I HAVE BEEN FACE TO FACE WITH THE TYRANNY OF OBAMACARE

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One of the deceptive techniques used with Obamacare was that it was supposed to kick into the mainstream in baby steps. That’s what Progressives always do. They inject incremental lifestyle disruptions into your life, and after you have thrown your fits or complained and settled down to accept the status quo, they inject another dose of their toxic agenda into your life.

I have to give the Progressives their deserved pat on the back for this ingenious method of applying behavior modification to their otherwise offensive ideology. First they hit you with a repugnant policy, and then they pull back. They know that at first you won’t accept it. And then they come back, but this time it’s through a back door, and they hit you once more. Again, they retreat.

They desensitize you to abnormal behavior and thought, making it a normal part of the culture around you. Eventually, a large section of the masses begins to “progressively” accept the abnormal as normal. An example of this manipulation would be the acceptance of same-sex marriage by so many Americans. It was a totally unnatural concept, yet millions bought into it.

But back to Obamacare. The Democrats always intended for the most abhorrent and objectionable components of Obamacare to come later in the process of implementing the program. They needed for millions of people to have already become dependent on the plan for their care.

Many Americans have yet to be more than mildly effected by the price increases or regulations being issued by the insurance companies. Unfortunately for me and thousands of state employees in West Virginia, we have met the big brother of the states’ healthcare program known as PEIA.

Two years ago PEIA began to require all members to have a primary care physician. It was not optional that we do so. Not only did we have to have a primary care provider, we had to make a wellness visit to this physician and have our waists measured, our vitals recorded, and bloodwork performed.

If we chose not to do this, we would pay the penalty of five hundred dollars added to our already climbing deductibles. But that wasn’t all. We were mandated to meet guidelines concerning the results of the tests. If our cholesterol or blood pressure exceeded a predetermined number, we would have an additional five hundred dollars added to our deductibles. If our BMI was not within limits set, we faced the same penalty of five hundred dollars added to the deductibles.

The insurance company gave us one year to bring the numbers to meet their acceptable standards, and if we didn’t, we paid.

I have no doubt that this overreach by the insurance company is unconstitutional. And I have been surprised that no one has challenged the authoritarian dictates by PEIA. I know several people who have refused to comply and have decided to accept the five hundred dollar increase in their deductible.

PEIA is practicing the purest form of tyranny. Forcing the employees of a particular employer to take their own personal time to take a physical against their will is dictatorial. PEIA is forcing individuals to sacrifice several hours of their time to travel to and from the doctor’s office as well as expenses to get there.

PEIA members are persecuted for having jobs as they are made to follow stricter standards than the non-working people. What about the Medicaid patients who don’t work or have any personal payout for their endless visits to the doctor or hospital? Many of these people smoke, are obese, are alcoholics, and practice unhealthy living habits. Do they have to meet a set of standards in order to receive their FREE healthcare? Do they have to worry about being turned down for medical treatment due to their own personal neglect? Absolutely not!

So, PEIA members pay taxes so that the man on welfare gets his healthcare free. And the PEIA member pays for his own premium, deductibles, and co-pays. The individual who doesn’t work has time to enjoy a workout program or health maintenance plan to achieve optimum health. What is the likelihood of that happening?

The working PEIA member is squeezed for time, BECAUSE HE IS WORKING! He is reliant on convenient foods because of his work schedule, and has little time for regular exercise. But unlike the non-working person getting completely free healthcare, he is penalized for not being in shape that is acceptable to the jackboots of the PEIA administrators.

In essence, the PEIA worker is a slave to the government as he pays for the medical care of welfare recipients. And he is exploited by his own insurance carrier whose goal is to squeeze additional savings from the member who cannot realistically get himself into better shape.

PEIA workers are burdened with obeying demands of a repressive insurance provider, and they are threatened with financial penalties for not conforming.

Free healthcare for those who don’t work, and threats to the working man for being less than in optimum health. This is pure tyranny at the state level of government as it bends to the federal dictums of Obamacare.

Next, I am going to write about my own confrontation with the progressive primary care physician who violated my rights………..to be continued.

3 Comments

  1. JudyBeth Wagoner
    MAY 8, 2017 AT 2:14 PM
    Patrick, the entire premise of your argument ignores the concept of liberty that our Forefathers intended. In America, we have the freedom to be foolish or fat. We cannot be required by our government to fall under the dictates of government bureaucrats. Your reasoning is logical as long as you erase the rights we have under the United States Constitution. You are arguing FOR socialized medicine, and you present my case very well.

    Judy not at all in fact I agree with you totally that we are free to be foolish or fat. While we are free to choose you also own the responsibility of those choices. You cannot abdicate your responsibility to others to pay for them if you truly believe in freedom of choice. I am not arguing for socialized medicine quite the opposite what I am saying is if we are to continue to have this freedom of choice then it is up to us to make the necessary changes to insure that we continue to have freedom. If we do not than others will indeed make them for us.

    Of course the system goes under with socialized medicine. And you said it yourself, “If we don’t change the way we live then we better get ready for rationing because that is the only way socialized healthcare can work.” And that is exactly right. And that is exactly why we don’t want socialized medicine. It will lead to rationing, and select groups of individuals will suffer from lack of medical care.

    So then you are agreeing with me that we need to make the necessary changes in order to avoid the consequences that will come otherwise. (I.e. Socialized medicine)

    You agree that those on welfare should pay if they don’t meet the standards. Really? And what if they don’t? Do we allow them to die? Because I can tell you now that the majority will not take control of their health. And what will they pay with? It’s easy to say they should when it’s obvious that they won’t.

    Again not at all, but there are those that are getting a free ride when they are capable and just as able to work as the rest of us. The unfortunate problem is the system does not compel them to work in order to receive these benefits. There will always be those that are unable to take care of themselves and will need assistance and we will continue to help them.

    Before I proceed I want to clarify that I am in excellent health. I workout at least 5 days a week, eat extremely healthy, and maintain a healthy weight. So, what I am arguing for does not represent me. While I find Liberals to be whiny, I do sympathize with working mothers who get home at 6 in the evening and have children to feed, bathe, and assist with homework, and their own personal chores. I find it extremely unrealistic and cold that you believe there are no excuses for working people who have overwhelming responsibilities that extend far beyond the average non-working person. And what about people who care for their ailing parents? For a working adult with a disabled child or ailing aged parent, there is no time. I cannot imagine that you cannot foresee the many scenarios which strip responsible working people of all of their free time.

    First let me applaud you for your apparent health. I also will be 65 this year, workout most days, take no medications, and eat a whole food plant based diet. You again surmise that all or most situations are as you describe above when in fact most aren’t. Yes in order to get it all done it sometimes takes a little planning ahead and sometimes preparation on weekends, but isn’t our health worth it? There are again situations with disabled children and/or parents that are special situations and will need assistance but to purport that this is the norm is presumptuous. And if you find it unrealistic and cold as you say I am (when you know nothing about me) this is false and you yourself are then making the case for socialized medicine and perhaps socialism in general.

    I would suspect that you are a well-to-do individual with no inkling of the sacrifices that the low income working man must make. Young parents are overwhelmed with the expenses of raising their children. To suggest that it is just as cheap or convenient for them to prepare healthy meals is impractical thinking.

    Let me give you a little background on myself before you make outrageous statements about me. I am from a family of 11 children, neither parents college educated, my mom never worked until my dad died. He had his first MI at 35, By-pass surgery at 43, dead at 50. My mom died at age 54. I paid my own way through high school, college, and professional school, then spent three years in the army. I have four children my wife one, we payed every dime of 5 college educations since we got no financial aid, three in at one time for 2 years. We made sacrifices to allow for their educations because that was important to us. I have busted my hump for 37 years to get to where I am and am by no means one of the 1%. No one gave me anything, I had to work for everything we had. Our children are now grown, out of the house functional adults in society. They are on their own health insurance, car insurance, and cell phones. We raised them to be independent not to live with us until their 26 and us paying for them as the liberals in this country would have. So yes Judy I do have an inkling of the sacrifices that need to be made as I have been a working man since age 14. It’s not impractical and it can indeed be as cheap albeit maybe not as convenient to prepare healthy meals because it takes planning. When my two sons were 5 & 7 I went through a divorce and had them almost 100% of the time, working, taking care of the house and their needs as well. I still prepared meals every evening, I did not have a nanny or cook (my mother taught all of us how to cook) and we did not eat out at fast food restaurants. I bathed them, read to them and tucked them in each, some nights as they cried themselves sleep asking where their mother was.

    What you seem to be suggesting is that we must make socialized medicine work. And if this is the case, of course you disagree with me. I am for free market healthcare. The government has no business interfering in my health and my life.

    I totally believe in the free market and personal freedom and am for government to be out of my life. Unfortunately there is a growing segment of this country that believes the government should provide for all our needs from cradle to grave, and on both sides of the aisle. What you haven’t told me is how is all this going to be paid for? Is it the federal government, the states, the so called rich, increasing taxes, government mandates? How do we pay for this ever increasing segment of the state and federal budgets.

    You say we are very good at medical care but poor at healthcare. In reference to this aspect as it pertains to the expense of the healthcare system, there are multiple influences which are driving the cost up, those being an out-of-control welfare system, illegal immigrants receiving free care, unnecessary procedures, and a flawed system of helping the needy.

    So you are either advocating for everything I have been saying or you are for socializing Medicine and every other aspect of our lives. So how do we get people off welfare and who pays for them, are YOU just going to let them die? Illegal immigrants is a whole other can of worms that is not not only stressing our healthcare system but the very financial fabric of our culture and nation. Absolutely, unnecessary and incorrect medical procedures and treatment are being done. Our medical system and education is stuck in the 20th century and today is nothing more than writing prescriptions to mask symptoms while doing nothing to treat the root causes of disease. The disease processes continue unabated and we are dying of the same preventable diseases in record numbers today. Again you have shown me nothing that tells how we pay for everything your saying.

    I could list several reasonable mandates for welfare recipients which would save billions, even with their poor health habits.

    How about trillions if we help them change their poor health habits along with the greater majority that are not on welfare but still utilizing the system in record numbers and with astronomical direct costs to the healthcare bill? Are these mandates not socialism what happened to freedom to choose.

    Like you, I don’t want to pay for people who don’t work, are slovenly, put no effort into their well-being, and eat like pigs. But what you seem to be arguing for, which is socialized medicine, operates on the premise of “collective thinking” in which the collective is the first consideration, not the individual. Under socialized medicine, only a responsible segment of the population will adhere to the standards of healthy living. There will continue to be an underclass which will require the most expensive healthcare and pay nothing.

    In this country today, though you and I may not act as the example you described above, but the unfortunate fact is the majority of Americans today do. I believe you are vastly underestimating the gravity of the healthcare costs and our ability as a nation to continue to support and pay the bill in its present form. No amount of competition, cost shifting, mandates, welfare control, or others is going to solve the problem unless we change medical education, and change our lifestyle habits which will ultimately reduce the unnecessary procedures, reliance on pharmaceuticals, and overall utilization of the system. Will this happen over night, no, but unless we move in that direction, educating our new doctors and the younger generations before they are also brainwashed by the big corporate food entities as our generation has been (got milk, where’s the beef). Whether we like it or not we are already being controlled by government, big pharma, and the agribusinesses. They manipulate and control what we eat, where, and what we pay.

    Free markets offer competition between the states, and competition brings lower cost. Our healthcare system is broken because the government interfered. Fifty years ago, before the progressive influence moved into the healthcare markets, prices were reasonable and the so-called healthcare crisis was not an issue.

    I would agree with all the above but somewhere after WWII we got off track and our food supply began to be highly processed and today’s food supply in no way resembles that which we grew up with. Every cow, chicken, and pig is injected with antibiotics to keep them from getting diseases in the extremely unsanitary and packed environment in which they are grown. 80% of all the antibiotics used in this country are in livestock, which is what is behind a lot of the drug resistance we are seeing, causing us to have to develop stronger, more expensive, and side effect laden replacements. They are also injected with growth hormones to speed growth and shorten time to market. Once processed the meats are injected with salt water to increase weight by about 20%, since they are sold by weight, thereby 20% more profits, and the government allows them to still be called all natural. Chicken is the one food product with the most amount of added salt than any other food product. All this at the expense of our health and increased healthcare dollars. You still have not explained to me who and how do all these rising costs get paid if don’t change our glide path. As the saying goes FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

    We cannot, I repeat, we cannot begin tampering with the individual rights of people to live their lives taking risks. It is our God- given right to ride a motorcycle or ride a four wheeler. And these actions are just as risky as poor eating habits.

    As a free choice conservative you must also then believe in personal responsibility, yes? So while I defend everyone’s choice to live their lives as they wish I also believe they are responsible for all aspects of those choices. So if you believe that others should pay for those choices then is that not socialism by definition and what all the whining snowflake liberals are advocating?

    As for the moral decisions that you said we will be forced to make, oppressing the masses with mandatory health habits is immoral as it takes a man’s liberty to do with his life as he chooses.

    Moral choices in that if we don’t change our ways we will be forced to make choices about who gets treatment and who doesn’t, who dies and who lives, in order to pay the bills. I believe we still have choices and we need to exercise them and hold our politicians to live up to their promises. Term limits would be a good start to eliminating the influences of big business on our government and the reelection of the congressional pawns. Though my father wasn’t an educated man he was wise and he used to always tell me “there are no free lunches son, somewhere along the way you pay for it.” I agree with Dr. Kim Williams a vegan cardiologist, and the immediate past president of the American College of Cardiology, who said I’m not afraid of dying I just don’t want it to be my fault. Words of wisdom. Not sure if you will post this but would be interesting to see how others feel.

    Sorry about the format I had it MS word with my responses in red and bold but when I cut and pasted it into this format didn’t keep those changes so tried separate my responses from yours best I could.

  2. Hello Judy

    I am a fiscal conservative and I agree in some respects with your premise of healthcare but loudly disagree with the aspect of healthcare parameters.

    I agree that those on Medicaid should be held to the same standards as those who pay for their healthcare premiums. If the tax paying citizens are paying for you to get free healthcare you should have to work if able, you should not be a smoker, you should have meet certain healthcare parameters related to dietary and lifestyle habits (i.e. blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, triglycerides, etc) in order to maintain this free entitlement. These are all within the individuals control through modification of dietary and lifestyle changes. If you refuse or don’t meet these requirements due to failure to make the changes your treatment will no longer be free.

    That said the remainder of the population that pays for healthcare in one form or another also has the responsibility to be an active participant in their own healthcare. 75-80% of all the healthcare dollars we spend each year are due to totally preventable lifestyle factors. Gone are the days when every one pays the same premium for their healthcare in a company. Those that eat healthier and live healthier and meet certain standards of basic health will pay less and those that don’t will pay more. Healthcare has bankrupted this country and corporate America can no longer afford to pay the premiums. We have to change the way we eat and live if the healthcare crisis is ever going to be solved. It is within the power of each of us to change our habits for better health. The excuses of I work and don’t have the time for exercise or to cook healthy meals are lame, as well as the excuse that it is expensive to eat healthy. That sounds like liberalism.

    I for one no longer want to pay for those individuals who refuse to change their habits are overweight or obese, smoke, eat horrible diets full of fast food and processed junk food and refuse to excercise. If I can do it so can everyone else. I’m not saying you have to but if you choose an unhealthy lifestyle that’s your choice but you will pay more for that choice. It comes down to personal responsibility for our choices. Today in America 2/3rds of American adults are overweight or obese. The average American over 55 takes 5 prescription medications. By the end of this decade 50% of ALL Americans will be either diabetic or pre-diabetic. Pre-diabetic is like being a little pregnant, if you don’t change your habits you will be diabetic. Think about that 50% of all Americans by 2020 will be diabetic, diabetes is at epidemic levels in the 10-18 y/o group. Type II Diabetes is a totally preventable, and reversible disease with diet and exercise only, it is 100% a lifestyle disease and need not exist. It is also the precursor of many of the other chronic diseases we see in this country today. More people will die from Cardiovascular Diease this year than at any other time in our country’s history. We are the stickiest nation in the world and it is all related to our current lifestyles and our Standard American Diet (SAD), the western diet is the worse thing we have ever exported to the rest of the world. We rank 39th in quality of healthcare in the world yet we spend more dollars per capita than any other nation and the second nation isn’t even close. We are very good at medical care, the best in the world, if you need a procedure or treatment for an acute medical problem you don’t want to be anywhere but the USA but we are very poor at healthcare.

    The trajectory is unstainable by any ones calculations. If we don’t change the way we live then we better get ready for rationing because that is the only way socialized healthcare can work. This nation will be faced with moral decisions as it relates to healthcare that we have not had to or wanted to face in the past. That is the trajectory we are on unless something changes because we have run out of other people’s money. Today we have almost 40 TRILLION dollars in unpaid Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security liabilities, the 19 trillion dollar national debt is only a fraction of what this country owes.

    • Patrick, the entire premise of your argument ignores the concept of liberty that our Forefathers intended. In America, we have the freedom to be foolish or fat. We cannot be required by our government to fall under the dictates of government bureaucrats. Your reasoning is logical as long as you erase the rights we have under the United States Constitution. You are arguing FOR socialized medicine, and you present my case very well.

      Of course the system goes under with socialized medicine. And you said it yourself, “If we don’t change the way we live then we better get ready for rationing because that is the only way socialized healthcare can work.” And that is exactly right. And that is exactly why we don’t want socialized medicine. It will lead to rationing, and select groups of individuals will suffer from lack of medical care.

      You agree that those on welfare should pay if they don’t meet the standards. Really? And what if they don’t? Do we allow them to die? Because I can tell you now that the majority will not take control of their health. And what will they pay with? It’s easy to say they should when it’s obvious that they won’t.

      Before I proceed I want to clarify that I am in excellent health. I workout at least 5 days a week, eat extremely healthy, and maintain a healthy weight. So, what I am arguing for does not represent me. While I find Liberals to be whiny, I do sympathize with working mothers who get home at 6 in the evening and have children to feed, bathe, and assist with homework, and their own personal chores. I find it extremely unrealistic and cold that you believe there are no excuses for working people who have overwhelming responsibilities that extend far beyond the average non-working person. And what about people who care for their ailing parents? For a working adult with a disabled child or ailing aged parent, there is no time. I cannot imagine that you cannot foresee the many scenarios which strip responsible working people of all of their free time.

      I would suspect that you are a well-to-do individual with no inkling of the sacrifices that the low income working man must make. Young parents are overwhelmed with the expenses of raising their children. To suggest that it is just as cheap or convenient for them to prepare healthy meals is impractical thinking.

      What you seem to be suggesting is that we must make socialized medicine work. And if this is the case, of course you disagree with me. I am for free market healthcare. The government has no business interfering in my health and my life.

      You say we are very good at medical care but poor at healthcare. In reference to this aspect as it pertains to the expense of the healthcare system, there are multiple influences which are driving the cost up, those being an out-of-control welfare system, illegal immigrants receiving free care, unnecessary procedures, and a flawed system of helping the needy.

      I could list several reasonable mandates for welfare recipients which would save billions, even with their poor health habits.

      Like you, I don’t want to pay for people who don’t work, are slovenly, put no effort into their well-being, and eat like pigs. But what you seem to be arguing for, which is socialized medicine, operates on the premise of “collective thinking” in which the collective is the first consideration, not the individual. Under socialized medicine, only a responsible segment of the population will adhere to the standards of healthy living. There will continue to be an underclass which will require the most expensive healthcare and pay nothing.

      Free markets offer competition between the states, and competition brings lower cost. Our healthcare system is broken because the government interfered. Fifty years ago, before the progressive influence moved into the healthcare markets, prices were reasonable and the so-called healthcare crisis was not an issue.

      We cannot, I repeat, we cannot begin tampering with the individual rights of people to live their lives taking risks. It is our God- given right to ride a motorcycle or ride a four wheeler. And these actions are just as risky as poor eating habits.

      As for the moral decisions that you said we will be forced to make, oppressing the masses with mandatory health habits is immoral as it takes a man’s liberty to do with his life as he chooses.

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