One not be imbued with the deductive powers of a Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's mustachioed Belgian detective, to come to the conclusion that Obamacare is precisely what critics today are saying, a colossal attempt to redistribute wealth.
We need only run a few mathematical calculations from what New Hampshire Democrats were boasting (yes, they were actually boasting about a massive new expense!) last week about how much expanded Medicaid would bring to New Hampshire.
By their own words shall we know them and shall we know Obamacare. New Hampshire Democrats, on the House floor mind you (and they would certainly never do what the Speaker said some people were doing--failing to tell the truth) said that the expansion would bring a half million dollars a day into the state.
From those numbers, we can apply a few simple assumptions and determine that expanded Medicaid, if applied nationwide, would either redistribute about...here’s my hypothesis...$40 billion a year...or most likely would simply add that much to an already out of control staggering national deficit.
How do I arrive at those numbers?
As noted, I'm no Hercule Peroit when it comes to solving a mystery, but it's really quite simple. With approximately 1.3 million people, New Hampshire's population is approximately 0.43 percent of the entire nation (305,000,000 or so).
One half million a day works out to an additional cost of--this one is real easy; 0.5 times 365--$182.5 million a year.
That money just doesn't fall from the sky like magic. If New Hampshire gets $182.5 million a year, someone else must pay that. In other words, it must be redistributed from someone...more likely from some group...like the entire body of people signing up for health insurance.
If all states were to expand Medicaid at the same rate as New Hampshire, would the final cost be $40 billion as hypothesized above?
If 0.42 percent of the population costs $182.5 million, what would the cost for 305 million be? If we had one half of one percent (0.5 or 1/200the of the total), the calculation would be simple; we could multiple $182.5 million times 200...be careful with those decimal points...and come up with $36.5 billion. Since we have 0.42 percent, the final number is slightly more than that...$39.226 billion to be precise.
Thus, the hypothesis of an additional cost...of a redistribution wealth mind you...of approximately $40 billion is quite correct.
Whew! No wonder Speaker Norelli and Ten Minute Campbell didn't to allow enough time for pertinent questions to be asked during last week's debate on the NH House floor.
$40 billion is certainly not a fact the gentlewoman from Portsmouth or the gentleman from Nashua wanted made known to the people of our state or our county, especially not at a time when Obamacare continues to implode on a daily basis.
Oh yes, today's implosion...Minnesota Democrat Al Franken, one of the most liberal homo sapiens ever to draw a breath, is admitting that if Team Obama fail to meet Sunday's deadline (my birthday by the way) of getting the Obamacare web site up, we in fact will need to delay enrollment dates.
Hmmm...yes that would be the same Minnesota senator who, just a few weeks ago was judged to be a fairly safe bet to get re-elected.
Now, not only New Hampshire Democrats Jeanne Shaheen and Carol Shea Porter and Annie Kuster see what a disaster Obamacare is for the country and for them politically, but the disease has spread not only to North Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alaska (where Democratic senator were already endangered) but to Minnesota as well. Look for Colorado to be the next stop, I say after noting that incumbent Democrat Udall is now barely ahead in the polls...and to Michigan, a Democratic state with an open seat which is now up for grabs.
At this rate, Obamacare will not mean just a gain of five Senate seats for Republicans (as I had predicted) but of seven or eight or even more.
Of course, Speaker Norelli and Ten Minute Campbell don't want to hear that either. As long as they can keep their lemmings in order in Concord, they are content to ignore what's going on all around them and keep those heads buried in sand.
It's $40 billion in redistribution wealth, Madame Speaker, and you may be able to silence that type of free speech on the House floor, but the people of New Hampshire aren't stupid. They know that one half million a day just doesn't fall like Manna from Heaven. That $182.5 million isn't just free money for New Hampshire. It'll either cost those who must pay for their health insurance or drive up the national debt.
Doesn't that concern you, Madame Speaker?
Doesn't that concern you, Madame Governor who proved that she's no John Lynch by, rather than reach a compromise, set about bullying senators?
Apparently not, but it sure does concern Madams Shaheen, Porter, and Kuster...not to mention Mss. Franken.
Wake you, lemmings, it's later than you think.
Oh by the way, PBS informs me that after using Hercule for dozens of her mysteries, Madame Christie came to despise him. For my money (and not $40 billion of it), he's head and shoulders above Miss Marple.
Now if I could only solve the mystery of why a few weeks ago, on the day of public hearings for Medicaid expansion, so many Bhutanis (not yet American citizens they assured me) were in the Secretary of State's office wearing Expand Medicaid stickers. Could it be that expanded Medicaid, via Obamacare, in New Hampshire will cover non-citizens as well?
I'm just asking...if only I had a fashionable mustache to caress as I thought more about all those activist Bhutanis cheering for exapnded Medicaid.