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It’s ALL About Control

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll, no doubt, be aware of my disdain for Obamadontcare.  I call it that because, let’s face it, he does not care.  He doesn’t care about the country, her citizens, our safety, our military or vets.  He just doesn’t give a damn about anything, or anyone, but himself.  You can tell that by many of his actions.  It’s more important for him to attend fundraisers, go on lavish vacation, and play a few rounds of golf when the mood strikes him, than tending to the nation’s business in a mature, and wise, manner.  Well, mature, he’s not.  Wise?  Pfft!  My brain damaged cat has more wisdom!

You’ll also know I have health issues.  Trust me, it truly sucks, but I’m dealing, as best I can.  My insurance premiums had been going up for a while, as in every time I made use of my insurance I had already paid a boat load for; but when 2010 hit, we’re talking sky rocket!  Now, all I had was a catastrophic policy.  We paid for all our doctor visits, so nothing was ever filed with the company in that area.  Only tests and such were filed, and usually, they didn’t pay diddly on those.  Luckily, there were the occasional ‘discounts’, so the bills were not too ridiculous.  Nope, just the premiums.  We started thinking it would be cheaper to lose the insurance, that didn’t cover squat, and just pay cash for everything.  Well, it did pay a percentage on my meds.  Trust me, I take a LOT of meds, and it does get expensive.

Just when we were thinking about not paying any more premiums, I got a call from my insurance company, offering me lower premiums, and better coverage.  Sounded like a great deal.  I could keep all my docs, I’d have a co-pay, and they’d still pay a percentage of my prescriptions.  I would have a little higher deductible, but there would be no more out of pocket expenses.  Not to mention saving over $1200 per quarterly premium.  Well, ok!  Let’s go with that one!  Of course, I do have maternity care thrown in, even though the odds of me every needing it are completely ZERO!  Alas, EVERYONE pays for maternity care, thanks to the current resident in the White House, and his evil minions. How totally absurd!

The first of March, my new policy is in place, and we have a few extra bucks in the bank.  That is, until I went to get my prescriptions filled.  I do believe I was lied to!  They pay NOTHING on prescriptions until my deductible is met.  Say what???  That’s not what I was told!  I had to go see the doc, expecting a co-pay of $25.  Nope!  Not until the deductible is met.  Not a dime!  So, I have to cough up $6000 before my so called insurance will kick in?  What is the point of having insurance?  Oh, and that ‘no out of pocket’?  Total crap!  It’s suppose to be the same thing, but according to the statements I get from them, for every single med purchase (total waste of money as one sheet of paper per med is involved), they are different amounts.  So, I’m getting the impression that I basically have a $12,000 deductible.  I have no idea why they don’t just say that.  Then, there’s the ‘out of network’ deductible, which he also failed to mention. $18,000! PLUS the additional $18,000 out of pocket. How is this a better deal? I would have told that nice, lying, young man where to shove his “deal”.

After some consideration, I decided it might be a good idea to do a bit of shopping around, to see if I could find a policy that meets MY needs.  So, on the AMAC site (yes, I’m a member), they have some information about a variety of issues, including health insurance.  I filled out the pertinent spaces, asking someone to contact me.  If I could find a better policy, I’d go for it.

I got a call this morning, nice fella, sounded a bit older than the kid from my company.  We had a rather pleasant conversation, told him of my dilemma, and asked if there was anyway they could help. Well, he stated there was nothing he could do until November. Excuse me? You mean to tell me I’m trapped, I have no choice in the matter? Exactly. Obama has made sure you are unable to change insurance until HE says you can.  Does anyone else see a major problem here?

I don’t have Obamadontcare.  I have not gone on “”.  I have private insurance.  Why the hell do the cut off dates apply to people who are NOT dealing with that government crap?  Control.  He has control of the entire health care/insurance system.  And you are not allowed to complain, or point out the failures of these policies.  If you do, YOU are a racist.  Well, I guess that means I am to, eh?  But let me tell you, all those race baiting SOBs can bite my red, white, and blue hinder!

At the moment, I’m playing phone tag with my insurance company, attempting to get this whole mess straightened out. They are going back to the recording of my conversation with the young fellow, to find out if he mislead me, or I am a blithering idiot, and just assumed by what he told me, I would have better coverage. This should be an interesting day. It’s not bad enough I have some serious chest congestion, hacking up chunk of lung? I have to spend hours on the phone, then more hours waiting, then more hours on the phone? UGH!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I was under the impression we were still in the U.S. of A., land of the FREE. I guess that no longer applies, does it. We may have the illusion of freedom, but we are no longer free. We are completely under the control of a tyrannical government….from business regulations, to playground equipment, to our health care, and on and on and on. Illusion!


The Face of Evil (Guest Commentary)

8 November 2013, 5:14 pm. 10 Comments. Filed under Health Care, ObamaCare, video.

The Face of Evil
by The Bunker

This is a very important story because it puts a face on who and what is really going on.

First: we have a tragic story of a woman who is probably going to die because of Obamacare. She wants to tell her story, she is apolitical and just wants to live. Her life is the most basic and precious individual God given Natural Right.

Second: the face of evil, the White House and the Commie cabal that is running it. Commies do not believe in Individual rights, only collective rights, the rights of the group. This devil, Dan Pfeiffer is sitting in a place that controls 1/3 of the power in this country. He mocks this woman, criticizes her plight and has no empathy. In his sick Commie mind she must be discredited, it is imperative that people reject her plight. Why? Because she is the face of the INDIVIDUAL, not the collective.

Remember this and know it and understand it, EVERYTHING, that Commies do they do to serve the collective, the state, the ideological cause of collectivism. This is why it is a KILLING ideology.

I am always stunned by the lack of intelligence displayed by the blonde Fox bubble head. Maybe I shouldn’t be so critical because people really can’t know what they have never been taught.

This is an ideological battle. It is critically important that the nation opens it’s eyes to this fact.

Citizen’s are going to die in this first act of state oppression (Obamacare). Pray this brave woman is not the first casualty.

House Votes In OUR Favor!

House passes spending bill to defund Obamacare

House Republicans passed their stopgap funding bill Friday to keep government open while terminating the new health care law, setting up a final showdown next week with Senate Democrats and President Obama who have firmly rejected that.

The 230-189 vote, which split almost exclusively along party lines, is the precursor to the big action next week, when the Senate is expected to strip out the health care provisions and send the bill back to the House — where Republicans will have to decide whether they can accept it at that point.

You can see the roll call vote here. Took me a while to find it. Hasn’t been a great day so far. Matter of fact….it has totally sucked, but this vote has given me a glimmer of hope, which, of course, will be dashed in the Senate.

But Republicans also attached two amendments — one to direct how government spending is prioritized in the event the Treasury Department bumps up against its debt limit, and another that strips out funding for the health care law, which would effectively stop it.

“The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner, who rallied with fellow Republicans after the vote in a show of unity that seemed designed to quell speculation about a rebellion within the House Republican Conference.

No, the American people do NOT want the government to shut down. Well, some of it can shut down permanently, as far as I’m concerned, but the important parts, like the military, and the like should be funded quite well. Of course, since Obama hates the country, and the Dems will lap up his crap like a dog eating vomit, what should be funded is always the first to suffer cuts.

And NO, we do NOT want Obamacare. What has already been implemented, and the fear of what is coming is destroying businesses, which in turn, will destroy the economy even more than Obama already has. Yes, it is his, and the Democrats garbage that has turned this into a second world country, heading towards a third world dictatorship.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Democrats stop playing ‘god’, and actually listened to the people?  When the majority of the country KNOWS what a disaster Obamacare is for the entire country’s economy, and health, is it so hard for them to listen, and accept the FACT that they were wrong?  I suppose it is.  The Senate will defy WE, The People, and rush us towards the cesspool.

Do The RIGHT Thing!

12 September 2013, 8:18 am. 1 Comment. Filed under Health Care, House of Representatives, ObamaCare, Opinion.

We hear a lot of doctors will be closing up shop, or already have, and the reason?  Well, Obamacare of course!  Many are refusing to take any new patients at all, and that’s their choice.  At least they get a choice.  Most of us won’t have any choices at all when it comes to our health care because a small portion of the population seem to believe they know what is best for you.  They don’t know you, but they know what’s best.

We can’t give all the credit to Obama for the destruction of the best health care system in the world.  We have to give that honor to Teddy ‘The Killer’ Kennedy when he shoved HMOs on the unsuspecting public, and it all went downhill from there.  Now, we have the worst president in the history of the nation forcing taxes and regulations out the wazoo on the medical system, which, let’s face it, will pretty much kill the whole thing, along with a lot of us!

Congress has the opportunity to do the right thing for the country as a whole, and defund this fiasco.  Will they?  Hard to say.  Many are more than happy to kill this thing, before it kills us.  Others, well, they’ve forgotten who pays their obscene salaries, and refuse to listen to their constituents, because, like Obama, they believe they know what is best.  They are WRONG!

Why This Doctor Fears Obamacare
Kelsey Harris – The Foundry

Dr. Tim Shepherd talks about his patients like they’re his own family.

He gets emotional when he thinks about a patient he’s been treating for 20 years, and talks about a new patient who’s making progress like it’s his first grandchild.

He says his favorite part about being a doctor isn’t having specialized knowledge or the power to “save lives.” It’s the opportunity to take care of people.

“It makes it difficult to take care of the whole person if you don’t have the environment where you are free to do that,” Shepherd told Heritage.

Unfortunately, everything Dr. Shepherd loves about his job is now at risk because of Obamacare.

Read on…

News From Marsha

30 April 2013, 3:31 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Health Care, House of Representatives, ObamaCare.

I wanted to share the following news articles in relation to health care and the adverse impact Obamcare is having on American families and businesses.


ASSOCIATED PRESS FDA Will Investigate Added Caffeine In Foods. The Food and Drug Administration says it will launch a new investigation into foods with added caffeine and their potential impact on the health of children and adolescents.

 Healthcare costs to negate state, local budget improvements: outlook. State and local governments can expect ever-widening budget gaps through 2060, as rising healthcare costs for both citizens and public employees surpass recent improvements in their revenue, the Government Accountability Office said on Monday. Closing the gap may require drastic action.


NPR As Health Law Changes Loom, A Shift To Part-Time Workers. Some businesses may already be making personnel changes to save money when that provision of the Affordable Care Act kicks in. One option on the table: shifting full-time workers to part time.

THE HILL Report: Officials cut ObamaCare application form to three pages. The Obama administration will unveil a more simplified application for those seeking insurance under the president’s landmark healthcare reform law, after criticisms the initial forms were too complex.

(Opinion) Obamacare Progress. One of the things that concerned me was the 21-page application form that was required for people to join a health care exchange — which, if you’re unfamiliar with the jargon, is an online health-insurance superstore (think Orbitz or where individuals will have the collective market power of large corporations like, say, Time Warner.

WASHINGTON TIMES ‘Obamacare’ opponents checking for ‘rate shock’ Opponents of President Obama’s health care law are eagerly scouring the paperwork insurers file with states, looking for early evidence of “rate shock” — rising prices ahead of full implementation of the state “exchanges” that begin next year.

For more information on the work I am doing as part of the effort to repeal Obamacare, you can visit my website.

I Just LOVE My State Rep!!

21 March 2013, 10:05 am. Comments Off. Filed under Health Care, ObamaCare, Republican, Tennessee.

And his wife, Ashley, is a treasure too! If I hadn’t opened my eyes long enough to peruse through my email, I might have missed this little tidbit of VERY good news!

Legislator Finds ‘Achilles Heel of Obamacare,’ House Sub Approves

Tennessee insurance companies would be prohibited from participating in the state’s federal health care exchange that will provide federally-subsidized medical insurance under a bill approved Wednesday by a House subcommittee.

Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah, said he had found “the Achilles heel of Obamacare” with his bill (HB476) and, once Tennessee approves it, other states are likely to follow and doom the federal health care program.

“With this bill, I bring you the opportunity for your children and grandchildren and my children and grandchildren to save billions and billions of dollars of money being borrowed against them by the federal government,” said Dennis.

The “Achilles heel,” Dennis said, is that the federal law still allows states to control insurance companies. Thus, by declaring a state’s insurance companies cannot use the health care exchanges set up under Obamacare, the law can be negated, he said.

But for the love of all that’s holy, do NOT tell those jackwipes in D.C.! I’ve no doubt they’ll come up with some E.O. or other unconstitutional B.S.

Dennis also contended that Obamacare would take business away from state insurance agencies writing policies for private insurance that is not subsidized by Obamacare.

But insurance company lobbyists and an attorney with the state Department of Commerce and Insurance said passage of the bill would likely mean that out-of-state insurance companies would wind up serving Tennesseans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“It’s going to be very frustrating for us not to give Tennesseans the option to purchase on the exchange and have the option of the subsidy,” said David Locke, lobbyist for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Tennessee.

The assclown is a LOBBYIST….FOR AN INSURANCE COMPANY! I seriously doubt he, or BC-BS give a flying flip about the common man. U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn, also my rep, has been trying for years to get a bill through that would allow people to buy insurance from other states, even if that company didn’t have an office in the state you live in. Well, we know how well that’s gone over with the fat cat insurance lobbyists.  Apparently, there are many companies that do not like competition, and will spend big bucks to influence our so called representatives to squash any and all….like a bug!

The bill declares that no insurance company licensed to do business in Tennessee can be part of a health care exchange established by the ACA. Gov. Bill Haslam recently declared that Tennessee will not set up its own state-operated exchange under the federal law, leaving the state exchange to be operated by the federal government.

Tony Greer, general counsel for the department, said the bill is “trying to nullify the (health care) exchange provision of the ACA.”

Well DUH, socialist dude! That’s the whole idea! 70% of Americans did NOT want this crap they foisted on us, and thank goodness there are honorable men and women, still concerned with those who sent them to office to SERVE in OUR best interest. This ObamaCare crap is NOT in our best interest!

He also disagreed with Dennis’ “Achilles heel” proposition. The ACA does have a provision saying that it will preempt any state law that is in conflict, he said, and Dennis bill would likely be deemed in conflict since it tries to keep the federal law from working in Tennessee.

Uh no…sorry, once again, socialist dude! The 10th Amendment clearly states that we CAN nullify unconstitutional federal law! False Assertion 1: That States can’t nullify unconstitutional acts of the federal government because the Constitution doesn’t say they can do it.  False Assertion 2: That Nullification is literally impossible. People….seriously…. y’all need to education yourself before making such idiotic statements! Sadly, we live in an age of ignorance.

The upshot, Greer said, could be the federal health exchange authorizing companies not licensed in Tennessee to sell federally-subsidized insurance within the state while companies with a Tennessee license could not. He said some Tennessee-based companies could choose to “become unlicensed companies” so they would be able to sell the subsidized policies.

Uh…no. Actually, that would be a criminal act. It’s against the law for any insurance company not licensed in a particular state to sell insurance in that state. I know…I tried. :? See? Ya jack wagons, should have passed Marsha’s law while ya had the chance. :P Morons!

After their testimony, Dennis, an attorney, said he still disagreed with the conflicting assessments.

“I don’t believe anything in Obamacare allows an out-of-state company to sell to Tennessee residents,” he said.

When it comes right down to it, there is nothing Constitutional about this whole chitworks! People can NOT be forced to buy something they don’t want, Congress can NOT force citizens to go against their religious beliefs, and the Supreme Court (see the above link) is NOT the final say in anything, contrary to what many may believe these days. The federal government is severely limited in what powers it is granted, BY THE PEOPLE. It might be a REAL good idea for them to remember that, and start upholding that ‘dusty old document’ they swore to uphold and defend!

The bill was approved 6-2 – the two no votes coming from the only Democrats on the subcommittee. The bill now goes to the full Insurance and Banking Committee next week. The Senate companion bill, sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, is also scheduled for a committee vote next week.

Color me SHOCKED that the no votes were from BIG GUBMINT Dims! And by the way, Sen Gresham is my state Senator too! Heh. Hey! What can I say? We have some very smart folks in our district, who elect very smart reps! :D

Coming Soon To A Hospital Near You

60,000 patients put on death pathway without being told but minister still says controversial end-of-life plan is ‘fantastic’

Up to 60,000 patients die on the Liverpool Care Pathway each year without giving their consent, shocking figures revealed yesterday.

A third of families are also kept in the dark when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatment from loved ones.

Despite the revelations, Jeremy Hunt last night claimed the pathway was a ‘fantastic step forward’.

In comments that appeared to prejudge an official inquiry into the LCP, the Health Secretary said ‘one or two’ mistakes should not be allowed to discredit the entire end-of-life system.

But Elspeth Chowdharay-Best of Alert, an anti-euthanasia group, said: ‘The Pathway is designed to finish people off double quick. It is a lethal pathway.’

But the Brits have such a GREAT health care system!  Isn’t that what the morons on the left keep telling us, and why we just HAD to have ObamaCare?  Reckon no one thinks killing people is so bad, eh?  These would be the same types who are avid anti-death penalty, right?

Anyone remember the flap Sarah Palin got for mentioning ‘death panels’?  Well, they exist.  The elderly.  The sickly babies.  It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if they are using the Nazis’ ‘health plan’ for getting rid of undesirables, like perhaps the mentally ill, Down’s Syndrome, maybe even amputees.  Have cancer?  Too expensive to treat?  Adios!

When governments decide they have the ‘right’ to play God, to choose who lives, and who dies, we have already arrived in Hell.

Biden Is A Liar! Shocked? Me Neither.

13 October 2012, 12:08 pm. Comments Off. Filed under 1st Amendment, 2012, Feckless Weasels, Health Care, Male Bovine Excrement.

USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate

Biden’s statement:

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”


This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.

HHS has proposed an additional “accommodation” for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as “non-exempt.” That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation “to pay for contraception” and “to be a vehicle to get contraception.” They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.

USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.

Honestly, I don’t think Biden knows any facts….just what he’s told, and what he’s told are bald face lies which he, and the administration repeat over and over and over.  Apparently, they learned their tactics from the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, forcing Obama “doctrine on the people and controlling public opinion“.

ObamaCare is a forced tax, especially on the middle class, and a complete violation of our 1st Amendment.  But that doesn’t matter to BO & Co.  Not only has it NOT lowered insurance premiums, it has already raised them an average of $2500, and will increase them even more when it goes into full affect!  More people will actually be going WITHOUT health care insurance BECAUSE of ObamaCare.  But that doesn’t matter…as long as Obama gets the population under his thumb.

Heritage Debunks Obama’s Medicare Fantasies

10 October 2012, 11:58 am. Comments Off. Filed under Health Care.

Top Medicare Reform Myths
& the facts

Myth: Medicare will become “vouchercare”
Fact: “There is no major Medicare reform proposal, including the Ryan proposal, that would issue future senior citizens a voucher (a certificate or coupon or a check for a fixed dollar amount)…” – Robert Moffit, Ph.D., former deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services

Myth: Seniors will be at the mercy of insurance companies
Fact: “The premium support concept advanced by Ryan relies on informed consumer choice of competing health plans, including traditional Medicare. Seniors would receive a fixed subsidy, higher for those with low incomes and greater needs. To attract enrollees, health plans and providers would seek ways to increase efficiency, lower cost, and reduce premiums while improving quality and customer service.” – Joseph Antos, Ph.D., former assistant director at the Congressional Budget Office

Read on…

Ending Medicare As We Know It

21 August 2012, 9:01 am. 2 Comments. Filed under Feckless Weasels, Health Care, ObamaCare, Opinion.

And this is a bad thing? No, actually, it’s not! Why? Because the Medicare as we know it today is pretty much bankrupt! In reality, Obama has already pretty much ended it anyway. Ya don’t STEAL $716 BILLION from Medicare to pay for the ill conceived socialized medicine called ObamaCare, and expect there to be anything left for our seniors. Reform is the best idea we have on the table. IMHO, returning all the money have paid into the plan, WITH INTEREST, and letting them put that money is health savings accounts with some adjustments here and there, would be a reasonable plan as well. End the government bureaucracy, and let people be responsible for their own health care decisions. But hey…that’s just me.

Instead of my idea, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney have a pretty good idea, too. REPEAL that theft from Medicare, for starters! Put it back where it belongs! And let the grown ups decide what’s best for them, not the gubmint! Those who need the extra help, will get it. Those who don’t, shouldn’t be shoved into a program that was never meant to be for the entire population of seniors. And since some folks don’t seem to listen, their program does NOT affect anyone OVER 55!!

Obama is already shoving granny off the cliff, with his ‘death panels’. And yes, that’s exactly what they are! A bunch of appointees who get to decide whether or not YOUR life is worth the expense of gubmint money. But see? The government doesn’t HAVE any money. It’s OUR money!

Oh, and that Social Security “lockbox” is a myth too, FYI. They took that money a long time ago, and put it in the general fund. Congress has spent it, many times over, so we’re pretty much screwed there too.

Bringing Medicaid into the Debate
The Foundry

Medicare is an emotionally charged program because it provides health insurance coverage for the elderly. But Medicaid covers America’s poor and disabled—and no one wants to see them harmed, either.

However, like Medicare, Medicaid is also in desperate need of reform if it is to continue serving the people it was designed to serve. Nearly one-third of America’s doctors are already opting out of treating Medicaid patients—because their costs often outweigh what the program pays for care.

States—which already have budget crises of their own—share the cost of Medicaid with the federal government. They can’t afford to simply add more people to Medicaid, which is one of Obamacare’s main ways to insure more people. (The Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision gave states some breathing room when it ruled that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion must be optional for states.)

The program already covers 62.5 million people—about 20 percent of America’s population—and federal spending on Medicaid has no limit. That’s right—there are no limits on federal spending for Medicaid. But there are limits on American taxpayers’ wallets.

Simply adding people to Medicaid should not be the goal. Instead, like other welfare reforms, the goal should be helping people while they’re down—and helping them get back up.

Read on…

Phase It OUT!

29 May 2012, 8:32 am. Comments Off. Filed under Health Care, Opinion.

Pictures of America’s Medicare Mess
The Foundry

Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama sat down with world leaders at the G8 summit and bragged about his track record of supposed good governance — how he has worked to “bring down our deficits and debt over the longer term” and made “room to take a balanced approach to reducing our deficit and debt.” There are plenty of ways to shoot holes in the president’s pronouncement, but there is one glaring example of where he has come up far short — failing to address America’s growing Medicare crisis.

In “Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform,” Heritage’s Kathryn Nix and John Fleming illustrate the facts about Medicare and why Washington must come to the rescue with innovative solutions to preserve the program today and into the future.

President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law in 1965, creating a program that today provides health insurance to some 48 million Americans. Now, though, that program is in desperate need of reform as the United States grapples with retiring baby boomers entering the system, increasing health care costs and a status quo that simply can’t be sustained.

Read on…

“Above all, I must not play at God.”

30 April 2012, 9:38 am. Comments Off. Filed under European Union, Feckless Weasels, Health Care, Male Bovine Excrement, Opinion, Pond Scum.

Doctors back demands to deny NHS treatment for smokers and the obese

More than half of doctors across the UK have backed controversial measures to withhold treatment to smokers and the obese.

According to a new survey around 54 per cent of those who took part said the NHS should have the right to deny non-emergency treatments to those who fail to lose weight or kick their smoking habits.

Members of the networking website were asked ‘Should the NHS be allowed to refuse non-emergency treatments to patients unless they lose weight or stop smoking?’

And although the poll was optional 593 of the 1,096 doctors who participated answered yes.

Uh huh.  I see.  Well, let’s look a little closer, shall we? The original Hippocratic Oath was quite lengthy, so I won’t copy and paste it here.  It’s the oldest binding oath in history.  Note the word….BINDING!  Obviously, a lot of things have changed since ancient Greece, and the oath which I thought ALL doctors too upon getting their license was still valid.

The modern version (which, yes, I AM copying and pasting):

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

Did I miss something?  Isn’t this oath just as binding as the ancient oath of Hippocrates? So, since doctors now feel they can withhold treatment of the obese and smokers, what’s next? Being overweight just might not be a matter of eating too much, but rather a genetic issue, or caused by some medical problem. There are medications which pack on the pounds no matter what you eat, or don’t eat. I should know…I’ve taken some of those meds. :? Smoking? Well, if the WHO hadn’t scrubbed their report back in the 90s about how second hand smoke was NOT as dangerous as what the ‘activist nannies’ would like you to believe, then I’d be able to link to it. (Really wish they had ‘screen shot’ back then. sigh… Or I had had the presence of mind to print it out!) Breathing today is hazardous to your health, so who’s to say that a smoker is any less worthy of treatment than a non smoker?

So, what’s next? Will they refuse treatment to gays? I mean, that is an unhealthy lifestyle. How about pregnant women? Pregnancy can also be dangerous. How about those who play sports, or drive cars, or those with allergies? Perhaps they’ll refuse to treat Muslim women because they live in a culture that can be quite hazardous to their health!  How about the elderly?  I mean, after all, they are going to die anyway, right?  Why treat them for a broken bone, or pneumonia?

I have a much better idea.  Get rid of socialized medicine, and strip those 593 so called physicians of their licenses!

“Above all, I must not play at God.”

I Am Woman….Hear Me Roar

28 March 2012, 9:34 am. Comments Off. Filed under Feckless Weasels, Health Care, Life, Male Bovine Excrement, Moonbats & Other Animals, Opinion, Politics.

Look who Democrats wheel out in ‘war on women’

Perhaps she’s never gotten over being mistaken for a hotel maid while serving as U.S. secretary of state, but Madeleine Albright is joining the chorus of the political left today, claiming there’s a “war on women” stoked by Republicans.

Albright, who was America’s top diplomat in President Bill Clinton’s administration, has just penned a fundraising plea for Democrats, saying, “Here in America, Republicans have launched an all out attack on women’s rights. They’ve targeted women’s health care and are trying to roll back basic rights that most of us thought were won more than a generation ago.”

“It seems every time women take one step forward, extremists try to push us back,” she added.

I promised myself, I was not going to be angry all the time anymore. But y’know….some things just PISS ME OFF! This is one of them!

The non-existent Republican ‘war on women’ is nothing more than a left wing smoke screen to cover up the Democrats very REAL WAR ON BABIES! Just what ‘basic right’ is this old bat burbling about? Why, the ‘right’ to murder your child if the mood strikes you, of course! And we’re evil? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!  We aren’t the ones slaughtering children, covered in blood money.

Birth control you say?  Close your legs, and stop acting like a SLUT, would be the first line of defense.  Have no self control? How about those pills?  You can go to Wal-Mart and get them for around $4.00 a month.  That’s about the same as a gallon of gas, so if you can put gas in your vehicle, and not bitch about Obama’s ridiculous energy policies, you can damn sure pay for your own ‘good times’.   Go to any Planned Parenthood, or even a high school, or middle school, they’ll give you FREE condoms, and even show ya how to use ‘em!  Just in case you’re too stupid to grasp the concept!

Now, I’m going to drink my coffee, and calm down.  Do a bit of praying, and ask God to forgive me for the things I am thinking about this horrid woman, and her cronies.  The devil is alive and well in the Democrat Party.

And FYI, I can’t imagine anyone hiring that woman to be a maid.  I wouldn’t even have her in my house!  She can’t be trusted, and would likely do a lousy job.  She wasn’t too great as Secretary of State, that’s for sure!

Medical Marijuana in Tennessee?

27 March 2012, 8:51 pm. 8 Comments. Filed under Health Care, Opinion, Politics, Tennessee.

Medical marijuana bill advances in Tenn. House

A proposal to legalize medical marijuana is advancing in the state House.

The House Health Subcommittee approved the measure on a voice vote on Tuesday after similar measures had quickly failed in previous years.

I’m not one of those people who thinks legalizing drugs is a good idea, but when it comes to medical marijuana…that’s a whole ‘nuther story! The problem with the medical version? Well, it doesn’t work as well as the stuff from the good old days. You know the stuff they didn’t add a bunch of dangerous stuff to that could kill you, or make you totally nuts. The real NATURAL pot!

Democratic Rep. Jeanne Richardson of Memphis, the bill’s main sponsor, said the measure would create the toughest access standards among the states that have enacted similar laws.

In Richardson’s words: “Medical cannabis is no longer a radical idea — this is not Cheech and Chong with a bong.”

Ok, gotta admit! That cracked me up! I could tell ya why, and the connection, but I’ll refrain. Hey…I wasn’t always an OL’ broad, y’know! :P

Republican Rep. Joey Hensley, a Hohenwald physician, raised concerns that doctors aren’t trained on how to prescribe marijuana.

Seriously? Most doctors are pretty up to date on new medical procedures and such, at least I should HOPE so, and I’ve no doubt that if this bill passes, they could require all doctors who would be affected go to class or some such. From my understanding, the pill version doesn’t really help all that much. I can tell you from experience, a LONG time ago, that smoking it DOES help migraines, and the nausea that goes along with it. I had one for over a week…saw the doctor 3 times, gave me meds that did NOTHING! Got talked into trying it, took a few hits, and voila! Cancer patients lose their appetite, and going through treatments makes it worse. Many suffer from a LOT of nausea. What does pot do? Well, it gives you the munchies, which would aid in the loss of appetite, and it works wonders on nausea. FACT!  Luckily, the Mr wasn’t one of those who suffered from any of the side effects from the treatments, but he sure could have used an appetite.  Since he’s been declared cancer free, this hasn’t been an issue.  :?

The companion bill has yet to be scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Government Operations Committee.

Now, I’m none too fond of Dem politicians, but in this case, I am hoping Republicans will do some research, talk to people who have had to suffer through migraines and cancer, and their families. Talk to actual doctors who have dealt with medical marijuana, and I don’t mean those pot shop types out in California. I mean legitimate doctors!

New Heart!

24 March 2012, 7:08 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under General News, Health Care.

Cheney undergoes heart transplant surgery

Former GOP Vice President Dick Cheney is recovering from heart transplant surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia, a spokeswoman said Saturday evening.

In 2010, Cheney had a left ventricular assist device implanted for treatment of end-stage heart failure. The former vice president has been on the cardiac transplant list for more than 20 months.

Though he and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift, the spokeswoman also said.

I was under the impression that no one is suppose to know who the donor is, right?  Oh well.  Sending many prayers to Mr VP and his family.  Here’s hoping he’ll have a really speedy recovery.

You realize, of course, if ObamaCare was in play, there is no way a 71 year old man would have been able to get a heart transplant.  On my even more cynical side, I wonder how many on the left will be making their usual nasty remarks, wishing for death, etc.  We know it’s coming…that’s just the type of people (?) they are…why should we expect anything different from them now?