For my 500th post (yes, an auspicious post it is!) I’m going to reprint a piece of ignorance and vitriol I was involved with on Facebook, with the follow up comment I made. Some people seem to go out of their way to find fault with Obama, and his favored policies. They really have latched onto Obamacare with a certain amount of irrationality that bespeaks some un-articulated motivation. I can think of nothing that would cause such nonsense other than pure and simple bigotry.
The favorite word bandied about these days seems to be “hatred”. “Don’t feed the haters”, they say, and “why do you hate Obama so much?” I’m not talking about people on the right exclusively. I’m including myself and people like me. We all do it. I don’t think hatred is a good word to describe the irrationality that comes out of these people. Hatred is a perfectly normal human emotion, and it’s necessary to human growth and potential to hate things. Notice I said “things”? I hate asparagus. I hate to see abuse of children and animals. I hate rape, and murder, and …well, you get the idea. Do I hate the abuser? The rapist? The murderer? The asparagus vendor? No. I pity them, I try to understand them, but the consequence of their mental attitudes, actions and lack of empathy, I hate.
See? We should never hate any fellow human. We can hate what they do, but not them. The religious have a term for it which they use to rationalize their own bigotry (Hate the sin, love the sinner), so be careful how you use your hatred. It’s really easy to take your hatred from a book, itself full of hate, and without thinking actually use it to hate the presumed sinner.
Anyway, on to the article and my response:
[note: the entire link is not quoted. Mr. Novelist only copied the part that sustained his argument, but left out the rest, which tended to balance out the article. S.I.]
On Sept. 12, 2008, Obama Pledged (LIED) to a a crowd in Dover, New Hampshire:
“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increases; not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”SO HE CREATED A BRAND NEW ONE – OBAMACARE!America, Take a look at how you’ve been screwed!WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class.The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises.
The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are 50 percent higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed. The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected in 2016, when the penalty is fully in effect.That’s still only a sliver of the population, given that more than 150 million people currently are covered by employer plans. Nonetheless, in his first campaign for the White House, Obama pledged not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 a year and couples making less than $250,000.
And the budget office analysis found that nearly 80 percent of those who’ll face the penalty would be making up to or less than five times the federal poverty level. Currently that would work out to $55,850 or less for an individual and $115,250 or less for a family of four.Average penalty: about $1,200 in 2016.
And my pithy response. (Note the FB post was put up by some guy calling himself Steven Clark Bradley Novelist).
Conceptually, I’d have no problem with what Mr. Steven Novelist advocates (other than the underlying hatred for Obama that seems to motivate him). He should not be forced to pay a penalty, or buy health insurance if he chooses. But first the legislatures, both state and federal, would have to change some laws.
For instance, they would have to stop requiring hospitals to advance emergency medical services to anyone that doesn’t have insurance. I don’t want my premiums to reflect medical care for people with no more than two or three brain cells who refuse to plan for their own medical emergencies.
Next, the tort laws would have to be changed, so that someone who is clearly in need of medical attention, but is dumped on the street for lack of insurance, cannot sue the people who dump them there, such as the doctors, nurses, EMS personnel, police and firemen. Since a lot of tort law is based on common law, there would have to be specific and nationwide immunity laws enacted everywhere.
Finally, those who refuse to have medical insurance should be obliged to wear a patch on their clothes, and have stickers on their houses, cars and places of business indicating their lack of medical insurance, so that medical care providers don’t inadvertently provide medical care because of lack of knowledge of that fact. I know this might stigmatize them, as Jews were stigmatized in the Warsaw Ghetto after 1939 with their yellow stars, but hey, that’s the price of freedom, right?
After all that’s in place, then Obamacare can be amended to remove the requirement Mr. Novelist objects to.
I think it’s obvious that people who have objections such as this to Obamacare, have not really thought things through to their logical conclusions. Having not done so, they insist that Obamacare is wicked, a tax ( breaking an unfulfilled promise), and a scourge on America, when in fact there is really no downside to having universal health care (as short of that mark as Obamacare actually comes).
That being the case, the underlying motivations of people like Mr. Novelist are clearly rooted in bigotry and