Most of us are. But this ongoing scandal is a preview of what health care will be like under ObamaCare. The VA health care system is, simply, Single Payer, right now. Veterans are pretty much required to get all their health care through the VA system. What does this lead to? Rationing of services, reflected in the years-long waiting lists even to be seen, much less treated by a medical care provider. It results in veterans who gave their service, and often parts of their bodies, in service to their country having to go without any care at all. This is how we thank them for their service. If you do not wish to be shunted into a system like this, you need to call your Congressmen and Senators and insist that they REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW. Your Liberty, and maybe your LIFE, is at stake.
Is Memorial Day weekend just a day off from work for you? Just the first weekend the pool is open, and the official start of barbecue season? Or is it a time for somber reflection on the many men and women who gave their lives for their country. Who gave the United States of America their “last full measure of devotion” (Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address). Here is some information you might want to take a look at this weekend.
Take a few moments this weekend to stop and contemplate the “reason for the season”. And if you should happen to see an active-duty military member, thank them for their service.
Here is how a friend of mine celebrated Memorial Day in Washington, D.C.
This article just appeared in my back-end WordPress area. The article describes “communities” of blogger/writers, and is very informative. But we can now announce that the very BEST Conservative blog site, Ricochet.com, is now on WordPress! It has taken a while for the powers-that-be at Ricochet to get the bugs worked out of the new site, but Ricochet 2.0 is now open, and I urge all of my loyal followers to check it out. Ricochet publishes posts by well-known Conservative writers Peter Robinson, Rob Long, and James Lileks, as well as awesome posts by members and contributors. Please do drop by, and welcome Ricochet to WordPress!
Take a look at the new feature of Calling-all-RushBabes. Freedom Phrases are sayings, aphorisms, and quotes from famous and not-so-famous people. Some will be Americans, and some from foreigners who admire America.
If you have a favorite “Freedom Phrase”, by all means leave a comment, with the saying and its author.
At least, it made me very angry, and a bit sad. The Seattle Times, in today’s Sunday Pacific section, had their Spring Home section, which looks at local homes, and how their owners have built or remodeled them to make the stand out. Well, the Times, being the Politically Correct Liberals that they are, showed a home remodeled and lived-in by a homosexual male couple, with “their” son ( which is not true, since homosexual males cannot reproduce). How perfect, on Mother’s Day, to show a little boy who is doomed to grow up without a mother! What will that child do for Mother’s Day? And how will the two men who raise him explain to him his lack of a Mother? Personally, I believe that homosexuals of either sex should not be having or raising children (except for possibly adopting older children who would have little chance of being adopted otherwise). In my opinion, EVERY child deserves both a Mother and a Father. It’s sad that these two homosexual men are deliberately denying this little boy a Mother.
The State of Washington was one of the Blue states that built their own ObamaCare Exchange, and wholeheartedly expanded their Medicaid program (with the admittedly temporary increase in Federal funding). I recently read an article in my local Everett Herald newspaper, about a survey the legislature is contemplating, of state doctors about the effects of the Medicaid expansion on their practices. It seems that a majority of state residents who signed up for “insurance” policies on the state exchange, signed up for Medicaid. Per the article, about 450,000 adults have been added to the total of Medicaid recipients in Washington State, through the exchange. The article said that, before the advent of ObamaCare, the Medicaid population in Washington State was 1,200,000 people (including adults and children). The article also estimated that there are about 6,000 medical “providers” in the state of Washington. About half of them accept Medicaid patients.
So let’s do the math. At 1.2 million pre-ObamaCare Medicaid patients, with about 3,000 providers who accept Medicaid patients, that amounts to about 400 (yes, 400!) patients per Medicaid-accepting provider. Now, add to that patient load, the ADDITIONAL 450,000 adults newly Medicaid-eligible, and you get, for each provider who accepts Medicaid patients, an additional 150 patients. Can ANY medical provider handle 550 patients? And how many doctors would want a practice that consisted entirely of Medicaid patients? So you see the problem here. My guess is that already-overloaded doctors would cease to accept any additional Medicaid patients, given that each one brings many additional hours of aggravation with Federal and State paperwork, and low reimbursement rates. And the newly-eligible patients, when they start to look for a doctor, will find many doors closed to them, and interminably long waits for doctors who will accept new Medicaid patients. The State gets lots of warm fuzzies about their generosity in expanding their Medicaid rolls to the formerly-uninsured; but have they really contemplated the perhaps-unintended results? Maybe, along with doing a survey of doctors, they should do a survey of the newly-“insured”. Ask them if they have found a doctor yet. Or how long they expect to have to wait for an appointment.
I can see the possible consequences. Overloaded doctors, frustrated patients unable to find any provider willing to see them, long lines in free clinics and emergency rooms. I just wonder how long it will take for governments, Federal and State, to mandate that doctors accept Medicaid as a condition of keeping their medical licenses. That might just be the last straw that completely collapses our previously superb medical care system in the United States. Thanks loads, OTL and Democrats (remember, ObamaCare was passed without a single Republican vote).