Some more stories in the news this week blend together to give a bit clearer picture of what Fundamental Transformation of America really is.
On top of the list is medical care. Obamacare is truly bringing about changes to the field of health care. Headlines like “Projected Shortage of 45,000 Doctors by 2020” preside over stories indicating that doctors are leaving practice for more lucrative positions like teaching, consulting, or simply retiring early to play more golf. Taxes and insurance, invasive and constraining regulations having little to do with wellness, eat away the potential for incomes commensurate with their education and skill. The doctors will enjoy life rather than risk lawsuits for practicing in their field of expertise while accepting peanuts from the federal government in reimbursement.
Before even that happens, you will not see a “doctor” when you visit the doctor. Instead, you will see a Nurse Practitioner. Not to take anything away from the very noble nursing profession, but an N.P. receives roughly 25% of the licensing training and education of a General Practitioner. Ergo, no matter how much care and concern the N.P. has for patients, he or she may miss a critical diagnosis.
Thanks again to Obamacare, as premiums go up private insurers are dropping a number of medications previously covered under part D of Medicare. Some treatments, like chemotherapy will be limited and destined only for hospitals. It will be on a first come, first waiting forever due to the projected personnel shortage. The good news is that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB aka death squad) will be there to see if your treatment is truly necessary. Age, of course, will be one critical determining factor.
On the plus side for Obamacare, abortions for ten-year-olds (parental permission not required), condoms, and cough syrup are still covered. Arthritis? Not a problem. Someone is always available to help you hold the pen when making out the check to Organizing for America.
Another subject in the news for over four years now is the number of people unemployed and no longer even seeking work. Why should they? Welfare pays better than many under-educated and unskilled individuals could make by working entry-level or labor positions. Liberals in government claim this is stimulating the overall economy. Capable individuals, toiling for less compensation than their idle neighbors receive for doing nothing, continue to drop out and join the government dole. The percentage of able-bodied people (now 36.7%) who are not even seeking gainful employment continues to rise. Only those who still receive unemployment compensation show up on the unemployment rolls which now claim to be at only 7.6%.
Taxes continue to rise on every one of us with more on the way. Most people think of income tax or payroll tax when they hear tax mentioned. This is a purposeful misdirect. The consumers (i.e. you and your family) of products, goods, and services ultimately pay for the taxes imposed directly on businesses or the products they create.
“Taxes must rise to pay for vital infrastructure”, the President states. I have to ask, “Are the roads you drive any smoother than they were three hundred and seventeen tax increases and $7 trillion in spending ago? Are there fewer potholes?” It’s not your fault. Remember, you didn’t build that road.
I guess the dumbing down of our children by pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into schools to socially engineer rather than educate them really has been beneficial…to career Democrat politicians.
Aren’t you proud of the change? Soon we will be just like Italy or Greece or Cyprus.
And, for those of you who may have missed the most important news cycle presented by ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN last night – Michael Jackson is still dead.
Carry on with your ignorance.