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Daily Archives: January 27, 2013
Who could have inspired such civil disobedience? Turns out, Canadian gun owners led the way, defying their government when it tried to get rifle owners to register their weapons. The government has now given up.
Fresh from his victory over national health care, Obama and his fellow statists have now turned their attention to those whose own stupid behavior caused their illness. “Now that society’s paying for people’s care, society has the right to decide who deserves the people’s money”, Obama apologist Michael Bloomberg asserted at a news conference yesterday. Speaking from Bermuda and flanked by a phalanx of armed, personal security guards, Bloomberg elaborated: “What is unprotected sex except an invitation to get cooties? We’re supposed to pay for the sins of the faggots? I don’t think so, thank you very much, and my pal Barry doesn’t either. We pay the piper, we call the tune. Drive without a seatbelt? Bam! No soup for you! You wanna slurp your 32-oz friggin’ sugar water tub, you fat slob? Go ahead, but don’t expect Nanny Bloomberg to pay for your new kidney – I warned you!”
White House spokesman Jay Carney denied that the president’s decision to double the cost of health insurance for smokers, fat people and all who engage in bad behavior was an attempt to set ObamKare premiums based on risk. “That’s what the evil insurance companies tried to do for years”, he explained. “ObamKare has eliminated that, so it is therefore impossible that we’re doing it too. We prefer to call it “behavior modification for the greater good of society”, and we’d appreciate you media types getting with it here.”
If 1 in 5 U.S. adults smoke, and 1 in 3 are obese, why not just get off their backs and let them go on with their (probably shortened) lives?
Because it’s not just about them, say some health economists, bioethicists and public health researchers.
“Your freedom is likely to be someone else’s harm,” said Daniel Callahan, senior research scholar at a bioethics think-tank, the Hastings Center.
Smoking has the most obvious impact. Studies have increasingly shown harm to nonsmokers who are unlucky enough to work or live around heavy smokers. And several studies have shown heart attacks and asthma attack rates fell in counties or cities that adopted big smoking bans.
“When you ban smoking in public places, you’re protecting everyone’s health, including and especially the nonsmoker,” said S. Jay Olshansky, a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s School of Public Health.
[There is ] the burden to everyone else of paying for the diabetes care, heart surgeries and other medical expenses incurred by obese people, noted John Cawley, a health economist at Cornell University.
“If I’m obese, the health care costs are not totally borne by me. They’re borne by other people in my health insurance plan and – when I’m older – by Medicare,” Cawley said.
President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced.
“I am told that General Mattis was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him — he hadn’t received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House,” Thomas E. Ricks reports.
In another post, Ricks says Mattis was fired because:
Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way — not because he went all “mad dog,” which is his public image, and the view at the White House, but rather because he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran. Some of those questions apparently were uncomfortable. Like, what do you do with Iran once the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe? What do you do if Iran then develops conventional capabilities that could make it hazardous for U.S. Navy ships to operate in the Persian Gulf? He kept saying, “And then what?”
There is also a belief that Mattis and Obama differed on Iran. “A particular point of disagreement was what to do about mischief Iran is exporting to other countries. Mattis is indeed more hawkish on this than the White House was,” writes Ricks in yet another post.
“National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in particular was irked by Mattis’s insistence on being heard. I cringe when I hear about civilians shutting down strategic discussions. That is exactly what the Bush administration did in late 2002 when generals persisted in questioning whether it was wise to invade Iraq. That led to what some might call a fiasco.”
A fiaso when Bush wouldn’t listen to his generals, a bold demonstration of leadership and genius when done by the Messiah, which is why you hear no criticism from the regressives of our Commander in Chief. “Drone wars, warrantless wiretaps, Gitmo, warfare waged as civilians think best, these are all the hallmarks of Harvard-trained supermen,” explained Greenwich Democrat Francis Fudrucker. “It sends a tingle down my leg just to think that we have the ghost of Robert Mcnamara and the best and the brightest back running things from the White House – thank God, and thank our savior.”
Reader Loftus sends along this link from the WSJ concerning New York State’s latest budget deficit (2.7 billion, 2X that admitted to last week by gun runner Cuomo) and the money New York spends on Medicare.
Health-care officials in Washington and New York are negotiating a plan that would squeeze between $800 million and $1.1 billion out of federal Medicaid spending, potentially blowing a new hole in the annual budget Mr. Cuomo proposed on Tuesday. Much of that money is for the care of about 1,300 developmentally disabled people in nine state-run centers from Staten Island to Rochester, which get about $2 million a year from the federal government for each patient.
The state and federal government agreed on the program’s pricing methodology in 1990, but a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general probe in 2012 found that the amount was excessive. The state has used some of the money each year for general spending, and a Republican-led congressional oversight panel accused New York of “fraud” last year, overcharging Medicaid $15 billion over two decades. New York officials have said the panel’s conclusions were wrong but are negotiating a new pricing system.
New York’s Medicaid program is the nation’s most expensive, slated to spend more than $54 billion in the current fiscal year on the state’s poor and disabled. Mr. Cuomo’s proposed budget would increase that spending to almost $58 billion—a mix of federal, state and county dollars.
One of the most expensive parts of the program pays for the severely disabled to live in state-run “developmental centers.” One is in Brooklyn and two in Queens. The patients—whose diagnoses include severe autism, cerebral palsy and other disorders—live at the centers and receive round-the-clock assistance and training, intensive clinical and direct-care services and therapy.
Loftus suggests that Greenwich buy up unwanted back country mansions and provide the same services for $1 million per patient: we’d clear up the housing inventory and make a killing. Speaking of which, why not transfer the Nathaniel Witherell oldsters there too?