Relax, one more Orwellian attempt to keep producers of the society in line by the Obama Administration has been thwarted for the time being. HHS announced that they are suspending their plans to use "mystery shoppers" due to strong reaction from various groups as well as the public. The "mystery shoppers" were to check how many doctors refuse the Medicaid patient while giving an appointment to the privately insured patient - an unnecessary exercise since earlier this month a similar study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which found that two-thirds of Medicaid patients were denied doctors' appointments, compared with just 11 percent of those with private insurance.
Why Medicaid? Answer: Obamacare
Over half of all new health coverage obtained by Americans thanks to Obamacare will be through Medicaid. Obamacare's authors specifically chose Medicaid as the vehicle for most of the coverage expansion because it is "cheaper" than Medicare and private insurance. But Medicaid isn't cheaper because government is somehow better than the private sector at controlling health care costs. Rather, Medicaid is cheaper because it pays doctors less for the same services (about 60 cents on the dollar after burdensome paperwork and long waiting times (up to 10-12 months sometimes) for reimbursements). In other words, Medicaid, like Medicare, is price controls.
I can attest to this because my wife is a health care provider.
As a Washington Examiner editorial succinctly puts it:
Government price controls decrease the supply of doctor labor. When a government's price control regime fails, the next step typically is to find other means of coercion in order to keep economic actors in line.SEIU has enough out of work members with plenty of time in their hands to crack some doctor skulls if necessary.
Alinskyite tactics of UAW
The left loves to play by the rules outlined by Saul Alinsky as the impostor who masquerades as our president proves day after day.
UAW, one of Obama's closest allies, is now threatening to brand foreign car makers in right-to-work states "human rights violators" if they refuse to unionize.
To show that there is some hope for the U.S. yet, overwhelming majorities of workers in these plants are perfectly happy and want nothing to do with the UAW or any other union.
Loons of class-warfare agree: Corporations and the rich must pay
Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is apparently circulating a letter asking President Obama not to give in to the G.O.P. demands not to raise any taxes. They do not have to do much convincing as Obama agrees that the Republican approach to budget is immoral in a twisted way only a progressive could reason.
The long and short of it is these collectivists think that the rich along with corporations must pay off the debt by paying their fair share. Excuse me?
Does the good senator from the loony state of Vermont not know that those two groups effectively pay more than twice their share compared to the bottom 95% of the society? Does he also not know that even taxing 100% of their earnings (hypothetical since much past 90%, none of them would bother to work anymore) would not make a dent in the debt? How about growth we would be sacrificing by imposing higher taxes on the producers - Goldman Sachs analysts recently said that just letting Bush tax rates expire would have cost the economy 1.5% in GDP growth, let alone imposing much higher taxes.
As billionaire Stanford Professor Cheriton, of Google fame, puts it in no uncertain terms: Obama (and the same goes for other collectivists) is leading America on a crash course towards economic disaster.
A picture is worth a thousand words...
Welcome back recession? As Zero Hedge reports, manufacturing survey indicates that we are in the second month of a new recession. As usual, NBER should catch up with the news within the next 12 months or so.
I am embarrassed to say this but I have been cheering for this since last few months. Anything to get rid of these enemies of America is welcome.
Who needs the Congress, Obama thumbs his nose at the Constitution yet again...
Suspicious by hundreds of immigration cases dismissed in Houston (and nearly 35,000 cases dismissed in the U.S.) by ICE last year, the Chronicle has obtained, through a FOIA, series of internal ICE memos that show that Obama Administration is implementing a backdoor amnesty.
The short and sweet of it is that, other than hardcore felons, ICE is instructed to not pursue immigration cases against illegal aliens. Who needs a congress that refuses to pass amnesty. There is more than one way to skin a cat, especially if the Administration in question has nothing but disregard for the U.S. Constitution as well as the will of its citizens.