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Huh?! Obama’s Healthcare Now for the Privileged

Originally posted at Clash Daily

access1In the mixed-up world of liberal logic, it’s hard to ignore that policy initiatives passed by this incompetent bureaucracy intended to advance fairness often end up contradicting the argument used to justify instituting them in the first place.

Take for instance the liberals’ insistence that healthcare is a right or a moral entitlement. The argument is that health care should not be a marketable commodity available to a chosen few, but instead a free perk every human being, regardless of social or financial status, should have access to and be able to afford.

The problem is that a ham-fisted government attempting to establish healthcare as a right has accomplished precisely what it was trying to prevent. Instead of healthcare becoming more accessible and affordable, it’s becoming less accessible and even more unaffordable.

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, agrees with the liberal left that health care is a right:

The right to health means that governments must generate conditions in which everyone can be as healthy as possible. Such conditions range from ensuring availability of health services, healthy and safe working conditions, adequate housing and nutritious food. The right to health does not mean the right to be healthy.

Although not up-to-speed on the “adequate housing” part just yet, in hopes of “ensuring availability of health services” to every American, Barack Obama has worked feverishly to catch up to socialist countries like Great Britain and Canada, both of whom have healthcare systems that, despite the glowing advertisements, fail miserably.

Oddly, here in America, those determined to ensure that 300 million people are recipients of what the WHO calls the “right to health” are making it harder instead of easier to attain the “right to be healthy,” which Dr. Chan did point out is not a right.

During the 2008 debates, when asked if healthcare was a right or a privilege, former professor and full-time revisionist of America’s “fatally flawed” Constitution, candidate Barack Obama (who makes things up as he goes along), said that he believed healthcare should be a right!

Barack Obama followed that proclamation by proceeding to tell a heart-wrenching personal tale – eventually proven false – about his dying mother spending her last days fighting with her insurance company from her hospital bed! In typical Barack Obama style, the president was fudging the truth a bit. Ann Dunham’s health insurance adequately covered her cancer treatment; what the anthropologist with ovarian cancer was arguing over was her disability insurance policy.

It should be noted that Obama said that Stanley Ann did the arguing from a hospital room, which was a privilege denied to 150 and counting deceased U.S. veterans trapped in a government single-payer system who wasted away on a VA waiting list.

Now, six years after Barack Obama shared his made-up family deathbed insurance struggles, there are millions of Obamacare horror stories emerging daily and a VA rationing scandal with a growing body count. Notwithstanding the sadness associated with his mother’s medical condition, Stanley Ann Dunham was ultimately better off than millions of Americans who will surely be denied access to healthcare thanks to her highfalutin’ son’s attempt to reengineer the U.S. healthcare system.

What Barack Obama and his liberal cohorts sold to America as a safeguard against healthcare denial stemming from lack of privilege has now become the tool that is depriving 270 million Americans of many of the benefits they enjoyed before the promise was made. In other words, contrary to the original stated intent, what was supposed to be a safeguard is accomplishing the exact opposite.

The initial effort was to turn a marketable commodity into a fundamental right, which it is not, and as a result – regrettably for the progressive left – the liberal cause has taken a hit. Thanks to the government’s pervasive lack of ability, instead of accomplishing another lofty liberal goal, the special advantages that healthcare reform was instituted to eliminate have made things worse.

President Obama’s Exceptionally Productive Week

obama-sweatingOriginally posted at American Thinker

In the midst of America grappling with the reality that veterans are safer on the battlefield than on a VA hospital waiting list, on Memorial Day, Barack Obama, lover of all things military, flew to Kabul to surprise our U.S. servicemen and women.

After Obama arrived at the troop rally at Bagram air base, Afghani President Hamid Karzai, who in 2008 pinned a medal on George W. Bush’s chest at the presidential palace in Kabul, sent word that because it was such short notice he would not be meeting with the U.S. president.

Looking spiffy in a brown bomber jacket festooned with American flags, the guy who effectively barred veterans from entering the WWII Memorial during the sequester promised the troops that their well-being was of the utmost concern:  “We’re going to stay strong by taking care of our wounded warriors and our veterans. Because helping our wounded warriors and veterans heal isn’t just a promise, it’s a sacred obligation.”

To announce the impromptu drop-in, a press aide with the Obama administration — with exactly the level of competence you would expect — somehow forgot to remove the name of the top CIA operative in Afghanistan from the list of attendees provided to the media, putting the station chief’s life at risk.

So while Obama dazzled our servicemen and women with his awesomeness, his administration simultaneously ‘damaged intelligence operations’ and identified the person working undercover to thwart the Taliban’s plans to resume training al Qaeda.

A few days later Obama shared his vision to withdraw all 9,800 troops from Afghanistan and get those guys and gals home and onto a VA waiting list by the end of 2014, as well as by 2016 drawing down every service member remaining in the soon-to-be Taliban-repossessed country.

And if that weren’t enough action for one week, without notifying Congress and eager to get a soldier with a shady past released, the Obama administration suddenly thought it was a great time to make a ‘share the wealth’ exchange. America got back  U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, rumored to have spent five years teaching the Taliban bomb-making techniques and infantry tactics, and the Taliban got back five senior leaders from Guantanamo Bay.

Meanwhile, Iranian/American pastor Saeed Abedini sits in an Iranian prison where he’s being intermittently beaten for wanting to establish a Christian orphanage and Marine Reservist Andrew Tahmooressi remains shackled to a bed in Mexico after making a wrong turn into Tijuana with lawful guns in his truck.

Clearly, in Barack Obama’s “sacred obligation” economy, when it comes to exchanging prisoners, the value of Bowe Bergdahl outweighs the value of two men falsely imprisoned, one a Christian pastor, father, and husband, the other a dedicated veteran of two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Barack Obama has not yet called Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to appeal for Tahmooressi’s release. That’s likely because the president has been so focused on freeing Taliban terrorists and bringing home a purported Taliban sympathizer that he just can’t spare the time.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon (R-CA) and ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee James M. Inhofe (R-OK) issued a joint statement pointing out that because of the 5-for-1 trade-off, “Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk.”

Oh well!

Then, to add still more intrigue to the week of exciting events, Robert Bergdahl, Bowe’s dad, who enjoys passing along pro-Taliban anti-American “invader” tweets for Taliban spokesperson Abdulqahar Balkhi and whose Twitter feed is an odd mix of anti-American and anti-war sentiments, Bible verses, strange quotes, and hippie-dippy tree-hugging weirdness, took it upon himself to celebrate his son’s release by sending a Tweet to the spokesman for his son’s captors.  

The Tweet read: “@ABalkhi I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, Ameen [sic].” The Tweet was quickly deleted, but not before being captured on the Twitchy feed.

Bergdahl the elder’s correspondence with the Taliban’s spokesperson certainly coincides with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s alleged sentiments prior to his ‘capture.’ According to emails quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, Bowe told his parents he was “ashamed to even be American,” and that he was disgusted with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and with the Army.

And all this drama happened the very same week Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki stepped down and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney decided to pass the baton to a more energetic lackey.

So there goes Obama, breaking the law — again — by refusing to give Congress the required 30-day notice before rescuing the soldier son of a man who appears to be Taliban-sympathetic — a soldier son who said, “The horror that is America is disgusting” and dreamt of walking to Pakistan.

To wrap up this extremely productive week, Barack Obama managed to see to it that America-hating Bowe Bergdahl was exchanged for some of the most dangerous Taliban commanders in U.S. custody. Thanks to the president, the Gitmo Five are now free to make their way west, where they can board a Greyhound bus from Mexico to Arizona, illegally join the U.S. military, or even make history next September 11th.

Isn’t it Time Republicans Linked the VA Scandal to ObamaCare?

indexOriginally posted at American Thinker

If liberals deserve kudos for anything, it’s for consistently and successfully politicizing crises, perverting truth, and demonizing political opponents.

Thanks to Rahm Emanuel, America knows that the liberal mindset is to ‘never let a serious crisis to go to waste.’ Democrats are well-practiced at responding to disasters with political campaigns, because as Rahm attested, every calamity is another “opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

A perfect example of the left’s penchant for exploiting misfortune is their obsession with gun control. 

A madman shoots up a movie theatre, school, or supermarket parking lot, and instantly the liberals attempt to influence public opinion by redefining a mentally ill person with evil intent as a need for the Second Amendment to be dismantled. 

And it works!

Democrats have done the same thing with immigration reform. In order to ‘do things they didn’t think they could do before,’ which is to widen their voting base by granting amnesty to anywhere from 11- to 30 million unlawful aliens, the left has taken an illegal incursion and turned it into an American racism problem. 

Disagree with amnesty and you’re branded a xenophobe.

On the other hand, feckless elected Republicans consistently fail to recognize the repeated God-given opportunities they’ve been given to shed light on the truth the left distorts for political gain. 

Liberals politicize disasters to advance an ideological position, and conservatives squander opportunities to rescue from exploitation policies that are detrimental to the future and wellbeing of the American people.

A glaring example of Republican failure to recognize a perfect opening to remedy a negative situation concerns the VA scandal and how it relates to the foreseeable fiasco of Obamacare.  

The VA scandal, without question, exposes the federal government’s incompetence to manage anything, most especially healthcare

In the midst of the implementation of ObamaCare, which is highly unpopular and doomed to failure, without the assistance of Republicans in Congress an argument for repeal is being made on the public stage via a VA-orchestrated debacle.

Yet, for some unknown reason, probably out of fear of politicizing a scandal involving America’s vets, Republican representatives have chosen not to link this healthcare scandal to ObamaCare with the same fervor exhibited by the left when tethering mental illness to gun control, illegal immigration to racism, and extortion to fairness. 

Let’s remember that it was Nancy Pelosi who did not hesitate to tie GOP refusal to fund ObamaCare abortion coverage to ‘women dying on the floor.’

With that in mind, why haven’t the Republicans in Washington inquired as to why liberals who claim they don’t like it when guns kill people seem fine when socialized medicine does the killing?

Rest assured, if the shoddy medical care that America’s veterans received from the Veteran’s Administration had been disclosed as the result of an official pilot study to test the feasibility and logistics of a large-scale government-run healthcare system, ObamaCare would never have seen the light of day.

Moreover, if it were Democrats who were looking to advance a policy initiative, based on the deficiencies that came to light as a result of the preventable deaths of 40 veterans in a Phoenix VA hospital, the VA scandal would have become the liberals’ number one tool of accusation and exploitation.

Still, Americans deserve an answer as to why, based on the findings of that unofficial VA ‘pilot’ study, the GOP refuses to use that specific example of bureaucratic failure to demand that ObamaCare be irrevocably repealed.

But despite the obvious ‘teachable moment’ presenting itself that exposes the weaknesses intrinsic to government-run healthcare, Republicans, appalled as they say they are, choose to keep separate two issues that are really one and the same.

At this critical juncture, how easy would it be to reaffirm the left’s exploitation of 30 million Americans without health insurance merely to justify the weak argument that the American healthcare system needs socializing, which the VA has proven doesn’t work? 

And why not hammer home the point that the microcosm of the system Barack Obama touts as the answer to 300 million Americans’ healthcare woes has proven to be incapable of caring for at minimum 40 dead veterans who suffered and died needlessly while waiting for months on a secret list?

Instead, rather than point out what is powerfully evident and use the VA scandal as a platform to demand the repeal of ObamaCare, the right says and does nothing.

If this were a perfect world, regardless of party affiliation, honest politicians would lay bare the lies and tricks associated with any occurrence that the left uses to further their cause and demonize their opposition.  Then, rather than remain silent, they would actively focus on what the left has perverted and expose the truth of each individual issue. 

That’s why, if the fortuitously-timed death of poet Maya Angelou fails to provide the week-long cry fest Barack Obama has been praying for, the right should waste no time attaching the small-scale VA scandal to the impending large-scale catastrophe that is sure to accompany the full implementation of ObamaCare. 

But they won’t.

Unfortunately, what’s more likely to happen instead is that, to the detriment of the American people, while capitulating to every liberal demand, John ‘we’ve let them die’ Boehner and his passively complicit posse of pseudo-conservatives will continue throwing their hands up in resignation that ObamaCare will never be repealed.

Were U.S. Veterans Benghazied?

indexOriginally posted at American Thinker

In an article published online at FinancialTimes.com, Geoff Dyer says that the indignity swirling around the Obama administration concerning the unnecessary deaths of “dozens” of U.S. veterans in a VA hospital in Arizona threatens to “engulf” the president.

Dyer writes that the outrage surrounding Benghazi is contrived and that health care reform “fortunes … are improving,” then suggests that the shoddy medical treatment of military veterans, some of whom Obama prevented from entering the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. last year, “has the potential to attract broad political condemnation” of the Obama administration’s competence.

Before commenting on the VA scandal, maybe the overly protective Mr. Dyer should first exercise a little journalistic curiosity and take the time to observe how the commander-in-chief treats those who endeavor to protect him.

Moreover, with all due respect to the author, isn’t the VA hospital just another example of the sort of bungling that’s been going on for six years?  And doesn’t this more recent scandal reflect the same ineptness that negatively impacted Benghazi and stands to severely impact what Dyer calls the “improving fortunes” of health care reform in the future?

So let’s begin by looking at the similarities between Benghazi and the VA scandal.

Thanks to the pervasive incompetence of an administration that cares more about distributing free contraceptives, reducing carbon emissions, freeing convicted illegal-alien murderers and rapists, and congratulating gay athletes than its members cared about the lives of an American ambassador, a diplomat, and two former Navy SEALs, another 40 or more American veterans have also died unnecessarily.

The Benghazi four perished in Libya at the hands of terrorists.  Here at home, our military veterans suffered for months while waiting for a doctor’s appointment that would never happen and perished at the hands of our nation’s bureaucratic terrorists. 

The similarities are striking: Americans who are or have been in service of our country are in distress and cry out for help and are put on hold.  And then, after people die, a whitewash ensues, and Barack Obama pretends he found out about it at the same time everyone else did. 

In short, the veterans who died were Benghazied.

If one had to predict what’s next, Secretary of Veterans Affairs/retired four-star general Eric Shinseki will reluctantly step down, and behind the scenes, Obama administration heavies will quietly shut down whistleblowers and assign scapegoats.  To shore up those efforts, Obama’s media lapdogs will be recruited to call justified outrage “contrived.”

After all, in the words of our esteemed former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, if the body bags are zipped up and dirt has covered the flag-draped coffins, at that point, “what difference does it make?”

From Benghazi, let’s move along to the no-brainer of how the VA scandal reflects on the supposed “improving fortunes” of health care reform.

For all intents and purposes, prior to implementing ObamaCare, the persistent problems surrounding VA medical care should have forewarned America that despite the president’s grandiose promises, bureaucracy and health care do not mix. 

Think about it – those who are now coordinating the medical treatment of 300 million people are from the same government who mismanaged the medical needs of the U.S. veterans – promised health care that they never received and died waiting for.

That’s why it’s likely that, from Obama’s point of view, shredding machines and two sets of books were necessary for the common good.  Because if Americans were aware that nine million eligible U.S. veterans don’t actually have adequate, accessible health care, it wouldn’t bode very well for the other 291 million Americans now forced to depend on ACA largesse.  Thus, cover-ups are a necessary evil, required to protect and support the larger, more scandalous ruse.

Geoff Dyer, who writes about the fantastical “improving fortunes” of health care reform, also writes about the VA system’s problems, but he seems blind to the connection between the two when he states:

The result has been a constant struggle to meet new demands, despite big spending increases. The budget for the VA has risen from $73.1bn in 2006 to $153.8bn this year. However, the number of outpatient visits at its facilities has increased from 46.5m in 2002 to 83.6m in 2012.

According to Dyer, “[t]he VA, which runs 152 hospitals and 817 outpatient clinics, has long suffered from delays and a dysfunctional bureaucracy.”  That places health care reform in the same dysfunctional category as the Veteran’s Administration health system, only on a greater scale, no?

In 2010, right about the time that ObamaCare was being touted as the answer to all of America’s health care woes, the struggling VA claimed they would be implementing a “new appointments system, which promised a 14-day wait for an appointment with a primary care doctor or a specialist,” but never delivered.

Recently retired physician Sam Foote, after working for 24 years for VA hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona, blew the whistle on the situation.  He revealed on CNN that as many as “40 patients had died after being placed on a hidden waiting list that could last for up to a year, while officials at the hospital shredded documents and faked evidence to make it seem as if waiting times were under control.”

So there you have it.  Despite the fawning journalists who view the atrocities within the VA system as a challenge to Obama’s improving status, the scandal that’s about to blow wide open is just more of the same Obama-influenced government ineptitude that will likely be proven endemic to the whole system.

Nonetheless, it’s unlikely that the man who is a master at slithering his way out of multiple controversies will be held accountable for a travesty that may wind its way back to the White House.

Still, at this late date, if the wish for true American justice were to be fulfilled, how fitting would it be for the deaths of 40 or more American heroes – not in battle, but in government-run VA hospitals – to deliver the final blow that frees America from the scourge that is Barack Obama?

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