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September 20, 2013


In 2008 Obama made a campaign speech in which he promised by the end of his FIRST term to reduce the cost of healthcare to American families by $2500. There was quite a cynical smirk on his face when he heard them cheer for that one. ("I'll have to remember that line for my next speech.")

The cost of healthcare and insurance for my family has gone up, way up, not down since our Dear Leader took office. I did get a "free" colonoscopy and my wife got a "free" mammogram, but I have paid $3500 in increased health insurance premiums since that provision of O-care went into effect.

On Forbes.com today they reported that the Centers for Medicaid Services CMS.gov said that next year healthcare spending would increase by $621 billion and that a typical family of four will see their healthcare costs increase by $7450.

Blogger Brian said, "Problems in implementation, which are inevitable, can be explained away by Republican interference."

I think Obamacare has a whole lot more problems about it than Republican interference.

I do not think that the major thrust of "Obamacare" is to reduce the costs of medical care on an individual or family basis. It is simply a way to get more individuals insured by making it mandatory to have medical insurance. One of the methods employed to accomplish this is to impose a surtax on individuals who deliberately choose not to acquire medical insurance coverage. In this way, the money withheld from income tax refunds, which could have been used to purchase medical insurance, will go toward subsidies that defray the costs of the remaining uninsured.

Mandating that medical insurers must accept individuals with pre-existing medical conditions will be uncomfortable for the insurers in the short term, but the "system" will achieve a more equitable balance in the long term, as a more reasonable distribution of resources is finally realized.

Almost all original charters of public medical facilities include the stipulation that medical care must be administered to all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay. When you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, you will get it, regardless of whether or not you have insurance. The surtax on uninsured individuals will have an effect on those who recognize that not having medical insurance is not life-threatening. But it will cost them by not participating.

Republicans are cutting their own throats by resisting inevitable change. Most medical professionals are rather dismissive when questioned about Obamacare, because they realize the intent of the legislation. In other words - it's the same clowns in a different circus.

Meanwhile, the morally neutral and emotionless second law of thermodynamics, and the inexorably cruel forces of natural selection will impose unavoidable realities on all human egos, regardless of whether or not they think that legislation affecting medical care in the United States will result in a favorable change.

I am one smart sumbitch, right?

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