Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'm beginning to seriously wonder...

...if the next American civil war might begin over, of all things, health care.

No, really.

I've openly mused on this blog before about what issue it would take for this country to begin tearing itself apart. Previously I thought it would be about illegal immigration (which is still a huge problem and one that very few elected officials seem inclined to address).

But now, having seen numerous videos coming from "town hall" meetings between members of Congress and their constituents, and seeing the very real disdain that too many politicians obviously have toward the people they have sworn an oath to serve...

No, I don't think this is "partisan" very much at all now. I do however believe that the disconnect which has been growing for many years between regular citizens and their elected representatives - during times in which both major parties have been "in power", it should be noted - is finally come to the point beyond mere "strained" and hurtling toward complete breaking.

I don't want the United States government managing my health care. As "Cash for Clunkers" has demonstrated, this government can't even run a used-car business. And that is a legitimate enough thing for anybody to be worried about. Most likely, a lot of people, And it's also quite probable that darn near as many will be honked-off enough to fight against it. By any means necessary, if push comes to shove. If for no other reason than because I like to believe the American people for the most part do not cotton to being dictated to by unaccountable bureaucrats in a far-off city.

For what little that it's worth... 'cuz hey, I'm just a guy with a blog... I'll simply note this: that if President Barack Obama continues pressing ahead with his "health care reform", nothing good will come of it for him.

And neither do I believe that this should be seen as a ripe "political opportunity" for the Republicans, either. This is something that must be opposed for the right reasons: on grounds that it is the scariest push toward socialism in living American memory.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you have health insurance ?

Anonymous said...

I have health insurance for which I pay 100% of the premium...$327 each month...it has a 10,000 deductible for catastrophic events. $10,000 is peanuts for cancer treatment etc. The company is Mega Life & Health. I am responsible for meds and doctors visits however there is always a negotiated discount for doctors visits.

JP said...

> I don't want the United States government managing my health care.

The most anyone has proposed is a public option for health insurance that you could voluntarily purchase from the government. No one is being asked to give up anything they currently have, certainly not you.

The hyperbole around this is absurd and insane, and you're not helping, Chris.

Chris Knight said...

JP,
I would like to know where in the Constitution does the federal government gets the authority to be in the health insurance business at all.

Yes, I'm aware that the government already does things that are not sanctioned by the Constitution. I'm not crazy about those either.

And claims of "hyperbole" aside, it has to be admitted that too many elected officials are refusing to hear their constituents out on this. If nothing else does, that one is something that bugs me tremendously.

Anonymous said...

Which news are you watching ? the Rush Limbaugh edition ? From what I've seen the officials are not only listening to their constituents but are being abused by them ..... and usually about issues that are completely off-topic.

bmovies said...

"The most anyone has proposed is a public option for health insurance that you could voluntarily purchase from the government. No one is being asked to give up anything they currently have, certainly not you."

This is misleading. The way the regulations are written, you will be eased off your current insurance, and be forced to take the "public option". Over time, the private insurance companies will be phased out. The "public option" isnt something that will exist alongside private health insurers. Government means to have its monopoly and will see to it that the private insurers are gone, and government insurance will be the only thing standing.

Katie Gaffner said...

bmovies is right.
Read some of this bill, you'll be shocked and appalled at what you find.

It seems harmless until you begin to read some of this bill and the implied authority that will be given to this HC Commissioner.. it's frightening at the least.

I encourage you to look up HR 3200 and find the bill in it's entirity, which is over 1000 pages long. Before anyone passes judgement he/she should try reading some for themselves.

I agree with you Chris.
I think our country might be face to face with the next American revolution.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'm beginning to seriously wonder...

...if the next American civil war might begin over, of all things, health care.

No, really.

I've openly mused on this blog before about what issue it would take for this country to begin tearing itself apart. Previously I thought it would be about illegal immigration (which is still a huge problem and one that very few elected officials seem inclined to address).

But now, having seen numerous videos coming from "town hall" meetings between members of Congress and their constituents, and seeing the very real disdain that too many politicians obviously have toward the people they have sworn an oath to serve...

No, I don't think this is "partisan" very much at all now. I do however believe that the disconnect which has been growing for many years between regular citizens and their elected representatives - during times in which both major parties have been "in power", it should be noted - is finally come to the point beyond mere "strained" and hurtling toward complete breaking.

I don't want the United States government managing my health care. As "Cash for Clunkers" has demonstrated, this government can't even run a used-car business. And that is a legitimate enough thing for anybody to be worried about. Most likely, a lot of people, And it's also quite probable that darn near as many will be honked-off enough to fight against it. By any means necessary, if push comes to shove. If for no other reason than because I like to believe the American people for the most part do not cotton to being dictated to by unaccountable bureaucrats in a far-off city.

For what little that it's worth... 'cuz hey, I'm just a guy with a blog... I'll simply note this: that if President Barack Obama continues pressing ahead with his "health care reform", nothing good will come of it for him.

And neither do I believe that this should be seen as a ripe "political opportunity" for the Republicans, either. This is something that must be opposed for the right reasons: on grounds that it is the scariest push toward socialism in living American memory.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you have health insurance ?

Anonymous said...

I have health insurance for which I pay 100% of the premium...$327 each month...it has a 10,000 deductible for catastrophic events. $10,000 is peanuts for cancer treatment etc. The company is Mega Life & Health. I am responsible for meds and doctors visits however there is always a negotiated discount for doctors visits.

JP said...

> I don't want the United States government managing my health care.

The most anyone has proposed is a public option for health insurance that you could voluntarily purchase from the government. No one is being asked to give up anything they currently have, certainly not you.

The hyperbole around this is absurd and insane, and you're not helping, Chris.

Chris Knight said...

JP,
I would like to know where in the Constitution does the federal government gets the authority to be in the health insurance business at all.

Yes, I'm aware that the government already does things that are not sanctioned by the Constitution. I'm not crazy about those either.

And claims of "hyperbole" aside, it has to be admitted that too many elected officials are refusing to hear their constituents out on this. If nothing else does, that one is something that bugs me tremendously.

Anonymous said...

Which news are you watching ? the Rush Limbaugh edition ? From what I've seen the officials are not only listening to their constituents but are being abused by them ..... and usually about issues that are completely off-topic.

bmovies said...

"The most anyone has proposed is a public option for health insurance that you could voluntarily purchase from the government. No one is being asked to give up anything they currently have, certainly not you."

This is misleading. The way the regulations are written, you will be eased off your current insurance, and be forced to take the "public option". Over time, the private insurance companies will be phased out. The "public option" isnt something that will exist alongside private health insurers. Government means to have its monopoly and will see to it that the private insurers are gone, and government insurance will be the only thing standing.

Katie Gaffner said...

bmovies is right.
Read some of this bill, you'll be shocked and appalled at what you find.

It seems harmless until you begin to read some of this bill and the implied authority that will be given to this HC Commissioner.. it's frightening at the least.

I encourage you to look up HR 3200 and find the bill in it's entirity, which is over 1000 pages long. Before anyone passes judgement he/she should try reading some for themselves.

I agree with you Chris.
I think our country might be face to face with the next American revolution.