Saturday, September 2, 2017
I cannot believe some of the op-eds that are published in the Charlotte Observer. Do they have a fact checker? Shouldn’t the editorial board question the assertions of some of these writers?
The latest absurdity that was published in the Disturber was written by J. Edward Bell from the Charleston School of Law. His solution for affordable healthcare is to dump catastrophic illnesses onto Medicare. Here is an excerpt:
This idea can be the ultimate fix that makes health care affordable for most Americans.
Almost half of health care premiums are for catastrophic illnesses – the most expensive illnesses people experience. Two systems have developed to deal with these illnesses – the Medicare system for people 65 and older, and the system for everybody else.
People under 65 often are charged more than actual health costs because medical providers often take advantage of enhanced billing to recoup some of the costs they incur for treating people without insurance. These “cost-shifts” are variable costs that are hard to control, which leads insurers to charge a lot for premiums of people under 65.
But if you are covered by Medicare, the program pays actual costs to a medical provider. Because Medicare only pays actual costs, the overall cost of treatment for the Medicare patient is much less than for the patient under 65.
The difference in costs is amazing, according to research by the Charleston School of Law. Consider a patient under 65 who has an average catastrophic medical bill of $1.6 million. The cost for a Medicare patient with the same illness: about $320,000, or 80 percent less. That’s a savings of more than $1 million.
First of all, you can’t buy catastrophic insurance unless you are granted an exemption from the federal government, and once that is obtained you are limited to the exchanges and god forbid you don’t qualify for a subsidy.
Second, Medicare is the main driver for all healthcare cost. They set the standard. The Washington Post let the cat out of the bag back in December 2013. Here is an excerpt:
Economists believe that the Medicare prices are even more important than that massive scale suggests, because in the absence of a traditional market for medical services, the Medicare prices form the foundation for private insurers, as well.
That is partly because Medicare is such a huge player in the market, accounting for more than a fifth of the money spent on personal health care. But there is a second, possibly more important impetus: Because of the complexity of modern medicine, setting prices is an arduous, time-consuming task. Insurers save money by letting Medicare do the work.
To measure the impact of Medicare prices, Gottlieb and Jeffrey Clemens at the University of California at San Diego analyzed millions of claims to see how changes in Medicare prices were followed by changes in the prices that private insurers paid. The results were stark.
“Our results indicate that the private sector will copy Medicare’s pricing errors,” Gottlieb said. “On the flip side, they would gain when Medicare payments better reflect the value of what is being delivered.”
While that paper largely studied physician fees and outpatient services, other research published in May found that Medicare pricing for hospitals is similarly influential. The paper, by health care researcher Chapin White and published in Health Affairs, found that a 10 percent reduction in Medicare pricing yielded a 3 or 8 percent reduction in private prices, depending on the statistical method used
I published a blogpost back in 2012 about how Medicare and the third party payer system had distorted the healthcare market. Since the consumer/patient is factored out of the cost/benefit analysis, market pricing no longer exist. No one knows the cost of a procedure or for that fact an aspirin. Hence, we have hyperinflation in an industry whose pricing is determined by a government entity. And everyone wonders why no one can afford healthcare.
When historians look back at this time in history, they’ll condemn Congress for dereliction of duty. It’s bad enough that our elected representatives take five week vacations without addressing our national healthcare crisis, which they created, or a looming budget showdown. No, this body would rather conduct oversight hearings that accomplish nothing and pass continuing resolutions that fund a bloated government.
However, I’m here to say that their real sin is not reining in an out-of-control federal judiciary. We have judges who’re adjudicating and enforcing policies that are way beyond their jurisdiction. Congress is the only body that has the authority to pass immigration laws. It is Congress, who dictates what the federal judiciary can and cannot address as per Article III in the U.S. Constituion.
We have a crisis of epic proportions in this country due to judicial activism. We have judges actively endangering the lives of citizens and undermining the value of citizenship. Here is the latest outrage as reported by USA Today:
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia halts the planned implementation Friday of Senate Bill 4, according to the American-Statesman.
The law allows local law enforcement to ask anyone who is legally detained or arrested for their immigration status during routine interactions such as traffic stops, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Garcia granted the preliminary injunction after five Texas cities, several counties and sheriffs challenged the law's constitutionality.
The judge wrote in his 94-page order that there is "overwhelming evidence" that the law "will erode public trust and make many communities and neighborhoods less safe," the Los Angeles Times reported.
Garcia also wrote that "localities will suffer adverse economic consequences which, in turn, will harm the state of Texas.”
Immigrants' rights groups complained that the measure could force anyone who looks as if they are in the country illegally to "show papers."
Do they not teach American history in law school? Citizens have been demanding immigrants to “show papers” before there was a United States. Here is an excerpt from The Great Wagon Road by Parke Rouse, Jr. that I found interesting:
In the November rains, the two Moravians started southward again. They found creeks swollen with muddy rainwater. When they reached the Rappahannock, they crossed in a canoe and stopped at an inn kept by a German emigrant named Christopher Kuefer. For several days they plodded through Virginia’s highlands in the rain. Near Orange County Courthouse they were stopped by an English settler who demanded to see their passport. When Schnell demurred, several farmers conducted him with rifles to a justice of the peace of Orange County. But the German produced his passport there, and he and Hussey were permitted to proceed.
A federal judge does not have the authority to create law, that is Congress’ responsibility. It’s also Congress’ responsibility to limit the jurisdiction of these rogue justices and if possible eliminating repeat offenders.
Progressives have rendered both university and public school systems rotten to the core. Marxist teachers and professors are nursing a generation of Jacobins who have no regard for the American creed. These so-called teachers are tenured and untouchable. These vipers are protected by regional and local unions along with the NEA.
Yvette, Felarca, a Berkeley middle school teacher, incited a riot against peaceful protesters in Sacramento. She is also accused of indoctrinating and recruiting students. Here is an excerpt from the Daily Caller:
Despite repeated warnings, the district said Felarca continued to try to recruit students into her radical organization, including during work hours. The leftist teacher frequently tried to bring students on school-sponsored trips to BAMN-related activities, the district said, describing the trips as attempts to “indoctrinate” the students.
The school district accused Felarca and other BAMN members of weaponizing students to derail disciplinary hearings for Felarca, after student protesters repeatedly swarmed into the disciplinary hearings. The school district claimed that Felarca and other BAMN members “were actively trying to brainwash and manipulate” students to serve her “own selfish interests,” calling her conduct “particularly reprehensible.” Felarca continues teaching today.
The community, at large, need to rise up against any union who protects and promotes this kind of behavior. Children should not be subjected to radical teachers who have no regard for life, liberty or property.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Antifa isn't just a problem in the United States. This is an international terrorist organization and should be treated as such.
Posted by TLCoston at 4:15 PM
I don’t consider a statue of Lenin as a work of art, but that’s the excuse a veteran and teacher from Seattle declared for saving a Eastern European relic from the scrap yard and prominently displaying it on private property.
Now, as is with other monuments that others find offensive, a movement is underway to remove this “eyesore.” Here is a statement from the mayor of Seattle:
“In the last few days, Seattleites have expressed concerns and frustration over symbols of hate, racism and violence that exist in our city. Not only do these kinds of symbols represent historic injustices, their existence causes pain among those who themselves or whose family members have been impacted by these atrocities. We should remove all these symbols, no matter what political affiliation may have been assigned to them in the decades since they were erected. This includes both Confederate memorials and statues idolizing the founder of the authoritarian Soviet regime. Both are on private property, but I believe the Confederate memorial at Lake View Cemetery and the Lenin statue in Fremont should be removed. We should never forget our history, but we also should not idolize figures who have committed violent atrocities and sought to divide us based on who we are or where we came from.”
No one in their right mind would idolize Lenin and his murderous ideology. If anything that statue should remain as a reminder of how incongruous and antithetical Marxism is to the American creed. Not all of us are snowflakes in need of a safespace.