We now live in this weird wannabe-utopian yet Orwellian 1984-ish dysfunctional society filled with liberals that want the United States to switch to a communist regime. Despite the failures of socialism and communism all over the world, these people decry the evils of capitalism. Ironically, they seem to completely ignore that it's the very same system of capitalism... making a profit for producing new and innovative products... allowed the United States to be the frontrunner for medical advancement. And despite the failure of the socialism that has made it's way into our capitalistic society, liberals still want it. What is this dismal example of complete failure? Our friend: Medicaid.
There's an underlying truth to why this is a this failure, which seems to elude common sense. When you point out the blatantly obvious, all it does is anger liberals everywhere. What is this blatant truth?
What liberals everywhere want is for someone ELSE to pay for their medication and treatment.
You can separate out people into various categories. Let me simplify it for discussion:
We have poor people...
1. Poor people want someone else to pay because they don't have the money. They look at it is a temporary thing and they work hard to get out of the hole and better their lives. Those that work hard and smart get out of their hole and off of Medicaid. I don't mind my taxes going to help these people. Most people don't mind because the recipients of the benefits are trying to better their lives.
2. Then there's poor people that have a condition that precludes them from ever obtaining the income to pay for the treatment of their condition. They want the mercy of other people around them to help them out, and that's certainly understandable in situations where they have a condition that precludes them from ever obtaining an income to pay for their condition. Yeah, we need to help these people and we don't mind our taxes used to help the truly destitute.
3. But then there's poor people that are poor because they don't care to try and make their lives better. They're lazy and take advantage of various government programs. They scam the system, often on multiple levels. Liberals try to pretend this category doesn't exist, but it's there and it's huge.
Then we have people that aren't poor. We have middle income people and high income people...
4. There's people that have an income but can't afford their medication because they have a condition which requires expensive medication or treatment. Their insurance doesn't cover all of it, so they want someone else to pay for their medication and treatment.
5. There's people that have sufficient income or assets but they want someone else to pay.
6. There's people that have a big income and plenty of assets, but they still want someone else to pay.
There's a mentality out there among liberals that truly believe anyone that's on Medicaid exists in either category 1, 2, or 4. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, they just refuse to admit that people should pay for their own bills. What they really promote is the odd dystopian society of socialism. Some of the tenets of that dystopia is wealth redistribution and reclassification of the commodity of healthcare as a "right," like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
And when you ask who will end up paying for all of it, you either get no answer, or "everyone."
Doesn't that sound nice? Shouldn't we all just chip in so grandma can get her insulin? Besides, you'd want people to chip in when it's your turn, right?
The problem with statements like "we should all chip in" is that it doesn't really specify who's chipping in what? And "chipping in" implies charity. We already have charity. There are multiple charitable organizations, including churches and synagogues, where people donate time, knowledge, and most importantly, MONEY, to help those that need help.
But that's not really what the liberal wants. What the liberal actually wants is forced "charity." "We should all chip in" is really newspeak for "I'm going to take MORE out of your paycheck to pay for socialized medicine for everyone." It doesn't matter that you're already paying a lot in taxes. It doesn't matter that those at the poverty level pay nothing in taxes. It's cleverly disguised language for "I want to redistribute your wealth to those that don't have it." It doesn't matter which category people are in. It doesn't matter how hard you worked to get to your income level or how much you owe toward school loans or how much you willingly give to charity now. We insist that you "chip in" and support everyone.
Recently on Twitter I made the statement: "I believe Medicaid has it's place, but it's NOT for people who drive a Lexus and have a Starbucks in their hand all the time."
A large number of people hit the "favorite" button for that tweet. The last count was 105. Oh, but wait. There was a also a few people that were quick to judge my tweet by telling me that I was too quick to judge. (Yes, irony inferred). How could I judge someone simply because they're driving an expensive car and always have an expensive drink in their hand? For all I know they could be driving the neighbor's car and they use a Starbucks gift card (that was obviously given to them) every time they come in.
Those who were quick to judge my tweet that was so "quick to judge" the Lexus-driving Starbucks lady were completely unaware of the rest of the story... that the Lexus-driving Starbucks lady freely admitted to taking advantage of Medicaid and actually laughed when Flynn the technician and I had shocked looks on our faces when she bragged about her deception.
I'd like to say this is an isolated incident... that the majority of people on Medicaid driving expensive cars and wearing expensive clothes, holding the latest iPhone that they pulled out of their Louis Vuitton handbag... the ones that live in expensive $500,000 homes in Snootyville... that they all have a story why they're on Medicaid and why someone else should pay for their medication.
Unfortunately, it's not an isolated incident and the 105 people that hit the "favorite" button on that tweet know it too. They see it all the time just like I do. I'm tired of people that scam the system. I worked hard for my doctorate of pharmacy. And I pay a lot in school loans for that degree. I earn my income, every damn day. I am highly paid and I earned the right to that income because of the work I put in to earn my degree. I don't need to have more of my income taken away from me and redistributed to people unwilling to put in the hard work that I did. And that's reasonable and fair. I give freely to charity. I have a charitable heart but I already pay a lot in taxes.
I don't need a socialistic government to take my hard-earned income to pay for people that think someone else should pay for their medication.