Liberals Need To Watch More Star Trek

Big Daddy’s latest favorite show to use up all the recording space on our DVR is Star Trek–in its many spin-off forms.  I’m pretty sure we watched them all the first time around, but when you get to be our age, it doesn’t really matter.  We seem to forget a lot, so it’s “all new to you!”

Most of these shows were written in less scary and tumultuous times, yet they are ominously relevant today.  Perhaps these sci-fi writers were time-travelers in their day!

Last week, Big Daddy and I exchanged glances during an episode about the Borg, the soul-sucking, mind-usurping collective that does not allow for individual thought or freedom.  I shivered a little.  It reminded us of the direction the one-world advocates are trying to move us toward.  It is not a happy ending in Trekkie-land, and it won’t be a happy ending here on present-day Earth.

Even more prescient was the episode of Star Trek: Voyager that we watched this morning.  The name of the episode was “Critical Care,” and it exemplified all that worries me about universal health care.  It showed a “civilization” that allowed its health care to be run by a heartless bureaucrat.  Finite supplies of medical care and medications were strictly and ruthlessly rationed by a bigwig far removed from the suffering masses.  Of course, “important” people, or friends of “bigwigs” were given top priority in drug distribution because they were on a higher tier level, or in other words, were more “important” to society.  A drug which could save the lives of many citizens on the lowest tier were instead being used up by those lucky friends of bureaucrats on the “blue tier” to slow the aging process, which was another useful benefit to this particular drug.

Just science fiction, you say?

Late last year, when universal health-care advocates were trying to convince the doubting masses about the “fairness” and “efficiency” of this type of medical care system, a woman from Canada explained why she loved that system.  She had an operation under their government plan, didn’t have to pay a thing, and the health care was great!  She didn’t even have to endure a long waiting period because…get this…she knew somebody.  She actually admitted that she got preferential treatment because…she knew somebody.  And we all secretly know, deep down, that this is the way it’s going to be.

Between you and me, I’d rather take my chances and let money be the deciding factor in the quality and timing of my health care.  If I have to go back to school to better my chances of finding a job that provides decent health insurance, or if I have to get a second job to pay for health care on my own, I’d rather do that than depend on the soulless bureaucrats we have running this country.

Putting my nose to the grindstone is far more preferable to kissing the ass of some politician.

14 Responses to “Liberals Need To Watch More Star Trek”

  1. 1 Cyndi January 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I love your rants. Sounds like 1984. While I agree 100% with you about not wanting politicians deciding the quality of our health care, let’s face it….in reality, they already do. They are all in bed with the insurance companies and big pharma. We are lucky enough to have decent coverage through hubby’s employer but the plans offered get crappier yet more expensive every year. I don’t know the answer to this huge dilemma. It is sickening to think that we’d have to know someone in order to get the best possible care.

    • 2 les@mamaneeds2rant January 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm

      Our coverage gets crappier every year, too. But it’s still better than having the crooks in government take FULL charge; at least their appetite for power is kept in check by the greed of big business.

  2. 3 lynette January 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    les, i agree with you that i would not want the government to be the deciding entity of what health care i receive, or that anyone receives. but there are already such entities — they are called insurance companies, or, as in the case of my husband’s employer, his human resources department (they are “self-insured” so they do not have to adhere to state-specific provisions).

    i happen to be one of those people who believe that access to basic healthcare is a human right. i cannot imagine being a parent of a child who is critically or chronically ill, and not being able to see a doctor. the stats of poor children who die every year from treatable diseases such as asthma and diabetes are really horrifying. to me, that is hell. we are fortunate to not have this worry — we do have good insurance (not through my husband) and access to some of the best hospitals in the country.

    there will always be people who “know someone” — heck, as a result of my career, i “know” lots of people, and have helped friends and family gain access to the best doctors through my connections.

    but to have the lowest denominator be NO access except an ER? that bothers me, AND pushes up the cost of healthcare since ER treatment is expensive.

    i sure don’t know what the solution is, but we have is not working….

    btw, i too have found many nuggets of truth in sci-fi, including Star Trek, as weird as it is…..

    • 4 les@mamaneeds2rant January 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      Basic health care certainly can’t be considered more of a human right than adequate food and a home for everyone, and yet, who can possibly provide all of these necessities for everyone? No government has ever been able to do so, and in fact those governments that “pretended” to do so only succeeded in making things worse for the majority, while the elite socialist leaders enjoyed all the finer things in life. Life is just not fair, and never will be, but the plight of the poor is likely to be less bleak in an economically healthy country where people can (and do) set up charitable foundations and operate free health clinics for the needy.

      And our jerks not only want to provide health care for our citizens, they want to buy more votes by somehow providing health care to all of the illegal immigrants who have fled the own countries–countries where they have NO basic human rights at ALL.

      Many states provide health insurance for children. If the idiots in charge would quit spending tax dollars on their stupid useless pet projects, I’m sure all of our children could be provided for. If they set up more health clinics for people without health insurance, these people wouldn’t have to go to the expensive ER, which, by the way, rarely turns away a seriously injured person.

      What we have now is far from perfect, but for most of us, is way better than where we’re headed. Like now, the governor’s nephew or the senator’s mistress gets the high-paying job. When they’re in charge of health care, the niece and the brother will get the rationed medicine or the liver transplant. It’s a despicable thing to even think about. I don’t want these thugs to play god.

  3. 5 Peldyn January 3, 2010 at 3:04 am

    I don’t know what the answer is, but I do think the main problem is that our government has become increasingly corrupt and is not in tune with the needs of the people. Insurance companies have too much power and say over what treatment people are allowed to have and that can be detrimental to health and safety. Not to mention, they are the most powerful entities in the world at this point, if you don’t believe that just try to sue one and win. So what are we left with? Crappy medical coverage even if you have a job, and mounting bills if you get ill that can put you in serious debt. And if you don’t have insurance? Sure, you don’t get turned away from an emergency room if you are seriously injured or catastrophically ill, but did you know that they will put a lien on your house, if you own one, or garnish your wages? Some people could lose their jobs over a garnishment, then what would they do? I just feel so for everyone who has to go through the worry over medical bills since we have thousands we have to pay out of pocket ourselves this year alone. Thank goodness my husband has a job. 🙂
    Something needs to be done and the person who can REALLY figure out this mess deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.

  4. 7 Consuella Banana Hammock January 3, 2010 at 10:24 am

    i think we all know that our healthcare in this country is messed up. i have no idea what the answer is. in france, the health care is great and unlike canada, there are no long waits for ANY procedure. but, they pay out their asses for it.

    here is what gets me. i hurt my back. i went to the doc. he wanted me to get an mri. and guess what? the damn insurance company fought it. they investigated a pre-existing condition. finally i got to get one but the reality is if i ever change companies and in the future need surgery, the insurance will fight it because it was pre-existing. it is a back issue! wtf! some conditions are chronic. what pisses me off is insurance companies who will do all they can to not pay for something. we need reform but how do we get those insurance companies out of the driver’s seat?

    in general, i don’t buy the “children” argument either. where i live there are a dozen free clinics and ERs can’t refuse anyone. i have to wonder if children in my area aren’t being attended to then it must be more about the parents then our healthcare system.

    oh who knows. it is a mess! i did enjoy hearing you rant about it though les!

    • 8 les@mamaneeds2rant January 3, 2010 at 10:34 am

      I definitely agree with some of the provisions–such as covering people with pre-existing conditions. Believe me–I HATE dealing with these insurance companies, too. They stall, drag their feet, deny, write their rules in language even college graduates can’t decipher. They suck! There are a lot of things that could be done to improve the system without putting this massive part of the economy into the hands of our easily corruptible leaders! I hope they figure it out!

  5. 9 robinaltman January 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I hate arguing with insurance companies in order to get my patients the medication or tests they need, but now I feel like I’m going to be arguing with the government. I wish someone would come up with a health care system where I could mellow out.

  6. 10 Dawn January 5, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Star Trek and Twilight Zone and Orson Wells … geniuses I tell you!

    I’ve seen one to many die in the care of government subsidized health care. I’ve seen one to many people pummeled over their uninsured expenses to believe that medical insurance is valuable at all. I’m beginning to believe that our care is in our own hands and that connections are the way to go.

    The right to die will be an issue of the next decade for more and more states.

    • 11 les@mamaneeds2rant January 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

      I think I’ll stick to my current mode of treatment–go online and figure out what’s wrong then find out how to cure myself. Hopefully, this will be sufficient until Youngest Son gets out of med school…then he’d better remember who helped put him through college…

      The right to die will be at the forefront as the government will try to encourage the “useless” older folks to quit draining the system that they can’t properly fund. Soylent Green, anyone?

  7. 12 Chris January 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    It’s getting so that I’m just going to learn to raise my pain threshold and operate on myself if anything goes wrong.

  8. 13 Jessica January 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Sometimes I like to operate under ignorance…mostly with things like this….*sigh*

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