Monday, July 20, 2009

Unfunded mandates & "The Most Harm to the Most People"

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009

Gop Joke is on GOP governors
Today's Health headline: "Governors Fear Medicaid Costs in Health Plan

Dateline, New York Times, BILOXI, Miss. — "The nation’s governors, Democrats as well as Republicans, voiced deep concern Sunday about the shape of the health care plan emerging from Congress, fearing that Washington was about to hand them expensive new Medicaid obligations without money to pay for them."

Now this is funny. The GOP and some long time Dems, have opposed single payer systems. Yet it is the lack of single payer systems which create the "unfunded mandate."

If there was one payer, than there would be a mandate to pay and the funding source would be that which funds the single payer. Anyone who wished to add a different and regionally specific program would, of course, fund their own program on a budget-to-budget basis which could also be locally terminated.

However. When it comes to basic health services for all -- does it really make sense to have state or county lines get in the way?

If you are a Republican -- the answer is a resounding YES followed by a declaration that only the rich are entitled to live and be healthy. If you are an idiot Democratic, playing to even dumber fundamentalists in your district, once again the answer is YES.

Fundamentalists, and Right-wing Evangelicals, have only one desire -- they want sole credit for any "good deeds" and want to keep those deeds known and specific enough to count. Doesn't matter if their deed harms more than it helps. Remember their doctrine: "The Most Harm to the Most People" allows them to say they helped "Joe" while making sure "harry, Sam, Jane, Jill etc" never had the opportunity for assistance. That's how the most harm policy works.

Think about it this way ... 1974 Oil/energy crisis ... California's GOP Governor -- then an actor -- made a big show of running out to buy a $100,000 gas wasting Hummer. The GOP Governor at the time went on to be President -- first act: Strip the energy saving solar collectors from White House Roof! For the whole world to see -- the GOP
policy of "The Most Harm to the Most People" went into effect on energy and global warming.

Now the issue, as it has been for decades, is one of -- do Americans deserve health care that is both economical and efficient? Or, do we deserve to be ripped off by "insurance Companies" whose sole desire is to take our money for serves they strive never to provide? Keep in mind -- 40% of your insurance dollar goes to pay clerks whose only job is to deny you the treatment the doctor believes necessary.

FORTY PERCENT? Yep ... We pay twice as much per capita for health care compared to single payer nations. We do not live as long, and require far more catastrophic healthcare in the final days leading to our death. "The Most Harm to the Most People" ensures torture of the population through policies which ensure catastrophic healthcare is the ultimate medical treatment for all. Those who advise and utilize waterboarding and other means of torture do not stop at torturing their own -- they just hide the fact behind terms like "socialism, or Socialized medicine"

Unfunded mandates (due to lack of centralization of payments) are another means of ensuring "The Most Harm to the Most People"

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