Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Obama's healthcare horror

Some more great insights -- on health care reform, Pelosi, Palin, Obama, and class differences in America -- from Camille Paglia:

"And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the "mob" -- a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech."

1 comment:

jprapp said...

I do poverty law.

I care about these issues.

From an intense faith-based personal partly-Quaker insanity (see my profile; and blog wrestling with the horror here (

So, I’m reading HR3200.

For you middle classers: ask how this plan compares to your current deductibles. An article in the WSJ advises this question too. Ask what you would be earning without healthcare costs. Study all the proposals for hidden taxes, employer contributions that will lower your income, and your deductibles in your plans. And compare.

Potential consequences for the poor concern me.

It may look small to say that poorer people will pay only about 1.5%.

I see a huge problem.

There is a penalty income tax of 8% for employers not offering insurance. So the real costs to the poor (or to marginally poor) who are employed in non-offering companies could end up closer to 10%. If non-paying companies cut wages, cut hours, cut other benefits, perhaps cut jobs - the poor get poorer. This 8% penalty on non-offering companies affects the poor who cannot pay insurance otherwise.

Why hire a poor person? - and risk an 8% penalty?

If I’m reading this aright.

The gas that theology produces short of an econometric is what allows Obama to ply religious leaders. As he did today.

The horror will get worse. Because more religious leaders --if they support him -- are supporters who can't even run the numbers. To know what he's selling them.

Obama - the New Herod the Great. Bulding the new Temple of Obamacare.

See Herod's tax ... nurse Rached's Cuckoo's Nest, in the wings.