Friday, May 8, 2009

My personal views on wealth redistribution and universal healthcare

It seems to me that the debate on healthcare is ultimately predicated on the question of whether healthcare is a privilege or a right. I am not a heartless bastard; I would not begrudge medical care to anybody who needs it because of an inability to pay. I'm not sure if this is just because I live in Chicago, home of the "we cater to the lowest common denominator, seek only to please underemployed minorities and encourage as many people as possible to adopt an entitlement mentality in an attempt to boost Mayor Daley's approval ratings" or if it's how liberals all over America think of healthcare, but in any case, a lot of at least anecdotal ramblings I hear from people regarding their complaints of healthcare is that it is somehow the doctors' and specialists' collective fault for demanding compensation. Somehow, it is the burden of the physician to bear all fault for the entire uninsured or underinsured population's woes in healthcare.

As it should be well known by now, a single-payor, or in other words, entirely government-run insurance program, has as many inherent faults and problems with it as does the current privitized-only healthcare system we use in America. In countries with such a plan, such as Canada, this system has led to the rationing of resources, insane wait times for what we consider routine or preventative measures in America, 9 month to one year waiting lists for things like transplants or complicated procedures, and in some cases, a complete inability to meet patient demands in certain fields, such as neurosurgery and oncology. For this reason, Canada routinely sends hundreds of patients over the American border every year, from things such as baby delivery to cerebrospinal and brain injury treatments. In addition, certain procedures or treatments for unusual or rare conditions are just refused flat out, leaving the patient with no choice but to live with the discomfort until they ultimately die. The government denies this is ever due to the expense; however, it is widely known and accepted that certain services are cut due to their cost. This rationing of resources obviously results in death many times - the case of Natasha Richardson certainly makes one wonder, as hospital administrators struggled to determine whether a CT Scan or MRI was a necessary cost to evaluate the late actress' brain. Had she been in America, where MRIs are standard, Ms. Richardson's doctors would have noticed hemorrhaging immediately and she might have survived.

In any case, the disgruntled malaise which was limited formerly to the lower class, but with the recession and increasing cost of healthcare, has found its way into the middle class zeitgeist as well, has sought a scapegoat for its anger and collective frustration. In the spirit of the current "blame/hate/soak-the-rich" mentality fostered by the Obama administration, people have turned to blaming the fact that "doctors make so much money." I have the feeling that most Liberals hold physician compensation as the reason why their healthcare costs are so high - and the government, with its new policy of determining executive compensation and blaming anyone earning a decent income as the problem and not the solution - only serves to fuel the fire. I am speaking in defense of medical professionals. Of all professions, very few require as extensive, thorough, difficult and demanding education and training as those in medicine. Doctors save lives - on top of that, they take oaths to do no harm and to basically exist for the sole purpose of bettering mankind and alleviating pain. The cost of obtaining a medical education is, all things considered, routinely over a quarter of a million dollars. Additionally, it requires sacrificing a decade of life to maintain grueling work and study schedules. Contrary to (liberal/communist) popular opinion, all jobs are not inherently equal. Obama's ideal, idiotic fantasy world where everybody doing work should receive equitable payment is absurd. Not all professions, or people for that matter, are equal. The doctor SHOULD and MUST make more than the hairdresser. The surgeon SHOULD and MUST make more than the plumber. The difference in skill required to do the job is so vastly different it would be criminal to even suggest that "the output of a hairdresser should yield similar pay to the output of a doctor." The fact that uninformed, ignorant miscreants with no outlets to vent their frustration have the audacity to lay the blame with some of society's greatest producers is simply ludicrous and shows a serious lack of maturity. "Can you believe that doc made $3000 just to fix my broken nose? Maybe if he wasn't allowed to participate in this highway robbery our insurance premiums wouldn't be through the roof." First of all - the reason that doctor had to charge $3000 instead of $2000 is thanks to low lives like these complainers, who over the last two decades have sought making a quick buck by engaging in frivolous lawsuits, sending these doctors' malpractice insurance rates skyrocketing. The reason he had to charge $2000 instead of $1000 is due to the fact his patient' insurance doesn't even reimburse him for the entire cost, thanks to the fact millions of Americans, with their smoking, drinking, overeating and unwillingness to exercise - in general, laziness - have made the business of insurance an increasingly unprofitable one. In sum - start by blaming yourself, not your doctor.

To conclude, this alarming trend in American culture in which people have no qualms about hating those who produce the most, is only going to result in cataclysm. An ever dwindling number of producers is being held more and more responsible for supporting an ever growing number of people dependent on the government dole for their livelihood. Eventually, a critical mass tipping point will be encountered - and you might find the people who used to delight in providing premium healthcare at competitive costs have abandoned their specialties for more lucrative and less stressful ones, or have fled to countries where their talents are appreciated and compensated properly.

Crappy Nappy's Perpetual Idiocy

Mistakeretary of Homeland Security, Janet "Crappy Nappy" Napolitano, or as I like to call her, "La Walrusse," for her uncanny, doppleganger-like resemblance to the tusked, blubbery finned mammal, has found herself and her retardepartment of Homeland Security in the news for gross incompetency, racism and demonstrating an overall and inexcusable lack of respect for um, MOST people. By now, everybody is aware of the infamous DHS memo claiming that religious people, returning veterans and a slough of other blanket criteria that include basically 90% of Americans, all have the potential to be domestic terrorists. She has also demonstrated an alarming lack of historical knowledge when it comes to the history of terrorism in North America, suggesting that terrorists have come through Canada in the past. She also claims that crossing the border illegally is "not a crime per se."

Chalk another brilliant appointment up to the Chocolate Genius. Ugh man, my apartment is so cramped, I could sure use more lebensraum. Oops! Label me a domestic terrorist. I used a German word. God Bless you Janet. Oops - strike two, I invoked the Christian God.

I swear that doesn't say "bulldyke," it's an acronym. I can't remember for what though.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

In honor of my dad

My dad has a special place in his heart for Helen of Arabia, so I thought I would post another image of her. Look who I found hiding in Michael Jackson's famous 1983 Thriller video!

I always knew the zombie on the right looked vaguely familiar but I didn't want to make any conclusions. Thanks to modern technology (Microsoft Paint) allowing us to freeze the frame and enlarge, any doubts were assuaged for sure - it really is Helen Thomas. They must have saved so much on makeup and wardrobe.

Sara Robinson: Pathologically Retarded?

Sara Robinson:
The asinine ramblings of Sara "Vagina Dentata" Robinson are as idiotic as they are insipid. The (false) prophets of the Left are at it again - blanketing all conservative opposition under the undeserved yet overused "racism" knell. If this were a video game, or Dungeons and Dragons, the "racism" card would be the cheap Endgame magic that ultimately resulted in you not passing go and not collecting your $200.

Spit out anything you're eating in advance as I invite you to take a second to read this drivel. As evidenced by her lackluster writing style, I'm game to guess that Robinson spent more time slobbing the English Professor's pole at her fancy liberal education instead of paying attention.

Gay. Honestly, you give the GOP far too much credit. We are too busy trying to find ways to reverse the statist damage you are doing to our Republic to have the time to engage in some racial conspiracy. Blacks are 12% of our population; you want to take 100% of our money. Guess what we care more about? BOO YAH, whore.