Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

Obama Flowers For You!

November 23, 2013

                     Obama Flowers For You!
    The following was sent to me by a smart
patriot who understands that a sarcastic humorous analogy can sometimes illustrate the absurdity of Marxist social designs more clearly than serious discussion.
    If you know someone who is in need of a remedial education about socialized medicine, more specifically Obmacare, this is a fun short-course.
    For those already in the know, it is a real hoot and is still required reading!
VTM, 11/25/13
Receptionist:  Hello, Welcome to Obama Flowers, My name is Trina. How can I help you?
Customer:  Hello.  I received an email from Professional Flowers stating that my flower order has been canceled and I should go to your exchange to reorder it. I tried your website, but it seems like it is not working. So I am calling the 800 number.
Receptionist:  Yes!  I am sorry about the website. It should be fixed by the end of November. But I can help you.
Customer:  Thanks, I ordered a “Spring Bouquet” for our anniversary, and wanted it  delivered to my wife.
Receptionist:  Interrupting, Sir, “Spring Bouquets” do not meet our  minimum standards, I will  be happy to provide you with Red Roses.
Customer:  But I have always ordered “Spring Bouquets”, done it  for years, my wife likes them.
Receptionist:  Roses are better, sir, I am sure your wife will love them.
Customer: Well, how much are  they?
Receptionist: It depends sir, do you want our Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum package.
Customer: What’s the difference?
Receptionist: 6, 12,18 or 24 Red Roses.
Customer: The Silver package may be okay, how much is it?
Receptionist: It depends sir, what is your monthly income?
Customer: What does that have to do with anything?
Receptionist: I need that to determine your government flower subsidy, then I can determine how much your out-of-pocket cost will be. But if your income is below our minimums for a subsidy, then I can refer you to our FlowerAid department.
Customer: FlowerAid?
Receptionist: Yes, Flowers are a right.  Everyone has a right to flowers. So, if you can’t afford them, then the government will supply them free of charge.
Customer: Who said they were a right?
Receptionist: Congress passed it, the President signed it and the Supreme Court found it constitutional.
Customer: Whoa!  I don’t remember seeing anything in the Constitution regarding flowers as a right.
Receptionist:  It is not really a “Right in  the Constitution,” but Obama Flowers is Constitutional because the Supreme Court  Ruled it a “Tax”. Taxes are Constitutional. But we feel it is a right.
Customer: I don’t believe this.
Receptionist: It’s the law of the land sir. Now, we anticipated most people would go for the Silver Package, so what is you monthly income sir?
Customer: Forget it, I think I will forgo the flowers this year.
Receptionist: In that case sir, I will still need your monthly income.
Customer: Why?
Receptionist: To determine what your ‘non-participation’ cost would be.
Customer: WHAT?  You can’t charge me for NOT buying flowers!
Receptionist: It’s the law of the land, sir, approved by the Supreme Court. It’s $9.50 or 1% of your monthly income.
Customer interrupting: This is ridiculous, I’ll pay the $9.50.
Receptionist: Sir, it is $9.50 or 1% of your monthly income, whichever is greater.
Customer: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? What a rip-off!
Receptionist: Actually sir, it is a good deal. Next year it will be 2%.
Customer: Look, I’m going to call my Congressman to find out what’s going on here. This is ridiculous. I’m not going  to pay it.
Receptionist: Sorry to hear that sir.  That’s why I had the NSA track this call and obtain the make and model of the cell phone you are using.
Customer: Why does the NSA need to know what kind of CELL PHONE I AM USING?
Receptionist: So they get your GPS coordinates sir.
Door Bell rings followed immediately by a loud knock on the door
Receptionist: That would be the IRS sir.  Thanks for calling Obama Flowers.  Have a nice day and God Bless America

Obamacare Can Kill You!

April 18, 2013

Obamacare Can Kill You!

I am not over-stating the case.

Socialized medicine is responsible for the untimely deaths of countless people. It is an inferior way to provide health care for a large population of individuals.

Obamacare, like other socialized medical programs in modern nations, does in fact guarantee medical care to all citizens….but, good luck getting the care before you die or are more seriously damaged by illness!

I was at a medical seminar on the dramatic increase in child obesity an America. This is an epidemic problem in all “modernizing” cultures.

The question was “what can we do about this?”

I responded that primary prevention was essential (educating and, in other ways, influencing parents and infants before the problem occurred). I also stated that it was important that any such initiatives be taken at local levels and not be made into a Federally designed nation-wide mandate designed as a one-size-fits-all program. I asserted that centralized planning through massive bureaucracies have been shown to fail time and time again.

After the meeting, I was assailed by an adult female who flatly and loudly stated she was “mad at me”. Surprised, and taken aback, I politely asked “what for”? She said, “I suppose you are not for Obamacare!” I said “no I am not”. Fuming, with a reddened face and  bugging eyes, she hissed, “Then you just don’t care about the children who are poor and without medical care!”

I tried to explain that it would be far more cost-effective to improve the care for the approximately 8 million citizens without health care, than it would to revamp the entire healthcare system comprising over 350 million citizens. I tried to continue the discussion in a calm way, but she would have nothing of it. The lady stormed away after hissing, “Well, I work with poor children that you never see or even care about”!

Little did she know that I am a practicing psychologist who has worked to help a large number of welfare families and their children over nearly 40 year. My very conservative heart aches for the little children trapped in poverty, with all of its predictable harms and limitations to normal development. Quite literally, their damage is damage to all of us.

And so goes the discussion about Obamacare…. much more heat than light…much more damage than good.

John Stossel is a hard-nose analyst of data-based outcomes. Perhaps my angry fellow-citizen would benefit from the following video…but, probably not.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.,  4/18/13

Here Come The Death Panels!

November 4, 2010

Here Come The Death Panels!

The following video has been sent to me by several friends. It is simply gut-wrenching to watch. If you are headed for retirement, or are a senior citizen, you had better watch-out: Your a-s is grass, and Obama-Care is the lawn mower.

Read the following and then click on the URL. Do not fail to watch this video. Miss it  at your own peril…and the peril of everyone you love, or simply care about.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.           11/4/10



Style Vs. Substance

January 15, 2010

Style Vs. Substance

I have a very strong admiration for Charles Krauthammer’s ability to frame and analyze a political/social issue.

When he writes on a topic that I consider to be of central importance to our collective well-being, I will post his column and ferventlyhope that  you will read it. You should know that I when I do this it is because he has said what I would wish to say, but he has said it with greater wisdom and clarity than I can provide at this time.

I will continue to write my own blogs as I am moved by historical, current, and future events to do so.

The following is written by Charles Krauthammer. It is reproduced  from The Patriot Post.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.,  1/15/10


One Year Out: The Fall

By Charles Krauthammer (Archive) · Friday, January 15, 2010

WASHINGTON — What went wrong? A year ago, he was king of the world. Now President Obama’s approval rating, according to CBS, has dropped to 46 percent — and his disapproval rating is the highest ever recorded by Gallup at the beginning of an (elected) president’s second year.

A year ago, he was leader of a liberal ascendancy that would last 40 years (James Carville). A year ago, conservatism was dead (Sam Tanenhaus). Now the race to fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in bluest of blue Massachusetts is surprisingly close, with a virtually unknown state senator bursting on the scene by turning the election into a mini-referendum on Obama and his agenda, most particularly health care reform.

A year ago, Obama was the most charismatic politician on earth. Today the thrill is gone, the doubts growing — even among erstwhile believers.

Liberals try to attribute Obama’s political decline to matters of style. He’s too cool, detached, uninvolved. He’s not tough, angry or aggressive enough with opponents. He’s contracted out too much of his agenda to Congress.

These stylistic and tactical complaints may be true, but they miss the major point: The reason for today’s vast discontent, presaged by spontaneous national Tea Party opposition, is not that Obama is too cool or compliant but that he’s too left.

It’s not about style; it’s about substance. About which Obama has been admirably candid. This out-of-nowhere, least-known of presidents dropped the veil most dramatically in the single most important political event of 2009, his Feb. 24 first address to Congress. With remarkable political honesty and courage, Obama unveiled the most radical (in American terms) ideological agenda since the New Deal: the fundamental restructuring of three pillars of American society — health care, education and energy.

Then began the descent — when, more amazingly still, Obama devoted himself to turning these statist visions into legislative reality. First energy, with cap-and-trade, an unprecedented federal intrusion into American industry and commerce. It got through the House, with its Democratic majority and Supreme Soviet-style rules. But it will never get out of the Senate.

Then, the keystone: a health care revolution in which the federal government will regulate in crushing detail one-sixth of the U.S. economy. By essentially abolishing medical underwriting (actuarially based risk assessment) and replacing it with government fiat, Obamacare turns the health insurance companies into utilities, their every significant move dictated by government regulators. The public option was a sideshow. As many on the right have long been arguing, and as the more astute on the left (such as The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki) understand, Obamacare is government health care by proxy, single-payer through a facade of nominally “private” insurers.

At first, health care reform was sustained politically by Obama’s own popularity. But then gravity took hold, and Obamacare’s profound unpopularity dragged him down with it. After 29 speeches and a fortune in squandered political capital, it still will not sell.

The health care drive is the most important reason Obama has sunk to 46 percent. But this reflects something larger. In the end, what matters is not the persona but the agenda. In a country where politics is fought between the 40-yard lines, Obama has insisted on pushing hard for the 30. And the American people — disorganized and unled but nonetheless agitated and mobilized — have put up a stout defense somewhere just left of midfield.

Ideas matter. Legislative proposals matter. Slick campaigns and dazzling speeches can work for a while, but the magic always wears off.

It’s inherently risky for any charismatic politician to legislate. To act is to choose and to choose is to disappoint the expectations of many who had poured their hopes into the empty vessel — of which candidate Obama was the greatest representative in recent American political history.

Obama did not just act, however. He acted ideologically. To his credit, Obama didn’t just come to Washington to be someone. Like Reagan, he came to Washington to do something — to introduce a powerful social democratic stream into America’s deeply and historically individualist polity.

Perhaps Obama thought he’d been sent to the White House to do just that. If so, he vastly over-read his mandate. His own electoral success — twinned with handy victories and large majorities in both houses of Congress — was a referendum on his predecessor’s governance and the post-Lehman financial collapse. It was not an endorsement of European-style social democracy.

Hence the resistance. Hence the fall. The system may not always work, but it does take its revenge.

(c) 2010, The Washington Post Writers Group

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