Listen to the people!

We don’t live in a democracy.  I appreciate that.  We shouldn’t, there are a lot of problems with the concept of pure democracy, and the founders of this great nation were wise indeed to choose not to elect to have a country where three wolves and a sheep decide what’s for dinner.  That being said, we do live in a country where the people’s voice is very, very important.  Our leaders are elected to serve and represent based on our, the people’s, desires and ideals, not their own.  

Once, a long time ago, before the era of ubiquitous mobile phones and do not call lists, I got a call from a telemarketer.  I tried to be polite, as I usually try to do, and, after allowing him to introduce himself, simply said no thank you.  The telemarketer insisted on persisting, so I gave up politeness, and hung up the phone.  The telemarketer called back.  

My mom, who had once had the great misfortune to work in telemarketing herself, found this story incredible.  I had clearly expressed my disinterest, and I was clearly not going to be persuaded.  The telemarketer, who likely worked on commissions, was only wasting his time, that he could have been pursuing other calls that would be far more likely to benefit him and a willing customer.  Instead, he foolishly chose to pursue me, who was likely only to get more and more annoyed by his persistence in attempting to sell me something that I clearly was not interested in buying. 

Tomorrow night, President Obama will make yet another speech attempting to sell the Democrat’s healthcare reform plan.  He has tried to sell it as a cost cutting measure, that didn’t work, so he tried to sell it to insure everyone, that didn’t work; he tried to promise that we could keep the coverage we wanted, we know that’s wrong.  They’ve pushed public options, co-ops, triggers, and mandates, the people aren’t buying it.  The more he tries to sell it, the more the American people make it clear that they, like me with the telemarketer, are simply not interested.  

Mr. Obama has promised to pursue a number of different goals in the name of change, under what he promised to be a transformative presidency.  I didn’t vote for Obama, but I appreciate that a majority of the people did.  However, they did not do so in order for him to force plans on the country that the country has shown, time and again, that it has no interest in accepting.  I don’t doubt that he means well, but the American people have shown that the proposed reforms are not their choice, and our democratic republic system dictates that their voices must be heard.  It’s time for the democrats to cut their losses on this one, and move on to something that the American people might actually want.

We could use more Senator Tom Coburns

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has an excellent discussion with his constituents about healthcare (HT: Neal’s Nuze)

Note that not only is he delightfully well informed and comprehensive in his answer, but our democratic friends could really take a lesson or two from his calm, conversational tone and manner.

You don’t have the right to own a telephone

From The Other McCain, Senator Mark Warner, making no sense at all:

But one thing, listen, there is,
there is no place in the Constitution that specifically says health care.
There’s no place in the Constitution that specifically says education.
There is no place in the competition, in the Constitution,
there is no place in the Constitution,
there is no place in the Constitution,
there is no place in the Constitution,
there is no place in the Constitution
that talks about you ought to have the right to get a telephone, but we have made those choices as a country over the years.

I would really like to see the Senator Warner’s citation to the law, statute, court finding, etc. that suggests that you have a right to own a telephone.  What does that even mean?  I’m certainly not familiar with any rulings that say that, if you do not have a telephone, you have a right to have someone else provide one for you.  (Sure, some local gov’ts have decided to do so, for safety reasons I suppose, but there is no right to it). 

But, perhaps he means that you have a right to own one, in that the gov’t can’t take it away.  Well, the gov’t can’t take away a phone that you already have, at least not without providing you with just compensation, but there is no reason that Congress, with its almost unlimited commerce power, can’t prevent phones from being sold.  They just wouldn’t- that’s why we have elected officials that have to answer to us every now and again- so they don’t do stupid things that serve no purpose and we would hate. (Hahaha!  I really just said that, didn’t I?)

Is or is not, there is no should

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There’s a thing that the cool liberal kids on facebook are doing these days, where everybody repeats the following:

(Name) thinks that no one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day. See full size image

 

 

 

So, I don’t know what gets to me more, the mindless repetition (one and then the other and then the other, like dominoes, only putting less thought into it), or the unrelenting faith in what “should” be. 

OK, who am I kidding?  Repetition is boring, but what can I say about it?  We already knew that libs love mindless slogans.  It’s the shoulds that get me. 

You hear it every day.  The man should be attracted to what’s on the inside.  People that try should get ahead.  People shouldn’t judge you on your appearance.  It shouldn’t matter how much money you make.  We should be able to trust our elected officials.  Guess what?  This is the real world.  The should world is a myth, a fantasy.  You dwell on what should be, and you miss what is.  You keep on telling yourself that something should be, and next thing you know you’ve convinced yourself that what should be, can be (if only the government would DO something), and you’re ignoring the real world.  The world where government intervention into healthcare leads to rationing and sub-par care.  Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.

A whole big healthcare mish-mash

This is then post where I collect everything that I see on healthcare that interests me and keep a running, likely organized log of it.  I’m just going to fill it in as I go, so don’t harp on me if it’s not comprehensive, but please feel free to make suggestions of things that you think should be added.  I’m looking mainly for stories that I think will be good references for the future (so it’s more for me than for readers, but, nevertheless, enjoy!)

Examples from Canada

Canada’s Medical Association president says system imploding and in need of a major overhaul. 

Waitlisted Canadians rely on Detroit

Small Ontario town holds monthly lottery to decide who gets a primary care physician.

Single Mom whose spinal disorder caused her to require a walker and diapers denied treatment because she hadn’t been waiting long enough; entire process took 3 years of suffering. 

Death Panels and Other Bureaucratic Nightmares

President Obama has proposed a new body that would enhance Medicare’s ability to deny care to the elderly and disabled based on government bureaucrats’ arbitrary valuations of those patients’ lives. It is right there in the legislation now before Congress, and it is called the Independent Medicare Advisory Council.

Innovation

America is the world leader on medical innovation, 57 percent from private industry, all Euro gov’t spent 3.7 billion to our 94.3 billion (2000)

America has (in 2003) 400,000 European born bio-med researchers, working here for the benefits. 

Technology

A proposed excise tax on medical devices

Glenn Reynolds predicts that reform will quash medical innovation

United Kingdom

Sentenced to Death by the NHS– pts being made to die prematurely

British women forced to give birth in halls, elevators, and bathrooms.  Or pavements because she was refused an ambulance and told she had 9 months to arrange a lift.   

All around terrible service., with lies and extreme insensitivity.

Questioning the treatment given to your child lands you in hot water with social services, including threats to have the child removed from the parent’s care

Numerical Comparisons

* US tops the list for cancer survival rates. (HT: Hot Air)

Public Option is the Road to Single Payer, so say those who are designing it

  • Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN): Q. Isn’t the public option really just a step towards the single payer that you want so much?Isn’t the public option really just a step towards the single payer that you want so much? Answer: “Yes but the reality is that for many people that’s not what it is.”

What Doctors Have to Say

10 things I hate about healthcare reform (HT: Ann Althouse)

Poll: 45% of doctors say they would consider leaving practice or early retirement if Dem plan passes; 2/3 oppose. 

Misc.

Let the doctors control the legal system!

5 Healthcare Promises Obama Won’t Keep.  (From CBS)

I would like to read this “bill”

At a townhall hosted by one of my senators, Bob Corker (R-TN)

Dr. Mark Green of Blount County got applause when he presented a 26-page health reform bill, written by area doctors and nurses, that he said could be funded with no more money than is already being spent.

Just because the White House calls it a myth, doesn’t make it so

Newsbusters explains exactly why the people aren’t buying what Obama et al is trying to sell. 

  • 67 percent of respondents believe that wait times for health care services, such as surgery, will increase (91 percent of Republicans, 37 percent of Democrats, 72 percent of Independents). Response: Virtually every other state-run health care system has seen waiting times increase when nationalization occurs. More recently, waiting times have increased in Massachusetts after the implementation of state-controlled Commonwealth Care, aka RomneyCare.
  • About five out of 10 believe the federal government will become directly involved in making personal health care decisions (80 percent of Republicans, 25 percent of Democrats, 56 percent of Independents). Response: This has of course happened already in other countries, but is also a stated objective of the likes of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who believes that doctors too often focus on patient well-being while ignoring how doing so affects others in society.
  • Roughly six out of 10 Americans believe taxpayers will be required to pay for abortions (78 percent of Republicans, 30 percent of Democrats, 58 percent of Independents). Response: Even the Associated Press has conceded that abortion is in there.
  • 46 percent believe reforms will result in health care coverage for all illegal immigrants (66 percent of Republicans, 29 percent of Democrats, 43 percent of Independents). Response: The current dubious estimate of roughly 47 million uninsured Americans includes 12-14 million illegals. Though the Congressional Budget Office says that though ObamaCare will fall well short of its stated intention, that stated intention is to indeed cover all who are uninsured, legal and illegal. Beyond that, there’s little doubt that illegals would be covered through court action if anyone tried to resist covering them after ObamaCare’s passage.
  • 54 percent believe the public option will increase premiums for Americans with private health insurance (78 percent of Republicans, 28 percent of Democrats, 58 percent of Independents). Response: This has to happen, because the relatively rich benefits package the government would impose on any plans allowed to continue to exist exceeds the coverage many individuals and companies currently carry.
  • Five out of 10 think cuts will be made to Medicare in order to cover more Americans (66 percent of Republicans, 37 percent of Democrats, 44 percent of Independents). Response: The Obama administration has already stated that it will cut Medicare spending but that it will somehow not cut benefits. Even putting aside how virtually impossible that is, a so-called CNN Truth Squad Fact Check tripped up on itself by admitting that the “subsidized” Medicare Advantage program would be cut.
  • Update: The Volokah Conspiracy discusses why just because the Indiana Healthcare Myth Survay says it’s a myth, doesn’t make it so.