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In The Service of the State

It’s amusing to watch liberals sputter how everything Obama tries “isn’t socialism” (insert requisite number of exclamation points here. Eleventy!). Of course it is. C’mon, who you going to believe? Obama and his minions, or your lyin’ eyes?

I mean, you would think that after acquiring majority stakes in banks, auto makers, setting executive pay levels, and now trying to nationalize health care, that the light bulb would finally go on for these bien pensants. Nope. Well, maybe this little item will help nudge you “moral betters” in our direction.

Buried in the 1,017 pages of the House Democrats’ health-care bill is a little-noticed provision that for the first time could give the government access to the checking or credit-card information of every American.

What? Uncle Sam will be able see what’s in my account and then tap it when he feels the need to do so? Can’t be!

According to section 163, the standards will “enable the real-time (or near real-time) determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service . . . ” In addition, they will “enable electronic funds transfers, in order to allow automated reconciliation with related health care payment and remittance advice.”

Lies, all lies, you scream. Really? Go read it yourself on the the Library of Congress’ bill tracking site, Thomas.

After reading this, I have only one question for my liberal friends.

How’s my ass taste now, bitches?

And what was that bumper sticker I used to see on every beat up Volvo when I lived 5 blocks from Harvard? Oh, yes, that’s it.

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

I actually like the updated version better.

Snark aside, if you honestly can’t see what’s going on with the health-care bill and its second, third, and fourth level of “unintended” consequences then you either (a) think its a feature and not a bug of the plan or (b) are really too stupid to be allowed to vote. I say “too stupid to be allowed to vote” because you’re obviously not thinking past the end of your nose and you’re sure as hell clueless as to how bureaucracies actually work – especially government bureaucracies.

What was that Ben Franklin quote liberals loved after 9/11? “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

True when George Bush was President and the issue is a war. Not true when Barack Obama is President and the issue is health care. Now that we’ve established you’re all hypocrites, can we just ask a small favor?

Be proud and flaunt it. We just want to get it all on record.


4 thoughts on “In The Service of the State

  1. You might maybe wanna read that a bit more carefully. It’s setting standards for health care providers, not outlining the things the government can do. I mean, you can object to the idea that health care providers should be required to allow payment by electronic fund transfers, and I’m leery of the idea that health care providers should be doing credit checks before providing services, but it’s probably worth getting the logic straight.

    The section you’re referencing is not a standalone law. It’s a modification to title XI of the Social Security Act, which you can find here:

    I mean, I’ve /got/ a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card. It’s a little plastic card with my name imprinted on the front and a magnetic strip on the back. I imagine it’s gonna have an RFID chip in it someday, which again I don’t particularly like, but I’m too old to go all wide-eyed at this idea as if it was something /new/.

    What I’d ask the author of the original article, if I could: what’s the source of her passive voice constructions? When she says “What is envisioned,” does she have a source for that, or is it her assumption about what’s envisioned based on her beliefs about the administration? And I’m not quite sure how she got from there to the idea that the scary card would also have financial data on it…

    You know. Maybe she’s /right/, but it’s kind of a gap in her reasoning as presented.

  2. It’s setting standards for health care providers, not outlining the things the government can do.

    So if there is a “public option” which then causes most employers to push employees off their insurance into the public option, then who is your insurer? The government.

    Which now has access to your financial data. If you’re OK with that, great. Most of the rest of us are not.

    If you’re still buying the lie that “you can keep your insurance” then I can’t help you, because I can’t teach you macro economics fast enough for it to make a difference.

    NO ONE will be able to keep their own insurance in the end. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen more quickly than most imagine. In the end, the government will be your health care insurance provider.

    The section you’re referencing is not a standalone law.

    I didn’t claim it was.

    …I imagine it’s gonna have an RFID chip in it someday, which again I don’t particularly like, but I’m too old to go all wide-eyed at this idea as if it was something

    This is a non sequitur and a red herring – an illogical two-fer. It doesn’t matter whether or not the requirement is “new” it matters that it will exist. Your experience with your health benficiary card is not necessarily relevant to this provision. It might be, but it might not. So if you’re going to throw the logic penalty flag at the author of the original piece, and you did, then you should hold yourself to the same standard here.

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