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Heat wave contest

We should run a contest to see who can pick the date when the global warming believers claim the heat wave in the Northern hemisphere proves global warming.

They were quick to point out a cold and snowy winter did not disprove global warming. All of you who believe they will make the same claim about the heat wave raise your hands. I thought so.

Watch for it. Suddenly it will be on all the radio and TV stations. Will the claim be made by a Hollywood star? Or someone with more gravitas. Well that leaves out Al “$540 massage” Gore. Maybe someone from NASA. No, they got thrown under the bus over wrongly stating their top priority as assigned by the President.

The last time Europe had a heat wave, the much touted French health care system lost almost 15,000 dead.

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The future of health care costs – in Canada

Ottawa Citizen:

Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, kicked off a fierce battle with drug companies and pharmacies when it said earlier this year it would halve generic drug prices and eliminate “incentive fees” to generic drug manufacturers.

British Columbia is replacing block grants to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit — an idea that critics say is an illegal user fee.

And a few provinces are also experimenting with private funding for procedures such as hip, knee and cataract surgery.

It’s likely just a start as the provinces, responsible for delivering health care, cope with the demands of a retiring baby-boom generation. Official figures show that senior citizens will make up 25 per cent of the population by 2036.

(Sigh!) Those who did some simple research on the net, knew it was a world wide problem indifferent to the type of plan. Based on history, it is almost certain central control will have the worst outcome. The problem is not one of delivery systems – it is demographics. But some delivery systems will do a far better job dealing with the problem.


Canadians Fear Rising Health Care Costs Unsustainable

From a PDF file of news release:

Ottawa, March 8, 2010 – A poll of Canadians conducted for the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) shows that most feel the steadily increasing cost of providing universal health care in Canada will handcuff governments’ ability to provide services such as education, transportation and pension benefits.

The poll, conducted for the CMA by Ipsos Reid, asked Canadians if they agreed or disagreed that health care would eclipse other public spending priorities. Results found that 59% of respondents said they would. When pressed as to how the sustainability crunch in health care spending should be addressed, most (91%) said making the health care system more efficient and effective was the best way to slow down growing health care costs. Two-thirds (66%) said rewards and penalties to encourage healthy living could help slow down growing health costs.

You mean single payer systems are also facing rising costs? Who knew? Everyone. They just didn’t tell you because those in power think single payer is the solution for US Health Care.


2011 Budget?

When will the 2011 budget resolution be completed? Most likely after the mid-term elections, after which, a lot of Democrats will be lame ducks!

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday confirmed what Democrats have been hinting at for weeks: A budget resolution in 2010 may not happen.

Hoyer said it will be hard for Democrats to pass a resolution because of the inherent political pressure of an election year and the large projected deficit.

“We will see if we have the votes to do so,” Hoyer told reporters Tuesday at his weekly press conference. “It’s difficult to pass budgets in election years because they reflect what the [fiscal] status is.”

The CBO estimates the Obama budget will have deficits that average $1 trillion for the next ten years. So what should we do? Write your Congress person and call them on not doing Job #1 of the US Congress. You can also ask them how that health care bill is working out for them. The Republicans should sponsor a bill before the mid-terms to exempt Congress from the bill so the Democrats are forced to vote Nay. This is going to get ugly.


It is not over yet!

Florida poll finds new Healthcare hurts Obama and Senator Bill Nelson.

Only 34 percent of Florida voters support the new law while 54 percent are against it, according to the poll. Opposition is significantly strong among two crucial blocs: those older than 65 and voters with no party affiliation. Seniors disfavor the bill by a 65-25 percent margin, while independents oppose the law 62-34.

This should be no surprise given the large population of elderly in FL once it became known that 500 billion would be taken out of Medicare. But there is also a warning for other Democrats.

The percentage of voters who have an unfavorable opinion of Nelson – 34 percent – is almost even with those with a favorable view of him. Since his 2006 reelection, Nelson’s popularity has nose-dived 18 percentage points, the poll shows.

Because Florida is such a crucial swing state with so many seniors, Nelson’s troubles are a shot across the bow for Democrats everywhere, Coker said. The poll shows Nelson would lose to Republicans in theoretical match-ups against former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Charlie Crist and his current Senate opponent Marco Rubio.

And Seniors vote - big time! Do you suppose they are angry? You Betcha!


Health care reform will save money???

Proponents claim they are going to add 32 million people to the insured and money will be saved. It is possible, but unlikely, that the FEDERAL government may indeed save money. But someone is going to pay. And that someone is you or your employer.

I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be. -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)

There is NO evidence that government has ever introduced a centralized plan which saved money for the population as a whole. That isn’t just true in the US but the world – including the history of the world. (See Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant.)


The Senator Coburn Amendment

Remember Senator and Doctor Tom Coburn was going to introduce an amendment to the Reconciliation bill to prevent convicted child molesters, rapists, and sex offenders to be covered for Viagra and other ED medications? It was voted down by 57-42. Though he should have pared it down to a few simple and egregious actions. By making it so broad, those voting against the amendment can site any of the other items included as the reason for voting against the amendment.


Now this is scary

The Obama administration, and more than a few democrats, are starting to sound a bit like those Enron executives of the past. They keep adding to the debt and claim it will be great for the country. They vote for PAYGO but exempt everything they deem an emergency. And like Enron, the press keeps supporting their causes and justifications with few questions. But anyone with common sense can see this course, like that of Enron, is unsustainable. Of course the media was much more attuned to this fact when GW Bush was president. Such irresponsibility falls on both parties – the media is just ignoring it for this administration. (CBS) This segment was originally broadcast on March 4, 2007. It was updated on July 8, 2007.

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How will the health care bill affect you?

If you are older, most likely Medicare will be shaved and you will have to purchase more Medicare Part B insurance at a higher cost. Well that IS the reason AARP and some insurance companies supported the bill.

Families and workers – You, or whoever pays for your health insurance, will see higher costs.

Young folks – oh you will rue the day this was passed. You have a future of higher taxes the rest of your life. The quality of health care may well fall all your life and Medicare may be minimum care by the time you retire. You will discover this sometime between becoming a skeptic and a full fledged cynic. Both come with age and can be considered wisdom of the elders. To avoid paying fines for not having health insurance, you might consider converting to the Christian Science religion.

The Liberty Papers looks at the immediate impact of the bill in much more detail.




Bus trip planned

The President of the United States will be in Iowa City this Thursday , March 25th expecting a warm welcome for the new health care overhaul.


Obama will be at the Field-house on the University of Iowa campus at 1pm on Thursday. I believe the doors open at 10am but am not certain. We will be planning a respectful protest around the Field-house.

Let Larry or Joy know as soon as possible if you are interested in riding a bus to Iowa City this Thursday 25th when President Obama will be there.  Busing will start out in Sioux Falls, SD and Minneapolis, MN. They can stop at county seats along the way to pick up people interested in making their presence known in Iowa City in opposition to the health care bill that President Obama will be talking about there.

They are asking people to bring their bull horns, signs, and flags. The bus will arrive by noon in Iowa City (President Obama will be speaking at 1:00). They want to know how many stops to make and how many people want to be picked up along the way.

Send this to anyone interested in the surrounding areas.

E-mail me as soon as possible if you are interested in joining others in Iowa City this Thursday.
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