Bernie Sanders Democratic Socialism Means Coercion

Bernie Sanders Socialism@Bernie Sanders “The Problem with Socialism is That Eventually
You Run Out of Other Peoples Money.” -Margaret Thatcher

(Washington Times) Do you know what Socialism is? Hillary Clinton struggled to find an answer when recently asked. — Socialism is a system which the government owns or controls the means of production and allocates resources and rewards.

Sen. Bernie Sanders proudly proclaims himself a ‘democratic socialist’ and many in the Democratic Party seem to have no problem with it and in fact, are embracing him and his ideas. Listening to all of this, one gets the feeling that for a significant portion of the population, history began in the year 2000 — Where have been the great Socialist success stories? Much of the worlds population greatly suffered under various forms of socialism in the 20th century. Not one of the various socialist models proved to be a success.

There was the Communist variety of Socialism in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China and Cambodia, which resulted in tens of millions of deaths from starvation and the gulags. There was the Nationalist Socialist (Nazi) model in Germany and Italy, which like the Communist version, resulted in tens of millions of deaths. Somewhat more benign but still coercive versions of Socialism were prevalent in India, many places in Africa and South America, all resulted in economic stagnation–because productive effort was separated from reward. The two most Socialist countries today are North Korea and Cuba–both very poor and repressive. The average Cuban government worker has a monthly wage which is less than what the average American worker makes in an hour.

It is true that every country has some Socialist enterprises at the federal, state or local levels. For instance, the U.S. government owns Amtrak and the City of Flint, Michigan owns its water department. Arguably, both would do much better in private hands. France has many more government owned enterprises than neighboring Switzerland. Even France is still basically a capitalistic free-market economy but with far less freedom and prosperity than Switzerland.

Why does Socialism always fail and why will Bernie Sanders’ schemes and to a lesser extent Hillary’s ObamaCare version also fail? Under a capitalist free-market system, the business person seeks to produce goods and services that the consumer wants at the lowest possible cost-which includes having the smallest and most productive work force possible–in order to maximize profits. Under the Socialist model, the political leaders decide what the consumers should have (which is often very different from what they want or need) Productivity and innovation are given short shift, needless workers are hired and few are fired. In almost all cases, costs soon overrun revenues and the losses are made up by even higher taxes or more debt–eventually causing an economic collapse. As economic stagnation increases, the citizens become more restless and either throw off the yoke of government through ballot box, as was done in 1979 in the United Kingdom with the election of Margaret Thatcher, or the protesters are imprisoned until often a bloody revolt occurs.

Now back to Bernie Sanders who has proposed “Medicare for all” as one of his many schemes. Professor Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts, Dept of Economics has examined the Sanders plan (and has no political ax to grind) he estimates it would cost $40.9 Trillion between 2017-2026 Hospitals and doctors would be forced to take huge cuts, driving many out of the medical profession, reducing innovation and standards in health care. Patients would be forced to wait in long queues. It would be like the present failed Veterans Administration health system for all.

Back in 2002 Joshua Muravchik wrote a classic book on the history of Socialism. Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (available at Amazon.com) Perhaps it is time for the political class, including the commentators, to go back and read it and realize again that the next time the Socialists will not get it right because the model is fatally flawed.

What is most disturbing is the idea that America–and its unique success as a nation, was built around individual liberty and opportunity, not collective coercion. All too many no longer understand what the American Founders were trying to and largely did achieve.

The young people who support Bernie Sanders and even Hillary Clinton, seem to be generally ignorant of why America worked. Many do not want the government to restrict unfettered abortions or their right to smoke pot but seem to be oblivious that Socialism and big government makes everyone into an economic slave. Many workers in the Soviet Union as is true of North Korea and Cuba today, could not even choose their own profession, or what town or apartment block they lived in. Such restrictions are the logical and necessary outcomes of Socialism, unless it is thrown off before it reaches that stage.

Those in the news media who have an opportunity to quiz the presidential candidates, would do the citizens a great favor if they could discern what the candidates really know about the Constitution and the arguments made in the Federalist Papers.

Related: CATO Matthew Feeney–Bernie Sanders Democratic Socialism

Bernie Sanders Plan to Bankrupt the Country -Latinos Ready to Vote

H/T: CATO Institute

ObamaCare Implosion: Deductibles Rising Faster Than Premiums & Wages – Majority of Co-Ops Fail

ObamaCare Deductibles(Kaiser) Since 2010 Deductibles for All Workers Have Risen Almost 3X
as Fast as Premiums and About 7X as Fast as Wages & Inflation

Since 2010 both the share of workers deductibles and the size of those deductibles have increased sharply. These two trends result in a 67% increase in deductibles since 2010 much faster than the rise in single premiums (24%) and about seven times the rise in workers wages (10%) and general inflation (9%)

“With deductibles rising so much faster than premiums and wages, its no surprise that consumers have not felt the slowdown in health spending,” Kaiser Family Foundation President/CEO Drew Altman said.

In related ObamaCare news, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, that a majority of ObamaCare insurance co-ops (12 of 23) have now failed and their $1.24 Billion of taxpayer loans have all but vaporized. As more fail, nearly a million Americans may lose insurance coverage as the contagion from their failures spreads.

More here from Washington Free Beacon

Covered California 2016 Rate Hike 4% If You’re Lucky, Some Will Realize a 30% Increase

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(IBD) ObamaCare/Covered California trumpeted the news on Monday that premiums are set to rise 4% in 2016 slightly less than last years 4.2% increase.

While avoiding the double-digit premium hikes that have been proposed in many other states, many consumers may not be so celebratory when they find out what is happening to their deductibles which are already sky high.

Particularly hardest hit are people seeking the lowest cost ‘bronze-level’ coverage. In 2016 these plans will carry a deductible of $6,000 (an increase of $1,000 from 2015) and a separate drug deductible of $500 — After the deductible is met bronze coverage will cap R/X costs at $500 mo the combined $6,500 deductible will then be 30% higher than in 2015

Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said in a conference call that in 2016 a visit with a Specialist (with a $90 co-pay) will be allowed as part of three partly covered physician visits, left unsaid is that low income individuals facing a $6,500 deductible could easily be swamped with debt after getting limited benefits before the deductible is met. — This is perhaps ObamaCare/Covered California Achilles’ heel given that enrollment has badly lagged expectations.

Related: Covered California Rates Jump 7% in Northern California

John ‘Spanky’ Roberts Gift to Libs by George Bush, Do You Want Another Bush in The White House?

John Spanky RobertsChief Justice John ‘Spanky’ Roberts a Gift to Liberals
Who Keeps on Giving –Image: PolitiCat

H/T: Thank You TIMENOUT

Covered California Premiums Rise to Historic Levels

Covered California...Almost Everyone on Yelp Has Given ‘Covered California’ Lowest Rating
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(CHCF) The average monthly health insurance premium in California was $1467 for a family and $560 for single coverage–these figure include the employer contribution.

Covered California premiums which include employer contributions were 11% higher than the national average and 5% higher for a family –historically California Health Ins premiums have been lower than the national average.

Flashback: Remember when Obama Claimed that Health Insurance Premiums for a Family Would be $2,500 Lower by the End of his First Term — How’s that Govt mandated health care working out for you?

Related: Red Ink Could Kill Covered California –OC Register

One-Third Drop Covered California –Newsmax

Covered California is in Trouble with Massive Deficit & Low Enrollment

Happy 5th Birthday ObamaCare: More Than Half of Americans Don’t Like You

Real Clear Politics ObamaCareAccording to the Latest Real Clear Politics Average of Obama’s Signature Legislative Achievement 52.5% Americans Oppose ObamaCare

(The Daily Signal) Unfortunately for IHOP Franchiser Scott Womack who owned 12 restaurants in Ohio and Indiana with plans to expand his franchise to add 14 new locations in Ohio before ObamaCare was signed into law. Womack estimated that the Affordable Unaffordable Care Act would cost him $7,000 per full-time employee to provide health care coverage leaving him with few options:

Cut costs, eliminate staff, reduce hours or convert workers to part-time status.

Facing the prospect of ObamaCare’s  employer mandate taking effect on 01 January, 2015 Womack was forced to sell his IHOP franchise.

What are other Americans saying about ObamaCare:

  • Kristina Ribali@Twitter: “5 years after ObamaCare and my deductible went from $1,200 a year to $6,000 a year per person. Family from $6,000 to $12,000”
  • Gavin Preston, MD @Twitter: “All of my Doctor friends, except for one, have told me if they had to accept ‘Covered California’ (The ACA exchange) payments, out of business.”
  • Covered California@Facebook:  Elena Furlan Ross writes: “Covered California is a SCAM!! I paid $416 monthly premium, I went to the doctor, paid my copay and the doctor sent me a bill for $1225 because COVERED CALIFORNIA denied the claim! Do not buy Covered California, Do not waste your money, you will receive no health coverage.”
  • Nabeel Amin@Twitter: “Left with no coverage in an urgent situation courtesy @CoveredCA and @BlueShieldCA with no recourse or responsibility.”
  • Nabeel Amin@Twitter: “…@CoveredCA 5 hours of non-stop calls and all they can say is we don’t know why your account was terminated.”

Related: Ask Emily: ObamaCare Adds More Pain to Taxes –OC Register

Covered California Sends 120K Corrected Tax Forms Thousands Still Wait

Insurance Choices Dwindle in Rural California as Blue Shield Pulls Back

CBO: ObamaCare Will Result in 10 Million Losing Employer Based Health Ins Plans

CBO Warning....

(IBD) Congressional Budge Office (CBO) says in a new report ObamaCare will  cause 10 Million to lose their employer based health plans within the next 6 yrs–the latest findings also thoroughly debunks the myth that ObamaCare proponents made when trying to sell the law–about how those with employer based coverage, have nothing to worry about.

CBO IBDObamaCare Architect ‘Stupid Americans’ Jonathan Gruber  for example claimed that the ACA was specifically designed “to leave those who are happy with their employer sponsored insurance alone.”

Likewise, the Obama Administration insisted that “respected independent analysts have concluded that the number of Americans who get their health insurance at work will not change in any significant way.”

Of course, who can forget Obama’s ‘Big Whopper’ that he repeated over-and-over that Americans who liked their health insurance plans (like their doctors) can keep them.

ObamaCare Architect ‘Stupid Americans’ Jonathan Gruber: Abortions Led to Crime Drop & Economic Benefit

Obama GruberBirds of a Feather: Obama: I have stolen ideas from…Jonathan Gruber; ObamaCare Architect ‘Stupid Americans’ Jonathan Gruber

(NRO/Mona Charen) Jonathan Gruber, sage of MIT and proud champion of ObamaCare, may well have had the worst year in public life, he repeated demonstrations of arrogance, contempt for the American people and smug self-satisfaction brought mortification to Democrats–his glib references to redistributionist aspects of the ACA gave the lie to to Democratic Party’s dubious claim that the mandate was not a tax, along with the excruciating (to Democrats) acknowledgement, that presidential oaths to the contrary, notwithstanding, Democrats regard ‘nontransparency’ as their friend.

So hail the verbal incontinent Mr. Gruber for revealing the truth underlying ObamaCare:  It wouldn’t have passed if presented honestly. Gruber, Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Co. didn’t ever succeed in hoodwinking the majority of Americans–ObamaCare was unpopular when proposed, despised when passed and remains disliked to this day. Gruber’s contribution was to put a frame around its essential deception.

In case we needed another reason to be frustrated with Jonathan Gruber, writes Cortney O’Brien in LifeNews.com America’s most infamous ObamaCare architect who insulted our intelligence also once argued that abortion has helped improve our nation’s economy and social environment.

In a paper entitled, Abortion Legalization and Child Living Circumstances: Who is the “Marginal Child?” Gruber co-authored in May, 1997 for the Natl Bureau of Economic Research, Gruber and his two colleagues suggested that abortion has helped save the nation money and social woes together arguing:

We find evidence of possible sizable positive selection: the average living circumstances of cohorts of children born immediately after abortion became legalized, improved substantially relative to preceding cohorts and relative to places where the legal status of abortion was not changing.

Our results suggest that marginal children who were not born as a result of abortion legalization would have been systematically been born into worse circumstances had the pregnancies not been terminated. They would have been 70% more likely to live in a single parent household, 40% more likely to live in poverty, 35% more likely to die during the first year of life and 50% more likely to be in a household collecting welfare.

The last of these findings implies that the selection effects operating through the legalization of abortion saved the government over $14 Billion in welfare payments through the year 1994

“Considering that 30% of Abortions are obtained by African-American Women–though they comprise just 13% of the population,” writes Mona Charen in National Review Online “Gruber was in effect arguing that reducing the number of poor black children was, not to put to fine a point on it, a ‘positive good.’ One cannot begin to imagine the outcry if a Conservative  academic had published similar conclusions.”

“Leaving aside the moral obtuseness of arguing that abortion is justified because it reduces crime or welfare expenditures (which party is supposed to be sting with welfare, again?) and consider the many, many possible explanations for the drop in crime that began in the 1990s (such as an aging population–I digress) but lets imagine Gruber was right–that legalizing abortion eliminated a big cohort of the criminal element and led to a drop in crime. Did everyone of those aborted criminals merit the death penalty? The car thieves? The embezzlers? Did each one deserve a preemptive death penalty?”

“It is upsetting to say the least writes Cortney O’Brien, that someone who thought so highly of Roe -v- Wade was helping to craft our national health care law. Perhaps it explains who ObamaCare is filled with abortion subsidies–plans that indirectly fund the procedure,” and government lawyers going into federal courts to force Christian benevolent organizations such as the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ to comply with the ObamaCare mandate.

Obama Administration Scrubs HealthReform.gov of ‘Americans Can Keep Their Health Insurance’

Obama Promises Keep Health Ins(Daily Caller) The Obama Administration’s HealthReform.gov website promoting ObamaCare (above) has been scrubbed of the promises made:

During the health reform debate, President Obama made clear to Americans that, ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.’ He emphasized there is nothing in the new law that would force them to change their plan or doctors. Today the Dept of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury issued a new regulation for health coverage in place on March 23, 2010 that makes good on that promise by:

  • Protecting the ability of individuals and businesses to keep their current plan;

On the last day of the ObamaCare enrollment period, uncovered records reveal the deleted website assured Americans they could keep their existing health plans. Thankfully the Internet’s “Way Back Machine” give us a shot of Healthreform.gov final big screaming homepage ‘Keeping the Health Plan You Have: The Affordable Care Act and “Grandfathered” Health Plans.’

Flashback: On the 12 November I posted here a screenshot of ‘Team Obama 2008’ promises that Americans would not have to change their healthcare plans and that ObamaCare will ‘save a typical family up to $2,500 on premiums…’ Yade, Yade, Yade–all of which we also now know turned out to be lies upon lies.

After Dems Took Beating in Midterms, Now NY Sen Chuckie Schumer Says ObamaCare Was a Mistake

ObamaCare GetGrubberingOn the Anniversary of ObamaCare ‘Pajama Boy’ –Image: TriggaNometry

(NY Daily News) Disingenuous: After Democrats took beating in midterm elections, now NY Liberal Sen Chuckie Schumer says, ObamaCare was a big mistake.

Will Schumer be soliciting enough Democrat votes in the new Republican led Senate in 2015 to override a presidential veto to repeal ObamaCare?