Daily Archives: September 3, 2009

Health Care is a Right, Not a Privilege…

US-CONGRESS-HEALTH CARE REFORM
a lifelong Republican speaks his mind on health care reform

Editorial by CharlieM (guest contributor) reprinted with permission

This dissertation by the Republican (naturally) Mike Rogers from MI is the biggest bunch of baloney seemily taken from the position papers prepared by the insurance companies. It so distorts the facts in the hope of convincing Joe and Jane Six-pack that the health care as has been offered by insurance companies to the present is perfectly all right. So what if 15% of the U.S. population is uninsured for a variety of reasons such as: unaffordable, denied coverage by the insurance companies, employers refusing to provide coverage, insurance companies overcharging premiums for small business owners, insurance companies denying payment for treatments, inability to benefit from some plans outside your home state, etc., etc., etc. Come on, folks, the insurance companies have had a license to rape and plunder the American public. It’s time to put a heavy bit in the mouths of these uncontrolled horses.

To the best of my knowledge of the House bill, no one is going to lose their coverage or be punished. People will be able to secure coverage if they have currently disqualifying ailments, etc. Try and obtain health insurance right now in River City if you have prostate cancer, breast cancer, etc. My dermatologist tells me he has never known anyone to die from skin cancer (other than melanoma); therefore, I expect a health insurance company might write a policy if you just have skin cancer.

Health Care RallyOne only has to look at Medicare and the military’s health care plans to realize that the federal government CAN and DOES provide excellent health care plans efficiently for about 48 million Americans. How many senior citizens or retired (or even active duty) military are stepping up and demanding that the federal government get out of their lives by eliminating these health care plans? Damned if I know of any – I do know that I surely am not volunteering. That must be because those plans are so inefficient that we are just ignorantly very pleased with these government health care programs. Where does the allegation come from that the House plan “abandons the principles of America?” I always thought Medicare and military medical care plans have been an extremely important part and parcel of “the principles of America” – to provide excellent heath care. I also always thought that the private sector benefits from excellent health care programs because it benefits from a “less sick” work force, i.e., less absenteeism. What am I missing here that the minority party in Congress capitalizes upon to conjure up what appears to me to be inhumane, insensitive, and totally irrational conclusions.

Personal conversations with middle class Canadian and U.K. citizens have provided me first hand information which blatantly refutes the Republican Party’s claims that people are dying from lack of health care in those countries: that people have to wait exceptionally long periods of time for health care; that those people are dissatisfied with their national health care plans, and that they are so dissatisfied they come to the U.S. to secure adequate health care. More hogwash being promulgated by the health care insurance companies in the U.S.A.

health care demoThe Republican Party lately has deserted the American people (other than the very wealthy and corporations) with more and more regularity – be it health care, special interest concerns, or refusal to demand more regulation of providers of services upon which all citizens must depend upon from the stock market to the food industry. Deregulation does not work when American industry thrives on one fundamental – greed. The Republican Party patently labels that as the “free enterprise” engine driven by the “profit motive.” Therefore, there should be no regulation because competition will force the economics to the most proficient state. Hogwash! Teddy Roosevelt (wasn’t he a Republican?) took on the monopolies and busted them. It’s time for the Republicans to once again step forward and bust up the health insurance monopoly. I do not think they have the guts to do that – just listen to their rhetoric – no citizen is ever without health care, they can go to the emergency rooms. Get real. If you haven’t had to use such a facility, be thankful. I waited 8, repeat 8, hours to be seen when I was faced with an emergency condition out of town. Fortunately for the taxpayers in Wichita, Medicare ultimately paid for my emergency room care. For uninsured folks, Wichita’s taxpayers would have paid. This Republican Party idea is more hogwash. It shoves the cost of “emergency room” health care off onto all middle class tax payers – not by choice, either. Somehow that smacks of a “hidden tax” in my book.

Health Care ReformShould “tort reform” be addressed? Absolutely. Just keep in mind, however, that if you are the victim of foreseeable consequence(s) from inept/erroneous medical care, I do believe you should be remunerated. If you are are a young income provider for your family and your income potential is negatively impacted, I do believe you and your family should be made whole for obvious reasons. Everyone deserves to be made whole; however, outrageous monetary awards need to be controlled. Uh oh, how can the deregulatory oriented Republican party suddenly choose to demand regulation of monetary awards made my independent citizens in a jury. My Party’s vacillating policies confuse me. Hasn’t it too often attempted to label such as “flip flopping?” Forgive my very senior citizen memory, I forgot that it only applies to Democrat incumbents/candidates.

As a lifelong Republican, I am disgusted with the irrational, special interest positions taken today by my Party’s incumbents. Unfortunately, money talks in our society, and so do campaign contributions. The health care industry has spent how many millions of dollars to destroy the attempt to revamp our Nation’s existing health care? Please move your heads to one side and get your vision out of the smoke and glare from the mirrors. Our health care program requires immediate restructuring.

Sorry folks, this Republican chooses to support a compulsory national health care plan so all Americans can have adequate health care. Feel free to forward to anyone thinking the House health care bill is a travesty.

Health care is a right, not a privilege!.

The video of Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) that triggered this editorial is below.

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TGFTRMS

from the desk of GeoT

Thank GOD for the Rachel Maddow Show

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She is one of the few keeping her head and still focused on snuffing out the tin-hats and wingnut creepy-crawlies… Olberman seems to have flipped his lid and not in a good way)

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Conservatives Urge ‘National Truancy Day’ For Obama’s Back-to-School Speech

Vice-President Joseph Biden, President Obama and Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

Vice-President Joseph Biden, President Obama and Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan


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On Tuesday, President Obama will be delivering a speech to American school kids encouraging them to study hard and stay in school. Sounds good, right? Not so fast, to the folks on the right, this is all a super secret plot of our Socialist/Marxist/Communist/(Any-other-word-you-can-add-ist-to) President. Oh, my God! Obama is trying to indoctrinate our kids…(of course this is only after he kills your grandma..).

The over-the-top drama is being led by conservative blogger/nutcase Michelle Malkin and conservative radio screecher Dana Loesch. They are so offended that they are calling September 8th the “National Truancy Day.” Yes, you got the right. They are asking people to pull their kids out of school that day!

Surely they realize that August was “National Truancy Prevention Month”, where people around the country were actually trying to keep kids in school. So far schools in Texas are making the viewing optional, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Others in Columbia, Missouri are ignoring the address altogether.

Lets start with Texas. Great state, lots of cool places to see, popular sports teams, but if you are interested in geting a great education in Texas, I have bad news for you. Out of all of our states literacy rates, Texas ranks 49, next to last place, which is held by Mississippi. Missouri fares a little better with a ranking of 30. So if I was an educator in these two states, having my students listen to a positive message from the President that tells them about the importance of education, it would be a no-brainer. Unless I was a Conservative…

National  Day of Silence

National Day of Silence

We shouldn’t be surprised by these actions. Earlier this year, a national coalition of right wing Christian and anti-tolerance organizations promoted truancy as a response to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s 13th Annual National Day of Silence on April 17. Students were asked to take some form of a vow of silence on that day to bring attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from more than 7,500 middle and high schools participated in 2008. But of course, the right wing groups called it the equivalent to the Hitler Youth. Sound familiar? What is the right-wings fascination with describing Progressive programs they don’t like by using Hitler comparisons. What’s up with that?

According to ThinkProgress..On Fox News this morning, NPR’s Juan Williams defended Obama’s effort as “innocuous,” saying that “on the face of it, it seems to be almost patriotic…you should hear the president speak about the value of education, staying in school, hard work.” But Family Research Council President Tony Perkins wasn’t convinced that the speech would be benign. To buttress his argument, Perkins asserted that “the president really hasn’t pushed any educational reform issues yet in his administration”:

Perkins is speaking without regard for the facts when he says that Obama hasn’t “pushed any educational reform issues yet.” In fact, Obama has put a strong emphasis on education reform. For instance, the stimulus bill contained an unprecedented investment in education, which was aimed at incentivizing reform:

To help struggling schools, the federal government will use stimulus funding to encourage states to expand school days, reward good teachers, fire bad ones and measure how students perform compared with peers in India and China, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said yesterday.

So ok, I understand we have a two-party system and that they are the supposedly loyal opposition party…I get that. But why should we allow them to politicize education for our kids? Seriously, if the kids survived George W. Bush reading them ‘My Pet Goat‘, I’m sure they can survive a educational pep talk by President Obama.

My message to them, leave the damn kids alone and stop makin’ stuff up!

****Update
Hat tip goes out to Jed Lewison of DKosTV, for finding this video. On the eve of the 1992 presidential campaign — October 1, 1991, to be exact — President George H. W. Bush pitched his education plan in a speech broadcast live to school classrooms nationwide. Please take a moment to read Jed’s diary entitled Another wingnut meme goes down the drain .

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PETITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

PETITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: “We worked so hard for real change. President Obama, please demand a strong public health insurance option in your speech to Congress. Letting the insurance companies win would not be change we can believe in.”
click the image below to sign the petition

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Rodale and the Obamas Make a Case for Health (and Health Care)

Michelle Obama talks about her family’s diet in Children’s Health.

First Lady Michelle Obama talks about her family’s diet in Children’s Health.


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Stephanie Clifford of the New York Times reports:

President Obama is taking his argument for a health care plan to a new place: Rodale magazines, where he or his wife appear on coming covers of Prevention, Men’s Health, Women’s Health and the new publication Children’s Health.

The president has been pitching his health care plan without total success in Congress and in town hall meetings nationwide. Now, he makes the argument in the pages of the Rodale publications. Peter Moore, editor of Men’s Health, who wrote a cover article on Mr. Obama in November, approached the White House in the spring with the idea of doing articles focused on health care in four Rodale magazines. Three will run in the October issues, while the Prevention cover is appearing in November.

The Men’s Health and Women’s Health articles publicize the Obama health care plan, with Men’s Health strongly endorsing it. A sidebar to the president’s interview there lists “five reasons you should care” about the health care plan, and each point is positive — your premium may go down, your emergency room care would improve.

Mr. Moore said he approached the article with a very clear point of view. “We’re not bystanders,” he said. “The whole issue of health care in the U.S., it’s something that we have to feel strongly about. We’re health journalists.”

“We know, if anyone does, what’s broken there, and so if this comes off as more of an advocacy piece, it’s because we’re advocates for health.”
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I like this outside-of-the-box marketing approach. For many people, reading an article in their favorite (and trusted) magazine is often more persuasive than listening to a speech or watching both pro and con healthcare advocates duke it out on TV. One of the things that hurt the health care debate (food-fight), was that everyday people were not told, in the simplest of terms, why health care reform is important for them. Why its important for people who already have insurance, why its important for our Seniors, why its important to all Americans. If the majority of this country is firmly behind Health Care Reform, convinced that it is in their own best interest, there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.

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How’s the Stimulus Working? In One Area at Least, Precisely as Intended

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Posted by GeoT

Remember the stimulus package? Yeah, that seems like ancient history to me too. But even with that said, the $787 billion economic lifeline is still in the rather early stages of filtering through to the economy. As of August 21st, $208 billion (or 26.4% of the total) was available overall and $84 billion of that had actually been spent. While the so-called “shovel ready” projects most typically associated with economic stimulus have been slow to get those shovels in the ground due to the inherently slow timeframe for the approval and funding of any contracting project, other income support and direct payment programs have been quick to move.

Virginia: Reversing Proposed Cuts in Health, Education and Public Safety

When Governor Kaine proposed a revised budget for 2009 and 2010, he did not take federal recovery act funding into account because the legislation was far from certain. Instead, he proposed deep spending cuts. A comparison of the governor’s proposal with the budget he eventually signed in March 2009 — which did reflect the recovery act — suggests the kinds of cuts the legislation allowed the state to avoid.

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