a year and will bankrupt us in the not too distant future unless massive changes are made.

However - off topic - there is a very serious, very ominous consequence, coming this July 1st, of this Obama Administration's ridiculous regulatory meddling that could greatly overwhelm even the disaster of Obamacare - and that is the 2010 FACTA act which demands: ( from Wiki)

A. It requires foreign financial institutions, such as banks, to enter into an agreement with the IRS to identify their U.S. account holders and to disclose the account holders' names, TINs, addresses, and the accounts' balances, receipts, and withdrawals.[14] U.S. payors making payments to non-compliant foreign financial institutions are required to withhold 30% of the gross payments.[15][16][17] Foreign financial institutions which are themselves the beneficial owners of such payments are not permitted a credit or refund on withheld taxes absent a treaty override.[18]

B. U.S. persons owning these foreign accounts or other specified financial assets must report them on a new Form 8938 which is filed with the person's U.S. tax returns if the accounts are generally worth more than US$50,000;[19] a higher reporting threshold applies to overseas residents and others.[20][21] Account holders would be subject to a 40% penalty on understatements of income in an undisclosed foreign financial asset.[16][22] Understatements of greater than 25% of gross income are subject to an extended statute of limitations period of 6 years.[23]

C. It also requires taxpayers to report financial assets that are not held in a custodial account, i.e. physical stock or bond certificates.[24]

D. It closes a tax loophole that foreign investors had used to avoid paying taxes on U.S. dividends by converting them into "dividend equivalents" through the use of swap contracts.[25][26]

These reporting requirements are in addition to the requirement for reporting of foreign financial accounts to the U.S



The obvious net effect of this act is that it will make the holding of US Dollars by foreign interests and foreign banks much more difficult and will likely cause a capital flight from the US dollar and could greatly endanger the American Dollar 's role as the World's Reserve Currency.

This law could cause the much anticipated currency collapse for the US Dollar.
With the role as the World's Reserve Currency severely limited, the FED's ability to money print our QE dollars goes down the drain.

Interest rates would likely go through the roof and we would be financing roughly $20 trillion in total debt obligations (including off book) at interest rates many times that we now pay with QE, likely adding over a trillion dollars to the Federal Deficit in a very short period of time.

Our ability to issue new debt would be severely limited and our ability to run huge deficits would a thing of the past. Since we now only bring in about $2.8 trillion in Federal Revenue, the US would be hard pressed to just fund Defense, Social Security and Medicare and little else.

In the worst case scenarios, the banks will close and credit cards will not be usable. Many of these scenarios have long been discussed here at BC and the disaster will be devastating.

This is one scary bill, which takes effect July 1st. It must be changed or our world will change in unimaginable ways. We need to get those dumb asses Boehner and Mc Connell off their corrupt crony butts and do something this time.
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22 weeks ago
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Jeezis Kee-Riest ! Where is the outcry ?
22 weeks ago
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Over what?

"61% of blacks, 100% of Hispanics, 84% of women, 71% of independents say they regret voting for Obama"...

How else is the IRS gonna get these voters back in line?

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And what's a little Capital Flight here and there, anyway?
22 weeks ago
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--ah, las coconut litotes otra vez!
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"...namely Health Care costs are rising on average 9% a year and will bankrupt us in the not too distant future unless massive changes are made..."

I'd be L3 would understand if we said we need to "value engineer" the delivery of medical services. Want to slice a huge part of the bill off while providing BETTER healthcare? Do what my local hospital is doing and put time, effort and money into infection control.

Hospital infections are very tough and costly to fight and they are terrible for patients. They are comparatively cheap to prevent. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Simple common sense.

Of course, stifling the Nanny state, helicopter parent impulse and letting the kids go outside and play in the DIRT is an excellent way to strengthen the immune system. Exposure to mild environmental insults, like using killed virus vaccines, is the counterintuitive way to make kids healthier.
22 weeks ago
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Re 'value engineering' --where can the concept fit when the tort bar and the insurance industry are almost 100% heavy-support Democrat? When the two things that were responsible for the steep healthcare cost escalation over the previous decade, that is, malpractice insurance (extortion/protection racket) and cartel (monopoly) pricing, both came straight out of Democratic crony capitalism?

Almost like a long-term strategy or something. If a good strategy is one where you do well by doing good --then all a good enabling theory had to do is invoke Utopia, and --presto --there is no personal vice but only creative destruction -- of course, a public virtue --and the answer to Lenin's question 'what must be done?'

You wouldn't be stuffing swag in a bag, you'd be leading the People's Revolution!

Revolution against what? Against the Revolution!
22 weeks ago
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Machias,
That is a good start.

However, the sustained and deep government interference into healthcare has almost completely disrupted the free market price mechanism, and that is why costs are going up so. There is very little incentive for most people to shop for a better price for medical care. There is a natural incentive to shop for the best care, but not price. And even if one were try to do shop for price, fees for service at most hospitals are now such a tangled mess to unravel that the effort is almost not worth it for the ordinary individual. There is little or no transparency in most hospital's pricing.

Healthcare cost started to climb almost the minute Medicare passed back in '65. At the intersection of the free market and government intervention, there are just too many opportunities for scheming the system. Studies have shown that the increased competition between hospitals has actually increased price for service since the true cost is absorbed all too often by other entities other than the patient, the competition is for quality of care not price.
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This brings to mind a road not taken question. When I was just starting out a family friend, who was a high level IT manager at AT&T's treasury department (you can bet your bottom dollar his programs worked!) suggested that I get into hospital management. Having already worked at Grumman during the Apollo program, that seemed very tame.

So I went into a heavily male dominated field and did interesting things. But as I have aged and occasionally been hospitalized, I have come to appreciate the company of nurses. And noticed that hospitals are heavily dominated by females. I like girls. So maybe I should have followed his advice and brought the swashbuckling attitude necessary to tame the billing computer to a hospital setting. Then I would have had a female fan club!

If only I had known then what I know now.
22 weeks ago
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Here is a video focused on Jerry Seinfeld's criticism of helicopter parents.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3234184549001/is-seinfeld-right-about-the-evolution-of-parenting/#sp=show-clips

The backlash by kids and their parents is growing! They reject self-esteem in favor of self-confidence. I see it in the kids and their parents in my sailing class.

The moms see the growing self-reliance of their offspring and LOVE it. Rugged individualism in its formative stage. And it includes both boys and girls, each in their own fashion. (Viva la difference). With abortion having killed off the offspring of radical feminists, we are winning the future.
22 weeks ago
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Our son has yet to see the inside of a classroom, save a couple of months of preschool, and a security class in DC.
Now 30, he's been employed continuously since he was 15-1/2.

Typical of homeschoolers, he's extremely sociable and outgoing.
Roll-plays as an ancient Hawaiian from time to time by racing from island to island in an outrigger canoe.
22 weeks ago
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Put on those rose-colored glasses and read this, Unsk!

Subtle clue about bias:

"Critics of Obamacare, of course, dispute that the law is having any effect on costs because, well, there is basically nothing they like about Obamacare."

As for me and my Doc, he decided to reduce his practice from 1,800 to 400. He joined a program called MD-VIP, and patients pay a fee of $1,600/yr. Has worked out well for him so far wrt me, as I have paid him $800 and have yet to pay him a visit.

I've saved too, by going "naked" following my wife's passing and the termination of our group policy as I await my enrollment in the wonders of Medicare.


How Obamacare May Be Holding Down Costs

http://kff.org/health-reform/perspective/how-obamacare-may-be-holding-down-costs/

The historic slowdown in health-care costs is continuing. Earlier this month, the government’s actuaries found that total national health spending continues to grow at the lowest rate we’ve ever seen. And our annual employer health benefits survey released in August found premiums up just 4 percent on average for family policies this year, while overall health spending is growing at the slowest rate in 50 years (dating back to when the government first started tabulating health expenditures).

Experts debate how much of the slowdown is due to the weak economy, which causes people to use less health care, and how much is due to changes in health insurance and the health-care system, such as higher cost-sharing or new efforts to limit avoidable tests or hospital days. But the consensus – including the actuaries – is that both factors are playing some role.

What is far less clear is how much Obamacare may also be contributing to the slowdown in costs...
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Uddy,

I don't know about you, but my health care premiums have doubled since the enactment of Obamacare, with lesser coverage and a higher deductible. The "survey released in August found premiums up just 4 percent on average for family policies this year" is a bunch of bullcrap.

Ditto likely for lower health care costs attributable to Obamacare. Doctors are leaving private practice in droves and seeking more costly ( for the patient) employment in Hospitals. This "study", like our official unemployment reports ,was likely manipulated to make Buraq and his screwups look good.
22 weeks ago
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"Doctors are leaving private practice in droves..."

Yes, but...
As I stated, my doc did not LEAVE private practice, he just went from 1,800 to 400 patients!

No doubt I'll run into him in the hallways if I have to make a visit to the Hospital.
22 weeks ago
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The Republicans need to learn from the past. We are currently seeing an out of control EPA trying to remake the economy based on "climate change", which John Kerry now asserts is the worst WMD.

Baloney!

But the basis for this mess was an ineffective defense of liberty and truth by the Bush 43 administration in EPA v. Massachusetts. The plaintiff in that case was Massachusetts' attorney general Martha Coakley. Yes folks, the same ditz who lost the "Kennedy Senate seat" to Scott Brown!! Bush folded up in the face of the hype generated by Al Gore's movie.

Shouldn't Bush have know the (lack of) character he faced from the Gore camp after the 2000 election debacle?

This carbon dioxide as a pollutant nonsense should have been killed in the cradle in 2007. The grownups needed then and need to now assert themselves. Letting the "feelings" of Democrats and independents drive decision making is foolhardy.

Want a taste of what happens when you turn off the logic and go with your feelings? Listen again (briefly) to Morris Albert. (Warning - This music video is dangerous to your sanity!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRaI7ZOmTr4

Leadership is the willingness to stand alone until the cascade begins.

22 weeks ago
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Kinuachdrach, the inversion of the Red/Blue designators is in keeping with their seizure of the honorable term Liberal that denoted those who stood for smaller government, free capital markets, and greater freedom of conscious. Orwellian language games is part of who they are.

Regarding the perennial down-thread discussion of PJM interface issues, we could have some tin foil hat fun. Has the back end of PJM been contracted out to a Canadian firm with subcontractors in Byelorus?
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