Posted by: pjgron | March 22, 2010

Five Things About Obamacare

I was really angry when George Bush decided to spend my money to bail out the banking industry.  I was more angry when John McCain selected a soccer mom from Alaska to be his running mate, essentially surrendering his chances at winning the presidency (I’m okay with Sarah Palin as a person and local politician, she just wasn’t ready for the big time).  I was further  angered when Obama was elected and threw even more money at the banking industry and took over private concerns in the United States.  Then came the bonus scandal at major financial institutions, which basically took your and my money and put it in the pockets of the very people who caused the economic crisis in the first place.  But this last tactic, to push through a health care bill, that might be the last straw that breaks the economy’s back, is just too much.  So here are five things about Obamacare that you should consider.

  1. It is going to accelerate the rate of deficit spending at the federal government.
  2. It is going to further drain the ability of states to balance their budgets because business activity will shrink.
  3. People who are lucky enough to have a job will be footing the health care bill for those who do not, plus the added government administrative costs that will go along with Obamacare.
  4. This is going to create another pile of money for lawyers to feed from (no tort reform anywhere in this bill, at least not that anyone is talking about).
  5. It creates another government buracracy but does absolutely nothing to curb the cost of health care (the reason this whole debate started in the first place).

We might as well rename our country now to the United Socialist States of America.  Our government has succeeded in making the word profit a four letter word.  They have villainized the insurance industry at every turn pointing to their excessive profits (even though the industry as a whole is well down the list of most profitable industries).  We have taken another giant step closer to the brink of economic disaster.  Hang on to your wallets for dear life.  It will be more difficult to pay your bills in the future. 

 Pete Grondin  -  Author of A Lifetime of Vengeance, A Lifetime of Deception, and A Lifetime of Exposure.

www.pjgrondin.com

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  1. I believe you are correct; it is sad, but all these same fears have crossed my mind as well. One of the worst fears is that none of the ‘help’ will take place for 4-5 years, and the taxing will begin immediately. Many people are barely making it now, and so of our oldsters will die from lack of care because they can’t afford to pay for it. Many heart patients are splitting their meds in half to survive. I could go on and on. This is so scarey.

    One of my discusts was the Palin thing. I gave up on that party when she began and opened her mouth. My fear now is her salability, and her public speaking stuff. She is headed for running for president next time, and there are enough stupid people to try to back her. Enough. You are correct with you worries…I only wish there were something we could do.

  2. I am glad that Obama had the courage to try to fix health care. So far, he is the ONLY one that has been willing to invest his political capital to do that. If you think our health care sysytem is not broken, then I suspect yoiu haven’t been purchasing your own health insurance for the past 30 years, like many of us have. Now the Republicans want to say, not so fast? We have waited for generations to try to fix it. Only after we got rid of Bush administration and the Republican Congress has there been any movement towards taking on the insurance industry and their huge lobbies, that have quite frankly, taken over our country. Some change is better than no change. Only in response to America telling Congress that they want change, have the Republicans come up with changes that the they want. Not until the handwriting was on the wall. Oh, by the way, nice efforts by the Republicans to lend bipartisan support……

    • There’s nothing about Bushie that seems minute to me. He had 8 years to fix the health care system and did nothing. His dad had 8 years and did nothing. Reagan had 8 years and did nothing. Bush was so out of it that he had no clue that gas was over $3 a gallon and when he was confronted at a news conference he blew it off and said he’d have to check it out. I don’t know what planet he was on but it wasn’t the one where Ohio is. Guess maybe that’s because he has oil interests.

      I have an aunt whose husband had cancer and she lost everything they worked for so he could get care. He’s gone and she’s penniless. She was retired and had to go back to work and now she’s lost her job because of the economy. He was considered terminal and insurance cut off at that date. So she sold her house and everything in it so he could be comfortable in his last days. The good old USA.

      If “socialist” medicine is so bad then why do so many AMERICAN’S go to the countries with “socialist” medicine for their stem cell, cancer, etc. treatment that they can’t get here in the good old USA? Why were people buying medicine from Canada and Mexico that was sold to those countries by the good old USA? We could sell it to them cheap enough that they could sell it back to the Americans and still make a profit? What is that?

      And if you think it was Obama that made the bankers rich – who do you think were Georgie’s cronies? Georgie was all for big business and piss on the little guy. Why I even remember after Katrina how he was going to get to the bottom of the gas gouging. Funny thing is, after he said that nothing more was ever heard. Could it be because his family money came from oil?

      Here’s a suggestion. Stop making employers pay for health care. Go back to how it used to be. No money, no service. Instead of insurance paying for doctor appointments – pay for it yourself! Instead of insurance paying for prescriptions – pay for it yourself! I bet a lot of people who run to the doctor because they have gas would think twice. If you are admitted to the hosptial for a legitmate reason it will be covered and other than that you are on your own to shop for the best coverage and/or pay out of pocket. Wonder how many of the howlers will really howl then.

      Nobody in their right mind can believe that in January 2010 everything went to hell. It’s been a long time coming. And if Sarah Palin looks good -who in the hell goes out and buys glasses with clear lens to look smart? Duh!!! Golly gee I can hardly wait until her and Gomer sit down to discuss politics. Which one will be wearing the brightest lipstick and spotting Russians?

      Oh and if you don’t like the unions, then here’s another thought. Since the unions are the ones who fought for your vacations, health care, paid holidays, 40 hour work weeks, sick days, etc. then give up all those wonderful benefits that you think employers bestow upon you for shits and giggles, and see what you get offered. You can’t be stupid enough to believe they give them to you because they are just gosh oh golly so swell. If that’s the case you will like Sarah Palin as a presidential candidate.

      • CJane, Thanks for your comments and I don’t mean to nit-pick but George senior only had 4 years (thank goodness) and Ron Reagan brought us out of double-digit inflation and double digit unemployment with tremendous leadership and action. I remember this because in 1981 I bought a Ford Escort and the loan was at 17%. In 1980 I boutght a small house and the mortgage was at 14%. Obama is definitely taking action, but in my opinion, in the wrong direction. To pay for government you must have private industry. The more private sector jobs that you create, the more people are working, the more tax revenue generated, the more government can accomplish. With the shrinking economy and a ballooning deficit, we are in a downhill path on a slippery slope. And I’ve said in this blog, I am not happy with either party. They are both pushing the baby stroller in front of the bus. We need to fix the economy, then other problems are more easily managed. One more point; I appreciate unions quite a lot. You are right in what you say about the things they helped us accomplish. But, if all the jobs are leaving the U.S., what will be left to unionize against? The governmet? Once again, no private sector jobs to support a bloated federal government, where’s the money coming from? Borrowed from China and Japan. We can’t sustain this pace of federal government growth.

    • PS – GOP Grumpy Old People

  3. YEAH – THOSE LITTLE THINGS THAT PISSED YOU OFF ABOUT BUSH SEEM MINUTE NOW DON’T THEY? HE BROUGHT US 4.5 UNEMPLOYMENT AND 14,093 STOCK MARKET AND THEN THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER CONGRESS IN 2007

    NOW TELL ME WHEN DID THIS CRAP START FALLING APART??????

    YOU HATED THOSE BAILOUTS, SO DID I, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT OVERBAMA SPENDING MORE IN A YEAR THAN BUSH SPENT IN 5 ON KATRINA AND 9/11. THIS GUY IS TAKING AMERICA OUT AND SMILING WHILE HE IS DOING IT.

    THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE 1 YEAR UNEMPLOYMENT TO PEOPLE TO BUY THEIR SILENCE IN THE NEXT ELECTION, COMMUNISM.

    THAT IDIOT FREAK BIDEN IS SECOND IN CHARGE AND PALIN LOOKS BETTER AND BETTER

    WE HAVE COMPLETELY TURNED A NATION WHO IS ONLY 23% UNION OVER TO THE UNIONS.

    THEY OWN GM,
    THEY ARE GETTING READY TO UNIONIZE THE DOCTORS,

    THEY ARE GOING TO LEGALIZE 50 MILLION CRIMINAL LAWBREAKING ILLEGALS NEXT, WITH AMERICA ON IT’S WAY TO 20% UNEMPLOYMENT

    (I DON’T CARE WHAT NAME OVERBAMA USES TO TRASH HALF, FUC_____ HALF OF THE UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE – HE SAYS WE ARE AT 9.7 UNEMPLOYMENT AND 9% ARE NOT COUNTED BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN THERE 2 YEARS OR MORE……………….

    IT IS 18% UNEMPLOYMENT, DISALLUSIONED PEOPLE ARE STILL UNEMPLOYED, RIGHT LIBERALS?)

    UNIONS WILL GET THOSE 50 MILLION ILLEGALS REGISTERED,
    OBAMA HAS ADDED 12 MILLION TO THE UNEMPLOYED NUMBERS SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE
    WHILE HIRING 100,000 NEW FEDERAL WORKERS WHO, SURPRISE, ARE NEW UNION WORKERS………

    ARE YOU WATCHING AMERICA

    HE NATIONALIZED THE BANKING SYSTEM
    HE NATIONALIZED MY MORTGAGE INDUSTRY
    HE NATIONALIZED THE CAR COMPANIES

    AND AMERICA WENT QUIETLY

    NOW THEY ARE GOING TO NATIONALIZE HEALTHCARE

    CALL THE IRS FOR YOUR KID’S X-RAYS, SEE HOW THAT WORKS.

    YEP ALL THE WEEEENIES THAT COMPLAINED ABOUT THE LITTLE CRAP ON MCCAIN AND BUSH AND PALIN

    (THAT THE MEDIA POUNDED INTO YOUR HEAD HOURLY)

    ARE NOW WATCHING THEIR NATION BE DESTROYED AND TAKEN OVER BY UNION THUGS……………..

    HOW IS THAT HOAX AND CHAINS WORKING FOR YOU………..

    WE ARE GOING TO WIPE THE “BE NICE” REPUBLICANS OFF THE STAGE……..

    NO REPUBLICAN IN HISTORY WOULD EVER DO THIS CRAP………..TO THIS GREAT NATION

    WE DID IT YOUR WAY (BE NICE, MCCAIN FOUGHT A NICE FIGHT, BLAH BLAH BLAH)

    AND NOW WE HAVE TOTAL COMMUNIST CONTROL AS WE SAW LAST NIGHT.

    THERE WAS A TON OF BI-PARTISONSHIP IN WASHINGTON YESTERDAY

    AND THEY VOTED NO………………

    AND THE MEDIA IGNORED THEM AND THE LEFT WING SAN FRANCISCO DEMOCRATS IGNORED THEM………..

    NEXT TIME THE MEDIA TELLS YOU REPUBLICANS ARE EVIL

    PUT YOUR WIFE AND KID ON A PLANE TO DETROIT WITH A PANTY BOMBER

    GIVE UP YOUR CHRYSLER CAR DEALERSHIP FOR NOTHING

    GIVE UP YOUR PRIVATE BONDHOLDER MONEY IN GM

    START PAYING THE JIMMAH CARTER TAXES THAT ARE COMING – 81% STATE AND FEDERAL TAXES LIKE DURING THE CRAZY CARTER YEARS AND IT IS ON THE WAY AGAIN WITH A DEMOCRAT SMILE…………

    REPUBLICANS AREN’T PERFECT BY ANY MEANS, PALIN IS BETTER THAN BIDEN THOUGH, BUT COME ON GUYS,

    REPUBLICANS GIVE LOW TAXES AND HIGH SECURITY…………BETTER THAN ANY DEMOCRAT ON THE PLANET………

    AMERICANS CAN TAKE CARE OF THE REST………

    THE CONSTITUTION ONLY SAYS GOVERNMENT DO TAXES AND SECURITY……..

    ROMNEY WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT AND IT TOOK A CRAZY CARZY CARTER TO GET A REAGAN AND WE WIPED THE DEMOCRAT PARTY OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH FROM 1980 TO 1992, THEN WE IMPEACHED THAT FELON

    WE SHOULD HAVE HAD ROMNEY, I SAID FOR 3 YEARS NOW HE WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT COULD SPELL “CDO…………….PEOPLE KNOW WHAT I MEAN NOW, DON’T THEY?

    THE BEST PART IS THAT OVERBAMA IS GOING TO WIPE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH, WE ARE WATCHING…………

    THAT IS THE BEST PART AND WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THE LYING MEDIA GO WITH THEM.

    THE NEXT BATTLE IN THE STREETS THIS SUMMER WILL BE

    IT WILL BE ILLEGALS VS. LEGALS AND UNEMPLOYED

    AND

    UNIONS VS. NON UNIONS

    WE ARE ICELAND AND GREECE AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING…….SAD SAD SAD

    ONE MORE BIG REASON TO VOTE REPUBLICAN, IT SEEMS THE DEMOCRAT MEDIA REFUSE TO DO THEIR JOBS WHEN DEMOCRATS ARE IN CHARGE………..JUST REFUSE………

  4. Go Pete Go! I am equallty mortified by what is happening. Our politician are selling out left and right. This is a sad state of affairs. Keep telling it like it is.

  5. It is those good hearted employers who send the jobs overseas so they can save a buck. Dell, Hewlet-Packard, Ford, GM, Chrysler (who let the Germans buy them and then run them in the ground), Jobst Institute (who let the Germans buy them and then run them in the ground), Xerox, just to name a few. Then when you need service you need to talk to Joe Yacksimash who can’t speak English. I didn’t buy the product with pesos and yens so I shouldn’t have to speak to a foreigner for service. When an American company sends work overseas the product should have to stay overseas, period. Let the people that make it so cheap buy it so cheap and keep it out of America. The employers don’t want to pay the wages to the Americans but they still want the Americans to buy their stuff. Then look at what they do to poison our pet food and baby food. Do you ever think the purpose is to see how long it takes the stupid American’s to figure it out? How many corporations buy their computer software from German countries? One little tweek in a software update and look at all the financial damage they could do across this country.

    I am so tired of the wages that athletes and CEO’s are paid and when it comes time to make concessions it’s always the little guy who does the physical labor, that is epxected to take the hit. Look at the houses and vehicles that the athletes and CEO’s can afford and then look at the worker bees possessions. People just don’t get it that those same CEO’s and athletes bargain for their health benefits, vacations, etc in their “packages” so they are no different than a union worker, but again it’s the worker bee who takes the hit. How many of those little guys get the perks of suites at differrent sports venues? How many of those little guys hire on with 8 weeks of vacation their first year? How many of the little guys have access to a corporate jet and get millions of dollars of stock? Then you hear if corporations didn’t offer this they wouldn’t get anybody to fill the position. Well here’s an idea, let’s try it for a change and see what actually happens. There are enough hard working educated people out of work and I’m sure they’d be more than happy to go to work for well under a million a year.

    Our government is where it’s at because people have allowed it to happen and they have themselves to blame. They vote and have no clue who or what they are voting for. Hondurans had the right idea last year. The man in power wanted to change their constitution which said one term and out. They put his butt on a plane and shipped him out of the country and they wouldn’t let him back in, had their election in November and voted in who they wanted, not who other countries wanted, and all is done. We need to become a one term country. One term in government and you are out. If you didn’t get it done in the 4 years you were there, then I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

    Let’s do like the Australian’s do. If you work in this country the money stays in this country. It doesn’t get sent to Swiss bank accounts or to fund terrorist idiots and if you leave the country, you forfeit it and leave the money behind. But the bleeding hearts in this country wouldn’t allow that just like they won’t tell the illegal Mexicans that are here to do like the rest of the immigrants came here – legally and wait in line like the others. Again – the people in this country have allowed it to happen and they have nobody to blame but themselves.

  6. To My Fellow Citizens, the Republicans:
    Thanks to last night’s vote, that child of yours who has had asthma since birth will now be covered after suffering for her first nine years as an American child with a pre-existing condition.
    Thanks to last night’s vote, that 23-year-old of yours who might be hit one day by a drunk driver and spend six months recovering in the hospital will now not go bankrupt because you will be able to keep him on your insurance policy.
    Thanks to last night’s vote, after your cancer returns for the third time — racking up another $200,000 in costs to keep you alive — your insurance company will have to commit a criminal act if they even think of dropping you from their rolls.
    Yes, my Republican friends, even though you have opposed this health care bill, we’ve made sure it is going to cover you, too, in your time of need. I know you’re upset right now. I know you probably think that if you did get wiped out by an illness, or thrown out of your home because of a medical bankruptcy, that you would somehow pull yourself up by your bootstraps and survive. I know that’s a comforting story to tell yourself, but what if you can’t?
    But the reality is that these health insurance companies have only one mission: To take as much money from you as they can — and then work like demons to deny you whatever coverage and help they can should you get sick.
    So, when you find yourself suddenly broadsided by a life-threatening illness someday, perhaps you’ll thank those pinko-socialist, Canadian-loving Democrats and independents for what they did Sunday evening.
    If it’s any consolation, the thieves who run the health insurance companies will still get to deny coverage to adults with pre-existing conditions for the next four years. They’ll also get to cap an individual’s annual health care reimbursements for the next four years. And if they break the pre-existing ban that was passed last night, they’ll only be fined $100 a day! And, the best part? The law will require all citizens who aren’t poor or old to write a check to a private insurance company. It’s truly a banner day for these corporations.
    So don’t feel too bad. We’re a long way from universal health care. Over 15 million Americans will still be uncovered — and that means about 15,000 will still lose their lives each year because they won’t be able to afford to see a doctor or get an operation. But another 30,000 will live. I hope that’s ok with you.
    If you don’t mind, we’re now going to get busy trying to improve upon this bill so that all Americans are covered and so the grubby health insurance companies will be put out of business — because when it comes to helping the sick, no one should ever be allowed to ask the question, “How much money can we save by making this poor bastard suffer?”
    Please, my Republican friends, if you can, take a quiet moment away from your AM radio and cable news network this morning and be happy for your country. We’re doing better. And we’re doing it for you, too.


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