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“Marxo-Sapiens” to the Rescue, Part 1: Health “Reform” Bill Passes the House

November 8, 2009


Editor’s Note: For more of NewsReal’s coverage of the recent Health Care vote click here.

Karl Marx was a moron. Like so many intellectuals, he thrived in the tree but was lost in the forest. His solution for mankind’s ills was to simply invent a new being. The Marxo-Sapien is a being that happily gives to the maximum of its abilities and takes only what it “needs.” Like Big Foot, this being has never been seen, but is assumed by many to exist. It is implicit in the newly passed Nancy Pelosi “health care” bill. We are all Marxo-Sapiens now.

This day may well have been baked into our national cake once employers introduced health insurance as a tax free benefit during WWII. Thus began the creation of the national illusion that one’s medical care could be had without opportunity costs. It appears “free” for many of those who have it. When we discover it is not free we think a grave injustice has been perpetrated. Therefore, many believe those who do not have it should also get it for “free.” Most people have their medical expenses paid on their behalf by their employer, tax free, and have no idea what medical care actually costs. There is hardly a single other product or service (think food, iPods, automobiles, Satellite TV, etc.) for which that statement can be made. (See What Next: “Universal Food Insurance”? )

It is also not accurate to call what Americans have “health insurance.” Insurance is a product designed to cover specific sets of risks. What we call “health insurance” is really a government constructed, fixed price, pre-paid, “all you can consume” medical care product. That is what we have now in this country. We call this “health insurance.” This system is designed to encourage maximum consumption, similar to “all you can eat” fixed price restaurants. There are many proposals designed to ameliorate some of the worst problems with the current system. Pelosi’s bill is not one of them. What’s coming, if the Senate tracks the House, will be in the same mode as what we already have, only worse.

See Part 2 of “Marxo-Sapiens” to the Rescue tomorrow.

Editor’s Note: Visit Michael Rulle’s Blog Here. See his previous NewsReal commentaries here.

  1. FelixPrismus permalink
    November 8, 2009 1:24 pm

    Where can I get that shirt?

  2. Mark J. Koenig permalink
    November 8, 2009 3:14 pm

    The dirty little secret kept from many gullible American citizens by Democrats has now been fully revealed. This isn’t about health care or health insurance. This is about CONTROL. Control over every possible aspect of our lives. Ask yourself: If Pelosi, Reid, et. al. actually believed this scheme would increase competition and reduce costs, why would they find it necessary to ram such a wildly unpopular plan down our collective throats? Pelosi is on record as having said she would pass this legislation despite her recognition that it might cost her post as Speaker.

    We are witnessing a brazen attempt by Democrats to fundamentally transform the relationship between the state and its citizens. It is nothing less than Marxist in its intentions. It’s clear that the Democrat Party leadership has been in a broad sense quite patient and willing to accept incremental victories in order to enact its radical anti-capitalist agenda.

    We conservatives must continue to fight against this impending disaster with every weapon in our arsenal. Should (God forbid) the Senate pass a similar bill, we are in for a very long and arduous battle to reverse this assault on our freedom and on the very essence of American exceptionalism.

    • FelixPrismus permalink
      November 8, 2009 4:11 pm

      Right on Mark!

    • Chris permalink
      November 8, 2009 4:32 pm

      Absolutely right, Mark. It’s not politics as usual anymore. No more compromise. No more meeting the modern Liberal democrats halfway on anything. Compromising with a modern Liberal is always a losing proposition for the nation and conservatism because it is always in the direction AWAY from Constitutional principles.

      Once this health care gravy train leaves the station, there will be no stopping it and no way back. There will be so much vice, corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse. The entitlement mentality will be boosted into warp drive.

  3. Chris permalink
    November 8, 2009 4:26 pm

    I watched some of the “debate” that went on prior to the vote for the Stupak Amendment and HR 3200. Amazing how many of our congressional reps are so clueless with regard to basic economics. The prevailing notion among modern Liberals seems to be that when government subsidizes an industry (e.g., college tuition, home mortgages, agricultural products), the artificially low price to consumers is the end of it. They really believe in the concept of a Free Lunch.

    Ever wonder why college tuition is so expensive? Even when adjusted for inflation, it cost far less to attend college 30 years ago than it does today. That’s because there are so many grants, scholarships, and low-interest student loan options available today that the higher education market responded, just as any market would. The market price for a product is always exactly and precisely what the market will bear. The price for a box of popcorn is $8.00 because that’s what the market will bear. Any higher and the cinema will lose money. Same for colleges and universities. A college textbook is worth $450.00 because that’s what the market will bear. In other words, the publisher and the college bookstore owner know that the average student is the recipient of some scholarship or other, and that scholarship will underwrite a certain proportion of the cost for the textbook. The student may have to pay the difference, but will never have to pay full price. He only has to pay the SUBSIDIZED or artificial price.

    But the money for the scholarship came from somewhere, and 9 times out of 10 the source is the federal government, i.e., YOU and ME.

    It was so depressing to watch democrat after democrat talk about FREE this and FREE that, as though we could solve all our financial problems simply by giving it to ourselves. Why didn’t we think of this before? Who wants to be a millionaire?

    • Mark J. Koenig permalink
      November 8, 2009 6:51 pm

      The problem here is that we have a large group of voters who actually believe not simply in a “free lunch,” but in the fundamentally radical idea that it is possible to create utopia. At the very least, we have a huge portion of the electorate that was convinced during the last presidential election that Obama’s clearly stated agenda would come without a price tag. They evidently believed that it was possible to fund ever-more-massive governmental programs without devastating the economy and destroying more lives.

      Keynesian economic theory has been thoroughly discredited. The final nail in its coffin OUGHT TO HAVE BEEN the example set by Ronald Reagan’s economic policy. Despite this, and to the continuing consternation of thoughtful conservatives, we have watched as leftist politicians and their willing accomplices in the media have re-written history in order to claim that “Reaganomics” was a failure. How could this happen? I contend that it could NOT have happened without more than 40 years of leftist indoctrination in our public schools, and the domination of the hiring committees in virtually every major U.S.-based university by leftists. Marx had it right when he listed public education as one of the prerequisites necessary to facilitate the transition from capitalism to communism.

      As Ayn Rand so clearly observed, “The men who are not interested in philosophy need it most urgently: they are most helplessly in its power. [They] absorb its principles from the cultural atmosphere around them — from schools, colleges, books, magazines, newspapers, movies, television, etc. Who sets the tone of a culture? A small handful of men: the philosophers. Others follow their lead, either by conviction or by default.”

  4. Elaine B permalink
    November 8, 2009 6:23 pm

    Actually, the government-federal and state-already have an abundance of control over the costs of health care and insurance with mandatory coverage stipulations and price controls through Medicare and Medicaid and the federal employees health insurance program covering millions of current and federal employees.

    Government already fixed the prices and mandated benefits in these three programs so all they are doing with their health care “reform” is take complete control of everyone’s health (or death as the case may be.)

  5. Charles Louis D'Ince permalink
    November 9, 2009 8:03 am

    They said Bush did it all for the oil (and I wish he had, instead of being manipulated by the Saudis). I reckon Seamus O’Bama’s in hock to the pharma giants. They supply the SSRI’s that keep Washington dumb and pliable. Marxism’s like the Grateful Dead: it only works if you’re on drugs.

  6. November 9, 2009 10:35 am

    The subject of government sponsored/mandated health care always reminds me of what P.J. O’Rourke once said: “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it’s free.”


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