This is the fourth post in a four-part series on the American healthcare system.
The Individual Mandate required all Americans not covered by a “qualifying plan” to purchase insurance or pay a penalty. We require basic car insurance to legally drive, so why not health insurance? However, this is an apples-to-oranges comparison. Driving is a privilege and is voluntary (we can choose not to drive), while one’s health is impossible to separate from the individual. Compelling citizens to buy something from the government, just because they are alive, borders on the tyrannical. Besides, the government’s interests are often not aligned with our own.
Earlier this year one of my patients went to the ER with abdominal pain. The provider ordered a CT of the abdomen and pelvis with contrast because they thought he might have a kidney stone. They gave him some IV fluids and medications, and admitted him to the hospital for a few hours before discharging him home. They billed his insurance $18,000, but only $12,000 of this was covered. He now owes $6,000 for his brief stay.
Another one of my patients went to the ER just this last month for some stitches after being hit in the mouth with a baseball. After the charges were billed through his insurance, he was informed his plan was “out of network” and he now owes them $3,600.
The Obamacare rollout was fraught with missteps and confusion, and this wasn’t just limited to the healthcare.gov web site. Not only did most Americans’ healthcare costs not go down, President Obama’s repeated statement “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it” was given Politifact’s Lie of the Year award in 2013.
“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication, somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication, and a government bureaucracy to administer it.” – Thomas Sowell
Our healthcare system is in crisis. While there seems to be agreement among most Americans and policy makers on this point, the debate about what the primary causes are and how to salvage it is ongoing.
The European aristocracy is in a panic. For decades the bureaucrats in the European Union (EU) have been busy consolidating power in Brussels. The EU now has a super-executive with multiple presidents who are not even elected. It has a super-legislature that deliberates in secret to pass laws that supersede the laws of member states. It even has its own super-judiciary that is routinely used to overrule the laws of sovereign nations.
After paying themselves handsomely and lavishing benefits on each other, these government masterminds redistribute the income of Europe based on their own whims and agendas, all while imposing tariffs, quotas, and regulations to rigidly control the economy. It is quite literally one-stop shopping for the powerful special interests of the world. Continue reading The American Brexit: Article 5→
We must OPPOSE Fast Track – TPA and TPP in order to… OPPOSE offshoring of U.S. supply chains; OPPOSE forcing the U.S. to do business with human rights violators; OPPOSE forcing U.S. to import unsafe, unhealthy food; OPPOSE banning GMO labeling
Crista Huff’s April 17, 2015, email: CLICK HERE for printable PDF version of this email. CLICK HERE for printable PDF “Reasons to Oppose TPA & TPP.”
(Both PDF files include Congressional phone numbers to call.)
I am a political activist, currently fighting Fast Track in Colorado and in Washington D.C. We are racking up “no” votes by visiting Congressional offices, and telling them what’s in the trade agreement. It’s that simple. Rarely do we meet a Congressional staffer who tells us that we are wrong. Mostly, we meet staffers who are looking for a way to save face in voting against the Trans Pacific Partnership, without being labelled “anti-trade” by the media.
Marriage licenses are the purview of the States. However, the Supreme Court ruling Friday overturned the constitutions of thirty states and imposed its will on all fifty. This is yet another huge precedent for overruling state law.
So is a marriage amendment proposed by either Congress or the States using Article V of the U.S. Constitution, as one candidate has suggested, the answer? Not likely. More and more Americans are realizing that using the force of the federal government is too big of a hammer, and in fact only serves to consolidate power further in Washington. Amendments should limit the power of the federal government, not expand it. Continue reading Is a Marriage Amendment the Answer?→
Ted Cruz is 2016’s FIRST announced Presidential Candidate ~ Are you getting the truth about him?
Since Ted Cruz announced his candidacy March 23rd, we have noticed a (seemingly deliberate) lack of accurate information about his background and accomplishments. Whether you plan to support Cruz in the primaries or not, we believe it is absolutely essential that you have accurate information before making your decisions. There has simply been NO outlet that has given true and accurate and complete reporting of Ted Cruz’s life and accomplishments BEFORE he was elected to the Senate!
Did you know that the Second Amendment, which enshrines our right to own firearms, was narrowly upheld in a 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008?
While 2A groups are making some headway in certain States with regards to our right to bear arms, it is only a matter of time before the courts strike down these laws…or some appointee or panel of unelected career bureaucrats issues regulations overturning them…or both.
What is just as troubling is Congress’ refusal to function as a check on the Executive and Judicial branches, and their willingness to continue to fund Obamacare and open borders. In all likelihood, it won’t be long before they cave on our gun rights and pass national background checks and mandatory registration, or ratify an international arms treaty (both of which will invariably will lead to confiscation). Continue reading Why Gun Owners Support Article V→