I’ve noticed that many of my Facebook posts and comments, in retrospect, seem
to hint that I believe violence might be an effective solution to the stupidity
infestation in our government. This
coming from a self-professed liberal is shocking to some of my left-wing
brethren – many of whom are the quintessential tree-hugging, peace & love,
Subaru-driving stereotypes in the eyes of all right wingers. That’s great. I
love ‘em for that; and that’s why they’re my friends. But not all liberals fit
saying it’s now, but I believe there is a time and a place for violence.
Confederacy of American Rednecks was screaming to take up arms and “Take our
country back” from the dark-skinned man who had occupied the White House, my
response was, simply, that the “American Way” to address grievances was to wait
another four years and settle it at the polls.
Well. Instead of shooting all us libs with those many guns they so
cherish and ache for a reason to use, that’s what they did. So, far as I can
tell, we’re no longer under that persistent threat of hordes of pickup trucks
pulling up at the anti-pipeline rallies and machine-gunning us all into mass
graves – but we’re all in danger, just the same. And, so are most of them. They
just don’t realize it yet.
course, I’m talking about the healthcare situation. Liberals, as you know, are the only sinners
in America. And sinners are the only
people who get sick and die. It’s God’s will. That’s how He weeds out the bad
seeds from civilization. Republican lawmakers (people who make the laws) have
stated that if people lived healthy (physically and spiritually) lives, they
wouldn’t get sick. If you don’t get sick, what do you need with health
insurance? These esteemed lawmakers
believe that people more likely to catch one of God’s little plagues should
have to pay more for health insurance than, say, that nice preacherman who
lives up on that hill. Preacherman votes for esteemed lawmaker, and suggests
that his congregation do the same – lest they want to end up in a fiery pit and
watch their white flesh melt. What are they gonna do?
Congressman from the great state of Idaho recently said, in response to a
question from somebody at a town hall meeting “Nobody dies because they don’t
have access to healthcare.” I suggested
that if someone was to pop a cap into his femoral artery and then keep
paramedics and doctors from responding, he might be inclined to alter his
position. But he wouldn’t die from not having access to healthcare – he’d die
because his body had emptied itself of blood; and it’s necessary to have blood
in one’s body to sustain life. See how that works? But I’m not suggesting that somebody shoot
the stupid son-of-a-bitch, I’m just proposing a scenario in which, in those
last few minutes before he goes to meet with Jesus, he might change his mind.
But, then, there’d just be another one just like him come along to take his
place. You see, our elected officials
aren’t the problem. They’re merely a symptom. They are nothing more than the
personification of the collective idiocy that elected them. And as long as
these people are more interested in sticking it to the liberals than they are
life itself, this is what we’re going to get.
seen the numbers, so I’m only speculating, but there’s probably more of “them”
who depend(ed) on ObamaCare than there were of “us.” Will God take care of them once they don’t
have insurance, and therefore can’t obtain medical attention, when needed? Will they simply not need it, by virtue of
not being “liberals”? I think I know the
answer to that.
for a moment, that the country (government) had been taken over by Christian
Scientists. Nice folks, I guess, as long as they aren’t in a position to make
your healthcare decisions for you. But, if you’re not a Christian Scientist,
and you’re having to live by their rules, what do you do?
wife, like mine, needs a kidney transplant. The government tells you they’ll
pray for her. That’s sweet. But not all that comforting. She had insurance that
would pay for it, but now they’re talking seriously about doing away with that.
You’re told you can now go anywhere you want to get insurance. But the
insurance companies can deny coverage – on the grounds that she already has the
kidney disease (pre-existing condition). So now, you’re without insurance. And,
oddly enough, the prayers haven’t improved her condition; and, oddly enough,
doctors and hospitals won’t give her the transplant if somebody doesn’t pay
them a shitload of money; and you don’t have, say, a million dollars in the
bank to pay for it. Your fault, for not living a more frugal life. Suppose that.
those anti-Obama rednecks, yes, I can see that I’m starting to recognize the
virtues of violence, in theory. But, practically-speaking, it’s still not a
viable answer to this particular problem. They’re better at it, and more
prepared than us. The only thing to do now is wait, and let them diminish by attrition;
then go back to the polls and try again to get a government seated that has
more interest in keeping its citizenry alive than they do making money for
not going to shut up about the nimrods in office and the clueless who support
them. For whatever that’s worth.
Talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, just took the healthcare debate
to another level with his tearful on-air plea; and the story of the recent birth
and heart issues of his son. There’s going to be a lot of people talking about
it. Lots more arguments. But nothing will change. The reason nothing will
change is because the argument isn’t about health care at all. The argument is
about money. And the left and the right
will never agree about how money should be spent. I don’t agree with either of
While “Obamacare” seemed to be a step in the right direction –
toward making healthcare accessible to those who didn’t have it before – it also
wasn’t really about providing healthcare, it was about providing insurance. “Health
Insurance” is a misnomer. Nothing about
it insures that people are healthy, any more than homeowners insurance
guarantees that your house won’t burn down; or auto insurance guarantees you
won’t run into a telephone pole. It’s not meant to. What it’s intended to do is
guarantee payment to medical providers when the “insured” seeks the services to
keep him/her healthy. Obamacare was an effort to reduce the cost of health
insurance by volume. Once everybody was insured, medical providers wouldn’t
have to break it off in those who could
pay to compensate for all those who couldn’t. They could drop their prices to
keep that high-volume business coming in. Once everybody had to be insured, the
insurers would also have much greater volume and they could drop their prices
as well. See? It’s all about business, not health. It would work in much the
same way as WalMart keeps down the cost of, say, a television. Volume. Problem was, it was going to make both the
providers and the insurers – as well as the “insureds,” take it on the chin
until the program came to fruition, and nobody wanted to, or thought they could
afford to make that sacrifice.
Insurance companies make a lot of money. Doctors make a lot of
money. They both like that, and they don’t want to make less money. We all
understand that. Right? So, even though they might be able, in the long run, to
make, say 2x the money they’re making now, under the plan they’d be doing, say,
4x the amount of work. So they’d still be making less (much less) per unit of
work than they’re making now. Assume you’re
an artist. You sell your original paintings for $2 per square inch, meaning you
get $1728 for a 2’x3’ painting. That’s real good money. Now, you work out a deal to have your
paintings mass-produced and sell the same size prints for $39.95 through Hobby
Lobby, and you lose the rights to sell the original image. You’ll only net, say
$10 per unit, but you’re getting orders for a thousand at a time. Ten grand for
a painting that you would have sold yourself for less than 1/5 of that. Foolish
pride aside, would you do that? Sure you
would. But, the difference is, you wouldn’t have to hand paint that image 1000
times. You’re not doing any more work than you did before. There’s the difference. Nobody, including
insurers and healthcare providers wants to make less money per unit of work.
Thus, the resistance to ObamaCare.
Here’s where I get all communistic on the subject. Don’t hate.
In 2015, the U.S. military budget was 598.5 billion dollars
($598,500,000,000). That was 54% of the total $1.11 trillion budget. Of the
money spent on the military, roughly 22.5% was to pay the salaries of military
personnel. For the sake of my argument, let’s call that $135 billion. That’s all fine and good. We like our
military. We want them to get paid, and most of us would probably agree that
they deserve more money for what they do for us. But, not everybody enlists in
the military because they just want to kill people and break things. Many enlist because it’s a job, and it
teaches them skills for use after they are out of the military – so they can
make a living and afford things like health care for their families.
For perspective, keep in mind that medicine was once a calling
to help people, and it had nothing at all to do with money.
WHAT IF? What if we, as
a civilization, were able to make it so again? What if the government took a
chunk of that $135 billion military payroll budget and started another branch –
the Medical Corps – and trained doctors like they do soldiers? Qualified
applicants would enlist for ten years; receive their education in 6; and, if
they were able to complete their training, would come out of that training as doctors
(nurses, technicians, etc.) Instead of paying (with money) for their education,
and therefore having to pass that enormous cost on to their future patients,
they’d be getting paid to do their training. The remaining four years of their
enlistment would require them to work in government-run hospitals and clinics,
treating anybody who needed their services for free. After that, they could re-enlist and remain
on the government payroll, working as doctors (nurses, technicians) for what
active-duty soldiers get paid, or go off and be medical providers on their own,
making whatever that market dictates.
No insurance necessary. If you are a human, there are plenty
of places you can receive needed medical attention, at no charge. None. Zero.
If you’re a rich person and you think you won’t be able to get
the quality of care you deserve at the free clinics and hospitals, you can
always go somewhere else for treatment and pay for it just like you do
now. But, given the competition, those
rates should come down.
I think it’s a win/win.
(c) Rick Baber, 2017