According to this article, the Tea Party Could Put Record Number of Black Conservatives in Office.
Which? Is awesome. But why do they make this distinction? ANY conservative is better than the RINO’s and liberals in there now. Still, I am so pleased to see black conservatives standing up and showing themselves. People need to see something other than the news and honestly, anyone besides Al Sharpton, and frankly, Barack Obama, representing black America.
If ANYONE in the “black community” had done more than offer money for college…if they had shown people that the welfare handouts were not a hand up…that the “projects” were not a payback for slavery, but a different form of it…that gangs only keep them from gaining the true power over their lives, and enslaves them to the streets…that hatred and bigotry can be rampant in their own community, and that it too, enslaves them by giving them someone to blame instead of helping them focus on the real problem. Giving people an excuse to do nothing is what the progressives have done.
Taking responsibility for yourself, your family and your actions…that is the answer. For ALL of us. Wouldn’t it be nice if politicians were to be an example of what to do, what could be…rather than what NOT to do? And what you’d never, ever want to be?
This is the best explanation of what is wrong with this country right now. Please listen.
I’ll be 63 soon. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.
I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the leftwing Congresscritters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them—with their own money.
I’m tired of being told how bad America is by leftwing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the religious freedom and women’s rights of Saudi Arabia, the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Gay people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela. Won’t multiculturalism be beautiful?
I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor;” of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers;” of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery;” of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.
I believe “a man should be judged by the content of his character, not by the color of his skin.” I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the post-racial world of President Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of US Senators from Illinois. I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the emancipation proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less in an all-knowing government.
I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama’s, at triple the cost, were wonderful. That thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress, that picked over every line of Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his, that slammed Palin with two years as governor for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever.
Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.
I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re greener than Gore, you’re green enough.
I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don’t think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.
I’m tired of illegal aliens being called “undocumented workers,” especially the ones who aren’t working, but are living on welfare or crime. What’s next? Calling drug dealers, “Undocumented Pharmacists”? And, no, I’m not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic and it’s been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I’m willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military. Those are the citizens we need.
I’m tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people then themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years—and still are? Not even close. So here’s the deal. I’ll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we’ll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.
I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers—bums are bi-partisan. And I’m tired of people telling me we need bi-partisanship. I live in Illinois, where the “Illinois Combine” of Democrats and Republicans has worked together harmoniously to loot the public for years. And I notice that the tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet are bi-partisan as well.
I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
Speaking of poor, I’m tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn’t have that in 1970, but we didn’t know we were “poor.” The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.
I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems.
Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to get to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts state senate. He blogs at www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com
I am only 48 and I gotta tell you, I feel just this tired. Thanks for putting it into words, Robert.
We were THISCLOSE to packing some clothes and heading out at midnight last night to drive to DC.
That’s when we would need to leave to make it there. In the end, we discussed what responsibilities we had here at home, with an elderly mom and jobs and a mortgage to pay. We decided it would be difficult at best to make it there in time, and that it would make it next to impossible to pay our bills if we used the money on gas, food and hotel rooms for a trip to this rally.
Then it hit me. THIS is why the Tea Party movement is an incredible phenomenon in and of itself! Most conservatives, regardless of party affiliation, are RESPONSIBLE people who pay their own way and don’t expect handouts. Much too responsible to drop all the things they have to do for their families and their employers, or employees, to just run to a rally. No matter how important the protest.
I have been to several. We have given up lunches and rearranged schedules to drive as many as 7 hours to attend them. It’s THAT important to us that this travesty called “health care reform” not be passed into law. The double counting, fuzzy math, backroom dealing, stealing from the elderly and flat out LYING in this bill…not to mention the fact that they are disregarding the directive of the American people AND the CONSTITUTION to do it!
There are are so many people that don’t see the whole picture. We do not have people dying in the streets for lack of health care. Doctors and hospitals aren’t turning people away for lack of insurance. I worked in health care for over 20 years. We saw people without insurance all the time. Medicare and Medicaid need to be fixed and expanded, if there really are people not covered. Absolutely. Do THAT first. And the insurance companies need to have some guidelines as to not being able to drop people when they get sick. That’s why we pay for insurance in the first place. Duh. Allow insurance sales across state lines. Make them work for our business. But this bill doesn’t do that and will end the health care we have now…the best health care in the world. Health care workers need to CALL THEIR REPS! Tell them to VOTE NO!
This makes me so sick. I just watched Pelosi…again…say she is assured of a victory “for the American people”. This health care travesty is NOT what MOST of us want and I am livid. They have no business issuing “rights” and the folks that elected them to office don’t either. I will be here tomorrow, calling whoever I can to beg them to vote no. Please do the same. Call them. E-mail them. Go to their office. Please ask them to vote no. This is not what we want.
Info from Gov Mike Huckabee:
VERY helpful info from the corner:
Thursday, March 18, 2010
If you want to make your voice heard on the health-care bill before the House votes on Sunday, you’d better do so quickly. To make things easier for you, here, organized in alphabetical order by state, are the 40 key Democratic members of Congress whom Jeff Anderson and Andy Wickersham identified in a Critical Condition post last week, together with their direct Capitol Hill office phone numbers. (I haven’t kept track of all the developments since then, but it would be useful to congratulate or berate your member, as you see fit, if he or she has firmly adopted a position.)
The “(S)” means that the member voted for the Stupak amendment last fall.
The full House phone directory is here.
“Yes” on Obamacare Last Time but Might Want to Switch:
Gabrielle Giffords, (D., Ariz.)—
Ann Kirkpatrick, (D., Ariz.)—202-225-2315
Harry Mitchell, (D., Ariz.)—202-225-2190
Vic Snyder, (D., Ariz.) (S)—202-225-2506
Marion Berry, (D., Ark.) (S)—202-225-4076
John Salazar, (D., Colo.) (S)—202-225-4761
Melissa Bean, (D., Ill.) —202-225-3711
Bill Foster, (D., Ill.) —202-225-2976
Joe Donnelly, (D., Ind.) (S) —202-225-3915
Brad Ellsworth, (D., Ind.) (S) —202-225-4636
Baron Hill, (D., Ind.) (S) —202-225-5315
Bart Stupak, (D., Mich.) (S) —202-225-4735
Michael Arcuri, (D., N.Y.) —202-225-3665
Tim Bishop, (D., N.Y.) —202-225-3826
Bob Etheridge, (D., N.C.) (S) —202-225-4531
Earl Pomeroy, (D., N.D.) (S) —202-225-2611
Steve Driehaus, (D., Ohio) (S) —202-225-2216
Zach Space, (D., Ohio) (S) —202-225-6265
Charlie Wilson, (D., Ohio) (S) —202-225-5705
Chris Carney, (D., Pa.) (S) —202-225-3731
Kathleen Dahlkemper, (D., Pa.) (S) —202-225-5406
John Spratt, (D., S.C.) (S) —202-225-5501
Ciro Rodriguez, (D., Texas) (S) —202-225-4511
Solomon Ortiz, (D., Texas) (S) —202-225-7742
Tom Perriello, (D., Va.) (S) —202-225-4711
Alan Mollohan, (D., W.Va.) (S) —202-225-4172
Nick Rahall, (D., W.Va.) (S) —202-225-3452
“No” on Obamacare Last Time But Might Need Encouragement:
Mike Ross, (D., Ark.) (S) —202-225-3772
Betsy Markey, (D., Colo.) —202-225-4676
Allen Boyd, (D., Fla.) —202-225-5235
Suzanne Kosmas, (D., Fla.) —202-225-2706
John Barrow, (D., Ga.) (S) —202-225-2823
John Adler, (D., N.J.) —202-225-4765
Michael McMahon, (D., N.Y.) —202-225-3371
Scott Murphy, (D., N.Y.) —202-225-5614
Larry Kissell, (D., N.C.) —202-225-3715
John Boccieri, (D., Ohio) (S) —202-225-3876
John Tanner, (D., Tenn.) (S) —202-225-4714
Glenn Nye, (D., Va.) —202-225-4215
Brian Baird, (D., Wash.) —202-225-3536
And from Laura Ingraham:
March 19, 2010 The final ObamaCare call list
Posted by Staff
Please note: Most representatives’ email contact forms require you to enter a zip code and address located within their district.
Talking points: Americans for Tax Reform (PDF)
House Democrats on the fence:
Brian Baird (WA-03)
Lincoln Davis (TN-04)
Glenn Nye (VA-02)
John Tanner (TN-08)
Harry Teague (NM-02)
Jason Altmire (PA-4)
John Boccieri (OH-16)
Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24)
Scott Murphy (NY-20)
Tell Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) not to give in to Obama.
Found this on the internet…and Snopes has it verified. As “proud” as Michelle Obama is “finally’ feeling of our Country…I am equally ashamed of this administration and hoping it lasts no more than one term. We cannot afford more.
Dear President Obama,
My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.
I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.
One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.
So here goes.
I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.
I can’t figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
# “We’re no longer a Christian nation”
# “America is arrogant” – (Your wife even announced to the world, “America is mean-spirited.” Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)
I’d say shame on the both of you but I don’t think you like America nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.
After 9/11 you said, “America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.” Which ones did you mean?
1. Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British ?
2. Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War?
3. I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellahs I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around because we stand for freedom.
4. I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.
Take a little advice from a very old geezer,young man. Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their
people like slaves.
And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.
One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.
You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.
Harold B. Estes
Good for Harold. Well said, Sir.
Thanks, Laura…awesome petition!
TEN FOR ’10: WINNING WASHINGTON BY EMPOWERING AMERICANS
1. Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR). Limit federal spending growth to the percentage in population growth plus the rate of inflation; provide taxpayers the option of filing a post-card sized return using a low, flat tax rate of 15%
2. End Tax-funded abortions. Stop federal payments to Planned Parenthood and prohibit any taxpayer-subsidized health insurance plan from covering abortion
3. Defend American Borders. Complete America’s border-protection initiatives using remaining funds from the so-called stimulus bill
4. King Dollar. Preserve a strong dollar so that Americans’ savings aren’t wiped out by inflation and the U.S. dollar remains the world’s reserve currency
5. Empower American Business. Immediately slash corporate tax rates to 15% and scrap the capital-gains tax altogether
6. Defend America. Strengthen America to defend our homeland and fully fund an operational, layered missile-defense system
7. Statism Exit Plan. De-fund czars; immediately cease bailout payments to failed companies; ban future bailouts
8. End Generational Theft. As few believe America’s entitlement programs will be able to pay benefits to future generations, provide younger workers the choice of diverting payroll/Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts
9. Restore America’s System of Justice. Introduce penalties for frivolous lawsuits, where those who launch unsuccessful lawsuits are liable for the defendants’ legal bills
10. American Energy Independence. All-of-the-Above strategy that embraces alternatives, expands and accelerates exploration and production of oil and natural gas, and jumpstarts dramatic increases in nuclear power.
– Tom Price (R-Ga.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee
– Michael Williams, Texas Railroad Commissioner & Republicanandidate for Senate
– Rep. Jep Hensarling (R-Texas), member of the Republican Study Committee
– Rick Crawford, Republican congressional candidate, Arkansas first district
– Marco Rubio, Florida Republican senatorial candidate
– Michelle Malkin, author of “Culture of Corruption”
If you would like to express your support for this issue [and I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t], please press the image above, fill in the blanks and press the “Sign the Petition” button.
Credit for this goes to the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels blog. I wish I could have come up with this, I agree 100% and? It’s nowhere near the ridiculous gobbledygook that comes out of Washington, DC. They need to start following the KISS principle and stop being such insufferable, blockheaded blowhards and follow this plan:
Let’s be blunt.
There are some who want power for power’s sake.
It isn’t the money that draws them – and due to their age or health, there are some who won’t live long enough to see to fruition this bill they are panicing to pass that won’t go into effect for 4 more years.
You did get that?
4 years. This is the crisis right?
This is all about having government take over and run even more of our lives. How much you can eat, how much you should exercise (doubt me – look up S. 1060 the obesity control bill) how you should be covered, and decision making made by the perennially wise people who have seriously messed up every guess they have made in the past.
So, the challenge:
A friend, who was interviewing myself and my wife for a story asked me for solutions instead of just hammering on the Health Care proposal. Ok – here we go:
- Tort reform – limit pain and suffering except for defined cases such as wrongful death or wrongful amputation, etc. Simply put a cap on the amount that people can get for something as simple as leaving a piece of gauze inside them. This isn’t limiting the financial damages such as loss of work time or things that can be tangibly proven. One other benefit that states that are implementing this system are seeing is that doctors aren’t fleeing the state due to malpractice overload, and that even helps reduce the cost due to competition. One cost that people don’t see is that each and every product, pill, piece of equipment, doctor, nurse, PA and the clinic as a whole has malpractice insurance BUILT in to the cost of seeing your doctor. If you step off the scale wrong and sue Toledo scale company – you think they don’t know that could happen and have insurance? That cost gets passed on to the doctors, and then to you. If we could trim 1/2 the cost of malpractice insurance on EACH layer being passed on to us, the amount of money we would save would be far larger than I think people understand.
- Loser pays – Simply – if you sue someone, and it is frivolous or it is a really shaky case, the person or company who is getting sued should not have to pay to defend itself. The loser of the case pays all legal fees. This will result in far fewer cases, tie up the court dockets far less (speeding up all other proceedings) and cost companies (especially insurance companies who are insuring medical companies/people) far less, reducing costs. If people aren’t having to pay to defend themselves vs. spiteful people who sue just because they can and to punish someone, not for wrongdoing, but simply to harm – the insurance costs they pay goes down and so do yours.
- Free college -with a hook- the government wants to pay for medical school. Great. That will get more doctors, nurses, radiologists, etc. into practice increasing competition. Part of the reason costs are so high is that there is a scarcity of doctors and nurses – if they were around like every 7-11, that wouldn’t be the case, especially with the idea of the cost menus you’ll see below. The student could pay back the student loan as usual (10 years), be a part of government service (say work in a clinic in a depressed area at a lower wage, maybe living on premises in an apartment) for 10 years or a combination – if they can work for 3 years at the clinic and get a job offer where they can then pay back the 7 year balance. One thing – instead of making the student go through a loan program every single year – for any medical profession, make it a blanket loan – and make the school receiving it guarantee the costs won’t go up to get all the money up front – including books.
- Streamline the FDA procedures – stop the mumbo jumbo of years and years of testing that has failed us miserably anyway. Put together a board of 5 top research scientists from competing universities or programs, 5 top physicians and 5 top pharmaceutical company people that must not have ANY ties together – they must be competitors. Have them come up with a program to test the drugs in an efficient manner that will cut costs and time. This will, inevitably, cut costs to us. This will also speed more drugs in the same genres of drugs (say cancer treatments) to the market faster, spurring competition and SAVING LIVES much more rapidly. The panel, made up of experts and not bureaucrats would design a test procedure that would be better and thereby safer as well.
- Stop the requirement that these companies publish this information in magazines and such – I can’t find one person that reads all that little medical crap -but it costs the pharmaceuticals hundreds of thousands if not millions each year. Put it on the website and if they want to advertise – make them put the info page up on the ad in big bold print through the whole commercial so people who want can see the side effects and such.
- In conjunction with stopping a lot of the waste in lawsuits – we could then begin to cut admin costs due to not having to have so many compliance people walking around making sure for the 11th time that everything was correct. CYA is good – being asked 12 times if you are allergic on the way to the operating room is insane.
- Make hospitals, doctors, clinics, insurance companies and such post prices and reviews online for everyone to see, easily. Make the same information available to people who call. If the customer goes to see a PA at a local clinic and they need an operation – the PA should be able to put the procedure needed into a clearinghouse of information that is funded by the doctors, clinics, hospitals and insurance companies in order to be able to come back into the room with the customer and present estimates of cost from local area options – say within the radius that the person can travel. They can do this for hundreds of thousands of hotels, plane fares, rental cars and for hundreds of thousands of options for each – they can and should make this information available to customers.
- The same people – doctors, insurance et al, must also pay to fund national repositories of information – servers in other words – that are mirrored in several locations around the country to protect the integrity of the whole system, so that patient information does not have to be regathered at each step of the way, preventing retesting costs and initial doctor visit costs being inflated due to having to spend a lot of time gathering the same info over and over. For a small fee that goes into that same fund, people can buy a flash drive (say the cost of the drive plus a 50.00 fee) to be able to access their own info and download it to carry it around with them in case of emergency. This info would include all their visits to doctors, xrays, cat scans, mri, blood work, etc. For a larger fee, there could be an option for each patient to carry their own info and not have it in the repository – BUT they would have to sign that they understand that they are responsible for the loss of their info and if there is retesting to be done because they lost it, they would have to pay 100% of the cost. However – people could store their files on multiple sites (multiple flash drives, hard drives, diff computers, etc.)
- Switch all government paperwork to non paper systems. Period. Help the environment and cut costs while helping efficiency and cutting labor required, saving more money.
- Have harsh penalties for proven waste and fraud on the government system (medicaid, medicare) that is in place right now – ranging from 5,000.00 up. All monies to go into locked fund earning interest for uninsured patients. For multiple counts of the same waste that is shown to be a certain fraud, or judgment of fraud from a court – the minimum penalty would be 100,000.00 per instance. This would be actually taking someone who IS proven greedy and evil and punishing THEM and not the rest of us.
- Allow interstate competition of insurance companies. Have a central clearinghouse of a menu driven system with every option having costs assigned – from number of people to each person’s information. If need be, allow a central quotation request system if a menuing system won’t work – allow any company/coop to be able to submit in ONE form to EVERY group/company/agency their request for insurance quotes. This would not only help insurance companies drop costs by not having to advertise so much to get clients but also allow people to drive costs down with competition. Companies would have to submit costs blindly and have those costs fixed for a period of time to make sure there was no collusion in pricing.
- If there is a lawsuit for a preventable error of a defined grievous error, then the doctor/medical worker must not only pay a fine (into the same locked box for uninsured medical expenses) but have their license revoked if the crime is harsh enough and be registered on a national database that is accessible by anyone about what they have done and that they are no longer recognized as a person who is licensed to practice medicine in any location in the United States.
- Reduce the length of time a medication can be protected (ONLY if all other cost cutting measures are put in place – they need the protection to make enough money to handle ALL the other costs) from going to generic by half.
- Provide generous tax allowances to companies like WalMart, Kmart, Target, etc for putting or continuing low cost clinics in their stores.
- Start spending the billions the government spends on pork on the top 50 medical research schools as ranked by an independent source. Have a fund available of 20-30 billion – parcel it out equally. Quit making the schools twist in the wind and spend tens to hundreds of hours to try to get measly funds. Maybe make the funding switch from schools that receive it this year to different schools next year in order to spread it around more. This could not be spent on millions on a salary for one teacher – this is for research COSTS alone – facilities, equipment, chemicals, etc. – NOT for salaries.
- Spend more of the pork for the same idea in science alone – to 50 schools in science and engineering – 20-30 billion in research grants – rotate the list every year. (each school would have to meet minimum requirements for being on the list – but that amount of money would easily last each school say 2-3 years). Once again – the money is for costs alone and not salaries.
- Limit lawyers in class action suits to 10% of the recovery for their fee (if they win a 100 million dollar case for example, they don’t get but a measly 10 million) and 10% for expenses. Period. The rest goes to the plantiffs – so the people who are victims don’t get victimized by their own mouthpieces – something we as Americans should be ashamed that we allow anyway. The government established fee limits on Social Security lawyers, so the precedent is there. (This would also stop the propagation of ads and stupid lawsuits – lowering costs to us in the long run and freeing up court dockets even more)
There you go – minimum costs – could be implemented FAR sooner than 2013 and would help more Americans be able to afford insurance, health costs, have lower deductibles, and Medicaid and Medicare would cost less.
This would bring more competition and doctors into the fold, and allow most of the steps to be self funded by the industry.
Also with steps 15 and 16, we could expect more people to go into research and development and see far more advances than we have been seeing. Of course it would mean that the Congress might have to suck it up on some of their earmarks – but you know what – if they could tie themselves and their names into saving lives, wouldn’t that be worth it?
You’d think this might catch someone’s attention wouldn’t you?
Please – I’m begging each and everyone who reads this – print it and fax it to their two Senators, their Congressional Rep and the White House – there is a print button on the page right beneath this article.
Maybe we can let them know there are alternatives and that other people have ideas that don’t involve takeover.
I will be sending this to at least two senators…will you?