Where else in our economy do we pay for something and get nothing in return? We are now not only forced to give total strangers our money for virtually free, but also, we have to pay for their healthcare insurance with no say in the lifestyle of the people who are getting subsidized. What kind of an outrageous extortion game are the liberals/socialist (libs/socs) playing? The answer is simple. They want their cake and eat it too.
If we are being forced to pay for total strangers’ healthcare insurance then at the very least we, the payers, should get a say in how the charity cases manage their lives, that’s only fair. So, I believe I have outlined a fair list of behaviors/actions that we should demand from people who receive subsidized healthcare insurance:
1) All the people that receive subsidized insurance MUST be within 10% of their body mass index (BMI) and must do at least 0.5 hours of cardiovascular exercises at a heart rate that would help to maintain their weight within this 10% BMI limit, exceptions are listed below:
1a) If overweight (defined as more than 10% over normal BMI), calorie intake shall be immediately reduced to 2,000 per day and mandatory daily cardiovascular exercise for 1 hour at a heart rate that would allow weight loss;
1b) If obese (defined as more than 20% over normal BMI), calorie intake shall be immediately reduced to 1,500 per day and mandatory daily cardiovascular exercise for 1.5 hours at a heart rate that would allow weight loss;
1c) Everyone that receives subsidized insurance MUST be weighed-in once every 3-months to insure that their weight is not in violation of rule 1);
1d) Anyone that is overweight or obese will be given 12-months to return to normal parameters for every 10% over normal or lose their subsidized insurance until they get back within normal parameters.
2) Everyone that is diabetic, has high blood pressure, has heart disease, high cholesterol, or have other physical conditions that are affected by food choices must only eat that which helps their condition or are neutral to their conditions, and must not eat anything that negatively affects their condition, following are some examples of dos and don’ts;
2a) Diabetics: Shall not consume any high glycemic foods or liquids or foods that contain high glycemic ingredients including, but not limited to sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, pancake syrup and other sweeteners; only sweeteners allowed will be sugar-based artificial sweetener such as “Splenda,” 100% blue agave or golden honey cactus powder. Other artificial sweetener such as Equal, saccharin, sorbitol and the like will not be allowed. No sweet deserts will be allowed such as cakes, pies, ice cream, pastries, etc. Fruit consumption will be limited to 2oz. of plain berries per day. No fried foods allowed. Vegetable consumption will be double that of normal allowances and red meat intake will be reduced to half of normal intake. Fish and chicken will take the place of red meats. No lard, butter or margarine consumption will be allowed, and no more than 2 oz. of other oils will be permitted. Dairy products will be limited to half the normal intake. Alcohol will be prohibited and grains or grain-based foods will be strictly limited to half the normal intake;
2b) Subjects with high blood pressure or heart disease: Half the normal intake of salt will be permitted. No fried foods shall be permitted. Double intake of vegetables and fruits, and half the intake of red meats shall be enforced. Fish and chicken will take the place of red meats. All dairy and dairy-products, lard, butter or margarine will not be allowed and oils shall be strictly limited to no more than 2 oz. per day;
2c) Subjects with high cholesterol: No dairy and dairy-products, lard, butter or margarine will be allowed. Only fish, vegetables, roots (potato, carrots, radish, etc.), grains (including flour), fruits and skinless poultry will be permitted to be consumed;
2d) Any other subjects that have a medical condition that require controlling the foods that they consume must strictly abide by the food intake guidance outlined by their doctor;
2e) Anyone who has a medical condition that requires controlling food intake that is found to be in violation of any of the rules for food intake shall be issued a warning to abide by their dietary restrictions, if found to be in violation a second time within a 12-month period, the subject will be assessed a penalty of 5% of their annual income, if found to be in violation a third time in one year then they will be assessed a 10% penalty of their annual income and will lose their subsidized insurance for 3-years.
3) All subsidized individuals will carry an identification card that must be presented at all restaurants, eateries, cafes, food stops (including food vendors, trucks, etc.) and all restaurants will either offer specialized menus or not serve subjects with medical conditions that are affected by food choices.
4) All subsidized entities that are under 30 years of age will undergo once a year physical examinations; subjects between 30 and under 50 will be subject to bi-annual physical examinations; anyone 50 or over will be subject to once quarterly physical examinations. All age appropriate routine exams will be given at these mandatory physical examinations.
6) All females that are capable of bearing children and are subjects of subsidized insurance will use long-term contraception such as doctor-administered injected contraception. Any females that are pregnant and subject to subsidized insurance will either abort the pregnancy or give-up for adoption the baby as soon as it is born.
6a) Anyone found in violation of rule 5) or 6) will immediately lose their subsidies never to qualify again, or, if they want to maintain their subsidies, must give up the child or children for immediate adoption.
6b) Anyone starting a family or adopting a child must prove that they have no need of subsidized health insurance and are not expected to need subsidized health insurance for the next three years.
7) Anyone that did not require subsidized health insurance when starting a family does not need to give up their children if circumstances change and they now require subsidized health insurance. However, anyone that qualified for subsidized health insurance at the time of starting a family or adopting can never again qualify for subsidized health insurance.
8) Anyone that is a beneficiary of subsidized health insurance shall only use generic medicine, unless a generic version is unavailable.
9) When determining the path for pursuing a cure for an illness, subjects of subsidized health insurance shall take the least costly and most direct route that is deemed effective. No optional procedures and choices will be allowed.
10) Anyone that takes subsidized health insurance or benefit from other government social programs will not be allowed to vote in any local, state or federal political elections.
These are fair rules that not only minimize the cost to the tax payers that are forced to pay other peoples insurance bills, but also benefit the health of the subsidized individual. In particular rules 1) through 4) are preventive, which most medical professionals agree would benefit the individual, and minimizes unnecessary costs to the tax payers that are being forced to pay the bills. These rules will also help to lower the cost of health insurance for everyone, which would be a benefit to the society as a whole.
Rules 5) through 7) are where most of the controversy is expected to be encountered. However, like dietary restrictions, the decision to have a family is no longer a financial decision solely vested in the couple that decides to start a family, since health insurance is being burdened by others that have no interest in strangers taking food, shelter, clothing and other materials and goods from their own children. Therefore, it is not only unjust but also cruel for people who are getting freebies to forcefully demand more at the expense of the taxpayers’ children. Therefore, the proliferation of optional subsidies must not be allowed to expand unnecessarily, whether that be in the form of additional health insurance for children, elective surgeries, brand-label drugs or wasteful surgical procedures that are not vital to the physical health of a patient.
Lastly rule 10) is designed to prevent people that receive benefits from government sponsored charity (a.k.a., social programs) to use their voting power to demand more and more without justification or cause. At present, there is nothing that could or would stop the “poor” from forcefully demanding from the “rich” guaranteed incomes of $50,000 per year (average per capita GDP of the US) regardless of whether or not they work, do a good job at work or it can or cannot be economically and financially justified. All that they have to do is elect politicians that are willing to pass tax legislation that would allow such largesse and they will get what they want. And, they just have to continue electing politicians to Congress until they get what they want if others don’t give them what they want.
One of the ways that the “poor” can achieve the goal of getting paid $50,000 per year is to demand that minimum wage increase to about $24 per hour, about 60% more than what they are demanding today, which is $15 per hour. If this new minimum wage causes employers to layoff workers or stop hiring additional workers then the “poor” can elect politicians that would tax company profits at 100% and use the money to pay laid-off workers and those seeking employment $50,000 per year. So, companies have a choice of paying the higher wages or losing all profits. To ease the burden on the companies, the increase in minimum wage can be phased on over 5-years or about $2.80-per-hour-per year — assuming that the $10.10/hour wages currently being debated in Congress actually passes and which the president intends to imbed in all future federal contracts through executive order. This would only be a 18.9% compound annual escalation per year over the next 5 years. This means that about 3.6 MM people would get paid minimum wage that are currently getting at or below minimum wage today. And, Democratic leaders believe that 30 MM people in total would see some sort of a benefit when minimum wages are increased. Therefore, assuming that 30 MM people would get the minimum wage of some $24/hour that amounts to some $1.5 trillion in total wages or less than 10% of our gross domestic product (GDP). In terms of incremental increase in wages, even if we assumed that this was doubling the average wage of those 30 million workers, the increase would be $750 billion or less than 5% of the total US GDP.
According to liberals and socialists, this is absolutely affordable as it only represents an increase of some 37.5% in total personal income taxes collected (including social security and other social insurance taxes). And, given that the top 10% of income (individuals making $155,000 or more) earners pay only a 16% tax rate and corporations only paid some $180 billion in taxes in 2010 at a rate of about 12%, I’m sure that they’d agree that if the minimum wages are not increased to $24/hour, we can tax the “rich” and the corporations to make up the difference.
The bottom-line is that if we are paying for something then we should have a say in what we get in return. In this case, if we are to be forced to pay for other people’s health insurance then we should be able to demand from them good health, efficient use of our money and as little proliferation of spending as possible. Why isn’t this fair? Also, to prevent uncontrolled increase in subsidies, we cannot let the “poor” vote, since they had little or nothing to do with the income that was generated to pay for all of the so called “social programs.” It isn’t rocket science.
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