Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sovietizing health care: here comes the time of "official truths"and unofficial censorship

Sovietization of society did not only include massive State intrusion into health services, it also implied tight control of public opinion and ruthless persecution of dissenters. The times of Pravda - obedient servant of "official truths" and party line in the former USSR - is indeed behind us. Today's "official truths" elbow their way in more subtle ways... as the unofficial censuring of a thoughtful League of American Voters ad opposing Obamacare demonstrates.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Spin doctors might save Obamacare. They will not save patients!

An armada of spin doctors has been called at the bedside of Obamacare. Their mission is simple: to save the health overhaul project from a growing tide of grass root objections that rise from all corners: taxpayer groups, physicians, seniors.

Considerable resources are being spent in campaigns designed to discredit or intimidate opponents to Obama’s pet project while little is done to explain how much it will cost & even less to clarify what it will look like. Obamacare spin doctors use classical dialectic and propaganda recipes familiar to readers of Machiavelli and Schopenhauer (I prefer to keep Lenin & Goebbels out of the picture… out of respect for America!) .

A well worn stratagem consists in distracting attention from essential objections by focusing on what appear like unfounded critics or exagerations: such as those that predict that Government-driven reform will lead to euthanasia…

Seniors are the first logical victims of regulated medical services. However, mandatory euthanasia is not a likely outcome of modern Government-driven health reforms. Socialized health care systems such as those of the UK, Canada or even the Netherlands (that boasts an euthanasia-friendly legal framework) do not need active euthanasia to reduce the burden of senior citizens on their faltering redistributive pensions or health care systems. Physician scarcity, overcrowded hospitals and waiting lists achieve this just as efficiently.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Can common sense defeat health care demagogy? US polls tend to prove so!

Reason seldom has an easy way when it challenges charismatic leaders who fuzz reality with unrealistic promises to satisfy ideology. And health care is particularly vulnerable to emotional arguments... One could have feared that Obama and his advisers would have a smooth ride to socialized health care. Yet current polls show that a majority of Americans begin to see through the demagogic smoke that obscures the bottom line of irresponsible road maps for health reform... and that they are making their voices heard.

Swiss citizens demonstrated the same wisdom when 71% (!!!) of them told their politicians that they did not need a single payer (i.e. a single decider) to manage their health care. This was not in polls mind you, but in a referendum vote on March 11th 2007 that international media largely ignored. By the way: close to 80% of Oregon voters did the same in 2002!!! (read more)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The 4 Toxic T’s that Take you to Nobamacare

  1. TAXES
  2. TAXES
  3. TAXES
  4. and more TAXES

When they promise more taxes, most politicians love to keep their word. Health care allows them to get away with this unscathed… Indeed citizens ultimately find out that they have payed more (surtaxes & premiums) when healthy, to get less (care and compassion) when sick. By then it’s too late for them to protest!

Read about the health surtax

Aug 6th: The Overhaul - How to Pay More TAXES for LESS CHOICE

Obama and others explain how American health care will be moved towards public system... but say little about its corollary: a single decider system. And the decider won't be you!


Aug. 3rd: Obama Officials WANT THEIR HEALTH TAXES

Health care taxes not only mean more pork, they also mean veterinarian care for humans... When we're old and ailing, officials will decide whether we get treatment or a mercy shot!

Aug. 1st: Update on Nobamacare SUPER TAXES

Families and small businesses (the kind that never hit bail-outs or stimulus jackpots) will be the first struck by health surtaxes headed for bureaucratic waste!

More about the health surtax