Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Free Lunch Health Care - GOP Recipe

So the latest disappointing news from the Republican leadership in Congress comes from Majority Whip in waiting, Eric Cantor. As Whip, Congressman Cantor carries the message of the caucus. So what does he think about healthcare? Does he support full repeal of Obamacare? Does he share the view of most Americans that the federal government should get back into its Constitutional cage and get out of health care, education, mohair subsidies and a host of other spheres of American life over which they should have zero sway? Nope! Sadly, Congressman Cantor has just affirmed our worst fear. He thinks the federal government should absolutely be regulating health care and guaranteeing Americans "free stuff".

I suppose the Congressman fancies himself a limited government fiscal conservative. Ok. What does that mean? I thought it meant that the federal government should handle basic things like fighting wars and coining money (and please coin way less than you are). Everything else should be left to the "several states".

But hey, at least the Republican leadership wants to give us less free stuff than the Democrats. Here is what Cantor says about Obamacare:

“We too don’t want to accept any insurance company’s denial of someone and coverage for that person because he or she might have a pre-existing condition,” he said. “Likewise we want to make sure that someone of your age has the ability to access affordable care if it’s under your parent’s plan or elsewhere.”

So, the Democrat are promising a chicken in every pot and the Republicans are promising a nice broth. Great message guys. Certainly your pollsters really dug deep for that. Here is a message for you: Resign now! You are incorrigible.

Perhaps we need to spell this out for you: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NO ROLE IN PRIVATE HEALTH CARE REGULATION! In order to make this simple, one can find the relevant section of the US Constitution pasted below. Perhaps the American people need to nail copies of it onto all of your doors. One sees lots of duties related to war, treaties and coining money. Giving us free health care just is not there. And please quit peaking into the "penumbras".

To take this illustration further, Cantor tells us he will give us the right to keep our kids on our policies until age 26. Well Congressman, it might interest you to know that all Missourians got that right in January 2008. I know, as I passed the law as a State Legislator. You see, regulating insurance companies is a State matter, not a federal matter. So keep your chicken broth.

So how about pre-existing conditions? To be fair, this is a tougher issue, but nevertheless one best handled by the states. But what are you promising, "no denial because of a pre-existing condition". So what if my car has a pre-existing condition? "Hello Mr. Insurance man. I just wrecked my car. I am on the way to the repair shop. I would like to go ahead and buy a policy now. Congressman Cantor says you cannot deny me. Where should I send my check?"

Congressman, in case you did not notice. All of our health insurance rates are going up because of wacky ideas like that. They violate basic principles of economics so they do not work. They will not work better because you will do less of them.

Congressman, the American people are cynical. They threw you out because when you were in power, you played by the Rove play book. "The Architect" believed that Republicans could hold power by giving stuff away in order to compete with the Democrats for blocks of voters. That is how we got policies like massive education spending to win soccer moms, open boarders to win Mexicans, and Medicare Part D to win seniors. As Americans found our Party looked pretty much like the other Party, and the spending made us broke, that is also how we got thrown out of office. Congressman, not only do we not want your free stuff, our Country cannot afford Socialist light. For the good of your children and mine, quit violating the Constitution or quit your office.

Section 8 - Powers of Congress

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.


culturevigilante said...

What no one is talking about, Dems, Republicans, or TeaParty folks is that Health Care Costs Too Much! Why? Because the insurance lobby owns the representation in DC and across the country. If you want to get rid of ObamaCare, you need to address that Republicans do not have the backbone to abandon their insurance lobby sugar daddy. By abandoning the sugar daddy, you address infusing free market philosophy into the health care debate, which does not exist now. Of course we need reps who will repeal ObamaCare, but after that we need a new system. A system must include eradicating the old insurance good-ol-boy network that keeps us from buying insurance across state lines, discourages competition which in turn allows them to have no need to work for their clientele. If insurance companies had to change their policies (like eliminate the pre-existing condition clause) to attract business/customers we would have a lot fewer issues in the health care system. Also, if the public could deal with health care professionals directly, without the need to go through insurance companies, perhaps costs would go down, by eliminating the middle man.

What we need is representation with some back bone to insist on breathing new ideas into the great health care debate. TeaParties need to put the pressure on the Republicans to do so. That means specifically identifying the REAL causes that make health care a problem . Cost/Insurance Sugar Daddies/Lack of Competition

taxpayerwatchdog said...

Culturevigilante, respuctfully, you are buying another band aid and missing the basic point. The federal government needs to get totally out of the insurance regulation business and let states have total freedom to address the solutions. The only reasonable federal role might be limiting the ability of states to infringe upon self-insured corporate plans as in the case of ERISA. GM gets to have its own rules without state micromanaging. To make them comply with different laws in every state would be a huge cost-driver.

As for your point about shopping across state lines, that is a nice band aid. The reality is that a Missourian has over 200 insurance company choices now.

In a competitive market, the cost of insurance directly reflects the cost of health care plus expenses and profits. Profits again, are limited by the competitive marketplace.

As for "limiting the middle man", I am not sure what you mean by that. Go ahead and drop your insurance = no middle man.

By blaming "good old boys" for the rising cost of health care, you are 1/2 right. The degree to which they want to micro-manage insurance from the federal level is the problem. The Republicans need to lead with tough medicine and get the federal government out of the private health care business.

Our Tea Party Tea Lady said...

I don't think Eric Cantor gets the message. He all but pushed the tea party aside and out of his way when he was speaking with Chris Wallace after the last election. I was really angry listening to the arrogance coming from him.

I hope he doesn't run for president, he doesn't have a fiddler's chance in hell.

I wish we could convince Governor Rick Perry to run, he doesn't need to get it, he believes the way we Constitutionalists believe. It is the fiber of the man.

Obamacare is going to end up costing individuals more than what they are paying now. We're almost broke now, many are there already. His ultimate goal is to make all of us pawns of the government completely dependant on them. He has deluisions of grandier and is a control FREAK.

culturevigilante said...

Sorry, Watchdog. I should have been clearer in my typing rant. The subject boils my blood and I failed to be clear in my point. I think we are closer than you may have understood in my first post. Any new plan from the government involving healthcare/insurance should be to get out of it all together. If there is no dictate from government, there would be no need for lobbyists and free market would force competitive pricing for insurance and medical care. I don't think representation has the guts to do the right thing and represent the people's interests, here, and not the insurance lobby.

As someone who is about to drop their insurance (because I can no longer afford the premiums) I can't help but wonder if a certain amount of price fixing exists in the market because of guidelines and legislation introduced by a meddling government.