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Pres. Obama Kicks Butt, Pelosi is heckled and 1 Million are w/o Insurance for 3 Years

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 9, 2010 by raingeg

I remember about a year ago, I was at work and I had just read a news story about University of Arizona students protesting cuts in education. I realized that these people were not protesting, they were begging and pleading with the government to keep their programs alive and to keep their benefits coming. And that’s no place to be.

Today Nancy Pelosi was heckled during a town hall meeting, from people on the left.

This is a problem for the Obama administration and lefties in congress. They came into office with expectations so unrealistically high and people looking for so much, that when these expectations are not met, and we do not have heaven on earth, they are upset. Its almost humorous these people actually think any of this is possible, they have their utopian visions of the world and they don’t like it when reality sets in and they realize that keeping the quality of health care great while driving down the cost and adding millions more to the system won’t work. had a story today that 1 million people have their low cost health care plans stripped and be without health insurance for three years, till 2014, because of this bad government regulation.

Part of the health care overhaul due to kick in this September could strip more than 1 million people of their insurance coverage, violating a key goal of President Barack Obama’s reforms.

Under the provision, insurance companies will no longer be able to apply broad annual caps on the amount of money they pay out on health policies. Employer groups say the ban could essentially wipe out a niche insurance market that many part-time workers and retail and restaurant employees have come to rely on.

This market’s limited-benefit plans, also called mini-med plans, are priced low because they can, among other things, restrict the number of covered doctor visits or impose a maximum on insurance payouts in a year. The plans are commonly offered by retail or restaurant companies to low-wage workers who cannot afford more expensive, comprehensive coverage.

The struggle over the provision highlights the importance of the new law’s implementation timetable and the way its parts interlock with one another. The legislation was front-loaded with consumer-friendly reforms, such as the ban on most annual limits, in hopes the law would become more popular. Polls show the legislation is supported by about half the public.

But many of the more comprehensive features of the overhaul, such as the insurance exchanges and tax credits that would help cover those who use limited-benefit plans, don’t come into play until 2014.

That means, for nearly three years, the effect of the ban on annual limits could be costly for the low-wage, seasonal or temporary workers who most often use limited-benefit plans. The full effect won’t be known until the administration releases regulations that detail how the provision will be implemented.

HT: Memeorandum

So much for all of the hurry to get the “comprehensive” health care reform passed so that everyone will have health insurance.

And finally if the presidents administration is not putting their boot heel on the neck of a corporation the president himself is on the look out for someone’s “ass to kick.” That’s at least what president Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer, who said people are looking to see the president “kick some butt.”

And really, the honest answer is that there is no butt to kick right now, except maybe his own, because he does not want to leave the campaign trail, give up his meetings with Paul McCartney and stop selling his health care legislation to seniors. Right now I honestly don’t see any point to his being down in the Gulf. But I do see a point in stopping all of the side show politics and actually appearing presidential in the face of this crisis, and that is not the “ass” kicking, boot heel stomping, tapping into populist anger president that we need to see. The president says “this is not theater,” but he sure is doing a good job of turning it into theater, and right now he’s playing to the wrong crowd.


Tucson Based Medical Society Sues Federal Government

Posted in Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , on March 30, 2010 by raingeg

The Tucson based medical society, The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, is suing the federal government, in hopes that they can overturn the recently passed health care reform bill, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in AAPS vs. Sebelius.

According to Mondays press release:

Court action is necessary “to preserve individual liberty” and “to prevent PPACA from bankrupting the United States generally and Medicare and Social Security specifically,” AAPS stated.

Executive director of AAPS Dr. Jane Orient said “If the PPACA goes unchallenged, then it spells the end of freedom in medicine as we know it.”

AAPS is claiming that the bill “violates the Fifth Amendment protection against the government forcing one person to pay cash to another.” And according to the release “AAPS is the first to assert this important constitutional claim.” They also say that the bill “violates the Tenth Amendment, the Commerce Clause, and the provisions authorizing taxation.”

AAPS may be the first medical society to sue the federal government over the health care bill, but I’m sure they will not be the last. I had the pleasure of producing the KVOI radio program Americas Fabric, a show that featured AAPS’ Dr. Jane Orient who spoke to this subject.

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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.

The People are Tired of Health Care Reform

Posted in Health Insurance, Humanity, Life, Politics with tags , , , on March 12, 2010 by raingeg

Politics, what an interesting subject that is right now. The Democrats are trying their hardest to get something in the way of health care “reform” passed. They are having trouble bringing Democrats on board to vote on the bill. The far left Democrats are upset because the bill lacks the public option and conservative democrats are upset because it has abortion language they don’t like.

Republicans have stood strong and united in opposition to the bill. Right now there is not bipartisan support for this bill, there is bipartisan opposition. I know these are fairly basic talking points but that’s all we really can do right now, aside from calling and emailing our congressmen and women.

To be honest, I’m just a regular guy, a lot of these procedures are going over way my head and the process has become very confusing and convoluted. This is that “pig” that Sarah Palin spoke of during the election, and the Obama administration and the congressional Democrats have smothered it in lipstick. That could be one of the reasons why so many people don’t like what we now know as Obamacare. They are tired of a process that they are not really part of. They are tired of watching as the Democratic party acts based what is “historic” and “monumental.” Democrats are constantly looking out for their legacies and leaving the American people, the very people they represent, out of the picture.

Commentary on the current health insurance debate has become repetitive, and it seems a bit of a waste of my time and energy to write day in and day out about the same thing. I realize that my post quantity has been quite low these days. This is an interesting time in my life. I’ve just started going to a new church and I’ve been working a lot. Sometimes when I get home I just want to relax and that’s what I’ve been doing. I am going on vacation next week, but after I get back I will be back to posting almost every day and I am contemplating starting another blog that will deal solely with issues facing the Tucson area.

Paul Ryan Videos/Why Don’t we Have Beards in DC?

Posted in Economy, Health Insurance, Humor, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2010 by raingeg

I am by no means turning into a Ryan zealot, but I think I’d like to see Paul Ryan run against the president in 2012. What do you think?

Video from Weekly Standard.

I’ve posted on Ryan before and I think he would make a pretty good competitor.

Also, I’d like to address the lack of beards, or any sort of facial hair in Washington, it bugs me. Do you think we could have a bipartisan summit on the topic of government and facial hair? Those of us who do sport facial hair feel very underrepresented. Please bring facial hair back to Washington!

As I pointed out in November, there were plenty of beards and mustaches in the White House and in Washington in the past. Can you think of one beard in Washington today? Just one? If you can please let me know so this person can be celebrated, I will make this a nonpartisan event.

The Joel Gaines Show 12-27-09

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2010 by raingeg

Its a little belated, but here’s the last show we recorded.

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The despots leading Iran have figured out that the International community, led by the United States, is a group of complete pushovers, we’ll talk a little about that.

Let’s talk about the Health Care Bill and take a look at how in the world this pig ever got through the Senate.

Some ninny wrote about the 5 myths of the president’s first year. Basically, stating that the President’s detractors are ignorant and why. Let’s fisk this particular column I want to show you how simple-minded these leftists can be.

After a year at the Helm, has the United States become more loved under the Obama administration?

DeMint Challenges Dems on Constitutionality of Health Care Bill

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 23, 2009 by raingeg