Self-Sufficiency Series

Showing posts with label health care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health care. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Want a free house?

A friend sent this to me. No, I didn't write it; it's one of those circulating internet stories. However, I thought it was excellent and worth posting here.

I was in my neighborhood restaurant this morning and was seated behind a group of jubilant individuals celebrating the coming implementation of the health care bill. I could not finish my breakfast. This is what ensued:

They were a diverse group of several races and both sexes. I heard the young man exclaim, “Isn’t Obama like Jesus Christ? I mean, after all, he is healing the sick.” The young woman enthusiastically proclaimed, “Yeah, and he does it for free. I cannot believe anyone would think that a free market would work for health care. Another said, ‘The stupid Republicans want us all to starve to death so they can inherit all of the power. Obama should be made a Saint for what he did for those of us less fortunate.”

At this, I had more than enough. I arose from my seat, mustering all the restraint I could find, and approached their table. “Please excuse me; may I impose upon you for one moment?” They smiled and welcomed me to the conversation. I stood at the end of their table, smiled as best I could, and began an experiment.

“I would like to give one of you my house. It will cost you no money and I will pay all of the expenses and taxes for as long as you live there. Anyone interested?”

They looked at each other in astonishment. “Why would you do something like that?” asked a young man. “There isn’t anything for free in this world.” They began to laugh at me, as they did not realize this man had just made my point.

“I am serious, I will give you my house for free, no money what so ever. Anyone interested?” In unison, a resounding “Hell yeah” filled the room.

“Since there are too many of you, I will have to make a choice as to who receives this money-free bargain.” I noticed an elderly couple was paying attention to the spectacle unfolding before their eyes, the old man shaking his head in apparent disgust. “I tell you what; I will give it to the one of you most willing to obey my rules.” Again, they looked at one another, an expression of bewilderment on their faces.

The perky young woman asked, “What are the rules?”

I smiled and said, “I don’t know. I have not yet defined them. However, it is a free home that I offer you.”

They giggled amongst themselves, the youngest of which said, “What an old coot. He must be crazy to give away his home. Go take your meds, old man.”

I smiled and leaned into the table a bit further. “I am serious, this is a legitimate offer.” They gaped at me for a moment.

“I’ll take it, you old fool. Where are the keys?” boasted the youngest among them.

“Then I presume you accept ALL of my terms, then?” I asked. The elderly couple seemed amused and entertained as they watched from the privacy of their table.

“Oh hell yeah! Where do I sign up?”

I took a napkin and wrote, “I give this man my home, without the burden of financial obligation, so long as he accepts and abides by the terms that I shall set forth upon consummation of this transaction.” I signed it and handed it to the young man who eagerly scratched out his signature.

“Where are the keys to my new house?” he asked in a mocking tone of voice. All eyes were upon us as I stepped back from the table, pulled the keys from pocket and dangled them before the excited new homeowner.

“Now that we have entered into this binding contract, witnessed by all of your friends, I have decided upon the conditions you are obligated to adhere from this point forward. You may only live in the house for one hour a day. You will not use anything inside of the home. You will obey me without question or resistance. I expect complete loyalty and admiration for this gift I bestow upon you. You will accept my commands and wishes with enthusiasm, no matter the nature. Your morals and principles shall be as mine. You will vote as I do, think as I do, and do it with blind faith. These are my terms. Here are your keys.” I reached the keys forward and the young man looked at me dumbfounded.

“Are you out of your mind? Who would ever agree to those ridiculous terms?” The young man appeared irritated.

“You did when you signed this contract before reading it, understanding it and with the full knowledge that I would provide my conditions only after you committed to the agreement.” The elderly man chuckled as his wife tried to restrain him. I was looking at a now silenced and bewildered group of people.

“You can shove that stupid deal up you’re a**, old man, I want no part of it!” exclaimed the now infuriated young man.

“You have committed to the contract, as witnessed by all of your friends; you cannot get out of the deal unless I agree to it. I do not intend to let you free now that I have you ensnared. I am the power you agreed to. I am the one you blindly and without thought chose to enslave yourself to. In short, I am your Master.” At this, the table of celebrating individuals became a unified group against the unfairness of the deal.

After a few moments of unrepeatable comments and slurs, I revealed my true intent. “What I did to you is what this administration and congress did to you with the health care legislation. I easily suckered you in and then revealed the real cost of the bargain. Your folly was in the belief that you can have something you did not earn; that you are entitled to, and that which you did not earn; that you willingly allowed someone else to think for you. Your failure to research, study, and inform yourself permitted reason to escape you. You have entered into a trap from which you cannot flee. Your only chance of freedom is if your new Master gives it to you. A freedom that is given can also be taken away; therefore, it is not freedom.” With that, I tore up the napkin and placed it before the astonished young man. “This is the nature of your new health care legislation.”

I turned away to leave these few in thought and contemplation and was surprised by applause. The elderly gentleman, who was clearly entertained, shook my hand enthusiastically and said, “Thank you sir, these kids don’t understand Liberty.” He refused to allow me to pay my bill as he said, “You earned this one, it is an honor to pick up the tab.” I shook his hand in thanks, leaving the restaurant somewhat humbled, and sensing a glimmer of hope for my beloved country. Use reason.

Remember, four boxes keep us free:
The soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The realities of Obamacare

Once upon a time, if you were sick you went to your doctor. He helped you. You paid him. If you didn't have the money right away, you made arrangements to pay him little by little over time. That's what we did for years when we didn't have health insurance, through the birth of both our kids and through the time my husband accidentally amputated part of his thumb on the band saw. (Cha ching!)

But no more. Thanks to the ever-diligent folks in Washington D.C., life just got a whole lot simpler.

Here's a clever little YouTube video illustrating what's in store for us, accompanied by a highly-appropriate musical selection.

And never forget Nancy Pelosi's incomparable words, shown at the end of the clip: "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it."

Americans are finding out what's in Obamacare - and we don't like it.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Puh-lease, not racism again!

So now we learn that if we oppose the government takeover of one-fifth of the American economy and the utter socialization of medicine, it's because we're all a bunch of racists. Right.

This charming conclusion was reached by U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-Harlem, who said "racial bias against President Obama is behind opposition to health care reform."

Wrong, Mr. Rangel. The vast vast majority of us don't give a rip about the melanin content of Obama's skin. But we DO give a rip about handing over our individual rights and critical medical decisions (not to mention our privacy) to nameless government bureaucrats.

Uh, what part of this logic don't you understand?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hypocrisy in action?

This has been bugging me.

In reading the Digg comments for last weekend's column in which I maintain that health care is not a right and the government has no business providing it...I came across "uncleosbert's" snarks about my apparent hypocrisy.

The nature of Uncleosbert's objections seem to lie in the fact that my husband and I now have catastrophic health insurance. He writes:

the plan the president is promoting would tax the general public to benefit everyone. it even says so in this article. and then it goes on to make a very odd point:

"Why should I expect that everyone else should pay for my health care?"

how exactly do you think insurance works? your insurance provider pays for your health care. you pay them a fee, but anyone who has actually looked at their bills will realize that they aren't paying for their own health care: they are part of a pooled system that covers everyone's costs out of everyone's funds.

she even admits this:

"We went without health insurance for nearly ten years, through multiple injuries (including the accidental amputation of my husband's thumb), a couple of cancer scares and the birth of both our children. We made private arrangements with the hospital and paid off every dime over time. A few years ago we scraped together the money for catastrophic insurance."

why would she do that if she really believed in picking up her own tab every time? evidently as she and her husband have gotten older, they can see their bills rising and they've taken precautions that fly in the face of her stated ideals.

she is a hypocrite.

I see. The fact that my husband and I take responsibility for our own health insurance is wrong. Somehow the fact that we voluntarily entered into a contractual agreement with a private business for catastrophic health insurance is considered...hypocrisy. Go figure.

This person apparently feels that because my potential health risks are "shared" or "subsidized" by everyone else who voluntarily entered into a contractual agreement for health insurance provided by a private business... then my insistence that government has no business interfering in the health insurance industry and that health care is not a wrong. Go figure.

Sorry, Uncleosbert. It's OUR decision to place OUR money with a PRIVATE BUSINESS to provide health insurance. That's not hypocrisy, that's maturity and personal responsibility.

But my guess is you don't know much about either of those last two assets, so never mind.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Healthcare for Seniors

I didn't write this. It was one of those forwarded emails. Love a senior? Better do something. [ATTENTION: PLEASE SEE ADDENDUM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS ENTRY]

Most of you know by now that the Senate version of the "stimulus" bill includes provisions for extensive rationing of health care for senior citizens. The author of this part of the bill, former senator and tax evader Tom Daschle, was credited today by Bloomberg with the following statement.

Bloomberg: "Daschle says health-care reform will not be pain-free. Seniors should be MORE ACCEPTING OF THE CONDITIONS THAT COME WITH AGE INSTEAD OF TREATING THEM."
[Emphasis mine.]

If this does not sufficiently raise your ire, just remember that Senators and Congressmen have their own health care plan that is first dollar or very low co-pay which they are guaranteed the remainder of their lives and are not subject to this new law if it passes.

Please use the power of the Internet to get this message out. Talk it up at the grassroots level.. We have an election coming up in one year and nine months. We have the ability to address and reverse the dangerous direction the Obama administration and its allies have begun and in the interim, we can make our voices heard! Let's do it!

If you disagree, don't do anything.

That's the email I got. My own comments: this veeeerrrrry nearly smacks of eugenics. Eliminate those seniors! They're nothing but a drain on society! If seniors don't live as long, why then they won't be collecting social security. Hey presto, social security problem solved!


UPDATE: A reader sent this comment. My thanks for the correction.

Tom Daschle never actually said this. Even if he thought it were the case, why, as a fairly savvy politician would he say such a thing?

Before re-publishing a forwarded email, not the primary source, it would be a good idea to apply the "common sense" test. Is this something that a reasonable person in a very visible political position would say or do? If it seems suspect, all it takes is a simple search of the quoted source, in this case Bloomberg, to validate.

Please see this link.