This is the part where I remind you that I worked in the healthcare industry for 22 years. Not only have I worked for several major health insurance companies but I have also worked for medical practices and for a company that did annual enrollment for several major corporations. I’m not bragging, I’m just saying that for the fact that I may have a little knowledge about the subject at hand.
Anyway, yesterday a federal appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that the “individual mandate” part of President Obama’s healthcare reform is constitutional. The “individual mandate” is the part that says all US citizens will be required to carry some form of health coverage by 2014.
How is this even remotely constitutional? Not only that but this does not make healthcare more affordable. In my opinion, it’s quite the opposite. If health insurance is made mandatory the government is basically giving the insurance companies carte blanche to charge whatever they want for something that you’re forced to have.
There is no real choice in the health insurance markets since most states only have a duopoly at best of what health insurance carriers you can ‘choose’. The only thing that will make health insurance more affordable is if these market strangleholds are broken and not the so-called reforms that President Obama is forcing upon us.
I’m not saying that President Obama is in the pockets of the health insurance industry but it seems like he is sure putting more of the people’s money into their pockets.
As you may know I am not a huge fan of President Obama mostly because of his so-called healthcare reform. However I think he did himself a great disservice by releasing his birth certificate. Personally I don’t think the whole ‘birther’ debate was worthy of a response from The President. Only people with the relative IQ of a houseplant believe that President Obama was not born in this country.
The whole birther movement is the right-wing equivalent of the people who kept claiming that President Bush stole the election in 2000. They’re just a bunch of sore losers who can’t get over that their guy didn’t win.
Plus the birthers won’t be satisfied with this. I’m sure they’ve already come up with some idiotic theory that this is a fake. People like this can’t be reasoned with so in my opinion President Obama should have just ignored them. Now in the birthers’ eyes his response gives them legitimacy.
So as I’m sure you know by now someone started a Facebook group that basically prays for the death of President Barack Obama. Here’s the wording:
“DEAR LORD, THIS YEAR YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTOR, PATRICK SWAYZIE. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTRESS, FARAH FAWCETT. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE SINGER, MICHAEL JACKSON. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, MY FAVORITE PRESIDENT IS BARACK OBAMA. AMEN.”
While I do not (repeat do not) condone this Facebook group how many of you that are expressing moral outrage are doing so because it’s Barack Obama and not the office of the President of The United States? Would those of you who are demanding the removal of this Facebook group have done the same if George W. Bush was still president?
Again I don’t comment a lot on politics lately however some things are so monumental that even I need to comment on it and today that would be the new healthcare law. I spent 20 years in the healthcare industry both for doctors and for insurance companies so I do know a little about the subject so here’s my less than 2 cents.
The first thing I want to comment on is the fact that this is not a blow against the insurance companies. Some insurance companies will make mad money over this. I use the example of Medicare for this. While Medicare is technically run by the government it’s actually administered by the insurance companies. A handful of insurance companies have the government contract to process the Medicare claims in their region. I would almost guarantee that the public option will be handled the same way.
Secondly I think instead of legislating healthcare they should have investigated and regulated the insurance companies on a state by state basis because in every state there is only one or two choices of insurance companies that you actually have. I personally think that the insurance companies are colluding with each other as there is no real competition in any state I’ve ever lived in.
If the law ever sees the light of day I think it will contribute to the end of the private practice. I think that all these large hospital networks like CMC and Novant here in North Carolina lit the fuse on this however the law will be the death knell for private practices as doctors will flock to these networks just to feed their families.
Lastly, and this is most important part, just because the law has been passed does not mean that things will change overnight. There will be more challenges to this law than you can ever imagine. This law will be tied up in courts for years until it’s completely unrecognizable.
In 2012 I think that President Obama will be reelected however I think because of the healthcare law the Republicans will retake congress. If that sounds familiar it’s because the same thing happened in 1996 except former President Clinton couldn’t get anything passed.
So what’s that tool’s name who called President Obama a liar during his speech? Oh yeah, Joe Wilson.
I don’t know why everyone is so shocked. This isn’t a right or left thing either. Like I said there’s no polite political discourse in this country anymore. I’m actually surprised it took this long.
It’s only a matter of time before congress turns into those parliament sessions from Eastern Asia where fights break out. Here’s one from South Korea.
Don’t be surprised if we’re not living in a Mad Max type of world within 10 or 20 years. Not because of peak oil or global warming. It will be because we’re just going to degenerate into a bunch of savages.
And for no good reason here is Liar by Megadeth…
You’re all a bunch of asshats.
Look, I’m as conservative as they come but have some respect for the office of the President of the United States. You’re acting the same as the Bush = Hitler people.
Let your kids see the speech and if you don’t like what he said discuss it with your kids. Stopping them from seeing it is just going to make them want to see it more.
So this is what the Whole Foods boycott is all about? You have your tampaxes in a twist because CEO John Mackey is against President Obama’s healthcare plan and the fact that he basically called you all a bunch of fatasses. You know something? He’s absolutely right. And I even smoke and I still think he’s right.
And I hate to shatter your sense of self-importance but there is nothing more pointless than a Facebook protest group.
Whole Foods isn’t a store I would normally shop at but if there was one near me I would start.
Get over yourselves people.
I love referring to myself in the third person.
Anyway, I heard President Obama, or one of his representatives say that Medicare is proof that the government knows about healthcare. That obviously came from some one who never had to deal with Medicare. I mean it’s a plan that doesn’t cover routine physicals. You would think the government would rather pay for preventative care than an illness down the road. Medicare is the ultimate definition of a government bureaucracy. I should know, I’ve worked in the healthcare industry for 21 years.
However I have to take the town hall protesters to task. You people scare me. Nothing was ever solved through hysterics. And you may want to turn off whatever talking head you’ve been listening to because a lot of you are beginning to sound the same.
Now look, I’m no fan of President Obama’s proposed healthcare plan but it’s because of my experience that I formed that opinion. Not from what some suit is telling me in order to gain ratings.
The town hall protesters remind me a lot of the ‘No Blood For Oil’ protesters from 2003. Just as uninformed of the real issues.
A St. Paul elementary school has voted to officially change its name to “Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary,” pending approval of the school board.
The name is meant to honor the Obamas’ commitment to service learning.
Again I have to say while I think President Obama is doing a decent job so far he’s only been president for a little over 3 months. He still hasn’t done anything yet. And since when do first ladies get stuff named after then that’s not a rehab center? No offense to the first lady but she hasn’t done anything yet either.
And what the hell kind of name is “Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary”? Hell. if you wanted to call it Barack Obama Elementary I might have less of a problem with it.