I signed up for Apple Care, our state’s health care exchange. Until now I’ve paid for my health care out of pocket and that has worked wonderfully well for me. I’d like to continue to do that and have a high deductible policy that covered me in case of disaster but that’s not available to us here.
So, let me tell you what shopping for health care was like.
I have five plans available to me. Five. That’s it, just five. Only two of those plans cover the clinic where my primary care giver practices. None of the plans cover my local hospital.
Community Health Plan of Washington rates two stars on Yelp. Ugh. They also don’t have my provider’s clinic in their network. Oh joy.
Molina Health Care of Washington has complaints filed with BBB that reflect the same lack of customer service and support I’m seeing in reviews on Yelp. They say they cover my provider but give the number of comments I see that say they said this or that but it wasn’t true am I expected to believe them? Yeah, not happening.
Amerigroup Washington Inc has BBB complaints and they aren’t pretty . . . and they don’t cover my provider clinic, and this site (health care review) has ugly reviews as well.
Coordinated Care of Washington has mixed (mostly bad) reviews, seven BBB complaints and doesn’t cover my provider.
United Health Care has horrible reviews though they say they have my provider clinic in their network.
By the time I’ve done all my research I am exhausted and depressed and my coverage hasn’t started yet.
So my question to you is . . . mandating everyone have health care isn’t a milestone of progress. It has resulted in a quagmire of incompetence and inefficiency. Next time you have to do anything with your health care coverage and run into a coverage or payment problem exacerbated by the Affordable Care Act and you reach the point where you realize it’s neither affordable nor does it provide care, please remember the government can do NOTHING better than the free market.
There was a time in human history when communities were rounded up, imprisoned, dissected, murdered, starved and harvested, and the surrounding population turned a blind eye. This complicity was national and the debasement of a whole sect of people was rationalized because they were considered sub-human. A nation bought into this abuse because it was in their own best interest with gains in market share, land, property, esteem, power and wealth.
While 1940’s Germany’s treatment of the Jews may come to mind, this has happened in America, China, North Korea, Japan, the Middle East and Russia. This depraved treatment of our fellow man has been justified on racial, religious and ethnic grounds.
Today we have the very same mental processes at work with abortion and the unborn. Those advocating for abortion and support of Planned Parenthood have chosen to believe that human babies aren’t worth consideration. They are considered sub-human and word-play is used to title them as such. We are being sold a bill of goods, that abortion is for the good of mankind.
As a population we are slowly starting to wake up. Abortion is an act of personal selfishness which demeans human life. To devalue one diminishes all. To profit from this debasement is the new depravity. Everything old is new again.
One of the things that really bothers me in political discourse is this type of thing. This excerpt is from a TAC article by Florence King.
Everybody knows who Joan Walsh is. To liberals she’s a saint, and they just might have a point: her TV guest spots have established her as Joan of Fallen Archness. Editor-at-Large of Salon, she regularly turns up on the People’s Republic of MSNBC, wearing her trademark simper and oozing coyness, and obsequiously recites, “Yes, Reverend Al” to the honkyphobic views of Al Sharpton.
Why are attacks on the person so universally accepted? Isn’t this type of thing usually reserved for the paparazzi? The person’s ideology should be at issue, not their personality. When an article starts out like this, I stop reading. This type of political “reporting” is catty, bitchy, low-brow and pointless. It’s sole purpose seems to be to attract other low-brow and petty people’s acknowledgement. Picture me wincing.
Today is Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday. There are few people for whom I have as much respect, nor any I laud more frequently. In celebration of his birthday, I’d like to extend this idea.
What if, in the process of writing new legislation, a short treatise was required that referenced all the prior related legislation, what it was intended to do, where it failed or wasn’t being enforced and how the new legislation was going to fix the problem the previous legislation was unable to.
If we forced our legislators to look at the big picture, maybe we could get some to grasp reality and stop pushing out new legislation like so many deformed babies. Over-regulation is killing our business, our country and our freedom.
Milton Friedman said “The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.” Wise words from a very wise man.
One of the biggest problems we have as a society is the failure of the citizenry to attach reality to theory. In theory, if you take away all the guns, there would be no gun violence, but that’s wrong on so many levels. Gun laws just cripple the law abiding. This is such an obvious point I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t get it.
You can outlaw guns, but you can’t prevent guns from getting into the hands of those who wish to do evil. Even if you could, you still couldn’t prevent those wishing to do evil from fulfilling their intended actions so what, exactly, is the point? Evil will find a way.
I watched a video this morning by Bill Whittle on how operating only on theory has lead to some fairly large catastrophes. He quoted William M. Briggs. He said “The love of theory is the root of all evil.” In relating it to politics and belief in anthropogenic global warming. “Big elaborate theories are catnip to certain kinds of people . . . who are not so successful out in the practical world.” Unfortunately, that perfectly describes many of our legislators, more specifically Krugman, Obama, Reid and Pelosi.
Take a couple minutes to watch the video. I think Whittle nails it.
So back to gun control. The ONE thing that would solve the gun control problem as demonstrated in Aurora Colorado this week would be to make it mandatory that EVERY adult citizen pass a gun safety course and carry a side arm when in public. How would Holmes have behaved if he knew he would have been facing an audience of armed adults? I bet he would have stayed home and a hundred people would not have faced life altering trauma.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the difference between theory (taking away guns will fix the problem) and reality (arming everyone will prevent the problem). Don’t believe me? Check out this.
Here’s my favorite Libertarian Presidential candidate saying the same thing. And here’s J. Neil Schuman and Joe Klein saying the same thing.
Gun laws don’t work because they take guns away from people who should have them and are completely unable to prevent guns from getting into the hands of those who shouldn’t have them. The best solution is for everyone to have the ability to protect themselves.
Since the Obamatax decision came down from the Supreme Court, it’s been fascinating to listen to/read different people’s take on what the decision means, both short term and long. Of all the bits I’ve heard and read, I have found the perceptions of Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center to be particularly interesting.
Barnett is a libertarian, the author of nine books and over 100 articles. He regularly publishes opinion pieces in periodicals like the Wall Street Journal. His Reason interview is going to be on my favorites list for a while. I’ve listened to it three times so far and will probably listen to it a couple more times before I move on. At almost 33 minutes, it’s a bit long, but it truly is fascinating listening. Barnett covers the Obamatax decision, how the Supreme Court effects our freedoms, interpretation of the Constitution and the move toward originalism.
At the end of the interview Damon Root mentions Barnett’s website and writings on the Volokh Conspiracy website. Barnett’s annotated Declaration of Independence on Volokh is both illuminating and educational.
This is part of our advanced citizenship, to understand what is happening, the impact it will have on us and how we can work toward restoring our Constitution and Bill or Rights.