I've been a long time reader over at Dean's World/ Dean Esmay. A long time commenter as well, although not too much the last couple of years; Dean didn't post anywhere near as much because of personal issues. Now he's back posting frequently-and that's a good thing IMO. However, I cannot for the life of my understand his point of view here.
I read through all of the comments and all of Dean's replies and I simply do not see any connection to reality in his comments. Why do I say such a thing? Because I can read and have waded through much of the current abominable HCR bill, which doesn't reform health care at all. Instead, it does screwed up things with insurance costs.
Increasing the demand to an almost infinite level of a product which has a limited demand leads to one of two things (or both): rationing or increased costs. And since the federal government can simply undercut ALL private insurance companies, the federal government will eventually be the final arbiter of everything related to my medical care.
Let me extend a little cold-heartedness to people: I don't get the pre-existing conditions part of the law. It makes no freaking sense at all. Are their companies that abuse the former system by claiming that pretty much every thing wrong with you is a pre-existing condition? Of course. Those companies deserve a kick in the teeth, and since the medical and insurance industries are heavily regulated, it should be easy to fix. But preventing insurance companies from declining everyone with pre-existing conditions is (a) stupid and (b) a recipe for fiscal disaster. I work with some young guys who don't pay for health insurance. They're pretty healthy and figure they'll just play the health lottery in return for a lot more take home pay. So now they'll just pay the fine for not buying health insurance until they're really hurt or sick, at which point they'll sign up for health care because they can no longer be denied.
Maybe I should wait until my house burns down and then take out homeowner's insurance. The burned out shell is a pre-existing condition, but hey, they can't turn me down, right? There's no fiscal difference between that and forcing insurance companies to accept everyone. You can try to make it a moral difference, but I fail to see how you forcing me to pay for your coverage is moral. At all.
People who believe the claptrap about how great this bill is are deluded. It's like the people who thought that Obama a moderate-to-conservative candidate back in 2008. They projected their hopes and dreams onto an empty vessel. Essentially, they all mimicked Obama and voted "present". Now the same people want us to believe how great the House/Senate bill is.
I'll give you Dean's words from one of his comments to the post linked above:
In this particular case, I fully expect to be looking back in 10 years and sort of regretting not being able to say I voted for Obama...
I opine that Dean will be in a very small minority who will hold that particular view ten years hence.
Related update: Hey Democrats! Want to see what you've done? This:
Posted by Physics Geek at March 22, 2010 02:46 PM | TrackBack Stumble It!
If Obamacare passes, I think Iím going to make it official. Iím not sure. Itís a huge step. I have never registered with a political party before.
But I think, if Obamacare passes, I am going to register as a Republican.
Thatís how far away the Democrats have pushed me.
And remember, I voted for Carter, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Clinton, and Gore before voting for Bush and McCain.
I used to vote, as they said in New Jersey, ďLine A all the way.Ē I voted the straight Republican ticket in November.
The Democrats have become the party of the statists. Worse still, the nanny-statists. Iím afraid we are about to become, more than ever, the United Socialist States of America.
That isnít the America I want for future generations. I will likely never vote for a Democrat again. Theyíve turned too far to the left.