Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wes Clark is a Fucking Moron
His foolish proposal to assign ratings to political discourse -- including for such nebulous reasons as "propriety" -- forces me to use the above obscenity on principle. Why? Because many of the ideas I articulate here would be censored even more mercilessly than that word on such a basis, the merit of my arguments notwithstanding.
A Lesson From Whole
John Stossel, continuing his series of columns about the debate over socialized medicine, uses as a case study one company that is a favorite of limousine liberals all over the country: Whole Foods Market, an overpriced health food chain based in Texas and also affectionately known as "Whole Paycheck".
If people paid their own bills, they would likely buy high-deductible insurance (roughly $1,000 for individuals, $2,100 for families) because on average, the premium is $1,300 cheaper. But people are so conditioned to expect others to pay their medical bills that they hate high deductibles: They feel ripped off if they must pay a thousand dollars before the insurance company starts paying.Yes. Whole Foods uses Health Savings Accounts! Too bad most of its customers want to "reward" its hard-working employees by depriving them of such a nice benefit and access to good, affordable medical care -- making them accept government rationing and low quality instead.
But high deductibles may be the key to lowering costs and putting you in charge of your health care.
Five years ago, the Whole Foods grocery chain switched to a high-deductible plan. If an employee has a sore throat or a sprained ankle, he pays. But if he gets cancer or heart disease, his insurance covers it.
Whole Foods puts around $1,500 a year into an account for each employee. It's not charity but part of the employee's compensation. It's money Whole Foods would have otherwise spent on more-expensive insurance. Here's the good part for employees: If they don't spend the money on medical care this year, they keep it, and the company adds more next year.
A Snuff Film from Netflix?
At first, I thought, "Qwertz must've watched The Passion of the Christ." But no. It's far worse than the graphic depiction of one man's torture and death. Defenseless children are involved.
Corporate Welfare, Animal "Rights"
Ari Armstrong has the goods on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a left-wing advocacy group that is mounting a media blitz in order to advocate corporate welfare and animal "rights":
According to the article, Neal Barnard, president of the group, said, "Senators take millions from corporations that produce bacon, burgers, and other fatty foods. Then Congress buys up these unhealthy products and dumps them on our school lunch programs." (See the group's news release.)Read it all.
The travesty! The injustice! The solution, then, is to roll back federal intrusion in our diet, right? Of course not.
Washington continues, "Between 1995 and 2004, more than $51 billion in federal agricultural subsidies went to producers of sugar, oil, meat, dairy, alcohol and feed crops to be used to fatten cows and other farm animals, according to the physicians group based in Washington, D.C. ... The watchdog organization is urging Congress to overhaul the Farm Bill and shift more funding to producers of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables to help combat childhood obesity."
In other words, these doctors don't have any problem with federal elites determining people's diets; they just want to be the ones in control of the purse strings.
12th Objectivist Round-Up
Monica is hosting the twelfth Objectivist Carnival at her blog, Spark a Synapse. Lots of intriguing titles there. Take a look.