Happy Anniversary Honey!
First The Sugar, Then The Poison Pill
First The Sugar, Then The Poison Pill
It's been a year! My how time flies and things begin to surface that should make this first year of wedded bliss between the federal government's intrusive move on one-sixth of the US economy an occasion for examination. As the subtitle suggests, Obamacare was designed with the intent of administering the sugar pill first so that a warm fuzzy could be felt before the dispensing of the poison pill. Our Democratic lawmakers are famous for this tactic to sell us various brands of snake oil.
Here's a notable quote made a year ago by a US Representative from the state of Connecticut:
"This is a historic day, and we are happy warriors. We will be part of history, joining Franklin Delano Roosevelt's passage of Social Security, Lyndon Johnson's passage of Medicare, and now Barack Obama's passage of health care."
History in the making for sure, but what he failed to regurgitate in that statement is that two of the three things out of his mouth haven't turned out too well because Uncle Sugar has been using the revenue proceeds from Social Security and Medicare for other purposes than they were intended to be used for. Things that were designed to be held in "trust" were instead spent by the hands of the "untrusted." Both programs are now teetering on the brink of insolvency because of the reckless disregard for the interests of the American people. I'm not sure why anyone wouldn't think that Smirky's national health care system won't suffer the same fate.
I will use a Kaiser Foundation poll to illustrate the swing in public mood about this attempt at insuring every American. Your choices are that you either purchase private health insurance or you will be enrolled in a government mandated insurance program. Those will be your choices so keep that in mind as we move forward. The poll found that a year ago 46% of those polled favored and 40% did not favor the new law. That was before "they passed the bill so that we can find out what is in it." A year later the same Kaiser poll is showing a flip flop of sorts with the favorable view sliding to 40% and the unfavorable view climbing to 46%.
Now granted this is but one poll which I realize is among the many. The reason I use it is the fact that the Democrats on the Hill like to cite this particular poll in their arguments about favorability and health care. There is a four point swing in this poll but other polls show a much greater dissatisfaction about what we are "finding" in the bill. Much of what is being found hidden in the bill isn't pretty, but that's another subject altogether.
Anniversary's are supposed to be such happy events and make you fell all giddy. The giddiness of this one is the rush from the sugar pill they had prepared to make you feel that way. So far it hasn't hit us in the wallet like it is intended to. The front end of this is a feel good type of thing such as allowing children up to 26 years old to ride on their parent's health insurance policy. Hasn't hit your wallet a bit yet, has it?
Understanding politics and politicians, as I do more each passing day, is critical to understanding the mechanics of the implementation of this particular piece of monstrous legislation. Front loading a law like this with the sugar pills was intentional and was designed so that the poison pill didn't hit until after the 2012 re-election campaign for Smirksalot. That's how the people in Foggy Bottom think folks. Every action they appear to take is about the next election campaign. How cynical of me huh? Also how realistic of me for bringing that to anyone's attention.
Obama is surrounded now with uncertainty concerning his signature in history. How solid is what was crafted in secrecy remains to be seen. Various judges have ruled various ways about the constitutionality of said law depending on their particular political flavor and whether they considered the US Constitution in their decision or are just known political activist jurists who rule from what they think is right. Various litigants have asked the SCOTUS to expedite hearing the case due to the economic burden it places on the states in the requirements of implementing such a bureaucratic system for health as this one requires. Obama's Justice Department is whining that it isn't necessary. There is conjecture that it will be at least a year before the Supremes hear the case and make their ultimate ruling. Why? My answer again is "politics."
It again rears its ugly head on this joyous anniversary occasion regarding the issuance of waivers to those who are currying favor. You know the usual crowd of suspects, unions being primary amongst them. There have been over 1,000 waivers issued within the past year by HHS to those who have begun complaining about the excessive costs being placed upon them and how disruptive it will be to their existence. Well DUH! Get this though. That is before the poison pills are bottled up and set for distribution in 2014. People, and organizations, are evidently just now finding out "what is in the bill." I sure would have liked my five (5) days to read the 2,700+ pages of hidden tidbits and taxes. The poison is plentiful within those reams of paper.
My advice to my fellow Americans is to, in the future, be careful what you wish for. A political football is still a political football and this is one expensive one. I hear it here and there, "Yeah, but the government is going to pay for my health care." Is that right? And just who do they think the government is? I know who it is supposed to be - "We, the people..." and we will end up paying dearly for his effort to reform our healthcare system. Ergo the dispensing of the poison AFTER the next presidential election cycle.
Brace yourselves for the proverbial tossing of the political football as we swing into the political shenanigans I call the campaign which we may never see the likes of again. At least I hope that will be the case. I see it as a liability for Smirksalot's attempt to continue to occupy The People's House. He needs to make a stronger case for the the sugar pills I reckon as the poison will be the substance of the debate.
Health care reform is as good idea but 2,700 pages of bureacratic BS is quite a dismal prospect and when it hits you in the wallet, don't say you weren't told. There truly is no free lunch even though many in the Entitlement Set seem to think so.