Fundamental change has come to America.
With 92 million Americans now out of the workforce,
The number of Americans who are 16 years or older and who have decided not to participate in the nation’s labor force has climbed to a record 90,609,000 in September, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The BLS counts a person as participating in the labor force if they are 16 years or older and either have a job or have actively sought a job in the last four weeks. A person is not participating in the labor force if they are 16 or older and have not sought a job in the last four weeks.
In from July to August, according to BLS, Americans not participating in the labor force climbed from 89,957,000 to 90,473,000, pushing past 90,000,000 for the first time, with a one month increase of 516,000.
In September, it climbed again to 90,609,000, an increase of 136,000 during the month.
In January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, there were 80,507,000 Americans not in the labor force. Thus, the number of Americans not in the labor force has increased by 10,102,000 during Obama’s presidency.
Obama and the Democrats have given us the highly partisan – as in zero Republican support – Affordable Care Act to end all our health care woes and concerns. Everyone now has access to affordable health insurance. The playing field is now leveled.
As health care in America evolved into the best system in the world under our free market system, the rest of the world, it seems, was stuck in Government Provided Health Care. As the Brits and Canadians looked on with envy, Americans were able to get treatment for virtually anything whenever they wanted or needed it. In countries with Government systems, the waits are extensive and the cost is a major factor in approval. If you are old, forget about the government spending a wad of cash on you that could go to younger people in need.
Welcome to medical rationing.
So while the rest of the world looked on with envy, Democrats looked at the sub-standard government systems provided in other countries with envy and vowed to bring this “fair” system to America.
They succeeded. We all now have access to health care insurance. Everyone can get coverage no matter what and the Democrats have conveniently determined how much you can afford to pay. So you no longer are burdened with the tough decisions like buying that new BMW instead of a health care policy. You now MUST buy the insurance. And for those on lower incomes that see a cell phone, cigarettes, booze and cable TV as more pressing a need than insurance, you no longer get to make that call. Obama has made it for you. You buy insurance or you face a stiff fine.
But why were we ever free to make that decision? Just because someone is young and healthy and not likely to need health care for a long time, why not buy that new car or enjoy the night life and parties instead? How can anyone take such a risk?
Well, the generosity of Americans is unmatched anywhere. People without insurance can get free care at any number of places and those of us that work or pay for our own insurance pay for them.
Nationwide, states give $335 million to Community Health Centers to treat the uninsured. That is on top of Medicaid and other assistance. Virginia budgeted $2.5 million and the Health Centers are whining about that.
We need to completely cut funding to free clinics and Health Centers now that we have the Affordable Health Care Act in full operation. Anyone that does not have health insurance today is breaking the law and is not entitled to free or subsidized treatment. Stop the bleeding and send the bastards home. They can now afford insurance and declined so they can party or drive nice cars, watch the Oprah channel on Cable and text their friends about who got tossed from the island.
These people are now entitled to buy health insurance. It is mandatory. The rest of us need to stop paying for their unlawful decisions in the form of government grants.
And even more of a financial burden comes in the form of the payment tiers from doctors and hospitals.
I have insurance. My plan negotiated rates with various doctors and hospitals in order to have access to the large pool of people insured by my insurance company.
So instead of paying $500 for blood work at my doctor’s office, my insurance company pays $250. But do you know who get it even cheaper? People without insurance. While my price of 50% off sounds like a good deal, the fact is that the blood work only costs about $10 to to run. So if you have no insurance, the cash price is closer to the $10 and they make up the difference by charging me $250.
That needs to stop. There should be one price and the same price should be paid by all. I should no longer be required to subsidize freeloaders who can now afford insurance AND have my tax money subsidize insurance to make it affordable for all.
There is no excuse for not having insurance now. Obamacare is affordable and readily available, right?
If you don’t have insurance now, outside of lifesaving emergencies you should not be treated until you pay. Period.
We must now devolve the voluntary medical subsidies that have come to be and cease funding at all levels of medical treatment. It is no longer necessary now that everyone can afford health care.
And perhaps then the outrageous amounts I already pay will stabilize. A lot of what I pay goes to pay for treatment of others who could not. And before we had affordable care for all, I didn’t mind paying a bit more to help the uninsured who were financially locked out of the insurance system.
Now that my voluntary subsidies are mandatory, the voluntary ones need to stop.
And if you believe this is a heartless position, then you are admitting that Obamacare is a failure.
You can’t have it both ways. And I should not be required to subsidize Obamacare with my tax dollars and continue to be penalized financially by deadbeats that still refuse to buy insurance.
The free ride is over. Freeloaders now need to leave the system and pay their own way.
They can afford it now.