This is just great! I thought inwardly. First, the Liberals, while denying any opportunity for honest debate with their conservative counterparts and absolutely ignoring their constituencies, complain that no alternative ideas for health care are being offered from those on the right.
Then, when someone steps up from the “Private Sector”, who by the way is a member of a constituency that is being ignored, and offers a written opinion of several ideas. The liberals respond to his offering, by becoming angry and shouting, “BOYCOTT!”
Maybe the founder of the boycott, playwright Mark Rosenthal, would like our country to more resemble his depiction of it in the end of his movie, “Planet of the Apes”. Alternatively, maybe he just believes animals can run the Health Care System.
I suppose liberals like Screecher Pelosi, Majority Leader Squeaky Harry Reid, and President Obama-hood and his Merry Minions consider Mr. Mackey to be un-American, a Nazi, or some type of Conservative Political Terrorist.
Well, I looked up Mr. Mackey’s article, thinking that he must have really gone off the deep end of reality for people to be so enraged. You can imagine my disgust when I found that he began his piece with a quote of Margaret Thatcher, who said,
“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
Mr. Mackey put himself in the line of fire when he wrote,
While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system.
Mr. Mackey went on to express a desire of “less government control and more individual empowerment”. To accomplish this he offered eight different points, he feels needs to be addressed, regarding Health Care Reform. They are;
- Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSA’s). The combination of high-deductible health insurance plans and HSA’s is one solution that could solve many of our health-care problems.
– Now that sounds like an alternative to Nationalized Health Care.
- Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same benefits.
– Doesn’t this fall under “fair and equal taxation? I thought the liberals were all for “fair and equal”.
- Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.
– If I am not mistaken, this repeal should be mandated due to the “Interstate Commerce Clause” of the Constitution. I know, there is no room for the Constitution in liberal Health Care Reform.
- Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must offer.
– Wow! What a concept! Allowing individual choice, and the power of the “free market” to determine what people can purchase, instead of maintaining the ideology that a few politicians and some special interest groups know what is best for the masses.
- Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
– Now, this one could be a real problem. Medical Tort Reform could lead to the need of another bailout, this time for the Trial Lawyers.
- Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost.
– This idea assumes that people are interested in understanding how much their Health Care Benefits are worth. Most people think the costs are all covered by their co-pay and their monthly premiums. Who wants to take the time to add up all the actual costs?
- Enact Medicare reform.
– According to Obama-hood, Medicare will be fine under Nationalized Health Care. After all, Medicare is the current program that all the new proposed coverage will fold into, in order to maintain costs. On the other hand, maybe the liberals figure it will be easier to hide the cost discrepancies of Nationalized Health Care in a system that is already convoluted and beyond fiscal comprehension.
- Revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help those who are not covered under Medicare.
– Mr. Mackey, please; you are not suggesting a true form of charity, where one person willingly gives to another, or a cause, because the individual chooses to. Remember, you are speaking of a liberal, political ideology. In the liberal mindset, the only true charity is that by which the people are compelled to contribute through taxation. A fully deductible donation? If the politicians do that, we may not need the government to be involved at all. What good liberal would ever stand for that?
Mr. Mackey definitely crossed the line when he went on to write that,
Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.
Individuals cannot expect to receive entitled benefits if they are to be held personally responsible for themselves. This attitude of personal responsibility deters from the ideology of each American asking, what can my country can do for me. (Thank you, President J, F. Kennedy) Therefore, personal responsibility has no merit in the debate of National Health Care. Can you imagine?
To top it all off, today I watched a segment of Forbes on Fox that addresses a public calling for “CEO’s to shut up when it comes to politics”. This segment singled out Mr. Mackey because of his recent Op-Ed piece.
I would ask these same individuals or groups; does Mr. Mackey, or any other CEO, have less of a right to freedom of speech, under the first amendment, than any other American, due to their position? If so, why was there no public outcry from the left when Mr. Gettelfinger, president of the Auto workers union, involved himself in the Auto-Industry Bail-outs and the government takeover of General Motors.
Oh, I know, that was a liberal thing.