Streetwise Professor

December 12, 2013

We Are In the Best of Hands. The Very Bestest.

Filed under: Economics,Politics — The Professor @ 5:43 pm

The Fascism With A Smile campaign to fool suckers into signing up for Obamacare is in full swing.  The White House is engaged in a flood-the-zone campaign to get people to Get Covered.

What a concept! Imagine if they had, I dunno, a website where people could sign up, send their information to an insurance company, pay their premium.  That would be amazing!

But today this campaign surpassed the ability of even a Swift to satirize.   The White House posted this on Twitter.

Peace. Piece. I know.  I always have such a hard time knowing when to use which.

Perhaps this is a Freudian slip.  The administration knows that the success of Obamacare depends on a lobotomized population.  People who have lost a piece of their minds, if they had any to begin with. Or maybe it’s just that the creator of this propaganda has issues with Mom.  S/he wants to give her a piece of her/his mind.  But what about the “quality control”? The “editing” process?  Does everyone at the WH have Mom issues?

Isn’t it grand? Turning over control of 1/6th of the US economy to people who don’t know the difference between “piece” and “peace”, or who don’t care enough to make the distinction when producing propaganda intended to gull the great unwashed.

The next challenge for the administration: to grasp the subtle differences between “there”, “their”, and “they’re”.

We are so screwed.

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  1. Soon, they’re going to be driving trucks through the neighborhoods with speakers on them broadcasting propaganda like the Soviets did. Makes me sick. How the hell did we get here?

    Comment by Howard Roark — December 12, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

  2. @Howard. We’re so very close, aren’t we? If we still had trains, no doubt there would be Obamacare Agitprop Trains.

    How did we get here? Slouching towards leftism for decades.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — December 12, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

  3. It was worse than just trucks, every house in electrified regions of the USSR had speakers which played Soviet propaganda all day.

    Comment by Andrew — December 13, 2013 @ 12:51 am

  4. Doesn’t Canada have universal health care? Aren’t they doing alright?

    Comment by SPH — December 13, 2013 @ 9:38 am

  5. @SPH
    No and no

    Comment by pahoben — December 13, 2013 @ 11:14 am

  6. @pahoben, propaganda is not about “are they doing alright?” but rather “do they believe they are doing alright?”. I have certainly met more than a few who do.

    Comment by Ivan — December 13, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

  7. @Ivan
    You can find that same attitude wherever you go in the world. It is not that uncommon. For a large percentage of the global population so long as they have enough to eat they are doing alright so I am not entirely sure what your point is. In a way they do have universal health care-if you are critical and do not have money to go to the US and you are still alive once you reach the head of the list then you will be treated. Not bad I guess for a country still blessed with abundant natural resources and a very small population.

    @Professor and @Howard
    A word to the wise-when the federal government starts funding construction of numerous psychiatric hospitals it is time to tone it down.

    Comment by pahoben — December 13, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

  8. This is from David Gatzer a doctor in Canada-

    “I was once a believer in socialized medicine. I don’t want to overstate my case: growing up in Canada, I didn’t spend much time contemplating the nuances of health economics. I wanted to get into medical school—my mind brimmed with statistics on MCAT scores and admissions rates, not health spending. But as a Canadian, I had soaked up three things from my environment: a love of ice hockey; an ability to convert Celsius into Fahrenheit in my head; and the belief that government-run health care was truly compassionate. What I knew about American health care was unappealing: high expenses and lots of uninsured people. When HillaryCare shook Washington, I remember thinking that the Clintonistas were right.

    My health-care prejudices crumbled not in the classroom but on the way to one. On a subzero Winnipeg morning in 1997, I cut across the hospital emergency room to shave a few minutes off my frigid commute. Swinging open the door, I stepped into a nightmare: the ER overflowed with elderly people on stretchers, waiting for admission. Some, it turned out, had waited five days. The air stank with sweat and urine. Right then, I began to reconsider everything that I thought I knew about Canadian health care. I soon discovered that the problems went well beyond overcrowded ERs. Patients had to wait for practically any diagnostic test or procedure, such as the man with persistent pain from a hernia operation whom we referred to a pain clinic—with a three-year wait list; or the woman needing a sleep study to diagnose what seemed like sleep apnea, who faced a two-year delay; or the woman with breast cancer who needed to wait four months for radiation therapy, when the standard of care was four weeks.”

    Canadian’s have been subject to the health care propaganda originating in the US as much as Americans have.

    Comment by pahoben — December 13, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

  9. Canadians (sorry)

    If I had a serious medical problem and could select if I wanted treatment in the US system or the Canadian sytem I am going with the US. Many resonable and informed people throughout the world share my opinion.

    Comment by pahoben — December 13, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

  10. @Ivan

    My God man even Rob Ford has warned about the Canadian model Obamacare and who is likely to require more medicial care than Rob Ford.

    Comment by pahoben — December 13, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

  11. @Ivan

    Again sorry if I misunderstood your point.

    Comment by pahoben — December 13, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

  12. The stuff about Canada isn’t so much right or wrong as irrelevant. Canada designed a single payer system. There is no web site to sign on to and no programs to choose. Anyone who is in the country is enrolled. Government supplies the insurance and health care is provided by the market. The Canadians are not trying to paste a new system on the side of an existing one of a rather different type.

    My six years experience of Canadian Healthcare was uniformly positive. I read horror stories about Canadian health care on the Web, but I am also aware that US internal political debate always involves horror stories about the results of this and that policy in some foreign country.

    For whatever it’s worth, Canada ranks equal fourth in the World for life expectancy at Birth with 82 years, the UK is 27th with 80 years, and the US at 33rd, with 79 years, one place ahead of Cuba with 78 years.

    Comment by jon livesey — December 13, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

  13. Pahoben: The correct spelling is Gratzer. This hit piece has been posted all over the web thousands of times during the Obamacare debate.

    Some of us have lived in Canada, and simply don’t recognize the healthcare system in what he writes. I think we need a better quality of disinformation. Just a thought.

    Comment by jon livesey — December 13, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

  14. @Jon

    I realize it was a cheap copy and paste but the point stands that Canadians generally are subject to the same statist nonsense as in the US. The point stands that when a serious medical problem arises the elite in Canada often travel to the south.

    I dont know if you required critical care in Canada. If you did then I have higher regard for your experience then if you were treated for a sore throat or an infected toe nail. I was treated one time in Russia for a viral infection and based on that experience I would characterize the Russian medical system as wonderful.

    It is often considered that Okinawa has the highest life expectancy in the world. Does that imply Okinawa has the best medical care in the world.

    I have spent some time in Canada and I personally am always surprised that for a small relatvely rich country how poorly the middle class lives. Fifty year housing mortgages etc because after tax income is low. I am not sure what all those taxes buy the citizens except minimally acceptable health care.

    Comment by pahoben — December 13, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

  15. @Jon

    I have worked with many many Canadian engineers and they all to a man wanted to work outside Canada so they wouldn’t be subject to the Canadian resident tax regime. There are essentially Canadian engineering tax refugees all over the world that dread the thought of working in Canada.

    Comment by pahoben — December 13, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

  16. @Jon

    You do deserve better and this is better (Canadian Sun News)-

    The Canadian health care system is approaching titts up (so to speak) financial status. It is not sustainable. The article says that 68% of income tax now goes to fund health care but the percentage is ever increasing. This is in addition to the premiums that Canadian citizens pay. Considering that the combined provincial federal tax rate for 2014 for a family making %150,000/year (ordinary income) is around 47% and the premiums for a family are about $1700/yr and the other numerous taxes on top of that (VAT, gas, etc etc)it will be hard raising additional revenue and so that leaves only further rationing of care. The projections for the Canadian system are not good. I remember when I was ib Calgary a few years ago the Health Minsiter said that their system is essentially bankrupt. I hadn’t heard anything since but when I did a search now I find that they are essentially bankrupt.

    You said we deserve better and this is much better and sorry for my earlier laziness.

    Comment by pahoben — December 13, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

  17. That is $150,000 a year and the numbers are for BC (sorry)

    Comment by pahoben — December 13, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

  18. @Jon

    Here is an interesting government funded report that touches on health care delivery in Yellowknife which I believe is the capital city of Northhwest Territories.

    I cant grt the full link copied but search on yellowknife health care problems and look at the pdf for Well Being…

    Comment by pahoben — December 13, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

  19. If you look through the health care issues province by province you do see a system in crisis. There is I would say general agreement that the system is not sustainable. The best perspective on the problem I saw was from Manitoba and was in essence-if you damn people were healthier we wouldn’t be spending all our provincial tax dollars for health care.

    A government report from the Yukon indicated health care costs are up 47% in the last five years.

    A suggested approach in Nova Scotia was essentally to turn doctors into slaves of the state with government mandated low compensation and no discretion about who to treat. Doctor slaves to minister to the masses.

    Comment by pahoben — December 14, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

  20. @Professor

    Is there a principle in microeconomics that if a provider gives something to recipients that the recipients perceive as little or no cost to themselves but is actually costly then the recipients will in the long drive demand to unsustainable levels?

    That is one of the fundamental problems with utopian programs designed to eliminate or at least minimize some aspect of human suffering on a large scale. The problem is with sustainability. The left is very focused on environmental sustainability but their social programs are never sustainable over the long term. Demand always rises to unsustainable levels over the long term.

    Comment by pahoben — December 14, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

  21. I cannot remember where did I read an article the point of which was as follows: the reason the US has lower life expectancy than other developed nations has little to do with the quality of the healthcare; US has much higher number of deaths because of car accidents and crime.

    Those are serious social problems in themselves, but if one was to subtract those deaths form the total roll, the life expectancy in the US would be on the same level as Canada’s.

    Same thing with child mortality nubers, by the way: the US just uses different statistical methods which always seem to make that number higher.

    Comment by LL — December 14, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

  22. Similar to the above Phase II Obamacare includes loudspeakers in all restaurants with Michelle Obama screaming at us to order only salad and water because our WHO life expectancy statis are low.

    Comment by pahoben — December 15, 2013 @ 11:56 am

  23. Similar to the above Phase II Obamacare includes loudspeakers in all restaurants with Michelle Obama screaming at us to order only salad and water because our WHO life expectancy statis are low. It is our duty to make up for crime and accident victims.

    Comment by pahoben — December 15, 2013 @ 11:57 am

  24. @LL I don’t think that the alleged “much higher number of deaths because of car accidents and crimes” is statistically remotely significant.

    I would rather attribute the higher death rate in U.S. in the radically different immigration policies compared to Canada per se.

    Canada selects its émigrés based on a number of qualifications – age, professional, etc. U.S. doesn’t have such screening mechanism.

    Furthermore, some segments of the U.S. population are hereditarily and “culturally” unhealthy – high blood pressure, diabetes, failing heart, etc. It has a lot to do with their lifestyle.

    Comment by MJ — December 16, 2013 @ 1:55 am

  25. If anyone is interested in addressing suffering directly and through civil channels then I highly recommend visiting Gofundme.

    Comment by pahoben — December 16, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

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