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Archive for 7 August 2009
France claims it long ago achieved much of what today’s U.S. health-care overhaul is seeking: It covers everyone, and provides what supporters say is high-quality care. But soaring costs are pushing the system into crisis. The result: As Congress fights over whether America should be more like France, the French government is trying to borrow U.S. tactics.
In recent months, France imposed American-style “co-pays” on patients to try to throttle back prescription-drug costs and forced state hospitals to crack down on expenses. “A hospital doesn’t need to be money-losing to provide good-quality treatment,” President Nicolas Sarkozy thundered in a recent speech to doctors.
And service cuts — such as the closure of a maternity ward near Ms. Cuccarolo’s home — are prompting complaints from patients, doctors and nurses that care is being rationed. That concern echos worries among some Americans that the U.S. changes could lead to rationing.
“The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher
So, the French are running out of other people’s money. Wouldn’t you think that those bozos up in D.C. capable from learning such lessons? Seriously. What is the point of ‘providing’ health care for every man, woman, and child, if there are no facilities for them to be provided? How will doctors, nurses, techs, even right down to the lunch room workers and janitors going to be paid? Will closing such facilities put more people out of work? Does anyone EVER think about the long term effects of the endless ridiculous crap that keep flying out of D.C.?
Like it or not, PRIVATE enterprise works! Don’t like BIG business? Too bad. Who do you think provides jobs? Someone had an idea. They put that idea into action. They get paid for the action, product, whatever. They hire people. Food is produced, bought, cooked, all using inovation of someone who had an idea.
Without those who used their brains, there would be no health care. Penicilin would never have been created. Millions would have died. There would be no vaccines for polio. More people my age and older, would be dead, in wheel chairs, or still in an iron lung, if such a thing had even been invented. How about something as simple as aspirin?
And take a good look at transplants. There was no such thing when I was a young sprout, but a doctor named Christian Bernard took a chance, and the rest is history. I wouldn’t say that heart transplants are common place, but they sure are a lot more common than they were 40 years ago. If Dr Michael DeBakey hadn’t worked his hind end off, there would be no patch graft angioplasty, and millions would have died. If we had had socialized medicine, do you really believe they would have spent their blood, sweat, and no doubt tears, to work so hard for the betterment of mankind? I sure as hell don’t. Why would they? Yes, it’s nice to do such things with no expectation of ‘returns’, but financial reward helps a whole lot when you look at the big picture. How would they have paid their research aids, and even their phone bills, if there had been no financial outcome, as well as the personal satisfaction of a job well done?
This bill they are trying to foist down the throats of us average Americans is not the answer. The answer is for government to get out of private business, and that includes health care. The lies the Obama administration about health care not being rationed, are just that…..lies. Now, I’m not real sure if they are intentional lies on his part, but it sure as hell is on the part of the rest of his cronies.
…..but I repeat myself.
An overwhelming majority of Americans (72%) don’t believe President Barack Obama will keep his promise to overhaul the health care system without adding to the federal deficit, according to a study released yesterday by the Quinnipiac University. According to Gallup: “Americans are being asked to approve major new health care expenditures at a time when they are not yet convinced that the last massive outlay of government money — the stimulus — has made an impact.”
Yet the White House and their allies are trying to convince the media that the anger at townhalls across the county is being manufactured by special interests in Washington. At a press conference, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called the protests “phony”, holding up a swatch of Astroturf to illustrate his point. And the White House is telling supporters “to punch back twice as hard” at anybody who dares to question their policies. Unfortunately, some Obama supporters are taking that call literally.
At a townhall last night in St. Louis, Kenneth Gladney, 38, a local conservative activist said he was attacked by Obama supporters, one of whom used a racial slur against him before the attack. From the emergency room at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, Gladney, who is black, told the St. Louis Dispatch: “It just seems there’s no freedom of speech without being attacked.” In Tampa, Florida, protester Barry Osteen was pushed in the face by Democratic Club Treasurer Karen Miracle, and union members allegedly assaulted another concerned citizen. Both of the events were organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Asked about the possibility of people concerned about Obama showing up at their event, in Tampa, SEIU spokeswoman Kim Diehl told the St. Petersburg Times: “We’re prepared. We have strategies to deal with it if it should come up.”
As this video plainly shows, one of those strategies is to lock out dissenters while letting in purple- shirted SEIU members. The desire to silence dissent on Obamacare goes all the way to the top. At a Democratic rally in Virginia last night, the President told supporters: “I don’t want the folks who created the mess doing a lot of talking. I want them to just get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.”
Not everyone on the left has been so quick to silence the opposition. In direct contradiction to claims by Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted last night: “I disagree that the people showing concern over some health care proposals are ‘manufactured’ Real folks, strong opinions.” And Sen. Ben Cardin told Fox News: “People have strong views about health care reform. The overwhelming majority of Americans want to participate. They want to know how it affects them, and what it will do with their health insurance through what it will do with their health care costs. Those are legitimate questions.”
Cardin and McCaskill are dead-on. The American people have every right to be concerned about taking a leftist turn on health care. Just look at France. The Wall Street Journal reports today that the soaring costs of France’s state health insurer, Assurance Maladie, are causing complaints from patients, doctors, and nurses that care is being rationed. Exploding costs and rationed health care are the exact same concerns that Americans are voicing about Obamacare at townhalls across the country. Instead of silencing their critics, the White House should begin listening to their concerns.
H/T: Stop the ACLU
Southerners Should Leave the Republican Party en Masse!
by J.D. Longstreet
Just a snippet:
If you need or want any more proof that the Republican Party’s fondest desire is to be rid of us Southern Conservatives – all you have to do is read the article entitled: “Them Dang Southerners” by Kathleen Parker. You’ll find it HERE.
I have been insulted! As a Southerner, as a conservative, I have been insulted. As dueling has been outlawed in this country now, I cannot demand satisfaction on the “field of honor,” but I CAN remove myself from amongst those who decry my presence. And THAT, I SHALL do!
I’ve said it before but for those of you new to our rambling, I have been a Republican since I registered to vote for the first time when I turned 21 years of age in South Carolina. I am now approaching my 7th decade on this earth and it’s a hell of a time to learn that the political party I have supported all my adult life wants me GONE!
If you are a Southerner, and you are a conservative, and you are a registered Republican, may I be so bold as to suggest that you consider going to your local board of elections and changing your registration from Republican to something else. I’d change mine to Independent but here in North Carolina, where the dems rule the state legislature, one cannot register as an Independent. One may register as Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or “Unaffiliated.” I don’t want to be “unaffiliated,” dammit! I want to be an “Independent!”
Read the whole post here! And make sure you read that bit of garbage from Kathleen Parker too!
Well, now….isn’t that precious! A damn Yankee insulting the backbone of conservatism. How sweet.
Ok, enough of the niceties! That b*tch done pissed off this ol’ Southern lady!
Oh….wait a minute…..I’m not a Republican anymore, am I. And that elitist, dim bulb, is one of the MAJOR reasons why! If they want to be Democrats, why the hell don’t THEY change parties, instead of dragging the party of Ronald Reagan to a point where it is no longer recognizable? I’m of the mind the ONLY reason some people still call themselves Republicans is BECAUSE of people like Jim DeMint, who stand as strong as they can in the cesspool that is D.C., for the values we all once held dear. Now that the party is mostly made up of Dem Lite (aka RINO), people are leaving in droves, and supporting candidates who actually uphold the principles of conservatism. Sadly, there aren’t very many left in the party, or politics, at all, which is why it’s in the sorry state it is in right now.
As J.D. puts it so eloquently: I offer a heads-up to Republicans who have, as yet, not sipped from the cup of reality: You are going to lose again in 2010 – and – Obama will be returned to office for a second term in 2012!
If the GOP continues on it’s present course, we, as conservatives, will be finding other representation. If I wanted to be a Kool Aid drinking moonbat, I’d register as a freakin’ Democrat!