Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Do You Know The Patient Bill of Rights?

We must examine The Patient Bill of Rights. Please see if these rights make sense toy you and share your comments.

Patient rights were developed with the expectation that hospitals and health care institutions would support these rights in the interest of delivering effective patient care.

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The Patient's Bill of Rights

What is the Patient's Bill of Rights?

Here you will find a summary of the Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities that was adopted by the U.S. Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry in 1998. It is also known as the Patient's Bill of Rights.

The Patient's Bill of Rights was created with the intent to reach 3 major goals:

to help patients feel more confident in the U.S. health care system; the Bill of Rights:
assures that the health care system is fair and it works to meet patients' needs
gives patients a way to address any problems they may have
encourages patients to take an active role in staying or getting healthy
to stress the importance of a strong relationship between patients and their health care providers
to stress the key role patients play in staying healthy by laying out rights and responsibilities for all patients and health care providers
This Bill of Rights also applies to the insurance plans offered to federal employees. Many other health insurance plans and facilities have also adopted these values. Even Medicare and Medicaid stand by many of them.

The 8 key areas of the Patient's Bill of Rights

Information disclosure

You have the right to accurate and easily-understood information about your health plan, health care professionals, and health care facilities. If you speak another language, have a physical or mental disability, or just don't understand something, help should be given so you can make informed health care decisions.

Choice of providers and plans

You have the right to choose health care providers who can give you high-quality health care when you need it.

Access to emergency services

If you have severe pain, an injury, or sudden illness that makes you believe that your health is in serious danger, you have the right to be screened and stabilized using emergency services. You should be able to use these services whenever and wherever you need them, without needing to wait for authorization and without any financial penalty.

Participation in treatment decisions

You have the right to know your treatment options and take part in decisions about your care. Parents, guardians, family members, or others that you select can represent you if you cannot make your own decisions.

Respect and non-discrimination

You have a right to considerate, respectful care from your doctors, health plan representatives, and other health care providers that does not discriminate against you.

Confidentiality of health information

You have the right to talk privately with health care providers and to have your health care information protected. You also have the right to read and copy your own medical record. You have the right to ask that your doctor change your record if it is not correct, relevant, or complete.

Complaints and appeals

You have the right to a fair, fast, and objective review of any complaint you have against your health plan, doctors, hospitals or other health care personnel. This includes complaints about waiting times, operating hours, the actions of health care personnel, and the adequacy of health care facilities.

Other bills of rights

This bill of rights focuses on hospitals and insurance plans, but there are many others with different focuses. There are special kinds, like the mental health bill of rights, hospice patient's bill of rights, and bills of rights for patients in certain states. Insurance plans sometimes have lists of rights for subscribers. Many of these lists of rights tell you where to go or whom to talk with if you have a problem with your care. The American Hospital Association has a list of rights along with patient responsibilities that can help a person be a more active partner in his or her health care. (See "Additional resources" below.)

Health insurance problems

If you have concerns about your insurance, it is sometimes helpful to start with customer service or your case manager at your health insurance company. For more information about dealing with insurance claims, see our document Medical Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient.

Additional resources

More information from your American Cancer Society

The following related information may also be helpful to you. These materials may be ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345).

Medical Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient (also available in Spanish)
Informed Consent (also available in Spanish)
Choosing a Doctor and a Hospital (also available in Spanish)
National organizations and Web sites*

Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of patient information and support include

American Hospital Association
Toll-free number: 1-800-242-2626
Web site: www.aha.org
AHA's Patient Care Partnership brochure educates patients on their rights and responsibilities in regard to their hospital stay. (The brochure is available in multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.) The brochure is available in bulk orders only. There is a fee for non-members, but it is also available as a free download on the Web site, in all the languages mentioned at: www.aha.org/aha/issues/Communicating-With-Patients/pt-care-partnership.html.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - HHS
Toll-free number: 1-800-633-4227
TTY: 1-877-486-2048
Web site: www.cms.hhs.gov

Medline Plus
Web site: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/patientrights.html
Has information on Patient Rights

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.


President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. Patients’ Rights and Responsibilities. Available at: http://www.hcqualitycommission.gov/final/append_a.html. Accessed October 24, 2008.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Patients' Bill of Rights and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Available at: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/billrights.asp#what. Accessed October 24, 2008.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Who is Killing Health Care Reform

Senator Joesph Lieberman is stopping health care reform for the average American. He does not want a public option, medicare expansion and anything for the middle-class. We need people who care about people and not just big insurance companies.

We need low cost, full coverage, and preventive measures to make our cost competitive with other nations. We pay $15 more per person with 50 million people uninsured

Lieberman ran for vice-president and lost. He also lost his primary election as well. The American people needs new leadership that understands how to help people help them self. Perhaps he could give back his health care plan or give it to a poor family.

In closing, there will be a bill. It will be weak and watered down. That is the real issue. Everything that we do is weak and Joe Lieberman is a real problem. He should give back all that he has for all the things he is against ,yet continues to take. May be that is what he is on regarding this bill.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tiger, Text and What?

Poor Tiger. These are some of the alleged text messages he sent to a youngwoman. Perhaps, we need to re-think how we communicate?

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In the new issue of Us Weekly, 24 year-old cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs shares evidence of her text-ual relationship with married golfer Tiger Woods, 33.

Grubbs says she and Woods dated for a 31-month period and had 20 sexual encounters.

Check out photos of Tiger and wife Elin before controversy rocked their marriage

To fill the void between their furtive trysts, the pair took to their phones, swapping text messages of the smutty and flirty variety.

One exchange from Sept. 27, 2009 reads:

TIGER: I need you

JAIMEE: then get your tight ass over here and visit me! I need u

TIGER: I will wear you out soon

JAIMEE: how soon? I got a new piercing

Recap Tiger's disastrous week in this slideshow

A couple hours later that same day, Woods vows to Grubbs "quietly and secretively we will always be together ...when was the last time you got laid".

In a text-swap on Oct. 18, Grubbs wonders "why I keep falling more and more for u ;)." Woods' unexpected reply: "because I'm blasian :)."

Big jocks, big scandals: see the biggest athlete scandals ever

The lovers even exchanged holiday greetings on Thanksgiving -- the day before Woods smashed his SUV outside his Florida home.

To read more texts, meet some of Woods' other alleged women, and hear details about wife Elin's lavish new home in Sweden, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Consumer Choice and Tiger-ed Out

The media is in full blast. Tiger's dear mother-in-law took ill in the middle of the night. Tiger's Gator-Aid drink is being dropped and 10 women have all stated that they were with Tiger. I am tired of this, he also offered her allegedly 80 million to stay. Who really cares.

The U.S.Senate has dropped the public option. I do not care what they call it. The people need lower cost, total coverage and more preventive measures. Our cost should not be the highest in the world.

Too much Tiger, too little health care and costs are too much. We need jobs now. The media needs to do specials on how to create more jobs. Perhaps if Tiger will give his money to a jobs fund and health care reform provided more jobs then we can take this seriously. If not just keep pushing.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Who should Pay for The Gate Crashers?

The White House State Dinner was a P.R. mess. The Gate Crashers made it a three-ring circus. The Secret Service has perhaps fired three people. The Congress has ordered The Crasher to appear before them, and they have not. The Social Secretary has refused to show as well. The people are getting mad now because it seems like the public cares more than The Crashers and The White house. How does one end this mess? Should they all tell their story and get it over. Perhaps someone-else should be fired? The social affairs secretary was allegedly walking around like she was a celebrity guess, and was not involved in who was there or not. The real question is: Who pays for the dinner, and how much?

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tiger, Dithering and Gate-Crashers

The news has been filed with calls of dithering, tiger and gate-crashers when none of it creates jobs. Do you ever wonder what is rally going on in the world, that reality may have left us about 20 years ago?

The term dither means to be weak and uncertain, to be confused. Dick Cheney (former Vice-President of The U.S.A.) has accused President Obama of dithering on the Afghan War. We just need to leave them alone. Let us dither on that. Stop War.

It is also in the news that Tiger Woods the great golfer was in a auto accident in the dead of night. There are reports from TMZ that he and his wife had a spat and the vehicle was hit or the windows were knocked out by his wife with a golf club to rescue him. There is suspicion that she actually knocked Tiger out.

There are also reports in the news when a reality t.v. star crashed the White House State Dinner and bragged about it. Now people will be fired and possible jail time.

Overall, we are living in a time when there are few things in life that makes sense when it comes to the media. We need not dither on anything. We need jobs. Tiger and his problems are his, not ours. The gate crashers need to crash into a federal prison if they broke the law and then do a t.v. program on people doing stupid stuff and paying for it. Let us not dither anymore, we need jobs now, we need peace, and we need all the people who want to be on t.v. to go to Afghanistan and seek peace with cameras. Please tell me what do you think?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Do We Really Need War?

Now that the holiday is over we must refocus our attention on pressing matters. The jobless rate is still alarming but what is the real issue? War is clearly a problem. A tremendous amount of money and human resources have been drain by war. Billions of dollars have been lost along with number of precious lives killed and injured.

Afghanistan is a serious problem. The military has requested 40,000 additional troops. This will take months to deploy this huge number of combatants. There is considerable cost involved in this venture.

The interesting point to ponder is Afghanistan is the 20Th poorest nation in the world. The number of terrorist is reported to be just over 100. Their government doesn't' have strong systems of control. Why are we there?

The answer to this question based on my assessment is Afghanistan is on the Pakistan border. This government is also in question. The problem is, Pakistan has nuclear weapons and a soft government in which terrorist may take over. It is our mission to stop them. However, the true concerned is can diplomatic talks work? Who do we negotiate with to seek peace? War is not the real solution. I have not heard the peace question raised.Do we really need war?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Why is President Obama's Poll nunbers Dropping?

The latest presidential poll numbers for President Obama have dropped below 50%. The question is why? The joblessness rate in real numbers is about 20%. The two wars are not necessarily wanted. The health care reform has gotten ugly. The economic stimulus did not go directly to the average person.

All these factor do not make the American People happy. What can be done to turn these numbers around? The answer is simply but not easily done. One is a full employment act, jobs for everyone. Secondly, give everyone a $10,ooo tax give to buy American goods and services. This will make everyone happy and truly get the country moving.

In closing, the poll numbers reflect the general attitude of the American people at this time. Reagan's numbers was the same in his first term, about 48% approval. Jobs and money are good things. Money makes people happy. Also shopping before the holiday. We need a little fun after this horrible recession.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

We Need Jobs!

The fight over health care is missing one critical factor, people are losing their jobs at an alarming rate.We need JOBS. Our position on this matter has been stated for over a year. Why nothing is being done on job creation is a huge mistake.

The question is, how dose one develop jobs? Technology has made new jobs, but has eliminated even more jobs. The Green Movement is fascinating, yet slow to hire the number of workers to make the 10% plus unemployment number drop.

The true jobless number is near 20% if you look at the larger picture. The small business is the answer. However, the banks have been slow to give credit. There are so many problems in the economy that it is impacting the upper middle class.

In conclusion, areas that once put the world on wheels are in dyer condition. People need jobs today. The real problem is, once jobs are lost, it will eventually rise to catch more people not less. We need to stop taxes for 4 to 6 months. The government should give small business loans to anyone unemployed. We need leadership, now. We need JOBS.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A tribute to all Veterans

Veterans Day is so vital to The American Culture. Our service people have fought the wars that have made us free. The service is difficult to compare in terms of offering ones life to protect the interest of this nation.

Veterans have made the sacrifices necessary for this nation to stand for freedom for all. Sure we are not perfect, yet it is a goal that is worth fighting and dying for in this life.

In conclusion, my family has fought in every war and served at all levels. My blood runs deep for this nation and the cause of all Veterans is one that I embrace without a question. God Bless America and all the world that seeks freedom. We salute all veterans and there service to our nation.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Could Families be in Trouble?

The economy is the monster we never knew. While traveling around the mid-west I have seen so many businesses closing, cutting back and laying off it as been devastating.The real question before us is,how has this impacted families?

Given the nature of this particular blog, we will investigate the issue from a personal point of view. One of my dear friends online wrote a story regarding a young girl being physically abused by her father whom had been drinking while her mother could only watch and pretend that all is well.

People are still losing their homes. Poverty is on the rise. We are witnessing gang rapes and violence in our streets and schools. If all H*ll is breaking out in public, what is going on in the home? How are families managing these difficult times?

In closing. I will look at the issues to examine family issues and possible resources to address a possible remedy to resolve them as well. Perhaps we can enlighten our community as to these issues and help our families recover just we hope that our economy will do likewise.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Name for The Public Option

The new name for The Public Option of Health Care Reform is the Consumer Option. This is a smart move. It is one thing to undo the public; but, one can not touch the consumer. People do not identify with the public in as much the powerful consumer. Do note the change in message.

October 27, 2009

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Pelosi wants to 'rename' the public option
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What is it about liberals that they think they have to fool people into supporting them?

Run as a nice, safe moderate only to become screaming leftists once in office. It really shows they have no confidence that the substance of their ideas can stand scrutiny much less win out in a fair fight with the right.

The latest manifestation of this is Nancy Pelosi suggesting that we "rename" the public option. Matt Sedensky of the Seattle Times notes:

A government-sponsored "public option" for health care lives, though it may be more attractive to skeptics if it goes by a different moniker, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday.
In an appearance at a Florida senior center, the Democratic leader referred to the so-called public option as "the consumer option." Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., appeared by Pelosi's side and used the term "competitive option."

Both suggested new terminology might get them past any lingering doubts among the public - or consumers or competitors.

"You'll hear everyone say, 'There's got to be a better name for this,'" Pelosi said. "When people think of the public option, public is being misrepresented, that this is being paid for with their public dollars."

Does "everyone" really say 'there's got to be a better name for this?' Not that I've heard. We may assume then, that it is liberals who want a "better" name for a public option that will indeed be paid for with public dollars if you are honest enough to include subsidies paid for by tax payers in your definition of "public dollars."

Perhaps Pelosi doesn't see taxpayer dollars as public money. Regardless, I think the old saw about dressing a pig in a prom dress will still leave you with a well dressed porcine is apt here. Even if you put a goat's head on the pig, you won't change its nature.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Do You Care about Poverty?

People are really hurting. Some how we miss the mark, being the worlds riches nation. We need to take a hard look at this situation and do our very best. Please share you views on this matter.

Poverty in America revised to 1 of 6
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One of six American live in poverty, a new report finds, leading to the implication that the US poverty level is even worse than first believed.

The National Academy of Science (NAS) formula calculates the poverty rate to be at 15.8 percent, or nearly 1 in 6 Americans, according to new estimates released this week. That's higher than the 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million, figure made available recently under the original US government formula, the Associated Press reports.

That government formula was created in 1955 and does not factor in the rising costs of medical care, transportation, child care or the geographical variations of living. Nor does it consider the non-cash governmental aid when calculating income.

According to the revised NAS formula, nearly 18.7 percent of Americans, 65 and older, or nearly 7.1 million, live in poverty, compared to the 9.7 percent, or 3.7 million figure, under the traditional formula. Approximately 14.3 percent of people 18 to 64, or 27 million, live in poverty in the US, compared to 11.7 percent under the traditional calculations. Many of the new poor are the low-income, working people with transportation and child-care costs.

Food stamp assistance is currently at an all-time high of about 36 million.


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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Peace is a Prize?

Now that President Obama has been awarded The Nobel Peace Prize, should we pull out of all wars? I wonder why we are there? The only thing there are mountains and opium.

War is so unnecessary. We are spending so much energy and resources there without anything in return. The world needs peace.

Why not bring all our soldiers but home and build new schools, computers and health centers? The world needs jobs. People are just sitting around waiting for something to happen. Out taxes are too high. If you do have a job, we only get about 68% of our pay.

In closing, there is too much money wasted on war. The world has a job to do. War is not the answer. Greed has played a role in this recession, the other factor is war. I hope we can expand world wide educational program tied to jobs. The full educational/employment act can make the world a better place. This is the real prize.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Winning and Losing

The hot issue this weekend focused on Rio winning The Olympics and Chicago losing. The real issue is President Obama made a real pitch for for the USA and lost in the first round.

There are so many issues in the world that deserve our attention. Jobs are being lost at nearly ten percent. The economy is still having problems for the average family, and we are still facing war in two major areas. The Olympics are just games that turn into a political football contest.

Life is full of winners and losers. Regrettably, we have a lot more losers in the world. The future if anything will become more competitive. People will fight more over less. I only hope that fairness can have its day. We need a system that allows greater opportunity for all. Perhaps we will never see it, but let us hope for the children of the future.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

How many people die without insurance?

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Lack of insurance linked to 45,000 deaths
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As medical care has improved for people with health insurance, the consequences of being uninsured have worsened, according to a new study that says the lack of coverage translates into nearly 45,000 deaths each year among working-age Americans.

Researchers from Cambridge Health Alliance report in the American Journal of Public Health on a study that followed 9,005 adults under 65 years old who took part in a national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1986 through 1994. After 12 years, 351 people had died. Sixty of them were uninsured and 291 were insured.

After accounting for age, education, income, and other factors, the researchers found that people without private insurance had a 40 percent higher risk of dying than people with private insurance. An earlier study by the Institute of Medicine based on 16 years of data through 1993 found that uninsured people had a 25 percent higher risk of dying than insured people, which translated into 18,000 additional deaths.

"Being uninsured is more lethal relative to being insured than it was 20 years ago," co-author Dr. Steffie Woolhandler said in an interview.

According to US Census figures released earlier this month, the number of uninsured people rose from 45.7 million in 2007 to 46.3 million in 2008.

Woolhandler, who advocates a single-payer form of universal health coverage, blamed three factors for the widening gap between those with and without insurance. More people are uninsured and the safety net for those people has eroded, she said. But the gap has also grown because the care that insured people are more likely to get has gotten better.

Treatments for chronic illnesses have improved, including blood pressure medications to control hypertension and statins to lower cholesterol, the authors write.

"We're much more vigilant about care of high cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension, which has lowered the death rate of people with insurance, which is great, but the uninsured have not shared in those benefits," Woolhandler said. "Uninsured people who have a chronic condition are less likely to know they have it, and even when they know they have it, they are less likely to be able to control it because control of chronic conditions involves regular visits to a primary care doctor."

Uninsured people tend to get their care from hospital emergency rooms when they are urgently ill, the authors say, based on prior research.

Dr. John Z. Ayanian, a professor of medicine and health policy at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, served on the committee that issued the 2002 Institute of Medicine report. He said the newer work confirms the results of several prior studies.

It also fits with his own research analyzing what happens when uninsured people turn 65 and qualify for Medicare. In that study, published in 2007, people with diabetes or cardiovascular disease were especially likely to see dramatic improvements in their health after gaining insurance coverage through the national plan for the elderly.

The new study by Woolhandler highlights the importance of regular medical care so that diabetes or high blood pressure can be diagnosed in their early stages when treatment can make a substantial difference, Ayanian said.

"This study underscore the serious health consequences that people face when they are uninsured, as well as the potential benefit of extending coverage to all Americans so that they have access to good primary and specialty care when they need it," Ayanian said.

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Its NOT 'lack of insurance' that kills people. It IS disease, catastrophic accidents and homicide that kills people. This headline is outrageously puerile and insulting to those of us who are educated. Grow up, get a college degree, then write for a news outlet...please get a new day job.

Posted by abby_johnson_3 September 17, 09 04:21 PM"An earlier study by the Institute of Medicine based on 16 years of data through 1993 found that uninsured people had a 25 percent higher risk of dying than insured people, which translated into 18,000 additional deaths."

This is a very huge statistical guess. How many of the 18,000 had accidental deaths? How many of those 18,000 had incurable diseases? How many of those 18,000 chose not to get health insurance? How many of those were illegals and not eligible for health insurance?

45,000 over 16 years is 2800 people per year. 1993 population was nearly 260 million. That .00107% The statistical error of the study is greater than that.

Posted by ray high September 17, 09 04:23 PMThen work hard, get insurance and live longer!!! Why does the Government need to get involved??

Posted by bozo mann September 17, 09 04:29 PMRepublican "death panels"

Posted by eda September 17, 09 04:33 PMGee why this article now... huh

Keep carrying the Dems water it is working out for you so far.

Real reform starts with deregulation and tort reform

Posted by Frank September 17, 09 04:45 PMHow many were non citizens if you know what I mean?

Posted by John D September 17, 09 04:55 PMLet's see...how many neanderthal right wingers here will scream, "absolute lies! Only 30,000 died!"

Awaiting all the Joe Wilsons out there...where are ya?

Side note: Wilson claimed to be an Immigration lawyer. Turns out he WASN'T. EVER.

So...WHO LIED????

Posted by mattal1958 September 17, 09 05:00 PMWow. That's so much less than I thought.

Way less than even the common flu.

So what's the problem?

Posted by Enzo Capacaccio September 17, 09 05:07 PMNew Headline: FULLY INSURED ACCOUNT FOR ALL BUT 45,000 DEATHS

Posted by sarcasm September 17, 09 05:16 PMRegarding accidental deaths and the like, what do you think the study authors adjusted for? Seriously? You think that they just took raw data and published it, without trying to narrow down what the correlations were? Do you understand how research is done?

Also, no one is purporting that not having insurance will kill you. What the study is saying is that if you do not have private insurance, that is correlated with a substantially higher risk of death that someone who does have health insurance would face, most likely because you receive worse health care. Reading is fundamental.

Additionally, working harder is great. If your employer provides insurance, that is, which a great many of them DON'T. And of those that do, many of THOSE don't provide meaningful insurance, so pesky things like yearly check-ups and prescriptions either aren't covered, or are only covered after an absurdly high deductable. So please explain to me how working is going to solve this issue?

And finally, how is someone's citizenship AT ALL relevant to what the study says? They are people, after all. Oh wait, that's not a popular viewpoint in some parts, even though it's 100% true. The study is not at all talking about who should be provided insurance, or what insurance should look like. It simply says that if you do not have health insurance, you are more likely to die than someone who does. Again, reading, fundamental.

Posted by Wench September 17, 09 05:21 PMAbby, by your line of reasoning, AIDS does not kill people either; it just weakens a person significantly so they die of something that could be easily prevented if they didn't have it. Hence, AIDS is not a problem and should be ignored too, right? That's what lack of health insurance does as well.
You right-wingers are a complete embarrassment to this country. You selfishly stick to the same wacko dogma that the Republican Party tells you to say even when confronted with something that IS life or death for people. Shame on you. We'll pass health care reform without you, and we'll look back at you 20 years from now amazed that such people could make such ridiculous arguments, sort of like the Dixiecrats or Know-Nothings.

Posted by Al September 17, 09 05:44 PMWhy does this discussion keep happening? Health care is not the same as health insurance. People purchase insurance of all types (auto, health, property, business, etc.) to protect against catastrophic losses. Routine medical care like an annual physical should be a personal responsibility like food and rent. Nobody should be impoverished by a catastrophic illness and insurance should be required and regulated to assure of access to health insurance by eliminating the pre-existing condition rules, etc. If someone desires from first dollar health coverage then you can pay more than a healthy person that chooses a high deductible plan with a health savings account but you both have health insurance. However, if a person chooses to high deducible plan and prioritizes entertainment, alcohol, and other non-essential items above paying for health care, why should we as a society question those choices even if it means an early death for that person.

Posted by DisinterestedObserver September 17, 09 05:46 PM45000 people *may have died* and that *may be attributable* to lack of insurance. This is the math - they followed 9002 people aged 65,"After 12 years, 351 people had died. Sixty of them were uninsured and 291 were insured." They then corrected the stats to null out "age, education, income, and other factors" - then they multiply the rate by the number of people uninsured (~40+ million) to get the attention grabbing 45000 deaths.

If you just take the nominal facts - 351 out of 9002 people died over 12 years (as stated above) - and 60 of them were uninsured - I am actually surprised only 351 died. These must have been generally healthy to begin with.

You could look at this another way, all that money spent on insurance only gets you a 40% reduction in risk of dying so you may want to take your chances. Healthy lifestyle keeps you alive longer, medical insurance attempts to prevent you from going bankrupt when you have a catastrophic illness. Everything else is just deciding what you want to die from.

For mattal1958, it's not 30,000 - it's 351 out of 9002 sixty-five year olds. Plainly stated. Anything beyond that is a statistical projection.

Posted by Chris September 17, 09 05:50 PMMany of you are misreading this; The fact that anyone with Health Insurance is denied life saving care is tantamount to the Health Insurer(s) truly acting as a "Death Panel". And this report does go so far as to state that there were thousands of people in this study who died after being denied treatment based on the decision of their Health Insurer.There was a beautiful young girl from Connecticut, who died recently from liver failure because her Health Insurer denied her treatment, (a Transplant). Any death because of a lack of treatment, whether or not they had health insurance or the inability to pay for the necessary treatment, is just needlessly despicable. Those of you who continue to insist that Health Care is a privilege as opposed to a basic Human Right, are obviously about as humane as were those responsible for the Holocaust. This nation could easily afford to cover the cost for every legal resident to have the best health care in the world. Those that are fighting it, do so only in the interest of the profit mongers that are now running the Health Care System and seek to gain even more control so they can make billions more. We should be far more worried about the power and control they still seek, than any attempts the federal government is making to try to control costs & seek to give more people the ability to afford decent Health Care and insurance.

Posted by Dave Z September 17, 09 05:54 PMThis article is bizzare, and that's being polite. Any third-rate socio-economic analysis could poke a 1000 holes in this statement.

So, because the rate of mortality is higher in those without insurance, then the lack of insurance directly contributed to that level of mortality. Obviously that quid-pro-quo has minimal credibility, at best............If the Federal Gov't. comes in and mandates health insurance, what is supposed to follow?........Nirvana?

Health insurance does not and never will affect personal habits, lifestyle, and levels of education. If anything, it's the other way around.........and hasn't the War on Poverty and the myriad of other Federal Programs done such a great job in the last 45 years????..........But if we just had Health Insurance, things would be so much better..........NOT!!!

Integration and the effects of technology have affected the lot of the poor and less-gifted more than any Govt-mandated/funded transfer payment.

Posted by Stephen Stephens September 17, 09 05:57 PMLack of access to health care is what caused those 45,000 deaths. Having health 'insurance' is not the same thing as having health care. I have no insurance and I have no money, so I don't get any health care at all. In what used to be the richest country in the world, that used to be concerned about its have-nots, what is wrong with this picture? Greed, selfishness, lack of compassion for anyone who is not white and rich. And we should be thoroughly ashamed of ourselves.

Posted by DottyAnn September 17, 09 06:00 PMHey Bozo Mann,

What about all those hard working housekeepers at Hyatt? Some of them worked for over 20. Now they are without health insurance.

Add that to the people taking over for them who make $8/hr and don't get health insurance.

So we go from 100 people with insurance to 200 without.

Posted by Yoshi September 17, 09 06:46 PMWhy is this so hard to understand, or greeted with such incredulity...if you don't have helath insurance, you can't go to a doctor to treat any illnesses you might have, and you certainly won't get any preventive care or check-ups to identify early stages of chronic and deadly illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer (the diseases that kill the vast majority of people). Therefore, it is completely reasonable to assume that someone who does not have health insurance would have a higher risk of death than someone with health insurance. I would be shocked if the research showed something else. As far as the individual who questioned how research on a small sample of people could be generalized to a larger population...that is called statistics. You may want to take a course in it. It is used every day in every field of scientific endeavor. UNless you can argue that the sample population was not representative (which I don't think you could argue without a lot more detail on the specifics of the study), or you argue that the sample size is too small (again...would take in depth knowledge of the study and a trained statistician to know this), then you can't argue that the conclusions lack validity. This study was from a peer reviewed journal, so professionals have had a crack at saying it was invalid, and it would not have been published if it was.
Bottom line: anti-reform people get upset when they read this study because they don't want to face the truth...which is that when people are uninsured, it causes them serious harm. To suggest that insurance is a privilege, not a right, and that it doesn't matter that some people don't have insurance, you therefore have to be OK with saying that some people deserve to suffer and even die because they don't have insurance...whether that is because they don't have a job, or have a job that doesn't give them insurance, or because they have a pre-existing condition and can't get it...all of those people must deserve to suffer and die if you really believe that people shouldn't have a right to health care. So I guess my question for you is, wouldn't it be more humane to just shoot them? Think about that, all you anti-insurance reform folks...especially the next time you lose your job and have to decide whether to pay for COBRA on your non-existent paycheck or just wing it without insurance. There's lots of folks out there who think you deserve to suffer and die for your sin of losing your job.

Posted by StarboardLean September 17, 09 06:49 PMI performed a scientific study in my backyard this summer and learned a shocking statistic: 100% of conceptions linked to 100% death rate. Washington must intervene and stop this atrocity!

Posted by A-VeryOfficialScientist September 17, 09 06:58 PMIsn't that less that than what global warming...sorry climate change kills every year?

Posted by Tom September 17, 09 07:02 PMcan we send this along to all the fat cat insurance executives and various governmental officials who have created this abomination. Not that give a rat's _ _ _. and no I do not think we are misreading these figures.

Posted by BarbaraSamburu September 17, 09 07:09 PMDottyAnn: You have no health insurance and no money?

Hospitals will always treat you in emergency rooms, so dont say you have no health care at all.

Are you unable to work? If not are you on welfare, disability or otehr of the many social services? Do you smoke or drink? Do you exercise?

I'm ashamed of the many physically able people who do not work. Many of those people somehow can afford to smoke, drink, have children they cant afford, eat fast foods, pay for cable tv, computer and internet, etc..

We already subsidize welfare, medicare, social security, food stamps, rent control.

Time to wake up and take responsibility.

Posted by Wake Up September 17, 09 07:56 PMThe hateful ignorance and downright meanspiritedness of some of the posters is appalling. I have simply stopped believing in the fundamental goodness of people.

Posted by baileyislandgirl September 17, 09 08:07 PMstatistics are almost always misleading. the uninsured also include a higher percentage of homeless, drug and alcohol abusers, as well as people with all sorts of other life shortening factors. insure these people and they will still die sooner.

Posted by the wizzard September 17, 09 08:20 PMOf the 351 people who died, 200 of them declared their favorite color to be blue, while the remaining 151 chose red as their favorite color.

It's obvious that the color blue is much more deadly than the color red. For this reason alone, the government must intervene.

Blah, blah, blah. You're not going to steal my healthcare, lefties, go chase down some empty water bottles before they kill the planet.

Posted by SSUR4 September 17, 09 08:33 PMI got news for these researchers: there is a 100% chance of 100% of the population dying. "those without insurance are 40% more likely to die" nope. sorry. we are all going to die.

Posted by LukeWilliams September 17, 09 08:48 PMWhen I was in High School a half-century ago, I knew a lot of students whose only talent was for endless sarcasm. They all seemed convinced that they could use this infantile ability to trump the intelligence and evidence that their betters brought to arguments about serious topics. It didn't work then and it doesn't work now.

Posted by JerseyCurmudgeon September 17, 09 10:06 PMIts sad that there are so many uneducated people posting here that do not understand how scientific studies work. Nor do they understand statistics.

The next time you are sick and get prescribed a drug, just remember that the same methods and statistical analysis used in this study are also used to determine the viability and safety of that new drug you just got. If you believe in the safety and effectiveness of that drug, you should should believe in these type of studies as well.

You are being hypocritical if you think you can pick and choose what to accept and what not to, based on your own person beliefs. Its all the same methodology.

Posted by Yoshi September 17, 09 10:38 PMBottom line the 2 studies found that those uninsured had anywhere from a 25-40% greater rate of death

Posted by keith September 17, 09 10:39 PMThis is actually great news! We now have a way to reduce the number of people without health insurance. Have them die because they don't have health insurance.

Posted by lnmonster September 17, 09 11:42 PMThe problem is there are people out there who are highly educated, working very hard and diligently at one or more full time jobs and still do not have health coverage. We call ourselves an industrialized nation and preach equality, yet there is absolutely nothing equal about our health care system. That is what kills people. We have the money and the resources to prevent and treat disease and yet the system is broken because people are still dying. We may as well be signing the death certificates if we, as a nation, insist on sitting wallowing in our complacency by choosing to not reform health care.

How can you call yourself American and not support health care coverage for all? Hang onto your health care coverage all you righties? No one is taking it from you. This battle of the haves and the have-nots is so Machiavellian.

I have a college education. I am an employed Professional worker. I don't smoke or drink. I run marathons and am of average weight. I have been paying taxes for over 20 years and I cannot get health coverage due to a pre-existing condition (congenital heart defect). Every time I have to go to the cardiologist it costs as much as my mortgage, which is why I don't go - it's too expensive. There are many people out there like me being screwed by this so-called democratic health care system. Open your eyes, America.

Posted by dying from heart failure by age 40 September 18, 09 12:07 AMThe United States of America is the richest, freest, most liberal nation in the history of world. That there is any mortality rate whatsoever associated with a lack of health insurance for our fellow citizens is profoundly unacceptable. The good men & women of this country have the means and the will to rectify the problem. This may indeed require directing elected officials to curb the vast power of health insurance & pharmaceutical corporations. The selfish and the ignorant may balk at any attempt to change the shameful status quo for the better, but with such positive change we shall be one step closer to building that "shining city upon a hill" our forefathers envisioned.


Not having health insurance is sure an indication that you will most likely not be a beneficiary of the superbly advanced United States health care system.

This problem will be addressed, and fully so, only when politicians cease to design misguided social policies, subsequently giving most citizens the impression that those who do not have health coverage are at fault when in fact their disposable incomes may be far from being sufficient to permit them to pay for the economic cost of basic food needed to stay alive, to keep themselves going.

The writer, Yves A. Isidor, is executive editor of wehaitians.com, a democracy and human rights journal.

keep themselves going.

Posted by Prof. Yves A. Isidor September 18, 09 12:49 AMOh my god! people die!! how has humankind maintained itself for hundreds of years without subsidized health insurance? It is a miracle.

Posted by cantstandya September 18, 09 12:53 AMI help to support the prisons, the Union workhouses, the Treadmill and the Poor Law! Those who are badly off must go there, and if they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population! It's enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people's. Mine occupies me constantly!

Posted by ebenezer September 18, 09 09:26 AMWAKE UP, SHEEPLE! THE GOVERNMENT IS KILLING US!

Posted by jk September 18, 09 09:28 AMI have taken and done some research for my masters dgree and just be cause they say it was a scientific study does not make it true. From what little info they give the reader it does not look like a scientificly sound study. And one thing you always learn with statistics is that they can be scewed to go what ever way the reporter wants them to go. And it makes me sad when people who don't want a govt. paying or controlling health care are presented as not wanting to help those without coverage. We (over half the USA pop.)want true health care reform...not another expensive ineffective government run program. Can't you see that they want us fighting amonst ourselves as they slowly take control of our lives.

Posted by M. Mielke September 20, 09 12:02 PMThese naysayers might like to ask their doctors what they think of health insurance reform.

Posted by LS September 22, 09 10:59 AMI'm really tired of the "you always have the emergency room" argument. Do people think going to the emergency room is free? The BILL will arrive in the mail. If one doesn't have the money for a doctor's visit they sure don't have the money to pay for an emergency room visit.

Posted by Sage September 23, 09 04:19 PMTo Abby- If you do not have health insurance, you can not afford to visit your doctor at the rates they charge or pay for some prescription medicines. If you are not getting routine follow ups when you have a major medical condition, like heart failure, it could get worse and you can die. So yes, lack of insurance can kill you if you aren't getting the care you need or medicines you need to treat a severe medical condition. And for some of you, is it better to have routine medical care/preventative care than for your condition to be so bad that you end up in an emergency room so the government can pay for it. Some of us are in states like Texas who do not have any medical or financial assistance to anyone except families with children or illegal immigrants.

Does that mean uninsured individuals believe that a government program will solve our problems. Not exactly. Putting an end to the corrupt insurance companies and outrageously unfair practices, high premiums and high deductibles might decrease the number of uninsured.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Is The Race Card getting Old?

President Jimmy Carter(former) suggested that race may be a factor in how President Obama is being threatened by some representatives and the public. This comment has alarmed the media to raise the world famous race card. People are getting just a little tried of it.

The real problem is money. People are really struggling today. Prices appear to rising and income is rather limited if you have a job. T%he battle over health care reform is so ill-timed. We need jobs and less taxes. We need to cut prices and have some fun. The question of race is ugly. There are too many problems that make even worst.

Racial history is so painful. Slavery, The Civil War and all war make this issue so sensitive we cannot discuss it in mixed company. At some point it must end. The question is when and how?

In closing, we need more ideas on the larger issues of jobs,taxes, war and the quality of life for people all over the world. Our educational systems must seek solutions. We need the people with money to invest in poverty. We need more jobs to help people live out their dreams. It appears that the race card has a way of stealing our dreams away and turns life into a nightmare. We need hope and skills to deal with the new world before us.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Keep Our Students Safe

The muder of the Yale student upsets me to no end. We need to make our students safe. Violence has gone too far. People believe they can do anything and it is fine. This system is losing its value for life. This is my view.

NewsWorld newsUnited StatesYale student murder: police investigate lab technicianInvestigators of Annie Le murder focus on wounded lab technician who failed polygraph test
Buzz up! Digg it Daniel Nasaw in Washington guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 15 September 2009 16.19 BST larger | smaller Article history

Police have said the killing of Yale University student Annie Le was not a 'random act'. Photograph: AP

US police are investigating a laboratory technician over the murder of the Yale University graduate student Annie Le, whose body was found inside a wall on Sunday. No arrest has yet been made.

Police in New Haven have said definitively that no suspect is in custody and no students are suspected in the murder. But in an effort to allay public fears on the urban campus, police have said the killing was not a "random act".

Investigators have focused on a laboratory technician who failed a polygraph test and had defensive wounds on his body, New Haven news organisations reported, citing anonymous police sources. A New Haven police spokesman this morning batted down media reports that police expect soon to make an arrest in the slaying. Officer Joe Avery declined to comment further.

Investigators are examining bloody clothes found hidden in a ceiling in the building. They have determined the clothes did not belong to Le, but hope to learn whether they had been worn by the suspect.

In a case that has horrified the community at one of America's most prestigious universities, the bloodied, battered body of the 24-year-old pharmacology student was discovered crammed in a utility shaft in a heavily secured research building on the campus on the day she was to be married.

Le went missing last Tuesday morning, having left her wallet, keys and purse in her office in a medical school building about a mile from Yale's main campus. She was filmed by surveillance cameras during her final walk to the facility where her body was found on Sunday.

Access to the basement laboratory where Le's body was found is tightly controlled and workers there are required to swipe ID cards to gain entry, limiting the pool of potential suspects, the Yale president, Richard Levin, told medical school staff and students yesterday. The pavement outside the building is closely monitored by surveillance cameras.

Le was to be married to Jonathan Widawsky, a 24-year-old physics student at Columbia University in New York. The couple met as undergraduates at the University of Rochester in western New York state. Le was from California. Widawsky is not suspected in the slaying.

"She was generous, honest, caring and the list just keeps going," Le's roommate Natalie Powers said. "She was tougher than you'd think by just looking at her."

Sunday, September 13, 2009

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Health Care Reform

The President's Plan for Health Reform

“It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance.
It will provide insurance to those who don’t. And it will lower the cost of health care
for our families, our businesses, and our government."

If You Have Health Insurance,
the President's Plan:
Ends discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions.
Limits premium discrimination based on gender and age.
Prevents insurance companies from dropping coverage when people are sick and need it most.
Caps out-of-pocket expenses so people don’t go broke when they get sick.
Eliminates extra charges for preventive care like mammograms, flu shots and diabetes tests to improve health and save money.
Protects Medicare for seniors.
Eliminates the “donut-hole” gap in coverage for prescription drugs.
If You Don’t Have Insurance,
the President's Plan:
Creates a new insurance marketplace — the Exchange — that allows people without insurance and small businesses to compare plans and buy insurance at competitive prices.
Provides new tax credits to help people buy insurance.
Provides small businesses tax credits and affordable options for covering employees.
Offers a public health insurance option to provide the uninsured and those who can’t find affordable coverage with a real choice.
Immediately offers new, low-cost coverage through a national “high risk” pool to protect people with preexisting conditions from financial ruin until the new Exchange is created.
For All Americans,
the President's Plan:
Won’t add a dime to the deficit and is paid for upfront.
Requires additional cuts if savings are not realized.
Implements a number of delivery system reforms that begin to rein in health care costs and align incentives for hospitals, physicians, and others to improve quality.
Creates an independent commission of doctors and medical experts to identify waste, fraud and abuse in the health care system.
Orders immediate medical malpractice reform projects that could help doctors focus on putting their patients first, not on practicing defensive medicine.
Requires large employers to cover their employees and individuals who can afford it to buy insurance so everyone shares in the responsibility of reform.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What is Going On?

Now that Labor Day has passed, we are down to business. The children are all back in school and as we all move forward to cooler weather as the leaves begin to change from green to red, yellow and brown. However, all is not well.

The President attempted to speak to the school children about taking responsibility for their education. The public in some corners took this as a form of socialism. Some parents refused to allow their children to go to school. This will clearly knock them out of perfect attendance rewards.

Health care is front and center. The news indicates that of a person dose not have insurance you may be fined. One source stated, that there will be counselor available to advise death options. There is also talk about rationed medicine as well.

The truth is: This has become very ugly. Freedom of speech is a good thing, but it is not pretty. We must all fight for the truth. President Obama will give a big speech on health care reform tonight. Most people will tune him out.

We must all seek the truth. This is a hard job. That means we must read the information on what is best for the nation and our families. We really need jobs. Health care is wonderful, but who cares if you don't have a job. Whats' going on? We need to know the truth.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Happy Labor Day...

We celebrate all workers around the world. Workers are the backbone and brains that make life better for everyone. We wish all workers a day of rest and reflection. Thank you for all that you have done for society. This is my view.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Is The Recession Over?

The past eight years have been a real challenge. Jobs are being lost. Homes are being lost. The auto industry lost billions of dollars. Yet, we are seeing more signs of hope. Housing is coming back at about a 4% increase. This is a good indicator.

The Banks are beginning to pay back billions of dollars to the government. This is good news. The only lagging indicator is jobs. We need a jobs task force. The unemployment is at 9.7%. In other words, 95% employment is considered full employment. Four percent of of the work force needs jobs.

The recession has been painful. Families have been hurt in ways that words can not do justice. This is a great time to plan and work has hard is the key to growth. When the media announces that the recession is over it will be too late. The time to act is now.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

The World Says Good-bye to Ted Kennedy

We have lost a person whom represented the best hope in humankind. The Kennedy name means so much to the underdogs of the world. They dream of a better place for all. The death of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy gave their lives for the betterment of society. Sure they were political and far from perfect, yet they had dreams of at least trying to do something. Now, we watch the passing of their younger brother Ted M. Kennedy. This is a true lost for the voiceless.

Ted Kennedy represented our best hopes. Yeas he was liberal, but he had compassion. He understood pain and suffering. He and his family are rich, but they cared for the less fortunate. He fought for human rights.

Even the conservatives acknowledged his compassion although they did not agree with him on many issues. We can all learn from this imperfect man. Sure he had problems. Yet he always fought the good fight. We say good-bye and sail on in the dream of a better place. The world says good-bye.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy wanted Health Care

Rest in peace Sen Edward Kennedy. The nation lost a real fighter for human rights. His death is the end of the old liberal ideals of a great society and new deal. The end of dreams of a nation for everyone living in brother and sisterhood. The dreams of Camelot, the perfect world.

America is the only major industrial nation with out universal health care,yet we spend more than any other nation. This was Sen. Kennedy's issue. The Kennedy Family has historically fought the losing cause. Civil Rights, Human Rights, Gay Rights, Worker Rights, Woman Rights and all of the rights that people on the right fine displeasure.

We find ourselves in a new day. A time to move forward without necessarily caring for the different and the have nots. We are caught in wars with people we do not know and for reasons unknown. Sen. Kennedy apposed these wars. I once dreamed of a perfect world. Perhaps, it is in another place other than this one. I still have hope.Life is not easy. But tomorrow is another day. Yet, there will be one less Kennedy to dream the dreams of Camelot.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Why has Health Care become WAR?

The world is fighting to end an economic recession. Germany and France appears to have turned the corner on their economic problems. Jobs are still in question due to high levels of unemployment. Yet, in The United States, health care reform has been our front page issue.

Is it that we are sicker than our willingness to work? Nearly 10% of our work force has lost their jobs. Almost 46 million people do not have health care. The public has been rather hostile at congressional town hall meetings. There are a number of people wearing arms.

The public is fighting over the idea of the government offering a public option to insure people vs. a co-op partnership between the private sector and the government. The hope is to reduce cost and make the entire system more competitive.

In conclusion, The President has lost a great deal of momentum on this particular issue. The opposition believes if they can stop health care reform, they will in turn, stop the presidency. Why is it that our culture is so war oriented? We fight when it is time to compromise. We battle when it is time to think. Perhaps we need more time to mature as a nation? The issue is simple at best. Reduce cost, cut waste and preventive coverage are the key elements to a healthier nation. Please tell me what do you think?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Guns in Public?

Lately at the past two Presidential town hall meetings, there have been several men with guns wrapped around them. I realize we have a right to bear arms. This seems to take the civilized world about 150 years backward.

Gun people to me seem insecure. Oh, I am a Big Man with a Big Gun look at me. I am a real man.

In conclusion, we all have the right to bear arms. We all have the right to public assembly. I would be really concerned if one of these Big Men and their Big Gun showed up at the PTA meeting. America has made tremendous social progress. Yet, we have many more miles to travel.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Is Health Care Reform making You Sick?

Lately there has been so much ugliness regarding health care reform. People are literally screaming in the streets. What is all of this fuss over? Is there something about health care that makes people ill?

The people hollering the most have insurance, jobs, homes and a vested interest in stepping 47 million people without health care. Why is it that we can not help these people is a real question? What if we went without 3 nuclear bombs, would this satisfy this problem?

In conclusion, we need to reduce cost and waste. Preventive medicine is one answer in the long term. Reducing taxes is another measure to give credit for having insurance. I am not sick yet. However, it is making me nervous. I hope we can reach closure on this matter and create jobs foe everyone.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Why Do We Need Money?

Recently, the question was raised as to why do we need money? After receiving some rather interesting feedback I must share some of the thinking discussed. The main idea that impressed me the most was on Star Trek (about the future) there will be no need for money.

Nevertheless, the majority of the responses stated we need money to live. Food, housing and of course the bills all need to be satisfied with money. Given the intensity of this recession, people are struggling to make ends meet. Large corporations and businesses are suffering to hold on and need government assistance.

The average person is at a real lost because the institutions we trust i.e. the banks are also shaky. Perhaps money is not what we thought it was or is, and we need new thinking about the whole idea.

I asked the question, if we had no money in the future ,would we still have poverty? The response was yes. People will still be poor and suffering. One astute person stated that in the future we will have a resource driven economy. Information will be the key. Must people and nations are in debt. The more I owe the more I have.

In conclusion, one person stated that when people lived in caves they did not need all these things. Perhaps we should all live in caves. But for now, I will get all the money I can get my hands on for now and the future. However, I would try to end poverty and ignorance at all cost. Please respond to help me on this question...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bill Clinton a World Hero

Bill Clinton is The Man of The Hour. The World is now a better place when peace and freedom ring out around the planet. There is always hope. We need it more today than yesterday....

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Are We Going in The Right Direction?

The worst may be over. Wall Street is making money, the banks are showing a profit, and people are buying cars. Yet, unemployment is high and health care is in a huge fight. Are we getting out of this recession? Are we on the right road?

Lately. there have been protest regarding the role of government. If a program seems to have problems, people will question what the heck is going on these people? There are people screaming leave health care alone. I wonder why?

The world is in need of direction. People need to know that some one is in charge and cares about the average person. War changes this dramatically. We need peace. Our economy needs to reset and fight for full employment. Everyone should have a job.

In conclusion, we need leadership to pave the way to a new world. Columbus wanted to find a new way to riches. We too must find our way to full employment, health care and a stronger education. Then we all (over the world) will find the right direction for ourselves.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cash Cash for Clunkers has helped for us for Clunkers ...Is This a Good Idea?

The government is giving all older car owners $4,500 to buy a new car. The idea is to take gas burners off the road and newer more environmental cars on it. This creates jobs and stimulates the economy. The program was so successful that 2billion more will be added.

The old cars should be recycled and the materials be refined to make more green products. We need more ideas like this to get us started. We need more jobs. I hope people buy more American cars.

In conclusion, Cash for Clunkers is good for now. Will we buy cars without a program? Can we create more jobs? Will the environment get better? Does it reduce the cost of gas? All of these questions must be addressed. It is a good idea to get this economy started. Now, we need health care and more jobs....

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Now That The Beer Summit Is Over....

I am so glad this is over. Do you feel better? Do we have more jobs? Is health care a done deal? Will gas prices drop? Will all of our problems just melt away? Will there be goodwill and peace on Earth? All I am left with is questions. It does make me that a pause to think about all the isms.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Does The President Having a Beer Solve The Race Question?

Apparently, The President, Dr. Gates and Sergent Crowley will have a beer at the White House. Will this solve all of our problems? What if everything just went away? Crime, hate,war,poverty and unemployment will just vanish.

The world is at a strange time and place. Things are changing. Then there are situations that pop up and we see the race, gender, class and orientation card played. It makes us all sick.

In conclusion, they will have their beer and talk about The Bosox, the media will take numerous pictures and life will move on in the future. The question is, what will really happen? What is the learning objective regarding this matter? Perhaps we all need a time out with a beer? I wonder, if I had a beer and all of my problems will disappear. Oh, I don't drink. What do you think?

Monday, July 27, 2009

What Is Palin Doing?

I am somewhat concerned about Sarah Palin's leaving the office of governor of Alaska. If there were problems and it was too much for her then that is a reasonable solution.

However, if Palin is resigning t5o run for president full time and raise money, and undermine our present leadership, this is a real problem. She could be an incompetent opportunist which she has always been.

American is in need of sincere leadership. We also need people who are highly educated and experienced as problem solvers and leaders. However, we do not need some one who would like to try it and then run when it is no longer fun.I wonder what she is doing?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Is The Gates Arrest about Racism?

This story was taken by The Mountain Sage 07-23-2009. Please read this and leave your comments. I will share my view after we receive a number of responses.

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This complete incident could have been avoided with just a little effort by the police. When the officer got the report that a possible break-in had occurred he could have contacted dispatch and had the address checked to see who owns the home. It’s certainly not that hard to do. Once that information was in hand a driver’s license check could be made and the name, race, age of the owner could have been relayed to the officer.

Had the officer approached the house with that information in hand and a little different attitude there probably wouldn’t have been an altercation. Of course a black man didn’t want to step outside to talk to a police officer – too many reports of police abuse against black men for him to be comfortable with that. The officer could have apologized for interrupting Mr. Gates and asked if Mr. Gates and his property were ok since a possible break-in had been reported.

I believe Mr. Gates’ response would have been much different.

Maybe it’s time we all take a little more time and put a little more thought into our interactions with each other.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the nation’s most prominent African-American scholars was arrested last Thursday in broad daylight at his Cambridge, Massachusetts, home for disorderly conduct — what the arresting officer described as “loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space.” The charge was dropped Tuesday on the recommendation of police, and the city of Cambridge issued a statement calling the incident “regrettable and unfortunate.”

Gates had just returned from a trip to China when a police officer responded to a call about a potential break-in at his home that was phoned in by a white woman. According to the police report, Gates was in the foyer when the officer arrived.

The officer asked Gates to “step out onto the porch and speak with me,” the report says. “[Gates] replied, ‘No, I will not.’ He then demanded to know who I was. I told him that I was ‘Sgt. Crowley from the Cambridge Police’ and that I was ‘investigating a report of a break in progress’ at the residence.

“While I was making this statement, Gates opened the front door and exclaimed, ‘Why, because I’m a black man in America?’ ” Have race relations improved since the election of President Barack Obama?

According to the report, Gates initially refused to show the officer his identification, instead asking for the officer’s ID. But Gates eventually did show the officer his identification that included his home address.

“The police report says I was engaged in loud and tumultuous behavior. That’s a joke,” Gates told The Root. “It escalated as follows: I kept saying to him, ‘What is your name, and what is your badge number?’ and he refused to respond. I asked him three times, and he refused to respond. And then I said, ‘You’re not responding because I’m a black man, and you’re a white officer.’”

Known as Skip by friends and colleagues, Gates is the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, and an acclaimed PBS documentarian.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The President and Health Care

The President went on the offvisive regarding health care tonight. Perhaps he is a little late on the issue and did not have a strong point person on the issue. There are still 47 million people without health care

What are the facts? Who gains if we do nothing, and who wins if it is passed? The b real argument is we pay 6 thousand dollars more on health care than other nations. Meda-Cad and care causes huh deficits in our budget and growing by the minute. The health insurance and pharmaceutical companies are profiting billions in this recession.

In conclusion, The American people lose. Our grandchildren lose, and the other nations with less cost will take advantage of us in other areas. The real issue is reform. Insure everyone, cut cost, promote preventive care, and make the wealthy insurance and pharmaceutical companies pay for it with the other multi-millionaires. Now that is reform.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Health Care Is In Trouble.....

There appears to be a log jam in congress regarding health care reform. The President wants a bill next month. The congress wants to go on vacation. Meanwhile, there are still 47 million people without health care.

People are dying and losing their jobs. There is a ground level experience that the law makers are missing in the equation, and perhaps they don't care. People without insurance are powerless in general.

The insurance lobby and the pharmaceutical industry has tremendous power. Inaction is a good thing. Nothing happens is good for business. The question is: Who profits the most in the health care industry?

In all likelihood, we may not get health care reform. However, the 47 million number may be reduced by 10%. People will continue to lose their jobs and die. We can hope for the best, or we too can lobby and demand results.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Can We Move Past Race, Gender and Orientation?

Pat Buchanan is receiving a great deal of criticism regard his views on Soto mayor a Supreme Court nominee.Affirmative action is at the heart of the argument. This is most disturbing as we try to move forward in a more pluralistic society.

All of the"isms" really stops society from making progress. When we question people about things they cannot change it is inherently unfair. For example, asking why some one breaths air, or why are you so short? Why yare your parents from the north pole?

In conclusion, we can all become more educated on the human condition. We need to focus on job development. Health care is on the table. Our educational systems in our inner cities are war grounds. Sure people will be people, yet we can all become better citizens in the process. Help not Hurt. Learn then make an informed position.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

America and The World Needs Jobs

The economy is growing at a slow pace. People needs jobs. Families are really struggling. How can we get out of it. We must buy things in our communities. People need to do things with other people in mind.

The governments of the world are not necessarily the answer to our condition. We must start small businesses. We must develop our skills to become more intelligent about the money we have earned. Our children need a better economic education than our generation.

In conclusion, a new mind-set is in order. The green movement makes sense as long as it doesn't cost too much. We must re-think how we do business. Intelligence goes along way. The smart economy will take fast learners. Yes, America and the world needs jobs and a job to do!

Friday, July 10, 2009

We Need Jobs!

I support the President. I love America. However, I am so concerned about the number of unemployed people. The real concern is for parents of young children without jobs. They need the jobs first.

All dead beat parents should lose their jobs second. All companies who have out sourced jobs must pay a jobs fine. Every out soured job requires two added American jobs. All trade imbalances with nations should be noted and labeled on the product or service.

In conclusion, anyone with 10 million dollars over and beyound their needs should invest in a jobs bank. We need to look out for who simply cannot find work. Perhaps we could develop a recovery program that for every 50 thousand dollars in waste can create a work program for young people. What if we reduced class size and hired more teachers. We need idea. This is just my view.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

What The World Needs Now?

The world is in need of change. These are the days when life has gotten smarter and colder. People are suffering each day. I saw some people living under the express-way the other day. I have seen homeless people, but not a village.

Why is it that people fall into such hard conditions? How can the United Nations allow one nation to gain billions of dollars and people are dying of hunger.

Perhaps there is something wrong with education. What change is necessary to make the changes to rid the world of poverty and sickness. A day will come and make things right. I am sicked each day by all acts inhumanity. One day we will learn. What the world needs now is love, sweet love,not for some,but for everyone.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What Is Going On?

The news has been flooded with Micheal Jackson, The Governor of South Carolina, and Health Care are all gaining attention for a number of reasons. The question is: Why is this important if at all?

Clearly the death of Micheal Jackson is big news. Micheal was always controversial. The plastic surgery, the kids,and spending too much money are all under suspicion.He is also in questioned about drugs. Micheal Jackson is and was the greatest pop star with Elvis and James Brown.

Meanwhile, the Gov. Sanford is admitting to numerous affairs and is being asked to resign. He is a complete embarrassment to the republican party. He refused millions of dollars in stimulus money and spoke out against Bill Clinton's affairs. He is pro-gun, pro-life, pro-family,and death penalty. He left his wife, kids, state and blew off everything.He was also thinking about running for president. As long has he stays in office, he will make the republicans look like idiots.

In conclusion, the death of a pop star and the miss steps of a governor has nothing to do with t5he health of the American people. Over 50 million people are without health care. Who cares? The media only wants to sell papers that people are not buying. We need jobs and health care. The rest can do as they wish.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Time Is Moving in New Directions

Time is taking on new meaning to me. Some days it appears to be moving slowly. Then there are days when time is moving fast. I guess it depends on the what is going on this time on my life.

Death ran big the past week. Ed McMahon, Fara Fassett, Ed Devillia,and Micheal Jackson, all died so fast. Perhaps it is a sense of tremendous lost. I grew up with these people on my T.V.

We must think more about the real issues in life. People are losing jobs fast. I still see people losing their homes. Health care is a real problem. I am still concerned about the lack of urban education as well.

In conclusion, life and time are one. It is what we make it. If we move at at a slow pace., then it would appear that it moves slowly. If we work fast then time goes fast. These are difficult days and we must think through each issue. We need to care more about each other and show love when and where we can. Time is life.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

What Impact Did Micheal Jackson Have?

Micheal J. Jackson was named "The King of Pop." The song "thriller," is the largest selling reccord in the world. The question is, how did he move the world? Micheal wrote a song entitled,"We are The World."

Moreover, Micheal Jackson was born and moved by the advent of technology. He went from home movies in black and white to being Twitted to announce his death. Millions of people watched him on TV, YouTube, and MTV. His music made of dance and smile.

In conclusion, Micheal Jackson is and was The King of Pop. The world can be a strange place as it relates to life and death. This should give us all pause to reflect on fame and fortune. Our lives are so precious. We must do the basics. Love our children. Show love to our young people. We must embrace our seniors with love and respect. Rest in peace Micheal Jackson.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Jobs, Health Care and Freedom

The three biggest issues facing the nation and the world are wrapped-up in these three particular ares of concern. The question is ,at what price are we willing to pay to make it happen? Perhaps the real price is too costly.

America needs to look closely at Canada. Health is a right. The people are living longer. The quality of life is sound. Government is for the people and by the people. Secondly, We need more jobs. People need work and income. How can we create more jobs world-wide? Finally, people need freedom. We grow when the air is free. Things happen when people can express new ideas with fear nor intimidation.

In conclusion,the time is right to do what is proper and righteous. People need to work, be healthy and be free. Is this asking too much? Are so consumed by our own desires that we can allow billions to make it on their own? What if everyone gave-up 10% of their income to receive 100 times more in life? Let us live, work and be free in a healthier world.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Why Not Health Care Reform?

There is so much fuss over health car, I cannot understand why? Is it wrong to help people in need? Are we in a recession of compassion? America needs to move forward on this issue.

The President needs a real point person on this matter, health care is too important to allow it to sleep away. Everyone needs to have some form of health care.

What should we do regarding reform? Do we let people get sick and die? Sure I have my insurance, but what about the next person. Let us move forward and do our best. Give the people what they need.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Health Care is The Issue...

I remember when Hillary was leading the charge on health-care. There were certain people who went nuts. Perhaps Bill should have taken a stronger leadership role. Hillary as first lady was not elected at the time.

Now, health-care is the hot issue. People are saying,"We don't want socialized medicine." What is that people want? There about 50 million people without health care. People are still losing there jobs and homes.

We need to do something. Cost are too high and getting higher. We need reform. America needs to look at Canada. We could become a stronger smarter nation. Then we can move forward on other issues. Let us support health care reform today.

Monday, June 15, 2009

We Need Health-Care

Why is it that there are some people that do not want health-care for everyone. I wonder why? Is there something to gain by allowing sick people to suffer and die?

Canada is so advances in the universal health field. We need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their system. We can improve on the problems and make changes.

We need to cut cost, expand coverage, and seek preventive care. These measures we help our economy and create more jobs. Those who would stop this reform are not acting in the best interest of our nation.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Do You Want Health-care?

Health C are is the hot issue. This will be the greatest fight we probably never see or hear. Money will be the real force behind the seen forcing people to say no.

We need a real program to help people. The question is who will pay for it and how much will it cost? The long term cost will be less if we act now. Everyone must take a stand on this issue.

The American business community needs to push for universal care. Health people spend more money than people who are not so healthy. We need to reduce swine flue and other problems we can eliminate today with better health care.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Health- Care

America needs heath-care reform. We need to reduce cost, expand coverage, and preventive care are the key components of any real plan. Wall-mart should get involved at a comprehensive level. They understand cutting cost.

The idea of people getting rich off of the ill is a moral question. America needs to look carefully at the Canadian System to make true cost cutting and coverage. This could be a chance to improve business performance.

America needs to take a hard look at what can be done. Hillary Clinton was knocked down in her attempt to reform health-care. The future of our aging population is in the balance. The future is being driven by young people. They must pay for all the bills we are acquiring at present.

If we are able to rebuild our economy, roads, and now health-care will make America well positioned for the future. Education will be the next area of major concern. The new administration appears to be highly intelligent. We need people who think first, consult the stakeholders, and then take measured steps to whats' best at that time, and for the long-term.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Slow Motion

As the weather gets warmer it seems like everything is slowing down. The news appears boring. The GOP is so lost in old issues. They are playing the race card against Puerto Rici an woman. This group is so large and threatening that I am concerned.

We need to allow people to express their ideas with greater latitude. We need to talk about race and culture more to move forward ON THESE TYPE OF ISSUES.

America needs to expand our vision to see and understand the next person. When this recession is over, we will be much stronger. The weak companies will no longer be around. New opportunities will start up. People will be smarter. Hopefully our leaders will pay more attention to the long-term and details. I hope we learn and do better.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Who Cares...


I must have hit the caps lock and made a mistake as usual. But I am trying to keep it real although people are not doing that anymore.
We need jobs and American cars. I hope this recession comes to a pleasant end.

The future will be what we make it. The secret to life is positive thinking. The word yes must have real value. The GOP says no to everything. Is this a good thing when people need answers. Yet the real question is who really cares?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Torture is Torture.....

I have had an enough information about torture. The news is trying to learn who knew what and when. I really don't' care who knew what. The question is who gave the green light. Must we water-board some one until we get at the truth.
It is my understanding that torture can make anyone admit to anything i.e. eating a ham sandwich in the year 2020. What about jobs? Can we make some more jobs for Americans? Can we make banks that don't' slop over money and get a bonus?
I believe that the media is still trying to get people to pay attention. Who knows how to create jobs? Bill Clinton made millions of jobs. We need the media to go on a job creation mission. This recession has been torture for me. We need to find someone to blame and fast.