Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email: tomthemick@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hips From The Favor Bank?

Will the time ever come when we’ll need a political favor for a hip replacement? Will we have to pay a bribe, I mean make a campaign contribution to move up on the waiting list for an MRI, or to get treatment for late-stage cancer? I hope not but, if current trends continue the possibility isn’t far-fetched. Not only has Obamacare has been a catastrophe only two-and-a-half months in, implementation has been riddled with unlawful edicts and political favoritism for Democrat constituents.

Taking the most recent example first: On November 25th Obama exempted his union buddies from paying their share of the $12 billion “reinsurance tax” for 2014. Five weeks earlier, the liberal magazine Slate wrote: “Labor essentially asked the Obama administration to exempt their existing insurance plans from the fee. Since [their request] . . .  had no particular merits to it the administration declined.” That was then. This is now. Slate doesn’t even question whether a president has the constitutional authority to pick and choose what parts of legislation he’ll enforce and which he won’t.
Well he doesn’t have that authority. Article II requires him to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” He can’t change them anytime he feels like it, but that’s what he does. Earlier this year, he unconstitutionally put off Obamacare’s employer mandate for a year because he knew it would hurt Democrats in the 2014 election. He exempts Congressmen and their staffs who wrote the legislation. He doesn’t enforce immigration laws he doesn’t like either. When Congress didn’t pass an amnesty bill he wanted called the “Dream Act,” he issued an executive fiat instead. There are other examples too numerous to mention.
The bottom line is: when our president can decide for himself which laws he’ll enforce and which ones he won’t, we’re not a nation of laws anymore are we? Not when the president places himself above the law. When he took over General Motors and Chrysler, he stiffed bondholders, fired dealers, ordered GM to produce Chevy Volts nobody wants, bailed out the unions, and “stepp[ed] over the bright line between the rule of law and the arbitrary behavior . . .” according to an analysis by George Mason University’s Todd Zywicki called “The Auto Bailout and the Rule of Law.”
So far, Obama get away with wielding unconstitutional power for political gain. Can he do that? Well, there’s can’t and there’s “ain’t supposta.” He’s isn’t supposed to do all this, but clearly he can because he’s doing it. Who’s going to stop him? Congress is supposed to check and balance the president, and the House of Representatives issues subpoenas for documents, information and witnesses, but when Obama stonewalls them, then what? Well, there’s impeachment.
The House has sole power of impeachment, but impeachment means “bring charges against.” The Senate has to decide guilt, and how likely is that while it’s under the control of Senator Harry Reid? And even if Obama were found guilty, the only remedy is to remove him from office. Who would take over then? Vice President Joe Biden, who more and more resembles a cast member from “Dumb and Dumber.” Politically speaking, impeachment isn’t a likely scenario - at this point at least. Unfortunately, that’s the only remedy Congress has to stop the president’s unconstitutional power-grabbing.
 So now back to the original question. Will access to health care become completely politicized? Those signing up for Obamacare are overwhelmingly getting Medicaid - 1.46 million of the 1.6 million signed up so far. More and more doctors are refusing to take on Medicaid patients, so millions will be all dressed up in their new Obamacare policies with no place to go. Unless Obamacare is repealed, some expect the federal government to draft doctors. Kevin Williamson at National Review Online considers it almost inevitable.
 
Millions of others whose health insurance policies were cancelled will have spent weeks on healthcare.gov trying to sign up, think they have, and find out after January 1st that they’re not because of still more healthcare.gov “glitches.” Nearly 100 million others who like their policies and whom Obama promised could keep them will get cancellation notices in 2014. Obamacare will collapse. Then what?

Never one to “let a crisis go to waste,” will Obama take it all over like he did with General Motors? He’s wanted a government, single-payer system all along. Will he appoint Kathleen Sebelius as Healthcare Czar? She who shakes down companies for cash? Can we trust the 16,000 new agents in Obama’s IRS not to harass conservatives as they “implement” Obama’s new health care policies? You may trust them. I do not. If Obamacare isn’t repealed early next year, kissing up to a congressman for a new knee or to get Grammy into a nursing home could be in our future.

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5 Comments:

OpenID 972989a8-d210-11e2-ac4d-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Quite plausible predictions of Modern Health Care
"Idiocracy" (the movie)
"Natures End" (the book)

CaptDMO

12/12/13, 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are great, Tom! Reading the malarky you have been suckered into believing from your wacky radical web sites is like a real life Colbert Report!! Thank goodness such ignorance no longer bothers me....as they say, I used to be disgusted, now I'm just amused.

Rant, rave, fabricate, get yourself in a tizzy, oh such great comic entertainment.

Thanks for your service.

12/12/13, 6:22 PM  
OpenID 972989a8-d210-11e2-ac4d-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Ah well..."You can lead a horse to water..."

What IS the going union rate for nonsequitur contrarian? For agent provocateur? Is there a per diem per ad hominum?
(Sorry for the um...codespeak, but the English terms aren't suitable for contemporary intellectual discourse)
CaptDMO

12/13/13, 4:54 AM  
Anonymous Winston Smith said...

I find it curious that with the 100 year anniversary of the federal reserve act ( and its sister the income tax act) you essentially avoid the topic all together to focus on the farce that is obama. Kind of an easy target don't ya think?

I guess you like paying "income tax" to a conglomerate of elite families who own this countries wealth.

The biggest obstacle to America ever getting backin track is the federal reserve. Period. Before it we had no income tax and a money backed by gold and silver. It was "real". Now? Not so much.

To avoid this topic is to admit you don't have a grasp on how the fed works to control us all.

Why someone would spend their time arguing over a dog and pony show ( the two party system) instead of the real problem, the fed, is beyond me. Do you not think controlling a countries money printing and inflation isn't significant? do ya think there's a reason this topic is being ignored in the Mainstream media? hello!

Your message is no longer relevant. Its a distraction.
You're clinging to a dying and obsolete ideology.
And can no longer be taken seriously.

You advocate insanity by its very defintion. Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different outcome each time.

All vanity and ego on display. Shameful and full of sin.


12/22/13, 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama? Whatever!!

.."#14 The Federal Reserve was designed to be a perpetual debt machine. The bankers that designed it intended to trap the U.S. government in a perpetual debt spiral from which it could never possibly escape. Since the Federal Reserve was established 100 years ago, the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger.
#15 A permanent federal income tax was established the exact same year that the Federal Reserve was created. This was not a coincidence. In order to pay for all of the government debt that the Federal Reserve would create, a federal income tax was necessary. The whole idea was to transfer wealth from our pockets to the federal government and from the federal government to the bankers.
#16 The period prior to 1913 (when there was no income tax) was the greatest period of economic growth in U.S. history.
#17 Today, the U.S. tax code is about 13 miles long.
#18 From the time that the Federal Reserve was created until now, the U.S. dollar has lost 98 percent of its value.
#19 From the time that President Nixon took us off the gold standard until now, the U.S. dollar has lost 83 percent of its value.

12/23/13, 8:10 AM  

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