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Universal Health Care: How?

August 28th, 2010

Take a gander across suburbia. As far as the eye can see: 60′ lots row by row mile by mile. Every single one of us has our own lawnmower, weed whip, edger, two fucking cars and 5 televisions, microwave dinners and central air-conditioning.  For christ’s sake people are wearing $200 Ed Retardy denim (Levi & Strauss probably rolling in their graves) and drinking $5 coffee-flavored milkshakes.

But folks are crying about lack of access to “universal” health care?

This is absurd for all those reasons listed above and then some, and also because it’s not that big of a “problem” that it can be handled other ways*. Everybody wants it, but nobody wants to give up their McWhatever or designer clothes or HDTV or unlimited talk text & web smartphones.

Governments at all levels (which have actively contributed to the health care crisis) have already demonstrated their inability to manage socialized health care programs with specific, limited scope. What makes anyone think that they’ll be able to do any better by expanding the programs and broadening their scopes? More government interference is unlikely to fix it.

But it’s bigger than that:

Exactly where is the capacity, in the current ‘system’ (for lack of better words), to cope with the increased demand for medical care and services which we know with absolute certainty will occur if national health care becomes a reality?

Allegedly there are millions of people who are clamoring for care, wallowing in their own urine, setting their own broken bones, eating Alpo because they can’t afford food, and self-medicating with a handle of Five O’ Clock because they can’t afford their meds. But all the doctors and nurses and practitioners are already working 40 or 50 or 60 hours a week. You aren’t going to get more doctors without a considerable (10+ years) lag unless you open the borders (which incidentally is fine by me), but the last time I checked, that wasn’t on the menu.

Where is it all gonna come from? The capacity is years, if not decades off. And that’s if we were to start now by dismantling all the subsidized oligopolies that are contributing to the current problem, and changing, reforming, or eliminating every sentence of every law or code which disadvantages individuals in favor of corporations. Otherwise, it’s just talk.

It is simply not possibly to will a perfect system in to existence merely by labeling it “universal.”

It’s a lie. Just like everything else they sell you. They get rich, and you get fucked.

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*Let me assure you that this is not an endorsement or defense of the current “system” of health & wellness care in the U.S.   There are plenty of things wrong with it, and plenty of things that could fix it overnight, the most apparent of which would be to immediately grant the same tax-favorable treatment to individuals as is had by corporations.  But these are never discussed in the mainstream.

Medical Pot Clinics Raided in Michigan

August 27th, 2010

I suppose it was only a matter of time, given that this sort of thing has happened everywhere pot has been legalized for medicinal purposes…

On Wednesday night, two medical marijuana dispensary in Ferndale and Waterford, Michigan, were raided. Interestingly enough, Ferndales mayor was surprised by the raid, citing the fact that Clinical Relief (the city’s only licensed dispensary) was in “full compliance” and that there had been no complaints, “zero problems” with the clinic.

pot bustOne man who called a local talk-radio show this morning witnessed the raid on his drive home from work. He said he thought it was a hostage situation or something, and didn’t learn the truth until he read about it in the paper yesterday. According to his account, law enforcement was in full commando attire with ski masks and automatic weapons.

Ryan Richmond, co-owner of Clinical Relief, described the raid thusly:

They had patients on the ground. There were cancer patients on the ground, senior citizens on the ground and staff on the ground. They raided all of our partners’ homes while their kids were home. They were taking their TVs like we were drug dealers.

Allegedly this raid had to happen because the dispensary may have been distributing reefer to people without the proper paperwork (a claim that the owners deny). So, this is essentially a licensing issue — and it’s now OK I guess to send SWAT teams for that. There is no indication in any of the sources I’ve read to suggest that they were backed by a violent gang of uzi-wielding rastafarians, or anything else that would warrant assault weapons and commando attire.

Richmond continued,

…I heard them say they want a test case. That’s what a detective said at the store.

A “test case”. That makes sense in light of Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard’s vendetta against the demon weed. As I’ve noted previously (see here) Bouchard is not at all interested in the will of the people when his own personal agenda is at stake, and he has said as much. In a better world it would be grounds for popular revolt, but at the very least should be grounds for immediate dismissal. But I digress.

Citing an (admittedly) unscientific poll when this was still a ballot issue, I said at the time that Bouchard’s outpsoken disregard for the will of the people is evidence that he has somehow managed to lodge his head inside his anus. Then, in November 2008 when the ballot initiative legalizing pot passed by an overwhelming margin, the people spoke with what little voice the system allows them.

It’s not about what the people want. It’s not about the public welfare. It’s not really about addiction, dependency, or gangs, or any other side-effect of the war on drugs. It’s about power. And Bouchard, like other petty tyrants, doesn’t want to cede an inch.

I wouldn’t doubt for a second that Bouchard staged a raid like this, for the purpose of obtaining a “test case”, either to directly challenge the law, or more likely as a show of force and exercise of dominance, a masturbatory display of power-tripping ego.

Thomas Smith suffers chronic pain from two deteriorated discs in his spine, he says marijuana helped him end an addiction to prescription painkillers. “Those drugs kill people.  It’s the drug companies who are the drug dealers,” he said, lamenting the fact that law enforcement treats people like him as criminals.

The real criminals are all around, Thomas.  They just happen to be wearing the deupty’s brown uniforms and driving squad cars.

Health Care Slavery

May 10th, 2010

The Texas Tribune reports that a growing trend among doctors (especially among specialists) is refusal to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. This is due in large part to the layers of bureaucracy and rolls of red tape which come attached to these patients — in other words real expenses in terms of time and labor — for which the health care providers are not compensated.

“In essence, physicians are donating their services every time they see someone on Medicare or Medicaid,” said Dr. Susan Bailey, a Fort Worth allergist and the incoming president of the Texas Medical Association. “It just becomes a matter of whether or not you can keep your bottom line healthy.”

“Why should I take [Medicaid or Medicare] patients who could be seen at a clinic, at [the public hospital]? My practice is full already,” Dr. William Jones said. “Nowadays, everyone thinks they’re entitled to health care — they want the same type of care Michael Dell gets, but for free.”

So, the doctors can’t bear the financial burden of the red-tape and some of them decide to stop admitting new medicaid/medicare patients, because they’re losing money on every single one of them.  Anyone with even a cursory understanding of economics could’ve told you that this is exactly what you were going to get when you start socializing health care.

I’m no omniscient, but I told you exactly that about Massachussets’ health care failure: the end result is a system which fails to provide the only thing it’s designed to provide, while permitting the government to exercise even greater amount of control over our lives, as our freedoms and our dignity are surrendered or usurped.

Well, guess what Massachusetts is mulling over as we speak?

At least one state is considering sticks, not carrots. Massachusetts, which has seen wait times for primary care doctors grow since the state made health insurance mandatory three years ago, is debating forcing doctors to accept Medicaid and Medicare.

Every state-socialized system ultimately succumbs to this.

Proponents of Obamacare or whatever you want to call this abomination straight-up mocked me when I presented the slippery-slope argument, that such a system doesn’t work, can’t work, and won’t work, and eventually the system will have to conscript primary care providers, physicians, etc. “Oh don’t be ridiculous,” they said.

When the doctors start turning down these programs, the Governments will start holding medical licenses for ransom (Texas is also toying with this concept), compelling doctors to perform services under threat of losing their license and consequently, their livelihood. This is more than a simple racket, this is slavery.

What else would you call it? Actually, I don’t care (a rose by any other name…).

This is what socialized medicine is all about: it denies people the choice and ability to take care of themselves, the absence of which is then touted as evidence that socialism is needed because people won’t take care of themselves (because they aren’t allowed to take care of themselves). And if that’s not bad enough, we now have evidence that they’re really going to try and enslave people to keep the charade alive.


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