One of my favorite people I have interviewed was Joe Franklin. The very first man ever to have a talk show on TV. I give Joe Franklin a Hat Tip for my title to this article, as it was his show that was titled “Joe Franklin’s Walk Down Memory Lane”.
Ronald Reagan said “ We are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.” He made that statement in 1961 in a incredible speech recorded on an LP called Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine. While the first part of Obamacare looms a few short weeks from now with the rest to follow January 1st 2014, Ronald Reagan’s “Sunset” quote has more meaning today when referring to Socialized Medicine then when he first recorded it.
Everything President Obama has done since day one has been either intentionally or incompetently leading us to be in the midst of Reagan’s quote. Already one can tell a child what it was like before Obama became President, and it is a much different America then just a bit more than four and a half years of this Administration. It was apparent when campaigning and telling “Joe the Plumber” “We need to spread the wealth”. To when President Obama made his victory speech in Grant Park, Chicago that people who voted for him were expecting a redistribution of wealth when a woman stated “I won’t have to worry about my gas, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage, because I know he will help me”.
Obamacare is just that, a redistribution of wealth. It was never about “Health Care”. This Robin Hood mentality is great for a hero in a movie, but applied to real life squelches inspiration, entrepreneurship, innovation, and hard work. It creates job loss, cutting hours, slow growth, etc. A true attack on the Private sector and the Middle Class as if we are enemies of the state.
Take the whole premise of what Obamacare was suppose to do: To provide health care to an estimated 22 to 30 million people who do not have any. Forget that many of them were young people who just didn’t want it, as they felt they didn’t need it. Forget that it included millions of illegal…oops sorry, I meant to say “Undocumented” aliens… oops, I did it again, I meant to say citizens. However, the CBO’s report says that even after Obamacare is fully implemented there will still be 30 million people who do not have healthcare! In fact Obama himself stated during a State of the Union address that illegal aliens would not get Obamacare, this is now known as the “YOU LIE!” statement by Rep. Joe Wilson . We now know they can, and free too, and with immigration laws being passed (if it is), they undoubtedly will get it.
For those who just refuse to buy it on principal or just don’t want it the IRS says they have the authority to put on lien on your home, or even deduct from your tax return! Or at the very least a two thousand dollar fine. I feel like we are living a gangster movie with Edward G. Robinson where he intimidates people to buy protection from… the Gangsters!
Let us not forget about the government’s bribes to the states. Take the exchange money! Some did, some did not. For those states that did (17 states) after a few years the exchange money is gone and the states will find themselves raising taxes so incredibly high to make up the difference people will run, not walk out of the state. Detroit will be duplicated throughout the country.
Let us not forget the unions, AARP, AMA, and others who supported this Fiasco of a bill. Now many unions are wanting out, or asking for exemptions. The IRS who is to oversee Obamacare doesn’t even want their own employees to have it. The Longshoremen broke with the AFL-CIO due to Obamacare. My own union has a exemption until 2016! Even Congress doesn’t want to give up their “Cadillac plans” and Obama obliged them. Oh, but keep your “Cadillac plan”? Pay the Cadillac surcharge (in effect 2018) of a mere $10,200.00. That by the way is ANNUALLY! How about the famous quote by Obama “If you like your healthcare plan you will be able to keep it”. Well we now know that is not true. Companies all of the country are going to be offering what has been called “Skinny Plans”. Higher deductibles, less care. Companies all of the country are either letting people go to save on benefits, or cutting their hours so much so that they don’t have to provide healthcare benefits, thus leaving the employee on their own to provide themselves the plan.
Sarah Palin was brutally attacked by the left wing media for saying there are “Death Panels” in the bill. True, the two words DEATH PANELS are not in the bill, but even Howard Dean admits there are committees to be set up in the bill that approve this or that for individuals and hospitals that will mandate what care is to be given. Need a new hip? Sorry, you are not worth it if you are too old. Just take a pill. Need that heart transplant? Well, sorry, no, you may have been on the list first, but that 30 year old is a better investment.
How about the other exemptions not talked about in the media? While Christians are forced to join, and also pay for abortions & contraception for their employees through their premiums against their conscience Islam has the approval from the administration to opt-out of Obamacare. Why? Because to Islam, insurance is a form of gambling. This opt-out list also extends to Scientologists, Amish, and Native Americans. To say to one (or more) Religions you can opt-out, and to others you can’t is not only wrong, but discriminative.
Pro-Life Democrats, while few, said they would not pass the bill unless language in the bill included no federal funds from the premiums would allow for abortions. Being the bill was passed in the Senate, but went to reconciliation that does not allow for changing of language, Obama issued Executive Order 13535. However, this was just hype. The Executive order does not trump the bill, hence abortions are funded by your premiums.
Even Senator Max Baucus, and one of the authors of the bill called the bill a “Train Wreck”. We have all heard Nancy Pelosi say the much used by the media quote “We must pass the bill before we find out what is in it”. I won’t even offer a hyperklink of that as you probably heard it so often you can hear it in your head! Well, we are finding what is in it, and it is a train wreck.
There is so much more than I could include in this article. However, it all becomes overwhelming clear that this bill isn’t designed for making ones life better through healthcare. This bill is to take your money and that is it. Take Social Security for instance: There are more IOUs by politicians than money in Social Security. This healthcare fund will also be raided by politicians. Not by a few bucks taken out of your paycheck like Social Security, but with a family of four paying anywhere from 16 thousand dollars a year or more for healthcare, this is the biggest re-distribution of wealth in the history of mankind (Not just America, but the world). Can you tell me one, just one, government run program that has worked? Betchya can’t. So why this? It is doomed to fail.
Even though Republican’s overwhelmingly did not vote for this bill, they are getting blamed for all the faults within the plan. Did you expect anything less from this administration and left wing media? However, John Boehner, and other Republicans are no different than left wing Democrat loons who support this horrible bill. They must go in 2014. Do your duty as Conservatives and don’t just vote for incumbents, but for true conservatives. There is a reason why these Republicrats hate Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. McCain, McConnell, etc. are in bed with the Democrats. Remember this: A Moderate Republican is just the right wing of the same plane that the Liberal Democrat is of the left wing of the same plane. We need a new plane!