Refuse to be nannied? Then get ready to be sued.

November 18, 2010

This quote is part of a longer article on why the author won’t ever vote for Mitt Romney for president until he admits that RomneyCare was a mistake, but there’s a clip that is relevant to our future under Romneycare’s national cousin, ObamaCare. Mitt’s bad medicine:

No, this is all about policy, specifically Romneycare – which has thus far been the Big Dig of health care, except costs have risen faster.

Obamacare has the benefit of having not yet been fully implemented. It’s already hurting the economy and costing people their jobs, but the worst has yet to arrive. Well the Romneycare disaster is already upon us.

The highest health insurance costs, the highest medical costs and the fastest rising costs. Massachusetts has them all, thanks to Romney. And they’re getting worse.

Meanwhile the Herald reported yesterday that the folks at the beloved Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector created under Romneycare are “cracking down on more than 3,000 residents who are fighting state fines, and has even hired a private law firm to force the health insurance scofflaws to pay penalties of up to $2,000 a year.”

Big Brother is watching – and suing – you.

Emphasis added.

The same is almost inevitable under ObamaCare, because its universal coverage provisions require universal subscription, either through buying one of the government-approved (and more expensive) plans, or by paying a tax penalty fine for refusing to buy a plan. That’s the infamous individual mandate, which takes the unprecedented step of requiring citizens, as a condition for merely living, to engage in an economic activity whether they want to or not – and punishes you if you refuse. And it is unconstitutional.

But, the government has to have this money in order for ObamaCare to even have a snowball’s chance of working. It must take money from the more healthy, younger portion of the workforce that won’t need as much insurance to subsidize universal coverage for the remainder, which is likely to need more frequent and more expensive care. (Rationing comes into this, too, but that’s a separate issue.)

Thus, as costs increase under ObamaCare (and even the government says they will), pressure will mount to go after those who refuse to pay the fine,  as the article describes, and maybe even after those who game the system by paying the fine and then buying coverage only when they truly need it.

So, get ready. Not only will Uncle Sam tell you what kind of insurance you must buy and at what price, but he’ll probably sue you if you don’t play along.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Cultural Jihad: the Massachusetts mega-mosque

June 15, 2010

PJTV’s Bill Whittle interviews Charles Jacobs of Boston over the controversial mosque built in the Boston suburb of Roxbury:

Jacob’s brings up a good point that I’ve seen elsewhere, such as in the writings of Robert Spencer: the mosque isn’t just a place of worship, but a symbol of conquest.

RELATED: Pat Condell with words of advice for us about the Ground Zero mega-mosque.


First casualties of ObamaCare

March 23, 2010

Kiss off 1600 jobs, thanks to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

The people at Zoll Medical Corporation saw a ray of hope in January when Scott Brown was elected senator from Massachusetts. Located in Chelmsford, 30 miles outside Boston, Zoll is the nation’s leading manufacturer of heart defibrillators, which save thousands of heart attack victims each year. Back in January, as the Senate race was raging, both House and Senate Democrats wanted to impose a crippling new tax on the makers of medical devices, Zoll included, to help pay for Obamacare.

The total tax on the industry would be about $2 billion a year, or $20 billion over the next decade. Companies watched nervously as lawmakers pushed ahead, first the House and then the Senate. But then Brown was elected on the promise to be the crucial Republican vote to stop health care reform. For Zoll, things were looking up.

Not anymore. The bill passed by the House Sunday night contains a particularly damaging version of the $20 billion hit for the medical device industry, meaning Zoll and other medical device makers could well be headed for hard times.

“We believe that the tax will cost us somewhere between $5 million and $10 million a year,” says Richard Packer, Zoll’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Our profit in 2009 was $9.5 million.”

That would be a devastating blow. Zoll employs about 1,800 people. Roughly 1,600 of them are in the United States, and about 650 of those are in Massachusetts. Once the new tax kicks in, that could all change. “We can’t run this company at a break-even or a negative rate,” says Packer, “so we will be forced to look at alternatives.”

Alternatives such as shipping those jobs overseas, passing on higher costs to customers, or just going out of business because the new taxes make staying in business more trouble than it’s worth.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: raising taxes in a recession is one of the worst things a government can do and is guaranteed to choke off the job-creating energy of any recovery. Zoll is just the first drop of a coming unemployment storm, as businesses all rethink their hiring and even the country within which they do business. The Progressives’ fanatical desire to remake us into a European social democracy will also have the result of giving (lower) levels of growth and (higher) levels of long-term unemployment, and all for a health-care reform that will not do a damned thing they promised.

Genius. Sheer frakking genius.


From the bunker: Hitler learns of Scott Brown’s victory

January 20, 2010

That was fast, though you knew it was coming: the latest Downfall parody.

I never get tired of these.  Hee hee

(via R.S. McCain)


Massachusetts Miracle

January 16, 2010

Political campaigns these days inspire a lot of videos on YouTube; the Massachusetts senate race is just the latest.

But this one is real good:

Our video-guru Tito gives this one extra points for making good use of Massachusetts history to frame the current contest and for reminding people we have the means to resist tyrants that our ancestors lacked. Well done. Applause

The election is Tuesday. Let’s help make a miracle in Massachusetts and the nation. Let’s elect that 41st vote against liberal fascism. Go to Scott Brown’s donation page and give. You can learn more about him here.

(hat tip: Mark Tapscott)


Worst candidate ever? Check.

January 15, 2010

Really, I thought the Democrats had hit bottom with John Kerry in 2004, but that was until I’d discovered Martha Coakley, heir to Democratic nominee for Ted Kennedy’s throne the US Senate from Massachusetts. Let’s review, shall we?

  • Act as if the seat is already yours? Check.
  • Claim that the terrorists have all left Afghanistan days after a terrorist kills several CIA agents… in Afghanistan? Check.
  • Refuse to meet the voters and insult a beloved state landmark? Check.
  • Tell Catholics they shouldn’t work in emergency rooms because of their religion? In a heavily Catholic state? Check.

And, for the cherry on the sundae, trust your advertising to allies who think it’s a great idea to attack your opponent as a lackey of Wall Street in an ad using an image of the World Trade Center as the background.

I really thought Scott Brown had no chance, and Coakley may still win the election, but she may be accomplishing what was once thought to be impossible: handing a Senate seat –the one held by Ted Kennedy, no less– to a Republican in Deep Blue Massachusetts, which in turn would spell almost certain death for Kennedy’s beloved nationalized health care.

Is it possible she’s a deep-cover agent for Karl Rove? Or is she really this miserable a candidate?

ADDENDUM: Speaking of Kerry, the Democrats missed a chance in 2008 to surpass his ineptitude by failing to nominate his 2004 running-mate, John Edwards. I guarantee you, he would have been a total train wreck.

UPDATE: The hits keep coming: Rip off a corporate trademark and earn yourself a cease and desist letter? And you’re the state’s chief law-enforcement officer? Check.