I hardly know where to begin.
Just when I think the army of ignorant, mouth breathing retards who oppose all things Obama, consistently and without grace or agility and discrepant against their very own interests, cannot possibly get anymore hypocritically and incoherently shrill, well, they pull down their pants, run around screaming, shitting and pissing themselves.
Now these roundheads are encouraging their children to skip school on Tuesday to save their fragile minds from some evil socialist indroctination by the President of The United States. You can’t write this shit.
My old friend Gabby put it this way: “Don’t worry kids, Obama’s not gonna ask you to procreate or practice loading your 45s. He just gonna ask you to do your homework, which I guess from the conservative stand point, is a horrible thing. Ok, so all you Republican Kids, just go back to your unprotected sex and guns.”
Racism, ignorance, stupidity and fear are alive and well in America. It reminds me of leaving wet food as a treat for the warehouse cat at work, only to discover the bowl squirming and glistening with maggots the next morning. I remember my disappointment and nausea inducing disgust vividly. It was summer and I was a little saddened that my gesture had been so perverted by some of earths lowest creatures.
Well, it’s summer.
They would have us believe and likely believe themselves, that health care reform will:
1) Ration care, deny treatment to the elderly based on whether a government death panel deems them worthy and deserving. It will do neither. Um, by the way, health care is rationed rather egregiously in America today. Weeks, sometimes months for an appointment with your doctor if you have insurance. Automated phone voices instruct us that in the event of an emergency, meaning care is needed any more urgently than say, a month, hang up and call 911. The chances of your insurance paying for the specific treatment, prescription etc. that you and your doctor have agreed is most efficacious is as low as sixty percent in many cases. People have died and are dying as a result of the insurance company coming between patient and doctor.
Sounds like rationing to me. It’s not just the uninsured that are going bankrupt or literally dying. Sounds like death and or bankruptcy panels to me.
2) All illegal aliens, undocumented workers et al. will be automatically covered at our expense.
Guess what? They already are. They, as well as uninsured Americans go to an emergency room, as there are laws in all fifty states mandating that no one be turned away from emergency rooms. We pay for it in higher costs across the board. It should be noted, there is no provision in any of the bills in committee, that provide for care to illegals.
3) This is just the first step in a government take over of health care.
My first reaction is so what? We’re the only modern industrialized nation without it and the wealthiest. Contrary to the opposition’s chronically mendacious bloviating, those people in those other countries are quite happy with the care they receive. Perfect? No. Would they choose to do without it? In a word, nofuckingway. Then, the fact that Medicare and Medicaid are tremendously popular in this country, despite both programs being entirely administrated by the government and the appearance that most of the opposition are willfully ignorant of this, reveals the argument to be specious on it’s face.
They use Stephen Hawking as example of someone who would never survive socialized medicine, despite socialized medicine being the best and only reason Mr. Hawking is still with us. They are full of shit. Idiots. Empty blowhards. Liars.
The stated goal is to increase efficiency and foster competition to bring down costs and end the chronic, unchecked avarice of the insurance and drug industries.
Every year, insurance company profits go up, premiums go up and the the number of insured goes down. Remember, one way or another, despite the rampant suffering, it’s you and me who pay for those uninsured whether we like it or not. Some estimates have the price of health insurance requiring half the median income of Americans within ten years. Are you ready for $20,000.00 plus premiums?
4) We can’t pay for it.
I will admit, this perhaps their most legitimate protest. But first, I say to you who would tout it, so what? Remember Reagan spewing the nonsense of tax cuts to none other than our children during a period of double digit inflation, interest rates and unemployment? Remember your icon telling us that deficits don’t matter? So why do you care? Why all of the sudden are you so ardently in favor of fiscal responsibility? Why so vehemently concerned about the price our children will pay? I smell political opportunism. I smell hypocrisy. You folks stink of intellectual dishonesty. You folks reek of goddamn stupidity.
I’m a firm believer that increases in efficiency and a slim tax increase on those who’ve prospered so plenteously the last eight years will go a very long way towards funding a program that will improve the life of virtually every American. Failing that, let me say this very plainly, we could opt to spend somewhat less than the near trillion dollars we spend each and every year to kill brown people overseas. It’s just that simple. Kill less brown people and foment life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all of us, including the brown people.
The fact is, that without a robust public option to not only cover the 50 million who have fallen through the the cracks, but to obviate the greed and vacuum of compassion of the status quo, any “reform” legislation is antithetical and more than likely worse than nothing at all.
See, it will fail to incentivise competition and nothing will change. The simplest and most comprehensive as well as comprehensible way to do this is expand Medicare appropriately. A walk in the park.
As to the trigger idea that has surfaced of late, I’m calling bullshit on that. Ostensibly, it would give insurance companies a few more years to clean up their act before a public option would be implemented. It won’t work. The dirty greedy bastards will conduct business as usual at best, daring the powers that be to do what they haven’t been able to do for half a century anyway. A pretty safe bet on their part. At worst, they will go for broke, wring us all dry in the time allowed, take the money and run, much like the Bush administration and it’s corporate cronies did with everything including the war, leaving a gigantic mess, nearly beyond repair. For eight years it was open field running for the plutocracy under Dick-in-Bush. It’s insane to think they’d behave any differently under the same circumstances. These people care far less about you than your government and that’s a mouthfull.
The real reason for such virulent opposition to health care reform is that it is literally the first, and therefore most important, domino to be tipped. Should it lose it’s center of gravity, the horror show that is the great unwashed will be subject to any socialist whimsy we in the majority see fit to impose on their jingoistic, empty headed sloganeering asses.
We may choose to prevent bloody mass murders by over armed nut jobs by pressing for incrementally better gun control. No, we’re not interested in taking your fucking guns away, even though you dress ridiculously to kill defenseless animals. We may seek to at least make sure that creationism can’t be taught exclusively, but mandate that evolution at least be offered along side it. We may just, *gasp*, insist that gay people be treated fairly under all aspects of law, including marriage.
The prerogative to get all bold and righteous will be upon us.
We might legalize the demon weed, in order to tax it, better regulate it and keep it out of the hands of teenagers. Legalize hemp production and we’ve got oil, paper, textiles, plastics, even high protein food, all renewable in twelve weeks, no pesticides and no detrimental environmental impact whatsoever. We may push to stop imprisoning all non violent drug offenders because we currently incarcerate more people per capita than any country on earth at $30k per. You can bet we’ll pursue green industry more aggressively because even if we’re wrong about global warming, and we’re not, there’s nothing wrong with cleaning up the water we all drink and the air we all breath.
Our sun vomits more energy in an hour than we use in a millennium. Might as well work that shit. It’s free beyond the technology to collect it.
The whole human race can survive without war.
The churches will have to endure a renewed and vigorous scrutiny. The message will be, get the hell out of and stay the hell out of politics or your considerable largess will be taxed. Oh, and maybe, just maybe some real and actual campaign finance reform. I’m getting carried away here but I hope I’ve scared the living shit out of all you neocons and thoughtless, unpatriotic, yes unpatriotic, dittoheads and obsequies followers of Hannity, Beck and O’Reilly. Let’s be honest, you’re already scared shitless because a half African American, progressive Democrat is your President.
We know why you show up to town halls armed to the teeth. It’s because you’re stupid and scared. We’re not at all impressed.
The opposite also applies, should the first all important domino fail to be moved off it’s axis by the will of the people and a pantywaste full majority Democratic administration, any subsequent metaphorical monoliths will be twice as hard to encourage toward a capitulation to gravity. We will be left with an administration weaker than that of Jimmy Carter and a better than even chance our next president will be some empty headed dipshit like Sarah Palin or crazy eyed Michele Bachmann (God will have whispered in her ear).
This is the first fight and it’s the most important because of the obvious and enormous precedent. They know it on a sub-genius level almost as well as we do. Get involved. Contact your representatives, sign petitions. You want change you can believe in? Get up and get out. This is no time to fuck around.
Drinks for my friends.