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Joe Klein Admits Healthcare Reform Will Redistribute Wealth

Posted by Mats on 07/01/2010

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Joe Klein Admits Healthcare Reform Will Redistribute Wealth

By Candance Moore
Created 2010-01-06 09:38

Conveniently tucked away at the end of a column about liberal bloggers was an admission from Time magazine’s Joe Klein that the Senate’s healthcare bill would transfer wealth from upper class Americans to the working poor.

Apparently Klein didn’t get the memo about denying the presence of socialism in the Democrats’ plan.

In a piece [1] published last Wednesday called “The Left’s Idiocy on Health Reform,” Klein expressed concern that the far left, angry at the bill for not being socialist enough, would stop supporting it. The goal of the column was to convince ardent liberals to embrace the Senate bill as a matter of loyalty to their party.

President Obama’s radical ambitions cannot survive without money and organizing from the nutroots, which prompted Klein to launch a massive guilt bomb in an effort to win them back. He slipped into full-blown talking point mode as he made his case, sounding more like a Democrat strategist than a columnist:

To be sure, the bill that emerged from the Senate has problems. But it is landmark social legislation that guarantees and subsidizes health care coverage for 30 million Americans who don’t have it now. Yes, this means a lot of new customers for the insurance companies – but the insurers will face strict new regulations, and many of their new customers will be people they refused to cover in the past. Ultimately, it means an annual income redistribution of $200 billion to help the working poor pay for insurance, which is why Republicans oppose the bill. But Jacob Hacker, the leading promoter of the public option, favors it. Every Democratic Senator, including those like Ohio’s Sherrod Brown who have impeccable liberal records, favors it.

Klein was correct about one point: the main reason Republicans oppose the bill is because of the socialist agenda. The bills crafted by the House and Senate were never about providing better healthcare – the plan was always for the government to simply seize private wealth and pass it around in the name of healthcare reform.

Only when the media speak candidly to liberals does this truth come out. Back in October, while trying to appeal to a larger audience, Klein took a more somber tone [2] about an impending tax increase as a necessary evil for “fiscally responsible” politicians to discuss. The October column also aimed much lower by reporting the amount of the tax hike as a modest $35 billion.

Suddenly, a mere 60 days later when writing to the left, Klein reported with glee that some $200 billion would be seized every year.

The promise of massive wealth distribution was clearly offered to secure support from prominent liberals. Klein opened his column with a jab at “the snarkier precincts of the left-wing blogosphere” who had turned sour on the Senate bill. In reaching for the worst insult he could find to fling their way, Klein resorted to comparing them to Fox News:

Indeed, it resembles nothing so much as that other, more populous hamlet, the right-wing Fox News and Limbaugh slum. Hilariously, as we stagger from one awful decade into the next, there has been a coagulation of these extremes – a united front against the turgid ceremonies of legislative democracy, like compromise, and disdain for the politician most responsible for nudging our snarled checks and balances toward action, Barack Obama. The issue that has brought them together is opposition to the Senate’s health care-reform bill, which makes some sense on the right, but none at all on the left.

According to Klein, it made “no sense” for liberals to join conservatives in trying to kill a badly written bill that satisfied no one other than lobbyists. Overwhelming public opposition to the plan was not because Americans were unified, but that the left was acting too much like the right.

To drive home the point that liberals had no business siding with conservatives, Klein ridiculed those on the right as unworthy of being taken seriously:

The prejudices of the tea partiers, birthers, deathers, Palinites and other assorted “real” Americans are well known; the historic conservative opposition to universal health care isn’t news.

With liberal readers now sufficiently afraid of being lumped in with Sarah Palin, Klein finished his column with a plea for left-wing unity to stop a Republican revival in 2010:

In the end, the sillier left-village practitioners are stoking the same populist exaggeration – the idea that Washington is controlled by crooks and sellouts – that conservative strategists like Bill Kristol believe will bring the Republicans back to power. The perversity of this is beyond comprehension.

Heaven help us if liberals start realizing the Democrat party is corrupt. The left and the right, finally disgusted by the cronyism, joining forces to drain the swamp inside the beltway?

Only to a liberal columnist would that idea be perverse.

Whatever it takes to finally realize the goal of a massive wealth distribution plan. Forget the “crooks and sellouts” who wrote the bill. Don’t stop and think for a moment that someone who likes Sarah Palin could possibly be right about something. The Senate bill seizes wealth, and that should be enough to make you happy.

At least someone in the media was honest enough to admit it.


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Obamacare Is For the Peons… Congress to Keep Their Gold-Plated Health Care Plans

Posted by Mats on 22/10/2009

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Obamacare is for the peons and knaves.

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Our moral superiors have more important things to worry about.

Congress will keep their gold-plated insurance plans as they force the rest of the country into a rationed health care government plan.
Townhall reported, via Free Republic:

Personal doctors on call 24/7. Coverage that knows no caps. No exemptions for pre-existing conditions.

Those are the sorts of benefits members of Congress currently enjoy on the taxpayer’s dime, and the kinds of benefits Americans on a government-run public health care plan will never see if Obamacare passes.

“One thing is certain: Congress will exempt itself from whatever lousy health care system it forces on we little people,” said Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute. “Congress will get better insurance than you do because politicians always get a better deal under government-run health care.”

While it’s not news that Congressional health insurance plans are posh, CBS News recently uncovered the details of plans – right as the details of the Baucus health care bill are being hashed out.

Members of Congress can choose from five different plans, and have access to both the VIP Bethesda Naval Hospital and a reserved spot Ward 72 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, an elite division usually reserved for military members. Their everyday medical concerns can be taken care of at a doctors office located inside of Congress.

Their premiums are the same as those of insurance plans with half the benefits, and the plans last a lifetime; not until Medicare kicks in do ex-Members or loose their Congressional health benefits. Congress has repeatedly voted down any provision that would switch their insurance plans to the lower-grade public option if Obamacare goes through.

Helen Evans, the director of Nurses for Reform, a campaign for more consumer-led, sustainable healthcare systems in Britain, said that this sort of elite care for the bureaucracy – and low-brow care for the plebes – is the same thing that happens in the government-run British health care system.

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UK Healthcare Horror Story

Posted by Mats on 09/10/2009

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Government-run healthcare, anyone? May sound good on the surface, but when you dig a little deeper, you find some disturbing medical cases. One such case comes from the UK Daily Mail:

Plumber with shattered arm left horrifically bent out of shape has operation ‘cancelled four times’

A plumber whose arm was left twisted grotesquely out of shape in an accident ten months ago has had an operation to correct it ‘cancelled four times.

Torron Eeles, 50, has been left unable to work since falling down the stairs and now fears he may lose his home after being denied incapacity benefit.

The father-of-three today hit out at the NHS for the ‘unacceptable delays’, but East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust said Mr Eeles had his operation cancelled on ‘only’ two occasions on clinical safety grounds.

His left arm has hung limply by his side since he fractured the humerus bone in December 2008.

Mr Eeles, from Welham Green, Hertfordshire, applied for employment and support allowance but a doctor ruled he is ineligible for both because he can turn on a tap.

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‘Unacceptable’: Torron Eeles has been left unable to work since falling down the stairs and now fears he may lose his home after being denied incapacity benefit

He said: ‘This whole situation is absolutely disgusting. I have never heard of anyone else having a broken arm for ten months.

‘It’s been so long the bones have knitted back together. Sleeping is really uncomfortable because whenever I roll over my arm gets in the way.

‘I’m a kitchen fitter and plumber by trade but I can’t even slice a loaf of bread let alone work.

‘This has been going on and on and it’s a complete nightmare.’
Mr Eeles fractured his arm on December 3 and was rushed straight to casualty where doctors put his arm in plaster.

But within a few weeks a specialist said the bones were too far apart and that surgeons would have to insert a metal plate because there was too much movement in the arm.

Mr Eeles claims his first two operations at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, were cancelled due to a lack of beds and operating time respectively.

His third operation in February was postponed after he was found to have high blood pressure, while the fourth, scheduled for May, was abandoned because of concerns about his smoking.

The plaster was removed from Mr Eeles’ arm after three months and he was given a wrist sling, which he branded ‘totally useless’.

But within a few weeks a specialist said the bones were too far apart and that surgeons would have to insert a metal plate because there was too much movement in the arm.

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Canadians Don’t Like Their Socialized Health Care

Posted by Mats on 04/10/2009

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Jessica Peck Corry has the top story at Human Events today.

Sometimes, patriotism can be awkward. Especially when it means admitting to an international TV audience that your nation’s broken health care system forced you onto welfare, into adult diapers, and hobbling with a walker. And all before the age of 30.

Embarrassing perhaps, but for Canadian Lin Gilbert, the time had come to share her story publicly this week. Especially after her 15-year-old son was recently diagnosed with the same health condition leading to her suffering. “As a parent, I will do anything to help him. I will borrow the money, I will do whatever it takes,” she said. “If the Canadian system can’t take care of him, I’ll find a way.”

Specifically, Gilbert wants to prevent her son from enduring the agony of government waiting lists she has known all too well. After first encountering excruciating back pain in 2001, she was forced to wait six months for an MRI. Nearly three more years passed before she made it to the top of a waiting list for spinal fusion surgery. Even then, she recalls, one surgeon refused to operate because she “hadn’t suffered enough.” Another, however, saw things differently, lobbying for Gilbert to get the procedure and successfully performing it himself.

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