Can Democrats Really Be This Stupid?

Thursday 22 July 2010 - Filed under Dumbassery + Government + health care

Michael F. Cannon of the Cato Institute:

That didn’t take long at all.  Left-wing congresscritters have (re-)introduced legislation to create a “public option” in ObamaCare’s health insurance exchanges.

The Congressional Budget Office scores the bill as reducing federal deficits by $53 billion by 2019.  How?  Paying doctors and hospitals less!  Put that on a bumper sticker!

I can’t quite comprehend why people are not outraged that government thinks it has the right to strong-arm the health care industry by saying, “you must accept our insurance, under penalty of law, and you will take what compensation we give you no matter the real-life cost.”

If it were any other entity, the government would call this behavior racketeering, but since it’s government creating this particular racket, all is well. Politicians are the biggest criminals we have.

Here is my prediction: if this bill passes, particularly if it’s shoved through congress in the wee hours on a Sunday night like Obamacare was, the demonstrations we saw after Obamacare passed will be child’s play. Congress, and state worshippers, cannot expect people to fall in line when they repeatedly shove unwanted legislation down our throats.

2010-07-22  »  madlibertarianguy

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  1. Anna!
    22 July 2010 @ 9:05 pm

    If hospitals are paid less, they will need to cut expenses or close their doors.

    It means laying off nurses, which in turn means less nurses to care for the more patients storming the doors now that they are “insured.” It means laying off non essential personnel like X-Ray Techs, Lab Techs, LPNs, all that take the slack off the nurses, and which will result in longer wait times for patients.

    It means cutting corners on equipment. Instead of buying that new MRI machine that may have caught that bloodclot, doctors will have to make do with a CT, and hope. That’s a patient safety issue.

    Another safety issue… nursing staff being stretched thin, having to cover extra shifts to make up for the fact their co-workers are now standing on the unemployment line… tired nurses can make mistakes that cost people their lives.

    Closing their doors will only force the glut of patients to be placed on another already stretched thin hospital.

    And this does not even take into consideration the many that do lose their jobs, who ARE trained in a desirable field, now being forced to live on the government, no, on the PEOPLE’s dime.

  2. madlibertarianguy
    23 July 2010 @ 5:58 am

    So, your answer to the question, then, is “yes”?