Health Care Reform Is A Tax? What Else?

Say it ain’t so!!!

There are several states and private citizens questioning the Constitutionality of the recent mandatory health-care reform for all citizens.  The gist is that if the Constitution doesn’t specifically grant the power to the Federal Government, it is a) unconstitutional, and b) left to the States per the will of the people living within that State.  So the proponents of the mandatory health-care reform legislation now have a new tact:

Congress has the ability to levy taxes, and the mandatory health-care reform is a tax.

Why am I not surprised to hear this?  After all, the promises given by Obozo are hollow, and the hope & change has turned into lies & bribes.

And then there is the “recess appointment” of a person to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Here are some statements from Dr. Donald Berwick:

"I cannot believe that the individual health care consumer can enforce through choice the proper configurations of a system as massive and complex as health care. That is for leaders to do."

"You cap your health care budget, and you make the political and economic choices you need to make to keep affordability within reach."

"Please don’t put your faith in market forces. It’s a popular idea: that Adam Smith’s invisible hand would do a better job of designing care than leaders with plans can."

"Indeed, the Holy Grail of universal coverage in the United States may remain out of reach unless, through rational collective action overriding some individual self-interest, we can reduce per capita costs."

"It may therefore be necessary to set a legislative target for the growth of spending at 1.5 percentage points below currently projected increases and to grant the federal government the authority to reduce updates in Medicare fees if the target is exceeded."

"About 8% of GDP is plenty for ‘best known’ care."

"A progressive policy regime will control and rationalize financing—control supply."

"The unaided human mind, and the acts of the individual, cannot assure excellence. Health care is a system, and its performance is a systemic property."

"Health care is a common good—single payer, speaking and buying for the common good."

"And it’s important also to make health a human right because the main health determinants are not health care but sanitation, nutrition, housing, social justice, employment, and the like."

"Hence, those working in health care delivery may be faced with situations in which it seems that the best course is to manipulate the flawed system for the benefit of a specific patient or segment of the population, rather than to work to improve the delivery of care for all. Such manipulation produces more flaws, and the downward spiral continues."

"For-profit, entrepreneurial providers of medical imaging, renal dialysis, and outpatient surgery, for example, may find their business opportunities constrained."

"One over-demanded service is prevention: annual physicals, screening tests, and other measures that supposedly help catch diseases early."

"I would place a commitment to excellence—standardization to the best-known method—above clinician autonomy as a rule for care."

"Health care has taken a century to learn how badly we need the best of Frederick Taylor [the father of scientific management]. If we can’t standardize appropriate parts of our processes to absolute reliability, we cannot approach perfection."

"Young doctors and nurses should emerge from training understanding the values of standardization and the risks of too great an emphasis on individual autonomy."

"Political leaders in the Labour Government have become more enamored of the use of market forces and choice as an engine for change, rather than planned, centrally coordinated technical support."

"The U.K has people in charge of its health care—people with the clear duty and much of the authority to take on the challenge of changing the system as a whole. The U.S. does not."

I have such warm and fuzzies with this person running healthcare services for our Senior Citizens.  His policies will dictate how you and I will get our healthcare when we get older.  We might need surgery to improve our quality of life, but we might not even get a pill to tide us over.

God help us.

Will the Real Racist Please Stand Up? – Part 2

This past week, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) introduced a resolution at its 101st annual convention in Kansas City, Mo., that accused the TEA Party movement of “harboring racist elements that are a threat to our democracy.”  Probably due to the “Joker” and other signs being displayed during some of the rallies, no doubt…

As far as I’m concerned, that resolution-accusation doesn’t hold any water.  And here’s why:

1)  Far, far ruder signs were displayed by various protest groups when George Bush was president.  Any signs that depicted President Obozo in a less than flattering light (possibly referring to the President’s ethnic background) are fair game in the world of politics.

2)  The TEA Party protested the Democrats’ policies and legislation supported by President Obozo.  There were no signs, to the best of my knowledge, that stated that Obozo is a bad president because of the color of his skin.

3)  The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People states that the makeup of the TEA Party is 99% white while other sources state a lower ratio.  Facts are slippery things, but there are videos out there showing other than white people attending the protests.

4)  The facts do not support the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s claim of TEA Party racism.  Booker Rising is a black moderate and conservative website that lists the above points and many more (post here).

5)  Last, and most importantly, the purpose of the TEA Party is to protest government taxes and spending.  The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People stated purpose is to advance the interests of one ethnic group over all other ethnic groups.  Which group has a stated racist purpose?

In today’s society, we are supposed to be blind to the color of a person’s skin.  I don’t think so, and here’s why.

image Groups like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the “new” Black Panthers, and the race-baiters like Sharpton, Jackson, & Farrikan take every opportunity to wave the race card at any and all perceived racial slights or injustices, even if they are false.

During the last Presidential campaign, then candidate Obozo made a reference that he was “different from all those other Presidents.”  Everyone understood that he was making a reference to all the previous Presidents being white.  And as in his Presidency or on the campaign trail, any criticism of President Obozo’s policies or speeches is labeled racist regardless of the subject.

I can only hope that Indigo Red is right when he made this comment on the first post of this series:

It’s my belief Obama is doing more for race relations than all that has come before combined. By placing racism in the spotlight for every perceived and unperceived slight, even Blacks are getting so fed up they are looking at their White friends and coworkers and realizing they don’t know any racists except the baiters Sharpton, Jackson, Obama, Rangle, and various Liberal white politicians whose career future depends on continuing such nonsense. Four of ten Tea Party patriots are minorities. How does one explain that while accepting all Whites are crackers deserving of summary killing? How does one explain the election of Obama by a majority of Whites if those same Whites are racist honkys? It’s getting harder to continue the racist ruse.

I really hope that the minorities in this country wake up and see what these charlatans and con-men are up to sooner than later.  Only then can the nonsense stop.

Michigan Senior Olympics 2010 – Weightlifting

My wife participated in the Michigan Senior Olympics in weightlifting this year.  She won a silver medal in her age group with a successful bench-press lift of 100 pounds. 

Which is why I open doors for her…

No, I didn’t participate – I’m still too young for the competition, and the fellows that would be in my age class are lifting 50+ pounds more than I could ever hope for.  Maybe golf next year…

Regardless, it is heartening to see people in their 60’s, 70’s, and even 80’s relatively fit and participating in this competition.  I saw one 65-year old man lifting 270 pounds!  WOW!!

Get off the couch and get healthy.  My wife and I did, and feel much better both physically and mentally.  Sitting around, watching the tube, and eating Doritos & ice cream is a recipe for a coronary.  And we all don’t want that, right?

McDonald’s Job Application

This reportedly is an actual job application a 17-year-old boy submitted at a McDonald’s fast-food establishment in Florida…and they hired him because he was so honest and funny!

NAME: Greg B. (Name withheld to protect the guilty)

SEX: Not yet.

DESIRED POSITION: Company’s President or Vice President. But seriously, whatever’s available. If I was in a position to be picky, I wouldn’t be applying here in the first place.

DESIRED SALARY: $185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael Ovitz style severance package. If that’s not possible, make an offer and we can haggle.

EDUCATION: Yes.

LAST POSITION HELD: Target for middle management hostility.=

SALARY: Less than I’m worth.

MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT: My incredible collection of stolen pens and post-it notes.

REASON FOR LEAVING: I hated it

HOURS AVAILABLE TO WORK: Any.

PREFERRED HOURS: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

MAY WE CONTACT YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER?: If I had one, would I be here?

DO YOU HAVE ANY PHYSICAL CONDITIONS THAT WOULD PROHIBIT YOU FROM LIFTING UP TO 50 LBS?: Of what?

DO YOU HAVE A CAR?: I think the more appropriate question here would be "Do you have a car that runs?"

HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY SPECIAL AWARDS OR RECOGNITION?: I may already be a winner of the Publishers Clearing house Sweepstakes.

DO YOU SMOKE?: On the job no, on my breaks yes.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?: Living in the Bahamas with a fabulously wealthy dumb sexy blonde super model who thinks I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I’d like to be doing that now.

DO YOU CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE IS TRUE AND COMPLETE TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE?: Yes.  Absolutely.

SIGN HERE: Aries