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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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Thank you!! You have no idea how many liberal "friends" of mine on a certain social media website are TRULY convinced that "negotiation" means giving one party (their party of course) everything they want and THEN MAYBE talking about what the other side wants. I even gave them the dictionary definition of the word "negotiation" and they still insisted I was out of my mind and that I had obviously been misinformed by Fox News. Disheartening to say the least.
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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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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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Libertarians could reduce the cost of health care here in the USA to a level much closer to what the rest of the developed world pays for health care. US health care costs include a lot of "waste" along with "crony capitalism" where "one hand washes the other". First step to reduce the cost of health care is to make so that the individual is allowed to take care of his or her own health as far as is now technologically possible without involving medical professionals. Prior to 1938 you didn't need a prescription to buy most medical drugs, The druggist at your local drug store could assist you as needed. In this way many people could take of most of their health care needs without paying out good money to see a doctor and get his "permission" (which is really what our prescription laws do) to buy the needed medical drugs. Second is the creation of a multi-tier hospital system to replace our presently expensive "one size fits all". In other words, you only pay for what you actually use in medical services.
The deregulation of health care would also bring down costs. Tort reform is badly needed and we need to look at other countries to see how they do it better. This would eliminate the "cover my butt" practices now endemic in health care. We also need to look at the policies of the US drug industry, its practice of "paying off" foreign producers to preserve its ability here in the US to "charge whatever the traffic will bear". Fourth we need to think of better ways of paying for health care than using the private insurance industry with its "mark ups" similar to those of the credit card companies' "interest rates". Fifth, we need to introduce free trade and free markets into medical care through the elimination of laws that now make health care legally a monopoly. Sixth, we need to bring in various tiers of health care providers along with elimination of the power that the medical profession has today to control hospital admissions. Seventh, the repeal of "must treat" laws. Why is medicine different from all other services? Supermarkets don't provide "free food". Mechanics don't provide free repairs. The elimination of "must treat" also eliminates the need for Obamacare. We also need to eliminate state laws regarding the sale of insurance across state lines. We need to understand that health care services have to be paid for. It would seem that low interest loans from credit unions might serve to replace much of the health insurance system we have now.
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You want to see an example of how the drug companies manipulate prices? Google prices for Xarelto (a diabetes drug) in the U.S. versus India. Like a 10-fold difference. I guess it's just about "what the market will bear".
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But the government is a paragon of efficiency? Right, that's why their webpage works so well, right?
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