Monday, December 28, 2009

Healthcare Reform is a Lump of Coal

Barbara Hartwell Percival
Legal Defense & Research Trust
PO Box 7487
Ocean Park, Maine 04063
Barbara Hartwell Vs. CIA

Note:  Here's a report by Ron Paul on "healthcare reform". True, I'm far more radical than Ron Paul, but he still makes some good points, worth taking the time to read and consider.

The usurper (unlawful...unconstitutional...ungodly...un-American...non-citizen, etc. etc.) "president", Barack Hussein Obama, continues his march to implementing full-blown communism in these United States, adding the finishing touches to the destruction of our once great Republic.

This year, we saw the (unconstitutional) "legislation" which resulted in the abomination of "Hate Crime" laws, making criminals of Christians and designating our Bible as "hate speech."

Meanwhile, pedophiles, child abusers/rapists and sodomites now have "special protection" for their diabolical activities (some of which are felony crimes), and are encouraged to pursue their perversions, while concerned parents are expected to stand by mutely and allow these atrocities against their children. If they move to defend their children and to stop these monsters, they could be arrested for a "hate crime". Is this unbelievable, or what?

Then, there's Obama's semi-covert attempt to keep the treasonous Patriot Acts on the books, all the while engaging in the usual double talk, promoting the pretense of his respect for Individual rights as protected by the Constitution.  Get real, Obama! 

Haven't had enough yet?  There's more: Now, we face the communist/fascist (take your pick) "healthcare reform" bill. Since when does government have the right to dictate to citizens how they will care for their health, and that of their families? Since NEVER!

If you can't see where this is all going, then it's too late, at least for you. But for those with eyes to see, ears to hear, the writing is on the wall.

Stand up for your country, stand up for your God-given (natural) unalienable, Constitutionally protected and guaranteed rights!

Don't allow this usurper and his minions to control any aspect of your life, including health care!

Health care freedom is your God-given right!

Don't allow these evildoers/control freaks, Obama, Big Pharma, the Medical Mafia et al to determine YOUR future.

 I can guarantee they won't determine mine.

SAY NO to the "healthcare reform" plot.

Barbara Hartwell Percival
December 28, 2009

Texas Straight Talk
By Ron Paul 

Healthcare Reform is a Lump of Coal

Last week on Christmas Eve, after many backroom deals were made, the Senate passed the healthcare reform bill with a strictly partisan vote. I was pleased that my colleagues in the GOP are on the right side of this bill. Although this vote was a major step in healthcare reform becoming reality, they still have to reconcile the Senate bill with the House-passed version in conference committee. This could prove even more difficult and costly than the Senate vote.

There was a little bit of controversy surrounding one particular Senator who was initially against the bill, but then, coincidentally, a large amount of Medicare funding specifically for his state was tucked inside and he ended up voting for it. One wonders how much more of that will have to go on to achieve final passage.

But this is how politicians in Washington deal with problems: they throw your money at them. Healthcare reform is no different. The Senate version of the bill, at last count, will cost $871 billion. The House version tops $1 trillion. But they tell us this is for the health of Americans, and how dare we count the cost?

Such is the arrogance of politicians. There seems to be no end to the problems they feel capable and duty-bound to solve through legislative proclamation and plenty of your money. To hear them talk, one might think that a few words spoken on Capitol Hill would make problems just disappear. All it takes it good intentions.

But no good can come from 2400 pages of Washington’s good intentions.

I have observed quite the opposite throughout my political career in the House of Representatives, and fear that with this immense legislation, our healthcare problems are only just beginning. Over the last few decades, I have seen healthcare subjected to more and more creeping red tape that only creates bottlenecks and increases costs as new bureaucratic hurdles are put in place.

Politicians cannot solve the problems created by ever-increasing intervention by exponentially increasing their intervention. Similarly, they cannot improve the quality of healthcare and expand access to it for all Americans simply by legislative decree. If only it were that simple! 

The reality is the free market, when allowed to function, naturally increases access and drives prices down through competition. The free market keeps service providers accountable by allowing people to take their business elsewhere.

This government intervention will eventually create a near monopoly of providers in health insurance as smaller companies are squeezed out and innovation comes to a grinding halt due to formidable barriers to entry. The government will determine prices and levels of service that will apply to everyone, regardless of want or individual circumstances. The true insurance model of healthcare cost management, meaning major medical coverage only, will basically become illegal. Opting out of the system will incur heavy tax penalties.

Expanding government reach so deeply into this very sensitive area of our personal lives and such a major part of our economy means more opportunities for waste, fraud and abuse of the system. One need only remember the recent bailouts for an example of how government handles systemic waste, fraud and abuse.

So while the Senate patted itself on the back last week for delivering a Christmas gift to Americans, time will prove it was instead a great big lump of coal.