Again: The Genius of Star Trek

If you don’t believe in the concept of time travel, you might want to start watching old reruns of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  I’ve already posted on other episodes that clearly showed someone from the nineties was eerily scripting science fiction that could be based on life in America as we now live.  Big Daddy was amazed at the prescient irony he was watching and called me in to listen to this conversation between Hugh, a former member of the Borg collective who shun all individualism, and some of the officers of the star ship Enterprise (including the Klingon security officer Worf):

HughYou probably can’t imagine what it is like to be so lost and frightened that you will listen to any voice that promises change.

Worf: Even if that voice insists on controlling you?

Hugh further expounds upon how the mastermind of the Borg creation “had no idea how to keep his promises.  He began talking about the need for us to make sacrifices.”

Eerie.  Creepy.  Sounds like now.

Unfortunately, I’m tired as death due to my work schedule and God knows what else.  I haven’t even had time to go over the new “health care” manifesto, so I can’t pick it apart yet like I know I should.  I did hear somewhere that any family making over something like $88,000 per year would be paying a 10% tax to help pay for this.  If this is true, you might as well say goodbye to the middle class of America.  I can only hope this isn’t true.

15 Responses to “Again: The Genius of Star Trek”

  1. 1 Cyndi March 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Damn tax season! I’ve been waiting impatiently for your thoughts on this topc. 🙂

  2. 3 lynette March 25, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    exhausted here too 🙂

    married couples making over $250K would pay a 3%-ish tax.

    i am excited. i have a 15 year old daughter with a pre-existing condition — this terrifies me. no exclusions for illness or pre-existing conditions, no lifetime maximums (right now, if you get cancer, you’re done in a a year — hello bankruptcy). in MA we have these provisions already — but not if you have insurance through a large multi-state company that is self-insured.

    the rest of the details i don’t know. the two things above are what i care about. someday we will find that all diseases are pre-existing conditions — then what? those two things and access to care for everyone, with dignity and humanity.

    i believe that healthcare should be like education — we provide it to all based on our taxpayer system. you can always go private if you can afford it, but at least the basics are humanely available to everyone.

    i lived in an impoverished country for a number of my teen years — no one had access to healthcare except for the well-off. i can’t imagine being a parent — can you imagine ignoring an ear infection in your toddler because you can’t afford to go, and it develops into encephalitis and your child dies? an ear infection. it happens. here. in the US. when people with no coverage go to the ER for things like this, those of us with insurance pay a fortune. spreading it through our taxes reduces the costs for everyone.

    the media spin spreads a lot of fear. propaganda works in all directions….

    but for my daughter and others like her? i feel a little more hopeful that her illness will not screw up her life financially. it is bad enough just to have it.

    just my cranky two cents….;)

    • 4 les March 26, 2010 at 8:29 am

      Making a deal with the devil always sounds good at first, Lynette. At least it sounds like those rich Hollywood assholes will finally get to put their money where their big mouths are.

  3. 5 Tammy March 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I am sick of hearing about FREE health care! It’s only free for those that are already living off the system. It’s not free for me or many other hard working families.

    I realize there are some good elements (ie – pre-existing conditions) I just hope the good out weighs the bad!

    I look forward to your analysis.

    • 6 les March 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm

      Okay. I heard that kids can stay on their parents’ policy until they’re 26. And now you don’t have to work hard to find a good job to get that nice perk of employer paid health care. How are we ever gonna convince our kids to move the heck out and look for a good job!! The rugrats will be living in our basements forever! : 0

      You’re right Tammy. There are a scary number of people out there that don’t want to do anything but exist off the system. They know all the ins and outs. This is just going to be one more reward for them. The next move, which they’re working on already, is to grant amnesty to the many illegal aliens here. The politicians know most of them are poor and will need these “free” services, thereby assuring that they will keep them in office–even though a huge number of current Americans are being screwed big time.

  4. 7 lynette March 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    clarification: kids can stay on their parents’ policy until they are 26 IF they can be claimed as a dependent (so if they are in college or whatever…).

    i think you guys are hearing a lot of slanted spin. i believe you can find the whole document on the federal government web-page.

    nobody is talking about free healthcare — welfare recipients already have medicaid. it is the huge number of people who fall between the cracks that make too much to qualify for medicaid but who don’t get health insurance through their employer and cannot afford the plans that are on the market, or who get kicked off their policies because they get sick, or lose medical treatment and die because of an exceeded lifetime maximum cap.

    providers of medical care should not be for-profit — it is gruesome, and to my mind, unethical. and in my mind that includes insurance companies…

    i don’t know, les, the devil? i think that is pretty strong. i consider myself to be a socially-conscious person, well-educated and well-informed, and i would not even call the people that oppose the plans “devils”. i have a kinder perception than that.

    dick cheney, on the other hand…. maybe.

    • 8 les March 27, 2010 at 12:29 am

      So…brilliant dedicated doctors should spend years of their lives in school, owe gazillions of dollars of debt to pay for their med school, and work long stressful hours and not make a profit. WTF Lynette. Would you do something for nothing? Any business person taking a risk, working hard, should be rewarded for the fruits of their labor. Yes, even the evil corporations.

      There should definitely be safeguards to ensure people are not being ripped off and to watch out for corruption and fraud. That is where the government and our legal system should be used. If no one was willing to work hard to earn a profit to provide for their loved ones, not much would get done. If you notice, Lynette, in most poor countries, the standard of living is worse for everybody. If you take away that incentive to better oneself, to have a comfortable life, then why should anyone get their lazy butt out of bed in the morning and put up with working? And then…who is going to support us?

      The kindest person in the world is going to feel a bit resentful when they are the only ones busting their butt while everyone else is out having fun…and getting the same payoff. Idealism is so unrealistic.

  5. 9 lynette March 26, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    just thought of a Star Trek quote: Spock (Wrath of Khan): “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one.”

    i don’t know…. that line from Spock always comes to my mind…

  6. 10 lynette March 27, 2010 at 6:54 am

    i do understand some of your points…. i am a scientist. i spent 25 years — 25 years!!! — of my life in school. grad school was 8 years at $14K a year, and i was not allowed to supplement with a second job. i had to pay taxes on my NIH fellowship (which was already taxpayer money). i was so in debt when i graduated, even though my fellowship paid for my tuition.

    but did i want a high-paying corporate job? after a few years at home with my kids, i went and did a couple more years as a postdoc, making $25K a year, with four years of college, and eight years of grad school under my belt. it barely paid for day care and gas to get to work.

    i know a LOT of doctors. most of them want healthcare to stop being about making a dime. a lot of them want a public option. i work for a public medical center. i went to graduate school at a major urban medical center (not public). many of those doctors would happily work to provide better care to the many patients who need it, without handcuffs and restrictions and worrying about who is covered by what, and stop paying so much money in administrative costs for specialized office staff who spend their days dealing with insurance companies. they become doctors to help people, really, not to become rich or spend hours catering to insurance companies. there are easier ways to wealth. like law…. (i work with a lot of lawyers too :))

    i know we are not going to agree on this 🙂 and i know i come at it with a different perspective. there is NO way we could have a true discussion by blog comment 😀 so i will stop pinging with this one, i promise!

    there are a lot of good things about this package…. just because it is different does not make it bad. i hope you do take the time to look at it (when tax season is over…)….

  7. 11 robinaltman March 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I don’t think the package looks too horrible. I’m more scared of the proposed Medicare cuts, (because I don’t accept insurance, anyway, and my charges are very reasonable. I see people from all walks of life, and I love that). My husband sees almost all Medicare patients. If they cut Medicare reimbursements by 22%, his overhead is fixed, and that would mean a pay cut of 50%. It would mean sell the house, and no more veal from the meat van guy, that’s for sure!

    • 12 les March 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm

      Oh, no! No meat van guy! And getting rid of your awesome colorful kitchen? Let’s just hope for all of our sakes, it’s not going to be as bad as I’m thinking it will be. I’ll be happy to be wrong.

  8. 13 Consuella Banana Hammock March 29, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    well i have been wondering what you were thinking les. i’m not ever sure how i feel about it all. i feel like both sides are trying to give us a spinned answer and i really wonder what the truth is. i want reform, no doubt. do i want this bill? not sure yet. not sure i have really seen its true colors, meaning the costs and the impact.

    sounds like the republicans have a ton up their sleeve to try and stop it anyway. i kinda wonder if it will be a moot point in a few months.

  9. 14 Dawn April 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Some alien life forms have taken over my fridge Les. And I just can’t help but think this time warp we’re in (momentarily) means we’re on the same planet. This, along with strawberries and whipped cream (the real stuff) … this makes me happy tonight.

    Tomorrow, coffee with a little sugar first thing in the morning. This will be beautiful too.

    Also, the middle class we’ll be learning all about on the history channel one day. Corporate America will crumble soon after the middle class rebels. Yeah, go tell Big Daddy I said so.

    Time to get back in the garden. Amen.

    • 15 les April 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm

      I miss you, Dawn and Consuella, and everybody. My brain is short-circuiting and I can only get half-written posts drafted. One week to go!!!

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