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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cruising the Web

It's quite a shame that we don't have exit polling from Texas. There would have been some interesting data generated.

Andrew Kohut of Pew Research writes of how some are misreading the election results as we ponder the political future of the Republican Party.

Obama's proposal to increase tax rates on those making over $250,000 would accomplish almost nothing towards deficit reduction. The money raised over ten years is less than the sequester planned if no deal is reached. Spending cuts and entitlement reform must be a major part of any proposal.
Yet as President Obama knows, all the higher tax revenue he is asking for would only raise $82 billion a year under the most optimistic circumstances. The deficit last fiscal year was $1.1 trillion, and that's before ObamaCare kicks in and the baby boom cohort keeps retiring. Everyone talks about Republicans and taxes as an obstacle to bipartisanship, but the liberal delusion that entitlements can be financed by taxes alone is something Mr. Obama needs to address if he wants a successful second term.
There could hardly be a worse person to make Secretary of Defense than John Kerry. Such a nomination should be a non-starter for a man who has shown such contempt for the military and knows so little about them. Let's hope that this is one trial balloon that is deservedly shot down.

Jonah Goldberg writes that "it's always Gotterdammerung somewhere on the right."

John Hinderaker makes the case to let all the Bush era tax rates expire. We'd need some real entitlement reform in exchange. Don't count on such a deal.

Yes, incentives and disincentives in policy matter. And the disincentives in Obamacare towards doctors could mean that there will be a looming shortage of doctors. Already it is difficult for Medicare patients to find doctors willing to take them on. What do you think will happen when Obamacare kicks in? Could a law refusing to allow doctors to deny patients based on their type of insurance be far behind?

11 comments:

Rick Caird said...

A law forcing doctors to see patients regardless of the patients insurance would have to fail. First, it would force the doctor to work for whatever reimbursement the insurer wanted to pay. Second, the unintended consequence would be the rise of the concierge doctor.

It would be easy to make the case that forcing doctors to accept all insurance would be tantamount to slavery. The doctor could either work as a slave or find another career. The quality of our doctoring wold decline rapidly and radically. ObamaCare was never thought out very well.

Matt said...

It would be easy to make the case that forcing doctors to accept all insurance would be tantamount to slavery.

Nonsensical overstatement of the decade or just the year? Sheesh.

equitus said...

Explain, Matt. What else is being forced by law to perform specific labors?

Rick Caird said...

It would be nice, Matt, if you had a clue what you are talking about, but you don't. When you are forced to take anybody's insurance, then you are forced to play by their rules including reimbursement amounts. Remember, too, when all is said and done, you work for who pays you unless you are doing charity work.

That means if I have studied and trained to be a doctor, now I have to work for whatever the lowest common denominator insurer will pay me and follow his rules. That, Matt, is the definition of slavery.

I love liberals. They judge themselves by their intentions and dismiss the consequences of their actions as being out of their control.

elkh1 said...

Could a law refusing to allow doctors to deny patients based on their type of insurance be far behind?

No.

They'll adopt the Brit's failing National Health and docs become unionized public servants.

Anyone wants to go to private docs and don't want to wait in line for surgical procedures will have to pay out of their own pockets, or pay an arm and a leg for supplemental/umbrella insurance not covered by Obamacare.

mark said...

According to this site, Obamacare is equated to slavery (equitus), the Red Cross is compared to winos (Rick) and police officers are called nazis (some other dope).
When are decent repubs going to call out the ignorant, morons and restore a bit of dignity to the party?

equitus said...

Matt and mark chime in here not to discuss any points of policy but to call other commenters names.

Such are the days we live in. It worked for Obama, so his supporters take the same approach.

What a time we live in!

mark said...

Yes equitus, Obama won because he insulted his opponents and gave "gifts" to his supporters. Keep on thinking that.
In the meantime, perhaps you'll read up on the horrors of slavery. Perhaps you'll realize how stupid your comparison was. Perhaps not.

Rick Caird said...

Oh, Mark, you are completely hopeless and analogy challenged. I was the one who claimed forcing doctors to accept any insurance was "tantamount to slavery". Now, if you went into your job and were told you had to work for whatever they wanted to pay you, you would feel like a slave. If you went to quit and they told you if you wanted to work anywhere else, you would still have to take what they wanted to pay you, you would feel enslaved.

What all that has to do with Obama and his election is known only to you. How is living in your own little world working out for you? Most people like that end up in mental institutions.

mark said...

"Now, if you went into your job and were told you had to work for whatever they wanted to pay you, you would feel like a slave."

That's what you think slavery is?
Really?

Rick Caird said...

You, Mark, are exceptionally literal. I am the one here with the degree in theoretical mathematics, but I understand analogies. They seem to baffle you.

Here is the definition of a simile:

"A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two different things, usually by employing the words "like" or "as"... "if" or "than" are also used though less commonly. A simile differs from a metaphor in that the latter compares two unlike things by saying that the one thing is the other thing."

Let me know if you understand the concepts, otherwise I can help you with English in addition to the math lessons I have already given you.

Are you sure you graduated from High School?