The quote from the Mayor of East Point just floors me: "If you're disabled, then why did you run for office?"
EAST POINT, Ga. -- Disabled Forest Park councilwoman Karen-Brandee Williams wants the city to buy her an ergo-dynamic orthopedic chair that would ease her pain while she sits during council meetings.
Yeah, that sounds very discriminatory to me too.
I was skimming through pollingreport.com and decided to look at the 2012 polls, more out of amusement than anything else. This Fox News poll data near the top really caught my eye. It seems that no matter how they set it up, Obama still comes out on top:
(Only kept the 9/28-29/10 results)
FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 28-29, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.
This is for entertainment purposes only, IMO.
I'm not an expert on budget issues, so I'm curious if others with more knowledge can confirm the data. Fascinating stuff to keep you up at night.
We can all use it.
Don't know if it's real or not, but it's funny, and that's what matters in this case.
I thought this a well-written and well-reasoned editorial. I also appreciated the acceptance and then neutering of the term 'socialized medicine'. Editorial written by John Gary Maxwell for StarNews Online.
As he writes in the article, health care is already rationed and socialized, just after health industry profits. Not only that, but the motivations are all wrong. Insurance companies for profit above all else. Doctors for income and liability protection above all else. There's more and better in the portions of the editorial that I did not copy across. I strongly encourage you to go read it.
Health care is already rationed and socialized. We have an unacknowledged disparity between insatiable demand for health care and a capability that cannot meet it. We now find health care rationed on the basis of who will receive care, not on what care will be provided.
Rationing does not apply to emergency care. The unemployed laborer severely injured in a car crash or the farmer who collapses will be given the best care possible. No expense will be spared, all needed consultants will be called, all necessary surgery and definitive care completed.
The patient who presents for planned, scheduled health care gets a different reception. Those needing elective heart surgery, or joint repair, for example, are filtered carefully. Care is rationed by ability to pay.
If "spreading the wealth" is socialization, our system is already socialized, with the "haves" paying for the "have-nots" by a tax on the wealthier group. This explains a $15 aspirin, $10,000 to $15,000 antibiotic bills, and bills for heart surgery of $250,000 or more.
We resist "socialized medicine" from the federal government while oblivious that we have embraced socialized medicine delivered -after profits - by the insurance industry.
A crisis is dangerously imminent in which the "haves" will not be able to pay for the increasingly larger segment of "have-nots."
Should limitless profit be the motivation to choose medicine as a career? Inequities in earnings have their origin, in large part, because doctors' pay is based on fee for service.
The more tests performed, the more X-rays ordered, every consultant called, every operation done influences income - directly or indirectly.
The solution to these disparities is one that will not sit well with some of my colleagues: Doctors should be paid a base salary commensurate with their time in education and the responsibilities they carry. Increases in pay should be based on such factors as measurements of quality of care, research and teaching. Highly specialized fields requiring extra education and experience, remaining current in new techniques and extra call on nights, weekends and holidays should be compensated.
Retired surgeon John Gary Maxwell is former director of the surgical residency program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina and the University of Utah medical schools.
Link to Editorial
Plain text link (stick "www." at the beginning):
Someone is pretending to be the CDC FCU and sending out SMS messages. http://www.cdcfcu.com/ASP/home.asp
Got one earlier this evening:
CDC FCU Alert: Your CARD has been DEACTIVATED. Please contact us at ... to REACTIVATE your CARD.
I don't even have an account with the CDC FCU.
Good luck out there on the intertubes.
Buy your own t-shirt, and show your support for Glenn Beck's huddled masses... =)
Unfortunately, this is my representative in Congress. He supports Ron Paul's Health bill that assumes tax credits will solve the world's ills.
Would be amusing to see the poll on his site flip, not that I think it will change his position. This is one of those cases where I abhor living in the South. This guy only has to satisfy the "good ol' boy" network.
Poll of the Month
Do you support the President's health care plan?
Currently at 78% against.
Friend of mine passed this to me from Reddit. Worth the read and perhaps sharing. Note: I am not the disabled vet. My father served and my parents get great care via Tricare, but neither they nor I are the vet in the story.
Reddit - Hey Reddit, I am a Disabled US Vet and Use the "Socialist" VA Healthcare System Exclusively. This is My Story.
A small slice:
He notes that it has been 2 years since my last MRI and feels that we should get a new one to see how the injury has progressed. In our conversation I also told him that I have been having trouble sleeping (possible apnea). He picks up the phone and calls the VA hospital to schedule me for an MRI. They can get me in on Sunday morning. He also submits an electronic prescription for a pain killer, it will be ready in 20-25 minutes at the VA pharmacy for pick up.
Note: Yes they do walk in MRIs on a Sunday. Also note, the first MRI was done through my HMO. It took 3 months to get approved by Aetna, and 4 weeks to get scheduled. It only covered 80 percent of the bill, the rest was out of pocket. The first MRI occurred while I was still waiting for approval for admission into the VA program and was working for a company that offered a healthcare plan. My treatment for my back problems during that time, including MRI's, Physical Therapy, Cortisone Shots, and surgery left me with a $22,000 bill that I am still paying off. My treatment since then has been covered through the VA.
The VA routinely gets higher ratings that your private health insurance company and whether you like them or not, they are "socialized medicine".
VA Ratings higher than private insurance, 5 years running, from 2007.
(If anyone has a newer link for the ratings, I'd love to have it. Please send a message.)
A few selected quotes:
Beck uses this book - and Paine's name - to criticize "Progressivism," blaming it for much of what ails the country. Sadly, this is a complete distortion of Paine's legacy. While the extent of most Americans' knowledge of Paine is "he wrote Common Sense, I teach his work in class every year. I use "The Crisis" and selections from "The Rights of Man" and "Age of Reason." If you want to understand Paine and his vision for America, you should read them. Beck doesn't understand Paine, but he does want to use the credibility of "The Founding Fathers" to promote an anti-government message.
From what I know of American history, Thomas Paine would have been appalled by Beck associating their two ideologies, and he would have bitch-slapped Beck. And Beck would have deserved it.
Research? Real thoughts presented coherently? An actual argument supporting a position?
Just before midnight, a "note" was posted on Sarah Palin's Facebook page titled, "Concerning the 'Death Panels.'" Predictably, the media latched onto it and reported her thoughts. However, there's a problem: there's no way in hell Sarah Palin wrote it.
As the author sums up:
So who's writing Sarah's Facebook notes? Hell, your guess is as good as mine. Meg Stapleton perhaps? Bill Kristol? An intern? The person ghostwriting her forthcoming book? Who knows! But whoever it is, their being enlisted to perform these services is obviously part of a diabolical plan to rehabilitate Palin's image as a staggering dipshit.
Insightful article from Rolling Stone evaluating Obama's performance to date.
David Gergen, Paul Krugman, & Michael Moore
The print article is a lot more in depth, but even the highlights posted online are interesting.
During Franklin Roosevelt's first 100 days in office, congress granted every request the new president made. Barack Obama, despite enjoying a decisive majority in both houses of Congress, hasn't been so fortunate. His economic stimulus package failed to win a single Republican vote in the House, and conservative members of his own party are trying to block his ambitious plans to provide universal health care and curb global warming. What's more, Obama himself has alarmed supporters by compromising on key issues, and he has yet to flex his political muscle by mobilizing the tech-savvy network of grass-roots activists he assembled during last year's campaign. All of which raises the question: Is Obama raising false hopes? Or does he have what it takes to deliver real change?
Why not Single Payer and cover everyone and save taxpayers Billions?
Unfortunately, Obama's answer isn't particularly interesting.
I don't really believe that health insurance companies provide any innovation at all, they only add overhead.
someone suggested that they would vote for Ahmedinijad (sp?), basically made the "enemy known" vs "enemy unknown" argument.
Anyone got a link on that? I looked around the Heritage Foundation site, but could not locate it.
In case the real life stories have slipped off your radar for the need for this procedure.
Edited to include a few paragraphs per recommendation of discussion:
... As we sat there, she said that the ultrasound indicated that the fetus had an open neural tube defect, meaning that the spinal column had not closed properly. It was a term I remembered skipping right over in my pregnancy book, along with all the other fetal anomalies and birth defects that I thought referred to other people's babies, not mine. She couldn't tell us much more. We would have to go to the main hospital in Boston, which had a more high-tech machine and a more highly trained technician. She tried to be hopeful -- there was a wide range of severity with these defects, she said. And then she left us to cry. ...
...Instead of cinnamon and spice, our child came with technical terms like hydrocephalus and spina bifida. The spine, she said, had not closed properly, and because of the location of the opening, it was as bad as it got. What they knew -- that the baby would certainly be paralyzed and incontinent, that the baby's brain was being tugged against the opening in the base of the skull and the cranium was full of fluid -- was awful. What they didn't know -- whether the baby would live at all, and if so, with what sort of mental and developmental defects -- was devastating. Countless surgeries would be required if the baby did live. None of them would repair the damage that was already done. ...
...I don't remember much from those three days. Walking around with a belly full of broken dreams, it felt like what I would imagine drowning feels like -- flailing and suffocating and desperate. Semiconscious. Surrounded by our family, I found myself tortured by our decision, asking over and over, are we doing the right thing? That was the hardest part. Even though I finally understood that pregnancy wasn't a Gerber commercial, that bringing forth life was intimately wrapped up in death -- what with miscarriage and stillbirth -- this was actually a choice. Everyone said, of course it's the right thing to do -- even my Catholic father and my Republican father-in-law, neither of whom was ever "pro-choice." Because suddenly, for them, it wasn't about religious doctrine or political platforms. It was personal -- their son, their daughter, their grandchild. It was flesh and blood, as opposed to abstract ideology, and that changed everything....
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