Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
We Live in a Society of Idiots.
Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010
As most anyone on the planet is now aware, the Health Care bill passed on Sunday. In the wake of that historic event (be it good or bad--I personally think it is retarded! Yeah! I said 'retarded'. Whatchagonnadoaboutit, Palin!), many states have decided to sue the government to change the law.
I don't think the larger grouping of states has as much chance as does the case which Virginia initiated, which claims the law is unconstitutional as it forces citizens (under civil penalty) to buy a product from a private company. That is a constitutional no-no (even though we've been stuck doing the same thing with car insurance for years).
There are provisions in the constitution that give the government certain "powers" to protect commerce, security, etc. and the Obama administration feels that this bill falls under that umbrella--many legal scholars are not quite so sure.
One scholar (a certain Jonathan Siegel, law professor at George Washington University), however, quoted in a recent Raw Story article on the subject, had this to say:
While it's clear that the only way to get private insurance companies to stop discriminating against sick people is to make sure that people don't wait until they get sick to buy it, it's not completely clear if the government's powers extend to requiring people to buy insurance.
Now, although he does somewhat hold my opinion regarding the tenuous nature of the 'constitutionality' of this law, he demonstrates a major lack of education (or at least plain common sense) when he says, "While it's clear that the only way to get private insurance companies to stop discriminating against sick people is to make sure that people don't wait until they get sick to buy it..."
That is like saying, "It's clear that the only way to get that bully to quit beating up my kid is to purchase kevlar body armor for my kid and make him wear it--and if he doesn't wear it I am going to ground him!"
Sorry, buddy, but ONCE AGAIN, that is RETARDED!
There are many, many other ways to force insurance companies to quit dropping folks because of prexisting conditions/risky lifestyles/etc. One of the best ones would be to have a PUBLIC OPTION--funded by the government, through taxes, that covers everyone with basic coverage (medicare-for-all if that is easier to understand).
I'm sorry, forcing people to buy health insurance, especially those who really cannot afford it, is not helpful to anyone EXCEPT the insurance industry.
Look at this realistically. The reason we want universal coverage is so that people will get preventative care (relatively inexpensive) that will help them avoid costly emergency care. Right now, uninsured people burden the system because they don't get checked until their condition is life-threatening because they can't afford the bill for the preventive care. So they only go for help when it is critical (and exponentially more expensive).
Now look at what is going to happen under the new law. Now, going to the doctor is going to be like getting pulled over. First thing they will ask for is your proof of insurance. Don't have it? Not only do you have an expensive medical bill--same as before, you also have an expensive civil penalty--much like driving without insurance.
Do you think this is going to encourage poor people to seek out medical help any sooner?
If you do, you really should learn to feed yourself and use a toilet before you engage in political discourse.
Truthfully, though, I don't think Mr. Siegel is an idiot. I think, instead, he is a shill. Just like all the other politicians supporting this bill. They are in bed with the insurance companies (the largest lobbying group in the US) and they have just written into law one of the biggest payoffs for those companies that history has ever seen.
Wouldn't it be nice if the government made laws that forced everyone (under civil penalty) to buy what you had to sell.
That is the fairytale world the health insurance companies here in the US just stepped into.
Thanks Congress. Thanks Obama. Thanks for nothing.
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So Why Did She Name Him TriG?
Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010
Been a lot of brou-ha-ha lately about the use of the word "retard" and a recent episode of The Family Guy--most of the screaming done by a fairly strident former gubner.
Well, I only have one thing to say...
If Ms. Palin is so offended by jokes and comments that refer in some way to people with Down Syndrome, then why in the HELL did she name her kid TriG.
Trisomy G is the scientific name for Down Syndrome. It is often abbreviated as Tri.G. or Tri-G on medical papers and in medical publications.
What kind of mother would do this? There is no way that this association was completely unknown to her... and yet she still chose to name him TriG.
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I watch in awe, dumbfounded,
Even as he watches me.
Blue eyes of crystal clarity ask honestly
Of life’s beguiling secrets.
Tiny fingers touch the tips of mine
And thoughts are shared.
His small head upturned to see
What he may learn from me.
And I grasp, most desperately,
To hold these moments fleeting by,
With whispered voice and teary eye,
So quick they fly...
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Hopping along like a bunny
This poem won't win any money
Limericks are lame
They all sound the same
And none of the damn things are funny.
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