Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Slippery Slope?

According to Congressman Ron Paul, we'll need to hire another 16,500 Internal Revenue Service agents to assure compliance with the recently passed health care bill:

Hefty fines are due from anyone found to have committed the heinous crime of not being a customer of a health insurance company. We will need to hire some 16,500 new IRS agents to police compliance with all these new mandates and administer various fines. So in government terms, this is also a jobs bill. Never mind that this program is also likely to cost the private sector some 5 million jobs.

One thing I'd hoped about prospects for a new health care system was that maybe I wouldn't have to fill out all those forms to qualify for MediCal twice a year. It looks like, instead, a whole bunch of other people are also going to have the government checking their qualifications for health care each year. Hate to see so many people dragged down to my level.

And aside from that, I can't help but wonder just what sort of slippery slope we're going down here with more IRS agents being hired just to look over what should be people's private business?

Sure, they've been delving into people's personal finances for what seems like forever, but what new areas will they delve into now?

Hat tip to for the heads up on this one.



At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would have been much simpler if MediCal was expanded to include any citizen that wants it.

Oh, and do a flat tax. Retrain the newly unemployed IRS employees to fill the nursing shortage. We need anal people double-checking our doctors.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I assume you're referring to MediCARE? MediCal is supposedly the state version of MediCare. Not sure to what extent they differ, but MediCal is one of the programs that is one of the biggest contributors to the state's deficit.

Funny thing is, more and more doctors won't accept MediCal patients since the reimbursement levels are so low. It's frightening to think what the deficit might be if MediCal reimbursed at rates that other insurance policies do.

If you're a MediCal recipient in Humboldt County, your medical options are quite limited.

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, I meant MediCare. California also has Healthy Families, which for some strange reason assists families who earn too much to qualify for MediCal, and it provides better coverage than MediCal.

I thought California's crisis was a combination of the energy scam, the recession (starting with the dot-com bust) and the state's love of bond measures that ensure generations of debt.

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Fred said...

The deficit was caused by a number of things, but the biggest increases in spending over the last ten years were in prisons and MediCal (Healthy Families is included with MediCal). Even if we didn't have a recession I don't think those spending increases could have been maintained. They would of gone bust eventually.

At 6:20 AM, Anonymous "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE" said...

Actually, quite simple to understand the unfolding scheme Fred - here it is again.

Government appraisers and bureaucrats over-value society; then, manipulate world markets to plunge any of a various economies so that those who paid for over-valued junk and meaningless crap now get to watch the de-valuation at work. Then, when people have less money and no jobs, expand government controls and power to take as a penalty the very over-valued asset or personal property that government officials are so willingly helped to financially attain at a cost depreciation to sell it to another through foreclosure laws.

You see Fred - I know you know this stuff - too many brainwashed citizens in this country being led by the financial paparazzi's who pre-select every level of elected officials in this country, just like the local supervisor campaigns, DA campaigns, etc...

Vote for money and vote your own personal demise - simple!

Jeffrey Lytle
McKinleyville - 5th District

At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, MediCal is the California version of the program known in most of the other States as "Medicaid."

MediCal is not the California version of Medicare!

Be that as it may, I wish "our" Congress had voted an expansion of Medicare (Single Payer), rather than this health care "reform." The main thing this bill does is mandate all Americans bow down as slaves to the Insurance Industry. (Proving, incidentally, that We the People no longer control Congress.)

P.S. I am not the same anonymous poster who posted at 10:11 and 2:16.

At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Paul supports the total destruction of Social Security, right? Just thought folks would like to know.


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