Deconstructing Obama

posted at 6:45 pm on August 17, 2009 by Doctor Zero

The president’s weekend editorial in the New York Times, written to shore up support for his collapsing health-care takeover plan, offers an opportunity to begin the vital task of taking back control of our language from the Left. Too much of our public debate is held in the Red Queen’s court, where words mean exactly what the Left wants them to mean.

The president opens his editorial with this piece of boilerplate rhetoric:

Our nation is now engaged in a great debate about the future of health care in America. And over the past few weeks, much of the media attention has been focused on the loudest voices. What we haven’t heard are the voices of the millions upon millions of Americans who quietly struggle every day with a system that often works better for the health-insurance companies than it does for them.

No one from the Left has any standing to complain about the media focusing on the “loudest voices,” Mr. President. More importantly, no one from the government has any right to whine about “the system.” Well-meaning liberals did not recently stumble upon a terrible, unjust health-care system, created by evil insurance companies during the eight years of the Bush Terror. Nothing has shaped American health care more than the statist wage and price controls of the World War II era, which created the system of medical services paid through “insurance” provided as a benefit of employment. Health care is not a free-market maiden, trembling as it awaits the first caress of benevolent socialist government. They have been married for a long time, and their relationship will not be improved by an expensive second honeymoon.

The President follows his opening paragraph with yet another attempt to justify radical change by relaying a couple of heart-tugging anecdotes. After repeating the tired lie about 46 million Americans lacking health insurance, he claims his reforms will provide “more stability and security to every American.” (Apparently the system is improving dramatically on its own, because the bogus number tossed around by Democrats used to be 47 million) Government involvement in private industry never brings more stability. Big Government is inherently unstable, prone to wild mood swings based on elections, and the actions of influential power brokers and pressure groups. Stability requires predictability, and nothing is less predictable than an activist government with deep pockets, run by a party that seeks to divide Americans into warring factions for its political advantage. The idea that anecdotal evidence from a handful of people should justify seizing huge chunks of the American economy, re-defining entire industries with minimal debate allowed on the fast-track legislation, is the very opposite of “stability.”

It’s also important to understand that nothing the government does, other than securing the borders against foreign enemies and prosecuting domestic criminals, benefits “every American.” Obama’s agenda is explicitly designed to penalize groups of Americans, whose assets will be seized through taxation, to pay for the benefits Obama plans to shower on his favored constituencies. As the President memorably explained to Joe the Plumber, Big Government’s agenda is redistribution, which benefits some at the expense of others.

Obama claims his plan would bring four main improvements to American health care:

First, if you don’t have health insurance, you will have a choice of high-quality, affordable coverage for yourself and your family — coverage that will stay with you whether you move, change your job or lose your job.

Big Government does not bring more “choice” to anything. Government involvement inevitably reduces choices, as bureaucrats design the limited menu of options they think should be available, and foreclose attempts to act outside their system. The “public option” in the Obama plan uses titanic amounts of government money – extracted from taxpayers on a progressive scale, which forces the people least likely to be interested in the public option to pay most of its cost – to create a heavily subsidized federal insurance “company.” The government will offer plans that would be impossible for legitimate private insurance companies to compete with, since they don’t have bottomless pits of taxpayer cash to cover their losses.

Obama’s proposed legislation includes clauses specifically designed to force private insurance companies out of business, and funnel more of the population into the public plan. Anyone who tries to offer “choices” outside of Obama’s blueprint will be prosecuted with the full intensity of the law. You’ll have “choice,” all right – one choice, and you’re making it right now, if you don’t do everything in your power to oppose Obama’s agenda.

Obama claims the second virtue of his plan is cost control. See if you can get through this paragraph without laughing out loud:

Second, reform will finally bring skyrocketing health care costs under control, which will mean real savings for families, businesses and our government. We’ll cut hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and inefficiency in federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid and in unwarranted subsidies to insurance companies that do nothing to improve care and everything to improve their profits.

Yes, nothing cuts waste and inefficiency like handing control over to a bloated federal government that thinks it has access to unlimited taxpayer funding and deficit spending. I suppose it’s more “efficient” to pour all those unwarranted subsidies into one huge “public plan,” instead of spreading them out among dozens of evil insurance companies. Everything this President says is tailored for an audience of people who were born yesterday, and never had contact with a single government agency. He also seems to think no one reading the New York Times has any experience with Medicare, an underfunded program heading for total collapse, which many doctors already refuse to participate in:

Third, by making Medicare more efficient, we’ll be able to ensure that more tax dollars go directly to caring for seniors instead of enriching insurance companies. This will not only help provide today’s seniors with the benefits they’ve been promised; it will also ensure the long-term health of Medicare for tomorrow’s seniors. And our reforms will also reduce the amount our seniors pay for their prescription drugs.

Government cannot make anything “more affordable.” This idea comes from the delusion that prices are arbitrarily assigned by greedy fat-cat executives, who ignore the laws of economics to charge the highest price they think they can squeeze from their victims. It doesn’t work that way, and it also doesn’t work when government tries to ignore the laws of economics, to set prices according to a political agenda. The history of price controls and government subsidies is an unbroken tale of misery and failure. Applying price controls to a complex product, such as medicine, is like trying to clutch a fist full of water. The only predictable result will be the dumb amazement of the politicians, when they find themselves trapped in the Jurassic Park of inevitable statist failure, with the laws of supply and demand coming at them like hungry velociraptors.

We might have avoided this whole costly debate if the President understood the meaning of the word “insurance.” He clearly doesn’t, as demonstrated by the last virtue he claims for his proposals:

Lastly, reform will provide every American with some basic consumer protections that will finally hold insurance companies accountable. A 2007 national survey actually shows that insurance companies discriminated against more than 12 million Americans in the previous three years because they had a pre-existing illness or condition. The companies either refused to cover the person, refused to cover a specific illness or condition or charged a higher premium.

We will put an end to these practices. Our reform will prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage because of your medical history. Nor will they be allowed to drop your coverage if you get sick. They will not be able to water down your coverage when you need it most. They will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or in a lifetime. And we will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses. No one in America should go broke because they get sick.

“Insurance” is sold according to actuarial tables. The insurance company sells inexpensive policies to a large number of customers, most of whom will never file a major claim. The customers voluntarily participate in this transaction, paying a small premium to gain protection against the possibility of catastrophic future expenses. The company makes money, because the amount paid out in claims is less than the income from premiums. A customer who anticipates no catastrophic expenses might choose to buy minimal coverage, or decline to purchase insurance at all. Using the force of law to compel universal coverage for the same price, regardless of existing conditions and risk factors, is not “insurance,” and the captive providers are not “insurance companies.” Orwellian distortions of terms like “insurance” and “premiums” cloud the health-care debate, and make meaningful discussion difficult.

This seems to be a feature of Obama’s agenda, rather than a bug, based on the panicked, authoritarian way he pushes it. For example, later in his editorial, he says “Despite what we’ve seen on television, I believe that serious debate is taking place at kitchen tables all across America..” What have we been seeing on television that suggests serious debate has not been taking place at kitchen tables? This is just another backhanded slap at the grass-roots inferno of resistance that has erupted against the Obaama agenda, implying those angry town-hall protesters are actors in some sort of scripted television production, designed to intimidate your family into nursing its corn flakes and pre-existing illnesses around the kitchen table in bitter silence.

The President writes in praise of “vigorous debate,” which is the same phrase he used to describe the Iranian government dispatching thugs to murder demonstrators. The rest of his editorial is a stern warning to keep that debate from getting too vigorous, coupled with an alphabet soup of professional associations and lobbies that feel the debate is already over. Obama could have expressed his love of vigorous debate by allowing ample time for it to occur, instead of trying to ram his bill through Congress in July. He’s still trying to sow panic at the end of his supposedly calm and reasoned editorial:

In the coming weeks, the cynics and the naysayers will continue to exploit fear and concerns for political gain. But for all the scare tactics out there, what’s truly scary — truly risky — is the prospect of doing nothing. If we maintain the status quo, we will continue to see 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance every day. Premiums will continue to skyrocket. Our deficit will continue to grow. And insurance companies will continue to profit by discriminating against sick people.

Americans should vigorously resist the Left’s attempt to equate resistance to government spending with “doing nothing.” They should never be allowed to get away with pulling that card out of their boots. Wow, the only choices are total government control of the medical industry, or “doing nothing?” Is that the kind of “choice” he boasts about giving Americans with his health-care plan – the false choice between blind obedience and paralyzed decay? I love the way he tosses in the line about the deficit continuing to grow. Another couple trillion dollars in spending, on a half-written socialized medicine bill, should be just the thing to rein in those rascally deficits!

Allowing the Left to control the language of public debate gives their harebrained schemes a dangerous head start. Examples about beyond Obama’s editorial in the New York Times. Government does not “invest” in anything – investment is a conscious decision to risk your own money, in pursuit of reward. Government is not a “partner” in anything – partnership involves equals working together for a common goal. No one willingly chooses a gigantic, emotionally unstable “partner” who puts chains on your wrists, and a gun in your back. Government cannot “guarantee” anything, because the political winds of the future can blow today’s promises down the memory hole. The benefits a group secures through government pressure will only last until a larger, louder, hungrier group comes along.

My advice to conservatives, and the politicians who would represent them, is to deconstruct the language of the Left at every opportunity. Take back the language… then take back Congress, the White House, and the country.

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Good rule of thumb: no Democrat ever speaks truth, just as no Democrat idea ever has merit.

Can anyone name a single Democrat initiative that has actually improved life for a majority of Americans? Or that has made the American people freer? Or safer? Or happier? I sure as heck can’t.

Bottom line: assume that everything a Democrat says is a lie and anything a Democrat offers up in the way of legislation is going to be ruinous.

FlameWarrior on August 17, 2009 at 6:46 PM

my sign for 9-12-2009 in D.C. (TEA Party):

I’d old
I’m pissed
I vote

Onager on August 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM

You just took one of the alien weapons from District 9 and just destroyed him

blatantblue on August 17, 2009 at 6:51 PM

I can never get over that picture of Obama.
That is the gayest image I have ever seen of any President.
Oops,, did I say gayest??
Well,, I mean,, he looks like a little kid just so pleased with himself. Like he just got the gold star or something.

JellyToast on August 17, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Excellent disection!

All the king’s horses, and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.

singlemalt_18 on August 17, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Excellent post.

Well done

originalpechanga on August 17, 2009 at 6:53 PM

thug

bill30097 on August 17, 2009 at 6:53 PM

We’ll cut hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and inefficiency in federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid

What are you waiting for Champ? You don’t need an expansive new health program to do that. Those are already federal programs. Just go out and cut that waste and inefficiency NOW. Come back once you’ve done that and we’ll talk some more.

PackerBronco on August 17, 2009 at 6:54 PM

He’s certainly a slippery sumbitch.

OhioCoastie on August 17, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Once again, job well done Dr. Z

cmsinaz on August 17, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Onager on August 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM

I love it! And it is so true. Politicians will piss off the seniors at their own peril. Say hello to Glenn Beck for me.

d1carter on August 17, 2009 at 6:56 PM

An excellent article.

Anders on August 17, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Nice exploratory there, Doctor. Well done.

Patrick S on August 17, 2009 at 6:57 PM

A very thorough Autopsy Dr. Zero.

ObamaCare Cause of Death: Liberalism.

portlandon on August 17, 2009 at 6:57 PM

my sign for 9-12-2009 in D.C. (TEA Party):

I’d old
I’m pissed
I vote

Onager on August 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM

There will be a matching sign in Des Moines,Iowa!

lovingmyUSA on August 17, 2009 at 7:00 PM

my sign for 9-12-2009 in D.C. (TEA Party):

I’d old
I’m pissed
I vote

Onager on August 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM

That makes you racist.

blatantblue on August 17, 2009 at 7:01 PM

with the laws of supply and demand coming at them like hungry velociraptors.

Oh – but what a wickedly delicious visual this paints.

oldfiveanddimer on August 17, 2009 at 7:04 PM

“The government will offer plans that would be impossible for legitimate private insurance companies to compete with, since they don’t have bottomless pits of taxpayer cash to cover their losses.”

When your competition can print it’s own money, tax you of yours, and regulate you to death………..

………… then why play the game? End result, Obamacare!

” You’ll have “choice,” all right – one choice, and you’re making it right now, if you don’t do everything in your power to oppose Obama’s agenda.”

You got that right, Doc,………..

……….. excellent post, as usual…….

Seven Percent Solution on August 17, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Dr. Z is dead on the money as usual. The Left asserts a premise which is usually accepted without question (e.g. “You’re either for a government takeover of your health care options OR you don’t want people to be treated and cured”). Take back the language, indeed!

ncborn on August 17, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Good rule of thumb: no Democrat ever speaks truth, just as no Democrat idea ever has merit.
Can anyone name a single Democrat initiative that has actually improved life for a majority of Americans? Or that has made the American people freer? Or safer? Or happier? I sure as heck can’t.
Bottom line: assume that everything a Democrat says is a lie and anything a Democrat offers up in the way of legislation is going to be ruinous.
FlameWarrior on August 17, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Wow! This is harsh… but all too painfully true.

PoodleSkirt on August 17, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Dang Doc,we need to get you a show or something.You objectively define the target and leave them a smokin’ crater.MM ought to put you on the payroll at least.

McBride on August 17, 2009 at 7:19 PM

PackerBronco on August 17, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Champion post.

Oh crap. I guess I will have to brave the mob on 9/12. At least, I expect, a peaceful and respectful one. I’m bringing my fourteen year old.

This is too much BS for even an Alabamian to handle. Who the heck does he think he’s fooling.

Fear mongering my friend will only get you a Stimulus and Pokulus. I SAY NO MORE!

seesalrun on August 17, 2009 at 7:21 PM

oh and Doctor Z I forgot. EXCELLENT and thorough post as I hoped.

seesalrun on August 17, 2009 at 7:21 PM

“Yes, nothing cuts waste and inefficiency like handing control over to a bloated federal government that thinks it has access to unlimited taxpayer funding and deficit spending.”

Ah, the proverbial nutshell.

As government staggers from incompetence to utter failure at social problem solving, it somehow continues to draw more power to itself. It has now garnered enough to cause extreme economic pain over and above the usual annoyance of its’ blunt instrument approach to utopian fantasy. This vicious cycle must be aborted.

Throwing out all incumbents is the way to begin. Then we must uproot all the career bureaucrats inside the beltway. They foist their lugubrious machinations upon us as adminstrations come an go, moving through D. C. like a parade of vampires, sucking the lifeblood of the populace.

Enough, I say. Throw them all out! The good and the bad! Make a fresh start. Now THAT’S change I can believe in.

Meremortal on August 17, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Bulls eye Dr. Zero,
If we follow our Presidents logic everyone should pay the same for Car Insurance and have the same quality of coverage. No matter how many DUI’s they have or how many people they killed in accidents.

Sanmon on August 17, 2009 at 7:25 PM

After drinking a potion of his own, Saul Alinsky’s and Jeremiah Wright’s creation, Barry is transformed into the cruel, remorseless, evil Herr Hussein, representing the hidden side of Obama’s dual nature brought to the fore. Barry has many friends and has a pleasing personality, but as Herr Hussein he becomes more and more dictatorial, encourages violence and becomes ever more fascist like as time goes by as Herr Hussein grows in dominance. After taking this potion repetitively, he no longer needs to rely upon it to unleash his inner fascist demons.

The Strange Case of Professor Obama and Herr Hussein is a real life drama playing out in the aftermath of the Presidential election of 2008. It is about the dilemma of the American citizen who sees strange dissonances between the new found Messiah, Professor Obama, and the ever more emerging misanthropic, pyromaniac (reference note #1) Herr Hussein. It is a vivid portrayal of a split personality, split in the sense that within the same person there is, or was, both an apparently good and an ever more emerging evil personality each being quite distinct from the other. In mainstream culture the very phrase “Obama and Hussien” will come to mean a person who’s words are vastly different in moral character from his actions.

Reference note #1: Such individuals who lack ulterior motive have traditionally been referred to in layman’s terms simply as a variation of a pyromaniac. Most such maniacs lack conscious motivation although they are fully aware of the acts they are failing to stop or they themselves are committing. Typically they will feel intense pleasure, gratification, or relief when causing destruction or when witnessing or participating in the aftermath. Motivation is also classified as pathological and non-pathological. Some research suggests that feeling such joy at horrific situation is pathological. Other research suggests that some motivation for this comes from rational thought. Taking joy in horrific situations for envisioned gains in political power and/or the concealment of the imposition of devious plans are examples of supposed rational decision making.

In layman’s terms, Barack Obama is becoming more and more like a rabid dog. If he is cornered there may be no limit to what it may attempt to do.

Sigmund on August 17, 2009 at 7:25 PM

The ultimate idiocy out of Obama’s perpetually moving mouth is saying a government health care plan “will cut hundreds of billions in waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicade”. If hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars are presently being wasted, then why doesn’t he get behind a bill that would end THAT and that alone in a bill EVERYONE would support? Of course, that would require the services of government “efficiency experts”, of which there might be…oh, hmmm…lemme see….hmmm…..ok, none.

Of course, all anyone has to do go visit the Post Office to see that government entity’s stellar work ethic and money-saving methods. Then we’d all feel better. Wait…maybe not.

bradley11 on August 17, 2009 at 7:28 PM

As eloquent as any president could have written…oh wait, way better, as it was based on fact not fiction.

Thank you Dr. Zero…going to share this one for sure.

Keep up the great work!

blicklider on August 17, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Sigmund on August 17, 2009 at 7:25 PM

“In layman’s terms, Barack Obama is becoming more and more like a rabid dog. If he is cornered there may be no limit to what it may attempt to do.”

I don’t know, a nervous breakdown seems more likely to me. I think he whimpers in the bedroom at night.

Meremortal on August 17, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Excellent disection!

All the king’s horses, and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.

singlemalt_18 on August 17, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Bumpty Odumpty was deconstructed in an enlightened call
Bumpty Odumpty had a great fall
All the tyrants Axelrods and all the tyrants Rahm con men
Can’t put Bumpty Odumpty’s mask back on again

Cheshire Cat on August 17, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Another great job of cutting up the left with the sharpest of scalpels Dr. Zero.

Framing the debate and circulating talking points is the liberals MO when they know that facts and reality don’t support their positions:

“We support the troops, we just don’t support their mission”

“Against gay marriage, then you are a bigot and a homophobe”

“Don’t support Obama, you are an extremist and a racist”

“Abortion is about “Freedom of choice”(not about life)

“Dissent is Patriotic”

“With the stimulus,we have “saved” ———– jobs”

“Bush lied”(every investigation has cleared Bush of this bogus allegation,but the “language” stuck)

“Republicans…..The culture of corruption”

“Bush is “spying” on citizens of the United States”


“It’s Bush’s fault!!!!!!!!!”

Just like clock work liberal pundits like Matthews,Olberman,Couric,Dowd,huffington,and the entertainment industry pushes the lefts talking points so that facts don’t matter, just the repetition of something being said over and over and over to uninformed sheep until they fall in lock step with each other.

Besides blogs,talk radio,and e-mails, Republicans need our leadership on the hill to call out this propaganda for what it is.This is one of the best ways to get past the media filter.
Sara Palin did a good job of this with the “death panals” shot that made headlines,eventually having it stripped from the bill while liberals still whined about how stupid she is.

The violence perpetrated by liberals (beating a black man down in the street,putting senior citizens in headlocks,assaulting people in wheel chairs) should have been yelled from one chamber to the next in showing who the true extremist are.
Instead we got the Krauthammers and other elitist Republicans complaining about Americans getting off their butts and showing some passion against having their country turned into a socialist quagmire.

Everybody knows the press and entertainment industry has it’s lips pressed firmly to Obama’s a$$.
We need to be creative in dissecting the lies of the left and we need our elective reps to be strong and call their liberal counter parts out on their astroturffing,cut and paste talking points.

Showing up here would go along way:


09.12.09 March on Washington

The Tea Party Movement Goes to Capitol Hill
http://912dc.org/

I have secured a permit for the West Front of the United States Capitol for a taxpayer tea party on Saturday, September 12th, 2009. I will post more on this later, but I wanted to let everyone know that April 15th is just the beginning of this movement.

FreedomWorks is inviting everyone to join us on Saturday, 9-12-2009 to protest at the U.S. Capitol Building.


Hate to disappoint the liberals and the Republican elites but we will not quit.
We will fight.

Baxter Greene on August 17, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Whatever you are paying the Doctor…………triple it. What a genius.

Cinday Blackburn on August 17, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Well after all, Barack Obama, he’s an ordinary socialist fascist man,
Who desires nothing more than an ordinary chance,
To make all people live exactly as he likes, and do precisely what he wants…
An average socialist fascist man is he, of no especially clever whim,
Who likes to control everyone’s life, free of strife
With everyone supinely doing whatever he thinks is best, for him
Well… just an ordinary socialistic fascist man…

BUT!

Let Doctor Zero deconstruct his grand controlling schemes and his serenity is through,
He’ll disect his grand plans, from the cellar to the dome,
And then go on to the enthralling fun of piece by piece eviscerating him…
- HT: Loxodonta

MB4 on August 17, 2009 at 7:38 PM

When the people begin to smell the bullshit from previous failures it sucks to be a socialist

jukin on August 17, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Deconstructing Obama

Barack by Barack?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 17, 2009 at 7:41 PM

my sign for 9-12-2009 in D.C. (TEA Party):

I’d old
I’m pissed
I vote

Onager on August 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Mine will say:

I’m ALMOST old
I’m pissed
I ALWAYS vote!

be looking for Hot AIr in DC

Willie on August 17, 2009 at 7:41 PM

thank you for this piece! best analogy to date:

Applying price controls to a complex product, such as medicine, is like trying to clutch a fist full of water. The only predictable result will be the dumb amazement of the politicians, when they find themselves trapped in the Jurassic Park of inevitable statist failure, with the laws of supply and demand coming at them like hungry velociraptors.

ginaswo on August 17, 2009 at 7:45 PM

He’s a real Control Freak Man
Ruling in what he wants to be a hostage held land
Making all his controlling plans
For everybody

Doesn’t listen to an opposing point of view
Control Freak man, ruling all he thinks is his purview
Control Freak Man, he had better listen
He don’t know with what he’s messin’
Knows already just what he wants to do
Doesn’t he seem a lot like Hitler and Mussolini to you?

He’s a real Control Freak Man
Ruling in what he wants to be a hostage held land
Making all his controlling plans
For everybody

He’s as blinded by his lust for power as he can be
Just sees what he wants to see
He’s got such a God complex point of call
Control Freak Man can you even see America at all?
Knows already just what he wants to do
Doesn’t he seem a lot like Hitler and Mussolini to you?

He’s a real Control Freak Man
Ruling in what he wants to be a hostage held land
Making all his controlling plans
For everybody

About Control Freak Man we should all worry
To destroy all America built he is in a hurry
If he controls everything his fascist way
It will be a forlorn day
Hes going to leave it all a mess
Anyone of sound mind must confess

He’s a real Control Freak Man
Ruling in what he wants to be a hostage held land
Making all his controlling plans
For everybody

MB4 on August 17, 2009 at 7:46 PM

my sign for 9-12-2009 in D.C. (TEA Party):

I’d old
I’m pissed
I vote

Onager on August 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM

I’m older,I’m pisseder, I’ll stuff ballot boxes

Jeff from WI on August 17, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Doctor/Zero ’12

LibTired on August 17, 2009 at 7:52 PM

A customer who anticipates no catastrophic expenses might choose to buy minimal coverage, or decline to purchase insurance at all.

That makes no sense. Catastrophic coverage, by its nature, is not anything that can be anticipated. Nobody expects to get hit by a bus or fall of a roof and break their back. We have life insurance just in case we get hit by a bus or fall off a roof and die. Medical insurance should be for if we get hit by a bus or fall off a roof and don’t die.

Instead, when HMO’s came along 25 years ago, they used the “wellness” and “preventative health care” bs to make everyone feel all touchy feely wonderful. Hey, why not smoke 4 packs a day or weigh 300 pounds? Just go to the doctor, pay your little $5 or $10 copay and get a CPD test that tells the doctor what you both already know. You smoke. Why not go to the doctor and get a blood pressure test, or cholesterol test, that tells the doctor what you both already know? You’re fat.

Oh, and better yet, why not go to the doctor and get a prescription for an anti-depressant because life isn’t fair? Want a pill for whatever ails you? No problem. That’ll be 5 bucks, please, see you next month.

I smoke. I will never go to a doctor again. But I still need medical insurance in case that bus comes along. Unless it kills me.

Hope springs eternal.

Jaynie59 on August 17, 2009 at 7:53 PM

I think part of Dr.Z’s message that get’s lost in the Obamacare debate is how the left continually debases the language to achieve it’s aims. Truly, Newspeak has arrived.

JimK on August 17, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Great post!

mr.blacksheep on August 17, 2009 at 7:55 PM

I think part of Dr.Z’s message that get’s lost in the Obamacare debate is how the left continually debases the language to achieve it’s aims. Truly, Newspeak has arrived.

JimK on August 17, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Slavery is freedom. Oppression is liberation. Bankruptcy is frugality. Ignorance is enlightenment. Stomping is peace. Death is life.

Cheshire Cat on August 17, 2009 at 8:01 PM

for Dr Zero

ginaswo on August 17, 2009 at 8:03 PM

As always, you demonstrate superior reasoning, Doctor Zero.

onlineanalyst on August 17, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Slavery is freedom. Oppression is liberation. Bankruptcy is frugality. Ignorance is enlightenment. Stomping is peace. Death is life.

Cheshire Cat on August 17, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Dr. Zero is smarter than me. Good stuff. It’s an honor sharing the field of battle with you.

Chicks dig scars, glory last’s forever.

Scoreboard44 on August 17, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Best I can do.
:)

Scoreboard44 on August 17, 2009 at 8:16 PM

We’ll cut hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and inefficiency in federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid

If Medicare and Medicaid are such a waste and are so inefficient, why can’t they be fixed BEFORE trying to f**k with the rest of the health-care industry???

Asajj Ventress on August 17, 2009 at 8:22 PM

The doctor is in his zone.
Someone call the Orderly to clean up the blood.

hanoverfist on August 17, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Dr. Zero has the right prescription! Don’t let the lefty spin machine go unchallenged!

KS Rex on August 17, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Just like the MSM, this dishonest administration has lost all credibility and trust. I hope they all FAIL.

redridinghood on August 17, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Health care is not a free-market maiden, trembling as it awaits the first caress of benevolent socialist government. They have been married for a long time, and their relationship will not be improved by an expensive second honeymoon.

Poetry. You’re pretty good, Z.

phineas on August 17, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Doc:
As I stated previously and have been entirely consistent on (notice how I channel The Won), you, sir, are not paid nearly enough for your work.

“Show me a man skilled in his work and I will show you a man who will serve before kings.”

Your talent at breaking down the lexicon and misdirection that props up the facade that is Barack Obama is earning you your combat stripes.

ted c on August 17, 2009 at 9:56 PM

It appears that Nancy Pelosi is somewhat running the show, and Barack Obama is just the salesperson. If I could sum up the Obama Presidency thus far, it would be: Welcome to the Hotel California.

BDU-33 on August 17, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Enjoyed the dissection of Barry’s try but did he say anything new? He’s nothing but a campaigner. A lot of people aren’t listening to this crap anymore. The campaign’s over Barry! You won!

Alfresco on August 17, 2009 at 10:34 PM

COR, is the ratio of claims paid to premiums collected and industry wide it runs about 1.02, or $1.02 in claims & administrative costs are paid out for every premium $1 collected. Efficient insurance companies dodge the burdensome state level regulation by staying close to this ratio and thereby expand their book of business by spreading the risk over ever more policy-holders through good underwriting practices.

So you say… No. No Insurance company is going to run at a loss. But they do. Why? Well… Billions of premium dollars flow in and the lag time between the payment of those premiums and the coverage of claims provides a float to the Insurance industry making them the largest capital investment source in America at… yes… 2%.

Wouldn’t you borrow money at 2% if you could for reinvestment?

Now. Take a deep breath and let it sink in. Has the light bulb gone off yet?

What happens if the (D)emocrat’s National Socialization project takes over the Health Insurance industry? What happens to all that capital?

It goes away.

Without those dollars what happens to the Stock Market?

It goes down. Way down.

What about the credit markets the stampede that rationalized the 3/4 Trillion in TARP dollars, and the 1/2 Trillion dollar government spending expansion, and the 1 Trillion dollar stimulus? What will happen when the dollars behind 20% of the entire American economy are no longer available for capital investment in American business?

End game.

DANEgerus on August 17, 2009 at 10:53 PM

If we maintain the status quo, we will continue to see 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance every day.

The 14,000 people losing coverage daily arises from increased unemployment levels between November 2008 and June 2009. These putative daily losses could have been avoided then if Obama had taken substantive action to stem job losses. He opted instead for the farcical and harmful stimulus package, thus prolonging unemployment misery. Classic misdirection: “I didn’t do it, those evil insurers did!

ya2daup on August 18, 2009 at 12:55 AM

Bravo. “Insurance” is not giving someone money to pay for an illness they ALREADY have. What person in their right mind would sign up for business with a partner who they KNEW to be broke and was basically telling you to subsidize them for 100k for their initial, one-time only investment of 500 bucks?

amkun on August 18, 2009 at 1:23 AM

Another solid piece Dr. Z…

My only question is how the media will spin the attacking velociraptors? I don’t think astroturf properly describes 500 pound carnivores…

mikeymike on August 18, 2009 at 2:38 AM

My advice to conservatives, and the politicians who would represent them, is to deconstruct the language of the Left at every opportunity. Take back the language… then take back Congress, the White House, and the country.

On a related topic: There is no anti-war movement in this country, and I would argue there never has been.

What there is, is an anti-defense movement in this country.

Cylor on August 18, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Dr. Z,

This is an excellent vivisection which, hopefully, will soon be a dissection as the travesty of truth issued by this administration (and their lackeys) transitions to its well-deserved death.

This eloquent exposure of the prosaic lies being put forth should be read at all town halls and tea parties taking place in the near future.

No compromise! Kill this bill, now!

Droopy on August 18, 2009 at 4:43 PM