American Elephants

White House Pretentiousness: Fake Green Eggs! by The Elephant's Child
March 8, 2010, 6:25 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Environment, Junk Science | Tags: , ,

News from the White House!  The White House Easter Egg Roll will be environmentally friendly, or really, truly “Green.”

A White House announcement Monday said the eggs at this year’s April 5 roll will be made from paperboard that contains no wood fibers from endangered forests, is recyclable and features vegetable-oil based inks and a water-based coating.

What’s more, they’ll come in purple, pink, green and yellow and feature the stamped signatures of both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Well, goodness, at least the hens can sit back and relax.  Which “endangered forests” are they protecting?  Trees are a renewable resource.  And the energy used up to make cardboard eggs, make vegetable-oil based, many-colored inks, apply said inks to a large number of cardboard eggs, apply stamped signatures and then apply a water-based coating, must be considerable. What are we “saving” here?

Why does all this “environmentally-friendly” nonsense always end up being merely pretentious and of no environmental use whatsoever?  It is making me really, truly crabby.

President Obama’s Youthful Problems With Acme Insurance. by The Elephant's Child
March 8, 2010, 1:24 am
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, Health Care, Politics, Statism | Tags: ,

This portrays a complete misunderstanding of insurance, that Obama has apparently carried over from his college days. He has used that misunderstanding to make claims about insurance companies that are simply not true. (Or perhaps he simply wants to make insurance companies the bad guys?).

An insurance policy, whether a health insurance policy or an automobile policy, is a legal contract. The youthful Obama undoubtedly bought an auto liability policy on his car, which is what is usually required by law. That protects you when you destroy someone else’s Mercedes or send them to the hospital. If someone runs into you, you need collision coverage, often rejected to save money when one has an “old beat-up car,” because it’s more expensive and not required by law.

Health insurance is also a legal contract. What is covered is what the policy lists as covered. (That’s why they tell you to read the policy). A catastrophic care policy doesn’t cover you for strep throat or ringworm. People who have a standard policy aren’t suddenly dumped because they get sick. People are dumped when they have a pre-existing condition that they lied about. You are required to tell the truth when you sign a legal contract.

When a patient with a standard health insurance policy suddenly has a heart attack, he is covered for such eventualities. When someone has an existing heart condition but no coverage, new coverage is problematical. This is like giving collision coverage on a car that has no brakes. You may not run into anyone, but if you live in a hilly town, an accident in the near future is pretty likely.

There is nothing unfair about actuaries using statistics to determine the likelihood of specific illnesses arising and estimating the costs. Insurance is possible because bad things don’t happen to everyone at the same time. The premiums collected from healthy people pay for the occasional illness of others. It’s how insurance works. Same with cars. Everyone does not have an accident on the same day.

Insisting that insurance cover everyone with pre-existing conditions at the same cost as those with none, simply raises the cost of insurance to everyone to intolerable levels. A better solution is to offer insurance in high-risk pools to those with pre-existing conditions. It may cost more, and may be subsidized as needed, but raising everyone’s costs is not a reasonable answer.

“Insurance Companies,” President Obama said last Wednesday, “freely ration health care based on who’s sick and who’s healthy; who can pay and who can’t.” And he said “More insurance companies will…drop people’s coverage when they get sick and need it most.”

It is more than unfortunate when those who want American’s health care to be turned over to government control — for their own political purposes —  lie so blatantly about what is contained in the legislation they are trying to push through.

So I don’t believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America. I believe it’s time to give the American people more control over their health care and their health insurance. I don’t believe we can afford to leave life-and-death decisions about health care to the discretion of insurance company executives alone. I believe that doctors and nurses and physician assistants like the ones in this room should be free to decide what’s best for their patients.

When we cannot trust the President of the United States to accurately represent the health care plan that he is demanding that Congress pass so he can sign it, and “save his presidency,” we’re all in deep trouble.

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