Today is Veterans’ Day, but does it really matter?
This was originally supposed to be Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. Of course the idea was that Western Democracies would never again be forced to wage war like this again, so they just called it “The Great War” seeing as how there wouldn’t be any other World Wars. (Interesting that after World War II, no war has been considered World War III. I mean the US Empire has been engaged in pretty much nonstop war all over the globe since around 1950. I guess if you don’t have armies fighting in France, it doesn’t count). Anyway, after WWII, the US government renamed it Veterans’ Day to honor all veterans regardless of whether they’re alive, dead, active, inactive, on reserve, or whatever else. It also doesn’t matter if they fought in a war or just hung out on the beach somewhere. As long as they wore a uniform for a period of time this is their day.
My reason for asking whether November 11th being officially consecrated by the Empire as the day to honor veterans really matters, is that aren’t we supposed to honor them every waking second of every single day? Watch any sporting event and it’s basically a military rally. Wave the flag, sing the war anthem, cheer like a maniac for anyone wearing camouflage. We’re constantly bombarded with stories of how a bunch of people showed up for a funeral of someone they didn’t know because he killed during a war, or how someone gave up their seat on a plane for a vet.
Why even have Veterans’ Day? Why not just declare a permanent state of Military Appreciation and leave November 11th as Armistice Day. A day to remember a time when people were dumb enough to believe their governments had brought about an end to war by waging an incredibly bloody war. No one could possibly think the US Empire in the 21st century would ever bring about an end to war. The question is whether people even want to end war anymore.
So Obama lied about being able to keep your healthcare plan under Obamacare. Big deal the whole thing was a lie. The idea that it would lower costs while expanding coverage and avoid rationing was the biggest lie of them all. Plenty of people were pointing out the flaws back in 2009. Most Americans were either still enthralled with the Dear Leader or just weren’t paying attention.
What strikes me as truly amazing, however, is the Obama Regime’s insistence that this wasn’t a lie. Now I don’t actually expect the puppet-in-chief to come out and actually say “I lied” or even “I mislead the American people” or anything like that. He’s a politician after all. But considering how that whole line “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” was central to selling this fascist scheme and was repeated over and over again, you’d think even this megalomaniac would admit to having “misspoke” or “not being as clear as he should have been” or in some small way acknowledging this statement was a mistake. Incredibly, however, he just says he never said that. He says he added “if your plan doesn’t change” at the end of the sentence despite 29 videotaped speeches where he did not say that part at the end, all of which are available online for anyone who knows how to use google.
This is quite astonishing, even for Obama. I guess his handlers figure there are enough people who openly worship this figurehead that he can say any outrageous lie he wants, and a large portion of the populace will continue to make excuses for him.
Hopefully the growing majority of Americans who hate this guy will join with the growing minority of Americans who hate the entire Federal government in demanding some real changes. Refusing to participate in Obamacare would be a good first step.
The Obama regime looks pretty bad right now. The sheer incompetence of the state is evident in a half billion dollar website that doesn’t work. Compare that with Amazon or countless other private sector companies that seem to be able to handle massive web traffic at a fraction of the cost. On top of that Obama has been proven a liar with his pledge that everyone could keep their health insurance plan if they wanted. I’m of the opinion that he probably didn’t know what he was talking about when he said this. He was just repeating what one of his handlers told him. But of course that’s just speculation. The fact that he’s a liar should come as no surprise because he constantly lies.
Now I would be against Obamacare even if it was going relatively smoothly right now. I oppose using violence to force people to buy a product. That’s what Obamacare boils down to. So I’m glad it’s going badly. Hopefully it will turn people who previously supported it against it.
But Americans should really take a closer look at the economics of this. First off, it’s absurd that the Federal government should mandate that all insurance plans contain a set list of things that Obama’s puppet masters apparently think are important: Fertility treatment, abortions, “mental health” treatment, etc. The individual states mandating these types of non-essential services be covered has contributed to the high cost of health insurance in the first place. Healthy people often are not permitted to purchase catastrophic plans in case they get sick while paying for the occasional routine doctor’s appointment out of pocket. Obamcare just mandates this error on a federal level making the problem worse.
Another point being conveniently overlooked is this idea, which the majority of Americans seem to support, that insurance companies should not be permitted to charge higher prices for people with preexisting conditions. This means a healthcare provider must agree up front to pay out more than they can ever hope to collect from a seriously ill patient. This is not insurance. The insurance company is guaranteed to lose money on the deal. The only way they can make up for this is for healthy people to pay higher prices for their insurance. Young healthy people probably would just go without this expensive insurance since they can wait until they get sick and buy it at the same price. So the government steps in and says they will penalize the uninsured. In other words, they’ll force you to buy it whether you want it or not. However, the cost of the insurance is likely to rise faster than the penalties. So this whole thing seems designed to fail. The insurance companies will either collapse, or the Feds will just start taking money to pay for your “insurance” the way they take your taxes. That is, they’ll just withhold it from your paycheck and hand it over to Cigna, Aetna, United, etc.
The main reason healthcare costs are so high is that few people pay out of pocket for any of their medical treatments. Even routine doctor visits are covered by third party health plans that people receive through their jobs. So rather than shop around and consider how much some medicine or treatment costs, they just accept whatever the doctor, hospital, or drug company says. After all, someone else is picking up the bill. This system exists mainly due to previous state interventions in the healthcare market. For example the reason most employers started offering healthcare plans in the first place was as a way around wage controls put in place during World War II. The idea that more government intervention and forcing people into ever more expensive insurance plans will fix the flaws in this system is ludicrous.