Monday, August 10, 2009
America, we cannot give up our freedoms and rights in exchange for a date to sit imploringly before someone who holds our lives and the lives of our loved ones in his hands. Look, I don't care if you're a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, or absolutely nothing, you deserve better. Who is Obama that this woman should have to ask him if he would consider her mother's joy and spirit in his decision as to whether she can be given health care? Is he God?! The government has no right to make these kinds of decisions. America, you have got to keep standing up and speaking out. Congress, you have got to read the health care bill. We all need to read it. Otherwise, this is the just the beginning of a seriously diabolical time in our history. Some were outraged when Sarah Palin had the courage to call the proposed "death panel" by its true name: "evil." But you look at the video and tell me you don't agree.
From www.motivationtruth.com by Adrienne Ross
I was able to get through 500 pages of the Health Care Bill and took many examples of the disaster Obama is attempting to force down our throats. Please print the list and bring it with you to any Town Hall meetings or similar gatherings. After reading this bill, I am sure of one thing Obama is EVIL.
Page 22: Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure!
Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed
Page 30: A Government committee will decide what treatments & benefits you get. This would be the “Death Panel” and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process.
Page 42: The “Health Choices Commissioner” will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None.
Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services.
Page 59: The Federal Government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electric funds transfer.
Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans such as SEIU, UAW and ACORN.
Page 72: All private health care plans must conform to government rules to participate in the Health care Exchange.
Page 84: All Private health care plans must participate in the Health care Exchange giving total government control of private plans.
Page 91: Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for services; translation: illegal aliens
Page 95: The Government will pay ACORN and Americorps to sign up individuals for Government-run Health Care Plan
Page 102: Those eligible for Medicaid will be automatically enrolled, you have no choice in the matter.
Page 124: No company can sue the government for price-fixing. No “judicial review” is permitted against the government monopoly. Simply put, private insurers will be crushed.
Page 127: The government will set doctors wages. The AMA sold doctors out!
Page 145: An employer MUST auto-enroll employees into the government-run public plan. No alternatives.
Page 126: Employees MUST pay health care bills for part-time employees AND their families.
Page 149: Any Employer with a payroll of $400k or more, who does not offer a public option, pays an 8% tax on payroll
Page 150: Any Employer with a payroll of $250k - 400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays a 2 to 6% tax on payroll.
Page 167: Any individual who does not have acceptable health care (according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income.
Page 170: Any NON-RESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes (Americans will pay for them).
Page 195: Offices and employees of the Government Health care Bureaucracy will have access to ALL American financial and personal records.
Page 203: “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.” This is directly from the bill!
Page 239: Bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid, Seniors and the poor affected”
Page 241: Doctors: no matter what medical specialty, will all receive the same compensation!!!! You can thank the AMA.
Page 253: Government sets value of the doctor’s time, their professional judgement etc.
Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private healthcare companies and industries.
Page 268: Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven wheelchairs.
Page 272: Cancer patient treatment will be on a case by case depending on cost of treatment. As Governor Palin described: Death Panels.
Page 280: Hospitals will be penalized for what the Government preventable re-admissions.
Page 298: Doctors: if you treat a patient during an initial admission that results in a re-admission, you will be penalized by the Government.
Page 317: Doctors: you are now prohibited from owning and investing in Health care companies!!!!
Page 318: Prohibition on hospital expansion. Hospitals cannot expand without Government approval!!!
Page 321: Hospital expansion hinges on “community” input: in other words, organizations like ACORN will have authority.
Page 335: Government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures. More Death Panels and rationing.
Page 341: Government has the authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs etc.
Page 354: Government will restrict enrollment of SPECIAL NEEDS individuals. Trig and other children with Down Syndrome will be excluded or accepted according to Øbama’s Death Panel.
Page 379: The Tele-Health Advisory Committee will be established. Health Care by phone.
Page 425: Advance Care Planning: Counseling for Senior Citizens, assisted suicide and euthanasia. Scary and evil!
Page 425: Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death.
Page 429: Advance Care Planning Consult will be used to dictate treatment as patient’s health deteriorates. This can include an ORDER for end-of-life plans from the Government.
Page 430: Government will decide what level of treatment you may have at end-of-life.
Page 469: Community-based Home Medical Services will be made available: organizations such as ACORN.
Page 472: Payments will be provided to Community-based organizations (ACORN).
Page 489: Government will cover marriage and family therapy. Government intervenes in your marriage.
Page 494: Government will cover mental health services: defining, creating and rationing services.
The president's health care proposal is at the fore of everyone's mind right now, and now is not the time for our elected officials to play dumb or to be dumb, for that matter. It's time for them to know the facts, address the issues, and shoot straight from the hip. And Mark Begich will have the chance to do all of this when he appears at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce today, August 10th, to answer questions on health care reform.
So far, all that is on record from Begich is a Youtube video of his July 27th iTown Hall Meeting. His comments were unclear, to say the least. For example, read the following:
"If you got a doctor now, you got a medical professional that you want, you get to keep that. If you have an insurance program or health care policy you want of ideas, make sure you keep it-that you can keep who you want. That we keep that patient/doctor relationship very strong. Pre-existing conditions is a principle that must be in all health care reform. That no matter what pre-existing condition you have that you can be covered, and that you can have portability between employer to employer. Also strengthening our veterans as well as our Indian Health Services are also important. And the two other last pieces I'll mention is ensuring that prevention and wellness is a critical piece, and that the small business community also has the opportunity to receive access to affordable health care for not only their - themselves as entrepreneurs, but also their employees. It is clear by a data report we laid out recently that if we don't do this, especially around the business - the small business community, it is estimated over the next decade by doing nothing will be about a hundred billion cost to the small business community, which means we all pay for it one way or another."My reaction each of the three times I read this was the same: What?!
I don't know about you, but I'm left with no clear understanding of what the senator is talking about. Look, now is not the time to talk around issues. It's certainly not the time to speak in generalities--or foreign languages. Americans are fearful about this new health care legislation that Congress is attempting to force upon them. They are worried about government once again interfering in their lives. It's bad enough when government seeks to take over the mortgage and car industries, but when they seek to push their way into life or death issues like health care, people are a little uncomfortable, to say the least--and they want real answers.
As Alaskans meet with Senator Begich later today, I am sure, among other things, they're going to want to ask him where he stands on rationed care; why the American people will be financing health care for illegal aliens; taxes being assessed those who choose not to switch to the government's health care--making it very difficult to afford to keep one's own health care provider, by the way; and the government's end of life decision-making power. They're going to want to know why the bill seeks to reduce physician services for seniors, low income people, and the poor; what gives the government health care administration the right to access all Americans' financial and personal records; and, no doubt, they will want to know if he, too, will be embracing this government health care for himself.
Senator Begich will have to do better than he did in the above statement if he wants Alaskans to be satisfied. See, they've already heard former Governor Sarah Palin's comments on health care. Her position is both loud and clear--and Begich needs to be able to handle the concerns that she expressed in her statement below:
As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!
The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion.
Rep. Michele Bachmann highlighted the Orwellian thinking of the president’s health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the White House chief of staff, in a floor speech to the House of Representatives. I commend her for being a voice for the most precious members of our society, our children and our seniors.
We must step up and engage in this most crucial debate. Nationalizing our health care system is a point of no return for government interference in the lives of its citizens. If we go down this path, there will be no turning back. Ronald Reagan once wrote, “Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” Let’s stop and think and make our voices heard before it’s too late.
- Sarah Palin
Something I learned about Alaskans during my trip there recently: They are straight-forward, no-nonsense people, and they expect the same from their elected officials. Senator Begich will be wise to remember that before he votes on this health care bill.