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    Learn to love Romneycare

    Learn to love Romneycare

    Of course, it takes a publication like Mother Jones to pull this stuff up, but it hasn’t received a lot of attention since it was published in October.

    There’s a curious reference to Teddy having to work in Washington in order for Massachusetts to pass Romneycare.

    It hasn’t come up much, but here is an apparent financial explanation from March 2010, just before the House passed the Senate version of Obamacare:

    State Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, an independent candidate for governor, today offered a wide-ranging and scathing criticism of the state’s universal health care law, saying it is bankrupting Massachusetts and will do the same nationally, if a similar plan is passed in Congress.

    Cahill, who bolted the Democratic Party in July, has been a long-time critic of the state’s health insurance law….

    Cahill said the law is being sustained only with the help of federal aid, which he suggested that the Obama administration is funneling to Massachusetts to help the president make the case for a similar plan in Congress.

    “The real problem is the sucking sound of money that has been going in to pay for this health care reform,” Cahill said. “And I would argue that we’re being propped up so that the federal government and the Obama administration can drive it through” Congress.

    I blame the other Republican campaigns for not doing the research and publicity to expose Romneycare.  Rick Santorum was good in the last debate, but it’s not enough.

    It just goes to show how good a job Romney has done at keeping everyone on defense, and how in-fighting among the not-Romneys is leading us down a path to disaster.

    I’m confident we will hear during the general election, if Romney is the nominee, how Romneycare only can survive because of federal help and how that is a justification for a national, not state by state, version of Romneycare, namely, Obamacare.

    The argument will be that we can tweak Obamacare, saving the good and getting rid only of the bad.

    Where have I heard that before?

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    BannedbytheGuardian | January 31, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    CentreRightMargin .

    Why does that nom sound like something a committee would make up? LAME.

    I am not sure what the free rider problem people are talking about is. If you have a job and can pay, you will have to pay your medical bills as the hospital can force you to pay through collections and court proceedings like any other person can.

    If you cannot pay for the medical services, the government or some other entity pays. Thats unchanged and unchangeable. You can’t get blood out of a stone. Its unlikely someone that can’t afford medical services at the hospital can afford real insurance. In areas like NY you can expect to pay $1700 / month to pay for decent medical plan. Perhaps the bigger problem is that the hospitals try to collect on ridiculously inflated bills. About 6 years ago I had an appendicitis and was admitted to an ER. I was forced to sit there in throbbing pain for 2 hours while they let homeless bums off the streets in for free food and a place to sleep. After the surgery and ordeal they sent me a break down of the bill. It detailed they would have charged a regular working guy almost $20,000 for about 17 hours of being in the hospital on a routine procedure with general anesthetic. The charges for my care after the “pre-negotiationed rates” were about $1800, $1200 which were my deductibles. I mean what kind of system can you allow one customer be charged over 10x what the other patient is charged is beyond me.

    It occurs to me that the whole scheme is really to come up with a new tax on young people to transfer to older people who are in poorer health. If you look at the legal schemes over of the past century, they have all been regressive taxes on the young, some direct, others indirect. SS, Medicare, Federal regulation of Healthcare Industry, taking away of the ability of young people to declare bankruptcy. This is an actual transfer of money from the poor to the rich because the young are almost uniformly poor while the old on average sit on assets like paid off homes and retirement accounts.

    Its even worse if your a young man as they are always scheming to turn them into someone else’s donkey to lighten their load. Progressives by any rational analysis of their actual policies are actually for transferring as much money from the poor to the rich as much as they can, while conservatives are for letting the poor keep their money and making the rich pay their fair share for goods and services.

    If you are really interested in ending the “free rider problem” allow hospitals to refuse services. And on the other hand, lets open up the medical services industry and get rid of licensing to drive down the costs. Nah thats too simple and obvious.

    BTW, I don’t like this whole government insures payment for services thing they have going on. If one of my clients fails to pay for services rendered, the government does not cut me a check to make up for it. I see no reason to have government guarantee of payments that inevitably encourages over servicing clients who can’t/won’t pay.

    I am sick and tired of being taken for a ride by these crooks that pull at your heart strings saying “If you love you’ll give me money”. Society shield encourage productivity and self reliance, not bottom feeding leeches.


     
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    ldwaddell | January 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Yeah, leeches are blood suckers. Like a vampire only uglier and slimier. Leeches are hermaphrodites, no really they are.Techniques to remove a leech are to apply a flame, burning at the stake is reccomended. Other ways to remove a leech are to apply a job.


     
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    MontereyZman | January 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Learn to love Romneycare ….. NEVER !!!


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