Posted on 18/09/2009 by Grumpa Joe
One of the arguments, I have heard about why we need big government run health care reform is that the evil insurance companies need some competition. Why is it that the insurance companies are restricted to practice in a specific state? Wouldn’t it make sense that the private sector would compete vigorously if they were allowed to?
My guess is that there have been problems with insurance claims in each state. Our law makers, in their infinite wisdom, and their drive to get re-elected, proposed new rules to protect us from those evil insurers. The result, fifty states with fifty different sets of rules about how to run an insurance company. There went the competition between states.
If uncle is really serious about health care reform, he would set up some simple standards for heath care insurance, similar to those used by Medicare supplements. Why is it necessary to set up a totally unfair government run insurance company to compete against the private sector, when a simple set of standards would be enough?
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Posted on 14/09/2009 by Grumpa Joe
Wow! a new target to pick on. David Axelrod, genius advisor to Obama is being thrown to the media as a front man for Obama. If he does as well as the president’s press secretary Robert Gibbs, the liberals will shine brightly into the universe as a new beacon of change and hopium. Maybe an alien nation will come to our rescue. While we are waiting to be rescued, Axelrod, Gibbs, and Obama will have to deal with the current mood of the nation.
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Posted on 13/09/2009 by Grumpa Joe
Is it just me, or am I wrong in thinking that Congress is supposed to author the bills? The content of bills they have recently passed without any understanding of them wouldn’t be so foreign if they had authored the bills in the first place. So, who is writing the bills for them? Have we reached the point in our economy where it is cheaper to oursource law writing to India, China, or Venezuela? I have tried to read HR 3200, but I am too illiterate to understand it. I think the supposition that they were written by a foreign entity is a plausible reason.
Here is another version of what might have happened:
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Posted on 11/09/2009 by Grumpa Joe
I don’t feel like writing today, so I’ll keep this short. I couldn’t stand being screwed into the couch any longer. I had to become an activist. Why? I see my country being decimated by a bunch of people who want to make the world a better place. How can anyone make the world a better place by destroying the greatest country in the history of the universe? It is a hypocrisy I don’t understand.
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Posted on 10/09/2009 by Grumpa Joe
Dear Senator Durbin;
Thank you for responding to my letter regarding your inability to hold town hall meetings with the people of Illinois. I appreciate that you are a busy man and prefer to receive input from the select few who will support your own views.
It takes courage to stand before a group of angry voters who are disappointed in their representative’s performance. I see by your actions that your character is not what I had always thought it to be. I thought you were a strong leader who was concerned for all the people of Illinois. I see by your actions that I was wrong to assume that.
I am an American who believes that his country is sacred because it was founded on the principles of personal liberty. I see big government taking those liberties away from us faster than it takes a toilet to flush. I believe you and President Obama do not get it. It, being the fact that I am not alone. How can you possibly legislate when you do not know the mood of your constituents? By not hearing us out face to face at town hall meetings you cannot possibly know how we feel. Sure an angry constituency can become unruly, but only if their Senator gives them a standard line created by the bureaucracy in Washington. Tell the town hall people you understand their needs. Tell them that you will go back to Washington to stop wreckless spending, become fiscally responsible, and not vote for bills that are so long and impossible to understand, that a bevy of lawyers would have trouble doing so.
Here are some of the points I wanted to talk to you about:
1. Health Care Reform is needed, but not what is spelled out in HR3200. I do not want you to support HR3200.
Come back with something that will not take money from Medicare to fund it. The President so eloquently told us that he will only eliminate waste from Medicare; some five hundred billion dollars worth. Yet, when he asked the entire government to eliminate waste from their budgets they could only come up with one hundred million dollars. Do you really expect me to believe that you and President Obama are capable of finding, and eliminating that much waste? That kind of reasoning is exactly why town hall meetings get noisy.
Take out the part about setting up every school with Planned Parenthood centers.
Add wordage that is specific to not funding abortions. Specify the word abortion, and not sneak it in under the radar as a medical procedure.
Add words that ban government operated public option health care system.
In other words, HR 3200 is not worth the paper it is written on. Do not vote for HR 3200.
2. Legislate tort reform now, don’t wait for a reform bill.
3. Eliminate the barriers to private sector competition by allowing insurance companies to cross state lines with their plans.
4. Pass legislation that requires the president to obtain congressional vetting and approval on his “czars.”
Need I go on some more, or do you get it? If you can address these issues in a rational logical way, and not in a party controlled response, I will regain my faith in your ability to serve as my Senator.
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Posted on 09/09/2009 by Grumpa Joe
Trigger option? What that probably means is a public option health care bill will automatically become a reality if private insurance companies don’t meet some government mandated goal. I’m sure the goals will be totally unrealistic and impossible to meet. Public option will get in by hook or crook. I have a different version of a trigger mechanism. If private insurance companies succeed in offering a plan to meet all of the problems currently identified, such as insuring people with pre-existing conditions, mobility from job to job, inclusion of those who are uninsured, increased competition, etc. then the trigger kicks in, and the Department of Health and Human Services is eliminated from the universe.
During WWII the USA badly damaged the Japanese fleet. The Japanese resources had become scarce, and they could not deliver the fire power needed to defeat us. Using their ingenuity, they began sacrificing pilots and airplanes to take out our navy. The combination plane and pilot became the missile whose function it was to crash into US war ships.
In the meantime, here is what I think is happening within our government.
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