Beyond the Cusp

September 15, 2017

How to Kill Two with One Stone

 

If your aim is to cripple the United States and destroy its healthcare system with one idea, the left-wing of the Democrat Party is your place to be. If a Single-Payer Government Healthcare System is your desire, then the government will become almost exclusively a health care organization and abrogate all its other responsibilities. We are going to hear one lie repeated over and over during this debate quite often with a different nation place at the closure of the statement. Backers of the plan will claim, “Government run healthcare is used in every major Western nations and it works so well; just look at how well it works in (place your European nation of choice here). The problem is it has not worked in any nation without consequences, and the world cannot afford for the United States to fall for this trap and become just another collapsing European country. Inspecting each nation which has adopted Government Healthcare and some specifics become apparent to those wishing to see the truth.

 

The first and probably most important item of note is none of these nations has a decent military which could respond to any external threat. This has worked for Europe simply because they have NATO and NATO means the United States. Should the United States become just like Europe, then the entirety of the Western World becomes defenseless. That would leave Europe completely open to invasion by any of a number of enemies who do not care about their citizens but do care about their military forces. This brings to mind Russia, China and Iran right off the top of our heads. And as Iran has stated their desire to bring Europe to its knees bowing before Shia Islam, why not just invite them in and start the mass conversions and beheadings now. Why wait for the inevitable should there be no United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines? Allow the United States to fall for the Succubus of National Healthcare and she will become as weak as (place your European nation of choice here).

 

The main reason within the United States is the amount that taxes will need to be raised in order to have what will amount to Medicare for all. The first hurdle will be to get all the individual hospitals, physicians, clinics, HMO’s, PPO’s, EPO’s, POS’s and other various health plans to take Medicare style lowest cost for procedure payments. There will need at some point to pass a law which will make providing, receiving or paying for any form of healthcare outside the system to be heavily taxed. This will prevent the Middle Class from opting out of making the necessary payment into Medicare to belong and in its stead buying private healthcare at a private, government independent health providing system. This will never be made completely illegal, as the wealthiest five percent will still require their own competent best possible healthcare without traveling to Israel, India, Brazil or Mexico to receive their healthcare.

 

Meanwhile, the fee for receiving Medicare will start creeping upward leaving many elderly it was supposed to care for out in the cold without even basic care outside of Emergency Rooms. Taxes will also increase lowering the standard of living with every increase. The final stages will require the government to cut other programs in order to pay for healthcare costs which will continue to rise. The first cuts will endanger the military of the United States until the Navy becomes a shore patrol venture, the Air Force will fly only coverage of the United States skies, the Army and Marines an internal security force, the National Guard and Coast Guard will be absorbed into the Marines and Navy respectively and the Border Patrol absorbed into the Army. With time, even these will be drawn down to the point that the United States will barely be capable of guarding her borders.

 

 

After eviscerating the military and public Federal Protective Services, the government will begin to look elsewhere for funds. The Park Service, other social programs, anywhere and everywhere will become vulnerable and all the while, the quality of healthcare will fall. The physician pay will slowly be eaten away until nobody desires to become a physician, especially a surgeon or other specialist while nursing schools will become empty of students and healthcare will bleed and the number of places providing care will be eroded. Hospitals will be the first to close their emergency services and then their doors entirely. That will be the slow death of even the lowest denominator of decent care and the price will continue to skyrocket. Eventually the government will be forced to restrict service allowing only the most life threatening surgeries and other special services. Diagnostics will revert to the least expensive procedures and many actual diseases such as cancers will go undetected until far too late. Mortality figures will steadily climb and life expectancy steadily decline.

 

All of this will come at an ever-increasing cost with rising deductibles used as a way to discourage the use of the services which remain. When something is presumably provided for free, then it will be used to the point of abuse and beyond. This has been proven beyond debate using many government programs as the proof. Once the Federal Government ruled that all hospitals that receive government funds, that included Medicare and Medicaid and Veterans programs, were required to provide health services, particularly emergency room services, regardless of ability to pay for services, emergency rooms were swamped and hospitals who provided clinical services to the public found these clinics were used to replace normal physician visits costing hospitals from tens of thousands to tens of millions annually. Much of these care billings were passed by the Federal Government to the individual states who often were well behind or simply defaulted. What became basically free health care is what drove the hospital crisis threatening many hospital closings. This is one example of government health care and the inability to cover such costs. Another pair of prime examples are Veterans Hospitals and health care as well as Native American health care systems. Does anybody honestly believe that within a decade the same problems will not permeate any single payer government health care system?

 

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

 

Former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (Democrat from Montana) told NBC News “I just think the time has come. Back in ’09, we were not ready to address it. It would never have passed. Here we are nine years later; I think it’s time to hopefully have a very serious good faith look at it.” He subsequently added, “I started out by saying everything is on the table. But I did make an exception and that was single-payer. I said, nope, we’re not going to put single-payer on the table. Why? In my judgement, America was just not there … It’s branded as socialistic by too many people.” Baucus was the main centrist Democrat around which the Democrat opposition to Single Payer Government Health Care had been anchored. With his new position, these few remaining centrist Democrats no longer have anyone to take their position and hold the line. This would likely mean that the entirety of the Democrats in both houses of Congress will support the plan which Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren plan on submitting in the Senate this fall as the way of saving the nation from Obamacare. This is just one more prime example of the Congress creating a problem just to take more power and completely ruin what they first damaged beyond repair. How turning all of health care over to the same people who destroyed the best system for coming up with new drugs, treatments and cures the world has known for the past two centuries will improve it rather than bring its destruction is beyond us. The Democrats by voting as if they were a single block represented by their most-extreme leadership probably in history will only need approximately twenty-five Republicans in the House of Representatives and three in the Senate. With John McCain and his cohorts of “Never Trump” Senators consisting of about a half dozen, the Senate passing such a measure is assured, the House might be a little closer but as it appears that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan seeming to be colluding with the Democrats, the House would also likely pass such and that is the story if the people of America do not wake up fast and scream until the mountains crash. Without a popular uprising, single payer government health care, just like in Europe, will destroy the United States and leave the Western World all but defenseless.

 

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August 21, 2012

Coming Election Will Not Affect Seniors Despite Claims

We have already heard the Grandma off a cliff in her wheelchair reference and will likely hear a lot more of that ilk between now and the election. Fortunately for Grandma and Grandpa, this election will have little effect on their comfort in their golden years. It is highly unlikely their Social Security will be drastically curtailed though they may not get as healthy an increase going forward, they will at least be guaranteed to get at least the same levels they currently receive. The biggest threat to their Medicare funding will not come from Paul Ryan as his plan leaves everything as it stands for those over fifty-five years of age. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about President Obama’s signature Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obama Care, which has already diverted (a political wording for stolen) approaching three-quarters of a trillion dollars from Medicare. Of course the administration has denied this even when confronted by Congress when Illinois Republican Congressman John Shimkus inquired of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during a House of Representatives hearing on March 3, 2011, “So, are you using it (the $716,000,000,000.00) to save Medicare, or are you using it to fund health-care reform? Which one?” To this question Secretary Sebelius remarkably replied, “Both!” Congressman John Shimkus then replied conclusively, “So, you’re double-counting.”

So, as things currently stand, no matter who wins the election, Medicare will start with their administration having to figure out how to fund it with it already short close to three-quarters of a trillion dollars, a significant amount in anybody’s proposed budget. The funding will be found even if it has to be printed, something that has apparently become the new American cure-all for budgetary problems. What will be decided in the upcoming election in the United States will be how the country will face the problems going forward. All the blame games over who made the mess, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, the Republican Congress obstruction, headwinds, speed-bumps or the alignment of the universe is irrelevant as whoever wins the election will be facing the same financial predicament. What will be decided is whether spending will be cut by choice now or by imposed necessity later. The main difference is if cuts are made as soon as possible, then the cuts can be made over time in a measured manner, while if we wait until economic conditions dictate the cuts, they will be drastic and beyond the control dictated by the creditors. This is the choice being placed to the American public and this November they will decide. What makes this election somewhat of a crisis is that many claim that this could be the last chance for the United States to exit the spending freeway of their own volition.

But, the question is whether this is reality or is this simply being used as a scare tactic? Those claiming that another four years of attempting to stimulate the economy through government spending to presumably invest in order to collect the funds back in future taxes will lead to the situation where sufficient numbers of voters will be receiving Government dole-outs and thus will create a permanent majority for continuing such programs. This is much like what we are witnessing in Greece and other places suffering in the Euro crisis in Europe. On the other side there is the claim that should we cut spending and wait for time to solve the economic slowdown, then the economy will continue to stagnate and funds through taxes will drop and the country will fall into a viscous cycle of Government cuts yielding less funds forcing more cuts etc. So, which prediction is correct we will find out about after the election and will be left to guess where the other path would have led. Where spending and tax cuts for the rich, the middle class or anyone who pays taxes will be the major discussion debated during the campaign, which is only half of the problem, much of the real problem with the stagnant economy will be left alone. So what is the other half and why will it escape debate?

The other half, what we believe will be the larger half (if there can be a larger and smaller halves), is regulations, particularly on businesses. What will spur the economy faster than tax cuts would be to simply take a laissez-faire attitude and simply make a promise not to add any more regulations or other requirements and keep Government from any further impinging on the daily operations of business. Just allowing business to know that the playing field will remain constant and the requirements are not going to change on a whim allows the business owners to make plans with some degree of certainty what the rules will be going forward. One of the quickest ways to kill economic growth is to keep fussing and adjusting the rules making for a high degree of uncertainty and unpredictability which makes planning difficult to impossible. This has been proven in a very easy historic lesson for people to research. In the United States they refer to the economic problems that resulted from the stock market crash of 1929 as the Great Depression. In Europe it was the economic crash of 1929 and they were in recovery by 1933 only to have it all destroyed by a small interruption best known as World War II. The difference was that Franklin Delano Roosevelt attempted one solution and within a few months impatiently tried his next approach on and on and on. In Europe their leadership could not agree on what they should do and what to enact to repair the problem, so the result was they did nothing and before they could agree their economies began to improve. That is the funny thing about economies; they are cyclic just like nature and just about everything else in the universe. Economies go hot then cool then simmer and repeat as needed. Often the best solution to any economic downturn is to simply be patient and wait, it will come back around. Unfortunately, doing nothing is directly against every impulse of humankind. So, the difficulty is to have the discipline to do nothing and rely that the cyclical nature of all things natural or manufactured is cyclical and the only thing that is constant is change. So, our advice to whoever wins in November, make your decisions on what regulations you like and which you wish to toss out and after enacting it in your first hundred days, just take your hands and sit on them. Do not do anything no matter how obviously correct it may appear. Can any politician actually have the mental discipline to leave things alone? Somehow it is doubtful.

 

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