A federal judge in Virginia has just struck down the individual mandate in PPACA (“Obamacare”) as un-Constitutional.
This is relatively likely to land this issue before the Supreme Court. It’ll be fascinating to see how this ends up.
I hope you all will forgive me if I take a moment to review something that should be rather elementary.
When politicians speak of “insurance”, you must be careful not to fall for their favorite trick: lying.
Let’s take this phrase, which has become incredibly popular:
“You will not be denied insurance on the basis of pre-existing conditions.”
Sounds wonderful, right? I mean, that’s the whole problem with those pesky insurance companies. Denials.
Okay. So here’s where it gets a bit weird. What exactly do you think insurance is? It is a way of diffusing risk. The first step in “insuring” someone is to assess their particular level of risk. For example, when you apply for life insurance, they are certain to ask you if you smoke. Why? Because people who smoke die sooner than those who do not. They take the information you provide, then assess your risk and assign an amount they feel will cover that risk. That is your premium – the amount you must pay to have them insure you. The idea is that the premium should be less, in general, than the costs of having something bad happen to you.
So when people talk about removing the pre-existing condition concept from insurance, they are actually talking about something other than insurance. No insurance company will insure your car, for example, after the wreck has already occurred.
So what will happen? If insurance companies are forced to cover pre-existing conditions, this must simply be added into their computer program that spits out an amount of money that will balance that risk. It is quite literally impossible for this NOT to raise premiums.
Insurance that has no mechanism for assessing and pricing risk is not insurance. It is welfare. Words are important.
Today is 10 November. A mere 235 years ago, on this date, the United States Marine Corps was created by an act of the Continental Congress. Twenty years ago on this date, I celebrated my first Marine Corps Birthday…at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California (Marine Boot Camp). There wasn’t much celebrating, of course. It seems like we got to scarf down something special during our four-minute evening meal or something.
In subsequent years, I’ve become progressively proud of my Marines. In an era where there seems to be little to celebrate, I can whole-heartedly celebrate the past, present, and future of the U.S. Marine Corps. If you want to feel proud of your country again, do an image search (or better yet a video search) on Bing or Google for “US Marines”. I guarantee you will smile, laugh, and probably cry. They should make us all so very proud. I am blessed to have been able to be a tiny part of that grand history.
Tonight, I will drink a toast to the Corps. I will say a prayer (as my family does often) for their safety, guidance, wisdom, bravery, and success. And I will look forward to the day when they can all come home to their loving families and friends ‘stateside’.
God Bless the U.S. Marines.
According the the New York Times, the TARP bailout programs are likely to cost nothing in the end.
That’s right. I said NOTHING. In fact, they may even net us little people (the slightly more than 50% of us who actually pay taxes) a tidy little profit.
So I guess I’ll just kick back, relax, and wait for my refund check from good ol’ President Barry from his “stash”.
Should I hold my breath?
Illegally crossing an international border and committing theft of tax dollars? No longer a crime.
But minding your own damned business, shopping, and exercising the Constitutional rights that you have put your own life on the line for? Apparently a capital offense, at least in Sin City. Come to think of it, that may be the only thing you can get in trouble for in Vegas.
If the same rules of engagement placed on our military were placed on the Las Vegas police, this guy would have gone home that night and slept in his own bed. And if more people exercised their Constitutional right to pack heat like this poor soldier did, the police wouldn’t have to be so aggressive when responding to a scene – the Citizenry would have already gotten things under control.
I am a huge supporter of the police, almost all the time. It’s an extremely difficult and largely thankless job under horrible conditions. This, however, definitely sounds like a bit of a hair trigger, IMHO.
Rest in peace, sir. I have a sinking feeling that a lot more of us won’t be far behind.
Even as demoralized as I’ve been lately, my Band of Brothers never fails to put a smile back on my face.
Prepare to be assimilated.
The architects of Obamacare, just in case any of you were still wondering, have removed all doubt about the purpose. Writing in an online article for the American College of Physicians (who supported Obamacare, incidentally), the insider bureaucrats openly state that small physician practices will likely become a thing of the past, replaced by large – probably hospital-owned – practices.
“Hey, you don’t think they’re trying to destroy us, do you?”
Too little too late, morons. You threw your lot in with the communists. Now enjoy being a little medical cog in their hateful machine.
Just don’t say we didn’t warn you. Idiots.
This isn’t over, of course. But the message is clear and ominous: a sovereign State’s right to protect its citizens will not be recognized in federal court.
Even being on our own would be better – instead, we have our own federal government actively seeking to undermine our safety and security. This is so bizarre there really aren’t words.
Oliver Stone apologized today for calling Adolf Hitler a “scapegoat”. His comments in London earlier this week provoked a short-lived rage by the Jewish community.
Why do liberals hate Jews so much? I don’t have the slightest idea. Perhaps the better question is why Jews love liberals so much.
I guess the Jews will get the memo that liberals like Oliver Stone are on the same side as Islamic fascists eventually…probably about the same time Black Americans will get the memo that liberals have spent the last century working to turn their entire culture into a drug-addled and welfare-dependent slave class.
I’m guessing both epiphanies will come too late to save the Republic.
This is pointless because they won’t do anything to him. Still, it makes me grin a little.
Now let’s see…who is left on the list?
Maybe we’ll get to their numerous ethics violations sometime later. Or not.
Okay. So this Sherrod woman at the USDA in Georgia is the victim of the year now? Is that accurate? I’m just checking. Let me see if I’ve got this straight real quick… Let’s go back over Mrs. Sherrod’s speech before the NAACP…:
1. She grew up on a farm, but hated agriculture. (She is, by her own admission, doing a job she finds uninteresting and sort of beneath her dignity).
2. She found out that she was a shoe-in at the USDA because she was a minority and there was an unfilled quota (her words not mine). So she is, by her own admission, only at the USDA because of the color of her skin.
3. She further found out that government jobs, like diamonds, are forever. She believed, by her own admission, she was an un-fireable bureaucrat.
4. A white farmer came in for help. Her first instinct was to deny his request for help because he was a dirty, evil white cracker devil. She is, by her own admission, a racist.
5. Eventually she relented and decided she would help the honky. Okay, so maybe she is a repentant racist.
The NAACP simply loved the part about her hating whitey and considering letting him starve to death instead of doing her job and helping him.
Does that pretty much cover it? Soooo…where’s the part I’m supposed to feel sorry for her about?
“I’m about the total destruction of white people. I’m about the total liberation of black people. I hate white people. I hate my enemy. …”
“I hate white people – all of them! Every last iota of a cracker, I hate ‘em’”.
“Through South Street with white, dirty, cracker whore [expletive] on our arms. And we call ourselves black men with African garb on.”
“What the hell is wrong with you, black man? You [inaudible] with a white girl on your damn arm!
These are quotes from a very nice young man named Maurice Heath. Mr. Heath calls himself Minister King Samir Shabazz, and is the head of the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Funny thing about Maurice. He was prosecuted for voter intimidation by the US Department of Justice. He was found guilty. Then his conviction was dropped by that same justice department, on the orders of the Obama regime.
I guess this is payback on white people for something. I can’t figure out why our infants should be killed, though. Maybe Mr. Obama can help me understand.
As for Mr. Health, the fact that he hasn’t been put down like a rabid dog is to the eternal shame of the city of Philadelphia. We should demand that the Liberty Bell be removed to a city with real men. With actual testicles.
In today’s installment of “Famous People and Their Useless and Moronic Opinions”, Jimmy Buffett, who has made a career out of about 1.5 decent songs and being an aging drunk pothead, blames the Gulf Oil Spill on George W. Bush.
What a shocker. I think if I were Obama, I’d politely decline Mr. Buffett’s support. Or maybe he’s like,
“Hooray! A gray-haired, eternally adolescent drunk pothead hippie doesn’t think I stink as President!”
If Jimmie was a rocket scientist, he’d have figured out a way to keep scalpers from buying up all the tickets to his Relief Concert 12 seconds after they became available. Way to give power to the people, Jimmie.
I just had to copy this from Frank J. over at IMAO. Hilarious as usual. Also not a terrible idea.
“There’s talk that General Petraeus may change the rules of engagement in Afghanistan. We here at IMAO have obtained an advanced copy of what those new rules may be:
LETHAL FORCE CAN BE APPLIED WHEN…
* Someone is shooting at you.
* Someone is shooting near you.
* Someone is shooting another Transformers sequel.
* Someone blows into a vuvuzela.
* You already tried fisticuffs, and that didn’t work.
* You have written permission from your parents.
* Someone makes a “Yo’ Mama” joke that really stings.
* You ask, “Can I use lethal force against you?” and you’re pretty sure you see the guy nod.
* You’ve run into the inventor of clamshell packaging.
* Someone just looks extra, super terroristy.
* Someone throws a puppy at you.
* You’re absolutely sure there’s no media around.”
Well, I guess it was naive of me to hope for something so incredibly awesome. General Mattis got passed over for the Afghanistan job. Of course, had he been picked, the war would have been over in about 14 seconds, and Obama would’ve claimed all the credit anyway.
No, instead, Captain Terrific chose the same guy he called a liar when he was a lowly U.S. Senator from Illinois. He chose to send General Petraus to Afghanistan. This is what Mr. Wonderful’s Official Fan Club over at moveon.org used to think about General Petraus. Remember this little gem? It seems like only yesterday…
GENERAL PETRAEUS OR
GENERAL BETRAY US?
It is amazing what good leadership can do. Under Bush, this guy was a war criminal. Under Obama, he is a hero. And all it took was the President becoming a liberal democrat, just like the media. Wow.
Okay. So Obama may not even fire the good General for his hilarious (and entirely accurate) digs on Vice President Biden, et al., but if he does, my vote for his replacement goes overwhelmingly to this guy.
General James Mattis, USMC
Of course, picking him would indicate that Obama actually wants to win the war in Afghanistan, and I don’t really think that he does.
Why do I like General Mattis so much? I think I can put it best by using his own words.
"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling."
God bless you, sir. Chesty Puller would be proud. Semper Fidelis.
So this is what it takes to humiliate France? Wow. That is surprising. There is so much for them to choose from. They have at least a hundred years of colossal failures, yet it is this that has them finally feeling shame? Amazing.
And to think they used to be one of the most powerful nations on earth.
I think it is appropriate this week, as the American Medical Association is meeting in Chicago (insert your own joke here) that we recap the great successes of the AMA over the past year.
Wow. That is harder than I thought. I guess the big news this last year was that the AMA sold doctors down the river by signing on to the health care “reform” bill monstrosity. The price for their betrayal? Well, they will tell you that they did it because they were promised a permanent fix to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate formula used to calculate physician reimbursements under Medicare (and therefore under all insurance). The result? A big fat nothing.
They sold us out, then got sold out themselves by slimy politicians who were acting, incidentally, like slimy politicians. It isn’t shocking that the Democrats lied about fixing the SGR to get the support of the AMA and many other physician groups. What is shocking is that these idiots in charge of these groups apparently didn’t get the memo that Democrats lie. Good grief. I’ve known that since I was like, in the 2nd grade.
Grow up, guys. The Obama regime hates us. We stand in the way of their ultimate goals. We must be destroyed. Stop helping them.
Doc Zero does it again. This piece moves me to tears. I hope and I literally pray that his fantasy of worldwide Liberty comes to pass. We shall see. Will the servants of “the pit” win, or will those of us who love Liberty for All prevail? I shall serve Liberty with my dying breath. What about you?
A lot has been said lately (finally) about the apparent ascendancy of “mid-levels” – a fancy name for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants – into a position from which they could challenge actual doctors (M.D.s and D.O.s) as Primary Care Providers (PCPs). I’ve been talking about this since the beginning of this blog, and I’m glad that others are getting on board.
This fear has been heightened by a couple of recent developments. First, there is the even greater aggressiveness of mid-levels, especially Nurse Practitioners, in staking just such a claim for stand-alone privileges. They have now gone so far as to crassly start calling themselves “Doctors” through a clever little trick of making their relatively brief training result in a “doctorate” degree – the D.NP. Second, there is the new health care bill, which promises to dump tens of millions of patients onto a primary care network already strained to the breaking point by years of neglect and financial attack from third-party payers, especially the federal government.
The concern boiled down is that mid-levels will push doctors out of the PCP business. There is reason to be concerned. Originally conceived to help ease the burden on PCPs touched on above, but now being paid 85% of what their doctor counterparts receive from Medicare, mid-levels have definitely begun to challenge their role as mere physician “helpers” and are now pushing – through their extremely powerful and even more extremely vocal unions – for more and more authority.
I have spent years in fear of this scenario. It won’t just be bad for doctors. It will be bad for patients. Nurse Prac…er… “Doctors of Nursing” simply aren’t trained like doctors. Neither are Physician Assistants – who, by the way, have their own lobby which is now pushing for them to leave behind the “assistant” part of their title and be called “Physician Associates”. Ugh.
I have had a bit of a change of heart, however. Don’t get me wrong – this whole deal is unbelievably unfair. To ask people to give up 12 years of their life to become “Board Certified Family Physicians”, and then to allow someone to do their job with less than 1/3 of the time spent and less than 1/10 of the money spent is simply obscene.
But here’s the thing. I am a good doctor. I work hard to be good at what I do. And I challenge any Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant to do my job better than I can. They won’t be able to. At least not with the kind of consistency that will make them able to steal my patients.
I feel confident in my abilities. I don’t have to refer every sore throat to an Otolaryngologist. I don’t refer every diabetic to an Endocrinologist. If insurers and the government think that a PA or NP can do my job cheaper than me, let them wait until they start to see the bills from the multi-specialist care those patients will receive.
If insurers start paying NPs and PAs like doctors, or start pretending they are doctors on par with me, then I will stop accepting that insurance. I am confident that my patients would rather see me than a nurse or PA. In fact, I am working overtime just to ensure that patients know the difference and can tell their insurance company (or the federal government) to stuff it if they go this way.
I’m not depending on anybody else to protect my job. I can do that on my own. Is it fair? Of course not. But nobody ever said life was fair, and as a self-sufficient Southerner and American, I specialize in winning unfair fights. Try and beat me at my own game, nurses. Do it without your union and without the government having your back. Do it on your own, like I am doing it, and then you’ll be worthy of the title “Doctor”, and not have to steal it through word games or trickery or political slight-of-hand.
The gauntlet is thrown down. I challenge you. But I don’t fear you. You haven’t earned that yet, either.
This may be my favorite Doc Zero piece of all time. It’s been a while since I felt a giddy rush of excitement, but this tirade delivered just that. Feel the terror, bureaucrats. Feel it.
Here is what the peaceful Muslims in Afghanistan are up to. Well, when they aren’t killing other Muslims who disagree with them, or setting pipe bombs to kill infidels.
Why are we at war with these creampuffs again??? Oh yeah. Now I remember.
SOMEBODY DIED AND LEFT THE FORTUNE HE SPENT HIS LIFE BUILDING TO HIS FAMILY!!!!! THE HORROR!!!!! WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?!?!? THERE OUGHTTA BE A LAW!!!!! QUICK!!! SOMEBODY FIND SOME WAY TO SEIZE HIS MONEY BEFORE HE GETS TO DO WHAT HE WANTED WITH IT!!!!!
Hey, NYT. Butt out. Just because you can’t manage your own fortune doesn’t mean that you should mourn when someone else can.
This guy started with nothing and built something amazing. Don’t ruin it by looting it with your grubby little commie fingers to give it away to your buddies.
Breaking News: Obama is going to give $400 million to the Palestinian leaders of the Gaza Strip. You know. The place from which rockets are launched that kill Israeli men, women, and children. Yes, that Gaza. The festering cesspool of vitreol and hatred that breeds terrorists like that water planet in the Star Wars movies bred clone warriors.
I don’t know about you, but I think I’d just as soon not send my hard-earned money to provide welfare and comfort for our enemies. Just sayin’.
Thank goodness. Since the other sanctions have always proved so successful, I’m absolutely relieved that the U.N. has decided to talk even slightly less cordially to Iran about possibly not blowing up the world, please.
Whew. Guess I can scratch Iran off my list of worries now. Thanks, United Nations. You guys are the best.
Helen Thomas, long-time crone and decaying Washington D.C. landmark has announced her immediate retirement. Tragically, she was undone by nothing more than going off on an anti-Semitic rant. On video. To a rabbi.
So since when has being exposed as a liberal anti-Semite (forgive the redundancy) been something you would be forced to resign over?
Guess I missed the memo or something.
Regardless, bon voyage, Helen. Enjoy your cackling, cauldron-stirring retirement.
Fight socialist health care.
Fight socialist government.
Fight socialist leaders.