Sunday, August 23, 2009

MaineCare... ObamaCare


Okay, this is anecdotal, but wait until it's your turn.... Names have been "redacted." From within my wife's extended family.

Let's talk about Maine:
I use Obamacare in Maine for -----. It's called, in fact, MaineCare. Great idea.

----- is now blind because of it. The ophthalmologist disregarded urgent signs of glaucoma until ----- was tripping badly over curbs and things and one of his social workers called me (begging to not be named because s/he would lose the job if "they" knew) to ask if I'd pay to have his eyes checked again because he wasn't due for his annual checkup for another 9 months and the 'doctor' who'd checked him 2.5 months before said he didn't need another check up. You see, he's retarded [ ----- had some birth problems that has affected some mental and motor skills] and we can't expect "them" to walk well and it could be his shoes after all. Of course, the woman who worked with him 5 hours a week and saw him every day in activities, wouldn't know anything, would she? New doctor, the kind you pay for, found glaucoma, advanced [after another 1.5 months had passed]. Too late. I didn't tell him anything and he excoriated us for not bringing him in for annual checkups; said it could have been prevented with a simple annual test; said ----- would have shown signs for at least 18 months. Then when I told him he'd been seen every year, in fact 4 months previously, he stopped talking and although he took good care of ----- he wouldn't say another word about any of this ~ he won't get involved.

FACT: after the morally bankrupt incompetent, fully-protected doctor blinded him, it took 9.5 months to get someone to come teach him to use the blindman's walking cane. The man who owns
-----, the music store in downtown -----, called me to say that he was very worried about ----- walking into the 4-lane divided Main Street, holding his cane aloft to the 4 Corners of the Wind, to let people know he was crossing. [That's how I found out he was 'teaching' himself to use the cane; then it took 9.5 months to get the trainer scheduled.] Meanwhile, we read up on it ourselves and ----- and I went up and trained him the best we could ~ we took turns: whoever wasn't sobbing because of what these evil bastards had done to this beautiful person would work with ----- until the next tear-choked collapse and then the other, who might have recovered a little, would take over. But of course, it was probable that we taught him incorrectly and he has had to unlearn and relearn. Difficult for anyone.

I'm just ready to have some of them [ObamaCare politicos] go into MaineCare. They are all damned liars building their power empires and protecting each other. We need to get the first chapter of Hannah Arendt's "Totalitarianism"
in a form people can easily access.

That's just one little vignette. I'm sure the country is ready for it, though.
I don't understand why so many of our leaders fail to see these problems. Why aren't they paying attention to what's happening where the very ideas they are advocating are already in effect?
Sure, just anecdotal. Would you believe a pediatric ophthalmologist?

Sure, that's just eye problems.... The other parts of our bodies will probably be okay under ObamaCare. Please line up for your cancer and heart examinations. The next available doctor will see you. Please wear your name tag for identification. Treatments will commence in one year... or 9.5 months if you have someone pushing things along for you.

Okay, let's be fair here. Government run/managed health care does work for some people.


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Go back to 1999-2000 and see what the Fed did. They are following the same pattern for 2005-06. If it ain't broke, the Fed will fix it... and good!
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"The odds of a recession are now above 50 percent," says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's "We are right on the edge of a recession in part because of the Fed's reluctance to reduce interest rates more aggressively." [see my comments of September 11]
January 7, 2008 The real problem now is that consumers can't rescue the economy and manufacturing, which is already weakening, will continue to weaken. We've gutted the forces that could avoid a downturn. The question is not whether there will be a recession, but can it be dampened sufficiently so that it is very short.
January 11, 2008 This is death by a thousand cuts.
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January 17, 2008 A few days ago, Anna Schwartz, nonagenarian economist, implicated the Federal Reserve as the cause of the present lending crisis [from the Telegraph - UK]:
The high priestess of US monetarism - a revered figure at the Fed - says the central bank is itself the chief cause of the credit bubble, and now seems stunned as the consequences of its own actions engulf the financial system. "The new group at the Fed is not equal to the problem that faces it," she says, daring to utter a thought that fellow critics mostly utter sotto voce.
January 22, 2008 The cut has become infected and a limb is in danger. Ben Bernanke is panicking and the Fed has its emergency triage team cutting rates... this time by 3/4%. ...

What should the Federal Reserve do now? Step back... and don't be so anxious to raise rates at the first sign of economic improvement.
Individuals and businesses need stability in their financial cost structures so that they can plan effectively and keep their ships afloat. Wildly fluctuating rates... regardless of what the absolute levels are... create problems. Either too much spending or too much fear. It's just not that difficult to comprehend. Why has it been so difficult for the Fed?

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Air Force (SAC) captain 1968-72. Retired after 35 years of business and logistical planning, including running a small business. Two sons with advanced degrees; one with a business and pre-law degree. Beautiful wife who has put up with me for 4 decades. Education: B.A. (Sociology major; minors in philosopy, English literature, and German) M.S. Operations Management (like a mixture of an MBA with logistical planning)