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Jack Cassell: Doctor Refuses To Treat Obama Supporters.

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Cheap-Ass Republican Health Care Plan!

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Health Care Reform Again!

A friend of mine on the opposite end of the political spectrum recently posted a blog against government involvement in health care.  Here is a link to his blog.  After reading his blog, I asked him this question:

PT, How much have your premiums gone up in 5 years? Compare that to how much your earnings have gone up. Can you continue to afford your insurance now that you are retired?

This was his response to my question:

ee in the last 5 years i have had 2 deaths of immediate family members (1 in my house after 2 years of life ending health decline and most recently my mother). I have had 4 minor surgeries and an emergency room experience. I get 7 scrips filled monthly. The most expensive 1 is $60 for 90 days. My spouse gets spinal injections, hormone therapy and takes as much medicine as I do. I am a subject matter expert on my insurance , medicare and Medicaid as well (it applied to 1 family member).

I have had zero premium increase and I can choose any doctor I wish. There are different rates for in network doctors and out of network. My primary care guy sees me as I need it and refers me to competent specialists for quick assessments.

My experience is typical of many Americans and we are all angry at Obama and the “progressives” who dismiss us as in need of reform and liken us to right wing nut cases who don’t know how to manage our own lifes better than government does..

What we are in need of is being left the fuck alone. It is working for us.

I know you don’t want to hear these kinds of answers but reality is I can retire just fine as long as the government doesn’t change my coverage or increase taxes. One thing for sure is that the government will not make my situation better.

What is most likely to occur is that my insurer will be forced to alter existing coverage to compete with a public sector market changer who has “free money” to play with.

And the powers that be tell me I need change but they don’t listen. They lie to us and dismiss us and anger is growing almost daily.

I personally and vehemently want a single payer system at best and some form of a public option at least.  But through my friends comments I am a little more conflicted than I have been in the past.  I feel that health care is not a commodity and therefore, should not be the basis for enormous profits for companies that only act as intermediaries between us and our doctors.  Based on my friends response, I am shocked that he hasn’t been dropped for preexisting conditions.

All of this makes me feel bad because I am sympathetic to my friend’s position but what does it say about the almost 50 million Americans that are uninsured?  Every time that they go to the emergency room the costs are absorbed by those who do pay for health insurance.   I mean, in theory, if we did have some type of reform it would lower the premiums of those that are already paying for health insurance.

I want so much to believe that what Obama says is true.  That is that if you like your health insurance then you can keep it.  If you want to pay higher premiums and risk being dropped, then stay where you are.  I have nothing against competition.  But if you believe that heath care is a right and not a privilege, then you can’t help but to be for health care reform.

But at the same time, I can’t dismiss what ptfan1 is arguing against!


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Daily Show – Betsy McCaughey

This is some great stuff from Jon Stewart.  From the Huffington Post.

Betsy McCaughey is a famous liar who famously lied about the Clinton health care bill back in the 1990s, who has returned to lie just as famously in the aughts about the Obama health care bill. Last night, she made an appearance on The Daily Show in a two(plus)-part interview with host Jon Stewart, which centered on her latest, greatest distortion: that the current health care reform package wending its way through the House contains provisions that would enforce draconian consultations imposing conditions upon both patients in end-of-life circumstances and the doctors treating said patients. This falsehood, first promulgated by McCaughey, later came to be colloquially referred to as “death panels.” Not a jot of it was true.

McCaughey brought to the interview tactics old and new in an attempt to snow the viewers. As James Fallows points out in his sobering essay on McCaughey (linked to above), “Her unvarying pose is that of the objective researcher who has, selflessly, pored through the pages of a bill and emerged to warn us about what she has found.”

Keeping to this shtick, McCaughey came to the stage carrying a binder, which she said was the first half of the House health care reform bill. In addition, she came prepared to do whatever she could to ingratiate herself with the audience and with Stewart, plying him with saccharine compliments. Watching these tactics unfold, one couldn’t help but recall the last great ingratiator who’d made an appearance on The Daily Show hoping that buttering up Jon Stewart would pay off on easy treatment: CNBC buffoon Jim Cramer.

If there was anything disappointing about the way the Daily Show approached this McCaughey interview, it was that Stewart’s pushback lacked the “spare no expense, leave no stone unturned” research job that had been done for the Cramer interview.

Stewart, who was quick to point out that McCaughey was not the person who coined the phrase “death panel,” conceded little else during the interview. That said, the interview went basically like this: McCaughey would say the bill said something, only it would turn out that different words were used, or that it actually wouldn’t say that at all, and Jon Stewart would gently point this out, and she’d insist otherwise, and then start flipping through the bill, not really finding the proof or the documentation she was talking about. Stewart, at one point, contended that McCaughey’s take on the matter was “hyperbolic” and “dangerous.”

I don’t want to get too deep in the weeds, because the interview is the thing, but the concept that McCaughey seems to be unable to get her head around — or that she believes she can manipulate voter opinion over — is the idea of adherence in end-of-life planning. She seemed to clearly indicate that she thought “adhering” to a living will means that the patient can’t change his/her mind at any time during the course of his/her life; that once it’s written, you’ve had your one crack and there are no “backsies.” This is, in a word, crazy, because:

a) A living will only goes into effect once a patient is permanently incapacitated to the extent that no amount of medical care will bring the patient back into a state where they can proffer consent to attempt further life-saving procedures.

b) When the bill talks about adherence, this refers to the medical professionals adhering to the instructions in the living will, including, as Stewart points out again and again, adhering to any calls for “life sustaining medical procedures.”

McCaughey insists at one point during this interview that the proof of her claims can be seen in the fact that the section in question was stripped from the bill. They took it out! THIS HAS TO HAVE BEEN A DASTARDLY PLOT, FOILED BY BETSY MCCAUGHEY. Yes. That must have been it.

Also: she believes that the government has a grand plan to literally end the lives of senior citizens. SURELY, THIS PLAN IS FOOLPROOF.

The interview ran long, and The Daily Show decided to run it as is until they were out of time. The entire interview was placed online to watch, with Stewart cautioning that one should only view it in the company of someone capable of navigating you through a “bad trip.”

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Guns & Protests!

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” –  Second Amendment to The United State’s Constitution.

I am growing increasingly concerned with the mindset of certain Americans.  I can laugh off the “Birthers” that think President Obama was born outside of the United States making him ineligible to hold the office.  I can outright dismiss the “Deathers” who believe that healthcare reform will create death panels and euthanize grandma.  But what I can’t dismiss is the danger posed to both the President of the United States and the general public by these gun toting and wielding whack jobs.

For the record, I absolutely abhor guns.  There is only one purpose for a gun and that is to kill.  So know you can understand my uneasiness when I see angry people carrying loaded firearms and assault rifles on city streets.  In particular, anywhere President Obama happens to be at a town hall meeting or delivering a speech.  Just because you have the right to do something, doing it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are right in exercising said right.

Take the guy in the video for example, he’s marching (in other videos) up and down the street like he’s Glenn Ford in “High Noon.”  Yet, he refused to give his name to anyone trying to interview him.  In the interview he seems happy to just be able to parade his arsenal around while espousing right wing talking points.  It was also estimated that at least a dozen people attended the protest with loaded weapons.  Angry people carrying loaded weapons at healthcare protests are a recipe for a disaster.  We should all be thankful that violence did not break out.

Now my take on all this is that these Second Amendment pussies who feel that they have to walk around with guns are sexually inadequate.  The gun is their metaphor that projects manliness and power that they fail to achieve with their penises.  I am not a psychologist but I firmly believe that it is hard to be a man with a gun in your hand.

There is nothing wrong with owning a gun if you need to hunt to put food on your table.  There is nothing wrong with owning a gun in your home for self defense.  There is also nothing wrong in owning a gun if you want to go to the range and shoot at targets.  But when you bring a gun to a public rally or protest I believe you violate the intent of the Second Amendment.  Which in and of itself is the subject for another blog.

Sooner or later, we as a nation will have to address the Second Amendment.  I firmly believe that the Founding Fathers truly intended that this pertained solely to the militia or future armies, not so, that a few whack jobs could walk the streets projecting their false sense of power!

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