Health Care Dead?

    Don’t bet on it.  Nancy Pelosi,according to her statement recently says that if they are locked out from creating their health care plan she is planning to “pole vault in”,or “parachute in”to make their healthcare bill a reality this year.  And just exactly what is it she is planning to “pole vault”or “parachute”over?  It is the will of the American people who by significant majorities do not want a federal takeover of the American health care industry.

    Recently Canadian members of Parliment have been in the news for traveling to the US for medical treatment.  Liberal MP Belinda Stronach traveled to California in June for breast cancer treatment.  Another MP was in the news in the last month for also traveling to the US for treatment.  No wonder US lawmakers who are trying to implement a similar system want to exempt themselves from it.  They know it will cause a drop in the quality of health care available in the US.  Unlike Canadian MPs they will not have another country with an outstanding health industry right on their southern border to fly to if they need care.

    Congressional Representative John Fleming MD  from Louisiana’s 4th congressional district submitted a bill to require members of congress to  enroll in any “public option”they enact for the people of the US.    The following is a quote from his office on Feb 5th concerning this bill.

    “Like many of you,I am deeply concerned that Congress will press forward to enact an intrusive government administered health care plan,despite the higher costs and lowered level of care other countries with similar systems have experienced.”

    “You will be pleased to know that more than 100 Members of Congress joined in support of H. Res. 615,my common sense measure calling on Members who vote for an intrusive government-administered health care plan to enroll in that system.  Since launching this effort,nearly 3 million Americans like you have contacted my office in support of H. Res. 615.  In response I offered an amendment to the Democratic Leadership health care bill to automatically enroll all Members of Congress and all Senators in the public option.  Predictably,my amendment was rejected out of hand by the Majority and was not given a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.”

    Numerous examples have surfaced in recent months of people from Canada,Britain,and other European countries that travel to the US for treatment because of  nonavailability of needed care or life-threatening delays to get such care under their publicly funded plans.   The US news media has been predictably quiet about such because of their blind support of the liberal leadership in Washington.

    Many claim that the public health care system will lower costs,but the numbers simply don’t compute.  In Canada for example the average family pays 48% of their income in taxes each year.   Although the costs vary slightly by province,Ontario reports it spends 40% of total tax revenue for health care according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation,a group that campaigns for tax reform.

    That implies that families in Canada are being taxed almost 20% of their total income for health care with no ability to opt out of it.  That much will buy one heck of a good health insurance program here in the US without the extensive delays to get access to specialists that is the norm for Canadians.   The Canadian Medical Association states that there is  an estimated four million of Canada’s 33 million population that don’t have a family doctor and more than one million people are currently waiting for treatment.  Those waits commonly run three to six months or more just for access to specialists,even for critical and life-threatening conditions.  These waits usually measure only a few days in the US.

    Unfortunately,that is only the “tip of the iceberg”.  According to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation,the system is suffering serious financial challenges. It calculates that at the current rates of cost growth,  by 2035 Ontario will be spending 85 per cent of its total budget on healthcare!

    Doctors in my county are leaving the profession primarily because of the federal meddling in their profession now.  Medicare is grossly underfunded and only pays the doctors a very small percentage of their normally billed amounts for services.  That is why medicare patients often can not find family doctors.  Doctors simply can not afford to provide care when the “single payer”only pays them 10 to 20% of their normally billed fees.  In some cases of tests performed by outside services,but billed by the practitioner,the costs they have to pay for the tests are less than the medicare reimbursement they receive!  I know that figure sounds unbelievable,but my wife and I are on medicare and routinely review the records for our treatments. What I have quoted is common of the “authorized”amounts reimbursed by the medicare system that we have seen in the records of our care.

    Older doctors are taking early retirements at an alarming rate and US medical schools are not keeping pace with replacements.  In our community,out of some 60 doctors in private practice that are 50 or more years old over 80% of them have told local sources they will immediately close their practices if the current bills are passed.

    Congress is out of touch and out of control.  They are coming up with more and more federal programs that are taking away our liberty and destroying our economy.   They create bills that include “unfunded mandates”that require the states or local government to provide services without providing funds to do so.  They are bankrupting the states with their blatant violations of the 10th amendment and the usurpation of other authority denied to them under  the US Constitution.

    The US Post Office is facing bankruptcy,medicare is facing bankruptcy,social security is facing bankruptcy,and the current administration is submitting a new federal budget that includes spending 30% more than it expects to take in for next year.  That is a pretty good definition that the government as a whole is currently bankrupt and yet it wants to continue spending more and more!

    Current proposals are claimed to be necessary to provide needed health insurance to the uninsured.  Actually they will destroy the integrity of the outstanding health care industry we have today.  Why should we go down a road that our neighbors to the north are trying to figure out how to extradite themselves from today?

    Simple legislation can correct the current problems that people in the US have in maintaining health insurance coverage.  1) Allow people to take their health care insurance with them when they change jobs,or states.  2) Eliminate the arbitrary restrictions that prevent Americans from purchasing health insurance outside of their state.  If you can buy automotive insurance out of state,why not health insurance?  3) Provide the much needed tort reform to reduce the nuisance lawsuits that add as much as 30% to the costs of health care.  The threats of unfounded lawsuits are driving doctors out of a number of critical medical specialties at a high rate.

    There is no justification for an inept  government bureaucracy to take over control of the medical industry in the US,especially when the performance of such systems elsewhere is so demonstratively poor.  There should be no government bureaucrat standing between citizens and their doctor.  Contact your representative and senators and tell them to get Washington’s financial house in order and leave the greatest healthcare system in the world alone!

    A Sunday Sermon

    Recent Virginia Church Sermon –
    This is a great story. Whether Truth or Fiction,who knows? I researched it and could not find the original source but regardless of the original source there is lots of wisdom here. It is supposedly from a predominately Black church somewhere in Virginia sometime early this year. I wish I could meet with this wise pastor and tell him,“Right on Brother! Preach on!” We need more pastors in more pulpits that will tell the truth like he does.
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    “Good morning,brothers and sisters;it’s always a delight to see the pews crowded on Sunday morning,and so eager to get into God’s Word. Turn with me in your Bibles,if you will to the 47th chapter of Genesis,we’ll begin our reading at verse 13,and go through verse 27.

    Brother Ray,would you stand and read that great passage for us?

    ….(reading)…

    Thank you for that fine reading,Brother Ray…So we see that economic hard times fell upon Egypt ,and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to deal with this for them. And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest,and placed the grain in great storehouses that he had built. So the people brought their money to Pharaoh,like a great tax increase,and gave it all to him willingly in return for grain.
    And this went on until their money ran out,and they were hungry again.

    So when they went to Pharaoh after that,they brought their livestock -their cattle,their horses,their sheep,and their donkey –to barter for grain,and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of that year..

    But the famine wasn’t over,was it? So the next year,the people came before Pharaoh and admitted they had nothing left,except their land and their own lives. “There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. Why should we die before your eyes,both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food,and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh.”So they surrendered their homes,their land,and their real estate to Pharaoh’s government,and then sold themselves into slavery to him,in return for grain. What can we learn from this,brothers and sisters?

    That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider in hard times only leads to slavery? Yes. That the only reason government wants to be our provider is to also become our master?

    Yes. But look how that passage ends,brothers and sisters! Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt ,in the land of Goshen .. And they gained possessions in it,and were fruitful and multiplied greatly.”God
    provided for His people,just as always has! They didn’t end up giving all their possessions to government,no,it says they gained possessions! But I also tell you a great truth today,and an ominous one. We see the same thing happening today –the government today wants to “share the wealth “once again,to take it from us and redistribute it back to us. It wants to take control of healthcare,just as it has taken control of education,and ration it back to us,and when government rations it,then government decides who gets it,and how much,and what kind. And if we go along with it,and do it willingly,then we will wind up no differently than the people of Egypt did four thousand years ago –as slaves to the government,and as slaves to our leaders.

    What Mr. Obama’s government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh’s government did then,and it will end the same. And a lot of people like to call Mr. Obama a “Messiah,”don’t they? Is he a Messiah?

    Obama Messiah?

    Obama Messiah?

    A savior? Didn’t the Egyptians say,after Pharaoh made them his slaves,“You have saved our lives;may it please my lord,we will be servants to Pharaoh”?

    Well,I tell you this I know the Messiah;the Messiah is a friend of mine;and Mr. Obama is no Messiah! No,brothers and sisters,if Mr. Obama is a character from the Bible,then he is “Pharaoh”.

    Bow with me in prayer,if you will.
    Lord,You alone are worthy to be served,and we rely on You,and You alone.
    We confess that the government is not our deliverer,and never rightly will be.
    We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel,when Samuel warned the people of what a ruler would do,where it says “And in that day you will cry out because of your king,whom you have chosen for yourselves,but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”And Lord,we acknowledge that day has come. We cry out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation. Lord,we pray for this nation. We pray for revival,and we pray for deliverance from those who would be our masters.

    Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You,and protect Your people from the atrocities of Pharaoh’s government.

    In God We Trust…“

    A Letter to President Obama

    August 12,2009
    Mr. Barack Hussein Obama
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,NW
    Washington,DC 20500

    Dear Mr. Obama,

    The news of late regarding your push to have citizens report directly to the White House anything they see as “fishy”regarding what is being said about you and your healthcare bill is extremely disturbing. However,this is only the latest of the outrages we have seen coming out of your administration in the short time you have been in office.

    For a presidential candidate who promised a better life for all Americans,to bring the races and all Americans together,to do what is “fair”,and to have a transparent administration,you thus far appear to have gone entirely in the opposite direction on all these promises. You can’t promise a better life for all Americans by raising taxes,spending us into bankruptcy,silencing dissenters,over-taxing,over-regulating,and penalizing the very businesses that create jobs,or nationalizing our banks,corporations,and healthcare –this is socialism,sir. You cannot bring people together by pitting citizens and groups of citizens against one another and encouraging neighbors to inform on each other. This smacks of Nazism and Communism. You can’t promote fairness by muzzling those who disagree with you,or giving one class of citizens priority over another as in your healthcare bill. You cannot have a transparent administration by stifling opposing views on the healthcare bill,trying to rush it through before all viewpoints are heard and discussed in an open forum,or labeling those who dare question its provisions as organized right wing mobs and refusing to clearly address their legitimate concerns. This shows me the truly sinister nature of your approach to “governing”. It is ill-suited for a constitutional democracy such as ours,sir. I dread the day you find a way to marginalize or suspend our Constitution in its entirety,as it seems to be a constant impediment to you and your ilk quickly implementing your socialist agenda before we even know what has hit us.

    In case you are wondering where I am coming from,I will tell you that I generally vote for Republican candidates but have voted democratic in the past. However,I see the current crop of Republicans as being less and less supportive of my views,including former President George W. Bush. However,and more ominous,I see the current crop of Democratic “leaders”,including yourself,as far less responsible,and substantially less supportive of historic American values than they were as recently as 50 years ago. Most Democrats have been totally hijacked by the extreme radical left within our society and can be considered for all intents and purposes as socialists. I am,by contrast,a principled conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan. What I believe is as follows and you can judge any “threat”I may pose to this country accordingly.

    As a conservative,I firmly and,without apology,proudly believe the following:

    1) That,in general,the best government is one that governs the least,i.e.,that big government means less freedom for everyone. Excessive governmental control is bad for America and Americans.

    2) That individual freedoms are God given,not man given

    3) That most Americans are inherently competent and should therefore be responsible,and held accountable,for their own actions and choices in life.

    4) That government and political corruption and crime,like all other crime,must be exposed and punished regardless of who the perpetrator is.

    5) That the rule of law is supreme and that no one,not even the President,is above the law. We have seen far too much of lawlessness and corruption in our political leaders and a reluctance by them to accept the blame for their own failings and misdeeds. Their first instinct,like that of a child,is to blame someone else. This bad example being set for future generations is appalling.

    6) That the Constitution of the United States should be the basis of all law and not subject to being rewritten by judicial decree. Conservatives believe in a strict interpretation of the Constitution and zealously support and protect it and all its amendments. For example,I will not own a gun,but I support the 2nd Amendment which grants that right to those who choose to do so. I believe the Constitution does NOT grant the right to abortion on demand,although at one time I was pro-choice. I now realize this was a prime example of judges changing the intent and scope of the U.S. Constitution by judicial decree to suit their own agenda,and this is a very dangerous precedent. Also,the issue of abortion,along with many others,should be handled on the state level in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.

    7) That our system of government and democracy itself were established under Judeo-Christian religious principles that acknowledge the existence of God and that are crucial to our continuing success as a free nation. Liberals and socialists have tried countless times to disavow such a heritage and to implement a secular society.

    8) That God and religion should be allowed into our lives,not systematically and totally removed from our society based on the extremist views of the anti-God or anti-Christian minority.

    9) That parents should make the decisions regarding the raising and educating of their children,NOT the government. Liberal or socialist views,such as yours,as a goal for America’s school children and the way we should all lead our lives would be a disaster in a free society. The programming of children to believe in a government sponsored political ideology brings back the specter of the Nazi youth and their irrational,blind allegiance to a brutal,murderous,and Godless tyrant. This approach has no business being used in any American school system with impressionable school children. People need to be free to make up their own minds on the issues and not to be unduly influenced,coerced,or bullied by those with politically motivated agendas. We must keep the ACLU out of our schools and out of our lives.

    10) That traditional moral and family values are important to the success of a free society and need to be protected and preserved,not mocked and suppressed.

    11) In free market principles with minimal government interference,control,and regulation. Wealth is created in the private sector,not by government. Far too often government interference and over-control limits job creation and prosperity. Only in a socialist or communist state is individual achievement,success,and prosperity to be condemned and penalized. Spreading the wealth,as you propose,is a socialist concept which inhibits economic growth and promotes individual dependency on others.

    12) In the sanctity and value of innocent human life. All human beings should be considered of equal value and deserving of life regardless of their sex,age,race,religious beliefs,national origin,state of health or mental capacity,or political beliefs. We are all God’s children.

    13) In peace based on strength,not appeasement,i.e.,we must have a strong national defense based on a strong,well equipped,and well trained military coupled with a defensive ABM shield,if technically feasible. War is never desirable but reality and common sense should tell any reasonable person that sometimes it is necessary to preserve our freedom and way of life. We should never give in to tyrants and terrorists. This approach has kept us free for over 230 years,so why change it?

    14) That problems and societal ills are best resolved by the people in the private community and not by government. Government involvement is overly expensive,grossly inefficient,and far too often subject to corrupting political influences. This is undeniable reality.

    15) That our economy is best served when money and resources are invested,controlled,and spent by individuals and businesses in the private sector,and not by the government through bailouts,excessive taxation,burdensome regulations,or other controls.

    16) That we must maintain our national sovereignty and suppress all efforts by those entities,such as the UN,which would impose international regulations,standards,laws,taxes,etc.,on the American people in contravention of our Constitution and representative system of government.

    17) We believe in patriotism and love of our country with an appreciation of the sacrifices of our founding fathers and our fighting military and other heroes to ensure our freedoms. We honor such people –not degrade them or label them as radicals or potential terrorists. Conservatives consider it an honor to be an American and will defend our country and way of life at all costs,and without apology or deference to anyone.

    18) Conservatives are against discrimination of any kind,whether it be based on race,sex,religion. national origin,age,condition of ones health or mental capacity,or political beliefs. Every citizen of this great country has the Constitutional God-given right to free speech and to practice their religion anytime and anywhere they choose regardless of who it may “offend”. No one shall be silenced,persecuted,threatened,or inhibited in any way solely because of their beliefs. The so-called “hate crimes”law is an attempt at thought control and would result in some crimes that could be charged only against one class of people and not another. This is a clear violation of equal protection under the law. It is a typical over-reaction to previous inequities,but rather than resolve any inequities,it creates others.

    Mr. Obama,you may not agree with most of my beliefs. However,sir,you have no right –in this country –to inhibit in any way my exercising my freedom to speak out and to disagree with you. It is free political discourse that is specifically protected by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Such is the beauty of our country and political system. But as a Constitutional scholar yourself,you sir should know this. There is nothing sinister,radical,dangerous,or extremist about our beliefs. On the contrary,sir,you and those that support your agenda for “change”,as we have seen it so far,constitute a far greater threat to America and to the freedoms all Americans cherish. It is unbelievable that you are so completely out of touch with the vast majority of the American people that you have deceived yourself into thinking that they really want or need all this socialist nonsense forcefully crammed down their throats. However,it does seem that you and your socialist supporters are trying very hard to hide the truth by suppressing any and all discussion,particularly on the healthcare fiasco. I must therefore resist you and your agenda in every legal way possible.

    While you may think the above beliefs and my comments make me a “right wing extremist”or a “potential terrorist”that bears watching,in my mind,such beliefs indicate a patriot and one who respects the concept of freedom as a unique and rare blessing to be preserved at all costs. I promise you that I will never commit violence in order to support my beliefs,however,that does not mean that I will not strongly resist others attempting to use violence or other illegal means to suppress my freedoms. Unlike you,sir,I respect the viewpoints of others,even if they oppose mine. I also promise,sir,to do everything legal that is within my power to see that you and your fellow socialists are voted out of office. This is the American way. Unlike you,sir,we will not resort to misinformation,threats,suppression,intimidation,bullying,or surveillance in responding to those with whom we disagree. The truth is the best weapon available to freedom loving people and it will ultimately prevail.

    I question your motives Mr. Obama on wanting to be the “leader”of this wonderful country,a country that has withstood the test of time as a democracy. I say this because it seems to me that your primary goal so far has been attempting to destroy everything that has made America the destination of choice for the oppressed and the envy of the free world. Fortunately,two hundred million other Americans,the so-called silent majority,largely agree with me and are now starting to speak up. Although you may try,you cannot silence all of us,or put us all under surveillance or in jail. Free people are not going to give up their freedoms and rights so easily.

    You may have noticed that I have not addressed you with the title that customarily accompanies the person who is the primary occupant of the White House. Unlike me and the huge majority of other Americans that are proud to be born in America,I do not believe you are a natural born American citizen according to the Constitution,and therefore are not qualified for the office you are holding. It appears that you have perpetrated,and have so far gotten away with,the biggest hoax ever carried out in the history of our country. I believe this because of your blatant refusal to provide proper proof of your birth,assuming it is available. Why would you not provide it and end the controversy and doubt? Either you have no such proof or you are so arrogant and filled with the idea of your own self importance that you think you are above the law and do not need to comply with it. Either way sir,in my opinion,you are not entitled to the office you hold and therefore not entitled to the respect that normally goes with it.

    In accordance with your directive and request,I have reported myself directly to you as,according to your description,a “right wing extremist”. I have fully elaborated on my “fishy”viewpoints and have hidden nothing. This letter is necessarily long and detailed so as to avoid any misunderstanding by you. I am proud to have the conservative viewpoints I have described above and to be whatever you think that makes me. I will apologize to no one for my conservative views and beliefs –and I will never disavow them.

    Sincerely,

    Gerald R. Vanderbilt,American
    Home:512-502-8667
    E-mail:GRVAustin@cs.com

    CC:U.S. Senator John Cornyn
    U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
    U.S. Representative Lamar Smith

    Obama’s Healthcare Express

    Today the Obama Healthcare Express is rushing headlong into oblivion with no concern for the devastation to ensue. Obama is joined by Nancy Peloci,Barney Frank,Frank Schumer,and others who are currently attempting to marginalize anyone who disagrees with their Rube Goldberg plans. They refer to honest citizens who are concerned about the dumb schemes to nationalize healthcare as “organized mobs”and in some cases have closed town hall meetings to avoid talking to these “rabble-rousers”and referring to them as “manufactured demonstrations”. Perhaps the latter is because of the long history of such true manufactured demonstrations by liberal groups on their side such as Acorn that are often even tax supported! Now they have gone so far overboard they don’t even recognize true citizen dissent when they see it,or perhaps they know but just refuse to acknowledge it.
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    Dana Loesch says of these “mobs”on her blog:”You’ve heard a lot about this crazy,scary,vicious mob on some shadowy GOP payroll. By the way the DNC,Rachel Maddow,and President Obama talk,you’d think it was a motley crue of Hell’s Angels.”(See the full example of these “organized mobsters”)

    Less we think they are alone in this arrogance,the US news media is refusing to cover the large crowds at tea parties and town hall meetings and has gone so far as to try to write them off as inconsequential. Meetings that were estimated as eight to ten thousand participants by the local police were written off by the Times and similar papers and news organizations as “a couple hundred demonstrators”. No wonder “The Times”has been losing readership like crazy in the last few years. Who wants to pay good money to read “news”that is obviously fabricated just to meet the political agenda of the publisher? Even if you agree with their policy that is just a stupid waste of money.

    The AARP,supposedly an advocacy organization for the elderly in this country,has recently endorsed Obama’s plan. Why would they do such a thing when all indications are that it would result in rationing of the care that their members need? The model of such a program is Great Britain’s healthcare system where delays for services commonly required for the elderly are extreme. Average waits for a hip replacement there is 11 months,a knee replacement 12 months. Other common services often needed by the elderly are far below the quality and availability found in the US. For example,in the US a man diagnosed with prostate cancer has a virtually 100% probability of surviving for at least five years,but in Great Britain that probability is only about 77%. Access to specialists there is limited,especially for the elderly,and individuals have virtually no access to medical care except through the national program. They are not even allowed to pay their own money to get someone to treat them when the national health care can’t or won’t. In many cases they die waiting in line for treatment or waiting until it is too late for treatment to help. Now that’s a good example of governmental “cost containment”for you!

    For years British and Canadians have been coming to the US to get treatment when their national health care systems can not or will not help them. No wonder elderly Americans are showing up at town halls and tea parties in large numbers. They are scared silly and with good reason! At a recent town hall type meeting between AARP leadership and local members the leaders were hammered about the contents of the bill. They refused to answer any questions from their concerned members and eventually just walked off the podium. They are accepting membership fees from their supporters and then using those fees to advocate programs that are directly adverse to the members needs. Then they are refusing to listen to opposition by the membership. Somehow that just doesn’t seem right to me. Personally I would cancel my AARP membership,cut up the card and send it back to them,but unfortunately I already did that about 15 years ago.

    Nancy Peloci,Harry Reid,Obama,and others have accused town hall and tea party demonstrators with all kinds of derogatory terms. They are spreading vicious lies about the people that oppose their programs. Peloci even accused these well dressed seniors as “Nazi’s”and stated on national TV that they are showing up wearing
    swastikas. That is a totally unfounded statement demeaning honest citizens that wish to express their constitutionally protected rights. These are blatant lies that are not helping advance her cause and tend to explain the Democrat’s plummeting poll results of late. They insist on leading the American government into socialism even though all the national polls indicate Americans object by significant margins. According to Gallap 63% of Americans don’t want socialized healthcare. The normally liberal NPR admits it is 47 to 42% against and the Pew polls indicate 44 to 38% are opposed. Even the New York Times pollsters admit that 77% of Americans think socialized healthcare will increase the national deficit.

    John Conyers had the audacity recently to ridicule those who would insist they should “Read the bill!” He stated “What good is it to read the bill when it would take two days and two lawyers to read and understand it.”Well John,if you can’t read it and understand it except under those conditions that is enough reason right there to oppose it! If our legislators can’t understand a bill,they shouldn’t be voting for it period! When you receive a legal document to sign and you can’t understand what it says do you think it is wise to just sign the darned thing? When they vote for a bill they are doing it as our representative and doing it in our name. If they aren’t smart enough to know what they are signing up for in our name,we should throw the bums out and put someone in there who will,regardless of what party they represent. Perhaps John Conyers is a good place to start.

    The current proposed healthcare bill would create a bureaucratic nightmare. In Britain more than 50% of the employees of the national healthcare plan are administrators. The government’s social security system is currently bankrupt,the medicare and medicaid programs are likewise bankrupt and even their stupid “cash for clunkers”bill that was supposed to run for three months was bankrupted in only one weekend! If the government can’t make a “cash for clunkers”program that is solvent,why should the American people think they could do so in a takeover of one seventh of the American economy? Especially when they think they shouldn’t have to bother with actually going to the trouble of “reading the bill!”My momma taught me not to sign anything I didn’t read,why should they?

    They are also trying to hide the nature of proposed bills by attempting to make a differentiation between “socialized healthcare”or “government run healthcare”with a plan that only includes a “government option”. That is a bald faced,absolute,total and complete lie! A “government option”is the same thing as socialized healthcare! Even if the system does not outlaw other competing healthcare plans,but then funds their “government option”by stealing money from taxpayers and giving their service virtually free,even if the “government option”totally sucks,employers will be forced by competition to adopt it. Obama,Dodd,Frank,and others have said so repeatedly in addresses to their constituent groups such as the AFL-CIO. Any “government option”is full socialized healthcare with all its failures. It is just a slightly slower method of implimenting it. If your congressman,like mine,is trying to hide behind this “government option”BS,don’t let him get away with it! He knows better,and if he doesn’t he is a fool. Liars and fools don’t deserve your vote in November of next year. Make sure he understands that! Remember,these dudes are trying to force this system on you while they exempt themselves from it. Any program that is not good enough for the congress and high level government officials is not good enough for us!

    Obama has even recently created an “Office of Disinformation.”He actually calls it the “Office of Health Reform”,but make no mistake about its purpose. His Disinformation Czar,Linda Douglas,issued statements to clear up the “mis-information out there”by showing quotes from the Messiah himself saying “If you like your doctor you will be able to keep him.”“If you like you health care plan you will be able to keep it”This is totally ignoring the actual text of the plan in congress that indicates just the opposite. What should we believe,what Obama says,or what he is actually doing? No manner of assurances looking straight into the camera will assuage the fears when people can read from the actual bill and see that his statements are pure lies.

    Obama is in “full campaign”mode these days,attacking honest citizens who are simply exercising their constitutional rights. He has never really shifted into a “governing”mode where the concentration is on actually doing the business of the American people. After all he has too much to do in defending his socialist agenda from those who object to it to seek consensus in such mundane things as conducting the business of the country. That is a really poor way to do business and the polls are showing that Americans are not impressed. From a good beginning Obama has dropped to lower than George W Bush was at a similar place in his administration and lower than any of the last four presidents have been at a similar point. In the last 35 years only the disastrous administration of Jimmy Carter had lower approval ratings after six months of their administration than Obama has today.

    The American healthcare system is certainly not perfect. Health insurance is commonly tied to employment and when people change jobs they usually can not take their plan with them. Unemployed,self-employed,and retired people often can not afford the high costs of health insurance,but a government socialized program is not the answer. There are many suggestions on the table for real change without destroying the American healthcare system that is the best in the world today. If you doubt that our current system is the best,then why do you suppose kings of mid-eastern countries regularly come to the US for medical treatment?

    Socialized medicine controls the incomes of doctors and denies the possibility of good income for the large investment medical professionals make in education and preparation. It takes eight years of college and post graduate work to become a doctor. Before you can practice you have another two years of internship. If you aspire to a specialty it may take another two to four years of work to qualify for that specialty. Why would anyone with an ounce of good sense be willing to invest 10 to 14 years of expensive education if they are going to be limited to the same or a similar income that their buddy who graduates from high school with them and goes to work in “Uncle Franks”plumbing business for two years to become a licensed plumber at the same pay? Don’t get me wrong. I’ve got nothing against plumbers,carpenters,bricklayers,electricians or any other trades persons,but I wouldn’t want one of them to remove my appendix,or treat my prostate cancer. This is a problem that is currently existing in nations with socialized healthcare. There is insufficient financial motivation for the achievement of excellence. We are already running into a problem in this country where physicians are reluctant to advise their children to enter the profession because of the government limitations provided in the medicare and medicaid programs. Doctors tell me that the mandated medicare payment caps limit them to where a doctor commonly receives only about 4% out of the authorized fees. Medicare often pays less to the doctor than the doctor is charged by labs doing outside work. That explains why it is hard to get a doctor to accept you if you are on medicare or medicaid.

    Current law requires that medical insurance is licensed by the states and must be within the state where you reside. Changing that would allow wider spreading of groups allowing lower cost for the same coverages. Tort reform is the single most important reform that would cut much of the excess cost of medical fees. Many doctors admit that up to 50% of the tests they routinely prescribe are medically unnecessary but are directed only to prevent the possibility of their being sued.

    Peloci and company are firmly against tort reform because the trial lawyers are one of their biggest contributing constituencies. With tort reform the gravy train for trial lawyers would cease to exist. Litigants would be paid out of a fund set up for that purpose from moneys collected from insurance premiums. A panel would authorize payments to persons from those funds eliminating jury trials with sweetheart awards of which the lawyers collect up to one half the proceeds. Doctors who are truly negligent would still be policed by the loss of their license to practice. Everyone would be a winner except the trial lawers and the liberal politicians who would miss their big campaign contributions.

    This is the month of August and congress is on their summer recess. Now is the time to contact your congressional representative,senators,and to write a letter to your local newspaper. If you object to this blatant takeover of one seventh of our American economy by the government make your feelings known. Join the “unruly mobs”of seniors,parents,veterans,grandparents and teachers and go attend a town hall meeting near you. If there is not one near you,find out where there is one and get a group together to drive there and make your wishes known. Call your local talk radio programs and tell them what you think about the possibility of a universal rationed care system. There is still time to derail the Obama Healthcare Express that is speeding toward destruction.

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    More information? See the following links that will be of interest:

    Obamacare –Robbing Peter to pay Paul

    Twitter -you can stop obama

    www.youcanstopobama.com

    Simple Alternative Can Cure Obamacare’s Ills

    As a practicing physician I have major concerns with the healthcare bill

    Why Obama’s health care goons are not helping Obamacare

    Obama’s Doc Knocks Obamacare Proposal

    Canada’s Obamacare Precedent

    The Truth about Canadian Healthcare

    How Obamacare will affect your doctor

    Obamacare Could Kill You!

    The Fatal Flaw in Obamacare –Time Magazine

    Abortion Coverage is in there,regardless of claims to the contrary

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    To be fair,I will also list the following from the White House’s official web site. It is their answer to the “inaccurate allegations circulating around”about the health care proposals. My personal favorite is the dude explaining how Medicare won’t be affected. Watch his eyes when he is telling you this stuff. Notice their flicking to the left when he tells a whopper. Would you buy a used car from this dude?

    White House “Reality Check”

    College Experiment in Socialism

    An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class.

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    That class had insisted that Obama’s program of socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich,a great equalizer.

    The professor then said,“OK,we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

    After the first test,the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.

    The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

    As the second test rolled around,the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

    The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

    When the 3rd test rolled around,the average was an F.

    The scores never increased as bickering,blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

    All failed,to their great surprise,and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great,the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away,no one will try or want to succeed.

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    Could not be any simpler to understand than that. Can you imagine what would happen to young college students who might aspire to become doctors? What will they do when they find out that they would have to study 8 years in college and another 3 or 4 years of internship just to make the same income that their high school graduate classmates make 2 years after high school as menial workers.

    This is the problem that England and other socialist European countries are experiencing now. An astute individual will always eventually ask himself the question,“Why work that hard when there is no commensurate reward for your effort?” The Marxist idiom,“From each according to his ability,to each according to his need”,sounds great,but it is a lie. Never in the history of the world has there ever been a nation that prospers for a significant time under a socialist system of government. Only when the citizens are allowed to prosper,or fail,without government intervention do nations become and remain great.

    Chuck

    Honduras,Thugs or Patriots

    A little over a week ago Honduran soldiers arrested President Manuel Zelaya during the night,took him in his pajamas and placed him on a plane for Costa Rica. They apparently did this under orders from the Honduran Supreme Court and with the approval of the Honduran Congress. Now the great world bastions of democracy,the UN,the OAS,as well as Hugo Chavez,the Castro brothers and Barack Obama are clamoring for his reinstatement! Since when has any of this bunch shown any great love for the democratic process or the rights of a free people to protect their constitutional rights?

    What right has the UN,the OAS (Organization of American States),or any other nation have to attempt to dictate what is done under the laws of another sovereign nation? This was no coup. This was an arrest and expulsion of a dictatorial leader that had violated numerous Honduran laws. The only problem was they chose to execute it quietly by exiling him rather than incarcerating him with all the fanfare and potential riots from the leftist “Acorns”of Honduras. They chose to quietly remove him,replacing him with the person the law indicated was the second in order,just as our government would do if our president were deceased,incapacitated,or imprisoned for any reason.

    Zelaya had been charged with some 18 criminal acts including treason. He had defied the Honduran Supreme court and refused to recognize the law making authority of the Honduras’Congress. He had refused to implement more than 80 laws approved by Congress since taking office in 2006. Zelaya also refused to comply with a Supreme Court ruling against his planned referendum on whether to hold an assembly to consider changing a constitutional provision that was specifically not allowed under the constitution itself. In other words this guy had placed himself above the law and established himself as a dictator in the same style of the Castros and Hugo Chavez.

    To date no countries have recognized the new government and they have been ousted from the OAS. This probably has a lot to do with the objection of the US. Obama has jumped in and deplored the action of Honduras demanding that Zelaya be reinstated. Why would an American president have the gall to say on one hand that the US does not want to meddle in the private affairs of other nations and then on the other hand demand that Honduras restore a leftist dictator that has been ousted for violation of their Constitution and his oath of office? Well,perhaps the key is in the word “leftist”in which Obama found a kindred spirit. After all,if one country could oust a president for violating the constitution he was sworn to protect,perhaps another could do the same?

    Apparently Zelaya was elected by campaigning as a center-right candidate. He then moved into the dictatorial pattern of Chavez ignoring the laws and defying the Congress and Supreme Court. The final straw was when he attempted to strong arm his way into an illegal additional term by changing the constitution through an illegal election. In Honduras a provision was written into the constitution to prevent dictatorial “presidents for life”as had happened a number of times in the past in Latin America. This provision was one of several that are considered “inviolate”and are not subject to amendments. According to their constitution these provisions can only be changed by a rewrite of the entire document. According to Pat Buchanan,Chavez even provided the ballots for Zelaya to use to accomplish the illegal election.

    We should congratulate the people of Honduras for protecting their constitutional form of government,even though done perhaps with a bit less aplomb than we would have preferred. The people of Honduras have not accomplished a coup,but have enforced their laws,without bloodshed and have removed crooked leader before he could destroy their form of government. For that they should be congratulated,not ostracized.

    Obama and Hillary Clinton have no business meddling in the private affairs of a friend and neighbor who are implementing their laws in the best way they can to protect their liberties without creating dangerous riots and violence in their streets.

    Open Letter to the Nation’s Leadership

    On June 17th Glenn Beck read an open letter written by Janet Contreras.  This letter expresses her frustration and anger over the attempt by our national leadership to void the constitution and convert this country into a socialist dictatorship against the will of the American people.

    Click on this link to read the full text of  Janet’s letter.  You will likely agree with her that our representatives are not doing their jobs of being representatives,but are attempting to take the country by coup.

    Read the letter and if you agree,go to the petition site and add your name to the cosigners of the petition.  Let our nation’s leadership know what we the people of this great nation think of their attempt to do away with the laws,traditions,and way of life of our great nation.

    Chuck

    And it came to pass . . .

    (Author unknown)

    And it came to pass in the Age of Insanity that the people of the land called America ,having lost their morals,their work initiative,and their will to defend their liberties,chose as their Supreme Leader that person known as “The One”. He emerged from the vapors with a message that had no meaning;but He hypnotized the people telling them,“I am sent to save you. My lack of experience,my questionable ethics,my monstrous ego,and my association with evil doers are of no consequence. For I shall save you with Hope and Change. Go,therefore,and proclaim throughout the land that he who preceded me is evil,that he has defiled the nation,and that all he has built must be destroyed.”

    And the people rejoiced,for even though they knew not what “The One”would do,he had promised that he would bring change,and they proclaimed “Yes We Can”.

    And “The One”said “We live in the greatest country in the world. Help me change everything about it!”

    And the people said,“Hallelujah!!  Change is good!”

    Then He said,“We are going to tax the rich fat-cats,”—- And the people said “Sock it to them!”“—- and “Redistribute their wealth.”

    And then He said,“Redistribution of wealth is good for everybody”

    And the people said,“Show us the money!”

    And Joe the plumber asked,“Are you kidding me? You’re going to steal my money and give it to the deadbeats??”

    And “The One”ridiculed and taunted him,and Joe’s personal records were hacked,publicized,and ridiculed;though no crime could be found.

    One lone reporter asked,“That shouldn’t be,isn’t that Marxist policy?”

    And she was banished from the kingdom!

    Then a citizen asked,“With no foreign relations experience and having zero military experience or knowledge,how will you deal with radical terrorists?”

    And “The One”said,“Simple. I shall sit with them and talk kindly to them and show them how nice we really are;and they will forget that they ever wanted to kill us all!”

    And the people said,“Hallelujah!!  We are safe at last,and we can beat our weapons into free cars for the people!”

    Then “The One”said,“I shall give 95% of you lower taxes.”

    And one,lone voice said,“But 40% of us don’t pay ANY taxes.”

    So “The One”said,“Then I shall give you some of the taxes the fat-cats pay!”

    And the people said,“Hallelujah!! Show us the money!”

    Then “The One”said,“I shall tax your Capital Gains when you sell your homes!”

    And the people yawned and the already slumping housing market fully collapsed.

    And He said,“I shall mandate employer-funded health care for EVERY worker and raise the minimum wage,and lower the white collar wage.  And I shall also give every person unlimited healthcare and medicine and even transportation to the free clinics.”

    And the people said,“Give me some of that!”

    Then he said,“I shall penalize employers who ship jobs overseas.”

    And the people said,“Where’s my rebate check?”

    Then “The One”said,“I shall bankrupt the coal industry,and perhaps even the oil industry (Cap &Trade/Carbon Tax) and though electricity rates will skyrocket,we shall soon build wind farms and solar power stations and drive green cars that I shall mandate in Detroit!”

    And the people said,“Coal is dirty,coal is evil,no more coal!  But we don’t care for that part about higher electric rates.”

    So “The One”said,“Not to worry. If your rebate ($10/week) isn’t enough to cover your extra expenses ($3,000/year),we shall bail you out. Just sign up with ACORN and your troubles are over!”  ”Only the fat cats will have to pay.”

    Then He said,“Illegal immigrants feel scorned and slighted. Let’s grant them amnesty,Social Security,free education,free lunches,free medical care,bi-lingual signs and guaranteed housing…”

    And the people said,“Hallelujah!!”And they made him King!

    And so it came to pass that employers,facing spiraling costs and ever-higher taxes,raised their prices and laid off workers;though they sold much less of their products.   Others simply gave up and went out of business,and the economy sank like unto a rock dropped from a cliff.  The banking industry was destroyed.  Manufacturing slowed to a crawl. And more of the people were without a means of support.

    So “The One”again blamed the prior administration,extended unemployment benefits to a year,bailed out his favorite banks,and then took over the banks and auto industries.  ”The One”said,“I am the “The One”–The Messiah –and I’m here to save you!  We shall just print more money so the government will have enough!” ”Surely one trillion dollars will make everyone happy.”  And immediately the Fed complied and the money presses roared.

    And China reconsidered their one trillion dollars of loans to the US ,,and threatened to call in their debts. Other foreign trading partners said unto “The One”,“Wait a minute. Your dollar is not worth a pile of camel dung!  You will have to pay more.. for everything.. as your dollar becomes worth less.”

    And the people said,“Wait a minute.. That is unfair!!”

    And the world said,“Neither are these other idiotic programs you have embraced.  Lo,you have become a Socialist state and a second-rate power. What factories are not owned by your government are owned by us.  Now you shall play by our rules!”

    And “The One”said “Americans are arrogant,divisive,and derisive!”   “We will listen.”

    And the people cried out,“Alas,alas!! What have we done?”

    But yea verily,it was too late. The people eventually set upon “The One”and spat upon him and stoned him,and his name was dung. But the once mighty nation was no more;and the once proud people were without sustenance or shelter or hope. And the Change that “The One”had given them was as like unto a poison that had destroyed them from within,and like a whirlwind that consumed all that they had built.

    And the people beat their chests in despair and cried out in anguish,“Give us back our nation and our pride and our hope!!”

    But it was too late,and the once-glorious “Home of the Brave and Land of the Free”was no more..

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    You may think this is a fairy tale,but it’s not.  It’s happening RIGHT NOW,  Already everything down to the last couple of lines

    Something is Happening

    by Pam Geller See her other postings on her blog,“Atlas Shrugs”

    I am a student of history. Professionally,I have written 15 books in six languages,and have studied history all my life. I think there is something monumentally large afoot,and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis,or a mortgage crisis,or a credit crisis. Yes,these exist but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.

    Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels,smells,what it looks like,and how people react to it. Yes,a perfect storm may be brewing,but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about 10 –15 years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.

    We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?

    We have intentionally dumbed down our schools,ignored our history,and no longer teach our founding documents,why we are exceptional,and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write,think critically,read,or articulate. Parents are not revolting,teachers are not picketing,school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?

    We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election (now violently in California over a proposition that is so controversial that it wants marriage to remain between one man and one woman. Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?). We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life,and then mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic. To what purpose?

    Now our mortgage industry is collapsing,housing prices are in free fall,major industries are failing,our banking system is on the verge of collapse,Social Security is nearly bankrupt,as is Medicare and our entire government. Our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college and know precisely what I am talking about.) The list is staggering in its length,breadth,and depth. It is potentially 1929 x 10. And we are at war with an enemy we cannot name for fear of offending people of the same religion who cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so.

    And now we have elected a man no one knows anything about,who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen,let alone a town as big as Wasilla ,  Alaska.  All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment,and everything we learn about him,drip by drip,is unsettling if not d ownright scary (Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh,of course.  The media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe is more important.)

    I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now. This man campaigned on bringing people together,something he has never,ever done in his professional life. In my assessment,Obama will divide us along philosophical lines,push us apart,and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when it comes,you will never see the same nation again.

    I thought I would never be able to experience what the ordinary,moral German felt in the mid-1930s. In those times,the savior was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets,about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they did know was that he was associated with groups that shouted,shoved,and pushed around people with whom they disagreed;he edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory and promises. Economic times were tough,people were losing jobs,and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and waved a lot. And people,even newspapers,were afraid to speak out for fear that his “brown shirts”would bully them into submission.

    And then he was duly elected to office,with a full-throttled economic crisis at hand [the Great Depression]. Slowly but surely he seized the controls of government power,department by department,person by person,bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The kids joined a Youth Movement in his name,where they were taught what to think. How did he get the people on his side? He did it promising jobs to the jobless,money to the moneyless,and goodies for the military-industrial complex. He did it by indoctrinating the children,advocating gun control,health care for all,better wages,better jobs,and promising to re-instill pride once again in the country,across Europe ,and across the world.

    He did it with a compliant media –Did you know that? And he did this all in the name of justice and .. . .. change. And the people surely got what they voted for. (Look it up if you think I am exaggerating.) Read your history books. Many people objected in 1933 and were shouted down,called names,laughed at,and made fun of. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister),he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right,though ..

    Don’t forget that Germany was the most educated,cultured country in Europe . It was full of music,art,museums,hospitals,laboratories,and universities. And in less than six years –a shorter time span than just two terms of the U. S. presidency –it was rounding up its own citizens,killing others,abrogating its laws,turning children against parents,and neighbors against neighbors. All with the best of intentions,of course.  The road to Hell is paved with them.

    About the author via Google…

    Pamela “Atlas”Geller began her publishing career at The New York Daily News and subsequently took over operation of The New York Observer as Associate Publisher. She left The Observer after the birth of her fourth child but remained involved in various projects including American Associates,Ben Gurion University and being Senior Vice-President Strategic Planning and Performance Evaluation at The Brandeis School

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