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Universal Health Care: A Train Wreck Headed Our Way….

May 7, 2008

The disaster of the Massachusetts universal healthcare system should give you a preview of what life under a universal healthcare scheme could be like. We reprint below an article by William Campbell Douglass, M.D. describing the health care disaster that would occur under a Clinton or Obama presidency.

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Dear Friend,

It’s only April, but the rhetoric of the 2008 Presidential Campaign is already at fever pitch. This November, as in all election years, there are important issues at stake. One of them is the issue of socialized medicine or, to use the Democrats’ latest euphemism for it, “universal healthcare.” Universal disaster is more like it. The Dems do their best to put a positive, humanitarian spin on the idea, but the long-term ramifications would be devastating.

The Democrats would have you believe that conservatives who are against universal healthcare take this stance because they are mean-spirited and compassionless. Naturally, this isn’t the case. And it’s hardly how I feel.

I am against universal healthcare because I believe it will create one of the most intrusive government bureaucracies since the Internal Revenue Service, and it will impinge heavily on the individual freedoms of all American citizens.

Both Clinton and Obama would attempt to achieve universal healthcare coverage by relying primarily on private insurance. That’s right – they would look to solve our nation’s health care problems by giving control of the system to the insurance companies. Wow.

Their plans rely on an “individual mandate” – a legal requirement that every person obtain coverage. This is already law in Massachusetts, which mandates coverage for both adults and children (more on this below). The Massachusetts model is exactly what Hillary Clinton would try to impose nationally. Obama’s plan would only require that parents obtain coverage for their children.

One of the key misconceptions among those who support either Clinton or Obama is that a universal healthcare system would make healthcare more affordable. What delusional planet are they from? Under socialized medicine, the healthcare system may be perceived as being more fair, but it certainly won’t be any cheaper.

A better way to describe the program would be to call it “universal heath insurance.” The idea is that by compelling everyone in the nation to participate in the insurance market, you’d cut down on what’s known as the “free rider” syndrome. As the term suggests, this would be people getting a “free ride” from the healthcare system by deciding not to get their own health insurance because they’ve been assured that in the case of an emergency or personal health catastrophe, inexpensive care will be guaranteed to them by the government. The theory is that mandated participation would help to drive down insurance costs.

But any mandate requires an enforcement component. My fear is that a government branch with the kind of power to actually identify and penalize those seeking to avoid the insurance mandates of universal healthcare would be vast and all-powerful. The new healthcare arm of the government would likely have the same kind of power (and loathsome reputation) as the IRS.

I’m all about personal freedom and the rights of individuals. Universal healthcare is not only impractical, but costly – and not just for your pocketbook. It’s handing over yet another right to the government, and allowing the government to decide and rule your fate.

I’m not compassionless—I’m just sensible. And universal healthcare as it’s being proposed by both Clinton and Obama still doesn’t make much sense to me.

The universal healthcare dam springs a leak

As I mentioned earlier, a Clinton-style program of mandated health insurance is already in effect in Massachusetts. Under that system, subsidized insurance is made available to individuals earning up to $30,636 annually, and families of four earning up to $61,956 per year. The state government has begun to impose stiff fines on residents who fail to purchase health insurance – and the penalties can amount to as much as $912 a year!

And this place is already known as “Tax-achusetts!”

Even though this system is in its infancy, it already has many vocal opponents. Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis calls the Massachusetts universal coverage plan “overregulated and largely unworkable.” Herrick explains that the least expensive health plan available through the program costs $196 a month, while the state fine for being uninsured is about half that cost — $98 a month!

After just two years, Massachusetts’ universal coverage program is running at a staggering $147 million deficit, and the four insurance carriers who provide the state- subsidized insurance are estimating that costs will go up by 14 percent next year.

Even more shocking is the manner in which Massachusetts state officials have decided to deal with the out-of-control costs of their broken system: they’ve ordered the insurance companies to cut payments to doctors and hospitals, reduce choices for payments, and possibly increase how much patients will have to pay.

I only hope that Americans get a good, long look at the disaster that universal healthcare has wrought on the economy and people of Massachusetts before a similar catastrophe is unleashed on the whole country. The train wreck in New England is headed our way if Clinton or Obama get into the oval office.

America: you have been warned.
William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

(emphasis added; Dr. Douglass can be contacted here.)

Also see Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner on plan proposed for D.C.

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Super Delegates Key: Brokered Convention?

April 26, 2008

Brokered Convention and Super Delegates: Hillary’s Firewall?

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Even though Clinton won ___ primaries on Tuesday, even though many of them concede there is probably no stopping Candidate ___ now, dozens of Democratic senators and representatives remain reluctant to endorse h__.

Senator R. scheduled a news conference for Friday to announce his backing. Senator D. told news organizations in his home state that the moment had come to rally around Clinton. But beyond that there was little movement.

Of 264 superdelegates in the House and Senate, 93, or 35 percent, have endorsed Clinton so far, according to a continuing survey by The New York Times…. and most made their statements some time ago. A much larger number remain officially uncommitted.

Clinton’s press secretary, insisted that “people are starting to rally around the flag,” and she mentioned Mr. R. as an example. She also said the Governor plans to meet with uncommitted superdelegates on Capitol Hill on April 29, the day after the Pennsylvania primary, when Congress will return from the Easter recess.

But Representative E.of Ohio, more willing perhaps to speak on the record than many of his colleagues because he has announced his retirement from the House, said that he and some of his colleagues had constituted an informal “Missouri caucus — a show-me caucus” — and would do nothing for now.

“The voters haven’t embraced Clinton, so I don’t see any reason why I should endorse h__,” Mr. E. said. “Look at the exit polls. People have terrible doubts about this ___, and we’re talking about Democrats.”

In the State N. primary Tuesday, the turnout was exceptionally low, 29 percent of the electorate backed Candidate T.,…. two-thirds of the voters said they were dissatisfied with the choice presented to them, and 4 in 10 said they doubted Clinton had the integrity to be President.

…. the party chairman, has been phoning uncommitted delegates and others, “discussing the lay of the political territory,” as he described it. He denied putting pressure on anybody, but others in the party said he was sending a subtle but clear message that it was time to halt the squabbling.

“There’s a real tug-of-war up here,” said one House member. “Especially on this side, there are a lot of people who are terrified that all the character questions, all the negatives about Clinton that showed up in N, make h__ so weak that a lot of people will lose their seats.”

A prominent Senator, who also asked not to be identified, added, “lots of people are hearing from home, Keep it open, even if the odds make it look impossible,’ because Candidate X may self-destruct before the convention.”

… a leading Democratic money-raiser, has called together 65 big party contributors to discuss “how a brokered convention might work.”

Ha Ha, sound familiar? See the original NY Times (April 10, 1992) article which we have reworked above.
h/t Free Republic for photo
Tags:campaign 08,hillary clinton,bill clinton,brokered convention,super delegates,democrat doubts,candidate self destructs,campaign ’92,hillary firewall

E.D. (Excessive Dishonesty)

April 23, 2008

Wow! Hillary cleaned up in PA, while John McCain says. “Keep It Up, Dems”. Hillary still has big problems though. Maybe this will help:


Further links to Hillary’s whoppers and mis-speaks:
Edmund Hillary Clinton
Hillary and Dr. Phil’s “Moment of truth”

Hillary Riding It All the Way….

April 21, 2008

New cartoon from Conservative Punk; 4th in a series.

Why I Support Hillary for President….

March 31, 2008


I am supporting Hillary Clinton for president because of her coolness under fire, her exemplary agility in dodging the daily slings and arrows from a hostile press, and her staunch loyalty to a husband who has embarrassed her in so many ways. Senator Clinton is eminently qualified to be Commander-in-Chief of our military. And no, she wasn’t lying; really!***

Peggy Noonan,writing in WSJ online recently,notes that the best commentary on the Bosnia story came from a poster called GI Joe who wrote in to a news blog:

“Actually Mrs. Clinton was too modest. I was there and saw it all. When Mrs. Clinton got off the plane the tarmac came under mortar and machine gun fire. I was blown off my tank and exposed to enemy fire. Mrs. Clinton without regard to her own safety dragged me to safety, jumped on the tank and opened fire, killing 50 of the enemy.” Soon a suicide bomber appeared, but Mrs.
Clinton stopped the guards from opening fire. “She talked to the man in his own language and got him [to] surrender. She found that he had suffered terribly as a result of policies of George Bush. She defused the bomb vest herself.” Then she turned to his wounds. “She stopped my bleeding and saved my life. Chelsea donated the blood.”

The Clinton 6 Point Strategy:
Cartoon: Salon blog
Tags: hillary clinton for president,april fools day 2008,campaign 08,hillary clinton commander in chief,president hillary clinton


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*** (if you believe this you must also have believed that John Kerry spent Christmas 1968 in Cambodia!)

The Democrat Dilemma….

March 30, 2008

Cartoon: Brian Meyers, CT Local Politics

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Cartoon: ConservativePunk

Gloria Steinem Rips John McCain….

March 3, 2008

(short video clip below)
Steinem questions McCain’s POW cred
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem was over the top yesterday as she tried to rip McCain a new one in a tirade in support of Hillary Clinton.

Quote:
….the 73-year-old (Steinem) seemed to denigrate the importance of John McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam…..she suggested that Barack Obama benefits—and Clinton suffers—because Americans view racism more seriously than sexism….Steinem raised McCain’s Vietnam imprisonment as she sought to highlight an alleged gender-based media bias against Clinton.

Steinem then continues with anti-military comments downplaying the importance of leaders who insisted on a strong national defense and knew how to use the armed forces:

Quote:
Steinem’s broader argument was that the media and the political world are too admiring of militarism in all its guises.
“I am so grateful that she [Clinton] hasn’t been trained to kill anybody. And she probably didn’t even play war games as a kid. It’s a great relief from Bush in his jump suit and from Kerry saluting.”
To the Observer, Steinem insisted that “from George Washington to Jack Kennedy and PT-109 we have behaved as if killing people is a qualification for ruling people.”

She concludes with comments about violence against women and the notion that Hillary should be first with Obama to follow after Clinton’s 8 years as President.

Quote:
But she also opined that “a majority of Americans want redemption for racism, for our terrible destructive racist past and so see a vote for Obama as redemptive.” Then, using a term for the mass killing of women, she added, “I don’t think as many want redemption for the gynocide.
Quote:
Steinem told me the Illinois senator was “an intelligent, well-intentioned person.” She added: “I would like very much to see him be president for eight years after Hillary has been president for eight years.”

Source: New York Observer

Obama: Hysteria, Obasms and Obamania….

February 16, 2008


h/t Wonkette

The national obsession with all things Obama continues. Blogger J. Grant Swank, Jr. writes, Magic City Morning Star (2/13) :

Forget issues. He’s the man who wraps up JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mandela – for blacks and whites, particularly women and children – and the young who can vote. Mob hysteria – mob psychology – could win the November ballot for Barack Obama. There is no doubt about it. It can sweep across the nation, grow and grow and grow, until talking about the nation’s pressing matters will fly out the window….he has audiences who are thirsting for nothing but flimflam; otherwise, Obama’s groupies would not wow him as they do. They howl. They weep. The clutch. After all, they’re not constituents. They’re groupies caught up in Obamamania….He mesmerizes his listeners as a drug dealer wraps up a sale. Now that’s truly scary. It’s all smoke and mirrors, folks. It’s all senior high school president oratory in hopes of winning the election down the hall. That’s it. He’s got the music entree, then there’s the tilt to the head, the cadence in his speech, the compassion in his face, the slick lean body, the shiny white teeth, the sympathy in his voice and the assurance in his cliches. But all he’s got is a bag of tricks – snappy words like “Change” and “Unite.” That’s it. He’s a politico magician with a bag of tricks.

Beatlemania comes to mind:

Blogger mssinglemama‘s comment on my previous post tends to underscore what is going on here:

Crazy about the Code Pink ladies – very interesting tactic. Nearly as bad as Hillary crying.

I have to tell you though – if I saw Obama I’d probably faint too…bottom line – he’s hot, so intelligent, elouqent and powerful – everything a woman wants in a man. And the leader this single mama is voting for.

“Is it true that Barack’s caucus is bigger than Hillary’s?” (this is the last comment on the video)

Obama: The Hysteria, The Hysteria….

February 14, 2008

Obama is “The Man” women are fainting in the crowd just like when Sinatra was on stage. Today in New Hampshire a woman just fainted and last month at an Opra rally they were dropping like Flies. Edwards also has them falling.

Jim Vicevich, our Connecticut WTIC morning radio conservative talk host, notes the eerie similarity of female fainting episodes at Obama rallies. James Taranto’s “The Best of the Web Today” picks up this theme in a posting today.

“James Vicevich, a Connecticut radio talk show host, takes note of yet another creepy element of the Obama campaign.

It happened here in Hartford ….
Throughout the speech, Obama kept a close eye on the crowd. Upon hearing a small group begin chanting “We can’t wait” — a phrase Obama had just used — he pointed them out with an outstretched arm, and within seconds the entire arena was chanting the phrase in unison.
And when a woman appeared to faint in the standing-only VIP section in front of the podium, Obama paused his speech for over a minute as he directed the crowd to make way for an EMT team and tossed a bottle of water from the stage.

Update: Coincidence?:
Our morning show host Ray Dunaway pointed this out after sifting through DU. A little research and this is what I came up with. Coincidence? The Obama version of “crying”? Or am I just cynical (hard not to be these days)? There seems to be a trend at Obama rallies … women fainting. And interestingly enough the Senator responds the same way every time, almost as if … naah, couldn’t be.


The far left group Code Pink uses staged fainting as part of their bag of tricks.

Code Pink women activists are vehemently anti-war and claim to be the mothers, wives and daughters of the troops fighting in Iraq. Favorite tactics from the Code Pink bag of tricks include street theatrics, hunger strikes and staged fainting in Capitol Hill offices, and protests at campaign stops across the country — basically anything that gains media attention. They point to men as the cause of war and women as the solution. Their stated purpose is to end the “occupation in Iraq,” although their goals go beyond that. Their leadership and mission are rooted more in communist ideals than in moral objection to unjust war.

A hunger-striking Code Pink member who fainted in the office of Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) late last month will return to the Hart Senate Office Building Tuesday to resume her protest against Lieberman.

And finally; they faint for Obama but only “nearly faint” for Hillary Clinton.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Rep. Nita Lowey was hospitalized in New
York City after nearly fainting at a suburban campaign rally for
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Be Prepared….

February 11, 2008

Be Prepared!
That’s the Hillary Marching Song, Be Prepared!,
So Buck up Boys, and Don’t be Scared,
With Hillary at the Helm We’re prepared,

To Battle With the Chinks Methinks is right,
But Chief Hillary says ’tis not nice to Fight.
“So what about Iran”, the Generals say?
“We’ll have to take those Bastards on Someday”,
“No, No”, replies our Gal in Chief.
“With those Mullah boys I have no Beef,
It’s Here at Home, o’er the Fruited Plain,
We lack Diversity, that’s our Shame.
But now that I have Smashed the Glass,
That Ceiling no longer bars a Lass,
From taking Command, of All the Land,
Bush is gone, Strike up the Band!”

So Boys, Don’t be Flustered, Don’t be Nervous,
Don’t be Scared,
But Be Prepared!

( a work in progress, apologies to Tom Lehrer, )
h/t Dave G