The law of unintended health care consequences

I don’t agree with everything this American Enterprise Institute paper proposes, but I definitely like this sentiment:

We must take measured steps to reform the health system, allowing for frequent midcourse corrections as we learn how the system reacts to policy changes. We cannot anticipate every contingency and prevent every adverse consequence, no matter how many experts we consult or pages of legislation we write.

The massive health care legislation being considered in Congress and proposed by Obama is ripe for the law of unintended consequences to fully flower.

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My prediction for the health care ‘summit’

At the health care summit on Thursday, Barack Obama will:

  • Pinch his fingers together a lot.
  • Purse his lips a lot.
  • Pretend like he’s keeping his campaign promise to have open health care negotiations even though he’s only doing it after being called on the carpet about it and after the real “negotiations” (read: Democratic caucuses) are done.
  • Lie.
  • Say, “Let me be clear,” a lot and then not be clear.
  • Say, “You will be able to keep your health plan and your doctor” a lot.
  • Lie some more.
  • And stumble and fumble around when something gets out of his control.

Republicans will:

  • Be generally useless because they’re scared to death of being called the “party of no,” even when it’s a good thing to say no to something bad.

Democrats will:

  • Let their minds wander off to how much more money they can spend so they won’t feel guilty about something.

Here’s how Obamacare will work

  • Require health insurers to accept all applicants regardless of health at time of application or in past.
  • Require all people to have insurance.
  • All people, except those with the guts to tell the government to get lost, will get health insurance.
  • The premiums under these conditions would naturally go up, but …
  • President Obama’s health insurance price regulatory panel will control prices.
  • Insurers won’t be able to make a profit. (Surprise!)
  • Insurers will go out of business or be subsidized by the government.
  • Ultimately, all health insurance will go through the government, which will have total control over what procedures and care will be paid for.
  • Single-payer accomplished, Cap’n.

Public schools peeking in on students

A public school district has sent laptops home with students that have cameras that can be remotely activated by the schools.

Yet another reason for Christian ministries to support the public school system!

Thanks WCIC!

Oops!

Flacking for President Barack Obama’s “new” health care plan, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters assembled for yesterday’s press briefing: “The president posted ideas of his on the White House website today. We hope Republicans will post their ideas either on their website, or we’d be happy to post them on ours, so that the American people could come to one location and find out the parameters of what will largely be discussed on Thursday.” And this might have been a small bit of successful Obama administration gamesmanship on health care and transparency in government except for one small problem: reality. Not only do House Republicans already have their own health care plan, not only is it already available online, but the White House’s own website already links to it!

From here.

HELLO? WHITE HOUSE? ANYBODY LISTENING?

“Overall the president’s numbers have been between the mid and upper 40s since around Thanksgiving — they tend to get a little lower when health care becomes the primary focus, as it is now,” said Scott Rasmussen, the pollster.

HEY! OBAMA! IS THE COMMUNICATION GETTING ANY BETTER? HELLO?

via Polls: Obama’s Approval Dropping, Opposition Up to Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill.

Caving in to China

This isn’t surprising, but Obama is even more in bed with the Communist leaders of the People’s Republic of China than George W. Bush was. His behavior toward the Dalai Lama last week and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs’ tacit agreement that Tibet belongs to China:

 “The president stated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China.”

This is a horrifically immoral viewpoint to take. It’s an admission that China has the U.S. by the, um, debts.

Obama sucker punches GOP

Holding up the “health care summit” this coming Thursday as an example of how “bipartisan” he wants to be about health care, how he wants to hear GOP input, Barack Obama today delivers a sucker punch by releasing his own health care legislative proposal. Through the entire health care debate, he’s been talking about his own plan but has failed to actually release his own plan. Instead, he has allowed congressional Democratic leaders to control details of the debate.

According to this account in Politico, Obama is going to play the populist card (again) and propose government control over health insurance prices.

Government control over prices is a bad idea. It interferes with the free market regulation of prices. While it can theoretically keep prices from going higher, it can also keep them from going lower. We in Illinois have seen how governmental monkeying around with utility prices has made a mess. When a ban on price hikes of several years was about to expire, utility companies warned customers that their prices would rise to match where they should have been over the past several years. Customers howled, so the state government again slammed a cap on prices.

Price control also means the government gets to decide how much it costs to run an insurance company.

This is not just a bad move for health care. It’s a bad move for freedom. Plus, it’s a game-changer at the very last moment of the health care debate. It also indicates that, as has been commented, the White House is just making it up as it goes along.

Over the past few months, the White House has been bellyaching that the American people just don’t understand how good these health care proposals will be for them. There has been a “communications problem.” Sorry, but the communications problem is that the White House hasn’t been listening to the American people. We don’t want what you’re proposing. Turn power in the health care sector back to the consumer, don’t gather more of it for the government.

This latest proposal of Obama is nothing but another step toward a fascist government.

Sifting through the ashes of the populist bonfire | The Daily Caller

Answering the question: If a useless health care plan crashes in Congress, does it make a noise in Poughkeepsie?

The health care plan didn’t fail because it was poorly communicated, as the president suggested in his State of the Union address. The plan failed because one never existed. It crashed, in a loud public burnout, because a coherent plan was never written. In the spirit of collaboration it was delegated to Congress, who promptly wrote 2,000 pages of status-quo-protecting gobbledygook. In this way, the White House ostensibly asked alcoholics to write the rules for a new kind of Prohibition.

via Sifting through the ashes of the populist bonfire | The Daily Caller – Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment.