Random thoughts off the chest

It’s sex, not gender. Avoid the misleading term ‘gender.’ For quite a while lefties have invited us to confuse sex with gender. For them sex is a problem, given the differences between men and women. Gender is better; since it is imaginary, it can be stretched to cover many situations otherwise embarrassing to lefty ideology.

Just to be clear: if biology is not destiny, it is not far off. There are definite sexual differences between the two sexes, many with clear medical implications. Other differences appear in daily life. For instance, this article gives many  reasons why women cannot run as fast as men, Wonder Woman and transgenderism notwithstanding. (Would that the Pentagon accept this obvious truism.)

It’s race, not skin color. There are real racial differences, some with serious medical consequences. Some people from India have very dark skin, but have nothing to do racially with Africans. Race may have no moral meaning, but in many situations it can be a proxy for culture. And not all cultures are equal. None of this is trivial, though the use of the term ‘skin color’ is an attempt is make it so.

It’s about insurance, not health care. The current ‘health care’ proposal before the U.S. Senate is only the first step. A complete repealing and replacement is precluded at the moment by the Senate’s arcane and harmful rules – Senates are always a problem. – Despite that, Avik Roy, an expert in this field, thinks the Senate bill improves on the House bill, because it better enables the near-elderly working poor afford coverage. Click here for his and Guy Benson’s views. Follow the link to Roy’s enthusiastic Forbes article. My thoughts below.

Claims that n millions of people will be set adrift without ‘health care’ if the Republican plan is signed into law are NOT TRUE. The CBO scoring is so incomplete as to be fraudulent. Not even the Feds know who will and will not have insurance, absent knowledge of what the states will do and what millions of individual choices will be.

  • Having health insurance is not the same as having health care. Medicaid payments are so low that many, perhaps most doctors refuse to treat Medicaid patients. Insurance with large copayments and deductibles, not to speak of long waits for treatment, often leads to no care at all.
  • Some studies show that patients treated at emergency rooms receive care no worse and sometimes slightly better than through Medicaid. So the billions spent on Medicaid are …
  • Many of those who bought insurance from the ObamaCare exchanges did so only under compulsion of the individual mandate. They would rather not buy insurance at all and gamble on their youth or use the free care of the emergency room. Is permitting people to exercise their freedom cause for wailing and moaning? Millions did not die on the streets before the ObamaCare individual mandate.
  • Inexpensive policies covering disastrous medical conditions only may not be legally available to these people. Nor will the ability to buy insurance across state lines. But states will be free to enact work requirements for Medicaid. Some people may choose to forego subsidized insurance payments if it means having to work. Let’s not forget what Saint Paul said of those “walking in idleness:” If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” (2 Thess, 3:10)
  • Many of those whose Federal subsidies might be reduced may indeed have to pay more. Or not – the market for individual policies has been ruined by ObamaCare, but costs may fall fairly quickly in a less regulated marketplace. (Again Senate rules preclude removing many of ObamaCare most damaging provisions.) What about paying one’s fair share?
  • No Federal law will prevent any state from supplementing Federal insurance subsidies with its own money. States like many people are completely dependent on suckling the Federal teat. States are also free to create their own insurance pools, as is done for car insurance. They may also reduce their regulations to lower the costs individual policies.

Perhaps it is not even about insurance, but simply votes.   

Troglo (L. H. Kevil)