“Free” health care for NYC?

Listener Barb sent me an article showing that the IRS, as tireless as they are collecting money, seems to be asleep when it comes to giving out your tax money to illegal immigrants.

New York City is going to try an experiment with “free” health care. That doesn’t seem very surprising. What is surprising is what they predict it will cost.

And listener “OhioHistorian” has an opinion on my story on the Scouts BSA from last episode.

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Comment by “OhioHistorian”

IRS Admits It Encourages Illegals To Steal Social Security Numbers For Taxes

NYC Mayor Guarantees Comprehensive Health Care for All in Historic Surprise Announcement

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Show transcript

As I’ve mentioned before, you can leave a comment on the show notes page for a discussion, and after the last episode I got a comment from “OhioHistorian” regarding the segment on the Scouts.

First off, he or she wanted me to understand that, though there was a name change from “Boy Scouts of America” to “Scouts BSA”, the word “Boy” is still in the name. The name change is something I called attention to. But here’s the thing. The name change was, in my mind at the time it happened, an attempt to bow to the prevailing culture. By removing the full word “Boy” from the official title, it seemed they were giving in. If the name change was as harmless as some say it was, why even bother to change it, with the expenses and rebranding involved? No, the name change was not simply a side-step; it was capitulation.

He or she also wanted me to understand that while they did allow homosexual Scoutmasters (a position that he or she and I both disagreed with), there was a multilayered screening process that took place, mostly at the local level. OhioHistorian thought that “the implementation seems to be reasonable.” Maybe so, but that wasn’t what I was speaking to, at least in that segment. My argument was that capitulation to the culture has not turned around membership declines. But, as I said in the segment, I don’t think that’s the endgame for the Left. They want to control what does not fit their narrative; the obvious differences between boys and girls, and how single-gender groups definitely have their place. But if they can’t control it, then they will destroy it.

OhioHistorian has had more than 50 years of experience with Scouting, and sees how is has built a lot of wonderful men, and looks forward to Scouting building “some great women as well, those who don’t like Girl Scouts because it is not ‘outdoorsy’ enough”. Well, so do I. And we both agree that Girl Scouts, instead of building a better program, prefers to “sue rather than build their brand up to overcome the ‘assault’ by Scouting.” I believe Scouts can be that program, but my concern is that, by changing its core mission, it risks dilution to the point of irrelevance.

Thanks for the comments, OhioHistorian! I do appreciate them, and I always want to hear more.

What is the IRS doing to ensure that illegal immigrants don’t use stolen Social Security numbers to collect tax refunds? Well, according to another story that listener Barb forwarded to me this week, absolutely nothing. But it’s actually worse than that.

While being questioned by Sen. Dan Coats, Republican from Indiana, at a Senate Finance Committee meeting, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen basically said that, as long as the stolen numbers were used to get jobs, the IRS was good with it. They would even cheerfully ignore reports back from the Social Security Administration when a name and a number didn’t match up.

This allows people to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit for up to the past 3 years, even if they hadn’t filed taxes in the past. This fraud added up to $4.2 billion back in 2011.

So a couple of things about this. When people tell you that illegal immigrants can’t get money from the federal government because they are in fact illegal, remind them of this. And the other thing is, if the IRS did its job avoiding federal payouts to people who aren’t supposed to get them, we’d have a wall paid for in no time.

Free stuff for all! That’s of course the call of the Democrats. The latest recapitulation of this tired catch-phrase comes out of New York City, courtesy of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone’s ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers currently using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The “more than half-a-million” number is, according to the article linked to in the show notes, more like 600,000, half of which are illegal immigrants. And it’s not insurance; it’s direct payment to hospitals, and not just to the ER.

And here’s where the magic comes in; there will be no tax hikes to pay for this. No, really. This time they mean it. Why? Well, because the program will cost just $100 million. So they’ll be able to pay for everyone’s primary and specialty care, from pediatrics to OBGYN, geriatric, mental health and other services for the low, low price of…$167 per person.

Yeah, right. Talk about a lowball number. That’s what big government politicians do; they give you a false sense of security about the cost, then, when the costs rise substantially right on cue, you don’t want to give up your “free” stuff. Well, to be fair, they did say “at least” $100 million in the press release. So that could be $101 million. Or it could be $800 million. Truth in advertising, right?

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