Posted by: reddiva | September 14, 2009

A RED FLAG OF CONFIDENCE


I don’t watch television newscasts.  I haven’t since Election Day last year when I watched the news media go crazy over “the one”.  “The one” they pushed with every breath on the American people.  “The one” they promoted even to the point of ignoring what he was saying.  “The one” George Soros bought and paid for.

While I didn’t watch it, I do a lot of reading, and I read that Obama was on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”  Reportedly, Obama says he believes “…that we will have enough votes to pass not just any health care bill, but a good health care bill that helps the American people, reduces costs, actually over the long-term controls our deficit. I’m confident that we’ve got that.”

That one statement alone should send red flags flying in all directions.  Not just red flags of Socialism, but also red flags of warning to Conservatives across America.  What it sounds like he means is that he and George Soros have bought enough Democrats to sit in the House of Representatives and the Senate to get the job done. (My words – not his)

All the reports say that Obama is taking the offensive.  If dodging the voice of the American people is going on the offensive then I would have to agree.  I heard several months ago that there were plans for a protest march on Washington on September 12.  Why didn’t Obama hear about it?  Just as he said following the Tax Day Tea Parties, he didn’t know about it, so he was rather conveniently out of town.  Are his “advisors” not “advising” him?  They seem to be willing to fill his ears with everything that isn’t true, why not advise him on the truth for once?

Instead of facing the justified criticism from an estimated 2 million Americans from every walk of life from every area of our country, he leaves town.  That prompts whoever feeds him his talking points to advise him to say, “There are those in the Republican party who think the best thing to do is just to kill reform. That that will be good politics.”  If this is what happens, I say, “Way to go, Republican Party!”

It is very good politics to listen to and heed the voice of the people.  There is a possibility the message of the American people has gotten through to some of our elected officials.  Reform is one thing, but force-feeding what you desire, a Communistic America, is NOT good politics.

The official Republican spokesperson for the Democratic Party, Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), has said that she believes choice and competition can be ensured without the public option.  “It’s not on the table.  And it won’t be,” she said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.  “We’ll be using the co-op as an option at this point, as the means for injecting competition in the process,” she said.

Beginning on page 443 of H.R.3200, Title III – Promoting Primary Care, Mental Health Services, and Coordinated Care discusses “pilot programs” and their restrictions to “accountable care organizations.”  Read that “co-ops”.  Fifty-seven pages deal with the government-imposed restrictions, government-allowable rules, government-funded “pilot programs”.  What other term should be given to what Senator Snowe calls a “not-for-profit cooperative system” that is funded by the federal government?

It doesn’t matter what they call them – co-ops still spell “Socialized Medicine”, and unless I’m terribly mistaken that was part of the reason for the protest held in Washington yesterday.  The American people do not want socialized medicine in any form.

Obama is even playing the carrot and stick game with Republicans who oppose his socialized medicine bill.  He even hinted at the dreaded “T” word – TORT reform.  It will be interesting to see if he is serious enough about this that he will tell his Democrats in Congress to back off the support of the heavily lawyer-funded lobby who have been encouraging them to stop the issue of tort reform.  Let’s be fair:  if lawyers who sue doctors and/or hospitals receive their paychecks from their clients based upon the amounts of money garnered in an un-regulated lawsuit for malpractice, would they really be interested in seeing any tort reform that would cut off this gravy train?

It is a given that Obama does not back limits on court-ordered rewards for malpractice when you remember that supposedly he is a lawyer himself.  He did, however, go far enough to say that “there are a range of ideas that are out there” that he thinks might be explored.  Is he referring to the suggestions of the Physicians for a National Health Program?

Physicians for a National Health Program supports a single-payer system of insurance, in which a single public agency would pay for health services, but most care would still be delivered by private doctors and hospitals.  In other words, they favor this socialized medicine garbage.

Wouldn’t it be simpler to just attack the issue head on and lower some of the costs a physician suffers in the general operation of his practice including excessively high malpractice insurance costs by making it more unattractive to sue “for the money?”  I am not saying that there are in fact no incompetent physicians in America who are not guilty of performing malpractice.  What I am saying is that those are the physicians who should be penalized with the lawsuits rather than the physician who may have innocently made an error in treatment.  To put a blanket of “you’re all guilty” before the facts are known and corrected when an error does occur removes the “innocent until proven guilty” implication from the Fifth Amendment.  After all, doctors are people too.

There is one other politician who has put forth what many consider to be workable reforms to our health care dilemma.  Governor Sarah Palin wrote in the Wall Street Journal (also printed on her personal Facebook page – her command headquarters for fighting for the American people):

Instead of poll-driven “solutions,” let’s talk about real health-care reform: market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven. As the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon and others have argued, such policies include giving all individuals the same tax benefits received by those who get coverage through their employers; providing Medicare recipients with vouchers that allow them to purchase their own coverage; reforming tort laws to potentially save billions each year in wasteful spending; and changing costly state regulations to allow people to buy insurance across state lines. Rather than another top-down government plan, let’s give Americans control over their own health care.

Democrats have never seriously considered such ideas, instead rushing through their own controversial proposals. After all, they don’t need Republicans to sign on: Democrats control the House, the Senate and the presidency. But if passed, the Democrats’ proposals will significantly alter a large sector of our economy. They will not improve our health care. They will not save us money. And, despite what the president says, they will not “provide more stability and security to every American.”

Just keep being confident, Obama, and keep being out of town when the American people come to THEIR house to see you.  You may be planning to be in office for a long time, but the American people have a funny way of deciding who gets “unelected”.  I think it’s safe to say, they have your number, and it just may be up in roughly three years!  Sooner than that when you are forced to produce your long-form birth certificate!

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