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Roger L. Simon

ObamaCare Best Advertisement for Libertarianism Ever

October 13th, 2013 - 9:22 pm
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As bad as the ObamaCare Website has been, its actual implementation will be worse.

 

Forget Hayek, forget Rand, forget even the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the best advertisement for libertarianism ever is ObamaCare.

No organization, legislation or plan in memory makes a stronger argument for the inferiority of government to the private sector than the black comically named Affordable Care Act.

The president himself seemed to realize this when he reached for a private sector comparison to explain ObamaCare’s fumblings and delays by reminding us that even Apple has glitches when it rolls out a new product.

So it does. But nothing remotely on the level of the ObamaCare website fiasco that still isn’t anywhere near fixed. According to the Miami Herald, “Nearly two weeks after the federal government launched the online Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov, individuals who have successfully used the choked-up Website to enroll for a subsidized health insurance plan have reached a status akin to urban legend.”

Government sources report as few as 51,000 completed applications for ObamaCare in the first week. At least seven million must sign up for the program to stay afloat financially.

This, after months of preparation, for a website that cost approximately 100 million dollars. Apple CEO Tim Cook would be out on his derriere faster than you could say Kathleen Sebelius for anything resembling such ineptitude. (Apple, for the record, sold nine million of its new iPhone 5S in the first three days.)

And the ObamaCare website is the least of it. The actual implementation will be worse as premiums and coverage ricochet all over the lot and look to continue doing so.

Only government could be this bad. Well not only government, but almost always government.

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It's not enough to ridicule, the Republicans also need to learn to Speak Soundbite.
Long, technical, logical responses boggle the mind and don't convince people.
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Ex. "you don't negotiate with the car salesman after you've bought the car, you negotiate Before." in response to dems saying they'll negotiate after you get the Govt. running.
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Never eat in a restaurant where the chef won't eat his own cooking.

Never believe a politician when he tells you a law is good and then hands himself an exemption.

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Ever wonder what America would be like if a sociopath became President? Well now you know.
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Isn't calling Obamacare a "Black comedy" racist?
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Calling Obama anything but Your Majesty is racist.
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"Yes, it’s grim, but we can look upon ObamaCare as a gift. If it is as bad as we think it is, it should be relatively easy to expose."

Ah, yes, my dear Mr. Simon, would it be that it were.

But Obamacare is the Impossible Dream, that which is constantly stiven for but never attained.

Obamacare will never work but they will say it will, with just a little more effort, a tweak here, a refinement there, a few dollars more. Like Wimpy, all will be made right on Next Tuesday.

Refinements will be made, costs will go up, and the striving for Perfection will go on.

The Space Shuttle Program would never have worked. But it kept right on going after that fact was obvious. In the end, each Shuttle launch cost a mere 114 times as much as had been promised when the program was justified. In the meantime it killed the US space launch industry and eliminated the manned space exploration that supposedly was its reason for existence. But it never ever failed. It was just aways in an eternal Return To Flight phase where it consumed vast sums of money, employed thousands of people, and eventually was retired in triumph, as people spoke reverently of its great achivements and shed a tear in memory of those thrilling days of yesteryear.

So it will be with Obamacare. Even when it finally is done away with, it will never have failed.
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Obamacare - the Yugo of healthcare
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Raw garlic is an excellent natural antibiotic.
The side effects are blood pressure and blood sugar and maybe cholesterol are well regulated by raw garlic.

Seriously, most of Europe is NOT socialized like the UK, or the American Veteran's Administration.

We could learn a LOT from France, Germany, Finland health care.

The GOP needs to learn some new talking points because the ones in this thread have not worked.

McCain (or Holz-Eakin) had the best ideas in 2008:
1) de-link medical insurance from employment (the BIG difference).
2) that 'compensation' money goes to a tax-free account,
3) cross state lines for insurers.

I have one portable policy: Long-term Care.
In early 2012, Sec Sibelius deemed the LTC solution buried in ACA, something called the CLASS Act, was unworkable.

A few months later, my premium went up 45%, excluding the separate inflation adjustor increase.

I see how these ignorant (deleted) are deliberately or not driving to single-payer because everyone will be poor enough for Medicaid, where it is longterm care that is bankrupting Medicaid.

Libertarian on health care? Eat your garlic raw. It works.
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Alinsky's * RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

Use it.
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I can't remember what CongressCritter said that it was "settled law" but I couldn't help but think about prohibition. Not only was that "settled law" but an amendment to boot! There is no such thing as "settled law." And I like it that way. For many reasons. Including the fact that Islamists hate man-made laws.
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so, 0-care is the law of the land and must be funded?

so was the installation of a double border fence, and funded, until dem's took control of the house and d- funded it. so now, years later we are overrun w/ 3rd world, uneducated illegals wanting (and getting) free stuff because we don't have a fence.

how soon we forget.

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In my book, no plan in memory makes a stronger argument for the inferiority of government than the debacle of Stalin's collectivization of agriculture.

Stalin "collectivized," or nationalized, agriculture in the U.S.S.R in the 30's. He took over every aspect of Soviet farming, and he wrecked the Soviet food supply for generations. But that didn't bother him -- he and his minions had special stores, special foods, special prices. They were immune.

Similarly, Obama has collectivized, nationalized, and taken over the American medical industry. He will completely wreck our medical system, but Obama and his minions aren't subject to it. They're members of the Nomenklatura, the named elite.
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Where is the "libertarian answer" to healthcare in practice anywhere in the world? Every other OECD country has figured out how to do health care, why can't the US learn from them? Instead we get this bizarre free market price-the-hospital-when-you-are-having-a-heart-attack-eliminate-malpractice-sell-across-state-lines-healthcare-savings-accounts baloney. Our health outcomes are awful, people go bankrupt every day because our insurance system doesn't work, and people suffer. Where is the libertarian solution? No where, there isn't one. Time to consider health care as a human right and start learning from the rest of the world.
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No country of 300 million-plus has ever attempted socialized health care, so comparing us to Europe or Canada is not even a valid argument. And if health outcomes here are so terrible why do people from countries with socialized medicine travel to the U.S. for treatment? Medicare and Medicaid have distorted the health care market for almost 50 years and their malign influence makes the best case for getting the federal government out of the health care business. Free markets and tort reform would go a long way to improving quality and lowering prices. As for healthcare being a "right", that bogus assumption is implicit in Obamacare and lead to the individual mandate, which lead to the forced purchase of a product, which has taken away peoples' innate right to make personal decisions about their health and their money.
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As I suspected, no one can name one single place in the world where the "free market" approach to healthcare is a success. Tort reform would no doubt reduce costs (somewhere in the range of 4-5%) but would do nothing to improve access to healthcare or improve outcomes. Nor would selling across state lines or health care savings accounts. People in our country are going bankrupt, suffering with untreated conditions, and dying every day because they lack access to basic health care that is available in every civilized country. We pay twice as much as any other OECD country and have far worse outcomes. And the solutions are "free markets"? That simply shows a lack of knowledge of other health care delivery systems. It can be done. The Netherlands, Switzerland, and even Singapore offer interesting alternatives that should at least be considered.
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Three tiny countries with strong work ethics...yes, what could we learn from them?
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You successfully signed up on an exchange, Bill, or are you too busy spouting knee jerk talking points ?

You're not ware there is not much of a relationship between improved "healthcare" and (theoretically anyway) insuring a whole bunch more people ? Or the huge downside of massive government systems in charge of "healthcare" in Great Britain and Canada ? Or the difference between a country of 310 million people and, for example, Denmark ?

The federal government attempting anyway to take over 1/5 or so of the economy has never been about health.

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My "socialist" (non-US) insurance costs me USD310 per month for a family of four, I'm self-employed, I deduct it from my taxes. 100% of our medical expenses are covered, no copays, no pre-ex, no lifetime caps. Dental, mental health, and physical therapy are included. Our last child cost $2, the price of a phone call to inform the proud grandparents. Our premium is a little higher because we make more money, but everyone has access to the same level of care. We don't call it "healthcare" we call it healthcare. Is the US unique? Perhaps, but not that unique, it is still people who need healthcare.
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That's exactly right. Tue insurance company spin is that coverage leads to better care. Oh, that's right, better care for the newly insured, worse care for the rest of us, we'd have to share.
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