Poll: Americans Unhappy with Health Care Bill

CBS Health Care Poll

While CBS’s Poll: Most Want GOP to Keep Fighting on Health Bill speaks for itself, seems pertinent to point out that there is a significant number of Democrats that want the Republicans to keep fighting this bill. It seems the only thing bipartisan about this bill is the opposition to it.


CBS Poll: Dem’s Health Care Reforms Unwanted by American People

OBAMACARE: HEALTH HIGHWAY OR AVENUE QUEUE?

By Joe Klock, Sr.

Unless the legislative train has already left the station by the time you get to read this piece (and assuming that you agree with it), you still have one last and fleeting opportunity to contact YOUR Kith & Kin, your local editors and any legislator within contact range. Joe

   Back in my high school days, when the Russians were our big buddies and Communists were a fringe band of wackos plotting the overthrow of democracy, a best-friend of mine (later to be an icon in the Radio Hall Of Fame) used to do a satirical monologue in which he impersonated one of the latter loonies.
  In his strident skit, a rabble-rousing speaker in Central Park shouted, “Comes the revolution, everybody gets to eat peaches with cream, double-thick!”
   “But, Comrade speaker, I don’t like peaches with cream, double-thick,” responded one of his listeners.
   In reply, the orator thundered, “Comrade, comes the revolution, you’ll EAT peaches with cream double-thick!”
   Fast-forward to today and substitute the speaker of your choice (yes, I do have one in mind).
   As this is being hunt-and-pecked on my trusty keyboard, a flimsy majority of our elected reprehensibles in Congress is pulling out all the stops – including a stoppage of normal procedure – to pass within the next four days the most  massive overhaul of health care in our nation’s history.
   Never mind, unless you happen to care, that the language of the proposed law has not yet been published, or that the projected cost has not been calculated, or that nary a single member of the opposition party will vote for it, OR (and herewith the theme of this opusette), the majority of we, the sheeple, do not want it to become the law of the land.
  Sure, we know that our present system is flawed, just as we know that “until death do us part” is a fading fantasy, but tainted bath water and the babies therein clearly require different handling.
   That is to say – and most of our citizens are saying it –  there are things about the delivery of health care in America which need changing, and there is a plethora of anecdotal evidence that this is a deplorable fact.
   However, the necessary surgery requires a scalpel, rather than a machete
   Neither I nor any thinking person I know is in a mad rush to join the queues awaiting critical care in other nations, or being denied such care because providing it is economically unfeasible, or having their doctors’ decisions overridden by someone buried in the bowels of bureaucracy.
   Thanks, but no thanks, sez I.
   Were it not for the system which is now being vilified by those with the hots for Obamacare, I would probably be dead today – or, even worse, existing without several members of  my extensive family, including a woman I love like a cat loves catnip.
   Let’s face reality now – as face it we will have to if the proposed legislation is force-fed into the Congressional hopper:
   Aside: “Hopper” is a word my Dad and some of his peers used to describe the bathroom throne. (Make up your own joke.)
   Back to the blog: Neither we nor the aforementioned reprehensibles know what’s in the bill, or what it will cost, or how it will be paid for, or by how many future generations, starting with the immediate descendants now depending on us for guidance and support. (Oy gevalt!)
   What we do know, if we give it more than a moment’s thought, is that if you add more patients to the waiting rooms of fewer doctors, costs will go up, the quality of service will go down and the address of future health care will be Avenue Queue – waiting lines at death’s door.
   You don’t believe me? Ask your doctor (unless you customarily call a Congressperson when you get sick!).
   Meanwhile, if you’re reading this before the health care bill has been flushed into the plumbing of our governance, this moment is your very last chance to put the brakes on a legislative juggernaut that threatens to both revolutionize and further screw up what is an admittedly imperfect system.
  It is, though, a system from which we tend not to flee to other lands when we don’t feel good.
  What to do? Call both the local and Washington offices of Democratic members of the House and warn them that drivers of, or riders in, the pending juggernaut may become pedestrians after  next November.
   If the proposed overhaul of health care is a good idea, it would survive a sober review of its component parts, followed by a sensible and affordable plan for financing each one.
   Peaches with cream, double thick, does not suit every taste, nor does such a delicacy come without cost – sometimes including acute indigestion.

 Freelance wordworker Joe Klock, Sr. (joeklock@aol.com) winters in Key Largo and Coral Gables, Florida and summers in New Hampshire. More of his “Klockwork” can be found at http://www.joeklock.com.

Health Care Reform Goes Postal

Americans are expressing serious reservations about the direction of health care reform. The President did little to assuage those fears when he compared the controversial ‘public option’ to the Post Office. Concerns about the administration’s handling of economic matters continues to grow, and citing the USPS as model government program when it is facing serious financial trouble fuels concerns that the administration’s math is not adding up.

Obama Goes Postal, Lands in Dead-Letter Office by Caroline Baum of Bloomberg.

Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) — “UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.” — Barack Obama, Aug. 11, 2009

No institution has been the butt of more government- inefficiency jokes than the U.S. Postal Service. Maybe the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The only way the post office can stay in business is its government subsidy. The USPS lost $2.4 billion in the quarter ended in June and projects a net loss of $7 billion in fiscal 2009, outstanding debt of more than $10 billion and a cash shortfall of $1 billion. It was moved to intensive care — the Government Accountability Office’s list of “high risk” cases – – last month and told to shape up. (It must be the only entity that hasn’t cashed in on TARP!)

That didn’t stop President Barack Obama from holding up the post office as an example at a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, last week.

When Obama compared the post office to UPS and FedEx, he was clearly hoping to assuage voter concerns about a public health-care option undercutting and eliminating private insurance.

What he did instead was conjure up visions of long lines and interminable waits. Why do we need or want a health-care system that works like the post office?

What’s more, if the USPS is struggling to compete with private companies, as Obama implied, why introduce a government health-care option that would operate at the same disadvantage?


Obama’s Health Care/Post Office Comparison

Keeping Health Care Town Halls On Topic

One of the main reasons I became interested in following politics as more than a passive observer is that during the New Hampshire primaries I found that I loved town hall meetings. It wasn’t just one candidate’s town halls, it was any candidate, anytime, anywhere, if at all possible I’d attend. In my view town halls are what politics should be all about. So it is with mixed emotions that I watch the health care town halls. There is good in these town hall meetings, but both sides could do better in making them more effective and more on topic.

First, as mentioned previously, there is a legitimate cause for anger, as until these town halls started people’s concerns about spending and rapid growth of government had been largely downplayed, and as people voiced their concerns the Democratic party came out with a condescending email that summed the opposition up as a dim-witted, reactionary mob. That was followed by an article by Speaker Pelosi and Representative Hoyer calling some of the town hall participants un-American (not helpful).

However, people who see these town halls as simply a platform to vent are missing an opportunity. The issue is health care reform, and meandering diatribes on all the woes of our government or country doesn’t make the politician answer a question, and it fuels the angry back and forth between the two sides.

While there are some who seem to think ramping up the anger helps make a point, I disagree. It likely did bring some media attention to the issue, but we’re falling right back into the same old pattern of demonizing the opposition, and sparking a petty back and forth when there are real issues to address. So here are a few requests…

Knock off the name calling. No more Nazi, Hitler, or mob references. There is no evidence that anyone on either side intends any physical harm to the other side, and since that is what these groups/people are most known for, these labels are ridiculous.

Fringe acknowledgement and fringe forgiveness. Both sides have a fringe element that are ironically similar in their kookiness. Instead of debating whose fringe has the craziest conspiracy theory, how about just acknowledging that everybody has their has their nuts, and they don’t represent the majority of the party. I’ll start. There are some independents who want to sucede from the union, they don’t represent what most independents want, but they do exist. Similarly the inappropriate act of an individual should not be used to characterize all members of a particular group. Frankly if this is the standard used it would mean that both parties would be permanently condemned.

Give some respect to the politicians coming out doing these town halls. There are a good number of politicians backing out of doing live town halls because they don’t want to contend with an angry room. Those who are out there facing the crowd and answering the questions deserve a hat tip. Senator Arlen Specter has received a lot of heat lately, but watching him walk through a crowd and diffuse a very tense situation between two angry men wins him points in my book, even if he doesn’t win me over on health care. Similarly Senator Claire McCaskill also wins courage/crowd control points for taking tough questions and handling an overheated crowd.

Finally, wake up news media and cover the issues and not just the craziness. When I attended the town halls during the primaries at every single event there was a question about health care. The candidates often had very different plans, but not one candidate dodged the health care questions. Yet the media never showed either these  questions and/or answers, instead they’d often complain that the politicians weren’t talking issues. In this case they were, the media just wasn’t interested. Their sloppiness in coverage is also fueling this fire. Inadequate coverage of both the issues and the differing positions on the issues is causing frustration and confusion, and again the news is late to the party only delving into a topic once there was a sensational aspect of the story to make it newsworthy in their eyes.

Finally town hall participants, ask tough relevant questions. This is being done by many, but the more smart pointed questions the better. This is what town halls are all about. You not only obtain good information this way, you find out who knows their stuff an who is canned or following a script. Attend meeting, ask questions, maybe you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.


Health Care Town Halls – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I’ll accept what the 535 accept

Shu2AAnother Rant BY: BettyJean Kling

Looks like the Blue Dogs might be caving in to put this bill on the table by Friday – Call your 535 today and say :

We asked Schumer the question?
Still no answer !

If congress will not trade in what they have now – why should we? Please call your representative and ask them why they flew in from all over the country and voted a special vote to be sure that whatever the new health plan might be – that they the ‘535’ et. al.  would be exempt? We want to know why they exempted themselves from the health bill that they are going to vote on and force us to accept and pay for and probably without our consent. No No NO!

Call your representative Now –

If it’s good  for us – it’s good for them too! – I’ll have what have nothing less will do!

or

They’ll have what we have and nothing more will do! Whose paying for this anyhow?

I’ll accept what the 535 accept


As expected, “Blue Dog Democrats” have caved in.

 

Please use the links below to stop the rush to push this healthcare plan in before we understand it.   

 

Dear Friend:
House Democrats have cut a deal on healthcare reform with the Blue Dog Democrats. They meet this afternoon to mark up their bill and rush it through the House of Representatives. There is still time to act.
Go here, put in your zip-code, call your Congressman, and tell him to oppose this rush till we have time. Call now.

 

Anna Barrone organized a rally of RIDs  patriots that took a take your Hands Off Healthcare message to Senator Schumer’s office in Manhattan Tuesday night.

 

BettyJean Kling: Free US Now, The Majority United

http://womencouncilwatchdogs.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/rids-rally-at-senator-schumer%e2%80%99s-office/

 

Pamela Hall: Gathering of Eagles Tea party Patriots

http://nygoe.wordpress.com/2009/07/28/atlas-shrugs-joins-tea-party-patriots/

 

Pam Geller: Atlas Shrugs

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/07/dump-schumer-rally.html

 

 :Vigilant Squirrel Brigade

http://vigilantsquirrelbrigade.blogspot.com/2009/07/no-to-obamacare-7-28-09.html

WSJ Questions Obama Health Care Math

The Wall Street Journal is calling the Obama administration on its claims that its health care program will save money in the long-run. While Congressional Democrats work on drafting a health care bill (which includes taxing employer health insurance something highly criticized by the Democrats when presented in Senator McCain’s health care plan) the Obama administration is starting to promote the plan. Yet they are doing so with some highly questionable numbers…

Excerpt from Obama’s Health Cost Illusion

The main White House argument for health-care reform goes something like this: If we spend now on a hugely expensive new insurance program for the middle class, we can save later by reducing overall U.S. health spending. This “tastes great, less filling” theory could stand some scrutiny, not least because it is being used to rush through the greatest social spending program in American history.

What if this particular theory turns out to be a political illusion? What if the speculative cost savings never report for duty, while the federal balance sheet is still swamped with new social obligations that will be impossible to repeal? The only possible outcome will be the nationalization of U.S. health markets, which will mean that almost all care will be rationed by politics.

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Since Medicare was created in 1965, U.S. health spending has risen about 2.7% faster than the economy and on current trend would hit 20% of GDP within a decade. Every public or private attempt to arrest this climb has failed: wage and price controls in the 1970s, the insurance industry’s “voluntary effort” in the ’80s, managed care in the ’90s.

Now the White House — especially budget chief Peter Orszag — claims there is new cause for hope. The magic key is the dramatic variations in per patient health spending among U.S. regions. Often there is no relationship between spending and the quality of care, according to a vast body of academic research, most of it coming out of Dartmouth College. If the highest spending areas could be sanded down to the lowest spending areas, about 30% in “waste,” or $700 billion each year, would be saved. More than enough to pay for ObamaCare. Or so the theory goes.

PPV – WSJ on Obama Health Care

Opinions on the ‘Patients’ Free Choice Act’?

The Republicans have put together an alternative health care plan entitled ‘Patients’ Free Choice Act.’ I have to give my own maya culpa that I’m more libertarian on health care than most Clinton supporters. One concern adressed in BJ’s previous health care article is that the Obama administration is already revving up the PR machine yet has not released any details of the plan. So as awkward of a comparison as this may be, I’m very curious to hear PUMA views on the two plans. Representaive Ryan’s website has long and short summaries of the Patient’s Free Choice plan.