Posts Tagged ‘Universal Health Care’

So Dear Flaco,

You have a dear fellow employee at your place of business.  I seem to remember that she has health insurance, right?  And, some time ago, she became sick and went to the doctor’s office.  There, the doc determined that she needed a shot of some kind and administered said shot.  Right?

And then she got sick?

Which caused her to undergo a hospital stay that ended up costing her ~9 grand.

Right?  Am I close?

And you seem to think that this is an unfair burden to be placed upon this woman/girl so early in life.  That somehow, this run of bad luck could somehow destroy her or set her far enough back that she may never recover?

So now, some questions.

  1. Has she disputed the bills with both the hospital AND the insurance company?
  2. Is she taking full advantage of both HSA and FSA accounts?
  3. Given that she has disputed the bills and lost, has she gone to the hospital to work out a payment plan?
  4. Has she investigated local, state or federal aid packages that may ALREADY be available?
  5. Are their local charities that she may apply for?
  6. Does she have family that can help her out?

If she has gone through all of that work and is still staring at 9 grand, do you really think that it’s unfair for her to have to pay for that?  Why?  If it’s unfair that she should have to pay for that, why is it fair that I have to pay for that?




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Dear Flaco,

So, Obama has decided that he is going to make a stand on this whole National Health Care thing.  He feels that America is not providing for her citizens and that many are going uncared for.  In fact, the number 47 million has been tossed around.  As in, there are 47 million uninsured people in the United States.

Can you help me clear up some confusion I have?

  1. How many of those 47 million are not even citizens?
  2. How many of those 47 million are kids now covered under S-CHIP?
  3. How many of those 47 million are people that make more than 300% of the FPL [poverty level] and choose not to purchase insurance?
  4. How many of those 47 million people have the ability to obtain insurance under existing government programs?

And then, when you are done obtaining –wait for it—–FACTS, please help me in determining how financially secure the French system is right now.

In advance –  Thanks,


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Dear Flaco,

So, now that Obama has managed to Socialize the auto industry, the bank industry and the insurance industry he is going after the health care industry.  If you listen to him, or to the news, which is really just the White House Public Relations division, you hear that our nation’s health care industry is broken.  That we pay too much and receive not enough.  In fact, I think if you listen long enough or careful enough you will eventually hear the evidence.

The United States has the highest health care costs and we rank 37th in quality.

And it kinda ends there. As if no further proof is needed or required.  We pay the most.  And we suck.  End of debate.

So, the answer is, or has to be, that the government is required to step ion and fix the problem.  Heck, not even that, we’re supposed to believe that the government is required to take on the problem.  In short, becaue we feel some how that the state of the industry is in such disarray, we are left with NO other option but to let the government step in and run the place.

All of this is weighty and tough stuff.  No one thinks that health insurance or medical care should be taken lightly.  So, let’s go through the process, shall we, at how Obama arrives at his conclusion:

  1. Wow.  We pay the most!
  2. Hmmm, but we don’t RANK 1st.
  3. Determine valid metrics to identify real goals and measures.
  4. Validate statistics.
  5. Study the industry.
  6. Identify strengths and weaknesses.
  7. Conduct process analysis to identify possible solutions.
  8. Matrix solutions with costs and risks.
  9. Create a list of ranked solutions.
  10. Work down that list.
  11. Realize that no solution can work; farm out the responsibility to the government.

How does THAT work?  How is it, that given the critical nature of this whole conversation, almost zero work has been done?  Why do we simply read an excerpt from some source that we don’t investigate, ignore ALL other real life steps and just skip ahead to government must assume responsibility for this situation.

I challeneg you to begin to break this down like you would in the business world.  In a “health care world”, what is it that we expect?  How would we measure that?  How do we think that should be delivered?  What are we trying to attain?

Before you tell me that the only fix is government, you should at least tell me what’s broken and why.



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Mr. “Social Liberal”,

So, I need to letcha in on a little secret.

Tell me…

As a conservative, it’s not my goal to make the rich richer or keep the poor poorer.

Which is why tax cuts for rich benefit EVERYONE!

I don’t think it’s okay to ignore those in need, ignore those who require help.

EXCEPT Universal Health Care.

I really really wanna make the world a better place for as many people as possible.  And really, that means that I want the world to be better for more people tomorrow than it was for people yesterday.

Like Global Warming?





So.  Quick Reality Check.  Whats the difference between The Government and Big Business?

We as Americans; can pick a new leader for our government, and are (honestly) stuck with our corporate leaders.  They are protected by their boards.  A corporate board is as slow and; as much or more so (it’s easier to hide the money),  influenced as any house or senate,  on replacing an inefficient leader.

At least, in business, you expect them to be corrupt.

P.S.   Both are corrupt.

So what to do…..?

Educate my soft mushy Liberal Mind.

If I elected you,  what would pino do?

xoxo billy

P.S.  I’m not so much for the stimulus package.  I understand the intentions … but I do believe that things gotta sort themself out.

But,  I’ll also say that we can’t just turn a blind eye….


Somethings got to be done…

Everyone who is now unemployed is now claiming unemployment (at the least).  State Budgets are under plan and they are cutting major things, i.e. education, police, transportation projects, etc….  So who’s the real victim?

The amount of $ the government is pouring out will increase.  (For at least a year.)  Mass jobs are getting cut and it will continue for at least this year and probably next year too.

The average home-owner has seen their home value (and 401k plan) plummet.  And Social Security has no more cash in 2041.

And per a previous discussion you hinted toward let it fall and bottom out.  Pretty easy to say…..  since you have a job.

And Big Business a shown what an awesome job they do unchecked…. (like banks…  dumbass  … xoxo)

If I elected you,  what would pino do?

I’ll let molly know…


PALIN/LIMBAUGH 2012!!!!!!!!!!!


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She’s (Palin’s) a gem….


(You wrote) However, giving me a story of  one girl doesn’t change cold hard facts:

  1. Health or medical care is limited
  2. We need/want more of it than can be supplied
  3. It must be rationed
  4. When that rationing method is price, it leads to lower prices and more availability

O.K.  then…Palin style…

(I’m gonna Palin my way all over the place….)

Now we’ll warp back to Climate Change/Global Warming…

Energy Sources (are limited)

1.     A. Our current sources of power are limited; ……

B. And Green Technology (wind,solar,water,etc…) .. it  isn’t infinite….   but it is way closer…

C. We’re gonna run out of gas and coal.  And those affect our environment negatively.

D. We could ration our own prices for gas/power….

(We need/want more of it than can be supplied….)

2.     See above…

(It must be rationed …)

3.     Yes.

But Really….

(Now we’re back to Republican vs. Democrat…)

(When that rationing method is price, it leads to lower prices and more availability…)

4.     So when everyone wants to buy a mustang… dude….

Do  the prices get lower?

Or Higher for more profit?


for an example…

One (i.e. A Republican) might think… (and you wrote…) When that rationing method is price, it leads to lower prices and more availability

One (i.e. A Democrat) would think …..    that when something is rationed by price ….      and it’s in demand (i.e. like health care) ..

the prices can be increased.   And who gets hurt by those increases?

(Go Palin!  I’m all over the place and it’s O.K.  Back to Health Care…)


So…(Palin/Limbaugh 2012)

If your f#$%ing dying …. what price is too much?

If your in constant pain… what price is too much?

If a loved one (i.e. your parent, spouse or child) is in need of help…. what price is too much?


(You wrote) Serious.  Stop sending me this minor league business.  Give me facts.

Serious. If you can’t look at something with your heart and soul, why would I worry about your … facts(mind)?

Because it takes all three, Pino.

(And Texted) My Friend ………when did you stray from the path?

As soon as I realized your path was a dead end.

Humbly Flaco.

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Dear Flaco,


So, when experts in 1988 claim that the temperate in 2008 is going to be .5 C higher, we should just never check up on them, right?  We should just say, WOW!  And then faint.  Wake up and elect Obama.  God forbid that people would actually capture the prediction, then, ya know, record the actual temperature, and then – SHOCKER – compare them to see if this expert knows what the fuck he is talking about?

Nah.  Let’s elect Obama instead.

Truth and facts never enter the liberal mind!

And now Molly.  Tragic story.  Really is.  And I feel bad for a 22 year old kid tryin’ to make it saddled with 9 large in debt.

Specific, here is some advice.

However, giving me a story of one girl doesn’t change cold hard facts:

  1. Health or medical care is limited
  2. We need/want more of it than can be supplied
  3. It must be rationed
  4. When that rationing method is price, it leads to lower prices and more availability

Serious.  Stop sending me this minor league business.  Give me facts.

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Dear Flaco,

daschleAs the Blessed Leader is now looking at his third failed major cabinet post, we should review perhaps the biggest blow so far; the failure of Tom Daschle.  You see, this post was his for the taking.  In fact, if there was a man that was made for Team Obama to head up Health and Human Services, it was Mr. Daschle.  He was the majority leader in the Senate and had the respect of his peers.  Then, when he was kicked out of office by his voters left office he became a public speaker, and champion of a new Federal Health Care system; a reform if you will.  He was, in short, ready to step into the job of a lifetime.  A job that would transform the way in which health care is distributed in this country.  A move that would take it from where it is now, in the hands of the private sector, and move it into the realm of the State.

However, more interesting than the man is the concept.  Universal Health Care.  Socialized Medicine.  Whatever name it goes by, it won’t go–well, away.

Economics:  The study of the use of scare resources which have alternative uses.

This is the definition of economics in a pretty basic book by the name “Basic Economics”.  Fascinating read; I suggest it.  But when you think of that definition, it kind of, or should, strike you what we are dealing with here.  It doesn’t have to be money.  It can be the study of how a teacher runs his classroom.  He only has so much time and resources and, much of it, has alternate uses – he could something else for another child.  Or, you could use it in game theory.We use it everyday in working through our “Honey Do” list….in fact, all of life, really, is a study in economics.  Scare resources; time.  And alternate uses; drinking beer or painting the baby’s room.

health-careAnd so it is with health care.  We have a scare resource; medicine, doctors, nurses and beds.  And all of it has alternate uses.  A nurse could instead choose to become a lawyer, a doctor a fighter pilot.  Money or land spent to build a hospital could be used to build an apartment, or an office building or a football stadium.  It’s all there, this — this study of things.  This demand for something that we don’t have enough of.  And in the end, that’s where we are.  We have a demand for medical services and we don’t have enough supply.    And if we can agree on that, we have agreed on one of the most important aspects of this debate.  An aspect that no politician, Mr. Daschle himself in fact, will ever admit.  Because, you see, when we have less of a thing than we want, we have to somehow hand it out so that someone doesn’t get everything that they want.

Please, please make sure that we are in agreement on this.  We have more need/want than we have supply.  There are more peope that want to see a doctor of some kind that we have ability to see.  And that might be because we have too few docs, or beds or simply time in the day.  Whatever, there is more need/want than supply.

This is important for this reason.  Once we agree on the supply demand thingy, all that’s left is to determine how we ration it.  Once we agree that we simply don’t have enough, all we have to do is determine how we will figure out who won’t get what.  And ya know what?  The single best system for determining that is the market.  Free market.  People will automatically regulate themselves and adjust so that supply meets demand.  It does everywhere else.  The best recent example is gasoline.  Consider this:

I love my bride.  We wake at 06.30 am and get ready for the day together.  Then, we take the kids to school and we go to work where we spend the next 8-10 hours toiling away forspouse the man no more than 50 feet apart.  After work, it’s dinner, the kids and bedtime.  Serious.  From midnight to 23.59, I am withing shouting distance of my wife 95% of the time.  That’s a LOT of  time dammit!  And so it is, that while we work at the same place, eat at the same place and drop off/pickup kids at the same place, I insist that we do NOT carpool.  Brotha needs his minutes yo!  But when gas starting running $3.50 to $4.00 a gallon, I relented.  I would work VO while she went to the office!  hehehe, but you get the point.  I self adjusted as the price became to much to bear, as did the entire market, and low and behold, gasoline went down.

So it is with the health care market.  I have been over the numbers before.  Many many of the “47 million uninsured” are uninsured due to choice!  They choose NOT to obtain that insurance.  Some can afford it but have decided not to obtain it.   Others, LOL, others have the government assistance available to them but refuse to do the needful to get it.  Point is, many Americans don’t WANT it.

And so, we have people come and say that they are going to offer some panacea of Nationalized Health Care.  It sounds good, it does.  But how, when we have accepted that we don’t have enough of it, are we going to provide it to everyone?  How are we going to ration this scare resource so that it gets distributed to people?  The answer, if the state is involved, is through political favors, bribes, wait times or “cost effective” measures.  None of which are better than the system we have today.

Look, is there room for improvement?  Yes.  Most certainly that improvement comes in the form of LESS government and not more.

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