Posted by aogTuesday, 07 July 2009 at 11:33
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Hey, can I claim this bet now?
Thursday, 09 July 2009 at 19:28|
Universal health care would in fact do quite a bit to aid the poor; having been poor, I can report that receiving charitable medical care is vastly better than getting no care at all, but it’s also often noticeably worse than the care that one receives if one can pay. The question is whether aiding the poor, who are often so due to their own dysfunction and/or mental laziness, is worth the price that the middle class would pay. Being currently middle class myself, that’s not a negligible question.
On the other hand, there are currently millions of families who are moving from “middle class with health insurance” to “poor without health insurance” through no great fault of their own - they’re no more guilty of dysfunction than most of the people who have stayed employed.
On the other other hand, the current crisis, (which, make no mistake, has YEARS left to run), was both PREDICTABLE and PREVENTABLE. After viewing the GOP malfeasance and the Dem misfeasance on this issue, I am sorely tempted to cry “a pox on both their houses !!”, but unfortunately I am not so well-heeled as to make opting-out a viable option. Then there’s the voting public, which has regularly demanded something-for-nothing from the various levels of gov’t, and which has remained supine and stuporous as first the Bush II and then the Obama administrations have literally looted,1 and set on a path to destruction, the Treasury of the United States - which is us, the taxpayers and citizens. (It is nearly impossible to overstate the damage that’s been done, and is continuing. The only parallels are epochal events like the American Civil War, WW II or possibly the fall of Rome. [And if things go really badly, this time will end in war as well.])
Given that the vast majority of the American public remains ignorant, BY CHOICE, of the inevitable effects of the Bush admin’s refusal to curb the excesses of the finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE) bubble, and of the Obama admin’s insane plan to borrow&spend America into prosperity by ignoring the TWO TRILLION dollars’ worth of American infrastructure needs, and to instead spend up to TWELVE TRILLION dollars attempting to re-inflate the bubble…
Well, why should I commit to being poorer, to benefit people who refuse to open their eyes?
But in the end I think: “Dese folk may be as dumb as a box of rocks,” (again, BY CHOICE - one of the unusual aspects of this period is that there’s no need to blame a secretive cabal of bankers, the Illuminati, the Trilateral Commission or any specific race, religion or ethnicity; everything necessary to understand what happened and where we’re going is being OPENLY PUBLISHED!!!), “but what the Hell, if the money’s going to be squandered or stolen anyhow, why not let the poor have their day?”
Thus, I’ll gore my own ox, based on the insight that it’s going to be gored anyway. Let the poor gorge.
Here is a short piece explicitly outlining why modestly-rich-guy Karl Denninger thinks that the entire medical establishment in the U.S. has become financially-abusive to the average person, along with some commonsense recommended changes.
1 No, that’s not hyperbole. As an interesting addition to my practical education, I am now, astoundingly and certainly astonished, living through the kind of era which I though belonged only to history, at least in America: a time of banana republic, robber baron, steal-in-broad-daylight-and-without-subterfuge politics.