August 11, 2009
Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Health Care Crisis?
The scary Obama-Joker face seems a perfect fit for this truly awful AFP article shilling for the President.
But Obama, hoping to offer healthcare to the 46 million Americans who currently have no insurance, attempted to cool the boiling rhetoric being blasted across cable news channels and conservative talks radio every day.
So... it's okay for Obama to scare us, but not his critics? How is his own scare tactic different than the ones he decries in the same sentence? And how in God's name does playing his own scare card cool the rhetoric?
Speaking of Obama's scare tactics, that 46 million is a very dubious statistic, the kind Mark Twain had in mind when he talked about lies and damned lies. Here's a chart from a GOP Senator (based on U.S. Census data) that explains who those 46 million actually are.
So what we actually have is about 12 million American citizens of income less than $75K who have no access to insurance or government programs. That's about 4% of the population. Many of those are young, healthy people who don't particularly need insurance, and those at incomes of $40-$50K or above can probably afford to borrow and repay medical bills over time; half seems a reasonable estimate of the two combined. So we have 2% of the country that really has a need for this reform. Some "truly risky -- truly scary" crisis.
And if that seems flippant or uncaring, well, as it happens, I am one of those uninsured people in that last piece of pie: I was laid off last year, my income this year is less than $75,000, and I am not carrying insurance. And I don't want it if it comes at the price of a gigantic socialization of the health sector that will cost taxpayers trillions, stifle innovation, slow our economic growth, and may lead to government controlling a significant percentage of the economy.
Mr. President, I have the courage to do nothing. I would ask you to look deep within yourself and find that courage as well.
posted by Dave on 08.11.09 at 09:21 PM
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