If you still believe that America’s Sickcare is “the finest in the world” and is endlessly sustainable, please study these three charts and extend the trendlines.
December 07, 2020 “Information Clearing House” – I’ve long been making the distinction between healthcare and sickcare: healthcare is the service provided by frontline operational caregivers (doctors, nurses, aides, technicians, etc.) and sickcare is the financialized system of Big Hospital Corporations, Big Insurers, Big Pharma, etc. and their lobbyists that keep the federal money spigots wide open.
This financialized sickcare system is being consumed by the cancer of greedy profiteering pursued by self-serving insiders. The delivery of healthcare is secondary to maximizing revenues and profits by any means available.
To believe such a corrupt system is sustainable is magical thinking at its most destructive.
Covid-19 is revealing this cancerous underbelly. Knowledge of the inner workings of corporate administration is not evenly distributed, so every participants’ experience of the systemic dysfunction will vary.
Here is one MD’s observations of the system’s priorities. Others may have different views but the maxim follow the money is clearly the correct place to start any inquiry of how America’s financialized sickcare functions in the real world.
From what I’m hearing from the front line, a not insignificant number of admissions are of folks who would not have been admitted in March when there was fear of both the unknown and systemic failure and, not coincidently, when COVID diagnoses didn’t pay as much.
Today, the admission criteria for COVID is so much more flexible than for standard diagnoses like CHF, and pays so much better than other diagnoses that our ‘healthcare’ system is rapidly becoming a ‘COVID care’ system.
The surge in hospitalizations and subsequent COVID-identified deaths may be driven, in part, to health systems adapting to new COVID revenue streams.
This would seemingly be good news, after all if it’s the hospital administrator’s desire to fill empty beds that’s driving admissions rather than infection rates, then systemic failure can be averted through moderating those admission rates based on system capacity.
If your hospital fills up, just start sending the marginal cases home–inpatient/outpatient; the outcome for the patient will be pretty much the same and you’ve made as much money as your capacity will allow.
Unfortunately, our healthcare ‘system’ doesn’t work like that.
Health systems are in the business of generating revenue, not value. Recent COVID-related demand destruction has crushed that revenue so they’re hungry for more.
Those in health-system operations and those in leadership live in two different worlds. Leadership will push COVID admissions far beyond any operational limits in their quest for short term performance. One cannot overstate their mendacity and drive for lucre.
Hospitals are becoming ‘COVID factories’ with all other admissions (which pay far less) relegated to second tier status.
Health systems are evolving into an ‘all COVID, all the time’ format with the emphasis on testing and (soon) vaccination, at the expense of all else.
Not a few systems of my acquaintance are laying off outpatient medical staff because their supporting personnel have quit and are not replaced–those resources are being re-directed to COVID testing and in preparation for mass vaccination.
For the health system in the business of generating revenue, it’s an excellent tactic. They save themselves significant overhead by not paying the clinicians and they make up the revenue through high-margin COVID services and government bailout payments.
For patients who actually need healthcare, though, this tactic is deadly.
The perversion is end-stage, the health systems pretend to deliver healthcare and the government pays them to continue the pretense.
There is no long term thinking here, no empathy for the workforce, no thought to the mission beyond window-dressing–just a relentless, risk-adverse financialization machine.
Think of COVID as a new widget for which the customer will pay 2.5 times the going price with no quality control, but only for a limited amount of time. Add in talentless, rent-seeking leadership and all becomes clear.
Of course the real risk is that maxed out hospitals could find themselves in a situation where admissions suddenly become driven by demand rather than the business model, with a true non-linear path to failure laying beyond.
The longer daily national hospital occupancy stays above the approximate pre-COVID capacity of 100k, the more likely you’ll see systemic breakdowns–local at first, then regional.
You won’t see it in the press, the healthcare cartels have a pretty good lock on the local media. Once news starts getting censored on social media, though, then you know it’s happening.
Hold me to that, And call me out in three months if I’m not right.
If you still believe that America’s sickcare is “the finest in the world” and is endlessly sustainable, please study these three charts and extend the trendlines.
Charles Hugh Smith is the proprietor of the popular blog OfTwoMinds.com.
(Natural News) The Republic of Texas just released the “kraken” against the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, all of which produced fraudulent, and thus invalid, election results.
Update: Eight additional states are reportedly joining the Texas lawsuit: Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, South Dakota.
The Lone Star State is arguing that all of these states violated the Electors Clause of the Constitution by illegally changing their voting rules and procedures through courts or executive actions rather than lawfully through state legislatures. These states also violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution by implementing different voting rules and procedures in different areas within their own state borders, according to the lawsuit.
Last but not least, the lawsuit alleges that the aforementioned constitutional violations led to “voting irregularities” that resulted in fraudulent election results, which must be overturned in the interest of preserving free and fair elections in the United States.
“Certain officials in the Defendant States presented the pandemic as the justification for ignoring state laws regarding absentee and mail-in voting,” the lawsuit reads. “The Defendant States flooded their citizenry with tens of millions of ballot applications and ballots in derogation of statutory controls as to how they are lawfully received, evaluated, and counted.”
“Whether well intentioned or not, these unconstitutional acts had the same uniform effect – they made the 2020 election less secure in the Defendant States,” it adds. “Those changes are inconsistent with relevant state laws and were made by non-legislative entities, without any consent by the state legislatures. The acts of these officials thus directly violated the Constitution.”
Attorney Sidney Powell is also working on her own lawsuits to challenge election fraud. You can learn more about her work at DefendingtheRepublic.org.
The law is what ultimately decides elections, not CNN or Fox News
Because the lawsuit involves a dispute between two or more states, it will advance straight to the Supreme Court, bypassing all of the lower courts. This is in accordance with Article III of the Constitution, which designates the Supreme Court as the court of first impression on subjects where it has original jurisdiction.
Seeing as how many of the lower courts are ruled by far-left activist judges who continue to throw out meritorious election fraud cases for political reasons, this is great news and could be the lynchpin that finally leads to the positive outcome for which we have all been waiting.
The case is a defining one that will ultimately determine whether Joe Biden really won the election, or whether President Donald Trump will serve for another four years. Based on the mountain of evidence that continues to accumulate, it is probably safe to say that the mainstream media and the Democrats who believe everything they say are going to have some serious egg on their face in the coming weeks.
“These non-legislative changes to the Defendant States’ election laws facilitated the casting and counting of ballots in violation of state law, which, in turn, violated the Electors Clause of Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution,” the lawsuit contends.
“By these unlawful acts, the Defendant States have not only tainted the integrity of their own citizens’ vote, but their actions have also debased the votes of citizens in Plaintiff State and other States that remained loyal to the Constitution.”
With the suit, Texas is petitioning the Supreme Court to require defendant states to allow their legislatures to appoint electors to the Electoral College. This will ensure that a free and fair election outcome is achieved.
“Brilliant!” wrote one Breitbart News commenter. “They just bypassed a slew of activist Democrat judges.”
“I like this lawsuit because it starts in SCOTUS and addresses the corruption across all four states at once,” wrote another.
To keep up with the latest news about election fraud, be sure to check out Trump.news.
This means the vote stuffing, early morning rigging and subsequent ballot “discovery” schemes by the Democrats are all unconstitutional and therefore null and void.
It also means that all the swing states which simultaneously paused their ballot counting on the evening of Nov. 3rd, deliberately allowing post-election ballot fraud to take place, shall have their own elections nullified, along with all their electoral votes.
Once presented with this information — which apparently just got activated with a surprise Texas lawsuit filed with SCOTUS before midnight last night — the U.S. Supreme Court must rule that those swing states must now use their state legislators to appoint electors rather than relying on the fraudulent, nullified, rigged elections that used Dominion Voting Systems.
As explained by Ren Jander from ThePostEmail.com, the U.S. Constitution describes an “Election Day” which is one particular calendar day, and federal elections are limited to one day precisely for the purpose of preventing the kind of fraud that often takes place when elections are paused and drawn out. Because the federal government appoints states to carry out elections to fill federal positions (such as President), the U.S. Constitution has jurisdiction over state elections when those elections involve federal officials and violate the U.S. Constitution. As explained by Jander:
The voters vote. The officials count. These combined actions form “the election,” and the election must be decided on the day. States that failed to make a final selection of officeholder by midnight after Election Day have violated the statute, subjecting the nation at large to the very evils Congressionally mandated deadlines were drafted to prevent.
To remedy this situation, a person or State merely needs to ask the US Supreme Court to remedy the violation by nullifying the votes of states which attempted to commit election fraud by extending election “day” to election “weeks.” As Jander explains:
3 U.S.C. § 2 kicks the decision back to the State Legislatures after a failed election renders the previous results void. Failed elections nullify all votes, not just some votes, not just late votes, not just illegal votes. The election itself is void in late States.
Then, late last night, Texas filed what appears to be precisely the lawsuit (directly with SCOTUS) that could give the high court an opportunity to rule the late elections to be null and void. As Breitbart.com explains:
The State of Texas filed a lawsuit directly with the U.S. Supreme Court shortly before midnight on Monday challenging the election procedures in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin on the grounds that they violate the Constitution.
Texas argues that these states violated the Electors Clause of the Constitution because they made changes to voting rules and procedures through the courts or through executive actions, but not through the state legislatures. Additionally, Texas argues that there were differences in voting rules and procedures in different counties within the states, violating the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Finally, Texas argues that there were “voting irregularities” in these states as a result of the above.
Texas is asking the Supreme Court to order the states to allow their legislatures to appoint their electors.
While lawsuits from individuals must first go through lower courts, when states sue other statues, the proper venue is the US Supreme Court.
Yesterday Trump said, “Big Things Happening Over the Next Couple of Days”
He was right. A big thing already happened with the Texas lawsuit. Is there more to come?
Listen to my full Situation Update (Dec. 8th) here, with more show notes below:
– Jerrold Post, CIA psychiatrist who profiled Trump, dies of Covid aged 86 – The Guardian
– Dramatic Video Shows Bomb Attack On Michigan Trump Supporter’s House – Zero Hedge
A Michigan homeowner says he was targeted in a middle of the night bomb attack which left a hole in his living room likely because he is a well-known Trump supporter. He also has multiple pro-Trump signs and banners on his front yard.
– Many “elected” officials were never actually elected. We need to VACATE many members of Congress and hold new elections, with paper ballots and nationwide voter ID.
– Sidney Powell: Dems have been stealing elections for years – WeLoveTrump.com
Sidney Powell: “There is no telling how many Congressional & Senate seats, and even Governorships, we’ve lost because of this [election fraud]. They’ve been telling us that the country has been trending blue. It has not. That is an abject lie. We’ve collected the data… “American elections have been just as rigged as elections in third world countries.”
(Natural News) U.S. elections have been rigged by a conspiracy among the CIA, the mainstream media and “globalist interests” who have turned the United States into a Third World nation, warns attorney Sidney Powell.
Here’s how she explained it in a recent interview:
It’s saddening to know that American elections have been just as rigged as elections in third world countries have been. I’m sure the CIA has been involved in any number of those activities. If not here and other places around the world, it may have been the CIA that created this software and programs to begin with, and then exported them for their own use, only to have it come back to us. It could be that very important, powerful, extremely wealthy people were involved in rigging this election. It’s globalist interests.
Frankly, everyone in the world, except for the millions of Americans that wanted to elect Donald Trump to clean up the swamp and drain the swamp, want this world to continue the way it was, with them having all the power and working behind the scenes to rig elections and everything else, so that they could profit from their own nefarious activities. I mean, it’s massive, I’m sure the media companies are involved in it too. I noticed how they all say all the same night as if they were queued at once, they stopped counting electoral votes and the machines stopped counting in the swing states. It was all timed and planned and organized and funded.
A must read for a glimpse of our collective future………..
International Man: Earlier this year, CDC was able to extend its powers unprecedentedly by issuing a nationwide suspension on evictions.
What’s your take on how a public health agency grew to be in the position of telling property owners what they can do on their properties?
Doug Casey: Health paranoia is an excellent method of control. People put their health above almost everything. I’m only surprised it hasn’t been used as a lever up until now. It’s part of a trend toward mass control that has started in earnest early in the 20th century and has been increasing exponentially over time.
First was the income tax. If you didn’t comply, it was not only seen as a legal crime but also promoted as a moral sin. The prohibition of liquor from 1919 to 1933 was under way as a moral failing and then was turned into a crime. It’s the same with the prohibition of some drugs; Nixon started that hysteria in 1971, and it was put on steroids, so to speak, by Nancy Reagan. Next came the war on terror, especially since 2001. These were all promoted with both legal and moral taboos. Everybody is supposed to line up with them shoulder to shoulder, like in one of those old socialist realism propaganda posters the Soviets and the Nazis specialized in. The public is supposed to self-police under the supervision of the authorities, like they did in Salem in 1692.
Public health is the current impetus for mass hysteria and paranoia. All of these things impinge upon your right to ownership of private property, including your own body, which is the primary form of property. The public health angle is potentially the most dangerous and invasive one from the viewpoint of freedom. Busybodies—the type of people who work for and actively support the State—always need an excuse to control others en masse. This pandemic provides an excellent template for the future.
Wearing a mask—whether or not you want to or think it helps—isn’t just about virtue signaling. It also shows whether you’re willing to do as you’re told—whether you’re “politically reliable”, as the communists like to say. It’s like wearing the Party’s armband.
In fact, wearing a mask and social distancing in stores, bars, restaurants, and gymnasiums shouldn’t be up to the government. It should be strictly up to the property owner. Decisions that the individual makes regarding his own health are his own; it’s between the individual and his doctor.
I have no problem if the owner of a bar or restaurant wants to keep me out if I’m not wearing a mask. It’s his property. He makes the rules. I can go elsewhere, where it suits me better. It’s an affront and an imposition on restaurateurs and storekeepers to be told what they and their guests can and cannot do.
This isn’t, incidentally, about a technical or medical problem. The value of wearing masks, social distancing, and obeying quarantines and lockdowns is questionable at best, as Sweden has shown. The real problem is ethical and that there’s no moral pushback from either the public or the property owners. People are arguing on strictly technical grounds: “Yes, you have a right to tell me what to do, and even close my business. But you shouldn’t because it’s not ‘fair’, or your solutions aren’t optimal”. They accept the busybody’s premises. The argument is over before it even begins. Americans are truly acting like whipped dogs.
Whether the masks, distancing, and the rest of it work or not, isn’t the point. My own belief is they’re at best of marginal value and may well be counterproductive. But that’s beside the point. The point is that it’s immoral and destructive for the State to tell people how to relate to each other.
As for the CDC, it’s just another government bureaucracy concerned with putting itself in the limelight, gaining more power, enhancing its budget, and the number of its employees—and making Fauci, a lifelong but previously insignificant swamp creature, into an international celebrity.
International Man: Currently, over 18 million Americans are currently behind on their mortgage or rent payments.
That temporary suspension on evictions ends December 31st. What do you think will happen next?
Doug Casey: Just as with the financial markets, the government has no alternative but to “do something.” They will—they have to—print more money to keep the rotten house of cards from collapsing on itself.
The Democrats have already said that they want to increase the next stimulus to over $3 trillion. The fact that most of the last round of stimulus was either overtly wasted, went to cronies, or can’t be accounted for, is completely lost on them. They recognize that unless they give a lot of money directly or indirectly to the hoi polloi, there are going to be millions of them on the streets.
Approximately 11 million renters and 4 or 5 million mortgagees are now in forbearance. They’ll be kicked out of their houses and apartments come January 1, barring a huge bailout. Where are those people going to go?
If Obama had made good on his ridiculous promise about shovel-ready projects, there’d be a lot more bridges that they could camp out under. But he didn’t. They have a real problem on their hands. Millions of people have been living above their means and have no savings. At this point, if they let landlords and banks kick all those people out, a number of things will happen. Residential property prices will collapse. Millions of people will be scrambling for somewhere to live. Lots of banks and landlords would go bust.
The longer the government kicks the can down the road, the bigger the inevitable bust will be. The stimulus money will have to continue because Biden doesn’t want it all to come unglued on his watch. The State is not only going to have to pay individuals and business owners that their idiotic policies have busted. They’ll be subsidizing banks, landlords, and utility companies—because you can’t live in a house or an apartment without water and electricity.
It’s worse than that because even if you cover the bare essentials, there’s no money leftover for maintenance. There will be millions of buildings across the country suffering from deferred maintenance. The South Bronx, East St. Louis, and Baltimore will be replicated across the country.
And no one’s talking about how to cover the real estate taxes due on these properties. Many local governments are already bankrupt. Their expenses are going way up even while their tax income collapses. The whole country has painted itself into a corner at this point. That’s what happens when you adopt a collectivist economic policy, as the Soviets, the Chinese, and scores of other countries have discovered.
I’m not sure how they’re going to get out of it because the economy itself has just started to collapse. Of course, they’ll print up more money because they see that as a solution when it’s actually a cause. It’s going to worsen the collapse.
International Man: For the tens of millions behind on their mortgage and rent payments, will their back rent and overdue payments ever be repaid?
Doug Casey: The government will not only have to pay the rent for the future, but it’s going to have to cover landlords’ previously unpaid rent—if they don’t want lots of bankrupt landlords and banks.
It will lead to a guaranteed annual income, which they’ve been thinking about for some time. In some cases, the government will take over properties. It’s nothing new. Most major US cities already have significant public housing. None of it’s good, but most isn’t as bad as Cabrini-Greene or Pruitt-Igoe.
Who knows where this daisy chain will lead? With all the unemployed people who can’t pay their rent, perhaps the government will develop something like national service. Then there will be millions more people working for the government, doing god knows what. It will lead to the socialization of society. Remember, this COVID hysteria is just the pin that broke the bubble. The Greater Depression was already in the cards. Americans will beg the government to cure it, which is guaranteed to make it vastly worse and longer-lasting and invite some charismatic authoritarian to be their savior and take charge.
International Man: Assuming the COVID hysteria and lockdowns are behind us in 2021, what lasting effects could we see taking place?
Doug Casey: It’s going to destroy the restaurant, retail, and travel industries all at once.
Stores, restaurants, and small businesses are always failing—maybe 15% of them annually— and new ones are starting up in normal times. It’s the circle of life. The problem is that about half of these businesses are failing all at once. That makes it much harder to recover.
The economy is a lot like a body. If you burn your finger, it hurts, but you’ll recover. But if you suffer burns on over 50% of your body all at once, it might kill you. That’s what we’re looking at right now.
Commercial real estate is another area that is going to be devastated because a lot of people will continue working at home and prefer it over working in an office.
Who knows what’s going to happen to all that commercial real estate and how it’s going to be repurposed. It’s certainly going to consume a huge amount of capital.
Another area that will change is schools. I would have been happy to have a year off from school because classes bored me. I would have read many more things on my own. But today, most kids don’t read books. Public school kids are lucky to absorb a few things by osmosis.
Now they’re mostly playing video games or are on social media—mostly doing nonproductive things on their computers at home. I don’t know the effect of not being able to associate with other kids.
For most kids, it may be damaging. On the bright side, many parents have decided that school is a waste of time and have started homeschooling their kids. That’s generally a positive thing.
Here’s the important thing, we don’t know how long this hysteria is going to last. People are so scared that they’ll be easy to control for fear of the next real or imagined virus that comes down the road. When people are scared and don’t know what to do, they will want somebody to kiss it and make it better.
So, I expect we’re heading towards a genuine strong man for president in the US, whether that’s Kamala Harris or somebody else. If the 2020 election was bad, the 2024 election would be worse.
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately most people have no idea what really happens when a government goes out of control, let alone how to prepare…
The coming economic and political crisis is going to be much worse, much longer, and very different than what we’ve seen in the past.
If you want to know how to navigate the complicated situation ahead, then you need to see this newly released report from legendary speculator Doug Casey and “Father of Reaganomics” David Stockman.
Note: In this climate, many people assume that if you say ANYTHING favorable about Trump, you support him all the way. If you say anything negative about him, you hate everything about him. I’ve never been in either camp. Read on. As the vaccine rolls out in record time, Trump stands there selling it like a new golf course, the greatest gold course ever designed. Not long ago, in the headline of an article, I called Trump and Biden frauds. I’ve also explained why Trump is a better fraud for America than Biden. With Trump, we get glints of freedom; with Biden we get the long dark night. Biden’s people are already forging close relationships with the fascist governors. These connections include: how to push the vaccine. It’s going to go this way, if Biden is installed in the Oval Office. Governors will say, “Well, people, we need every community to achieve 70% compliance with vaccination. And where that doesn’t happen, it looks like…we’ll have to declare new lockdowns, in order to protect all of us…” That’s the carrot and the stick. Under Trump as president, a similar scenario would play out, but he would be trying to open up the economy at the same time, through encouragement, through disparaging the governors who are taking the hardest line on lockdowns. That may seem like a distinction without a difference, but it isn’t. It’s a signal to his millions of passionate followers: go back to work, open up the economy, find a way, defy restrictions. If you’re laboring under the delusion that ANY president is going to unilaterally solve COVID fascism, and you don’t have to do anything yourself, you’re on the wrong track. We have a giant snake encircling and winding through the population, and we have to cut off pieces of it wherever and however we can. It would be pretty to think a politician is going to wade in and cut off the head of the snake in one mighty blow, but I don’t advise waiting for it to happen. This is why I’ve said I don’t have faith in Trump, I have faith in the people who want freedom. Many of those people support Trump. To be sure, Biden’s people would like to declare a federal mandate forcing every American to take the COVID vaccine, but at least for now, that’s not how I think his controllers are going to move. They realize a federal mandate would not only face stiff legal challenges, it would create a high level of resistance—higher than presently exists—in the public. They could try to pass a law stating that, in any designated area or zone, failure to achieve a 70% vaccination rate would, “during this state of emergency,” trigger a vaccine mandate; but I don’t think they’ll even go that far. Biden’s controllers are focused on forging VERY tight relationships with the governors, and with big corporations. Those corporations, some of them, will demand vaccination for their employees, at the same time saying these employees have the right to refuse, in which case they’ll either have to work from home, or find a job elsewhere. Biden forces will also push companies to opt for “immunity passports,” making it more difficult for people to travel, shop, gather in large numbers, unless they take the COVID shot. If all this sounds like all-out war, that’s what it is. The vaccine is a new front, a new phase in the war. We would all like to find an easy way out, but that’s a pipe dream. As far as Trump is concerned, he bought the big COVID con right at the beginning. He showed no real understanding of the situation, and he stood aside and allowed the destruction of the economy. He has never admitted just how widespread that destruction is, or his role in it. (I have stated this several times.) So it should come as no surprise that he is now working the crowd like a carnival barker, hyping the vaccine. Over the past months, some of Trump’s followers have assumed his glorification of the coming vaxx was a brilliant strategy on his part. He had a secret “rescue” from the vaccine planned. Well, here we are. I don’t see rescue. I see Trump selling the vaxx. Nothing new. Biden’s forces are also pushing climate change, open borders, defunding the police, and other disastrous policies that make him a worse option than Trump. But this article is about COVID. And in that sphere, Trump is better than Biden in the way I’ve described above. What we actually needed, back in January, was a truly courageous president who stood up and refused to allow lockdowns, on Constitutional grounds—boldly, without compromise, giving away NO freedoms. We didn’t have that kind of leader. This COVID vaccine is experimental, the people are guinea pigs, and the RNA technology embedded in the vaccine has been shown, in the past, to cause autoimmune reactions—meaning the body attacks itself. Trump pushing it as the messianic solution is madness.