Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Even Socialists are Against Obamacare

Politics are odd. Here are legions of conservatives, fighting daily proposals for more government intrusion in our lives. And you would think at least somebody would be happy about these developments. Like maybe avowed Socialists or Communists. But no. The Socialists at Socialist Web Zine are urging their members to protests Obamacare as it stands. Still not Socialist enough, in their minds. And it is instructive to see their reasoning. There is education to be had for us "mom and pop" type Americans who are not exposed to pure Socialist thought in our daily lives. This is what the Socialists are decrying about the Pelosicare bill:

The primary problem with HR 3962 and the Senate proposals is that all of the changes they propose are made within a for-profit system. The House Bill strips the insurance companies of the right to deny coverage based on a pre-existing condition. Yet, it de-links the public option from Medicare reimbursement rates, thereby surrendering pricing to the private sector. The Bill removes the anti-trust exemption enjoyed by private insurers. However, it simultaneously mandates that all Americans carry some form of health insurance, thereby herding millions into low-coverage high-fee private plans. Each step in a positive direction is coupled with a restructuring that will enrich private insurance companies and pharmaceutical makers.

The bills lost further reform credentials as Democrats cut last minute deals with Republicans. Immigrants were removed from eligibility for the public option, abortions were written out of the proposal and Medicare funding was cut. The Medicare cuts are particularly cruel, since they will reduce an already compromised plan to bare bones coverage. Some of the cuts will limit private insurance profiteering, but others will slash necessary items such as exercise programs for seniors. Overall, these omissions signal that the reforms are not about providing comprehensive medical coverage, but about political expediency within the establishment political class. The next round of negotiations in the Senate is sure to produce even further regressive measures as campaign-donation driven legislators cut more deals.


Notice how they said "immigrants" instead of Illegal Immigrants? This is inaccurate.

I agree that the Medicare cuts are particularly cruel.

It just struck me odd to see this article. I thought they, at least, would be happy to see the proposed destruction of so large a segment of the capitalist system.

11 comments:

Bungalow Bill said...

They aren't going to be happy until it's a single payer program complete with rationing. Did you see the government has already started rationing mamograms through language. They announced women should put off their breast exams until age 50. That's rationing since the rhetoric is designed to cut costs.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Opie, welcome to the eyes of a communist. What they don't understand is this is exactly what they want ... the absence of free will. So, sit down, shut up, and be a good little communist! The elite know what's best for you!

Opus #6 said...

Bill, and with that recommendation, they deny care to women during the productive years of our lives, going against their prior goals of putting resources into mainly roductive citizens. I can't imagine how Americans would want the government making decisions that shouild be between a patient and their doctor.

Opus #6 said...

Odie, this is exactly what Yuri Bezmenov warned against. The idealistic socialists will be disappointed by real world socialism and communism and they will become opponents of the state. The idealistic socialists were subject to brutal purges by communist regimes in the past.

Nickie Goomba said...

And yet, the Socialist will never allow themselves to even consider the benefits of Capitalism. It would be a betrayal of their "fairness" God. It would make them feel like a mean person.

Opus #6 said...

And yet people's standard of living rises when they are no longer on the dole. Odd how that works.

Track-A-'Crat said...

Illegal immigrants?

Tut tut.

I think you mean "honorary citizens", Opus...

Teresa said...

I thought they would too. But, then again are liberals/socialists ever happy? It certainly doesn't seem like it.

Opus #6 said...

Track, tut tut. Ha. I like that phrase.

Opus #6 said...

Teresa, you made me lol. I think you are on to something here. How can these people ever be happy. They have super majorities and the presidency. What more do they want. Control of our health and lives?

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Heh, love it, Track!

They'll be mighty happy with it when they see it, though. Even though the complete nationalization won't be immediate, this is a plan to ensure that it's in place in 10 years or so. The Medicare cuts are a red herring, the plan is to eventually eliminate Medicare and Medicaid, putting us all on the same national plan. Private insurance (i.e. decent coverage) will be, as it is in other countries with nationalized healthcare, a luxury for the wealthy and elite. The rest of us will be subjected to the will of the government.