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The Medical Care Wheel of Misfortune

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September 24th, 2019

by Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD

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  • a recent AMA study revealed that over the last four years the competition in the commercial insurance market has decreased. In over 50 percent of metropolitan areas, representing about 73 million persons, one insurer has half of the market. The more concentrated the market, the higher the premiums.
  • The promised free health care would increase the payroll taxes on all workers, even if that worker does not want that particular brand of free medical care. The next time you hear that medical care is free, just think about that “free” car you won at a game show is the wrong color, is too small, has uncomfortable seats, inadequate headroom, and overall is not what you really want.
  • The underlying message of free “health care” is disempowering. The message is that we are incapable of taking care of ourselves.

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You finally get your dream and are selected to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. You get to see Pat Sajak and Vanna White! You win a vacation to some country that you don’t really want to see. You cannot get the cash equivalent. You have to take 10 days off of work to take the free vacation you did not want. You discover that you have to pay the tax on the free vacation.

Or you win a free car. You have a perfectly functioning 3-year-old car. The free car was not really the car you would have selected. You accepted it because it was free. Then you see that you have to pay tax on the list price of the free car. You also discover that the collision insurance and Department of Motor Vehicles registration for the free car are significantly higher than for the car you currently own.

These are examples of why nothing is “free.” This applies to medical care as well. You may have to see the “health care provider” the government program or private insurer makes available to you. You don’t particularly want to see a nurse, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles with free health care. Oh well, you convince yourself that it’s okay because, just like that car on the game show, it was free. More

Social Security money stolen by government

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note: The theft of SS funds has been ongoing since President Johnson took the fund out of trust and put it into the general fund to help finance the Viet Nam War.  The Bush2 Administration used SS funds to hide the loss of revenue from his tax cuts the upper 3%;  redesignating these stolen funds as “revenues” to hide the theft. 

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By ALLEN W. SMITH
Guest columnist
Published: Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 4:01 a.m. NewsChief.com 

 The 1983 payroll tax hike has generated more than $2.5 trillion that is supposed to be in the trust fund”

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In December, the Obama deficit-reduction commission will make recommendations for budget cuts that will then be voted on, with an up or down vote, by the lame-duck Congress.
Already, there is much speculation that Social Security will be one of the big targets. The rationale for cutting Social Security seems to be that, during such difficult economic times, everything should be a candidate for the chopping block, and that the public should support such cuts out of a sense of patriotism. More

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