Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Obama Defender of Profits Over The Health & Well-Being Of Americans

...“Tyranny … was in its origin secularism, a rule founded on man-made laws...” ...“This secularism is the religion of humanity, the most oppressive, dangerous, and persecuting of all cults, because it has no law beyond itself as a check to its lust for power.”


R. J. Rushdoony- Religious Right Reconstructionists- The Chalcedon Foundation

Yes, we are talking about tyranny—an unprecedented, all-fronts campaign to transform the United States from a constitutional republic of free men and women into a socialist anthill controlled by an all-powerful, all-intrusive federal government. This has been in the works for a long time; but since the inauguration of Barack Obama, it has been raised to a whole new level of intensity...

Quote from article at Religious Right -Reconstructionists' website of "The Chalcedon Foundation"


"For many Obama supporters who supported President Obama's candidacy because they believed he would rally the public to pass a reform agenda, the White House focus on legislative chess in the healthcare debate has resulting in grumbling about whether or not President Obama is the President they voted for. Fairly or unfairly, Obama now faces a rising tide of doubt in his administration from the very supporters who have backed him most steadfastly since the election."


Quote by Jeffrey Feldman at Huffington Post

"Alone among advanced countries, we treat health care like a market commodity to be distributed according to the ability to pay, not like a social service to be distributed according to medical need.

...One thing is certain: We need a complete overhaul of our health system. Tinkering at the edges won't do it. Expanding coverage through government subsidies and mandates, as advocated by the president, won't either. Besides being a windfall for insurers and drug companies, that approach will just add to our soaring costs and be a temporary fix, at best. In my opinion, it makes no sense to throw good money after bad."

Above quotes by Dr. Marcia Angell

The Fear Mongering on the right against President Obama and his administration and his allies the evil pernicious "Secular Humanists" who according to the Religious Right & other Fanatics Obama et al are out to turn America into a "Socialist Police-State" continues as can be seen in a recent article at the Religious Right website for Reconstructionists "The Chalcedon Foundation"


A Review of Fighting for America’s Soul: How Sweeping Change Threatens Our Nation by Robert Knight (Fort Lauderdale, FL: Coral Ridge Ministries, 2009) Reviewed by Lee Duigon August 17, 2009 at The Chalcedon Foundation


...“Tyranny … was in its origin secularism, a rule founded on man-made laws,” R. J. Rushdoony wrote. “This secularism is the religion of humanity, the most oppressive, dangerous, and persecuting of all cults, because it has no law beyond itself as a check to its lust for power.”2

Yes, we are talking about tyranny—an unprecedented, all-fronts campaign to transform the United States from a constitutional republic of free men and women into a socialist anthill controlled by an all-powerful, all-intrusive federal government. This has been in the works for a long time; but since the inauguration of Barack Obama, it has been raised to a whole new level of intensity...


( Laundry list of grievances against the US Federal Government which they believe under Obama it is now a pivotal moment a crisis in US history as the Communist, socialist , Secular Humanist anti-Christian forces are at work to destroy Christian America- GORD.)

* The government’s promotion of abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research: by inflicting death on the most defenseless, the statists limber up to deal out more death all around.
* Its promotion of homosexuality and other kinds of immorality, with the aim of redefining and ultimately doing away with the natural family.
* A campaign to limit the scope of private charity, to replace it with assorted welfare programs run by the government.
* A brief look at some of the far-left ideologues who have been brought into the government (and by far left, we mean far left).
* Weakening the armed forces by subjecting them to various social experiments demanded by militant sodomites and radical feminists.
* Using international treaties to erode America’s national sovereignty—and circumvent the Constitution.
* Attempts to limit the free speech of Christians and conservatives.
* The promotion of “health care reform” as a means of sealing the deal for a totally statist America.

None of this is a product of Mr. Knight’s imagination. He is writing about real legislation that has actually been proposed in Congress, and even passed, real money spent, with real quotes from real officials. That the American people, by and large, are hardly aware of this threat to their liberties, and to their prosperity, seems amazing to us who have followed recent events.


On the other hand Church leaders in Canada have stepped into the fray to support Government financed Halth Care:

Canadian Council of Churches comments on U.S. health care debate" By Dennis Gruending at Pulpit And Politics Aug. 20, 2009

The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has written to three large American religious groups offering positive comments on the value of a publicly financed and administered health care system. Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, the CCC’s general secretary, sent a letter on August 10 to the National Council of Churches, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the National Association of Evangelicals. (The CCC has not yet posted the letter on its website at the time of this writing). I had reported on Pulpit and Politics on July 27 that some prominent American religious groups, including the powerful Southern Baptist Convention, were altogether opposed to significant health care reform, while others including the Catholic bishops and the American Evangelical Association were not prepared to support any plan that might include paying for abortion as a medical procedure. Rev. Hamilton’s low-key intervention comes at a time when American special interest groups are orchestrating a campaign of fear and misinformation about health care reform. Some angry Americans are showing up at town hall meetings on health care carrying handguns, rifles, and even automatic weapons – claiming that it is their constitutional right to do so in the United States of America. This is a chilling development that really does cross the line, and it is more in keeping with Germany in the 1930s or with experiences in recently-failed states than it is with a healthy, functioning democracy.

...Hamilton tells her American coreligionists that prior to 1966 Canada had a health care system that failed to provide over 30% of the population with medical insurance. That situation, she says, “created enormous human suffering and ethical problems for those who believed with Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:26, ‘If one member suffers, all suffer together with it…’” She adds, “With varying degrees of fervour, Canadian churches publicly began to advocate for the establishment of Medicare. Canadian churches wanted health care for all.” Hamilton then provides a brief description of this country’s Medical Care Act and describes it as “one of Canada’s hallmark policies towards social inclusion and the alleviation of suffering related to poverty.” The CCC in recent years, she says, has continued to urge that Canada’s public health system be strengthened.


Obama Calls "Public Option" Source of "Confusion" in Reform Debate by Jeffrey Feldman at Huffington Post, Aug. 22, 2009

In the latest signal that he will not echo voter pleas for a robust "public option," President Obama used his Weekly Address to draw attention away from the issue that has galvanized the most ardent supporters of health insurance reform in America.

Emphasizing that the main goal of his reform initiative is "consumer protections," President Obama then went on to say that much of the " fears about government-run health care" were a result of "confusion over what's called the public option".

Contrary to President Obama's argument, however, there is mounting evidence that the passionate demand for a "public option" has finally produced a clear, symbolic focus with the potential to rally widespread support for a healthcare bill amongst the majority of the President's supporters. In this perspective, the problem in the health care reform debate is not public fears stemming from a focus on the "public option," but the vague, evolving language used by the Obama administration in its attempt to rally support for health insurance reform from the health insurance industry itself.

The new effort to switch focus away from the public option comes at a time when grassroots organizations are leading the public in a highly visible, fast growing movement to make the public option the essential element of any health care reform bill.


Chris Hedges has a good point and is right on the money. Health Care should be considered as necessary and as a right in a civilized society. The problem is America is far from a civilized society The American myth is that everyone is basically and literally supposed to be on their own. No one and no government is responsible for or to its citizens except against foreign invaders or those who might harbor some hate or distrust of America. Even when a city is flooded the victims are blamed for the rising waters - or maybe because they allow Gay Pride Parades. And 9/11 the Religious Right( Falwell, Dobson, Hagee etc.) says is God's punishment for abortions, Gay rights etc. Ah What a messed up country!!!

Americans do enjoy blowing whole countries up leaving dust and rubble where cities once were . And they don't mind spending Billions and Trillions of dollars playing their War Games or what used to be called The Great Game in which other countries are just pieces on a Chess Board and who cares if those killed, tortured or butchered are made out of flesh and blood since they are just a bunch of foreigners. Meanwhile they treat the citizens of foreign countrie ie Iraq, Afghanistan Pakistan as a bunch of barbaric subhumans while disrespecting their culture and their religious beliefs.

Now Americans erroneously believing themselves advanced and civilized fight by remote control using Drones which it seems the US Media is so proud of as a drone hits a village kills a couple of insurgents and a couple of hundred innocent citizens. How is this any different than dropping U2 Rockets on London or dropping Atomic Bombs on a civilian population or some misguided patriot turning themselves into bombs killing soldiers and civilians indiscriminately.

Even Obama seems to believe this is progress since fewer Americans are being killed though he forgets this may lead at some point in time to more "Blow-Back" tomorrow next year or ten years from who knows.

Meanwhile they pay hundreds of millions to Blackwater Mercenaries(aka XE Services) as "Death Squads" as torturers and thugs treating Iraq and Afghanistan as Free Fire Zones- hunting down Arabs, Afghans, Pashto etc. & Muslims in the name of Jesus.
While their own citizens die from lack of Health care ( 18,000 a year) or from the lack of food or shelter or get laid off to improve the profits of their employer.

This Isn’t Reform, It’s Robbery By Chris Hedges August 24, 2009 "TruthDig.com" via information Clearing House

Percentage change since 2002 in average premiums paid to large US health-insurance companies: +87%

Percentage change in the profits of the top ten insurance companies: +428%

Chances that an American bankrupted by medical bills has health insurance: 7 in 10

—Harper’s Index, September 2009

August 24, 2009 "TruthDig.com" -- Capitalists, as my friend Father Michael Doyle says, should never be allowed near a health care system. They hold sick children hostage as they force parents to bankrupt themselves in the desperate scramble to pay for medical care. The sick do not have a choice. Medical care is not a consumable good. We can choose to buy a used car or a new car, shop at a boutique or a thrift store, but there is no choice between illness and health. And any debate about health care must acknowledge that the for-profit health care industry is the problem and must be destroyed. This is an industry that hires doctors and analysts to deny care to patients in order to increase profits. It is an industry that causes half of all bankruptcies. And the 20,000 Americans who died last year because they did not receive adequate care condemn these corporations as complicit in murder.


Robert Reich in this article on health care complains that there are six senators are the ones deciding on health care reform but none of them seems interested in real substantive reform. So the whole thing is a great failure even though a majority of Americans are in favor of real substantive reform. Is it because Obama and others in his administration owe to much to the Health Insurance Industry & Big Pharma & to the a group of greedy unpatriotic doctors more interested in making obscene amounts of money rather than be concerned about the well being of all Americans . Is the political scene as it were just too corrupt to really change anything unless there's a big juicy bribe in it for them.

Because being wined and dined by Lobbyists and getting free trips to Vegas, or Hawaii or to Florida or Disney World and a few stock options or "paid for escorts" or young boys or girls depending on your fancy is all just part of the perks or a promise of a lucrative job as a CEO are all bribes but no one is allowed to say that. That seems to be why some Americans become politicians, senators, congressmen, vice president or President or Secretary of State because there's a lot of money to be made as Dick Cheney, George Bush, Rumsfeld and Condoleeza Rice & Karl Rove can testify to and best of all you get away even with torture , murder and blowing whole cities up because there is no accountability . After they leave office they can go work as a consulting taking it easy while making a million or two a year mere peanuts to these corrupt greedy insincere Machiavellian self-serving hedonistic materialists.

"Why the Gang of Six Is Deciding Health Care for Three Hundred Million of Us" By Robert Reich August 23, 2009 "Huffington Post -August 21, 2009

- - Last night, the so-called "gang of six" -- three Republican and three Democratic senators on the Senate Finance Committee -- met by conference call and, according to Senator Max Baucus, the committee's chair, reaffirmed their commitment "toward a bipartisan health-care reform bill" (read: less coverage and no public insurance option). The Washington Post reports that the senators shared tales from their home states, where some have been besieged by protesters angry about a potential government takeover of the nation's health care system.

I don't get it. Of the three Republicans in the gang, the senior senator is Charles Grassley. In recent weeks, Grassley has refused to debunk the rumor that the House's health-care bill will spawn "death panels," empowered to decide whether the sick and old get to live or die. At an Iowa town meeting last Tuesday Grassley called the president and Speaker Nancy Pelosi "intellectually dishonest" for claiming the opposite. On Thursday Grassley told the Washington Post that Congress should scale back its efforts to overhaul health care in the wake of intense anger at town hall meetings. But -- wait -- the anger is largely about distortions such as the "death panels" that Grassley refuses to debunk.

This week on Fox News Grassley termed the House bill "the Pelosi Bill," and called it "a government takeover of heath care, exploding the deficit because it's not paid for and it's got high taxes in it."

I really don't get it. We have a Democratic president in the White House. Democrats control sixty votes in the Senate, enough to overcome a filibuster. It is possible to pass health care legislation through the Senate with 51 votes (that's what George W. Bush did with his tax cut plan). Democrats control the House. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is a tough lady. She has said there will be no health care reform bill without a public option.

So why does the fate of health care rest in Grassley's hands?

It's not even as if the gang represents America. The three Dems on the gang are from Montana, New Mexico, and North Dakota -- states that together account for just over 1 percent of Americans. The three Republicans are from Maine, Wyoming, and Iowa, which together account for 1.6 percent of the American population.

So, I repeat: Why has it come down to these six? Who anointed them? Apparently, the White House. At least that's what I'm repeatedly being told by sources both on the Hill and in the administration. "The Finance Committee is where the action is. They'll tee-up the final bill," says someone who should know.


Dr. Marcia Angell argues tha Health Care Reform will in fact save money in the long run and that Obama is wrong to give into those who will gain the mmost by keeping the status Quo.

Health Reform: Throwing Good Money After the Bad by Marcia Angell, M.D., at Huffington Post, Aug. 24, 2009

...In the trenchant words of Deep Throat, let's follow the money. This year we will spend roughly $2.5 trillion on health care. Although about half that money comes from federal and state governments, most of the total is funneled to private insurers and entrepreneurial providers. Alone among advanced countries, we treat health care like a market commodity to be distributed according to the ability to pay, not like a social service to be distributed according to medical need.

For nearly two-thirds of Americans, we rely on hundreds of private insurance companies to set prices and benefits and pay providers. They profit by refusing to cover the sickest patients and limiting services to others. In fact, we have the only health system in the world based on avoiding sick people. Insurers cream 15 to 25 percent off the top of the premium dollar for profits and overhead (mainly underwriting) before paying providers.

Providers themselves have high billing and collecting expenses to deal with the Byzantine requirements of multiple insurers. The innumerable health facilities, both for-profit and nonprofit, also have high overhead expenses to cover their business costs, executive salaries, and the promotion of their profitable services. Altogether, overhead accounts for at least 30 percent of our health bill. If we spent the same percentage on overhead as Canada, we would save about $400 billion this year.

...Promises by for-profit insurers and providers to mend their ways voluntarily are simply not credible. Regulation of the present system is also unlikely to modify profit-seeking behavior very much, without a bureaucracy so large that it would create more problems than it solves.

Nearly every other advanced country has a largely nonprofit national health system that guarantees universal care. Even countries with private insurers, like Switzerland and the Netherlands, require uniform prices and benefits and limit profits. Not only are expenditures much lower in other advanced countries, but health outcomes are generally better. Moreover, contrary to popular belief, they offer on average more basic services, not fewer -- more doctor visits and longer hospital stays, and they have more doctors and nurses and hospital beds. But they don't do nearly as many tests and procedures, because there is little financial incentive to do so.

and she concludes that :

One thing is certain: We need a complete overhaul of our health system. Tinkering at the edges won't do it. Expanding coverage through government subsidies and mandates, as advocated by the president, won't either. Besides being a windfall for insurers and drug companies, that approach will just add to our soaring costs and be a temporary fix, at best. In my opinion, it makes no sense to throw good money after bad.


and so it goes,
GORD.

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