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The Hidden Face Of "Fairness"

Well, as Nancy Pelosi promised us, now that the ObamaCare health care finance "reform" bill is passed, we can all see what 's in it. (Understanding what a bill says before it becomes law is so passe'.) And we're seeing just how "fairness" will be played out.

Remember, back during the campaign, when Obama promised that if you like your plan, you can keep it? Well, there was a little footnote to that -- if you wanna keep your really, really good plan, you can expect to pay a hell of a lot more for that. High-end insurance plans have been given the name "Cadillac plans," and those who have them can expect to end up paying a "Cadillac tax" on that plan.

The first thought I had was that the Obama administration didn't think things things through as usual. They now own General Motors, which includes Cadillac, and it's really not very bright to immediately start linking their flagship marque with such negative associations. But then again, hardly any of the Obama administration has ever run a business bigger than a lemonade stand, so their ignorance is understandable.

The second thought is that this is a classic example of applied socialism and the quest for "equality" and "fairness" -- even in results. As a way of flattening the curve and moving everyone closer to the median, they simultaneously lift up the bottom and drag down the top.

This is the secret of socialism: equality is enforced, all across the board. None are allowed to fail, and none are allowed to succeed too much. Everything is a zero-sum game. If you do well, it must be done at the expense of someone else. And the primary role of government is to make certain that no one goes too far out of the government-defined norm -- at either end.

That's the future of health care financing under Obama. A certain minimum standard, coupled with constraints on the maximum. The more you want, the more you're willing to pay, the greater the surcharge the government will put on you for the privilege. From each according to their ability, to each according to their need. The more you can contribute, the more you will be required to contribute. The more you need, the more you will be given.

Lost in the turmoil will be any incentive to demonstrate exceptional ability or resources or knowledge or skills. Because they will not do you a damned bit of good. No, the best place to be in such a structure is right around the middle, not working harder for no personal gain, not taking too much as to be seen as a burden when the inevitable collapse comes.

Socialism is a Procrustean economic structure, where misery is seen as a resource and is distributed to make everyone equally miserable.

And gosh, won't that be fun when applied to health care.


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I lost track did the Unions... (Below threshold)
Eric:

I lost track did the Unions get to keep their special exemption for the Cadillac tax, while the rest of us don't?

From each according to his ... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

From each according to his ability...to each according to his need!

Of course, if you can show MORE need, and hide your abilities...then you can make OTHERS do the work!

Equal opportunity misery!

Not that they will be there... (Below threshold)
914:

Not that they will be there much longer than too long, but do these marxists get to keep thier cozy taxpayer supported health freebies?

Forget I asked.. Why do I suspect this imbecile excelled at community agitatin?

I am not convinced that the... (Below threshold)
epador:

I am not convinced that there is much fairness in this world, but if any does exist, then the well- and not-so-well-intentioned fools that continue this nonsense will suffer a fair share of the misery they impart to a fair share of the population of fair and not-so-fair skinned folks with their fares imposed on us for attempting to transit life in this fair nation of ours.

The secret is in coverage r... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

The secret is in coverage regulations. Extra insurance won't do anyone much good if the caretakers are force by government regulations to pretty much treat everyone equally except politicians. First come first serve, same test for all, etc.

Ah yes. Move everyone clos... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Ah yes. Move everyone closer to the median. Except of course for the politicians, they will still get premium health care. Oh, and don't forget the unions, they will keep their high end plans...

So in reality, everyone will move toward the median except for the poilticians and their friends, who will be a new aristocracy. They will get all the benefits and the rest of us will pay for them.

Just like in the old Soviet Union, where the party members received special treatment and the rest of the people suffered in bread lines and with third world health care. That is Obama's model and that is what he wants for us. Or should I say that is what he wants for himself, because for him it is about the special priviledges that he is enshrining for himself and for his friends.

Correction: The best place... (Below threshold)

Correction: The best place to be in a socialist structure, in terms of ability and work ethic, is not the middle but the bottom. The people who do the least get the most for free and can never be accused (under socialist philosophy) of stealing.

In socialism, success is thought to be a resource, not a product. So if one person succeeds, then it is deemed to be at the expense of another person; therefore, he who succeeded is a thief, taking more than his share of success. Not only is he hated, but the fruits of his labours will be taken and distributed among those who did the least amount of work.

"This is the secret of soci... (Below threshold)
davidt:

"This is the secret of socialism: equality is enforced, all across the board."

Except for those more equal than others. That is the true secret of 'socialism', it's just another mask for totalitarianism to hide behind.

With the political takeover of the healthcare industry by the Democrat Party, healthcare will be doled out to individuals according to their value to the Democrat Party.

JT - "If you do well, i... (Below threshold)
Marc:

JT - "If you do well, it must be done at the expense of someone else. And the primary role of government is to make certain that no one goes too far out of the government-defined norm -- at either end."

"Funny" you should say that JT, considering MassCare is hauled into court by the state's Health Insurance Group:

he Massachusetts Association of Health Plans is fighting back against the state's curb on rising insurance premiums by announcing plans to sue the state's Division of Insurance.
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Last week, the Division of Insurance imposed a cap of health insurance premiums.
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Then on Friday, the state rejected several of insurance plan's rates, saying that the costs were simply too high for consumers to bear.
If price controls isn't part and parcel of socialism I fail to see what is.

P.S. "6 [Mass] hospitals to sue state over payment shortfalls."

Six community hospitals, squeezed by the economic downturn and the Massachusetts budget crunch, are set to file a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court this morning seeking millions of dollars from the state for unpaid health care services.
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The suit charges that Massachusetts violated a law requiring adequate reimbursement to hospitals for patients insured by the government. The hospitals contend the state set repayment rates so low they do not cover the cost of such medical care.
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The plaintiffs are part of a group of health care providers known as "disproportionate share hospitals,'' institutions at which at least 63 percent of patients, mostly low-income or elderly, are covered by public insurance plans such as Medicaid or Medicare. Many of the hospitals are losing money, or barely breaking even, after taking on thousands of patients newly insured by public plans under the state's 2006 health care overhaul.
Remind me again, doesn't ObummerCare cut Medicare reimbursements even more?

Boston Medical Center last ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Boston Medical Center last July:
http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=18214

This is separate from the 6 smaller hospitals that the other article refers to.

BMC got screwed for over $100M last year. The state is just arbitrarily cutting reimbursement because it can't make the payments it is supposed to.

We've spent over a century ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

We've spent over a century tweaking the regulations on financial markets so that they can accurately coordinate the values of time and interest given various sets of facts.

Obama has in just over a year managed to overturn most of the assumptions upon which markets are based. The markets haven't figured this out yet. When they do - Obamageddon.

If GM was a private company... (Below threshold)
Newton White:

If GM was a private company and not owned by the government, I would hope they might sue over the misuse of the term "Cadillac" plan.




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