A Socialist policy would be legislation that seeks to create a collectivist "solution" to a "problem" through the state at the expense of private
interests. Admittedly, the original notions kicked around including the "Public Option" had a slightly more Socialistic bent and could have been seen
as an important first step towards implementing a national health care system in the European/Canadian style. The final version of Obamacare is, in
fact, a grotesque love letter to corporate interests in America. Its fundamentals were drafted by the Heritage Foundation and it is designed to help
accelerate the consolidation of wealth in the upper 15%. Below is a list of gifts (some obvious others more covert) to the corporatocracy.
1. Forced participation in private health insurance plans. This should have sunk the bill as it is a direct violation of the commerce clause, but
Chief Justice Roberts helped to bypass that by essentially re-writing the legislation from the bench. This should give you an idea of how much the
Right Wing power brokers in this country wanted this thing to pass. Now, I also believe that the administration cut a deal with Roberts that they
would softball on a wide range of pet social issues in exchange for his compliance, but that's a bit more speculative and not relevant to this
What this forced participation does it drive millions of dollars into the coffers of private insurance companies. Not just the money that you and I
spend out of our own pockets, but the money spent by employers (those who opt to continue using full time workers), AND the...
of dollars in government subsidies that will being "going to" low income households. Too many people are thinking about this
plan in terms of hard earned tax dollars being given to the unemployed, the working poor, and various other "leeching" bogeymen that the
Corporatocracy has conditioned them to fear over the years. That's nonsense. These subsidies are going to multi-billion dollar corporations in
exchange for providing low quality, high-deductible insurance policies to largely healthy people who have little need or use for the plans at this
3. Millions more in subsidies to help pay the cost of higher risk patients. The government is going to do away with pre-existing condition exclusions
and medical underwriting. That was a big part of the initial plan, and the fact that the government was essentially requiring insurance companies to
make bad business decisions provided those companies with ample leverage to have the government underwrite costs. Hence the mandate and these
subsidies. Let us not forget that the hundreds of thousands of dollars that you or I would have to pay for life-saving treatments often gets cut down
by 70-80% after private insurance companies are through negotiating.
4. The Government as Scapegoat. This is huge, and it's a major reason why our Theatre of the Absurd Troupe on Capitol Hill is spending so much time
and money making it seem that this milquetoast piece of legislation is the most intrusive thing ever to come out Washington. Anything bad about
insurance moving forward will be pinned onto Obamacare. Doctors claiming they can't keep practicing if they accept the negotiated rate for services?
Must be Obamacare. Nevermind that private insurance companies have long played the exact same hardball on pricing. Obamacare Death Panels! Let's just
ignore that private insurance companies have for years put themselves in the position of telling your doctors what drugs they should prescribe, what
procedures will be covered, and what tests are permissible. Moving forward, all the horrid crap that insurance companies have done for YEARS can be
laid squarely at the feet of Federal Government.
Now, those 4 are the big obvious ways that Obamacare is a boon to the insurance industry that wrote it. Let's look at a couple of more insidious
benefits to business owners.
5. Justifying the slashing of labor costs. I've talked about this before. We have reached a technological point in this country where the 40 hour work
week is an obsolete antique, a product of a bygone era when population and technology were such that we needed a large percentage of our population
working at least 40 hours to produce NECESSARY goods and services. This is no longer the case. Automation, the internet, and outsourcing, have spawned
a country where people fill their 40 hour work week with more padding and busywork than ever before. This is because the powers that be could not risk
a world in which people could simultaneously pay for the necessities of life AND have the time and energy to better their lot in life. This has left
business owners of every shape and size with a social obligation to offer 40 hour work weeks.
At no point in the world's history have so few people been able to produce so much. Yet, if an employer cuts hours and staff purely in the name of
greater efficiency and profit, they are demonized and productivity suffers. Now that they can point to the Obamacare bogeyman, businesses are free to
pull all the horrific crap that they have wanted to do for years, all while playing the victim rather than the robber baron.
6. Reducing costs for employers. A sub-set of five, really, but the simple fact that employers can cut hours (or use "temps" and staffing agencies,
another loophole in this massive cash giveaway) and avoid, not only the cost of providing health care, but also bypass the relatively nominal
penalties involved with not offering benefits, this is going to end up fattening the bottom line of many companies.
7. The Bogeyman made real. In post recession America, the prospect of unemployment has been enough to keep plenty of people locked in jobs that they
hate, doing more work for functionally less money. With Obamacare bogeyman on the horizon, that strangehold is only going to strengthen. Those who are
in gigs with benefits will fear that they will never find another position that offers health insurance. Full timers will hear tales of landscape
littered with part time work.
Plus all the weird little bits of language they scattered in there to keep people on high alert. The talk of in-home checks and all of that. The
Government has been actively trolling the CT community for years. Bush I referenced the "New World Order", Clinton was in tight with the Bilderbegs,
Bush/Cheney unleashed the Patriot Act, Obama's been a bit more subtle, signing 23 executive orders on gun control in the wake of Newtown. They know
how to tweak people. But don't worry, they won't take your guns. They'll also never quite give you an excuse to open fire. They want you tense and
worried but remaining in your homes, not in the streets. Everything is Under Control.
We are entering into a new era of indentured servitude and it will not be that we are beholden to the state like in Socialist or Communist regime. We
will be at the mercy of our corporate overlords. The industrial machine will keep the people weak and scared. While the government beats the drums of
war and nationalism (though we like to call it American Exceptionalism). This is not Socialism. This is not Communism. This is far closer to Fascism
than any of the Leftist -isms being bandied about these days.
At least, that's my 2 cents.
edit on 29-9-2013 by RobertAntonWeishaupt because: Word choice