American Elephants


The Object is Not Health, Nor is it Care. The Object is Control. by The Elephant's Child

The aim of the Left for many years has been a socialized health care system like that of Great Britain.  That is what the 2,700 page Senate bill proposes. Their ideal is control.  Simple and straightforward.  They assume that what they are doing is good, because they envision it as giving good health care to the poor.

Uninterested in evidence, uninterested in details, and uninterested in thinking through each mandate they have stuck in, they simply have no understanding of what the bill they so passionately demand to pass will do.  Nancy Pelosi exemplifies this when she announces that their health care bill is a jobs bill.  She claims it will create 400,000 jobs. This may come as a complete surprise to members of Congress, but government jobs are a drain on society.  The fewer there are, the better.

The problem with our current health care system is cost.  We have the world’s best health care, but costs are increasing across the board, and particularly in entitlements — Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.  The first baby boomers reach age 65 this year.  The numbers increase through the peak year of 2024, when they begin to taper off.

If Democrats get their way,America will adopt a system much like the one that is killing patients in Great Britain.  The U.K.’s health care has been held up as a model by the Left for years.  What they have planned for U.S. health care is not a copy of the British system, but a nationalized plan will soon collapse like other socialist programs.  Government-run health care is unsustainable and deadly.

In Britain the Mid-Stratfordshire National Health Service Trust was the focus of a recent independent inquiry.  According to media reports , the review found that at least 400 and as many as 1,200 patients died because of poor care.

The source of these dreadful problems are hospital managers — bureaucrats — who, according to a  Times of London report, “stopped providing safe care because they were preoccupied with government targets and cutting costs.”

The 455-page report is packed with examples that should be the shame of the British health care system. It documents patient deaths due to what appear to be cases of neglect and misdiagnosis. There are records of patients falling, developing infections, left sitting on toilets and not properly fed.

Author Robert Francis says he heard “many accounts of bad care, denials of dignity and unnecessary suffering” from witnesses during his review.

The inquiry also noted “serious departures from the standard of basic care which every patient is entitled to expect” — abuses of elderly patients, a culture of bullying, low staff morale and concerns about the “attitude of staff to patients” as well as to visitors.

Even staff members “lived in an atmosphere of fear,” in part due to “the managerial styles of some senior managers.”

Judging by the report, the hospital resembled a landfill or sewage treatment plant as much as it did a house of healing. Patients went unwashed, as did their bedding, which was “soiled with urine and feces for considerable periods of time.” There were “cases of patients who had soiled themselves who were dependent on their relatives to clean them.”

If you won’t do the things that evidence shows actually do reduce costs, like tort reform, eliminating fraud and waste, putting consumers in charge of managing their own health care; then you are stuck with consistently adding more rules and mandates in the attempt to bring costs down. That’s where the rules come from that killed so many British people.



The Day After the Health Care Summit. by The Elephant's Child
February 27, 2010, 8:54 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, National Security, Taxes | Tags: , ,

Forty-three percent of Americans strongly disapprove of the Presidents performance, and only 22 percent strongly approve, the lowest ranking yet.  Only about half the respondents were questioned after the president’s summit meeting.  Those who watched learned a lot about their president, condescending, irritable, dismissive and intolerant of anyone who did not accept his superior wisdom.  It was not a success for the president.Andy McCarthy says today at National Review that “Today’s Democrats are controlled by the radical Left and it is more important to them to execute the permanent transformation of American society than it is to win the upcoming election cycles.  They have already factored in losing in November — even losing big.”  He also says:

I’m glad Republicans have held firm, but let’s not be under any illusions about what that means. In the Democrat leadership, we are not dealing with conventional politicians for whom the goal of being reelected is paramount and will rein in their radicalism. They want socialized medicine and all it entails about government control even more than they want to win elections. After all, if the party of government transforms the relationship between the citizen and the state, its power over our lives will be vast even in those cycles when it is not in the majority. This is about power, and there is more to power than winning elections, especially if you’ve calculated that your opposition does not have the gumption to dismantle your ballooning welfare state.

I’m glad Republicans have held firm, but let’s not be under any illusions about what that means. In the Democrat leadership, we are not dealing with conventional politicians for whom the goal of being reelected is paramount and will rein in their radicalism. They want socialized medicine and all it entails about government control even more than they want to win elections. After all, if the party of government transforms the relationship between the citizen and the state, its power over our lives will be vast even in those cycles when it is not in the majority. This is about power, and there is more to power than winning elections, especially if you’ve calculated that your opposition does not have the gumption to dismantle your ballooning welfare state.

Of course it is about power.   Americans, however, are not passive Europeans.  They have been standing up to be counted, for over 200 years.  Even with the baleful influence of the baby boomers and sixties radicals, Americans have never been doormats.  I do believe that they have the gumption, should it become necessary,  to dismantle the whole thing.



The British Tea Party Movement is Launched Today! by The Elephant's Child
February 27, 2010, 5:32 pm
Filed under: Socialism, Statism, Taxes | Tags: , ,

Do you remember Daniel Hannan?  He is a writer and journalist and has been the Conservative Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England since 1999.  He speaks French and Spanish and loves Europe, but believes that the European Union is making its constituent nations poorer, less democratic and less free.  He is the winner of the Bastiat Award for online journalism.  He is also a terrific speaker.  See here on universal health care, and here for his speech at the Army Navy Club last year.

“What Could be More British than a tea party?” he asks.  British Lefties point out that the original Boston Tea Party was directed against the British Crown.

Yes, it was. But where do you think its leaders drew their inspiration from? The American patriots didn’t see themselves as revolutionaries, but as conservatives. In their own minds, all they were asking for was what they had always assumed to be their birthright as freeborn Englishmen. …

To remind you, Labour has introduced 111 tax rises since 1997. It has taken a trillion pounds in additional taxation. And it has still left us with a deficit of 12.6 per cent of GDP.

Enough is enough. I’m not asking you to throw any chests into the Channel, but at least come to Brighton, drink some tea, and let our leaders know how you feel about their squandering of our property and our heritage.

The first British Tea Party is scheduled for today in Brighton.

Labour has raised more than a trillion pounds in additional taxation since 1997. Yet, unbelievably, Gordon Brown has still managed to run up a deficit of 12.6 per cent of GDP (Greece’s is 12.7 per cent). A far lower level of taxation brought Americans out in spontaneous protest last year.

And he adds “Oh, and this being England, we’ll be serving actual, you know, tea. “




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