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Democrat or Republican, Here’s How to See Health Care.

June 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Democrat or Republican, Here’s How to See Health Care. · Culture, Economics, General, Health Care, Politics

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, if you are now or ever have been or ever will be a patient, here is how you should look at health care. You should look at it from the perspective of the private health insurance company. You’ll see. They’re not bad guys, generally speaking. If I […]

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Don’t Let Obstructionists Like Grassley, Roberts and Issacson Bury Health Care in Amendments!

June 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Don’t Let Obstructionists Like Grassley, Roberts and Issacson Bury Health Care in Amendments! · Economics, General, Health Care, Politics

We all know what happens when the Republicans get on the phone with lobbyists. The best laid plans of Presidents and Senators gang oft agley. This time it is the most urgent matter of our time and the guy you need to threaten with being tossed out of office is Chuck Grassley of Iowa. This […]

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Are Neocon Republicans in Danger of Becoming a Pathetic Joke?

June 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Are Neocon Republicans in Danger of Becoming a Pathetic Joke? · Economics, Politics

Let’s get right to the point. If Rush Limbaugh is the leader of your political party, what do you expect? If a man who sang “Barack the Magic Negro” on his program during the last Presidential campaign…so racist, such a chauvinist that he makes past chauvinism seem like gentlemanly manners, such a propagandist, a druggie, […]

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Family Doctors Want Public Health Care Option.

June 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on Family Doctors Want Public Health Care Option. · General, Health Care

The American Academy of Family Physicians are those, who with some other primary care physicians, such as osteopaths, comprise the roughly 300,000 first providers in the country. On the AAFP web site, an article by James Arvantes, notes that: “The AAFP has long assailed the U.S. health care system as a nonsystem of uncoordinated, fragmented […]

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It’s the Public Option, Stupid!

June 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on It’s the Public Option, Stupid! · General, Health Care, Politics

If, as the Clinton campaign wrote on the message board, it was, in those days, “the Economy, Stupid!” then today it is the public option, stupid. Why? Because without a public option, the Senate and the House of Representatives are simply talking to themselves, guided and guarded by a health care lobby that has a […]

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Let’s Use the Obama Method on Health Care. Let’s Act!

June 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Let’s Use the Obama Method on Health Care. Let’s Act! · Economics, Health Care, Politics

We are in one of the most unusual situations of our country’s history. There have been others, like Civil Rights, when we knew what was right, but we felt impotent. Today, thanks to examples like that of the Civil Rights era, we know how to influence Congress. From those days we learned that it made […]

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Get the facts on Health Care Spending.

June 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · General, Health Care, Politics

Americans spend something like $2.4 trillion dollars a year on health care. We spend about 17% of GDP on health care, twice as much as we spend on food. If you run that out for about ten years,  with increases in costs of living, etc., you come up with a total of about $33 trillion […]

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Senate GOP “Patients’ Choice Act of 2009” Not Even Close!

June 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on Senate GOP “Patients’ Choice Act of 2009” Not Even Close! · Economics, General, Health Care, Politics

There is a myth about Neocon Republicans and health care. The myth is that they “care” about your “health.” They don’t. In Congress, they have a large number, perhaps seven or eight M.D.s. Does anyone remember Hemingway’s term “spoiled priest?” We really have to ask ourselves, are these “spoiled doctors?” If you are a physician, […]

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The Neocon Republican Health Care Plan…Don’t laugh!

June 19th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Health Care, Politics

You may not believe what you are about to read, but it is true. What you will read is taken from the House GOP Solutions Group. This is their  proposed plan–really. First, they say they will make health care “more affordable.” Let’s just take one minute. These are the guys backed by the huge health […]

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Tell Democrats…Get Universal Public Health Care Done!

June 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on Tell Democrats…Get Universal Public Health Care Done! · General, Health Care

The Neocon Republicans, when they are not playing doctor with their aides, are relentless in their pursuit of happiness for the rich and for big corporations. To prevent anything good from happening to the average American citizen they have drawn up and submitted something like 400 amendments to the health care legislation now plodding through […]

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Do Not Trust the Neocon Republican Health Care Lobbyists.

June 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Health Care, Politics

Let’s get real about health care. The facts–FACTS–tell us that we should follow the Democratic lead, and we should also get out and work for it. Write Congress people. Call the news stations. Get out the word. If we want real health care reform, we must work for it.  If you want a public option […]

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Republican Malpractice: Senator Barrasso, MD, Lies in Attacks vs Canadian Health Care.

June 15th, 2009 · Comments Off on Republican Malpractice: Senator Barrasso, MD, Lies in Attacks vs Canadian Health Care. · Politics

John Barrasso is an orthopedic surgeon from Wyoming, a state with less population than the city of Milwaukee. Yet, having left practice to crusade against malpractice suits (we don’t know the connection there) and other Right Wing anti-middle class causes he has become the most recent spokesman for the Right Wing. In an interview recently on (where […]

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The Neocon Republican Right Fires on Health Care Reform.

June 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Neocon Republican Right Fires on Health Care Reform. · Economics, Politics

They are doing everything they can, these Right Wingers, like Senators Coburn, Bunning, McConnell, McCain, among others and Representatives Kirk, Murphy, Dent, Foxx, Roskam and Biggert among the many others of the Neocon Republicans…to shoot down any form of health care that will end the lock on health care by their health insurance, medical and […]

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A Tale of Two Doctors: Neocon Republicans vs Democratic Health Care Proposal

June 11th, 2009 · Comments Off on A Tale of Two Doctors: Neocon Republicans vs Democratic Health Care Proposal · Economics, Politics

It is wonderful to see how the Republicans recruit physicians to become sort of expert witnesses on health care topics. You have Gingery and Burgess, and perhaps others, in the House. And you have Coburn and you had Frist from Tennessee. Of course Frist and his father and his brother all made multi-multi millions from […]

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Democratic Politicians Must Vote for Universal Public Health Care Option.

June 8th, 2009 · Comments Off on Democratic Politicians Must Vote for Universal Public Health Care Option. · Culture, Economics, Politics

“We are approaching a perfect storm of problems that, if not addressed by our next President, will cause our health care system to implode.” –Senator and Presidential Candidate John McCain, 2008 Forty-Seven million Americans have no health care. Another 20 percent of the population is estimated to have health insurance that is inadequate for their […]

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