Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Robbing Peter to pay Pablo

Intellectual leaders of the Democratic party fear that if President Obama is unable to salvage a health care bill that increasingly looks like it it's indefinitely stuck in legislative limbo, party members will be unwilling to touch it in the future:

"If Bill Clinton couldn't get it done, and Barack Obama can't do it, no Democrat will ever try again," said economist Len Nichols, health policy director at the New America Foundation.


"History is written by the victors, not the vanquished," said Chris Jennings, congressional liaison for then-first lady Hillary Clinton during the 1990s debate. "Failure would serve as the ultimate judgment as to whether this effort was worth doing."

In a recent VDare column, Steve Sailer linked to a handy report from the DHHS on the country's uninsured population.

The pertinent information I want to highlight follows. The index simply shows the ratio of a group's representation among the uninsured population to its representation among the population as a whole. For example, 48% of the country's uninsured are white (as of 2005, when the report was written) and whites comprise 67% of the population at large, so the white value is .72. A value over 1.00 indicates that a group is overrepresented among the uninsured population; a value under 1.00 shows that the group is underrepresnted.

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The figures in the DHHS report are rounded to the nearest whole percentage point, so the range for the true value for Native Americans is enormous (2% of the uninsured, 1% of the total population--at 2.4% of the uninsured and .6% of the population, it'd be 4.00; at 1.5% and 1.4%, it'd be only 1.07) and should consquently be taken lightly. What is clear is that of the four major ethnic/racial groups in the US, Hispanics are the least likely to be insured under the current system.

Increasing tax rates on "Cadillac plans", forcing insurance providers to cover clients who are going to lose them money (those with pre-existing conditions), and expanding Medicaid benefits to everyone earning under 150% of the federally designated poverty line are real costs. And these costs are to disproportionately be borne by whites for the sake of non-whites, especially Hispanics. More specifically, with the specter of the amnesty apparition that was buried in 2006 hovering on the horizon and the total lack of credibility in all politicians' claims that non-citizens will be precluded from enjoying the health care bill's benefits, this means it is illegal Hispanic immigrants who stand to gain the most, primarily at the expense of white American citizens.

I'm too parochial to really invest myself in the debate. My employer provides me with 'free' full coverage that I never use and never plan on needing to use (like living forever, so far, so good!). Initially, I was intrigued by the idea of reducing Medicare benefits to cover the cost of the reforms, as just about anything that reduces Medicare payments--resources destined to have a negative ROI of close to 100%--is something I'm inclined to support. That's a moot point now, as the politically unacceptable idea died several months ago.

This, however, certainly encourages me to be more firmly critical of any plan to universally expand coverage. Like virtually all government programs not directed at those over the age of 65, it aims to take from whites and give to NAMs.


Anonymous said...

yep....100% true

Anonymous said...

The only real structural problem we have in healthcare costs is the rising percentage of non-paying consumers. Medicaid, Medicare and the uninsured are non-paying consumers and they consume the most. The single most effective way to deal with it is to deport illegals and require new immigrants to buy insurance in order to get a green card. They should have to file with the insurance company who would then report them to the gov't if they don't pay the premiums. They they could be deported. Simplest fix is to follow Eisenhower's example, deport, deport, deport.

Anonymous said...

That's right, history is written by the victors, not by the vanquished.

That's why ALL Japanese textbooks properly put the atomic bombs in the context of the war started by Japan for its own imperialist purposes. None of them EVER portray Japan as an innocent victim, or even make it seem like Pearl Harbor was a mere footnote.


Max said...

What you guys fail to realize is that without health reform you will still be paying for uninsured. How the hell do you think they getting healthcare now? trough ER and thanks to EMTALA they cannot be turned down

And with current extreme administrative and operating costs US healthcare is horrible overprices, doubly so in ER

Reform is needed, maybe not the kind Obama pushes (which seems to favor insurance companies more than constituents)

Check out how many hospitals go bankrupt and have to close entirely (or just the ER) due to that.

With current status quo the system will crash in near future (10-20 years)

Audacious Epigone said...


Exactly. History has shown that a little deportation goes a long way in getting illegal immigrants to voluntary remove themselves from the country. During Operation Wetback, it's estimated that for every deportation, seven or eight left on their own.

Aki_Izayoi said...

Damn, I love socialism, but I realize that it is politically impossible because "Robbing Stefan to pay Sven" works while "Robbing Peter to pay Pablo" doesn't.

Audacious Epigone said...


Love it!

Anonymous said...

I'm dusappionted to see people talking abuot precluding non-citizens from being able to benefit, and about forcing new immigrants to buy indirance whether they need it or not.

Hard-working, intelligent legal immigrants are just the kind of people that America needs to attract. Particularly young ones in their 20s fresh out of school, for whom any kind of income-based insurance plan will be a giant net loss and an incentive to start their careers somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

America doesn't need any legal immigrants either.We don't need them to compete with us for jobs.I am tired of all immigrants-legal and illegal.

Who says young people don't need insurance. Sure, they get sick less, but they get cancer and other diseases also and you need the healthier people to pay into the system or the premiums would be even higher than they are now.