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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Affordable Automobile Act of 2011

Have you heard about Obama's new car policy? Cars are getting way too expensive with all the EPA regulations, Union pensions, ect. So, Obama has decided to reform the Automotive Industry to where we will all be getting the new Chevy Zafira. Doesn't it look great?!

Just go to this website and put in your tax info and they will tell you how much you have to pay. If you live in some states like Louisiana, Florida, or Nebraska, you may have to pay even less than everyone else! It will be great! Oh, I forgot, in order to compensate the car companies for their lost profits, they will be subsidized and everyone will be required to buy one equivalent or better than the Zafira or you get fined. Don’t worry if you think this will cost too much for the government, they will just be taxing the rich a lot more and saving $500B in waste, fraud, and abuse in the Public Transit system. If you want a better car, don’t worry, they will still be available to those who can afford it. Since Obama still controls GM, he will be modifying their car line so that Cadillacs and anything over $40k are now $100k and anything under $30k is cancelled. Just to be fair, every other car maker in the US has to do the same with their lines. When asked where the government gets this power, he said “We have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and what makes you happier than driving a new car?” How could you possibly be against this?

But this isn't the car industry, it is our healthcare system. I understand that healthcare costs are out of control and the current pre-existing condition situation is unacceptable. But the analogy above is a dead-on example of a heavy-handed, coercive, eastern-European style of governing. The healthcare system is not some faceless conglomerate to be manipulated and experimented with as Obama sees fit, it is made of real people who are working just as hard as everybody else to provide for their families. For example, 46% of doctors surveyed say that they will feel forced out of the profession if this law is enacted. And it is not limited to the healthcare system. The company where Obama pushed the stimulus package, Caterpillar, has estimated that it will cost them $100M in the first year alone of Obamacare. It doesn’t matter if you are apathetic or a yellow dog democrat, I hope we can agree that this is not how we should be governed and expect more from our leaders. After all, the only bi-partisan support was against the bill. This healthcare law does not equally benefit everyone, make our system more efficient, or increase the quality of care. It is full of special deals, government mandates, and simple economics prove it will lead to a shortage of care. We cannot leave it all up to the courts to contest its constitutionality, we must campaign to gain enough seats to repeal this law and replace it with a bi-partisan American solution that we can all support.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Great Advocate of Liberty

I am twenty five years old physically, eleven spiritually, and now one politically. To celebrate a year of eye opening, hair raising, head exploding political involvement, I am posting a bunch of quotes I found while preparing for my first public exercise of my constitutional rights on 9/12 in Washington D.C.. Enjoy.

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have... the course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propogation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is Liberty."

"The strongest reason for people to retain and bear arms is, at last resort, to protect themselves against a tyrannical government."

"I predict a future of happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite."

~The Great Advocate of Liberty, Thomas Jefferson.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Healthcare Debate - An ER Physician's Perspective

I am a young engineer and in order to make a wise decision about the recent healthcare debate, I needed to ask an expert. Therefore, I called an Emergency Room Physician that I greatly respect and has been practicing for about 30 years to see what he thought. His answer was so startling, I asked him to write it down for me because everyone needs to hear this:

"Many of us in primary healthcare are faced with much skepticism of the Obama admin's efforts to quickly pass healthcare reform. Our system is not as broken as many Americans have been led to believe. That does not imply that significant changes are not necessary. But trying to rapidly renovate the system without considering the long term effects on the American citizens and on taxpayers will be devastating. Other models of government run healthcare have proven to be very inadequate at meeting healthcare needs.
As an example, I was faced with a situation concerning a patient in my ED recently who was from Canada and was insured under their plan. The patient was a 55 yr old male who presented with acute coronary syndrome [heart attack] and was in need of emergent intervention. I explained the results of lab and ECG [heart scan] findings and told the patient that he needed to go straight to the cath lab to be studied [heart catheterization]. He was very conscientious and knowledgeable and informed me that first he had to contact the gatekeeper for his national healthcare insurance. I called the number given and spoke with the gatekeeper. I informed the person of the patient's condition and of the need for emergency treatment. The patient's presenting complaint, labs, and ECG findings were reiterated along with my recommendations for immediate cardiology consult and catheterization. The reply floored me. I was informed that the patient could be flown to the appropriate hospital, closest to his home where he would be evaluated by a cardiologist and placed on a waiting list for heart catheterization within the next few weeks. I asked the person to repeat himself. I listened, and politely hung up the phone and called our on call cardiologist who took the patient to the cath lab where he was studied and stented [to open the artery and facilitate the flow of blood through the heart]. This type of situation would be common if govt. based healthcare reform is passed. The American public must understand that "rationed" healthcare will result, not withstanding an insurmountable debt. A slow, deliberate, debated, and wisely approached change is required.
-A Very Concerned TX Emergency Dept. Physician"

It was determined by the hospital administration that the risk of him dieing if he left was so great, that they would eat the cost of his multi-thousand dollar treatment. My questions to you are, How many stories like this do you need to hear? Would you wish this on someone you love?
If you have insurance through your work and they pass healthcare reform with a govt. run public option that is cheaper than what your work is paying, will they switch you to the govt. care? I bet mine will.


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