National Inflation Association Article Comment

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Things got heated in my comments section back in 2010-2011 on

Fact Checking The National Inflation Association And its Hyperinflation Fear-Mongering.

I didn’t have the time to address all the bad information. And honestly I didn’t consider it worth my time even if did have it.

But I have some extra good free time lately, some more health care policy wisdom, and the power of hindsight. Why not?

A user named Flagrantbagel left a supportive comment on my NIA article:

The following is an unedited copy of someone’s reply to Flagrantbagel.

Left January 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Deepblue

You won’t support someone because they’re supported by Steve Forbes, but you’ll support someone financed and endorsed by George Soros?

I’d suggest you research the “Quantum fund” and find out how the “Man who broke the bank of England” made his money. Note also that this very same man, George Soros, was branded (and convicted) in Thailand as an “economic war criminal” who “sucks the blood from the people” after causing the Asian Debt Crisis in ’97. Soros, the man also behind the collapse of the Russian currency, the ruble, in ’99 and afterward publically boasted that “the former Soviet Empire is now called the Soros Empire.”(Google “Russiagate”). Just look up Soros’ *** latest conviction *** in June of 2006 in France for his attempt to takeover the Societe Generale bank.

Soros is the most notorious derivatives trader in History.. and who are we told created America’s financial crisis by every pundit? Deriviatives traders and speculators. Odd that such a speculator would be the largest financial contributor to the “just happened to inherit it” administration and all it’s various supporting “progressive” organizations, isn’t it? Yet you seem to support this all unabashedly.

Here’s a suggestion. While you’re busy NOT doing your research, you might want to glimpse at Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution, also known as the Taxing and Spending Clause… a.k.a. – “The Power of the Purse.”

It declares that it is *** Congress *** and *** NOT *** The President who is in control of all spending. Even More specifically, that this power rests in the House of Representatives, where *** ALL *** spending (“Appropriations”) bills are introduced.

Fact check this. It is a list of Speakers of the House by year:

Carl Albert (D) 92nd – 94th Congress 1/21/71 – 1/03/77
Tip O’Niell (D) 95th – 99th Congress 1/03/77 – 1/03/87
Jim Wright (D) 100th – 101st Congress 1/06/87 – 6/06/89
Tom Foley (D) 102nd – 103rd Congress 6/06/89 – 1/03/95
Newt Gingrich (R) 104th – 105th Congress 1/04/95 – 1/03/99
Dennis Hastert (R) 106th – 109th Congress 1/06/99 – 1/03/07
Nancy Pelosi (D) 110th – 111th Congress 1/04/07 – 1/03/11

Now compare the Federal deficit by who controls the House (spending) on this handy dandy ‘Chart of Federal Debt’ published in the left-wing rag Esquire Magazine.

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/federal-deficit-graph-071210

You will see that spending increased from the moment Democrats took control of the House in 1955 until they finally lost control of the House in 1995 and note the MASSIVE decrease which caused the “surpluses” IMMEDIATELY coincided with Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, and continued under the Republicans right up until the morning of September 11th, 2001. Wonder what happened then?

But don’t trust me. Go confirm it for yourself. Go straight to the horse’s mouth and hear Clinton tell you WHY *** HE *** shut down the Federal Government to prevent the budget from being balanced by 1997 under the Republican plan – SIX YEARS before he was willing to allow it to be done. Note once again that the President’s *** ONLY *** budgetary power is to VETO appropriations bills.

Because all spending comes from Congress, when a President repeatedly VETOES the Appropriations bills, the government runs out of money and must be “shut down.”

Source – Bill Clinton’s radio address 12/16/95 regarding the House’s proposed 96 budget:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/PresidentialRadioAddress79

According to Clinton, the *** ONLY *** possible way to balance the budget is to follow HIS plan, which is to “balance” the budget by 2003 – 3 YEARS AFTER he has left office. Balancing the budget any sooner, according to Clinton, will:
• Deny Children Health Care
• Deny them Schooling
• Eliminate the School Lunch program
• Deny Children Safe Places to live
• “Deny them Air and Water that is safe to breath and drink”
• Eliminate Head Start
• Cut efforts to keep drugs and violence out of our schools
• Undermine “Our efforts to meet educational standards of excellence”
• End the Americorp program
• Eliminate 350,000 scholarships
• Take away “the Best student loans programs”
• “will raise taxes” – Note, “raising taxes”, in this context is liar speak meaning that because government will not be able pay people’s expenses, they will be forced to pay for things themselves… i.e. Paying for things is a “tax”
• “Children will be exposed to hazardous Waste”
• There will be larger class sizes
• “10 MILLION” people will be “forced to live near toxic waste sites” that “will not be cleaned”
• Fewer children will be immunized
• Millions will be force from Medicaid and onto Medicare adding millions to the Medicare roles
• Millions will be denied adequate medical care
• “1 MILLION people will be forced into poverty”

Listen to it yourself. I entreat you.

…”And THIS is why I William J Clinton will shut down the government by vetoing the REPUBLICAN BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT… because “I will not let them hurt our children” 12/16/1995

Note: the dramatic Medicare cuts which Clinton is attributing to child rape, torture, and murder was claimed, by Democrats, to “Slash” Medicare by *** $38.5 billion a year *** for 7 years.

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/16/us/gop-s-plan-to-cut-medicare-faces-a-veto-clinton-promises.html

Funny how a greatly exaggerated $38.5 billion Republican cut caused all of that, but when a Democrat (Barrack Obama) cuts over HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS – a.k.a. over FIVE HUNDRED BILLION – from an already insolvent Medicare system, it will only “add efficiency” and cut “waste”.

Liar. Thy name is Democrat.

First I want to clarify I am article OP, not the comment OP – Flagrantbagel. I personally have no love for nor advanced conceptualizations of George Soros.

I am not tricked into thinking billionaires’ have great content of character just because they own some philanthropic organizations.

> “Fact Check this”

Oh, I will.

Deepblue did a massive information dump, which is a handy trick to sound smarter than you really are in debates. I will address this by order of importance of his claims.

Medicare

Romney’s right: Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion. Here’s how.

Sarah Kliff: “The majority of the cuts, as you can see in this chart below, come from reductions in how much Medicare reimburses hospitals and private health insurance companies.”

If Deepblue wants to come back and argue about health care policy, I am more than willing to do that. I personally believe that top hospital administrators need to get paid less in order to tackle the budget problems of administrative bloat. Cutting Medicare reimbursements is a necessary step towards balancing the entitlements portion of the national budget.

I am not happy with how the think tanks lately have been discussing cutting Medicare reimbursement by 40% for Medicare-for-All. That is too steep, too fast and could potentially disrupt services.

The ACA cuts that Deepblue refers to, however, were no where near that drastic and the Medicare-For-All bill at this point is more symbolic than a hard proposal.

Bill Clinton’s Speech

I took up his offer and listened to this C-span speech he linked. From 1995. Since apparently these “Liar, thy name is Democrat” people can’t let Bill Clinton go years later.

The thing about budgets, a fact that that Deepblue skirts, is that they are mostly planned FOR THE FUTURE. Federal, state, local budgets. They are all decided on in advance and don’t kick in as soon as they are passed, except for the immediate money needed to keep services running.

All those bullet points are indeed possibilities of Republican proposed tax cuts. Both now and in 1995. Children, students, and the chronically impoverished are extremely different affected populations than those affected by Obama’s Medicare reimbursement cuts, which are mostly eaten by the hospitals and insurance companies.

“you might want to glimpse at Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution”

I have inside info that Flagrantbagel might actually be lawyer. I’m sure he HAS looked at Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution sometime at school.

You do not want to get into an argument about the case law precedent of presidential powers involving taxation with me or Flagrantbagel, Deepblue.

You will not win.

That is all for today.

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Holy Shit Mandate – ACA Almost Entirely Upheld

OK, I was wrong. Chief Justice Roberts swung to the left and Kennedy did not. Amazing. I’ll have to scrutinize Roberts’s voting record more closely before passing him off as ideologically pure. Here’s the full ruling if you have a lot of free time. He actually upheld the mandate under the federal government’s Tax Power and not the Commerce Clause, while Ginsberg would have upheld it under both. Interesting, certainly a blow to conservatives.

Being uninsured myself, I have mixed opinions about the 2014 individual mandate, but what is known from models like Mass. is that it will reduce overall health care spending and create more competitive private insurance plans.

For a while this morning, Cable News was reporting that the mandate was struck down before they got “conflicting information.”

This is what happens when they don’t let in cameras.

What the Medicaid part of the ruling means according to SCOTUSblog:

The Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Medicaid expansion is divided and complicated. The bottom line is that: (1) Congress acted constitutionally in offering states funds to expand coverage to millions of new individuals; (2) So states can agree to expand coverage in exchange for those new funds; (3) If the state accepts the expansion funds, it must obey by the new rules and expand coverage; (4) but a state can refuse to participate in the expansion without losing all of its Medicaid funds; instead the state will have the option of continue the its current, unexpanded plan as is.

Now that this matter is settled, I hope we can work together to create jobs and secure this country’s economic future

SCOTUS Predictions for the Health Care Bill

[6/28 Edit:  Those 19 constitutional scholars were wrong about the Court.  Reax on my blog “Holy Shit Mandate” here.]

Sarah Kliff of Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog does some of the tightest health care news blogging I’ve ever seen.

Kliff on the SCOTUS individual mandate decision:

Bloomberg surveyed 21 top constitutional scholars and found that, while 19 think the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act ought to be upheld on the basis of legal precedent, just eight think the Supreme Court will actually do so.

Sigh. Yup, pretty much. Kennedy is supposed to be the swing Judge, the new Sandra Day O’Connor, but he really does bend conservative. It’ll probably turn out to be a 5-4 ruling against the mandate. There’s hope though, according to Kliff.

The other thing they are ruling on, but people are talking about less, is the proposed Medicaid expansions. States are arguing that it puts excessive burden on them and suing. Suck it, Red states. Eat your own Christian values, and help your poor people have basic human dignity.

I think, hopefully, a lot of the bill should remain intact. Otherwise everyone with a college kid under 26 is going to be pissed.

Fact Checking “ObamaCare Yay Or Nay? The Truth About Canada!”

This is response to the following youtube video with over a half million hits:

The video was hosted by the annoying, stand-up comedian and FoxNews commentator, Steven Crowder, for Tea Party movement pimp PJTV.

In addition to being not funny and having obnoxious amounts of dude-man-bro-awesome Dane Cook frat boy, there’s a lot of the “truth” in the video about health care in Canada that’s just anecdotal stylization about waiting.

00:06  “Socialized Health Care!  Isn’t it about time we get on board?”  First words of the video, followed by clips of people talking about universal health care.  I’m going to make probably the most relevant point of the entire America-Canada health care system debate:  Canada does not have a socialized health care system.  They have a public INSURANCE system, and private insurance and health care providers also exist.  

“Socialized Medicine” has sketchy semantic connotations, but generally refers to a health care program run by the government. In the United Kingdom’s publicly- funded National Health Service, most general practitioners are independent contractors, which means that they are self-employed but also have a contract with the government to provide specific services on certain terms.  Even the more left-wing proposed legislation (not ObamaCare) in the US, which seeks to establish universal government-backed insurance, does not reach the government involvement of UK’s NHS levels.

Conservatives have recently been attempting to label any publicly-funded (tax payer-funded) system, including insurance, as “socialized medicine.”  But with that definition, the United States already has socialized medicine; it’s called Medicare.  Medicare is available to the disabled or retired, and it has higher satisfaction and performance rates as opposed to private insurance.

2:15  Steven and his homeboys go to the Clinique Médicale Urgence St-Hubert on a weekend but it’s closed. From all the French, we can establish they are in Quebec, Canada.   Funding for the health insurance is provided by the province, not directly from the federal government, so viewers should note Canadian quality may vary by province.

2:57  “Take a number.  The nurse will call with the number.” “Triage… which means we wait and get judged by a nurse.” (3:15)  They told the staff at the the hospital that they were not urgent.  In my experience, in private hospitals in the US, prioritizing by urgency works the same way.

4:24  Steve is denied a plastic glove to play with.  Tragic.  No rooster blow up doll for you.

5:05 They get tired of waiting at the hospital and leave.  With no accompanying footage, Steve tells anecdotal stories about other people in the waiting room.

7:25  They go back to the clinic the next day and the clinician tells them that they don’t offer cholesterol blood tests.  That doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.  There’s no point in getting your cholesterol checked by a walk-in clinic, because you should go to primary doctor for a chronic condition.

8:01 The clinician says that it’s $900 for a private clinic check up.  What?!  That’s about $937 US dollars.  That figure doesn’t make sense.  The woman’s English was clearly not fluent.  There are private clinics that offer MRIs for only $695.

15:22  “The average wait time to see a specialist in Canada is 17.3 weeks.”  He didn’t cite a source for that figure, or how it was calculated, if it included outliers.  Here’s a study that says 51% of Quebec patients waiting to see a specialist do so within a month.

16:05 “It’s proven to be terribly inefficient.”  Using what standard?  Certainly not cost.  The per capita health care spending of Canada is nearly half that of the United States.

17:05 “Socialism creates a safety net…”  Followed up by footage from a Subway.  Canadian sandwich shops are Socialist because they cost more?  I think I missed the sandwich-standard definition of Socialism in school.

19:58 “Do you still think Obama is moving us in the right direction here?”  Thanks, Steve, for actually talking about ObamaCare anywhere in the video.

Most parts of the video I didn’t address were just a series of medical horror stories from random interviewed Canadians.  You can find stories like that anywhere about any health care system.

Recap:  Canada is not Socialist.  Health care in Canada sucks, but health care in America still sucks more.  Everyone wants free, efficient doctors.  No one still knows anything about ObamaCare.  And Steven Crowder is about as funny as Dane Cook and Michelle Bachman’s lovechild.