GOP Health Care Reform #3 -Improve Health Insurance for the Sick Without Messing Up Insurance for the Healthy

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Health insurance is expensive enough when you are healthy. When you are sick – especially when you have a chronic illness like Chron’s disease or juvenile diabetes – insurance can be very expensive. If you are lucky, your employer has enough employees so that insurance is available and affordable. If you lose your job, you could be out of luck, paying thousands per month.

Obamacare is trying to address this problem by forcing young and healthy people to buy insurance on the Federal marketplace. The plan is to spread the risk of sick people and older people over large groups seeded with younger, healthier people. So far? Fail. Continue reading

GOP Health Care Reform #2b – Save on Health Care by Saving For Health Care

Save on Health Care by Saving For Health Care

If a significant percentage of shoppers at a supermarket paid a flat $300 month for all the groceries they wanted, plus a $20 “co-pay” for each supermarket visit, how long before the supermarket stopped carrying top-shelf ingredients and everything became plain-label products?  How careful would they be about not wasting food at home? How long could the supermarket keep monthly “premiums” at $300? Continue reading

Sheep Asleep?

From the Wiki-How article "How to pretend to be asleep"Among the Facebook crowd, you occasionally get “that guy” who posts some fresh hell to their timeline and announces in all caps “WAKE UP SHEEPLE!”

Generally, I try to avoid screaming at my Facebook friends. I post plenty of fresh hell links demonstrating the mendacity of Big Government with pithy comments thrown in at no extra charge, but I have wondered why there are so many who are blind to the menace of a Government that is increasing in power exponentially. Are Americans “asleep” – are they “sheeple”. Continue reading

Hardly a Constitutional Crisis

Burning ConstitutionA meme that has been galloping around the internet is that somehow the attempts by the House of Representatives to defund Obamacare is prompting an unconstitutional crisis.

Booshwa.

Admittedly, the House is manipulating parliamentary procedure to make it impossible for other proposals to make it to the floor of the House for a vote, but the constitution does not speak to the procedures for bringing up laws for a vote. I may not like it, but that’s what elections are for, to toss out people who do things we do not like. Continue reading

The True Shame of the NSA

NSA ScandalThe real shame of the NSA isn’t that they have been gathering massive amounts of data. The real shame is that somehow an idiot like Edward Snowden was in a position to dump our dirty laundry hamper into the street for everyone to see.

The government necessarily has police powers. You and I can use force in emergent circumstances. The government can sit around, think about it, then decide to use force. Usually it is legitimate, like when they decide to raid a meth lab, or pick up a guy caught on camera sticking up a liquor store.

That power can be abused, too. I do not think every idiot who wants to dodge taxes should be able to declare their work a not-for-profit. It is legitimate for the IRS to use its police power to investigate organizations and make sure they comply with the law. The problem is that the IRS clearly used its authority to hamstring the opponents of those currently in power. We may very well be saddled with the most arrogant, narcissistic, incompetent administration in modern history in part because the IRS crippled the political opposition. Continue reading

Have a Heart…

Have A HeartToday I tuned into National Public Radio (yes, dammit, I listen to NPR.  For the articles) and was blessed with a story about the Framingham Heart Study.  Conceived in the late 1940s, the NPR story credited this study with creating the body of medical knowledge that has lead to a 70% reduction in deaths by heart disease.

For over 60 years, the study, funded by the Federal government has chugged along, giving residents of Framingham Massachusetts yearly physicals.  Successive generations of Framingham residents have dutifully shown up to be poked, prodded and interviewed about their lifestyle.  Collected by doctors, these firsthand accounts from modern physicians are indeed a magnificent treasure trove of data. Continue reading

Rebuking the Rebuker of the Rebukers

FB_Rand_Paul_McCain_DanforthEd Martin called it right.

In my view, there is an enormous overburden of crap that the GOP could be criticizing about the Democrats.  They spend too much, they have a warped view of what freedom is, they are bullies.  Every one of their policies have the opposite effect of what they are supposed to do.  With such a target-rich environment, you would think that everyone in the Republican Party would have more than enough to complain about long before they made their way down the list to another Republican.

You would think wrong. Continue reading

Drone Strikes on American Citizens

If an American is specifically targeted by President Obama with a missile fired from a drone, and the press ignores it, does it make a sound? The President has taken it upon himself to draft his own guidelines for when it is appropriate to target American citizens on foreign soil. During his administration, a number of American citizens – and the unlucky individuals within the blast radius – have been killed in strikes authorized by the White House.

The reality is that traitorous Americans are going to engage in activity that threatens the US. I feel no particular sympathy for a dead terrorist that just happens to be an American by birth. In World War Two, a large number of Americans went to Nazi Germany to fight, and ended up being killed by GIs, bombed by the Army Air Corps or sent to the deep by the Navy. That’s what happens when you choose sides against your countrymen – your countrymen may kill you in the heat of battle. Continue reading

Marcus Aurelius and the Nature of God

My friend posted to his Facebook wall an example of odd things agnostics say:

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” ― Marcus Aurelius

I say that this is odd because it has a number of flawed suppositions that I would think would be self-evident. Continue reading