August 25, 2009

America’s Real Homeland Security…

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government,Wide Open — Rose @ 5:09 pm

A great piece by Larry Pratt from News With Views

HE HAD A GUN AND NOTHING HAPPENED
By Larry Pratt
August 21, 2009
NewsWithViews.com

From New Hampshire to Arizona, Americans openly carrying firearms have been seen outside presidential appearances. The most remarkable thing about this is that some find this behavior to be remarkable.

…The Second Amendment was added to our Constitution to ensure that the individual right to keep and bear arms not be infringed. Infringement would impair the proper functioning of the militia which had been America’s homeland security system all through colonial times and well into our republican era.

The armed attendees made it clear that they were exercising their right to keep and bear arms. Zero tolerance of firearms has become so extreme that even a picture of a gun can get a student kicked out of school. The presence of armed citizens helps correct the notion that guns are inherently dangerous.

…In addition to the educational value of going about openly armed, the presence of such citizens has another positive impact. Real homeland security is being maintained. The Secret Service is tasked with protecting the president and other select individuals — and nobody else.

For those who object to openly armed citizens being present near presidential events, do they have any concern for the wellbeing of those who do not benefit from Secret Service protection?

Rosie O’Donnell comes to mind here…you know, the idiot who thinks that guns kill people (I’m sure in the same way she thinks her silverware makes her fat). She doesn’t want anyone to have Second Amendment rights (proving she should be kicked out of this country) and yet hires private, armed body guards.

Additionally, I love how the left went ballistic (no pun intended) because a dissenter not only attended one of Obama’s Town Hall meetings, but did so fully armed. Obviously they don’t want anyone exercising their First OR Second Amendment rights in the near vicinity of a President charged with upholding those rights…

Finally, I don’t remember them being outraged when THEY exercised THEIR “freedom of speech” by writing a book on how to assassinate President Bush.

See how ridiculously inconsistent these fools are? Zheesh.

LiveScience.com Writes Up A Report That Should Be Headlined: ‘Majority Not Buying Obama Health Plan Myths’

NoObamaCare0809Using a “clever” headline, LiveScience.com, in a report carried at Yahoo News, tries to give those who will only see the headline the impression that Americans are a bunch of dummies who don’t understand what’s good for them:

Majority of Americans Believe Health Care Reform ‘Myths’

Yes, the word “myths” is in quotes, but the reader is left to assume that a credible outfit must be asserting what those “myths” are. But it’s actually that less than credible outfit known as “the Obama White House,” which claims that those who don’t swallow their assertions are subscribing to “myths.” The reality is that President Barack Obama and his apparatchiks continue to peddle a set of long-disproved assertions about the kind of health care plan he and the Democratic Congress intend to make law.

The good news is that the American people aren’t buying most of what Obama et al are selling:

More than 50 percent of Americans believe a public insurance option will increase health care costs, according to a new survey on assertions the White House has called myths.

The national survey, conducted from Aug. 14 – 18, involved a random sample of 600 Americans aged 18 and older living in the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. Respondents indicated whether or not they believed 19 claims about health care reform, each of which is considered a myth by the White House.

…. “It’s perhaps not surprising that more Republicans believe these things than Democrats,” said study scientist Dr. Aaron Carroll, director of Indiana University’s Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research. “What is surprising is just how many Republicans – and Independents – believe them. If the White House hopes to convince the majority of Americans that they are misinformed about health care reform, there is much work to be done.”

Mr. Carroll seems to inherently assume that “the majority of Americans that …. are misinformed.”

Here are some of the findings noted by LiveScience, compared to their disposition in the real world:

  • 67 percent of respondents believe that wait times for health care services, such as surgery, will increase (91 percent of Republicans, 37 percent of Democrats, 72 percent of Independents). Response: Virtually every other state-run health care system has seen waiting times increase when nationalization occurs. More recently, waiting times have increased in Massachusetts after the implementation of state-controlled Commonwealth Care, aka RomneyCare.
  • About five out of 10 believe the federal government will become directly involved in making personal health care decisions (80 percent of Republicans, 25 percent of Democrats, 56 percent of Independents). Response: This has of course happened already in other countries, but is also a stated objective of the likes of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who believes that doctors too often focus on patient well-being while ignoring how doing so affects others in society.
  • Roughly six out of 10 Americans believe taxpayers will be required to pay for abortions (78 percent of Republicans, 30 percent of Democrats, 58 percent of Independents). Response: Even the Associated Press has conceded that abortion is in there.
  • 46 percent believe reforms will result in health care coverage for all illegal immigrants (66 percent of Republicans, 29 percent of Democrats, 43 percent of Independents). Response: The current dubious estimate of roughly 47 million uninsured Americans includes 12-14 million illegals. Though the Congressional Budget Office says that though ObamaCare will fall well short of its stated intention, that stated intention is to indeed cover all who are uninsured, legal and illegal.  Beyond that, there’s little doubt that illegals would be covered through court action if anyone tried to resist covering them after ObamaCare’s passage.
  • 54 percent believe the public option will increase premiums for Americans with private health insurance (78 percent of Republicans, 28 percent of Democrats, 58 percent of Independents). Response: This has to happen, because the relatively rich benefits package the government would impose on any plans allowed to continue to exist exceeds the coverage many individuals and companies currently carry.
  • Five out of 10 think cuts will be made to Medicare in order to cover more Americans (66 percent of Republicans, 37 percent of Democrats, 44 percent of Independents). Response: The Obama administration has already stated that it will cut Medicare spending but that it will somehow not cut benefits. Even putting aside how virtually impossible that is, a so-called CNN Truth Squad Fact Check tripped up on itself by admitting that the “subsidized” Medicare Advantage program would be cut.

As said in the title of this post, a headline written to inform instead of to deceive those who don’t read the full article would have written up roughly as, “Majority Not Buying Obama Health Plan Myths.”

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Video: ‘One Single-Payer System’

Filed under: Health Care,News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:45 am

Now that’s entertainment:

Lyrics:

One Single Payer System
One single payer system that’s what we intend to get
One single payer system perhaps not all of it yet
Something that Bill and Hillary could not do
We’ll just abolish illness with you-know-who
One single payer system everybody gets their share
But we’ll never have to ration care, no way son
Hell, folks he can heal the planet
Disease, well, we’ll simply have to ban it
Cause he’s the one

One single payer system like our neighbors the Canucks
One single payer system but ours’ will be real deluxe
In one fell swoop we’re solving the health care crunch
Who says that we don’t believe that there’s no free lunch
One single payer system let’s do it for Uncle Ted
Pretty soon he’s dead, it’s time to get it done
This is change you can believe in
Trust me, you know we ain’t deceiving
Cause he’s the one.

One single payer system might be kinda tough to sell
One single payer system won’t leave it up to Michelle
Harry and Nancy you folks can calm your fears
And he’ll get coverage that will fix those ears
One single payer system covers every healthcare need
No time to read the bill just pass Obama Care
But it sounds a little socialistic
This pig is gonna need some lipstick
ObamaCare!

Another NHS Story U.S. Media Will Likely Ignore: Widespread Use of Foreign GP ‘Commuters’

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I don’t anticipate that those in the UK who are rushing to the defense of their precious National Health Service (NHS) will be bringing up the item that follows any time soon, nor do I expect the U.S. statist heath care cheerleaders to take note of it.

The UK Daily Mail tells us that NHS is importing general practitioners who commute from foreign countries. Wait until you see the reason why, and the effect it has had on patient care.

Here are key paragraphs from the report by Rebecca Cambers:

The huge extent to which the NHS needs foreign doctors to treat patients out of hours is revealed today.

A third of primary care trusts are flying in GPs from as far away as Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland because of a shortage of doctors in Britain willing to work in the evenings and at weekends.

The stand-ins earn up to £100 an hour, and one trust paid Polish and German doctors a total of £267,000 in a year (about $441,000 — Ed.), a Daily Mail investigation has found.

It raises fresh concerns that British patients are being treated by exhausted doctors without a perfect command of English.

…. The figures come months after an investigation was launched into the conduct of a German doctor after two patients died on his first shift in Britain.

…. (A) Nigerian-born doctor (based in Germany) injected 70-year-old kidney patient David Gray with ten
times the maximum recommended dose of morphine, and an 86-year-old woman died of a heart attack after Ubani failed to send her to hospital.

The NHS is having to rely on doctors from overseas because a lucrative new contract for British GPs has resulted in more than 90 per cent opting out of responsibility for their patients in the evenings and at weekends.

Despite doing less, their pay has soared by 50 per cent to an average of almost £108,000 (about $178,000).

Responsibility for out-of-hours cover has now passed to primary care trusts.

A different Daily Mail piece from August 20 tells us the following:

…. the controversial contract …. saw the pay of practice-owning GPs increase by 50 per cent over four years, to an average of almost £108,000, even though they are now working seven hours a week less.

Meanwhile the rise for salaried GPs, who work longer hours, has been just 10 per cent to £54,000 on average.

That second Daily Mail piece reports that the salaried GPs want to form a “breakaway union.” So in case you didn’t know that even doctors who own their own practices are unionized under the NHS, now you do.

Back on point: What in essence happened is that NHS cut a deal with its unionized in-country GPs that was so favorable to the GPS that they stopped doing what they had been doing. Rather than attempt to go back to the docs and try to solve the problem, NHS bureaucrats took the easy way out, spending lots of taxpayer money for expensive, imported temps. In some cases, not surprisingly, they haven’t vetted their commuters very well.

Say what you will about our the imperfections of the current health care system in the U.S. — and yes, there are many — it’s almost inconceivable that it could have produced a widespread bureaucratic screw-up in the provision of primary care such as this. But with a statist health care regime in place, even if run by the allegedly best, brightest, and most noble (which, sadly, would be far from the case under ObamaCare, based on the presence of the likes of Ezekiel Emanuel) botches like the one described here are likely to become a standard feature, as is the case with NHS – which, as seen here, has a long, long history of wide-ranging problems.

Cross-posted at NewsBuster.org.

Positivity: A remarkable miraculous, assisted recovery

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:57 am

Multiple-hanky alert: This is from CBS News, back in May.

It is primarily about a heroic soldier, but it’s also about the character of a remarkable, unassuming general:

A better title — “General Petraeus Wakens Lieutenant Brian Brennan From Coma.”