Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mental Mentality! Healthcare Hysteria!

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You may or may not have heard of this woman. If you haven't, then this is an instance where using the word "cunt" is appropriate. I know that it's strong language, but it's adequate here.

People who stand in her position are an oxymoron--her husband is working three jobs and still can't afford health insurance, but she remains opposed to universal healthcare. Another anti-health activist was injured and solicited donations to pay his medical bills. Yet these people remain completely opposed to universal healthcare despite the potential benefits to themselves.

Some how, someone has convinced these people to act in a manner that is detrimental to themselves. In a mixture of abstract concepts, loud mouths, and flat-out falsehoods, either a brilliant designer or a mob mentality has driven these people like lemmings. It's done so well that over half of Americans believe that there will be "death panels" in a universal healthcare system.

An aside, there already are death panels--to a degree--of just a frightening nature. Actuaries assess the risk of future events in a person life. With the likelihood of particular risks, they determine insurance rates for individuals. There already are people in private insurance firms whose job is to determine how expensive it is for you to stay alive.

To understand what's going on, consider cui bono. The uninsured protesters do not benefit, and there's no real effect to the insured because they'll get to keep their plans. Likely, the parties with the greatest loss in a system with universal healthcare are private insurance firms. Of course, their lobbyists get the big bucks to push politicians in big directions.

Money can push politicians, but there's not enough to push the people. The people move by means of abstract concepts: pride, morals, values, patriotism, freedom, hope, etc. In this case, it's about protecting American values--in particular, American capitalist values. They've been convinced that the free market will be destroyed if healthcare is socialized and, once that is done, that the entire country will fall under fascist control.

If the country were capable of falling under such a regime, it already would have. Social security and drivers licenses already make a pseudo-national ID system, and that's one of the great fears deriving from the existence of socialized healthcare. Between the patriot act and mob mentality of the modern United States, if there were to be a fascist regime in the United States, it would already exist.

These absurd statements have put Obama on the defensive--the worst place in the world to be. Defense exists to deter defeat. Offense exists to win. Deterring defeat will never yield victory, and a player on the defensive is bound to lose. Obama's response to the death panel rumors was denial--completely defensive. Instead, he ought to have gone on the offense. He should have used the transparency he promised to call out the lobbyists. Instead of saying, "there's no deathpanels," he should have said, "there are people who don't care if you're sick so they can make money."

After all, this is about Obama himself. Obama's opponents want him to fail. They want to break the hope and to stop the change. Breaking the healthcare promises will surely leave Obama a lame duck. Don't let it happen.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our society sees things in only black and white. Only extremes. I blame a lot of it on out shitty two-party system.

Nobody thinks for themselves. Nobody cares to be informed.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger The Emperor of the Moon said...

There are extremes, but most people lie in the middle. The outliers are crazy, and crazy people are entertaining, so they end up on the news.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 12:39:00 PM  

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