An interesting poll from Rasmussen showing that Republicans have begun taking a lead on the generic ballot. This is an interesting, but not surprising trend, especially considering today’s political climate.
2012 is going to be an interesting year. It is my belief that the producers, the true foundation of this country, will rise up and, speaking with one voice, will declare that the theft of their liberty by the government will be tolerated no more. The intrusion of government into the everyday life of American citizens has been extraordinary, however the recent moves on the health care front have gone too far.
The iron fist of government continues to reign blow after blow upon the American people and the latest moves on the health care by the Democrats is incredible. A report from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirms that a failure to purchase health care under the Pelosi Plan could have serious consequences. From the a press release by David Camp:
The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.”
Mind boggling, but reading this makes me understand why the House speaker is rushing this through congress and doesn’t want the American people to have time to read it.
In Tarrant Country near Dallas, TX, they are getting a first look at what Obamacare is going to look like. From the Dallas Morning News:
Tarrant County health officials began turning away people who did not meet the high-risk qualification to receive the swine flu vaccine at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City.
More than 1,000 people had waited in line, some as early as 10 p.m. Thursday, for the doors to open at 10 a.m. this morning. Officials were asking people who were not pregnant or a child with a chronic illness to leave. This swine flu clinic is Tarrant County’s first offering of vaccines to the public for free.
Screening started outside before 10 a.m., with people wearing vests emblazoned with “greeter” and asking each person about why they were there. A child with chronic illness got a yellow piece of paper. A pregnant woman got a white piece of paper. Someone who was neither got a sheet with instructions to leave and wait for another clinic.
Welcome to the world of rationing. The government began working with vaccine manufacturers to develop a vaccine in May, yet they find themselves ill prepared this fall when President Obama announced a National Emergency regarding H1N1.
Just think what will happen when there is a shortage of life saving drugs, blood, or even worse…doctors. Will the government begin rationing these as well?
Now that the Obama Administration has declared the Swine Flu a national emergency, we are getting our first taste of the impact government has when it interferes in the free market. Taking a ride in Mr. Peabody’s Wayback machine, we head back in time to 1993 when the Hillary Clinton launched a program called The Children’s Vaccine Initiative (CVI). This initiative was disastrous to the vaccine manufacturing industry in that prior to it’s enactment, there were a large number of vaccine manufacturers. However, with the government trying to set prices at which they would buy vaccines, the manufacturers saw their margins decrease.
Once again, Quinn’s law, “Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent” still holds true. By interfereing, the government artificially distorted the market and with reduced margins resulting from the CVI, the manufacturers began closing up shop in search of more profitable enterprises.
And of course, whenever politics gets onvolved, efficiency goes right out the window and things collapse. From the Seattle P-I:
“Scarce resources, political infighting and lack of a shared vision not only hamstrung the Children’s Vaccine Initiative, he said, it contributed to a broad decline in global immunization systems worldwide. “Everything just collapsed,” said Michel Zaffran, program manager for vaccines at WHO. “Every agency was just fighting for their own flag rather than working together on the big picture.”
So what is the result today? From The Associated Press:
“The federal government originally promised 120 million doses of swine flu vaccine by now. Only 13 million have come through.
As nervous Americans clamor for the vaccine, production is running several weeks behind schedule, and health officials blame the pressure on pharmaceutical companies to crank it out along with the ordinary flu vaccine, and a slow and antiquated process that relies on millions of chicken eggs.”
That is a whopping 10% efficiency! The problems with supply are blamed on a number of interrelated factors — the low prices the federal government pays for childhood vaccines, the dwindling number of vaccine producers, and others.
Regardless of your party affiliation, this a perfect example of what happens when government gets involved, ultimately distorting the free market.
In 2002, The GAO (Government Accounting Office) warned congress of continued shortages in vaccines. Back in 2003, we faced a similar shortage of vaccines, yet the government was not able to learn from their mistakes and now we find ourselves in the same boat as we did then. Whether you believe that the Swine Flu vaccine is necessary, what is certain is that when the government is involved, nothing goes according to plan. This is what we can expect from Government health care. This is a vaccine. What happens when it is a heart transplant or brain surgery? What can we expect then?
A letter from congressman Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) lays out the specifics of how the Democrats will pay for Obamacare.
Knowing of your continued concern for health care reform, I am writing to update you on my work in Congress to protect seniors.
On October 7, 2009, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their score for the Senate Finance health care bill. CBO concluded that the legislation has a total cost of $829 billion over 10 years, imposes $424 billion in new taxes and fees over the first 10 years and has over $400 billion in Medicare cuts. Please see the list below.
-$133B Medicare Advantage
-$106.3B Inpatient Prospective Payment System
-$22.5B Medicare DSH payments
-$56B Home Health
-$22.2B Medicare Commission
-$22.3B Medicare Improvement Fund
-$19.8B Medicare Part D
-$14.6B Skilled Nursing Facilities
-$23.1B Part B Schedules, Except Physician Services
-$8B CMS Innovation Center
-$4.9B Accountable Care Organizations
-$3B Medical Imaging
-$800M Power Wheel Chairs
-$300M Comparative Effectiveness Medicare Component
In my opinion, we should not be paying for health care on the backs of senior citizens. Click on the image below to view me discussing this issue in more detail. Please feel free to forward this email along to your friends and family, together we can make a difference.
Congressman Mark Kirk
Member of Congress