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What Kind Of Health Care System Do You Want?

Reforming health care is a signature issue with the current administration, but even the most ardent proponents of Obamacare would be reluctant to call it a success.  Notwithstanding the well-publicized problems, of the countless billions spent on this program, precious little has gone into actual patient care.  But really, what should we expect from a system designed by soulless bureaucrats such as “bioethicist” Ezekiel Emanuel and Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services?

Emanuel infamously suggested that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, while Berwick intoned that the federal government must step in between doctors and their patients to curb and redistribute the use of medical resources.  To be sure, both of these medico-ghouls are in favor of a single-payer government-controlled system.  One wonders if they know who founded government-controlled health care.  None other than Adolf Hitler.  You could look it up.

Of course, what we do have at the moment is not health care at all.  Rather, it is disease care.  Inasmuch as there is not enough money in the world to support a disease care system, you would think that the government would be doing all it can to improve public health and encourage prevention.  But, you would be wrong.  In fact, many preventive programs are having the exact opposite effect.

It was known as early as the mid-1960s that the lipid/cholesterol theory of coronary heart disease was total bunk.  Yet, we are still being pummeled with precisely the wrong advice in the advocacy of a low fat/high carb diet.  There is no doubt that this course has almost single-handedly caused the current epidemic of obesity and diabetes.  And, it has done virtually nothing to lower the incidence of coronary heart disease.  Applicable drug sales, however, have skyrocketed.  Notably, anti-cholesterol and glycemic control meds have been fraught with serious side effects.

A similar tale can be told of the absurd official recommendations on a low salt diet.

Assuming that all this is not the deliberate result of some star-chamber conspiracy, what went wrong?  Chalk it up to egos, massive intertwining bureaucracies, zero accountability, and huge amounts of money.  I trust that the ego and monetary components are self-evident.

As to intertwining bureaucracies, consider the effect of USDA grain subsidies on the official dietary recommendations, and the resulting disaster of high carb diets.  If the Feds really were concerned with health care, wouldn’t they put some subsidies on fruits and vegetables?

As to zero accountability, consider the hundreds of millions of dollars pharmaceutical companies must spend to get a drug through FDA approval, and then consider how many of these approved drugs are taken off the market only a few years later.  Why are there never any consequences for the FDA, but only gigantic lawsuits against Big Pharma?  Isn’t the FDA supposed to be the certification agency of all that is safe and effective?  Why is it always held harmless?  If your own doctor did something a fraction as calamitous, he would be sued for malpractice.

Perhaps, the quadrual of egos, massive intertwining bureaucracies, zero accountability, and huge amounts of money are simply four sides of the same square, three of which naturally follow from the bureaucracy portion.  One could add our obsession with process instead of outcome.  Despite the dozens of catastrophic failures, we still must have an unchanged FDA approval process.  Despite the decades of poor results from any number of strongly advocated “health” measures, we must still have them in place.  Despite the fact that giving insulin to an obese type 2 diabetic will only make him fatter, and increase his “need” for exogenous insulin even more, we must keep on with this nonsensical therapy.

Might I suggest that the first step in improving any health care system is for the individual to take an ownership in his own health, instead of giving his proxy to such an obscenely conflicted enterprise as the federal government and its henchmen?

A few days ago, I was having a conversation with a top addiction medicine doc, based in Arizona.  He remarked that these days, addiction medicine is one of the last specialties allowing him the freedom to act like a true physician–a partner and consultant in improving the health of the patient.  The addicts who come for treatment sincerely want to get better, and the doctor is their guard and guide.  No proxy required, and befitting of our Independence Day.

The Left reveal their colossal fear of religion in the Hobby Lobby case

By Doug Book, editor

In spite of having mastered the frequently demanding practice of deceit, once in a while genuine motivation breaks through the left’s façade of compassion and caring. Though not widely recognized, it happened in the Hobby Lobby case decided by the Supreme Court on Monday.

In the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of 1993, Congress provided the option of going to court to anyone who sought religious based exemption from a federal law. In providing this statutory right to religious objectors, Congress wrote that “Government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability…”

Among other things, Hobby Lobby attorneys argued that imposing massive fines against their client for not providing “abortion drugs” to employees must obviously represent the sort of substantial burden addressed by Congress in the statute. The Supreme Court agreed.

Concerned that the substantial burden language in the RFRA might at least in part derail Barack Obama’s efforts to subordinate religious freedom to the commands of the state, a number of the Government’s amici—friends of the Court arguing on behalf of the government case—advised justices that there would be no “burden” if Hobby Lobby “…simply terminated health insurance for all of its employees.” That is, “…terminating health insurance and compensating employees with additional wages would be no burden.” Hobby Lobby would no longer face the threat–that is the BURDEN–of government fines for the company’s Christian refusal to supply abortion drugs to its employees.

The Court rejected this argument in its 5-4 finding for Hobby Lobby.

But hold on. Wasn’t the overarching purpose of ObamaCare to provide health insurance–affordable, quality health insurance that is—to the uninsured? Weren’t these the premier talking points of the left? So why are government amici suggesting that a closely held corporation   providing insurance coverage to some 15,000 employees suddenly deny those people coverage? Shouldn’t Obama’s forces congratulate employers of this sort?

Could there be a better example of the contempt in which the practice of religion—especially Christianity—is held by the far left? Contempt and fear that is. For the left believe it must be their exclusive right—the right of government–to teach people the difference between right and wrong; that is, teach and demand that the behavior mandated by those “teachings” be executed without question or refusal!

But the lessons provided by 2000 years of Christianity put a big hole in government’s dreams of being the owners and purveyors of absolute moral authority. The Hobby Lobby case made it clear that the left is far more interested in curtailing—preferably destroying—the practice of religious freedom than in making sure everyone has health insurance.

Once again the left allows the mask to slip, showing us who and what they are.

Sources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/06/30/prof-mark-rienzi-a-good-day-for-hobby-lobby-and-for-the-little-sisters-of-the-poor-and-mr-muhammad-too/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/06/30/the-hobby-lobby-majority-summarized-in-relatively-plain-english/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_Freedom_Restoration_Act

Liberal Treasure Coast Dem Patrick Murphy, all things to all people all the time

By Suzanne Eovaldi,  staff writer

Where the heck is Patrick Murphy, the House Democrat who ousted beloved war hero Allen West in the bitter Florida 18th Congressional District race still argued about here on Florida’s Treasure Coast?  Murphy appears to be so much more caring now than he was back then, even listening to the complaints of veterans suffering at the hands of an Obama VA chief who won’t resign. Or so says the local media.  How come Murphy is trying to be all things to all?  Could it be there’s an election creeping up?

Well, let’s analyze this 31 year old.

Is this young man really emulating another lib, Matt Lauer, who kept his audience asking where is he today?  Murphy may be a rental resident of Palm Beach County, or he may still hold residency or some other conflicting identification from Colorado, or he may be listed somewhere around Fort Lauderdale where his wealthy Construction business family knew him as a Republican before he was a Democrat.  But somehow, the just past twenty-something Democrat was able to find his way to the Pelosi side of Congress because he backed her up with a Yes vote for Obamacare.  And, of course, Murphy toes the line for the Democrats because they nurse him and purse him.

But Patrick Murphy couldn’t bring himself to show up recently at a Town Hall for residents of the northern end of his district who wanted to see for themselves who he is.  Even though the three GOP candidates appeared, namely, Carl Domino, a retired military commander, Alan Schlesinger, and Calvin Turnquist, Murphy was a no show.  However, the night before, he was quite pleased to be the lone speaker at the podium of the Martin County Taxpayers $55 a plate dinner.

Is Murphy what’s called in Chicago political speak a FLOATER, that is a rather loosely connected Democratic candidate who willingly lets his party plug him into important votes on an as needed basis?  Are the Democrats so enamored of him that they already have pumped upwards of three million dollars into his campaign six months out?  Or could it be that the Dem Party wants to retain his swing district.

A district resident told this writer that after the Town Hall, Murphy equated being black with being a resident of a Sober Home. And when the lib Dem was not there to clear up the controversy, his campaign quickly replied to attempts to verify this remark with “Oh, that was said by an aide.”  Perhaps Murphy’s aides are enrolled in a Susan Rice tutorial on how to take the fall for one’s boss.  In any event, equating the painful experiences of blacks over hundreds of years with being a recovering addict is an uncomfortable race card this inexperienced Democratic candidate may regret he ever threw down!

Backpedaling, equivocating, being all things to all people, even ignoring the fact that you tossed a hot war veteran you fought tooth and claw to remove from office are Murphy characteristics that Florida’s many military voters won’t soon forget.  Even though our left-leaning print media outlet is giving the Democrat columns and columns of free publicity concerning the area’s rather hypocritical water-wars story, Murphy still has not told us where the heck he lives. If he will not venture forth to meet his constituents face to face, rather than appear in a stilted, unfairly presented “debate” venue, how can people know where the heck he really stands on issues of prime importance to them?  Just what will Treasure Coast voters get if they vote this man in for another two years?  Will he simply follow the Pelosi game plan, no questions asked?  Will he honor the many veterans who still feel hurt and angry over how he treated and tossed Lt. Col. Allen West?  Just where the heck is Patrick Murphy’s head these days?

Solving the Veterans Administration Problem

By Ron Reale,  staff writer

I hear talking heads and politicians calling for one man’s resignation over the VA’s delayed treatment of our military men and woman. I see them in front of any camera they can find, throwing around strong words of indignation and outrage concerning the scandal having been perpetrated, apparently for years, resulting in a minimum of 40 deaths to date.

I hear no politicians offering the immediate steps necessary to serve our veterans. Conservative pundits, yes. Politicians, no.

So how to solve the V. A. problem and end the unnecessary loss of life?

First, immediately announce that all military personnel may start using the nearest hospital/medical facility at their convenience. Have the facilities start billing the government.

Second, put all current VA facilities up for auction. Remove all Government involvement with treatment, and let the government do what it does best. Pay the bills. Facilities will compete for the business of the Vets, keeping prices down. Government has proven it will not only pay for no results, but pay huge bonuses for obtaining no results for the most patients.

These steps will help to solve the immediate treatment problem.

Now for the corruption problem. Arrest any and all workers in any chain of command who knew of the secret lists. Charge them with criminal negligence, conspiracy to kill, theft under cover of authority, filing false instruments, and fraud. Recoup any bonuses already paid, call for long jail sentences and crippling fines. Destroy this evil so no one ever again thinks of using their government position for anything but serving the people.

We the citizens are constantly being reminded when we fill out government forms, that lying on the forms will lead to criminal charges. We demand the same for the criminals in government.

We’ve wasted a billion dollars so far setting up government websites and so called health-care exchanges. Rather than throw additional good billions after bad,  give every vet a million dollar medical account to start with, for as many years as necessary. They can use that to get treatment or buy the best private policies.

Had we done the same with the alleged 40 million people in this country without healthcare, a million a year for ten years, we wouldn’t have been forced to sit idly by as 670 million dollars were stolen by Michelle Obama’s college roommate with her fraudulent healthcare website and we’d still have the best health care system in the world.
 

Death by Waiting List

By Jim Emerson,  staff writer

During the investigation of the Watergate Scandal, Senator Howard Baker (R-TN) asked out loud, “What did the President know and when did he know it?”  A good question to ask the current resident of the White House. For although a very smart man (according to the left), Mr. Obama appears to be pretty damned ignorant of the various scandals happening on his watch. If the One only learns about Regime scandals from the media, he needs to fire his staff.  After all, if these people are not telling him anything AND letting him get into trouble, he doesn’t need them. Besides, the faux outrage he employs when “learning” about the scandals—clearly a calculated political ploy–has been overdone. (4)

What he knew and when

After the 2008 election,  the office of the president elect transition team was briefed by the Bush Administration about the long waiting times and scheduling issues at Veterans Administration (VA) facilities. Senator Obama had already used problems with the treatment of veterans as an emotional campaign issue in 2008. (5) 

In April of 2010, the VA’s Deputy Undersecretary of Health for Operations and Management revealed the administration knew of inappropriate scheduling practices. The tactics included telling patients of VA facilities to call back for appointments in 30 days in order to make it appear that there was not a long delay to see a doctor.  Such a manual logging system made it easier to hide long wait times from inspectors. Appointments were also routinely cancelled and rescheduled in order to reduce apparent wait times. (1) (2)

The main stream media have been reporting VA mistreatment for years, so why is Barack only learning about it now?  Must have been too busy playing golf or pandering to gay athletes.

How will the VA scandal affect Obamacare

Not long ago the left promoted the VA as a national leader in health reform. It was the Democrat Party’s shining example of how wonderfully efficient government controlled healthcare would be. (6) Well the alternative media have not forgotten. The VA scandal is now an indicator of what Obamacare will do to the American people. Healthcare will be rationed by bureaucrats and ailing Americans will be condemned to death, at least in part, by the corrupt manipulation of a waiting list.

Sources:

1.    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/22/7-warnings-Obama-ignored
2.    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/05/20/this-memo-shows-that-the-va-knew-of-records-manipulation-in-2010//?print=1
3.    http://rt.com/usa/160276-white-house-veterans-hospital-problems/
4.    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/05/21/montage_obama_just_found_out_about_insert_scandal_here_and_he_s_really_mad