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Obama made it very clear recently that the healthcare system he is proposing is for the healthy. That is the way, the only way he plans to control costs. If you are unhealthy, Obama may ask that you be “selfless,” and not get on the system.
I watched as Obama backed himself into a corner of his own construction when discussing his own grandmother. He says on one hand that the government is not going to counsel old people to death or make them offers they can’t refuse. He concedes however that the elderly and the terminally ill are responsible for a lot of the cost–cost is what he wants to control.
Using his grandmother Toots as an example, Obama squirmed while explaining that Toots likely should not have had her hip replaced, since she was dying of cancer and was 86 years old. Here was his comment:
“I don’t know how much that hip replacement cost,” Obama said in the interview. “I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement just because she’s my grandmother.”
“That’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues,” he said in the April 14 interview. “The chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total healthcare bill out here.”
There is no hidden message here, as the message is crystal clear. Sometimes Obama is worse than Biden in revealing the truth, though he is sensitive to the idea not throwing Toots from the train. What he’s not saying is he didn’t want her on the train to begin with!
Obama would have preferred Toots take painkillers for three weeks, instead of have that expensive hip replacement. After all, she died only a few weeks later. But what if Toots had lived another year or two? Should she be kept in a drug-induced stupor or should Toots become Soylent Green? Only the government counselors would know for sure. Soylent Green: Coming to a supermarket near you!
But there was the “private option.” Obama said, “I don’t know how much that hip replacement cost…I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement…”
Therein is the problem. What happens when people can’t take the private option or can’t afford it?
According to Obama, now traveling on his snake oil sales tour, it’s a choice between (1) the mean old insurance companies, aka “The Boogeyman,” or (2) the benevolent Federal Government.
Let’s not forget what Obama recommended not too long ago for America’s best citizens—our veterans. In an effort to save what amounts to a rounding error on the nation’s budget, Obama asked veterans to sacrifice by using their spouses’ healthcare coverage. Transferring their coverage to…those mean insurance companies! When the idea was shot down, here is what Obama commented:
“Look, it’s an all volunteer force,” Obama complained. “Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn’t compute.”
“I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country,” Obama continued. “I wasn’t asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I’d have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation’s deficit. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans.”
Here’s the wrap:
Obama is telling us what he would do to his own grandmother, a woman whose funeral he didn’t attend, because he was campaigning. He has said with his own mouth, and with his own words that he wants a single-payer system.
Obama is asking you to make a choice between the insurance companies, organizations you can sue, where you have individual choice, or the government, an organization you cannot sue, and who has real-life examples of its efficiency and effectiveness, like Social Security, Medicare, and the USPS, to name a few. Finally Obama has told you the level of desperation he is willing to go to by cutting veterans’ benefits, and putting them where…on private insurance.
If we live long enough, we get old. At some point most Americans will deal with health issues. In short, we all join the 80% at some point in our lives. I hope I don’t have to witness the “selfishness of some of my fellow Americans,” when it comes to ObamaCare.
That’s my rant!
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