Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ding Dong the Obamacare Witch is Dead

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel has been making the physician rounds on cable stations to sell the fiasco he helped to create called Affordable Healthcare Act.  For those of you who don’t know, Dr. Emanuel is the brother of Rahm Emanuel current Mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff to Obama.  So it is no surprise that the person who was instrumental in creating Obamacare was none other than Rahm’s brother, Ezekiel.

And Ezekiel isn't very tolerant of sick people, the death panels were named after his idea that after a certain age it is a waste of money to pay for life saving operations.  While he is a doctor, he is a bioethicist, which would explain his lack of bedside manner.  

According to Betsy McCaughey’s August 2009 article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Obama's Health Rationer-in-Chief:

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to President Barack Obama, is under scrutiny. As a bioethicist, he has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving. Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs. Many physicians find that view dangerous, and most Americans are likely to agree.

Obamacare was a disaster from the get go.  The country was ready for universal healthcare provided by the government we pay taxes into.  It doesn’t make sense that our country would provide healthcare for the very young and the very old and throw the rest of its citizens to the mercy of a for-profit Wall Street based insurance system.

Since the repeal of Glass-Steagall, the insurance companies have made life and death decisions based on profit margins and something called “shareholder” value.  They continued to raise premiums to ensure continued profits for those at the top, while dropping coverage as soon an insured became ill or denied coverage for expensive life-saving treatments based on dubious “pre-existing conditions”.

This ridiculous “affordable healthcare” law was an abomination from the maternity coverage for all to the “give a buddy a government contract”.  Requiring all citizens to buy overpriced, profit driven insurance was never feasible, especially with the ungodly high unemployment rate along with the huge drop in wages. 

A for profit healthcare system is not feasible, “for profit” and “healthcare” are incongruent that is why no industrialized nation has a “for profit” system. 

If that wasn’t bad enough, turn the contract for the IT services over to a Canadian company with a really bad record, but has ties with Obama and his Chicago thugs in the White House.

Obamacare is based on lies stacked upon lies, starting with Obama’s campaign promise of Medicare for all.  His campaign promise was a lie and he knew it.  If one had listened to Obama, they would know he like his predecessor George W. Bush wanted to be transformational like Reagan.  Transformational meaning screw the American people, everything is for profit. 

Reagan’s transformation began with Alan Greenspan calling for repeal of Glass-Steagall as early as 1987.  While a lot of people concentrate on the effects of the repeal on investment banks and commercial banks, credit default swaps and derivatives trading, the repeal opened the gates of hell for insurance based national health care system traded on Wall Street.

If you are old enough to remember the Reagan years, they transformed America into a debtor country with healthcare only for the rich, high priced insurance for the rest.

Now Obamacare is going up in flames like the Hindenburg.  When the House of Representatives passed Obamacare, it included a public option.  The Senate had a sound Democratic majority and could have passed the house bill with a simple majority.  However, the Democrat’s Leader, Hapless Harry Reid said it couldn’t pass the Senate unless it had 60 votes. 

The Senate Democratic establishment of Lieberman, Dodd, Schumer, Reid, Biden et al,  took out the public option and voila, the Obama/Lieberman Democrats passed the bill with just a simple majority, no 60 votes needed. 

The bill was crafted by insurance companies without input from physicians, nurses, unions or patients.  With a sleight of hand, these pseudo Democrats assured the insurance industry their profit stream would not dry up under a President Obama.

Most of those Democrats are no longer there, they were soundly rejected and the blue dog Democrats like Brent Stupak have been sent to the pound.  Real Democrats like Al Franken, Alan Grayson, Marcy Capter, Maria Cantwell and Elizabeth Warren will have to take the blame for the handiwork of Obama and his Wall Street Democrats.  Elizabeth Warren and John McCain have introduced a bill to reinstate Glass Steagall, lets hope it passes.

So now this Obama atrocity has destroyed the sick, hobbled healthcare system we had and made it worse.  That is the story of everything Obama has had his finger prints on.  When George W. Bush was president, Newt Gingrich said the Democrats bumper stickers should say “Had Enough?”  So true today.

Look at the “high speed rail system” we were promised.  Obama decided that only states that wanted to participate would get money for high speed rail.  Imagine if Eisenhower’s interstate highway system was like that.  That is the mess you have with Obama’s high speed rail scam.

So this is what you get when the American people are not allowed to pick their candidates.  When the two parties control the primaries and whose votes they will count, you get a president that answers to his campaign donors.  It was true with Bush and true with Obama.  And all that bullsh*t about Obama’s campaign being financed by individual donors is just that, bullsh*t. 

Obama raised over $300 million in October 2008 while over 700,000 Americans were losing their jobs each month.  Those donations were in $200 or less prepaid untraceable credit cards.  That comes to $1 million for every man, woman and child in the United States.

But those banks that printed up those credit cards were handsomely rewarded and continue to be rewarded with the Federal Reserve printing $38 billion a month to bail them out.  Now we all pay the price for a president who has never accomplished anything in his life.  Totally unqualified for the office, he makes G.W. Bush look like Franklin Roosevelt.

Now after the insurance industry rejiggered their insurance plans in anticipation of the 2014 deadline to purchase their products, Obama has decided to throw a wrench in the gears and in an attempt to save himself and his democrats.  He throws out a meaningless, useless fix that can be overridden by State Insurance Commissioners intensifying the horrific mess he created.

There is no way to fix this mess, absolutely no way.  Well I guess we’ll have to stand back and watch this fiasco come to its natural conclusion, the worst law ever passed by the worst congress and worst President in history. I just hope not too many lives are lost in the interim.

By Patricia Baeten

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