sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, May 31, 2013

Covered California

Covered California is the State of California's response to the federal ObamaCare program. As one would expect, California drank the Kool-Aid and while other states are pushing back, the Golden State is working to enroll everyone they can in National Healthcare.

A couple of days ago a lady called me conducting a survey on behalf of Covered California. If I have a moment, I usually listen to these sorts of things because I learn from them. She asked me how I felt about the opportunity to receive "free" healthcare through ObamaCare. It felt as if I was being given a "free" ObamaPhone. I said that it felt pretty lousey. She asked why. I explained that nothing is free. Somebody has to pay for it.

The nice lady on the phone told me that the Federal Government is paying for it. I asked her where she thought they got the money to pay for "free" healthcare. She said, "from rich people and companies." 

My next question: Do you think that companies will pass on costs to consumers?

The nice lady hadn't ever considered that possibility (she read from a script but she was now off-script). The State of California sent her to a Covered California class that fed her information about the glories of ObamaCare without explaining the fine print--that it was a tax. I asked her how she would feel spending more for everything that she bought so that people could have "free" healthcare. She said that when I put it that way, she really didn't think that it was fair.

The nice lady went off to speak to her boss about it and the survey ended.

We'd all like to get money for nothing (cue Dire Straits), but the reality of life is that somebody has to pay for everything. Socialism is the act of picking somebody else's pocket - and yes, you eventually run out of somebody else's money.

ObamaCare is a device for buying votes - because the Democratic Party elite don't care what new tax burdens are placed on the backs of a middle-class struggling to survive yet still desperately hanging on to the belief that somehow, someday they too will be rich, famous and have their own Reality TV show if they just stay on the treadmill and keep running. 

A Cynical View
From those who Own Politicians

Reaching far beyond the corporatization of medicine and privatization of healthcare in America, the  objective with Obamacare was to establish a constitutional legal precedent for individual mandates by which the wealthy can become even wealthier simply by having their paid political puppets pass laws mandating that we buy their corporate products and increase their profits - regardless of whether we want, need or can afford them.

A Tale of Two Countries

There are RED States and there are BLUE States. And a few states are pastels.

(Kansas City Star) Dave Helling, a reporter for the Kansas City Star wrote an article that I'm going to quote from here on this blog post, while adding some of my own observations.
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ news service Stateline, 26 legislatures have become more Republican since 2003. The GOP holds a strong grip on legislatures in the Old South, the Plains, in some Rocky Mountain states and the industrial Northeast.
Democrats have grown stronger in 23 states. They control governments along both coasts and in New England.

Many US States are withdrawing from national political structures in favor of self-contained economic, regulatory and cultural policies. Texas is an example of a state that is struggling to free itself where it can from the Federal Government. Nowhere is that more evident than the Firearms Freedom Acts that many states have passed wherein they assert that the Federal Government has no jurisdiction over firearms and ammunition that were made in a state, purchased by residents of that state and do not leave the state. Kansas, for example, has their own firearms freedom act.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has labeled his budget an “experiment,” and it is. He and his party want to shift the burden of state government away from investment and capital and onto sales and labor. A similar shift is on the table in many Republican-controlled states. 
They all say lower corporate and personal income taxes will promote growth and employment, as well as personal freedom and wealth creation. We’ll see. But the bet is that the benefits of putting more money in individual pockets ultimately will outweigh the problems created by the inevitable dip in government services such as education and (public) transportation.
Will people want to live in states such as California, where taxes are exceptionally high or in low-tax, low-services states such as Texas, Kansas, Idaho, Utah and Missouri? The Kansas experiment hopes to lure business to their state away from Blue States (so-called 'slave states' because of their enslaving taxes). 

In California, it's interesting to see which counties voted Democrat and which ones voted Republican. Even though California (in terms of territory) was evenly split between Republican and Democrat in 2012, the people who lived in the high density "so-called urban hells" overwhelmingly wanted Barack Obama to be their leader.  California has bragging rights to 33% of the people in America who are receiving welfare benefits. That's right, 1/3 of American welfare queens live in California. It's likely that they'll inherit even more as Republican States cut benefits to people on the dole.