02.24.14

America’s Favorite Racist: Obamacare like Nazism

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Ted Nugent, WhiteManistan at 1:53 pm by George Smith


Please proceed, Ted.

Bowing to reader request, more Ted Nugent!

Today, from Media Matters where they listen to all, and I do mean all, his radio broadcast appearances:

NUGENT: Well I got to tell you, Dennis, I just don’t agree at all. There was an incrementalism to what happened in Germany and other places historically, where they came in slowly. And they started, you know, the power struggle between the different races, and the power struggle between different elements of society. And they incrementally worked their way in. And I think that’s what Obamacare is, that’s what I think most of what he represents. The IRS — I really believe that what we see with the IRS can be compared accurately and historically to the early maneuvers of people like jack booted thugs, like the brownshirts. I really believe that and I think that you are being too soft on them, because —

DENNIS MILLER: No, we just disagree Teddy.

NUGENT: I think [Obama] really wants to destroy America. I think he wants to follow the Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals book, destroy our economy, have a — I can’t even think of the term right now — but the war between the haves and the have-nots, when the haves have because they try really hard and the have-nots don’t have because they don’t try as hard.

Give the poor, like me, access to health care they didn’t have before, or who paid out for years into useless junk policies, it’s just like Nazism. But still rather mild when put alongside the routine of comparing a couple famous Jewish people to Joseph Goebbels.

I doubt Ted Nugent has ever read the must cited Saul Alinsky. It’s something he learned about from watching Glenn Beck on Fox News a few years ago.

“He’s a little over the top but he’s funny,” said Mitchell Creson of Nugent.

The above, from a North Carolina newspaper, today, on Nugent being given two handguns decorated with a custom decal process made by a local company.

In Texas, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Greg Abbott, still has a significant polling lead over Democrat Wendy Davis. Despite Nugent, Texas will elect the Republican.

On Friday I asked a couple rock journalists who were in Michigan at Creem magazine in the early-70’s if Ted Nugent had actually always been like this, just without the media megaphone and people willing to reprint it.

No one seemed to know or be willing to comment directly although they did inform that he’d always been something of a fraud.

Also confirmed by a friend from Texas: In the context of state politics Nugent is not much of a liability because his presence brings people to rallies and, paradoxically, the base shares his “family values.” Or they think they do. The distinction between what is reality and what’s imagined is not important.


Krugman, on the GOP and Obamacare, today:

Even supporters of health reform are somewhat surprised by the right’s apparent inability to come up with real cases of hardship. Surely there must be some people somewhere actually being hurt by a reform that affects millions of Americans. Why can’t the right find these people and exploit them?

The most likely answer is that the true losers from Obamacare generally aren’t very sympathetic. For the most part, they’re either very affluent people affected by the special taxes that help finance reform, or at least moderately well-off young men in very good health who can no longer buy cheap, minimalist plans. Neither group would play well in tear-jerker ads …

No, what the right wants are struggling average Americans, preferably women, facing financial devastation from health reform. So those are the tales they’re telling, even though they haven’t been able to come up with any real examples.

Hey, I have a suggestion: Why not have ads in which actors play Americans who have both lost their insurance thanks to Obamacare and lost the family farm to the death tax?

Comparison to Nazism apparently not working.

However, in California some agency has been working to convince seniors that signing up for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, here it’s called Medi-Cal and it’s what I have as of January 1, may have their estates seized as part of the state’s attempt to recoup medical costs after the patient dies.

From the LA Times, over the weekend:

Despite government assurances that the vast majority of Medi-Cal patients needn’t worry about the state trying to claim their assets, growing numbers of new enrollees under Obamacare are voicing concerns after reading warnings on healthcare notices that after their deaths the state “must seek repayment of Medi-Cal benefits” for services provided once they turn 55 …

Established in 1993, the federal government’s estate recovery program was chiefly intended to recoup outlays for lengthy nursing home stays and skilled nursing care, which are among its biggest expenses.

But California and other states have exercised an option in limited instances to recover payment for medical services, from doctor visits and surgeries to managed care payments and drugs.

Norman Williams, a spokesman for the state Department of Health Care Services in Sacramento, says only a tiny fraction of the 9 million patients using Medi-Cal will be affected by cost recovery actions against their estates. Less than a quarter of a percent of the more than $600 billion the state spent on Medi-Cal over the past 20 years has been recovered, he said …

Doreena Wong, a project director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA, an advocacy group, said that the estate collection program is “a barrier to our community” and discouraging many people from completing applications for coverage.

At the Chinatown branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, where Wong’s group has stationed a Chinese-speaking health educator to assist with enrollments, a quarter of potential Medi-Cal recipients are walking away instead of signing up, she said. Many, she added, cite worries about losing their estates.

The newspaper estimates that an additional 2 million people in California will be covered by Medi-Cal through the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare.

It also notes that some Medi-Cal eligible readers have written letters to the newspaper citing fear for their estates after they are die. Health care advocates tell the newspaper when the conflict between the state law and the new conditions of nationwide health care where not forseen. They believe the problem can be remedied by making only nursing home care potentially recoverable or extending exemptions because eligibility is now being determined by income, not including assets like homes and cars.

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