Welcome to Tweetlandia. The shambling wreck of a carcass our once great nation has become.
One of the very many trends that exists in Tweetlandia – is the diminution of all thought. Often down to Twitter hashtag length – and depth.
One such Leftist hashtag pseudo-thought – is the anti-everything-to-the-Right-of-Karl-Marx #Persist. It’s one-word-brevity is of particular assistance to its Leftist wielders.
In Tweetlandia, the Urban Dictionary has replaced Merriam Webster’s – so we go there:
“Persist: Continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure.”
Leftists #Persist in pursuing all sorts of already-proven-to-be failures.
To wit: Government medicine. Government medicine – is an unmitigated disaster.
Obamacare was a huge disaster:
“Obamacare stripped millions of people of their insurance. For those who survived that mass slaughter – Obamacare doubled the average insurance premium and tripled the average insurance deductible.”
Following on Medicare – which is a $38-trillion-short titanic disaster:
“The unfunded liability is the amount that has been promised in benefits to people now alive that will not be funded by the tax revenue the system is expected to take in to pay for those benefits.”
And that titanic shortfall – is with private insurance subsidizing the daylight out of Medicare.
“When Medicare was introduced in 1966, the government reached out to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association to come up with a way to determine what to pay hospitals for treating patients….
“Medicare quickly figured out a sad truth. There wasn’t enough Medicare money….
“The Inpatient Prospective Payment System was implemented, meaning all direct connection to costs were now gone – but however you sliced it, Medicare was now paying less than the cost of treating patients.
“If Medicare did not pay its fair share, then hospitals would make it up on other payers. This is known as cost shifting.”
Get that? Medicare payments don’t even cover the base costs of treating patients.
Private patients and their insurance companies – have been subsidizing Medicare since just about its 1966 inception.
Yet the Leftists #Persist. Because $38 trillion short – ain’t nearly enough of a nation-wrecking debit to stop the Left.
Oh – and the Left wants to ban all private insurance. You know, the companies that have been propping up Medicare for decades.
So everything medicine can as quickly as possible collapse into one giant smoldering government-induced heap.
Why any Republican anywhere would in any way expand government’s role in medicine – is light years beyond me.
Yet we have just such Republicans. Joining the #Persist “movement” – whether they realize it or not.
A great many of us have spent the last several weeks pointing out the stupidity of this notion.
Yet these Republicans…#Persist!:
Behold – Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander. Who very recently penned an editorial defending his government-expanding decision. His very own title – admits the inherent error.
Your legislation “aims to end surprise billing” – ?!?
Government is the worst shot in the history of aiming.
Obamacare aimed to “reduce premiums by $2,500 per year.” They DOUBLED.
I guarantee you no one around at Medicare’s inception said they were aiming to put US taxpayers $38 trillion underwater. Yet that’s what it’s done
“Instead of remaining stuck in a perpetual partisan argument over the Affordable Care Act and health insurance, senators are working across party lines to lower the costs of what Americans pay for health care out of their own pockets.”
Of COURSE Democrats want to stop talking about Obamacare (the woefully mis-named “Affordable Care Act.”)
Democrats were either exponentially wrong about it – or lying their faces off about it.
Republicans won more than 1,000 elected offices up and down the ballot since Democrats jammed Obamacare down our throats. And only started again losing seats – when it became clear their promises to repeal Obamacare were…exceedingly disingenuous.
Republicans should want to continue the Obamacare conversation – right up until they actually repeal the awfulness.
But on this they do not #Persist.
“(U)p to half of the $3.5 trillion Americans spent on health care in 2017 may have been unnecessary, according to testimony before the Senate health committee from the National Academies.”
Yes, we have. And an excruciating percentage of this unnecessary expenditure – is the subsidies we are forced to provide to prop up Medicare.
So how on Earth does Senator Alexander think his “aim” – on this the latest government “solution” to high health care costs – be any better?
Answer: Of course, it absolutely isn’t.
Government is the reason our health care system is as screwed up as it is.
Senator Alexander – we need LESS government.
Your bill – is more.
Which only makes sense in Tweetlandia.
This first appeared in Red State.