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The “Right” To Health Care

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by raingeg

I watched last night as Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, who had an almost sickening aura about her face, exclaimed that health care is a right, not a privilege. And the government will now, by force, make sure that you exercise your right to health care. But the last time I checked our rights are to be freely exercised.

I don’t see anyone from the federal government telling you that you have to speak, that you must use your 1st Amendment rights. I don’t see anyone from the federal government telling you that you must own a gun and that you must exercise your 2nd Amendment rights. Why then is there a difference here, when it comes to the supposed right to health insurance? The only logical answer is that Nancy Pelosi is wrong, that health insurance or as it is mistakenly called these days “health care,” is in fact not a fundamental right. We constantly hear about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but forcing someone to buy something is in direct conflict with liberty.

The government can now force you to buy health insurance, but it doesn’t mean that as a result the government can keep you healthy or even alive for that matter. That my friends is your job. It does mean that you are now forced, at gunpoint, to buy something, whether you want it or not.

And this is a right? No, it is an entitlement. It is one more thing that we can now add to a long list that keeps the less fortunate dependent upon the state, not independent from the state. We used to live in a society where we were expected to work for ourselves, to freely better ourselves and the people around us. It was a system that said that if you were doing good, the people around you will benefit from that good, provided they have the same desire to work hard. We now live in a society where we are expected to work, to have our money stolen, all to better the people around us, or to not work and benefit from those who choose to do what we won’t. It is a system that discourages the hard workers and that encourages dependance. At what point do the driven among us decide that it is too much, that they can no longer carry the burden?

On the one hand they ridicule the “greed” of the business world, they wrongly call the drive to succeed what it is not. On the other hand they know that that drive to succeed, that many of us have, that they call “greed” is not going away anytime soon. So what do they do, they take advantage of those who do the most in order that those who do the least can benefit. They surround it in moral terms and they play to your guilt and your desire to just have someone else do the dirty work of taking care of the poor and less fortunate. That latter part is not greed, it is laziness, something that must be remedied apart from government.

As this dependent class grows, as they push out the individual and turn the individual into an economic cog in their machine, the ability of the leftist politician to get the vote of that dependent class becomes easier. They no longer have to offer up bribes in order to get elected, they can just point the finger at their opponent that wants to take away your entitlements or what they call your “rights.” And we now see that the insatiable desire for power is actually not wielded by the “greedy” businessman or corporation, but by the greedy politician. And the myth that was perpetuated by the leftists, that says equality of result is more important than equality of opportunity, has now left everyone equally sharing in the hardships of life. We will find ourselves in the situation our ancestors were once in, that every government eventually gets to, provided there is enough time. A place where we will be forced to relinquish our freedoms and survive under the ultra powerful state. A place where instead of trying to make things good for ourselves, we find ourselves on our knees or in the fetal position, over taxed, over regulated and overwhelmed by the power of the state.

We are not there yet, they are still bribing the voters with promises of “free” this and “free” that, but every step that the ultra greedy government takes towards gaining more and more power we find ourselves becoming subjects as opposed to citizens. Some will just shew this away as right wing rhetoric, but I think that it is the truth of the matter. We have the ability to fight as government greed drives the growth of government, as they try to take over more and more of our lives. The best thing that you can do to help is to elect the people that are opposed to what this administration is doing, and when it comes to health insurance that is every single Republican. Next, we can be defiant, we can make sure that the states influence in our lives is small. Stay close to your family, friends and church. Work within the church or give to churches and independent organizations that help the poor and less fortunate among us. We can help individual people when we see that there is a need. If we can work hard to put people in government that are not going to take over our lives, and if we freely work hard to live lives that are not dependent on the government we can beat the greedy, power hungry people that want to take our freedom.

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The Union Needs Jobs, Not Broken Promises

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2010 by raingeg

“It begins with our economy.” Those are the words that I, and I suppose a whole lot of Americans, wanted to hear in President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address. The overall tone of the speech seemed a bit deflated. It was self-deprecating at times, as he tried to be more personable and appeal to the American people as an empathetic president. Given those slight differences, there was not much that separated this from past speeches. He played the blame game and used the usual Obama style. As many have pointed out, this was not the speech that he wanted to give. I imagine he wanted to be saying something a little like this; we closed Gitmo, we passed meaningful health care reform, we passed cap and trade, unemployment did not go above 8 percent and we are on our way to a speedy recovery. That, however, was not the case.

On his promise to close Gitmo he’s not come through, though I don’t see the need to close down the prison other than to appease the left in America and around the world, it aids me in making a much larger point. Health care reform as we know it today looks pretty dead, though I’m skeptical. He pleaded for people to take another look at the bill, but I think its on the back burner for a while. He seems more focused on the economy and job creation, something that probably should have happened months ago.

“Now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America’s businesses. But government can create the conditions necessary for businesses to expand and hire more workers”

Does he get his own message? Cap and trade doesn’t seem to be around in the near future, but it was mentioned in the speech, and it is still a fresh reminder of what this administration and the Democrats in congress have in mind. That, being the desire to create more bad regulations and a bad job growing environment, with bad “conditions,” through job killing legislation like cap and trade, trains to nowhere and “green jobs.” Which happily leads us to the issue of unemployment, where things have not gotten better or stayed the same, they’ve actually worsened. And while there have been some “saved” jobs that doesn’t account for all of the ones that were not saved and isn’t very consoling, all things considered.

I know that we were hit with a major economic crisis and the President is not the only one to blame for this mess. The “worst since the Great Depression,” I know all about that, if I have to hear that saying again, I’m gonna explode. But here is the much larger point that I mentioned earlier. I think many people walked away from their television sets tonight thinking one thing, “is anything going to get done?” And by “anything” I mean something that actually has substance, instead of the rhetorical message and symbolic appeasement to the American left that we saw throughout the first year of this administration. Gitmo, health care, cap and trade and green jobs, are all big ticket items of the leftist agenda, when put together they are not the issues that make up the vast majority of this center-right country.

What the president has to prove is that he is willing to go beyond the empty talk and symbolism and try for real bipartisanship, not the arrogant “we won, you lost” message that we had to hear for the last year from his administration and congress. How is there even any room for bipartisanship with that attitude? It is not bipartisan to say join us or die, we have a mandate. It turns off the American people, and it did just that throughout the health care debate.

Were there things in the speech that I liked? Sure, there were some, but far too few for me to jump up and down and be happy. The president starts talking about nuclear power and I’m supposed to be happy about that? Ordinarily I would be. Maybe a year ago, had he brought this up, I would have been happy. But now, the completely symbolic president that is Barack Obama is going to have to prove to me that he is willing to practice what he preaches in regard to real bipartisanship and completing actual work.

A Couple Issues as we Start 2010

Posted in Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , , , on January 5, 2010 by raingeg

There is a lot going on in the United States and all over the world, stress levels seem to be above where they normally are, and it appears that a lot of 2010 will stay this way. With all that is happening in the world I thought it would be appropriate to cover a couple of issues that we are currently facing.

“War on Terror”

Even though there is reluctance on the part of the current administration to use the term, we are in a “war on terror.” The narcissism that has taken over society is scary, whether its global climate change or terrorism. Many people now believe that terrorism and anger towards the United States is our fault. That is an idea that I cannot subscribe to. This is not about whether or not we should reflect on who we are as a country and what our policies are, I happen to think that it is a good thing to know who we are and what we do. The problem that I am addressing is the fact that many refuse to acknowledge the world that we currently live in. The administrations reluctance to use the term “war on terror” is a perfect example.

To be in denial when it comes to evil accomplishes nothing and only points out weakness on our part, the type of weakness that evil people thrive on. This is a war of words just as much as it is a war of bombs and guns. Though the administration agrees with that point they want to take a different approach. They think that if we live as an example to terrorists they will magically change. They think if we just hold out an open hand and an ear willing to listen, the terrorists will befriend us. It is the same reasoning behind nuclear disarmament, if we get rid of our nukes the bad guys will want to do it too. I’m sorry but we just don’t have that kind of sway in the world and to think we do is pure narcissism.

Ben Nelson and Health Care Reform Transparency

Sen. Ben Nelsons deal with democrats has put him into an interesting position. Nebraska is a state that overwhelmingly disapproved of the health care legislation, and that does not put a good taste in the mouths of Nebraskan voters, hopefully that taste lingers till the 2012 elections.

C-Span’s CEO Brian Lamb wrote to the administration in a December 30th letter, calling for them to open “all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings.” This, in hopes that the president will back up his promise of transparency, something that was seriously lacking while health care legislation debated and hashed out in the senate.

Lamb Wrote:

“Now that the process moves to the critical stage of reconciliation between the chambers, we respectfully request that you allow the public full access, through television, to legislation that will affect the lives of every single American.”

Such a request would not have to have been made had the administration had any intention of providing the assured transparency.

Nancy Pelosi seems to view it differently. “There has never been a more open process for any legislation in anyone who’s served here’s experience,” Pelosi said in an afternoon press conference. More proof that Nancy Pelosi is in fact not living on the same planet as the rest of us.

Left on Left Battle

Posted in Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , on November 13, 2009 by raingeg

After the 2009 elections last week and Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman lost to Democrat Bill Owens in NY-23, many were saying that the Republican party is nothing more than the party of the extreme right. The very fact that most Republicans decided to go against what the RNC wanted and stuck behind Hoffman became fodder for the left.

They tried to paint the Republicans as a party of fringy freaks that don’t have any intentions of moving towards the center. Little did they know that the leftist machine, that had seemingly taken a break after the election of Barack Obama, would be on the move once again. This time they wouldn’t be attacking Republicans, instead it would be Conservative Democrats in their cross hairs.

It’s a commendable feat they’ve accomplished, galvanizing their troops and waking up to fight against what they see as an injustice. It makes for what Captain Hook might call “a good and worthy opponent.”

The anger comes after Democrats changed the House bill and put tight regulations on public funding for abortion. A move, that had it not happened, would have more than likely prevented the bill from passing in the House.

So now we are looking at an interesting situation. What leftist commentators were excoriating is happening in Democrat party. Many of the pro-life House Democrats that were in favor of changing the House bill are now the target of pro-choice groups, leftist blogs, and leftist organizations that want to see conservative Democrats change mind or loose their job. Hoping that they can persuade Senate Democrats not to follow in the footsteps of their buddies in the House. And if that doesn’t work, they want to see the bill killed.

Its interesting now that the White House and Congress are loosing support left and right, on the left, as they continue the trend of doing pretty much nothing. This has led to Nancy Pelosi and other further left individuals taking the reins and shaping policy and in an effort to get the health care bill passed they made a mistake. They gave in to conservative Democrats. Now liberals angry about Maine’s gay marriage ballot initiative and Dems rolling over on abortion want to see their money being used in a way that advances their progressive agenda. They feel that the only thing it advances is Conservative Democrats.

So now the White House and Congress is faced with a choice. Do they favor the Progressives and advance their agenda or do they favor the Blue Dogs and prevent any public funding for abortion. If they let the liberals have their way they get funding and support, but they loose support from Conservative Dems. If they go the other way and take out public funding for abortion, they possibly get a bill passed and they possibly loose some support from progressives.

I think they go with the latter, only because they want to try to get this bill passed, they need this bill passed. But for me, a Conservative, that doesn’t go far enough. I don’t want to see the bill passing, as it is now or without public funding for abortion, at all. I’m rooting for the conservative Dems to stand strong and the Progressives to kil the bill, maybe just maybe our opponents will make prevent Obamacare from passing.

Juxtaposition: Left vs. Moderate Democrats

Posted in Health Insurance, Humor, Politics with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2009 by raingeg

Yet another interesting juxtaposition.

Politico.com

Democrats who thought a vote against the sweeping health care package would inoculate them from political attack are facing serious blowback from angry constituents and interest groups on the left — fierce opposition that could prove as consequential as anything Republicans could have thrown at them.

For some of the 39 House Democrats who opposed the bill, there are protests outside their offices and promises of retribution. For others, there are attempts to shut off their campaign money spigot. Still more are about to get drilled in a television ad campaign paid for by Democratic donors.

What they’ve all discovered is that there’s no safe harbor when it comes to the $1.2 trillion measure that the House passed Saturday

Darcy Burner, executive director of the American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation, said the anger over the vote was a natural outgrowth of the value liberals have placed on the health care push.

“I think, for the most part, the Democrats who voted ‘no’ on the health bill and who are getting heat deserve it,” said Burner.

Will write about this later.

 

The Not So Public “Plublic” Unveiling of the Public Option (Video)

Posted in Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , on October 30, 2009 by raingeg

Baucus Bill Not Online

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by raingeg

The AP reports that the  Baucus bill that will eventually become law will not be online. They know what happens when that put the actual bill online, the people actually read it, so it appears that “conceptual language” will have to do. I don’t think so.

AP- Senate Finance Committee Democrats have rejected a GOP amendment that would have required a health overhaul bill to be available online for 72 hours before the committee votes. Republicans argued that transparency is an Obama administration goal. They also noted that their constituents are demanding that they read bills before voting. Democrats said it was a delay tactic that could have postponed a vote for weeks.The Democrats noted that unlike other committees, the Finance Committee works off conceptual language that describes policies — instead of legislative language that ultimately becomes law, and which the GOP amendment would have required. Democrats accepted an alternate amendment to make conceptual language available online before a vote.

Here’s a thought, what if the Senate Finance Committee decided to “change” their ways?