Sorry dear reader for the utter lack of posts this past week. I have been moving into my new apartment and preparing to start medical school. Look forward to Welcome to the Darkside exploding with new posts in the coming days!
Approximately 30 minutes. Warning for viewers prone to high-blood pressure, heart palpitations, and sour-puss syndrome: Gutfeld mixes humor, outrage and language salty enough to cure a side of bacon. Proceed at your own caution.
I have a raging man crush on Greg Gutfeld.
Health care “reformers” keep talking about getting us more health insurance. Then they talk about cutting costs. This is contradictory nonsense.
Insurance, whether private or a government Ponzi scheme like Medicare, means third parties pay the bills. When someone else pays, costs always go up.
Imagine if you had grocery insurance. You wouldn’t care how much food cost. Why shop around? If someone else were paying 80 percent, you’d buy the most expensive cuts of meat. Prices would skyrocket.
That’s what health insurance does to medical care. Patients rarely even ask what anything costs. Doctors often don’t know. Often nobody even gives a damn. Patients rarely ask, “Is that MRI really necessary? Is there a cheaper place?” We consume without thinking.
By contrast, in areas of medicine where most patients pay their own way, service gets better, while prices fall.
Take plastic surgery and Lasik eye surgery: Because patients shop around and compare prices, doctors work hard to win their business. They often give customers their cell-phone numbers. Service keeps increasing, but prices don’t. “In every other field of medicine, the price is going up faster than consumer prices in general,” says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis. “But the price of Lasik surgery, on average, has gone down by 30 percent.”
This shouldn’t be a surprise. What holds costs down is patients acting like consumers, looking out for themselves in a competitive market. Providers fight to win business by keeping costs down and quality up.
Yet politicians keep telling us the solution is more insurance. And they mean insurance not just for catastrophic diseases that could bankrupt us but also for routine treatments.
The politicians are so oblivious to reality that they are on course to make things worse. Obama would force every business to either give workers health insurance or pay a fine into the public system. Why is that something we should want employers to do? Premiums come out of our salaries, but insurers are accountable to our bosses, not to us.
Why not just have a free market where people can buy whatever kind of health insurance they want? Competition would then bring prices down.
Obama and his Senate allies would limit competition by requiring insurers to cover everyone for the same “fair” price. No “cherry picking,” the president says. No charging healthy people less.
They call this “community rating,” and it sounds fair. No more cruel “discrimination” against people who have a preexisting condition, obese people or smokers. But such simple-minded one-size-fits-all rules take from insurance companies their best price-dampening tool: Risk-based pricing encourages people to take better care of themselves, just as car-insurance companies reward good drivers. With one-size pricing your car-insurance company must give the town drunk the same deal it gives you.
Insane, but the health-insurance industry is playing along. Insurers say that if government forces everyone to have insurance, they will accept all customers regardless of preexisting illnesses.
They also offered to stop charging higher premiums to sick people. They’re even giving up on gender differences.
Sen. John Kerry huffed, “The disparity between women and men in the individual insurance market is just plain wrong, and it has to change.” The president of the industry trade group, Karen M. Ignagni, agreed that disparities “should be eliminated.”
Give me a break.
Women pay more than men for health insurance for good reason. Despite being healthier than men, they incur higher costs because they go to doctors more often, and they take more medicine. Kerry is pandering. I don’t recall him demanding that men be protected from higher life-insurance and auto-insurance premiums.
“Community rating” hides the cost of health care. It’s as destructive as ordering fire insurance companies to charge identical premiums for wood frame and stone houses. Universal health insurance with “no discrimination” pricing will make health care costs rise even faster.
When politicians interfere with free markets, unintended consequences harm everyone, except the companies that lobby hard enough to protect themselves.
Is it too much to expect our rulers to understand this?
John Stossel @ Reason Online
Dr. Douglas Wood: “If it’s a government-run plan with government price controls, that could be highly detrimental to states like Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and all across the northern tier of the United States.”
The Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin in Mayo’s headquarters city reported: “Mayo Clinic leery of public health plan.”
Dr. Wood is the chairman of the clinic’s division of Health Care Policy & Research.
Mayo Clinic supports providing subsidies based on a sliding scale to help make sure that all patients are covered regardless of income level. The clinic contends that health care should be portable instead of tied to a job, and that everyone should be required to have it, Wood said. It also backs prohibiting people from being excluded from coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
The clinic has also put forward the idea of “value indexing” to determine how providers get paid. Wood said that the system would take into account patient outcomes and cost over a period of time. He added that the current bills in Congress contain “very little that reflects payment for value.”
It’s expertise in the medical field is both in practice and commercial. Its managers are as competent — and as worthy in my book (someone has to make sure bills get paid) — as its medical professionals.
I am more leery of this dufus-talk from Democratic Sen Amy Klobuchar: “If we just simply change who is paying for something and do nothing to make the system more efficient, we are really not going to get where we want to go.”
This is exactly what is wrong with government-run health programs: Their goal is to save money, not lives. More than abything, this is what my opposition is: Having Sen. Klobuchar decide how “to make the system more efficient.”
– Thanks to Don Surber
From Kevin Johnson @ The Black Sphere (http://theblacksphere.net/site/obamas-black-camelot/)
The Obama’s must be black royalty. Who else can get away with pimping poverty to black people, then living like Kennedy’s—without guilt or remorse? The Obama’s pimping of black people makes Sharpton and Jackson look like pigs on ice. Nobody in history has risen so fast on the backs of poor blacks, than the Obama’s, and that includes those famous black Hillbillies, the Clintons. These two black Democrat presidents are proving that poverty is the new wealthy.
Michelle now wears $600 Lanvin tennis shoes, and $6000 purses. I didn’t even know you could pay that much for such things. That’s like having a Korean car on one arm and solid down payment for another on your feet! God only knows what the rest of her wardrobe cost, but I bet it could feed a Kenyan village.
Barry caught no grief for his wardrobe improvement during the campaign, and one can only bet that he gets the best threads, now that he is the Head Negro in Charge. Typically I might not begrudge America’s First Family of such indulgences. However this family was supposed to be for the poor. Psyche! The rise of the Obama is nothing short of amazing, when you consider that Obama had to borrow cab fare to get home from the 2000 convention…oh, and that he has done nothing to earn it and is a no talent hack.
Now Obama is his own industry, built on sand. His does have books, and plates! Obama plates are in black homes all over Amerika. I even saw one at a BBQ joint near my house. These black proprietors had all kinds of Obama paraphernalia. White meddling Democrats may have voted for Obama, but most were not stupid enough to buy his plate. They left that “investment” for black folks. And the plate has indeed mimicked the stock market, dropping from a high of $25.95 to just north of “Please steal this plate.”
Nevertheless the Obama’s dream of Black Camelot was destined to happen, especially once Barry weaseled his way into the US Senate. That’s when the Obama’s got a cushy loan for a phat house in an exclusive area of Chicago. This was the type of loan “ordinary people” don’t get…just the elite. During this same time Michelle got that job as a “hospital administrator” making sick money—pardon the ebonics pun. Michelle’s position and income rose coincidentally with the “good fortune” of Barry.
Yet, with all the fortune that was coming the Obama’s way, they had not achieved Kennedy status at that time. They were just like the rest of us—struggling millionaires trying to make ends meet.
How to break through to the real Politburo Amerikansy with that nagging citizenship issue for Barry? Just ignore it! A bit of strategery with the Clintons, and voila, the door was wide open to elite status. Combine Muslim money, ACORN, and white racist Democrat elites and “presto chango” America is reborn—on the backs of the ignorant Democrats who voted for him, and at the expense of the achievers who didn’t.
Official elite status approved, Barry threw one helluva inauguration shindig, inviting all his favorite suckers. Most expensive party in the history of America. The type of party that gets white executives arrested and sent to jail.
Next, Michelle decides that The White House needs a new makeover. It cost a few million, but the place was a mess– after “eight years of Bush”.
More parties, this time everybody wasn’t invited. At these parties, the lucky are treated to $100 a pound Japanese beef! Why so much? Are Japanese cows the size of pigs?
Here’s the wrap:
Barry Obama is supposed to invoke the black experience in America. But from where I sit, he is nowhere near this. Sure, Oprah Winfrey, black Hollywood moguls, black music artist. And like elitist Democrats, they are all for the most part pimping blacks people! Does anybody really think Russell Simmons or Diddy would run the risk of alienating their meal tickets by telling them the truth?! They are just as invested in black ignorance as “the man.”
As for the Obama’s, it’s not a good idea to take nobodies who have accomplished nothing except documented corruption, and give the keys to the country. Barry has all but ruined our credit!
And Barry has DK’d the poor—DK is “don’t know” in the vernacular. Like his racist, elitist predecessors, he is giving out the occasionally “change.” But make no mistake about it, the lifestyles of the poor will not rise as Barry’s has. There won’t be any impromptu trips for America’s poor to do a little shopping in Paris, nor will there be $80,000 dates in New York. No Amerika’s poor will get what they have been getting for some time. The shaft.
Barry and Michelle however have never pimped this big. So America does have Black Camelot…and don’t forget your plate.
That’s my rant!
© 2009 Kevin Jackson – The Black Sphere All Rights Reserved
In his blog he makes this statement on the issue known as Global Warming,
“I am totally convinced there is no scientific basis for any of it.Global Warming. It is the hoax. It is bad science. It is a high jacking of public policy. It is no joke. It is the greatest scam in history.”
Here is John Coleman (founder of Weather Channel) on Red Eye talking about global warming and the civil suit he is bringing against Gore for fraud and junk science.
Al Gore says the science is settled. Now let’s see if the lawsuit is settled.
John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, has put together a coalition of more than 30,000 scientists who don’t buying Gore’s global warming baloney.
Gore won’t debate the issue because he says “the science is settled.” So Coleman thinks his courtroom ploy may give him a chance to expose Gore’s folly.
“We have tried and tried and tried to get a debate on global warming with…Al Gore and any of the scientists behind him over at the UN IPCC,” Coleman said. “We’d love to have a debate with them, but they go ‘Oh, no, the debate is over.’ Well, now there are 30,000 of us. We have 30,000 scientists – 9000 Phds – who have signed up to debunk global warming. And they still won’t listen to us…So we figure maybe a court of law.”
– Thanks to Wake up Conservatives and I Hate the Media
One of the most frustrating things for me as a citizen journalist is the confrontation, (daily), of eggheads and so-called experts that defy common sense. Nothing in the intelligentsia is off-bounds, no motive, no premise, no absurdity. Do you know what I mean?
Today I wandered over to Yahoo Finance to check on the market and investments, wow I thought, stocks are showing a little resilience here, hmm…..scanning news, headlines, companies, I see a headline –
Budget Crisis “Embarrassing,” But Businesses Aren’t Fleeing California, Economist Says
Really. He really thinks this, this Mr Stephen Levy of the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy. I scan the website, finding ambiguous reports and studies, etc. I do find that some liberal groups have given financial support to the group CCSCE. Follow the money. Any and every massive fallacious absurdity and misconception has a long money trail associated.
Knowing the opposite to be true, that businesses and individuals are fleeing the once-Golden State, I pull up mountains of empirical data. I am not an egghead, I don’t have an axe to grind, a Public Policy propaganda arm to push. Exhibit a. -residents are leaving in droves here.
American Thinker here. Several states are pushing programs to entice CA emigrants. Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. California or Bust, Californian and Busted. Pointy-headed useful-idiot egghead busted.
California state government largess creating a meltdown of unforeseen proportions. State issuing IOUs to workers, people on programs, contractors, state workers, folks doing business with the state, etc in lieu of cash here, here, here. Sounds great for business! Empirical data again, egghead busted again.
Hmm, it seems that some of the big banks are leery of accepting California IOU’s here. Common sense comes into play again, bankers have no faith in the state. Why then would businesses and individuals? I don’t need a pointy-headed academic to tell me otherwise. Common sense, living within one’s means, Main Street to State Street, cause and effect cannot be escaped. Egghead nay.
State serf-rulers, pols and media blame our woes on low taxes here. Yes, you read that right, low taxes. A simple defiance of reality even in our age of stupidity. They deserve this place. Read this here from a State Assemblywoman. She deserves this state. She deserves Cuba, Castro, Chavez, Venezuela.
State coffers are still bleeding after rearranging the chairs on the decks of the Titanic here, tax revenue down some 40% from a year or so ago. A California Condor has been spotted, shrieking, it’s vulturous squawk heard miles away…..we need to cut waste, squawk! squawk!…..Too little, too late Governor California Condor. There is but a corpse of the state for you and Sacramento vultures to nibble on. Where does the state get revenue? Yet another egghead is heard saying ‘everything is just fine and dandy’! Where can I find this mystical, mythical business that we can squeeze tax dollars from?
…….*crickets chirping in abandoned warehouses*…….
Businesses, production and producers provide tax revenue. Yet they aren’t leaving the state? Eggheads pecking at the corpse of a once prosperous state.
How does a state that is so desperately in the hole find new ways to raise taxes, find revenue as the pols say in Taxamento? We should tap into the bounty of nature, tax a certain oddly shaped, uniquely-smelling plant, (when smoked). Yes, the hair of the dog, ganja, pot, weed, dope. And what a case of dope indeed, pols, bureaucrats, media-types are calling for the legalization of marijuana in the state to cure our fiscal woes, here and here.
America I am your clarion call of emergency and warning. I am calling on the danger that you are amidst. I am pleading for you to listen. I am asking you to rise up against this Obamanation and the equivalents on all Federal levels.
They are pushing the disaster that is California, on you America, on the road to serfdom.
Left Coast Rebel (http://www.leftcoastrebel.com/2009/07/businesses-arent-fleeing-ca.html) saying what I have been ranting about for weeks now. California is headed down the path of no return and yet still people are saying everything is ok. Research what happened to California and you will see that is the exact path the United States as a whole is being pushed down by the obamanation in office.
UPDATE: Here is a great comment left on the orignial article on Left Coast Rebel…
The sad part about California, for me (as a current resident), is that I’m virtually certain that I will leave California in the next few years in search of a place less destructive to my way of life. By that, I mean a place which doesn’t actively discourage business and productions, doesn’t tax its workers obscenely, and doesn’t have a budgetary disaster caused by ridiculous of-of-control spending and Obamanation-style liberal politics. The sad part is not that I’m leaving (statistically I will be replaced by 2+ other people, likely here illegally, so the state won’t miss me), but rather that I have no hope in affecting any change whatsoever in the state’s situation, and thus that has no consideration.