Get ready for the efficiency of the Post Office and the compassion of the I.R.S.
By Chris Ingram
As regular readers of my column have noticed, I haven’t written much about Obamalism and his plans for so-called healthcare reform in quite a while. The reason for this is two-fold. 1). I’ve been having way too much fun picking on Chuckles the Clown, aka, Florida Governor Charlie Crist. He has provided so much good material, I couldn’t resist. Besides, when I write about Chucky boy, the hits on the site go through the roof. 2). I don’t like to write about stuff I don’t know a whole lot about, and since (like most of the 535 members of Congress who are voting on the measure) I have not read the 1,000 plus page bill I’ve taken a pass.
So while I’m no expert on healthcare I offer the following thoughts.
1) If you like the speed of service at the post office window and the compassion you receive from the I.R.S., you’ll love government mandated healthcare.
2) The federal government was aware of the looming H1N1/Swine flu pandemic early this year. Yet despite all the advance warning, the government has still made available less than one-fifth of the vaccines it promised would be available to American citizens by now. The Obama administration has not been short on excuses as to why your kids haven’t been able to get the vaccine, but know this: the Obama girls got theirs – about two months ago.
3) I was in my kids’ pediatrician’s office a few weeks ago and we were talking about Obamacare and she said if it passes she’ll quit being a doctor and will become a school teacher. I’m guessing she currently works about 70 hours a week, plus weekends and evenings on-call. She went to school for an eternity, and if she’s like most in her field is among the lowest paid of medical professionals. I don’t blame her for wanting to quit to teach school, have a labor union protect her job, and get summers off. But quality healthcare will suffer if she and enough doctors like her quit. My primary-care specialist, cardiologist, and chiropractor friend have all made similar comments about getting out of the field if the government takes control.
4) A bunch of bozos with the federal government recently came out with a recommendation that women don’t need to start having regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer as early as is currently recommended. They referenced all sorts of reports and studies to make this case despite years of calls for “early exams.” If you read between the lines, the motivation for this action was like most all things out of Washington: money. And if you don’t think if the federal government takes over the healthcare industry that more recommendations like this aren’t coming soon to a hospital near you, you’ve probably been snorting some of that powder Obama liked to try every now and then when he was but a young man working as a community organizer. The only way the projections to make Obamacare work is for cuts in services and payments to medical professionals to be reduced.
5) I don’t know how many billions or trillions the Obama bill is currently projected to cost. I quit paying attention to budget projections when I learned how to add and subtract in second grade and realized the government doesn’t do math the same way my teacher Mrs. Lawrence taught me. Whatever it is, it’ll be ten times greater than whatever the biggest projection is. That’s how Washington politicians do things. They lie to you about stuff and get you to think it’s a good idea to spend a pile of money that we don’t have, that we then borrow from the Chinese to pay for, and stick the bill to our children. Apparently lots of greedy Americans think this is an acceptable fiscal policy because they keep reelecting the same bunch of losers year after year.
So that’s my read on healthcare. I don’t trust the government to do much of anything right, and I certainly don’t want it coming between me and my doctor. But alas, there are a lot of people out there being hoodwinked by this svengali we call a president and he has plenty of support from the clowns in Congress to do it. One-fifth of our nation’s economy is about to be turned over to the government. That’s socialism.
Call your U.S. Senator and tell them to vote no on Obamacare and to quit pilling all this debt on future generations. The number to the Capitol Operator is: (202)224-3121.
Back to picking on Charlie next column. It’s not nearly as depressing.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.com.