An apple a day keeps the doctor away. So does not having health insurance!
So let’s swallow a hard dose of Sodium Pentothal because our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted: It weren’t the Supreme Court, and especially Chief Justice Roberts, that gave us a cure worse than the disease; it was our Congress.
In case you were sick or abroad during your eighth grade Civics class, it ain’t up to the Supreme Court to legislate reform for America’s pernicious healthcare system. That, my sickly misinformed shouters and shooters, is supposedly up to the U.S. Congress. And perhaps even better left to the individual States.
President Truman tried to give us universal healthcare, but the union chiefs blocked it. Same way they did when LBJ tried to change the overpriced hospital beds from being an idling taxi cab with the meter running. The Clintons ran into the well financed scalpels and sutures of the entrenched medical industrial complex.
And now Prez Obama, because of the Congressional ineptitude, wants to give us something that most of us can’t swallow. It is nothing more or less than economic suicide.
You don’t have to practice no legal sophistry or pettifoggery to recognize the thing isn’t really constitutional anyway. Does anyone really buy the tax-versus penalty and Commerce conundrum?
But let me say this. And I could be wrong, but I don’t think so. I am pretty sure I read it in the New England Journal of Medicine — you know, the bible of medical cultures — that 9 out of 10 doctors agree with 9 out of 10 people who don’t bother to vote, that 9 out of 10 members of Congress are bloody damn, stupid idiots.
Just being a Congressman elected to gorge at the public trough doesn’t qualify you to comprehend the complicated healthcare insurance situation any more than being sick makes you an expert on medicine.
And furthermore, being a warbling member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir doesn’t provide you any more or less divine providence than any other Jew, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or whatever be the cult-de-jour.
If anything, all this unhealthy catastrophe does is further demonstrate just how bad our education system is in this country. We are not only ‘un-educating’ a nation of mental deficients, we are electing them to enjoy the best health insurance, pensions, cars, haircuts, and so forth that they can buy into self perpetuation with our tax dollars. And, all the while, denying the rest of us the right to not only live with dignity, but to die with dignity.
Look, the 9 Supremes aren’t supposed to overturn duly enacted Congressional legislation. But what that legislation did enact was nothing more than a ignominious compromise because Congress couldn’t pass a universal single payer health program, like Medicare.
A compromise satisfies nobody. A compromise is nothing but accepting what you don’t want with the hope that you will eventually obtain what you do want – that is if anybody wants what is good for the people, by the people and of the people. You know, us people writing the checks so those bought, paid-for and well coifed politicians can keep America spending twice as much per capita on medical ‘services’ as any other civilized country, while providing half of what even witchdoctors are doing.
Has it been a secret to anyone except the deaf, dumb and blind that the way doctors are practicing the business of medicine right now absolutely is NOT working?!
Everybody knows what Chief Justice Roberts and the Supremes did by 5-4 vote opens up all sorts of federal-intervention-hell down the road. The government is forcing us to buy stuff to keep another one of its manufactured Ponzi Schemes, like Social Security, functioning. But the way we’re going, we may not be heading down the road to anything but our own economic self destruction.
I am not an ideologue. It doesn’t matter that I may be coming up on Social Security and Medicare. It’s what we do to make life better for our children that matters.
Consider this: In this country, as well as the world of corrupted banking systems and unscrupulous legislators and venal vapid stock brokers and lawyers and businessmen, the rich man’s dog gets more in the way of vaccination, medicine and medical care than do we masses of workers upon whom the rich man’s wealth is built.
Does anyone disagree that no one should have to choose between medicine and other necessities? No one should have to use the emergency room every time a child gets sick. And no one should have to live in constant fear that a medical problem will become a financial crisis.
The Supreme Ruling does indeed accord the federal government sweeping new powers to compel citizens to purchase a product that they may not have otherwise. And that precedent is not only outrageous but unAmerican.
However, law and order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic – our U.S. Congress — gets sick, medicine must be administered.
And we should never forget that poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents.
So, I don’t know what caused Chief Justice Roberts’ epiphany. Obviously he altered his last minute thinking after months of indicating, even in his early opinion considerations, that he would vote against ‘Obamacare.’
Maybe he just decided, for personal and other reasons, to be proactive. Some are suggesting his vote may be something insidiously political, such as sealing doom for President Obama, who as a junior Senator voted against Roberts’ nomination to the Supreme Court. Others are suggesting that it may have been influenced by personal or family medical dilemmas.
Or, maybe he just decided what-duh-hell, what-duh-hell, what-duh-heck, hang ‘em up by the neck. And so he did something that is outside the U.S. Supreme Court’s constitutional jurisdiction for the benefit of the general welfare.
Everybody complains about the weather. Everybody complains about our inequitable and inimical healthcare system. But nobody does a damn thing about it.
And now they will have to. Now Congress will have to do a job other than rob, rape and pillage its constituencies. Now, before this uneconomical and ‘unconstitutional’ miasma implodes us, Congress will have to do something it was supposed to do in the first place. Something that makes America the beacon – instead of the joke – to the civilized world. And do it the old fashion American way: Bigger, better and cheaper.
It ain’t going to be easy. We all are going to have to eat our words for a while.
But, like any great medicine that works, it tastes absolutely lousy going down. Ultimately, however, it helps and heals you. Well, the desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
Right now, what we have, and what was presented to the U.S. Supreme Court by Congress is more absurdly laughable than Weapons of Mass Destruction.
I wish I could just laugh it off. Because laughter is cheap medicine. In fact laughter is always the best medicine – unless you’re diabetic, then insulin comes pretty high on the list.
And dats yDrewIS on DIS penal colony…