Sunday, September 22, 2013
  Bizarro-world

It's beyond Orwell. More like some atrociously written sci-fi novel where everything is turned backwards.

Here in Bizarro-World, we have Heritage Foundation hating the system Heritage wrote and Romney implemented:

"Obamacare puts the health care system on the wrong track and will expand the role of the federal government in every component of Americans’ health care. To get the health care system on the right track that empowers patients, reduces cost, and ensures access, Obamacare must be defunded and repealed."

And here in Bizarro-World, we have Bullbitch Comrade Nancy Pelosi stoutly defending the system Heritage wrote and Romney implemented:

"It's important for people to get the advantages that they will have," she said. "And in order to do that, you enlarge the pool to do it. And we're moving forward to do that." Bullbitch Comrade Pelosi also argued health care costs will go down once the law starts next year. "Now, has that message gotten out? Obviously not adequately," she said.

The fucking message has not gotten out because it's a fucking FALSE message. The pool will not be enlarged, and all costs will go up. This was inevitable because Romneycare was NOT INTENDED to be affordable. It was SOLELY INTENDED to give a total monopoly to insurance companies that already have a near-total monopoly. As I pointed out when it was first proposed by Obushma.

I was right then and I'm still right. But shouting "I told you so, you fucking fools!!!!!!!!" doesn't fucking help.

As fucking always, both "sides" are arguing on the basis of a shared lie. The D team is arguing FOR RomneyCare "because it's socialism", and the R team is arguing AGAINST RomneyCare "because it's socialism." Fuckheads. It's the fucking opposite of socialism. In 1913 terms, it's a government guarantee of perpetual monopoly power for a Trust or Cartel.

We already have a socialist segment of health care, called Medicare, and Medicare works fairly well. Not as well as single-payer systems in France and Australia, but better than anything else in this miserable fucked former country. If Obushma had been "enacting socialism", he would have extended Medicare to everyone. Change a few numbers in the law, increase the FICA tax by a few percent. Super-easy and highly advantageous. Solve the problem in one day. But of course that is the OPPOSITE of what he did, as I've said 43,778,901,336,543 times already.

In my own little section of Bizarro-World, my insurance provider has sent me the Brand Sparkling New Plan that will be mandatorily "available" under RomneyCare. The new plan includes MATERNITY BENEFITS and PEDIATRIC VISION AND DENTAL BENEFITS, because every plan must include those under RomneyCare.

Look here, fuckheads. I am a 63-year-old extremely unmarried male. The last time I was anywhere near a situation that could theoretically have led to maternity was 1977, and I'm too smart and too old to get within light years of a similar situation again. Nevertheless, I'm now privileged to receive BENEFITS THAT I CANNOT EVER CONCEIVABLY USE, and I'm privileged to pay TWO HUNDRED FUCKING DOLLARS MORE PER MONTH for the BENEFITS THAT I CANNOT EVER CONCEIVABLY USE.

Affordable? FUCK NO. I can manage the current monthly premium, but the new premium will be too high. So where do I go? Who the fuck knows? Back onto subsidy, after going through the trouble and pride of getting off a subsidized system? Probably.

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Later thought: In a sane political setup, the threat of RomneyCare would offer a unique opportunity for a real opposition party, a real anti-WallStreet party. Nobody but the insurance companies wanted this atrocious mess. It's the worst of all worlds. More monopoly AND more bureaucracy.

Honest left-wingers wanted a single-payer system. Honest right-wingers wanted to get rid of the government rules that obstructed a 'clean' free-market system. (Required coverage, in-state limits, HIPPA, etc.) In a sane political arrangement, these two honest forces could have worked together to eliminate those obstructions and skip the Romney mess, and then we could start over to find a better system. Sanely, Medicare For All is the obvious choice.

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