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Phony Arguments Used by Recently Used by Socialized Medicine Proponents (and the Rebuttals)

Periodically, I will be posting writings by Honeymoon with a Black Widow, here is the second:

Plan A didn’t work. Barack Obama stared into the camera and told us everyone would get health insurance and it would be cheaper and better and there would be no tax increases or entitlement cuts or rationing and no one would lose the coverage they current have – and the reason would be that government just does things so darn much better then anyone else.

And, despite the fact that he said this over and over, people didn’t believe him. To begin with, CBO said that he was a liar—finding, for instance, that the “preventive medicine” which was supposed to save all this money cost more than it saved (168%, according to one study). Second, the fact that people with Medicare Advantage would “lose the coverage they currently have” made it clear to the whole world that what Obama was saying was just not true. But, aside from this, the American people instinctively understood that Obama was lying when he promised to shower us with benefits, which no one would have to pay for.

So they’ve moved on to Plan B, which, loosely speaking is “We’re rationing and we’re proud.”

I’ll use quotes from the Concord (NH) Monitor as the whipping boy, but these arguments have been popping us all over:

Phony Argument #1: It’s okay to ration health care because “health care is already rationed – by the physicians… by insurers… and by wealth…”

ANSWER: You can change your insurer and you can change your doctor. My friend in northern New Hampshire was dissatisfied with the heart-related procedures provided by his insurance company, so he switched to a new one. But when the government serves as the gateway to health care and it tells you that “it’s time for you to die” (as the Canadian system did with the grandfather of a friend of mine), the results are truly Orwellian.

Incidentally, health care is rationed less on the basis of wealth than any of the other fundamental necessities of life. A homeless person in an emergency can walk into the best hospital in the country and get emergency treatment. My guess is that, if the same homeless person wandered in the Four Seasons Hotel or the Citronelle Restaurant, he would not get a room or a meal.

Phony ARGUMENT #2: With respect the argument that, of the 48,000,000 “uninsured,” roughly 10,000,000 are entitled to health care entitlements, roughly 10,000,000 are aliens (illegal and otherwise), and roughly 9,000,000 earned over $75,000 and choose not to be insured, the Monitor argues that “some of these households include unmarried couples.”

Answer: Fair enough. But that doesn’t dramatically change the fact that a lot fewer than 20,000,000- and possibly fewer than 10,00,000 Americans are involuntarily uninsured. This is particularly true when you consider, in addition to the 29,000,000 mentioned above, (1) the transitionally unemployed, and (2) the invincibles (the young and relatively poor who choose to spend their money on other things). Which brings us to –

Phony ARGUMENT #3: The 9,000,000 figure is misleading because “half of all the uninsured between the ages 19 and 29 have incomes below $16,000…”

ANSWER: This probably demonstrates that you can slice statistics to make any phony point you want to make. Of course, anyone with a family and an income of under $16,000 would qualify for both Medicare and S-CHIP, which leads you to wonder how many in this class are among the 10,000,000 unacknowledged entitlement- eligible and the transitionally unemployed.

But, assuming that a sizable portion of these kids are college students (with access to the college infirmary) working at McDonalds, two questions arise: ( 1) What is McDonald’s going to do when it is required to purchase a $7,000 Obama Policy for each of these kids? And (2) what are these kids going to do when they are required by the “individual mandate” to purchase Obama policies—and to pay for over $1,000 of it out of their own pockets?

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