We have all heard the mantra of the enlightened progressives; free and equal health care for all. Is that the big change Obama is bringing? Giving a Dr. Frankenstein jolt of electricity to the failed policies of Hillary Clinton from the early 90’s? Why not, I mean after all he is employing a lot of the same old hacks the Clinton used to employ and now have on their enemies list. I know what Obama has said, that there is no reason the same package that covers congress shouldn’t be available for the general population.
Well friends, it ain’t gonna happen. At no time in the future will you or I get free healthcare equal to what your local congressman gets.
At no point will you get that or anything near the same health care Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins get from their exclusive club called the Screen Actors Guild. SAG refuses to allow their peon low income members access to the same health care system the big boys and girls get. You see, if SAG gave access to its healthcare to all its members it would cost so much that the union would have to get a ton more cash from its big earners. As much as the Clooney’s and the Penn’s of Hollywood pay lip service to helping the little guy they really don’t give a big rat’s backside when it comes to reaching into their own pockets in anything other than a superficial way.
Let’s take Obama’s proposal to increase the income tax on the top one percent of earners to almost fifty percent of the earnings plus and extra point or two on money over $250,000 for the social security system. If SAG did the same to its top earners, took fifty percent of all salaries over one million dollars (the Obama government would do it for all earners over $250,000) to provide health care for all SAG members I am sure Robert Redford and Sharon Stone could get by on the four or five million a movie they have left over. Even after the government took their fifty percent of the fifty percent they had left over they could still live a pretty cushy life. But since the actor’s union is run by the same fat cats who would have to pony up under this scheme the chances of it happening are about the same as Obama picking Clarence Thomas as his running mate.
Here is the other thing that a lot of my progressive friends don’t see. Let’s put this one under the law of unintended consequences. Most of the progressives I know rail against tax breaks for corporations. If the Government nationalizes the healthcare system it would be the largest piece of corporate welfare ever given. If Uncle Sugar is going to cover you why should your employer, union or pension plan continue to pay?
In my act I have often said that anyone who wants the government to run the healthcare system has not spent enough time at the DMV. At least with the DMV you can make choices to avoid the government, you can ride the bus or a bike. Maybe that’s why the DMV is so gawd awful to force us to go green. With healthcare you got no choice, at some point you have to go to the doctor and then Big Brother has you. The government taking over the health care system would be a blunder almost as grand as George and Dick’s Excellent Iraq Adventure and in the long run it would be about 1000 times as expensive.