STARK CONTRAST: Nelson Mandela was a uniter and a healer. Barack Obama is a divider and a well-poisoner.
The difference between Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama is just stunning.
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years by the white apartheid government of South Africa.
The minority white government labeled him a terrorist.
Apartheid ended. Nelson Mandela was released from prison and became leader of South Africa.
Many pundits (including me) assumed there would be a bloodbath — that Nelson Mandela would use his power to exact revenge against white South Africans. I expected that he would exterminate the white minority, chase whites out of the country, confiscate their property, shut down their businesses.
I assumed that he would quickly set himself up as a dictator and that South Africa would become another Hell hole, like so many other African countries.
By all accounts, Mandela was a socialist of some kind — a man of the Left.
He got along well with the likes of Fidel Castro. Many of his statements indicated he was at times sympathetic to Communism. He joined the Communist Party in South Africa in 1961, but seems to have left the party in 1962. And he said in court testimony that he had never become a Communist.
Nelson Mandela was on the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list. And the African National Congress, which he led, was classified by our government as a terrorist organization.
His ex-wife, Winnie Mandela, was a radical Leftist who advocated killing whites. She cheered the barbaric practice of necklacing those who did not march in lockstep with the Communist Party line. She said ”The Soviet Union is the torch-bearer for all our hopes and aspirations.”
She also said: “With our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country.”
Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela parted ways.
She was a radical. He turned out not to be.
Nelson Mandela probably had soclialistic instincts.
He and Barack Obama would probably consider themselves “peas in a pod” in many respects, ideologically and philosophically.
But Nelson Mandela turned out to be a truly great man. In an act of Christ-like super-human forgiveness, he seemed to harbor no bitterness toward whites for the 27 years he spent in prison.
If he was bitter (who wouldn’t be?), he never showed it. Instead, he put South Africa’s future ahead of whatever anger toward whites that he must have harbored.
Mandela’s Economic Miracle
Far for chasing whites out of the country, exterminating whites, and confiscating their property and businesses, Nelson Mandela encouraged whites and their businesses to stay in South Africa. He did not move South Africa toward socialism and Communism, as many of us expected he would. Instead, he encouraged entrepreneurship and industry.
As a result, South Africa’s economy grew strongly under Mandela — an average of 3 percent growth per year between 1995 and 2003. This was double the average 1.5 percent annual growth rate under apartheid from 1980 through 1994.
From 1994 to 2008, incomes for black South Africans increased by 93 percent, but incomes for white South Africans also increased by an impressive 62 percent, according to University of Cape Town economist Murray Leibbrandt.
So if Mandela was at one point some kind of a Communist or socialist, he certainly did not govern that way.
As a result, South Africa remains by far the most prosperous country on the African continent. It became even more of an economic superpower on the African continent under Mandela than it was under white apartheid rule.
It’s worth noting also that Nelson Mandela kept much of the apartheid homeland system in tact, much reviled by American liberals.
The main substantive change Mandela brought to South Africa was that blacks had as much right to apply for jobs as whites.
Had he attempted to dismantle the semi-autonomous “sovereign” homelands of Bophuthatswana and Kwazulu, he knew that would have triggered a civil war.
There had been a history of bloody conflicts between the African National Congress and the Zulu Inkatha Freedom Party, but Mandela was able to forge peace through negotiation and compromise.
Though Mandela’s party was the African National Congress, the rival Zulus came to trust Mandela.
This was on a level with getting the Palestinians to trust the Israelis.
The Contrast With Obama
Nelson Mandela was a uniter and a healer.
Contrast Nelson Mandela with Barack Obama — who is a divider, a well-poisoner, and a “sower of discord.”
The great poet Dante had a special place deep in Hell for “sowers of discord.”
They were way down there in Circle 8 in Dante’s Inferno.
Whenever possible, Obama injects race into politics. His standard playbook is to demonize his political opponents . . . and even entire industries. He not only demonizes Republicans, he demonizes the insurance industry, the coal industry, the oil companies — just about the entire private sector.
His 2008 campaign machine even savaged “Joe the Plumber.”
Obama refers to his critics as “enemies.”
Obama described his brief stint working for a business as working “behind enemy lines.”
Obama’s hatred of Republicans is so total that he carefully crafted health care legislation so that it would not garner a single Republican vote in a 435-member U.S. House of Representatives and a 100-member U.S. Senate — not a single Republican vote. Not even Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins, both of whom vote with the Democrats about half the time on major legislation.
Both Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins would have loved to have voted for ObamaCare, if they could have possibly justified it. Surely, he could have also brought along the likes of John McCain and Lindsey Graham if he had made any effort at all.
It would have be very easy to throw Republicans a few bones and to have attracted some Republican votes for ObamaCare.
Why not do that if it costs you absolutely nothing?
Obama chose not to.
He had control of both chambers of Congress. So he wanted to make sure Republicans received absolutely nothing they wanted in the ObamaCare legislation — not even tort reform (which everyone supports, except lawyers).
Obama wanted legislation that would not and could not garner a single Republican vote in either chamber of Congress. That takes some doing. That takes careful thought.
This is not how you govern effectively.
Always, when governing, you want to do everything possible to bring the other side into the tent — even if you don’t really need to. Why not make your major piece of legislation bipartisan if at all possible?
If your legislation cannot get a single vote in Congress from the other party, there’s a good chance that it’s bad legislation.
Ronald Reagan was able to get 70+ votes in the Senate for his tax-cut plans in 1981 . . . because he reached out to the less ideological Democrats.
He did not spike the football when he won the Presidency. He did not tell leaders of the other party: “We won, you lost,” the way Obama did.
Reagan did not do any victory dances. He did not give the middle finger to the other party. Instead, he immediately reached out to the other party, without compromising on his principles.
Obama doesn’t even talk with Republicans. He attacks Republicans in every speech. He accuses Republicans of wanting dirty air, dirty water, and of wanting to throw grandma out into the snow. He says Republicans don’t care about children who have autism. He calls Tea Party people “Tea Baggers” (a sexual term).
He (his campaign) actually accused Mitt Romney of killing people.
In every speech, Obama tries to portray Republicans and conservatives as evil. He even sicks the IRS on his political opponents. One gets the sense that Obama would kill his political critics if he could.
That’s certainly not how Nelson Mandela behaved.
Mandela kept the white minority in South Africa in the tent. He did not assail them as evil. He made it clear to them that they would be welcome in the new South Africa. Whites would have a place at the table.
As a result, South Africa continues to prosper.
Under Obama, the U.S. has gone in the opposite direction. Not only is our economy stuck in the mud and going no where, but America has become more racially divided than ever.
Mandela wanted South Africa to work, to be successful, to be prosperous.
Obama just wants to push his narrow socialist ideological agenda, no matter what the results.
Apparently, he doesn’t care that ObamaCare is a total disaster. He’s determined to see the ruinous law through to the finish, no matter what harm it brings. No adjustments. No compromise. Certainly no discussions with Republicans on how to fix ObamaCare.
There are ways to fix most of what’s wrong with ObamaCare. But Obama won’t listen
Obama could score amazing political points by changing course, by making adjustments, by listening, by fixing what’s not working.
But he won’t . . . because he sees his critics as evil. He won’t even entertain the possibility that his critics might have some ideas worth considering.
It’s too bad Barack Obama learned nothing from Nelson Mandela’s example of how to govern a country.
Nelson Mandela fostered good will and trust. Barack Obama fosters ill will and distrust.
Nelson Mandela was modest and humble. Barack Obama uses the word “I” more than any President in American history. For Barack Obama, it’s always all about Obama.
I truly love Nelson Mandela, even though we probably disagreed on a lot of issues.
He was a great man — one of the greatest in world history . . . because of his actions, because of how he actually behaved when he had all the power.
He certainly could have set himself up as a dictator. He chose not to. He could have become the world’s richest man by seizing all the diamond mines and business assets of South Africa. He chose not to.
I was dead wrong in my predictions about what Nelson Mandela would bring to South Africa.
But who could have predicted he would turn out to be the saint he turned out to be?
Who could have predicted that he would put all the personal anger he must have felt aside for the 27 years he unjustly served in prison . . . to do what’s best for his country?
Nelson Mandela was a true patriot.
Nelson Mandela is the model for how to bring people together. He is the definition of leadership.
I put him on the level of Mother Teresa and George Washington in terms of being a true force for good in the world.
What a stark and jarring contrast to Barack Obama’s smallness, pettiness, and nastiness.
And ultimately to destroy capitalism
ObamaCare is working perfectly from Obama’s perspective — as a weapon to destroy the health insurance industry . . .and ultimately to destroy capitalism.
Most assume that what Obama wants is for the healthcare.gov website to work and for all the numbers to add up.
Most assume that he expected young and healthy people to quickly sign up for ObamaCare, happily pay much higher premiums with higher deductibles in order to subsidize the sick and the elderly . . . because that’s what’s required for ObamaCare to mostly sustain itself financially.
If that doesn’t happen (which it won’t) private insurance premiums on the ObamaCare exchanges will skyrocket. Then no one will want the health insurance being offered — or won’t be able to afford it.
Most assume that would mean disaster for ObamaCare.
But that’s not Obama’s thinking.
That’s what Obama wants. He wants premiums to skyrocket for private health insurance on the exchanges.
He will then say this is proof that private health insurance doesn’t work.
His people are already blaming the health insurance companies for cancelling people’s policies –even though the cancellations are mandated by the ObamaCare law.
This is right out of his Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals playbook: create as much chaos as possible and collapse the system.
Obama’s not an idiot. He can add up numbers. He can connect the dots. Do not underestimate Obama. Do not dismiss Obama as incompetent. He’s highly competent. Look what he did to Mitt Romney.
One year before the Election, Obama’s job approval rating stood at 45 percent on the Real Clear Politics average of polls. But he ended up pulverizing Romney in the Election — by four points. The Election wasn’t close.
The Obama campaign made the Romney campaign look like a Model-T.
Make no mistake. Obama is highly intelligent. He knows exactly what he’s doing.
Obama obviously knew the ObamaCare exchanges would fail, that this entire ObamaCare system would fail — that it can’t possibly succeed.
The 2,700-page ObamaCare law (now with 20,000 pages of regulations added to it) is an illogical, self-contradictory mess doomed to implode, taking our entire health care system down with it.
ObamaCare is failing by design.
He and Michelle must be howling with laughter every night over dinner at how perfectly his scheme is working.
He probably can’t believe we’re this stupid — to think the goal of ObamaCare is to make health care better and more affordable for Americans. How could anyone, except a complete fool, think that?
Mostly what’s happening on the ObamaCare exchanges is people are being funneled into Medicaid.
Many say this proves ObamaCare is a disaster — that all these millions of new people that will be funnelled into Medicaid will cause both federal and state government spending to explode and deficits to skyrocket.
Again, Obama doesn’t care. In fact, this is exactly what Obama wants.
The more people he can put on Medicaid, the better from Obama’s perspective.
Obama has always said that what he really wants is single-payer socialized medicine. He has called this ObamaCare system a transition to that. He has said it might take us 15 years to get to single-payer socialized medicine. But we’ll get there eventually, he’s said.
What is Medicaid?
It’s single-payer socialized medicine. The more people he can funnel into Medicaid, the better from Obama’s point of view. Ideally, he would like no one to enroll in private insurance, even on the ObamaCare exchanges.
What he wants is “Medicaid for all.”
Obama loves to create dependents on government.
Americans on food stamps is up 50 percent under Obama. He’s advertising in low-income areas to get more people hooked on food stamps.
He has spent billions of taxpayer dollars distributing free “Obama Phones” to his constituents.
We now have 10.8 million Americans receiving disability benefits — which is about the population of the entire state of Illinois and more than the population of Greece.
The more people he can hook on free stuff from the government, the better, in Obama’s world.
He wants more people on food stamps, more people on welfare, more people in public housing, more people on public assistance, more people working for the government — as many as possible. And he wants to shrink the private economy.
He once described his brief stint working for a business as “working behind enemy lines.”
ObamaCare is not about providing quality, affordable health care to all Americans. It’s about income and wealth redistribution. It’s about his 2008 promise to “fundamentally transform” America — by which he means “fundamentally transform” America into his Hugo Chavez-style socialist vision.
Is it possible that Obama’s dysfunctional healthcare.gov website is dysfunctional on purpose?
Well, what’s the result of healthcare.gov not working?
The result is it’s nearly impossible to sign up for private health insurance on the ObamaCare exchanges?
Isn’t this exactly what Obama wants?
He’s made it no secret that he sees the health insurance industry as evil. He has spent his entire public live demonizing the health insurance industry.
His goal is to eliminate the private health insurance industry completely. What better way to do this than to make it impossible to buy private health insurance? — which is exactly what’s happening now.
How long will these private insurance companies put up with this chaos (and lack of business) before they get out of the health insurance business and go into other fields?
Not long. They aren’t going to wait three months, or six months, or a year for the ObamaCare exchanges to work. They have to make money now. So it won’t be long (perhaps another 90 days or so) before there is no more private health insurance available — certainly none at an affordable price.
Next year, Obama’s own Health and Human Services projects that 80 million employer-based health insurance plans will be cancelled. That’s in addition to HHS projecting 14 million individual policy cancellations — for a total of 93 million health insurance policy cancellations.
Again, this is exactly what Obama wants. He will then just blame the evil corporations and the evil private sector for these cancellations.
Then we’ll have little choice but to go to single-payer socialized medicine — Medicaid for all.
Won’t that be wonderful?
There are many other side-benefits to ObamaCare from Obama’s point of view — none having to do with providing affordable quality health care for all.
ObamaCare imposes enormous costs on business — the enemy, in Obama’s mind.
The more burdens he can place on business, the more our free-market economy slows and stumbles. He can then point to this as further proof that capitalism doesn’t work, that what we need is more socialism.
So ObamaCare is achieving exactly what Obama wants to achieve on every front. What he wants is to sabotage and collapse America’s capitalist economic system.
Back to Obama’s dysfunctional healthcare.gov website.
Is it really conceivable that Obama’s people did not know how to build a functioning website for $634 million in taxpayer money?
The Obama 2012 reelection campaign was the most high-tech, the most technologically sophisticated in history.
The Obama campaign made the Romney campaign look like a horse and buggy by comparison.
Obviously, Obama’s people know how to build a website that works.
So the question is: Why didn’t they build a site that works for the $634 million?
THE ANSWER: He does not want healthcare.gov to work. He does not want ObamaCare to work — if by working we mean making our health care system work better. He does not want our mostly capitalist economy to work. He wants to collapse the system.
Obama is a Marxist ideologue. He’s a true radical. And he’s playing for keeps. Remember, he’s out to “fundamentally transform” America.
His pastor of 20 years was the America-hating Jeremiah Wright, for Pete’s sake. Obama’s political career was launched out of the livingroom of the self-described America-hating terrorist William Ayers. His mentor growing up was Communist Party USA member Frank Marshall Davis. He taught Saul Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals at the University of Chicago — called this book among the most influential books in terms of shaping his thinking. He was a “community organizer” for the radical VOTE FRAUD organization ACORN.
His former White House Communications Director (Anita Dunn) is a self-described Maoist.
These are the kinds of people Obama surrounds himself with.
This is who Obama is.
How can he like something he says he want to “fundamentally transform?”
What if I said to my wife: “Honey, I love you. Here’s how I want to fundamentally transform you”?
I doubt she would take this as a sign that the marriage is going well.
ObamaCare is doing exactly what it was designed to do: And that’s to destroy America’s health insurance industry and health care system (18 percent of the U.S. economy), which is one giant step toward destroying capitalism in America.
I’ve been waiting for this great day.
President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has dropped to an all-time low of 39.9 percent on the Real Clear Politics average of polls.
And look at his wonderful plunge since November 2012!
Also, Republicans now have a 5 percent lead over Democrats on the generic Congressional ballot, according to today’s Rasmussen’s poll.
The 2014 Congressional Elections must be all about the ObamaCare disaster – ObamaCare all the time, 24/7/365.
Obama really might end up being the destroyer of liberalism. If government can’t even build a functioning website for $634 MILLION, how can it run a vast and complex health care system that consumes 18 percent of GDP?
He Wants to Complete Obama’s Leftist Coup D’état by Quickly Packing the Courts with Radicals Before Reid and Obama Lose Power in the 2014 Elections
He exercised what has become known as “The Nuclear Option.”
The Senate filibuster first came into being in 1837.
The idea at the core of America’s federal governing structure is that the U.S. House of Representatives is driven more by popular will — often passions of the moment. But the Senate is supposed to be the world’s greatest deliberative body. It’s the chamber where legislation and other federal action slows down for more sober consideration.
The Senate is not supposed to be another U.S. House of Representatives.
This is a principle that has served America well for two centuries by preventing much bad legislation and by forcing Presidents to appoint judges and high government officials who have support from both political parties.
Harry Reid, with Barack Obama’s support, undid all of that with 52 votes in the Senate.
Obama and Reid don’t care about American tradition or rules. They just do what they want to do.
What Reid and Obama have shown us is that there are no longer any rules. The rules now are whatever those in power say they are.
Raw political power is all that matters in America now.
That’s a slippery slope to tyranny.
I actually think Reid’s decision to eliminate the filibuster will end up being disastrous for Obama and ObamaCare in the end.
It means that if Republicans retake the Senate and the Presidency between now and 2017 (which I believe is likely) we’ll be able to repeal ObamaCare by a one-vote majority in the Senate. We won’t need a 60-vote super-majority.
Yes, I know Reid only eliminated the filibuster for Presidential appointments.
But now he’s set the precedent. The filibuster is now over forever – for better or worse.
So if you are in the minority party in the Senate, there’s no reason to show up for work anymore.
Democrats are very likely to find themselves in the minority in the Senate after the 2014 mid-term elections.
The question is: Why would Harry Reid and Barack Obama do this?
They can read polls. They can see what’s likely to happen in the 2014 and 2016 elections.
My prediction is Democrats will soon rue the day when they abolished the filibuster.
I believe the reason they did this is precisely because Obama and Reid can see the handwriting on the wall. They know they are staring in the face of disastrous election results for Democrats in 2014 and 2016 when they will lose control of the Senate and the Presidency.
So what they want to do is quickly pack the federal courts (most immediately the Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, DC) with as many radical left judges as possible. With the filibuster now gone, Obama can appoint three radical left judges to the DC Circuit of Appeals Court right away.
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals is the most powerful court in the land under the Supreme Court.
It’s this Court that rules on whether what the federal government is doing is Constitutional. Some cases ruled on by this Court end up before the Supreme Court. But most cases don’t. So this court has the final say on the overwhelming majority of cases it hears. So this is a very important court.
Obama and Reid want to make their leftist revolution in America permanent by packing this court, and all federal courts, with radical judges who will legislate from the bench and override much of what a Republican Congress and President want to do. The kinds of judges Obama will appoint don’t care about the Constitution, don’t like the Constitution, don’t even care about the rule of law.
Like Obama and Reid, these judges will just do whatever they want to do. They will try to render the coming Republican Congress and President irrelevant.
Obama might even get another Supreme Court appointment.
If Obama is able to replace just one of the five center-right Justices with a Saul Alinsky-style radical, the Left will have a majority on the Supreme Court. The Court will then simply declare whatever a Republican Congress or President try to do as unconstitutional — even including repealing ObamaCare.
Obama’s Leftist coup d’état will then be complete.
At least, that’s their thinking.
I don’t believe this gambit will work. In fact, I think it could just as easily end up backfiring against Obama, Reid, and the Left.
Reid’s exercise of the “Nuclear Option” is being roundly criticized by the Washington Post and other mainstream liberal organs. Reid’s power-grab is too brazen even for them.
With the filibuster now effectively gone, this could easily work in favor of conservative constitutionalists. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander — tit for tat, and all that.
Harry Reid and Barack Obama have taught us that raw political power is all that matters now. The rights of the minority now count for nothing — zero, zip, nada.
A conservative President, for example, will be free to appoint Constitutionalists in the mold of Justices Scalia and Thomas by a single vote majority in the Senate, without concern their appointments could be Borked by a Dem filibuster.
If the five center-right Justices now on the court hang on for another three years (which now seems likely), a conservative President will be in a position to lock in a conservative majority on the Supreme Court for another generation or more.
A conservative revolution is clearly on the way in 2014 and very likely in 2016 as this disaster called ObamaCare plays out. 2014 and 2016 are shaping up to be 2006 and 2008 in reverse. Reid’s decision to end the filibuster will make it much easier and quicker to undo everything Obama has done to America.
So this is a high-stakes game Harry Reid is playing. He might succeed in cementing Obama’s Leftist Revolution as permanent through packing the courts. But Reid’s power-grab, I think, is more likely to backfire against Obama and the Left by making it much easier for Constitutionalists to erase Obama’s entire Presidency.
Your Handy List of 72 Absurd Items ObamaCare Requires Your Health Insurance to Cover
But the ultimate problem that dooms ObamaCare is cost — the sticker shock of the monthly premiums people are experiencing right now who have been thrown into the ObamaCare exchanges. According to a 49-state study by the Manhattan Institute, ObamaCare is causing an average increase in premiums for individuals of 41 percent.
The primary reason this is happening is that the architects of ObamaCare confuse health insurance with health coverage.
The purpose of health insurance is to protect one from a financial catastrophe in the event of a serious accident or a catastrophic illness. If you want to keep your monthly premiums cheap, you accept a high deductible of $5,000.
That is, your insurance pays nothing unless your medical expenses exceed $5,000 in a year. Until you hit the $5,000 in expenses level, you pay your health care costs out of pocket.
You pay for you doctor visits, your check ups, your prescriptions, your flu shots, your colds and sniffles. You pay for your routine vision care and routine dental work — teeth cleanings, fillings, and the like.
I keep my car insurance premiums low with the exact same approach. I have a $2,000 deductible. More importantly, I don’t make insurance claims for fender benders. I pay for those of pocket.
But that’s not the ObamaCare product.
Instead, according to the list on HealthCare.gov, everyone’s health insurance plan must now include:
- Contraception, including the abortion-inducing “morning after” pill and vasectomies;
- Maternity and newborn care (even though I’ve a 55-year old male with kids out of the nest)
- Mental health and susbstance abuse counseling and treatment
- Prescription drugs
- Pediatric services
- Behavioral health treatment
- Rehab treatment
- Dental and vision care
- Alcohol Misuse screening and counseling
- Aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease for men and women of certain ages
- Blood Pressure screening for all adults
- Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk
- Colorectal Cancer screening for adults over 50
- Depression screening for adults
- Diabetes (Type 2) screening for adults with high blood pressure
- Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease
- HIV screening for everyone ages 15 to 65, and other ages at increased risk
- Immunization vaccines for adults–doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Herpes Zoster, Human Papillomavirus, Influenza (Flu Shot), Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussi, Varicella
- Obesity screening and counseling for all adults
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention counseling for adults at higher risk
- Syphilis screening for all adults at higher risk
- Tobacco Use screening for all adults and cessation interventions for tobacco users
- Anemia screening on a routine basis for pregnant women
- Breast Cancer Genetic Test Counseling (BRCA)for women at higher risk for breast cancer
- Breast Cancer Mammography screeningsevery 1 to 2 years for women over 40
- Breast Cancer Chemoprevention counselingfor women at higher risk
- Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, and access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women
- Cervical Cancer screening for sexually active women
- Chlamydia Infection screening for younger women and other women at higher risk
- Contraception: Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, as prescribed by a health care provider for women with reproductive capacity.
- Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling for all women
- Folic Acid supplements for women who may become pregnant
- Gestational diabetes screening for women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes
- Gonorrhea screening for all women at higher risk
- Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
- HIV screening and counseling for sexually active women
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA Test every 3 years for women with normal cytology results who are 30 or older
- Osteoporosis screening for women over age 60 depending on risk factors
- Rh Incompatibility screening for all pregnant women and follow-up testing for women at higher risk
- Sexually Transmitted Infections counselingfor sexually active women
- Syphilis screening for all pregnant women or other women at increased risk
- Tobacco Use screening and interventions for all women, and expanded counseling for pregnant tobacco users
- Urinary tract or other infection screening for pregnant women
- Well-woman visits to get recommended services for women under 65
- Autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months
- Behavioral assessments for children at the following ages: 0 to 11 months, 1 to 4 years, 5 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years, 15 to 17 years.
- Blood Pressure screening for children at the following ages: 0 to 11 months, 1 to 4 years , 5 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years, 15 to 17 years.
- Cervical Dysplasia screening for sexually active females
- Depression screening for adolescents
- Developmental screening for children under age 3
- Dyslipidemia screening for children at higher risk of lipid disorders at the following ages: 1 to 4 years, 5 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years, 15 to 17 years.
- Fluoride Chemoprevention supplements for children without fluoride in their water source
- Gonorrhea preventive medication for the eyes of all newborns
- Hearing screening for all newborns
- Height, Weight and Body Mass Index measurements for children at the following ages: 0 to 11 months, 1 to 4 years, 5 to 10 years,11 to 14 years, 15 to 17 years.
- Hematocrit or Hemoglobin screening for children
- Hemoglobinopathies or sickle cell screening for newborns
- HIV screening for adolescents at higher risk
- Hypothyroidism screening for newborns
- Immunization vaccines for children from birth to age 18 —doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus, Inactivated Poliovirus, Influenza (Flu Shot), Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, Varicella
- Iron supplements for children ages 6 to 12 months at risk for anemia
- Lead screening for children at risk of exposure
- Medical History for all children throughout development at the following ages: 0 to 11 months, 1 to 4 years , 5 to 10 years , 11 to 14 years , 15 to 17 years.
- Obesity screening and counseling
- Oral Health risk assessment for young children Ages: 0 to 11 months, 1 to 4 years, 5 to 10 years.
- Phenylketonuria (PKU) screening for this genetic disorder in newborns
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention counseling and screening for adolescents at higher risk
- Tuberculin testing for children at higher risk of tuberculosis at the following ages: 0 to 11 months, 1 to 4 years, 5 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years, 15 to 17 years.
- Vision screening for all children.
This is not a joke or satire. I copied and pasted all this directly from the healthcare.gov website.
All this cumulatively is very expensive.
Obama must think we are all living a the doctor’s office. We don’t need or want all this crap. Most people don’t need most of the items on this list.
I’ve never had a flu shot. I don’t plan on ever getting one. I pay for my own eyeglasses, teeth cleanings, and annual physical exams.
When and if we need some of these items, most of us can pay for these kinds of routine items out of pocket, which would be even easier with tax-free health care savings accounts.
How expensive is a condom?
Is that what we really need health insurance to cover? Should I really be required to pay for someone else’s STD screenings?
Insurance is always a bad bet — which is why you want as little insurance as possible. Insurance companies make a good profit by betting on your continued good health. I don’t think this makes them evil.
You should follow the example of the insurance companies and bet on your own good health. You only need insurance to protect yourself from a true disaster.
And, of course, anything and everything the government gets involved in gets more expensive. usually exponentially.
But, you might ask, what about people pre-existing conditions?
That’s an easy fix.
They can be put in a high-risk pool and subsidized. But let’s not include self-inflicted illnesses (such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and obesity) in the pre-existing condition category.
But what about the elderly?
We have Medicare. Without ObamaCare, we could restore the $716 BILLION that Obama stole from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare.
What about the poor?
We have Medicaid.
So there was no need at all for anything like ObamaCare.
Yes, the old system needed some reforms — some tweaks here and there.
My Nine Tweaks that Would Have Fixed Most of the Flaws in America’s Health Care System
After we repeal ObamaCare, here would be my nine-point plan (tweaks) to fix the old U.S. health care system, which was the best in the world:
1) If really needed, expand Medicaid to address the uncovered poor (easy to expand an existing, well-established program).
2) Make health insurance tax-deductible for individuals (like it is for businesses).
3) Allow insurers to compete across state lines (competition always brings costs down, improves quality and choices)
4) Expand Health Care Savings Accounts (Tax-deferred, like-IRAs)
5) Cap Medical malpractice lawsuit awards (a big upward driver of health care costs)
6) Subsidize those with expensive pre-existing conditions. This could probably be done through Medicaid.
7) Those who show up at an Emergency Room without health insurance would be treated, but then sanctioned criminally. Probably pay a fine or do community service. Multiple offenders risk jail time (like deadbeat dads). That takes care of the Emergency Room problem. It’s a requirement that everyone have some kind of health insurance done the right way.
8) Medical costs and doctor visits should be tax-deductible to encourage illness prevention.
9) Restore the $716 billion that was stolen from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare. I actually think Medicare was a pretty good idea. Our parents and grandparents should not be bankrupted for the getting old, or not treated when they get cancer or other fatal or debilitating illness through no fault of their own. Getting old is beyond the scope of what we can expect private insurance to cover. But we certainly don’t need Medicare for all, including the healthy who are producing income. The private insurance market most certainly can cover the young and healthy.
These reforms could fit on a single sheet of paper — in contrast to the 2,700-page ObamaCare law, plus 15,000 pages of ObamaCare regulations.
Health care problems fixed.
We bring overall health care costs down by phasing out third-party payment systems as much as possible (including employer-provided insurance) and by making individuals responsible for the lion’s share of their own health care coverage. Then watch health care costs drop.
Flat screen TVs, personal computers, and cell phones used to be prohibitively expensive for most people. Now almost everyone can afford them, even people on welfare. A flat screen TV used to cost $20,000 when they first hit the market. Now they cost $600 — for a good one.
When the market is allowed to operate freely, without a lot of government interference and mandates, costs always come down — often to almost nothing.
This is how human progress occurs. This is how free-market capitalism helps everyone become better off, including the poor — as even one of my favorite rockers Bono admits.
We then take care of the elderly with Medicare (when health care really can become prohibitively costly). And we provide for the poor with Medicaid. All this was happening under the pre-ObamaCare system.
We had a mostly good health care system. It just needed a few tweaks, some minor adjustments.
There was no need to completely reorganize 18 percent of the U.S. economy with ObamaCare.
Six Big Lies Obama Told Congress and America to Sell ObamaCare
By Ben Hart
I’m in the direct marketing business. My letters, ads, and websites have generated nearly $1 BILLION for my clients during my 24 years in the advertising field.
I know that if I make false claims in my ads, there’s a good chance I’ll be imprisoned for deceptive advertising or have to pay a hefty fine, plus restitution — or all of the aforementioned.
One of my favorite direct marketers was Don Lapre.
He pioneered the informercial. This guy was a marketing genius.
You might remember his infomercials which advertised a program to show you how to get rich by running classified ads. When you watch this ad, think of Obama selling ObamaCare:
I bought Lapre’s program because I loved his ads. I was not dissatisfied in the least by what arrived via UPS: a big box full of stuff, including DVDs, books and study guides.
I learned a lot from what he had to say.
I have not put a strict dollar-figure on it. But I estimate I’ve made well over $1,000,000 from the ideas and information I learned from the great Don Lapre.
I don’t feel defrauded by Lapre in the least. Count me as a very satisfied buyer. In fact, I even paid Lapre $2,800 to attend one of his seminars, which was also terrific. This kid knew how to sell.
Lapre was subsequently indicted by the Obama Justice Department on 41 counts of mail fraud, I guess because of the stuff he shipped to customers like me.
He was also indicted on multiple counts of wire fraud — I guess because of what he said on the air or over the phone. (Wire fraud is anything deceptive you say via electronic media: telegraph, phone, TV, radio, fax, Internet, DVD, etc)
In October of 2011, Lapre committed suicide while in prison waiting for trial.
He slashed his own throat with a razor blade.
So the Obama Justice Department was getting set to put Lapre in federal prison for a very long time for selling me products that I willingly purchased . . . and that I liked.
Perhaps among the tens of thousands of words he put out there, some of his claims may have been deceptive, or perhaps not completely true.
Though I could not find any. His ads were certainly full of hype. But I did not detect any clear falsehoods. I loved his ads.
The overall thrust of what Lepre had to say was dead-on accurate.
Plus, these were fantastic infomercials — some of the best infomercials ever created.
Lapre was a marketing genius. He was a Hall of Fame direct marketer. I was very sad to hear of his indictment by the Obama Justice Department, then Lapre’s suicide in prison.
Now compare Lapre’s supposed fraud (for which he was prosecuted and imprisoned by Obama) with how Obama sold ObamaCare to Congress and the American people.
Almost everything Obama told us about ObamaCare was a blatant lie.
ObamaCare passed by one vote in the Senate. ObamaCare never would have passed without all the lies Obama told America about ObamaCare.
Lie #1: Obama promised this: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able tokeep your health care plan, period.”
He repeated this lie over and over again, at least 50 times that I’ve counted.
Here’s a partial compilation:
He did not say: “You can keep your health insurance plan if it’s not a crappy plan.”
He did not say: “You can keep your health insurance plan if it’s a good plan.”
He did not qualify his statements. He said: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”
He told us this over and over again, ad nauseum. Like a broken record.
What Obama was promising was that ObamaCare would expand our options, not reduce them. That’s the fraud.
But now we know, while Obama was telling this lie, that Health and Human Services projected that 93,000,000 Americans would lose their health coverage because of ObamaCare regulations (June 2010 edition of the Federal Register).
So Obama was not mistaken. He knowingly told a blatant lie to the American people — in order to pass ObamaCare into law.
Lie #2: Obama repeatedly promised we would all be able to keep our own doctor.
Now we know that we can only potentially keep our own doctor on the ObamaCare exchanges if our doctor agrees to be part of the ObamaCare exchange.
So far only 23 percent say they will be in the ObamaCare exchanges. 44 percent say they are not participating. The rest say they haven’t decided.
And most doctors refuse to see Medicaid patients because the pay from Medicaid doesn’t cover the cost of the doctors visits and treatments.
Not only will those who enter the ObamaCare exchanges probably not get to keep their own doctor. It’s likely they won’t even be able to keep their own hospital.
Entire hospitals are refusing to enter the ObamaCare exchanges.
Lie #3: President Obama promised to Congress and the American people in a nationally televised address in March of 2010 that ObamaCare would cost $898 billion over ten years.
The CBO now projects the cost of ObamaCare to the federal treasury will be at least $1.6 TRILLION over ten years.
It should be noted that the initial false estimated cost of ObamaCare by CBO is not CBO’s fault. In estimating the cost, CBO relies on numbers and requirements provided by Obama. It’s garbage in, garbage out.
But even these escalating costs CBO is forecasting are not nearly the true costsof ObamaCare because most of the costs of ObamaCare are passed onto the states, as well as individuals and businesses in the form of mandates.
When you add in all these costs, the price tag on ObamaCare goes up to more like $10 TRILLION over ten years. And I’ve probably underestimated the true cost by a factor of two or three.
Lie #4: President Obama promised the yearly premium for the average American household would drop by $2,500 per year.
Here was that promise, made by Obama over and over:
In some of these clips, Obama adds qualifiers to his promises — like “as much as.”
But in many of these statements, Obama promised flatly that the average American family will save $2,500 per year on their health insurance premiums if ObamaCare is passed into law — with no qualifier. These statements are lies.
The truth is ObamaCare is now increasing the cost of health coverage for 27 year olds by 97 percent for men and 55 percent for women on average, according to a study by the Manhattan Institute.
It gets worse for 40 year-olds. Insurance rates on the ObamaCare exchanges goes up 99 percent for men, 62 percent for women on average.
Progressives will argue that these are underlying rate increases and don’t take into account subsidies for low-income people. But very few people are qualifying for subsides.
Here’s a chart that shows where the median household breaks even with the ObamaCare subsidy.
But the subsidy is irrelevant when computing the cost of health coverage because middle class households who receive no subsidy are getting hit with a double-whammy. They are paying both the massively increased premiums . . . plus taxes to pay for the subsidy.Remember, Obama promised ObamaCare would drive down the overall cost of health care, not nearly double the cost of health care for families.
Progressives will say that I’m only talking here about the 5 percent of individuals who are forced into the ObamaCare exchanges because they don’t have health insurance. 90 percent of Americans receive their health coverage through their employer.
The ObamaCare employer mandates have been delayed for a year.
So we don’t have data in yet on ObamaCare’s impact on people who receive their health insurance through their employer.
But remember, ObamaCare’s own regulations project that, once the employer mandates fully kick in on January 1, 2015, 93,000,000 Americans will lose their health insurance and be forced onto the exchanges — where they will be greeted by the same staggering premium increases.
That’s mainly because many small businesses with less than 50 employees will cancel health insurance coverage for their employees due to the massively increased cost of health insurance.
The primary reason for the skyrocketing cost of health insurance is all the ObamaCare mandates on the type of health coverage we must now have.As a 55 year-old male with kids out of the home, I must now pay for health coverage that includes maternity care, contraception coverage, abortion, vasectomies, psychiatric care, substance abuse treatments — when what I really want is catastrophic coverage, which is cheap.
I want insurance for extended hospitalization in the event of debilitating accident, for cancer, for heart disease, and other horrendous illnesses.
I want insurance that carries a $5,000 deductible. I’m then perfectly happy to pay for my routine doctor visits, check-ups, and prescriptions out of pocket.By the way, I find that if I tell the doctor that I can pay with cash, I typically get a 30-50% price break.
I suddenly become that doctor’s favorite patient.
Doctors hate all the paperwork that comes with insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.
If you pay with cash, you can find wonderful doctors who will cut their bill in half.
If we actually allowed the free-market to work in health care (as we allow the market to work for computers, mobile devices, flat-screen TVs, and microwave ovens) we’d be amazed at how cheap health care coverage would become. Cell phones and flat-screen TVs used to be prohibitively expensive for most people.
Today, almost everyone can afford them — because of market competition for customers.
But ObamaCare’s one-size-fits-all mandates require me to pay triple what I really need for perfectly good health insurance.Plus, costs always and inevitably increase when government gets involved and doesn’t allow markets to operate freely.
Can you imagine the kinds of computers and smart phones we would have today if government bureaucracy was issuing the mandates?
Well, we wouldn’t have laptops, or tablets, or smart phones at all. We’d still be stuck back in the 1950s.
Government has trouble even building a functioning website for $634,000,000 — the cost of the turkey known as Healthcare.gov.
Lie #5: The whole point of ObamaCare is to cover uninsured Americans.
Isn’t this the only reason to have a national health insurance program — to make sure everyone has health insurance?
That’s certainly a big part of how Obama sold the program.
But now we learn ObamaCare will leave at least 30,000,000 Americans without health coverage, once the law is in full effect. This according to an analysis in the Journal of Health Affairs.
It could well be more than this as young and low-income Americans opt to pay the $90 tax penalty rather than the exhorbitantly expensive “Bronze Plan” on the ObamaCare exchanges and as businesses also opt to pay the tax penalty and throw their employees into the unaffordable ObamaCare exchanges.
Lie #6: Obama promised that not one penny of ObamaCare money would ever be used to pay for abortions — directly or indirectly.
You probably remember the hapless Congressman Bart Stupak.
What an idiot! . . . because he actually believed Obama’s promise to him.Stupak was the leader of a caucus of approximately 21 pro-life, mostly Catholic Democrats.
These pro-life Democrats were not going to vote for ObamaCare unless they could be assured that not one penny of ObamaCare money would be used for abortion — either directly or indirectly.
To assure these pro-life, mostly Catholic Democrats, President Obama issued an executive order that no funds from ObamaCare could be used for abortion, either directly or indirectly.
The Stupak Democrats bought the lie. And almost all of them voted to pass ObamaCare.
Stupak (the dope that he is) then lost his seat in the 2010 mid-term elections because of his vote for ObamaCare — as did other members of this caucus of pro-life Democrats.
ObamaCare passed by just seven votes in the House 219-212, and by just one vote in the Senate.
ObamaCare would not have passed the House without these pro-life Democrats — who were lied to by Obama, who were assured that not one penny of ObamaCare funds would be used to pay for abortions, either directly or indirectly.Not only has this not happened.
But all Americans (including pro-life Americans) are required by regulations issued by HHS to have health coverage that includes coverage for the “morning after pill” — an abortion-inducing drug.
And a big reason so many hospitals and doctors are opting out of ObamaCare is because of the HHS requirement that they perform abortions if they want to be part of the ObamaCare exchange.
These are the six big lies Obama told to pass ObamaCare into law.
Obama’s Lies Are Far Worse than Bernie Madoff’s
ObamaCare passed into law because of fraud — exactly what many marketers (like Don Lapre) went to prison for.
But at least I wasn’t required by law to purchase Lapre’s product — which I actually loved.
What a great product that was! I spent something like $97 on a product that helped me make more than $1,000,000.
So Lapre’s product was valuable. Obama’s is not.
Obama sold America a product that actually hurts most Americans — hurts Americans badly.
These lies Obama told to pass ObamaCare into law are just the tip of the iceberg.
Obama told scores of lies to sell ObamaCare to Congress and the American people.
Health care costs are skyrocketting more than ever for most Americans — because of all the ObamaCare mandates.Obama promised ObamaCare would help shrink the federal budget deficit.
ObamaCare is adding enormously to the deficit.No President has ever told more brazen lies to the American people. Barack Obama makes Bill Clinton look like Honest Abe Lincoln by comparison.
Don Lapre and many markers have been prosecuted by the Obama Justice Department for making false advertising claims to sell their products.But these marketers have not caused nearly the damage to the American people that President Obama has caused with his lies.
Bernie Madoff hurt some people very badly with his lies, no doubt about it. He bankrupted dozens of investors. He was a fraud who deserves prison.
But Obama has caused so much more damage with his fraud.
No President in Americans history has told as many provable lies to sell his program as Barack Obama. Almost nothing Obama told us about his program is true.
Barack Obama makes Bill Clinton look like Honest Abe Lincoln by comparison.
If Don Lapre can be prosecuted by the Obama Justice Department for making exaggerated claims about a program that was pretty decent and that we were not required by law to buy, how much more serious is President Obama’s avalanche of lies to sell a program that we would be required by law to buy?
At least Don Lapre offered a money-back guarantee if we were not satisfied with his program. To my knowledge, Don Lapre honored this guarantee.
I even received a phone call from Don Lapre’s organization asking if I was happy with his product. I answered that I was. But he was prosecuted for fraud by Obama — America’s Fraudster-in-Chief.
Why isn’t Obama being prosecuted by his own Justice Department for fraud?
Of course, we know the answer.
This fraud against the American people is 1,000-times worse than anything Bill Clinton did. And Clinton was impeached!
Here’s something else.
The ObamaCare exchanges are not strictly government. They are a commercial marketplace for private companies to sell their insurance coverage. Barack Obama is the chief spokesman (huckster) for this commercial product.
Obama should be subject to the same laws against advertising fraud for which the Obama Justice Department prosecuted Don Lapre.
At least Don Lapre was selling a pretty decent product.
Instead, we should insist on full enforcement of every letter of the ObamaCare law
By Ben Hart
I often tell my kids: “Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.”
President Obama and the Democrats got what they wanted. They rammed ObamaCare into law without a single Republican vote. They own it.
The only way ObamaCare will ever be repealed is if the American people understand just how disastrous this law really is.
Americans voted for this in 2012. The election was not close.
Americans need to feel the pain of what they voted for.
Americans are now experiencing skyrocketing health insurance premiums under ObamaCare — up 62 percent on average for women, up 93 percent on average for men.
Millions of Americans are now being sent notices from their insurance companies canceling their health coverage plans — plans they liked. And they are being forced into the non-functioning ObamaCare exchanges and being greeted with far more expensive plans with higher deductibles.
In 2014, you will need to prove to the IRS that you have an Obama-approved health insurance plan, or you will need to pay a penalty that amounts to 1 percent of your income in 2014, but going up to 2.5% of your income in 2016.
ObamaCare “Bronze” plan policies purchased through the exchanges are costing as much as $5,000 per person per year, as much as $12,500 per family — and still only cover 60 percent of medical costs. The cost of health insurance though the exchanges is much more than this if you opt for the “Silver,” “Gold,” or “Platinum” plans.
If you purchase a health insurance plan in the private market that covers more than the ObamaCare plans, your plan is then dubbed a “Cadillac” plan and is hit with a 40 percent surtax — 40 percent!
This is yet another example of how ObamaCare and liberalism punish good behavior. Why punish people for getting good health insurance and for being less of a social cost?
Perversely, ObamaCare is most punishing on young and low-income Americans — all of whom are seeing their health insurance costs go up dramatically under ObamaCare (unless you are low-income enough to qualify for Medicaid). A healthy 27-year-old could purchase a perfectly good health insurance plan for $127 per month from Blue Cross Blue Shield. 27 year-olds are now seeing their monthly premium triple.
In all so far, ObamaCare contains some 21 new taxes and tax increases.
A survey by Doctor Patient Medical Association reveals that 83 percent of doctors are thinking about leaving medicine because of ObamaCare. The Association of Medical Colleges now projects that America will have 90,000 fewer doctors than needed by 2016.
Health Care rationing has already started under ObamaCare.
A key feature of ObamaCare is a Health Care Rationing Board called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Every country that has government-run health care has a Health Care Rationing Board like this to control costs. The way they control costs is by denying people the medical treatments they need.
For Medicare patients, ObamaCare’s Health Care Rationing Board (the IPAB) has already mandated that it will pay doctors and hospitals just 33 percent of what private insurers pay for the same treatments. How do you think this will affect the quality of medical care seniors receive?
Then there’s the wonderful ObamaCare “data hub” — where you must reveal all your personal information, an identity thief’s dream. ObamaCare even demands to know how many different sex partners I’ve had in the last year . . . and whether I own a firearm.
Liberals used to be concerned with protecting privacy. No more. Your right to privacy is out the window with ObamaCare.
This 2,700 page ObamaCare law now includes 15,000 pages of regulations. With regulations included, this law now contains 11,800,00 words — so is 16 times longer than the Bible.
ObamaCare is a paperwork nightmare for businesses and individuals.
It’s still not clear to me how we prove to the IRS we have health insurance that meets ObamaCare requirements — including coverage for maternity care (which I have no interest in as a 55-year-old male with kids who are nearly grown). Somehow, I must also must prove to the IRS my health insurance covers family planning (including the morning after pill, other abortion-inducing drugs, and vasectomies) . . . plus psychiatric care.
If the IRS is not satisfied with my documentation on all this, I’ll be hit with a penalty amounting to 1% of my income in 2014, 2.5 percent of my income in 2016. Ouch!
America reelected Barack Obama by 5,600,000 votes in 2012.
Americans deserve to get what they voted for. Elections have consequences. As conservatives, we believe actions should have consequences.
How else will Americans learn that Soviet-style central planning by government doesn’t work?
The federal government can’t even build a functioning website for $634,000,000. How will it micromanage 18 percent of the U.S. economy?
When ObamaCare implodes (as it surely will) the circular firing squad among Democrats will begin.
Meanwhile, we will constantly remind voters that we told you so.
We told America ObamaCare would never work, can’t work — because it’s built on the same wrong economic principles that collapsed the Soviet Union — bureaucratic centralized government economic planning.
I fully supported Senator Ted Cruz’s 21-hour speech on the Senate floor on ObamaCare because his speech helped shine a bright spotlight on what a disaster ObamaCare really is for America.
Shutting down the government over ObamaCare was probably a poor strategy because that took the spotlight off ObamaCare — though I was certainly sympathetic to the shutdown strategy at the time. It turns out shutting down the government was a bridge too far. We lost the American people with that one. We should not do that again in January.
Instead, we should just hold firm on the sequester, call it a day, and shift the focus back onto the disaster of ObamaCare.
Throughout 2014, we should continue to attack ObamaCare relentlessly, mock ObamaCare, and remind voters over and over again who opposed ObamaCare and who supported ObamaCare.
We should make the 2014 Elections a national referendum on ObamaCare.
Keep our message super simple.
If you like ObamaCare, vote Democrat. If you oppose ObamaCare, vote Republican.
Even the lowest of ”low information” voters will understand that message.
This is how we win majority control of the U.S. Senate in 2014 and win the Presidency in 2016 . . . so we can fully repeal ObamaCare.
Saw ‘Captain Phillips’ with my son Pete yesterday.
The movie held my attention, so wasn’t a complete waste of money and time. It wasn’t as good as ‘Gravity.’
I give ‘Captain Phillips’ a “B-minus” grade as entertainment — though the crew says the movie is a complete lie.
The crew claims Captain Phillips was no hero.
Furthermore, the crew is suing the shipping company (the Waterman Steamship Corp) for $50 million for gross negligence, alleging “willful, wanton and conscious disregard for their safety.”
Here’s what struck me about the entire episode.
I kept wondering why there was not a single gun on the ship — not so much as a pistol.
This is a ship that is sailing into waters off the coast of Somalia, known to be infested with pirates.
In the prior three weeks leading up to this event, some 16 container ships had been attacked by Somali pirates — eight of them captured by pirates, with crews held hostage.
But no guns at all on these ships?!
The four pirates who captured Captain Phillips’ ship were just kids — teenagers. Their tiny boat was barely seaworthy.
Yes, they had AK-47s. But a single pistol could have picked them off as they were scaling the ladder they had hooked onto the ship. They could not use their AK-47s while climbing the ladder. But, knowing there would be no return fire from the ship, they just climbed aboard without fear.
Some big machine guns similar to what Tony Montana (Al Pacino) used in that great last scene of Scareface, plus some rocket-propelled grenades and shoulder-held Stinger missiles should be enough to discourage these pirates.
A naval-style cannon mounted on the ship plus an anti-aircraft gun to shoot down potential incoming pirate helicopters would also be prudent in these waters crawling with pirates.
Heck, a couple of Molotov cocktails tossed into the rickety boat these kids were on would have been enough to repel this inept pirate attack on Captain Phillips’ ship.
These ships are carrying tens of millions of dollars worth of cargo. They can’t move fast because of all the weight. They are sitting ducks for pirates. Obviously, these ships will be attacked — especially if the pirates know they aren’t armed.
If the ship had been armed with some decent weapons, U.S. taxpayers would not have needed to spend some astounding sum of money for three Naval warships to rush to the scene (how much did the fuel alone for this cost?), complete with Navy Seals, paratroopers, assault helicopters, assorted other aircraft and small seacraft — all to deal with four Somali teenagers, two of them barefoot.
This was overkill to an extreme. This was hardly a formidable enemy.
These three warships we used against these shoeless teens cost tens of billions of dollars each.
The ring leader (one who was fortunate enough to have sandals) was captured and is now serving 33 years in a U.S. Federal prison — which is only a few years more than former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (now serving 28 years).
At least the kid will get three meals a day and some much-needed dental care. He’s probably better off in one of our federal prisons than in Somalia.
My thought throughout this film was this ship deserved to be attacked — for stupidity.
I found myself half rooting for these starving, barefoot, hapless Somali teens as they were surrounded by the U.S. Navy.
You have to give these impoverished kids at least some kudos for guts and chutzpah.
They saw an opportunity — a big fat unarmed container floating in the water full of money — and they went for it.
They should have settled for the $30,000 in cash the ship had in its safe that Captain Phillips offered them. They could have been on and off the boat in minutes with $30k.
That would have carried them a long way in Somalia. They made a big mistake insisting on the full $10,000,000 ransom.
Too much chutzpah often gets you killed — especially when confronted by the U.S. Navy.
But why the heck aren’t our cargo ships armed?
I suspect it has something to do with some kind of United Nations anti-gun decree.
Perhaps arming the crew would violate labor union contracts the shippers sign onto.
And perhaps we can’t expect civilian crew members to use machine guns and RPGs to fight off pirates as part of their job description.
Some pirate operations will certainly be a lot more sophisticated and heavily armed than these four starving teens.
So why not just put, say, six Navy SEALs (equipped with all the right weapons) on every American cargo ship?
The tab for this would be paid by the shipper. That would be a whole lot cheaper for the shipper than losing an entire cargo, ship, and crew to pirates. And it would sure be cheaper for American taxpayers not to have three Naval warships rush to the scene of every pirate attack.
What I encountered when I tried to check out what my ObamaCare “Exchange” had to offer on Opening Day
Here is the screenshot of what I was greeted with today when I tried to find out what the ObamaCare health care “exchange” in Illinois had to offer:
I tried all day. And this was the message that kept coming up. I had this screen open for six hours. The message never changed. I then refreshed the screen. Same message. Can you say “train wreck”?
This is way worse than the Post Office. The Post Office is a model of service compared to this.
I’ve never gotten a message like this when visiting the Apple site, the Microsoft site, the Dell site, Amazon, Ebay, Google, Yahoo!, or the site of any major private sector corporation.
ObamaCare has had three years to set this up, and this is what we get. The federal government has almost unlimited money to spend, a bottomless pit . . . because if it runs out of money, it just prints more.
This is what happens when the government takes over an industry. You get the Yugo.
You also get the service of the Department of Motor Vehicles combined with the compassion of the IRS.
North Korea also has universal health care.
Everyone is covered! The North Korean health care system has even been praised by prominent liberals because, well, everyone is covered.
The problem is the North Korean government can only afford to spend $1 per year per citizen on health care. So you have to perform your own amputations.
This really is true. See my video report on on that here >>>
Don’t worry. ObamaCare will just continue to get worse and more dysfunctional from here, as all government
Take a look at NASA. When started in 1958, it was equipped with all the latest technology (all provided by the private sector, of course, because government bureaucracies can’t make or create anything).
Today, NASA is an antiquated joke.
NASA today could not make a toaster work properly. This is what happens with government programs. They are run by bureaucrats incapable of any kind of innovation. All they can do is manage resources, spread money around — mostly to political cronies.
That’s why, in North Korea, . . . you have to perform your own amputations.
Here’s What Health Care in North Korea Looks Like
And Here’s Health Care in Cuba — A Country Celebrated by Beyonce and Many Liberals . . .
It probably won’t get this bad under ObamaCare because we are a democracy and voters won’t stand for it. But voters (without much imagination for how much better life could be if government would mostly get out of the way) will put up with a lot. Witness the fact that we put up with the Post Office, the DMV, the IRS.
We get used to the dysfunction, the lack of service, and often outright thuggery of these government entities.
You can get used to almost anything. We would get used to being governed by the Mafia if we had no choice. We can get used to prison if we have to.
This is what Obama is counting on — us getting used to his “new normal.”
Here’s What Britain’s nationalized single-payer health care system looks like — what Obama hails as a model for us . . .
Not exactly what most Americans are used to. But it’s Obama’s idea of paradise.
Most liberals argue that we need a single-payer system for health care because health care should be a right. Everyone needs health care.
But everyone also needs food, housing, and clothing to live.
Shouldn’t we then, by that logic, have a single-payer system for all these items? Shouldn’t you also get your food, your clothing, and your housing from the government?
In today’s modern society, you also need a car, a cell phone, a computer, and an Internet connection.
You really can’t function without these things either.
Why not have a single-payer system for all these items?
Oh, wait. That’s been tried. It’s called Communism. And it doesn’t work so well. That system creates shortages of everything and mass-starvation.
What we’ll end up with under ObamaCare isn’t quite Communism, but health care that approximates the level of service we get from the U.S. Postal Service –hardly on the cutting edge of science, technology, and innovation.
In other words, meh.
I’ll close here with yet another encouraging picture of what your health care future is likely to look like soon under ObamaCare . . .
Can you say Triage?
Defunding ObamaCare is great (as Ted Cruz and Mike Lee want to do) . . . because that helps make ObamaCare even more dysfunctional than it already is.
But delaying the ObamaCare law just cushions the blow for the American people. It would be far better for Republicans and conservatives in the 2014 and 2016 elections if the entire ObamaCare law would just kick in now with a vengeance.
Why save Democrats from the consequences of their actions?
It’s also the “frog in boiling water” argument.
If a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out. But if the dim-witted frog is placed in tepid water that is heated slowly, it won’t perceive anything is wrong. It will just sit there until cooked to death.
ObamaCare all at once is the boiling water. The American people will notice what’s happening.
But if ObamaCare is allowed to phase in slowly, the American people won’t notice how bad things really are — until it’s too late. They will adjust themselves to the “new normal.”
It’s amazing how quickly people will forget how good the old system was by comparison.
Most people have long forgotten the 27-year economic boom triggered by President Reagan’s program of tax cuts and deregulation.
Americans have adjusted to the “new normal” of zero growth and a declining standard of living.
Median family income in America has declined every year of the Obama Presidency.
But Americans have gotten used to it. They don’t hold Obama or ObamaCare responsible.
People would notice if they suddenly lost 10 percent or 20 percent of their income all at once.
But they don’t much notice losing two percent of their income and wealth every year.
They readjust their lives and think this is just the way things are. They get used to it.
That’s what happens if we delay ObamaCare, if we allow ObamaCare to phase in slowly.
People can get used to almost anything.
Prisoners get used to life in prison — so much so that inmates who have been in prison for 20 years often dread being released because they don’t know how to cope in the outside world. They fear freedom more than they fear prison.
Also, quite a few ObamaCare supporters welcome the one-year delay the GOP House leadership is proposing. Everyone knows ObamaCare is not ready for prime-time. Even the author of ObamaCare in the Senate Max Baucus is calling ObamaCare “a train wreck.”
The one-year delay the House GOP leadership is proposing will just allow the Obama Administration another year to get its act together.
It’s worth noting that delaying ObamaCare for one year was a contrivance concocted by Karl Rove for the purpose of undermining Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and efforts by conservatives to defund ObamaCare.
Delaying ObamaCare for one year really doesn’t accomplish anything. It will still be the law of the land one year from now. Then it will become a permanent entitlement.
It will allow the Democrats to get off the hook for their support of ObamaCare in the 2014 Congressional Elections.
In addition to this, the American people need to understand that elections have consequences.
By reelecting Barack Obama for another four years as President in 2012, we deserve what we get.
Having ObamaCare kick in all at once, suddenly, will be a teaching moment for the American people.
If we are to have any hope of repealing ObamaCare, it’s important for the American people to feel the full brunt of what they voted for in 2012, including . . .
- The 21 new taxes and tax increases that part part of ObamaCare
- The 15,000 pages of ObamaCare regulations that have been tacked onto the 2,700-page law
- The rationing of doctor visits and basic medical treatments we now consider routine
- Doctors quitting medicine in droves because of ObamaCare
- The 16,000 new IRS agents now being hired to enforce ObamaCare
- Government keeping tabs on every aspect of your private life (including how often you have sex, whether you own a gun, and how much you have in your bank account ) through the giant ObamaCare “Data Hub”
- The trading of tens of millions of full-time jobs for part-time jobs because of ObamaCare
- And more.
Until the American people (especially the “low info” voters) see all this actually happening to them, we won’t be able to repeal ObamaCare.
According to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 42 percent of Americans are unaware that ObamaCare is even the law of the land.
These people all saw Miley Cyrus’s twerking exhibition. They have the latest tune by Lady Gaga pounding in their ear phones. But they have no clue what ObamaCare is.
CNN put together this hilarious (or depressing) report on the “low info” voter. One guy CNN interviews (apparently a college student) thinks ObamaCare must mean something about Obama “caring about people.” He had never heard of the law.
This is what we are up against — Invincible Ignorance.
Poland and Eastern Europe value freedom much more than Americans do today because they actually experienced life under Soviet Communism. Americans need to experience ObamaCare before they reject ObamaCare and the party that gave us ObamaCare.
We can’t always protect our children from the bad decisions they make. We can warn them. We can sound the alarm. But sometimes we must allow our children to experience the consequences of their bad decisions, or they will never learn.
We have reached that point here in America. Perhaps the American people will begin to understand what it means to lose freedom when they lose it.
Or perhaps not.
Now is the time to find out.