Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal



Monday, October 24, 2016

There Is Always A Terrible Price To Be Paid For Manufactured Truth.



"Obamacare", "Affordable Care Act (ACA)"

"Obamacare" is a good example of how the culture manufactures "truth". The United States used to have arguably the best health-care system in the world. ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) is rapidly changing that.

Even the names are deceptive. ObamaCare doesn’t actually provide care, it provides insurance — and not very good insurance at that ... for either patients or providers. Doctors, clinics, and hospitals provide the care, but they can't provide it at a loss (at least not for long.) Hospitals increasingly can’t cover the costs at the reimbursement rates offered by ObamaCare plans, and neither can clinics. Hence, all of those previously uninsured are now still going into Emergency Rooms, along with people whose previous insurance didn’t cause those problems. See here.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That will stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.

Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.

Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.

"Consumers will be faced this year with not only big premium increases but also with a declining number of insurers participating, and that will lead to a tumultuous open enrollment period," said Larry Levitt, who tracks the health care law for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

Remember Jonathan Gruber, professor at MIT and an architect of Obamacare? During a panel event last year about how the legislation passed, turning over a sixth of the U.S. economy to the government, Gruber admitted that the Obama administration went through "tortuous" measures to keep the facts about the legislation hidden from the American public. As he said,

"Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical to get for the thing to pass."

The perverse structure of ObamaCare has resulted (predictably) in rationing, both systemic and ad hoc. For example, Minnesota had to agree to ration access to most major health plans when open enrollment begins next week just to keep insurers from shutting down operations in the state, and providers are rationing access to their services on their own to keep from going under. Critics of the ACA repeatedly warned that its incentives would produce exactly these outcomes, and reminded everyone ad infinitum that insurance does not equal care. Unfortunately, too many people insisted on learning that lesson the hard way.

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Obamacare is a classic example of how the culture increasingly manufactures "truth". In contrast to the government-paid stooges rolled out in the media to support its' implementation, independent experts uniformly warned from the beginning what the outcome would be. Bob Laszewski is the health insurance industry expert whose generally accurate and prescient criticisms of Obamacare over the span of several years have largely been vindicated by events. He's been watching the steady departure of insurers from the law's failing exchanges with increasing concern, warning that the entire system risks implosion within the next year if the current trajectory isn't significantly altered. Watch here via CNBC.

The government increasingly manufactures "truth" in virtually every area of the culture - i.e.,
  • gender identity (The foolish notion that anyone can be any gender at any time.)
  • gender equality in combat (The fallacy that women are equal to men in ruthless combat.)
  • "Planned Parenthood" (The very name is ironic for the nation's largest abortion provider, subsidized by the U.S. government.)
  • "Separation of Church & State" (This infamous phrase is used to club Christians into silence in the public square. It is found nowhere in either the U.S. Constitution or Bill of Rights. It's manufactured.)
  • "theory" of evolution (By definition, this will always be only a theory since it cannot be scientifically proven by observation. Yet it is the de-facto government position now marketed as indisputable, irrefutable fact despite increasing evidence that is it cannot be true.)
  • etc.
Those who stubbornly adhere to absolute truth as their anchor will be immune to the allure of man-made truth. Their house is solidly built upon bedrock. (Matt 7:24-25)

For those that fall prey to manufactured truth ... as always happens ... there is ultimately a terrible price to be paid. For their house is tragically built upon sand. (Matt 7:26-27)

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