There’s some discomfort on the part of the more secular DC inhabitants both left and right with any pro-traditional values anything. Perhaps that’s why President Obama feels free to do this, as reported by Elizabeth Scalia:
There are questions as to whether HHS has authority to issue exemptions to Obamacare, although quite a few have been issued for reasons other than conscience. There appear to be no questions in the president’s mind, or in Secretary Sebelius’, that they have the authority to intrude on freedom of religion. With this ruling they insist that church-affiliated institutions either act against their own belief or so narrow the scope of their community service as to be removed from the public square; either way, the government is deliberately affecting the free exercise of religion. Considering some Catholic schools, hospitals and charities were serving their communities before the secular governments even thought to follow suit, that is a damnable, and damning, legacy for a president who once taught constitutional law.
If the culture war has seemed oblique to you or somehow irrelevant or perhaps a thing of the past, read Elizabeth’s post.
If you have wondered what Rick Perry was talking about and now, what Newt Gingrich has been decrying in Florida, read Elizabeth’s post.
If you give a crap at all about the idea of Freedom of Religion and the exercise of, even if you believe nothing, read Elizabeth’s post.
Ultimately, you serve a god–either the One who bestows inalienable rights or the state as run by the latest human flavor.
Unless you’re in the mood to serve Barack Obama and his grand vision, defend your rights to self-determination and worshiping in the way you see fit.
Bookworm calls the cultural divide a “gaping chasm”.
Has a group ever more richly deserved this irony? From NRO:
In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members. For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available. The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?
Does indeed beg the question.
This health care bill is going to be a noose around the necks of Democrats.
The coming two-week congressional break was long dreaded by Democratic leaders, who feared the political fallout of having members go back home without a health care law to tout.
That’s not a worry any longer. Perceptions have turned so much that Democrats are now eager to head home and talk about the impact of the new law, House Ways and Means Chairman Sandy Levin said today.
Levin, D-Mich., said on ABC’s “Top Line” that Democrats are looking forward to defending and explaining the health care reforms they enacted.
“I think the health bill will be very much part of the debate, and we’re very happy to go — we’re anxious to go home and talk to our constituents about it,” Levin said. “But clearly jobs is a major, major issue as well, and we have to address the jobs issue.”
“I’ve been talking to a lot of my colleagues who are in very marginal seats, I think five, six, seven weeks ago they would have been worried about going home, wondering whether or not they were going home to immense unpopularity of an issue,” Levin added.
“I think they now feel that they stood up, the vast majority of them, to their credit. This is a bill that has so many positives. I go home and the people tell me about preexisting conditions, they can’t get insurance. I go home and people say to me that the costs are going out of control, and they are going to lose their insurance. This bill address costs, it addresses also preexisting conditions, it assists people who are uninsured.”
“So now there’s a feeling we can go back home, be proud of what we have done, understand there’s more to be done to implement it, but I think there had been a turning,” Levin said. “What helps most of all are the facts in the bill, and so we’re going to go home and talk about the facts. And I think that the more we talk about the facts and not some of this overblown rhetoric, the more people will understand this is a positive step. It’s in the best traditions of our country.”
So they really believe this? Are they really that out of touch? If so, this demonstrates the problem.
The Democrats have wrought a mess: Confusion. Chaos. Strife. Division. Rage.
And they love it.
GOP senators emerged Monday to warn that the health debate had taken a toll on the institution, and warning of little work between parties the rest of this year.
“There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,” McCain said during an interview Monday on an Arizona radio affiliate. “They have poisoned the well in what they’ve done and how they’ve done it.”
President will revel in his transient approval numbers bump and then he will will revel in the chaos all over the country.
Meanwhile, guess who wins? The insurance companies the Obama administration is in bed with, that’s who:
And the economic effects will also take quite some time to play out.
But the early reading from Wall Street seems to be that the health care industry, particularly the insurers, will be all right:
— “Health insurers’ stocks rose in opening trading Monday, while the broader market slipped,” Reuters says. ” Large insurers WellPoint Inc and UnitedHealth Group rose slightly, while insurers such as Amerigroup and Molina Healthcare that focus on Medicaid plans for low-income Americans climbed sharply.”
— “The Dow’s pharmaceutical components were among the very few stocks in the black on Monday, as drug-makers are expected to profit from the expansion of health-care coverage. Merck (MRK) rose 0.3%, while Pfizer (PFE) climbed 1.1%.” (The Wall Street Journal)
— “U.S. stocks fluctuated as health- care companies advanced after the House passed an overhaul of the industry, while commodity producers retreated amid concern growing government debt will stifle the economic recovery. Merck & Co. and Pfizer Inc. helped lead health-care companies to the biggest gain among 10 groups in the S&P 500 after the House approved legislation that will ensure tens of millions of uninsured Americans will get medical coverage.” (Bloomberg News)
So, basically, the Democrats have a created a mess for the American people and reward those they vilified. All in a days work.
Martin said she opposes Obama’s health care plan for philosophical, not parochial reasons, and after his speech, she caught the president’s attention.
“I didn’t clap and I didn’t smile, and I just sort of held firm to my beliefs and held my tongue so I didn’t get into any trouble,” she recalled. “And I think that, being in the front row, he noticed that because when he came down off the stairs and started shaking hands, when he got to me, he said, ‘Thanks for coming,’ and he looked at me and said, ‘Are you okay?’ And I said, ‘Yes sir, I just don’t support your bill’.”
Ingrid Martin said she then entered into about a 2-minute-long debate reminiscent of Obama’s meeting with another Ohioan, Joe Wurzelbacher (a.k.a. “Joe the Plumber“), telling him she worries about the long-term implications of his sweeping legislation. She told the president he was focused on insurance reform, as opposed to the rising cost of health care, which she believes to be the fundamental problem. Martin stressed her view of the need for tort reform. She also noted: “He said things like, ‘Medicare is not going to be affected by this bill,’ which is not right.”
When Obama said that his bill addressed her concerns, “I just kind of shook my head and said, ‘I don’t believe it does’ — oh my gosh, I’m calling the president a liar,” she added with a nervous laugh. Obama then took Martin’s business card and promised to send her information on the bill. While she was not persuaded to change her mind and support Obama’s policy, she was impressed with him for engaging her. “He took the time to stop and listen, which I appreciated,” she said.
Matt has much more at the link.
Why is it that common citizens are the ones asking these tough questions and bringing up the obvious?
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It’s a health-care palooza over at American Issues Project today, my column included. Here’s a snippet:
Here is my concern about the health care legislation: While people will start sifting through the details of the legislation, the most important message of all will likely get lost: With fewer employed people, with less tax revenue, America cannot afford the spending we are currently endeavoring. Adding another government program is state-icide.
In the case of health care, Americans are wise to keep the big picture. The minutia of these pieces of legislation will have some good and bad sounding ideas but it’s all irrelevant. Money must exist for these programs. And there isn’t any money.
Jim Hoft, aka Gateway Pundit, talks about government run health care and breast cancer:
Currently the United States leads the world in treating breast cancer. Women with breast cancer have a 14 percent higher survival rate in the United States than in Europe. Breast cancer mortality is 52 percent higher in Germany than in the United States, and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom. Breast cancer mortality is also 9 percent higher in Canada than in the US. Less than 25 percent of U.S. women die from breast cancer. In Britain, it’s 46 percent; France, 35 percent; Germany, 31 percent; Canada, 28 percent; Australia, 28 percent, and New Zealand, 46 percent. The European Network of Cancer Registries reported:
Breast cancer is also the most common cancer in females in Europe. It is estimated that in the year 2000 there were 350,000 new breast cancer cases in Europe, while the number of deaths from breast cancer was estimated at 130,000. Breast cancer is responsible for 26.5 percent of all new cancer cases among women in Europe, and 17.5 percent of cancer deaths.
In Britain, where they enjoy socialized medicine, breast cancer rates have soared by more than 80 percent in the past 30 years under their system. A big reason for this is early diagnosis. Nine of 10 middle-aged American women (89 percent) have had a mammogram, compared to less than three-fourths of Canadians (72 percent). Women who develop breast cancer in Europe are four times more likely to be diagnosed when the tumor has spread and survival is less likely than are women in the US.
And finally, another American Issues writer John Beski compares Social Security at its formation and government-run health care now:
A few decades ago, some folks in the federal government decided that pretty much everybody was incapable of saving money: so incapable, in fact, that the government decided that it would force us all to save for our own retirement. So, since 1935, the government has taken some money out of each of our paychecks and saves it for us, so we won’t be poor when we retire. To be fair, a lot of people don’t save as much as they should, but some of the very basic problems inherent to the Social Security system mean that many of us may never again see the money that’s left out of our checks on pay day.
Social Security has been one of the biggest undertakings of the government in the past century, and at the present it will become insolvent and fail well before this humble writer is even close to retirement. Many of the underlying problems with Social Security would likely come up in any socialized health care system. The different circumstances of 1935 and 2009 account for much of the reason that Social Security is failing. When some politicians start crafting health care plans, they would do well to remember this fact and that they are not magical seers.
Why Does Obama Hate The Military?
While he wants to socialize medicine for everyone else, he wants vets to pay for theirs. Hmmm…
This post could be obscenely long, there are so many potential problems in the health care field. I’m going to try to make this brief and concise.
There are about to be many more old people than people to care for them. Gen X is about half the size of the Boomers. The Boomers are going to need more care. And it’s expensive. Oh, and Medicare Advantage Medicare costs more than traditional Medicare. Doesn’t everyone want an advantage?
Doctors are leaving hospital care of due to time, stress, and liability. Medicare does not pay more for complicated, time-consuming and probably-going-to-die-anyway patients.
Doctor-hood doesn’t carry the glamor it once did. Smart people are going into other professions.
Doctors feel the pressure to deliver and it’s going to get worse if Obama has his way. (It would with McCain, too.)
This is a short list. The aging population-increased medical costs-decreased pay-fewer doctors complex is not pretty. In addition, the doctors who continue practicing, are seeing their own quality of life diminish.
To continue practicing but have fun doing it, doctors seek out cash-based specialties like dermatology and plastic surgery. Internal medicine just stinks. America will end up being like Great Britain: importing doctors from third world countries. I’m not sure if that’s a bad or good thing.
Cross-posted at RightWingNews and The Houston Chronicle