AARP and other liberals spearhead charge for Clintoncare II
By J.J. Jackson
As groups get bigger I swear their collective intelligence decreases. Nothing could be a truer example of this than one of the largest groups in America, the American Association of Retired Persons. Often affectionately known as the AARP I prefer to call them the Anti-American Retired Persons because I believe in truth in advertising.
Here you have a group that on one hand uses the power of capitalism. They flaunt the purchasing power of their vast membership to negotiate with companies all over the globe to get special discounts and incentives for their members in return for promoting these same companies to their members. But on the other hand they pimp anti-American ideas such as socialism and collectivism.
Case and point, the AARP has been running ads featuring cute, and dare I say naive, children who are reading from their given script and pleading with Americans to support candidates that promise universal health insurance coverage. They're basically promoting Democrats and other liberals.
It's no real big surprise. Their constituents are on two of the largest unconstitutional programs ever devised, namely Social Security and Medicare. You knew it could only be a matter of time before they decided that they needed to try and expand that base and their power.
So this push by the AARP just ahead of Hillary's big announcement of her new and improved socialist plan for America shocks none.
Forget that she already tried to float this idea past American citizens in nineties and that it was soundly rejected. But hey, try, try again right?
So here cames Senator Hillary Clinton last week giving us Hillarycare Part Deux.
All you need to know about Hillary Clinton is that she said of her grand scheme, "At this point, we don't have anything punitive that we have proposed". The key words being "at this point". You got to love the way they couch their plans and telegraph their future intentions don't you?
At this point there is no punishment. How about tomorrow? Well, we'll get back to you...
You just wait for those "future" plans Comrade Hillary slyly discusses. Because what is going to happen if Americans do not join? If even one person chooses that path then the whole claim of universal health insurance (not care mind you) falls apart and you can bet your bottom dollar that all sorts of punishments will be created to deal with those people who won't fall in line.
Clinton did however slip up and let out what she though at least one punishment for not joining Hillarycare will be. She envisions a day when, "you have to show proof to your employer that you're insured as a part of the job interview — like when your kid goes to school and has to show proof of vaccination".
So join or you can't work?
On a side note, and unfortunately for Hillary, her claim about vaccinations and public schools is not true. For example in Pennsylvania you do not have to be vaccinated to attend public school. So I am not sure where Hillary is getting her "facts" from. Perhaps she is just making things up again? She seems to do that quite often and has shown that she is certainly not above letting the "facts" get in the way of a good story.
I apologize to those of you who have decided not to vaccinate your children. For I am sure I've just given Comrade Clinton a new item to add to her list of "things to order the unwashed masses to do". After all, mommy knows best!
Hillary Clinton also said of her rehashed socialist agenda that her plan, "expands personal choice and increases competition to get costs down." You have to love how liberals claim that having no choice is actually a "choice". Mandating that you must participate in this plan as in her own self-professed future vision, if you want to work is, is somehow a "choice"?
In further nanny state fashion, Clinton thinks that she can wield the power of government to coerce people to act the way she desires them to. Most notably, she plans to use the tax code. She has said of her plan, "We're providing incentives and tax credits which we think will be very attractive to the vast majority of Americans." And what if Americans disagree? Well, were back to the "at this point" clarification of there being no "punitive" measures. This is the same government that used the tax code for years to punish couples for getting married. Remember that.
The facts are, that beyond talking points Hillary Clinton still has given little details about her health insurance (not health care) for all plan. But that reality hasn't stopped those who fawn over Marxist ideas from touting Clinton as having "detailed" her plans. Break it all down and here is what it comes down to; government nebulously mandating how insurance companies and private industries operate and even how the citizenry must behave. And of course, it would be "paid for" in part by the left's favorite past time; raising taxes. Don't complain. Don't you know that it's their money?
What? You disagree? Be careful. The re-education camps await you.
If you are an insurance company and don't want to insure pre-existing conditions because you are rightfully scared of people only buying insurance after they have been diagnosed with a disease only to drop it once they have been treated, taken tens of thousands of dollars in care and before they have paid enough in premiums to even cover the cost, oh well! Too bad. Government says otherwise, so you will comply if you want to be in the health insurance business.
Freedom to contract and freedom of association be damned. It's just not the liberal way.
The truth they are trying to hide is that everyone in America has "health care" if they seek it out. What everyone does not have is "health insurance" to help defray the costs when they do. Nor should they. Insurance is a luxury. Not everyone has a 50' yacht either and I doubt many would suggest government should provide such for the people that do not.
People like Clinton claim that we need universal coverage because the uninsured cost the rest of us in higher premiums and other costs. But who do you think is going to pay for those that would be covered under this plan but don't have insurance now when the government runs it? The Tooth Fairy? Or will the money just come from the magical, mystical money tree Hillary has in her back yard? Heck no! The cost of the current "uninsured" will still be carried by the rest of us. It is just a shell game to try and hide that fact and grant more power to the government. Hence why she needs to raise taxes.
Clinton can't even discuss her ideas without the obligatory double speak saying, "My Republican opponents will try to equate healthcare for all Americans with government-run healthcare." Well, uh yeah Senator Clinton because it is! If the government is mandating that all Americans have to have healthcare, creating laws regarding how the system works, dictating what you must do once in the program and enforcing that doctors, hospitals and insurance companies do what government says they must in order to cover all Americans then it is "government-run healthcare" by default. When you pass a law it isn't a "recommendation" or a "request". It's a law! Did you ever take a civics course that you actually passed? Because this is pretty basic stuff here!
But then again, this is from the frontrunner for the nomination of the party that claims that it is a "pro-choice" yet is forcing you to pay into a government retirement plan. And let's not forget that the party she represents frequently gets endorsements from the Communist Party USA for their presidential candidates. Are those little red lights in your brain going off yet?
Clinton said of her plan, "I believe everyone – every man, woman and child – should have quality, affordable healthcare in America. I intend to be the president who will do that." Well, that's all well and good that you believe that. Now do you mind pointing to where in the Constitution you and your fellow travelers are granted the power by "We the People" to mandate how we manage our own choices with regards to healthcare? Are you going to point out to us, finally after all these years of waiting patiently, where you are given the power to dictate what price something should be and hence its "affordability"? Or are you just going to ignore that major problem with your plans like you always do?
Uh huh. Silence. That's what I thought.
We already have Medicaid for the "poor" who supposedly can't afford health insurance and Medicare for the elderly who are dubbed by the left as too stupid to save for their own needs after retirement and Congress wants to make families with an income of up to $80,000 eligible for SCHIP. How much more do we have to give?
Once again, please let myself and other Americans that still actually believe in liberty have real choice and chose to pass on this and chose not to contribute to the program. But then again, that "choice" isn't one of the government approved "choices" now is it?
For the left, "choice" is simply a mandate from them. And you will abide by it "or else". If not they will eventually get you with future punishments that don't exist at this time while they stick the camel's nose under the tent today.
"The sad reality is that the uninsured don't just struggle with costs themselves, they impose costs on the rest of us," Clinton said. And why is that? Is it because politicians and the courts let them impose these problems on us by allowing them to get out of paying their debts, bailing them out with tax payer dollars and maybe only at best paying a fraction of the cost to those that provide their services thus increasing costs to the rest of us? There once was a time in America when if you owed a debt you paid it you either paid it, rotted in jail or were ordered to work off you debts to those you owed them to.
But then again, hard work scares liberals. Responsibility is too much to ask them to promote. So those concepts are certainly not on the table. But government mandates? Heck, that's the way they think they can create utopia!
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the lead editor of Conservative News & Opinion – The Land of the Free and also the owner of The Right Things – Conservative T-shirts & Gifts. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at http://www.libertyreborn.com.
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