American Elephants

HHS Secretary Sebelius Grabs for Power, American People Suffer. by The Elephant's Child
December 27, 2010, 8:18 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Health Care, Law, Liberalism, Politics | Tags: , ,

The passage of the 2,700 page “law” called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, was only the beginning.  It set up hundreds of agencies and administrations to control and regulate every aspect of Americans’ lives, but those agencies and administrations were further empowered to issue more regulations and controls.

As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius was not satisfied with the immense amounts of power that she would acquire under ObamaCare if it is not repealed, but she has now issued a 136-page rule that will give her and her subordinates unchecked power to pass judgment on the prices of health insurance throughout the United States.

Forty-three states already regulate and approve health insurance premiums, based on actuarial and solvency data.  Sebelius claims that we need more concentrated, centralized protections against insurers’ profit motive, namely herself. State regulators will continue under the status quo, unless HHS decides that their reviews aren’t “effective.” Under the 136-page rule, the government will now decide what counts as ” unjustified and excessive health insurance premium growth.” Mrs. Sebelius’s true goal is to punish the insurance industry for rising health costs that the new government demands have inflicted upon the industry, thereby embarrassing the government.

If certain insurers show a “pattern” of unjustified rate increases, they will be excluded from ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges.  After some insurers spoke of rising costs, she warned that “there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”

Jeffrey Anderson says:

It’s staggering that one person would think that she should ultimately get to decide what a product, which Obamacare would soon require all Americans to purchase, should cost.  …Sebelius’s “rule” marks “an effort to end-run Congress, which by some miracle declined to give the HHS the formal legal authority to explicitly block premium increases, despite a direct appeal from President Obama.”

Anderson also links to Charles Kesler’s Claremont Review of Books editorial.  Kesler writes about Obamacare’s administrative regime:

Faster than one might think, a government of equal laws turns into a regime of arbitrary privileges.

A “privilege” is literally a private law.  When law ceases to be a common “standard of right and wrong” and a “common measure to decide all controversies” then the rule of law ceases to be republican and become despotic.  Freedom itself ceases to be a right and becomes a gift, or the fruit of a corrupt bargain, because in such degraded regimes those who are close to and connected with the ruling class have special privileges.

The more people learn about ObamaCare, the less they like it.  “The bill would raise taxes, deficits, and health costs… It would lead to a government monopoly and rationed care.  It would be a financial and medical nightmare.”

An Open Letter to DHS. by The Elephant's Child

Secretary Janet Napolitano
Department of Homeland Security
Washington DC

Dear Secretary Napolitano,

A Federal Flight Deck Officer posted a series of cell-phone videos on YouTube, critical of airport security in the San Francisco airport, in an effort to call attention to a security problem. He is now under investigation by your Transportation Security Administration.

Within days of the videos appearing on You Tube, a team of four federal TSA agents and two sheriff’s deputies appeared on the pilot’s driveway, to confiscate his federally issued handgun and badge.

You have this incident all backwards. The proper approach is to see promptly that ground crew at airports are as thoroughly checked out as the flight crew.  Surely it is not just passengers who require intrusive pat-downs and scanning.

This pilot, a federally appointed and federally armed Flight Deck Officer, is not the threat. He was appointed to his job because he is a responsible and trustworthy pilot. Because he is a responsible pilot, he is entrusted with a weapon with which to protect passengers and flight crew. He simply pointed out that it is silly for him and his fellow pilots to have to go through security each time they board a plane, when ground crews gain access to the same plane by simply swiping a card at an unmanned door.

The correct response is gratitude, and perhaps a letter of commendation and even a raise, for pointing out a flaw in security arrangements that needs prompt attention. The old saying is:”Don’t attack the messenger.”

Most old sayings are folk-wisdom that form some of the guardrails of life. The person who carries a message, however embarrassing that message might be to you, is not the enemy. You were alerted to the possible enemy. You chose to attack the messenger instead.

You might want to rethink that.

Poll: 60% Want Obamacare Repealed by American Elephant
December 27, 2010, 2:45 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Health Care, News, Politics, Socialism | Tags: , ,

And that number is only going to increase, as 74% of doctors will either retire, cut back to part-time, or quit if Obamacare goes into effect.

Seventy-four percent!

(h/t The Blog Prof)

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