While Barack Obama is enjoying his vacation in Copenhagen along with the other world leaders in the name of saving the planet from its eventual demise due to carbon emissions (and in which the carbon emissions from the private jets of those world leaders beats the average citizen of all those countries by about 100 to 1), a Christmas gift is being prepared for the financial sector, personal injury "slip and fall, whiplash" lawyers and health care industry that will, as they say, "keep on giving."
Apparently this bogus health care reform legislation just will not die, no matter how much the American people have already spoken loud and clear regarding the focus of the legislation, which is actually nothing more than a job stimulus for the top wage earners and corporate health care industries bottom line profits, at the cost mostly of middle class Americans.
That middle class that is disappearing in leaps and bounds, which will live in infamy as having become extinct in the first half of the twenty first century.
While Washington keeps promising that this will enable those that cannot now afford insurance to do so, with all the new creative spins on different options that will be available, the bottom line is that at this point there are so many now jobless and homeless that the cost of any health insurance at all is out of reach for most – yet those people will be the ones fined and penalized if this plan comes to fruition.
Also, much has been publicized about the "accountability" measure that will be built in so that the health care industry will be held accountable, which is what actually has been long overdue in regulating this vital industry on which every single American depends. But with the bill at now over 2,000 pages, little has been said about just how these accountability measures are going to be enforced – since, of course, most of the health care insurance industries offices are actually incorporated at the state, not federal, level.
And there are no "licenses" per se needed or given for any of these corporate entities – even though at this point many of them are actually global concerns and operating in this country without any effective regulation whatsoever.
In fact, about a decade ago Congress pass another of their backroom "Acts" which actually precluded the states from regulating most of these entities at the state level in any manner whatsoever – in the name, of course, of "free enterprise."
Only the "enterprise" we are speaking of are Americans lives.
And also much publicized has been the fact that employers will be required to provide insurance for their employees. Of course, in the article recently published it noted that this only applies if the employee involved is eligible for any "federal subsidies" for his health care costs.
In other words, the only real requirement or enforcement which will be made against employers is actually nothing more than a bribe – you offer insurance to your employees, Uncle Sam and the taxpayers will then reimburse you for some of those costs.
Nor is their language that determines whether those requirements mean that the employer must pick up the full costs for that health care coverage. Most employers of large corporations do as a fringe benefit for other than part time or hourly workers, at least for the worker.
It is amazing that instead of providing federal subsidies for employers (not citizens, it appears), it is too difficult to actually simplify our out of control tax code and make, as with corporate entities at the present time, any and all sums paid by individual Americans for health care coverage fully tax deductible – in order to then equalize that unequal "privilege and immunity" that has been given to corporate entities over sole proprietors or self employed individuals for literally decades.
And I would like to know on what Constitutional authority Washington is basing its "mandatory" provisions in that Americans must purchase a "product," which health insurance coverage actually is, or face sanctions and fines from Uncle Sam if they do not feed their corporate benefactors?
I don’t see that anywhere in the 23 page copy I have of the U.S. Constitution – in fact, it does state that no citizen shall be deprived of "property" in any manner by the government without "due process of law."
And there hasn’t been any "due process" with respect to consulting the citizenry or listening to their cries for regulation, both of the costs and of the practices, of these industries.
In fact, the only ones consulted with the exception of those farces of a townhall meetings held throughout the country seem to be the "stakeholders," not the Constitution in any respect whatsoever.
And as "stakeholders," does that not now mean that every single health care company, and provider, now is nothing more than an "agent" of the government, at this point – and those health care and financial sector industries – "state actors" and part of the government now itself.
Those involved are calling this legislation "historic," reminescent of Social Security – the program that the federal government has bankrupted by both unlawfully dipping into those sums for extra-Constitutional functions, and by distributing it not simply for the original reason it was intended – for those that, in their older years, were unable to work or who had not, due to circumstances beyond their control (such as the Depression, as it was intended to be only temporary) had the means to save enough through their incomes (especially after the rather questionable "tax on labor" went into effect) for their basic provision and needs.
And just what is going to occur at the state level, since so many states are now collecting taxes hands over fist for many of the state run programs that provide health care for those that are uninsureable, or cannot afford insurance which the state citizens have been funding now for decades?
Oh, and insofar as the requirement that individuals cannot be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions?
Watch what has occurred in other areas where the insurance industry is involved. No denials of coverage, just setting those premiums at rates only the top 10% of the population could afford to pay.
This will be historic legislation alright.
Legislation that is making old Ben spin right about now.