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Government "health care" plan –

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Socialized “Medicine” Obamacare Just another tax Government “health care”, whatever you want to call it. This thing is a MESS!!!!!
PLEASE contact your representative and let them know they need to read what they are voting on, and how you feel about it. Here is a direct link to the 1,017 page bill. Read below if you’d like some of the hightlights

• 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 and benefits you get (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 healthcare services.
• Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Health card.
• Page 59: The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.
• Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (read: SEIU, UAW and ACORN)
• Page 72: All private healthcare plans must conform to government rules to participate in a Healthcare Exchange.
• Page 84: All private healthcare plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (i.e., 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. Put simply, private insurers will be crushed.
• Page 127: The AMA sold doctors out: the government will set wages.
• Page 145: An employer MUST auto-enroll employees into the government-run public plan. No alternatives.
• Page 126: Employers MUST pay healthcare bills for part-time employees AND their families.
• Page 149: Any employer with a payroll of $400K or more, who does not offer the 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 doesn’t’ have acceptable healthcare (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: Officers and employees of Government Healthcare 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.” Yes, it really says that.
• Page 239: Bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors and the poor most affected.”
• Page 241: Doctors: no matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same (thanks, AMA!)
• Page 253: Government sets value of doctors’ time, their professional judgment, etc.
• Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private healthcare industries.
• Page 268: Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven wheelchairs.
• Page 272: Cancer patients : welcome to the wonderful world of rationing!
• Page 280: Hospitals will be penalized for what the government deems preventable re-admissions.
• Page 298: Doctors: if you treat a patient during an initial admission that results in a readmission, you will be penalized by the government.
• Page 317: Doctors: you are now prohibited for owning and investing in healthcare companies!
• Page 318: Prohibition on hospital expansion. Hospitals cannot expand without government approval.
• Page 321: Hospital expansion hinges on “community” input: in other words, yet another payoff for ACORN.
• Page 335: Government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures: i.e., rationing.
• Page 341: Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc.
• Page 354: Government will restrict enrollment of SPECIAL NEEDS individuals.
• Page 379: More bureaucracy: Telehealth Advisory Committee (healthcare by phone).
• Page 425: More bureaucracy: Advance Care Planning Consult: Senior Citizens, assisted suicide, euthanasia?
• Page 425: Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory. Appears to lock in estate taxes ahead of time.
• Page 425: Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death.
• Page 427: Government mandates program that orders end-of-life treatment; government dictates how your life ends.
• 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. An ORDER from the GOVERNMENT.
• Page 430: Government will decide what level of treatments you may have at end-of-life.
• Page 469: Community-based Home Medical Services: more payoffs for ACORN.
• Page 472: Payments to Community-based organizations: more payoffs for 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 those services.

Until next time…..

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A very wise professor‏

July 22, 2009 Leave a comment

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.
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That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too, so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame, and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that.

Until next time…..

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July 15, 2009 Leave a comment

The Tenth Amendment and Interposition

The doctrine of interposition is based on the biblical truth that the powers that be, the rulers of civil government, are ordained by God and are His ministers (see Romans 13:1-10 for this and the discussion which follows). As God’s ministers they are to serve Him—not anyone else. They are to serve Him by protecting and giving praise to those who do good, and by punishing, and therefore restraining, those who do evil. As God’s ministers they must follow, obey, and apply His definitions or standards of what is good and what is evil: not their own, nor anyone else’s definitions or standards of good and evil.
Now, all the rulers of civil government — no matter what their level or scope of authority — are ordained by God to be His ministers. All the officials of civil government, not only the highest one or ones, are obligated to serve God rather than men, and to obey and apply God’s standards of good and evil in order to protect those who do good and restrain, by punishing, those who do evil.
Romans 13:8-10 makes it unmistakably clear (if we missed the clear implication of Romans 13:1-7) that God’s law defines good and evil, and that the rulers or officials of civil government — no matter what their level of authority — are to function in terms of God’s law. All rulers of civil government have a duty to God to protect those under their authority against those who do evil: all those who do evil.
Since all rulers or officials of civil government are men, and therefore sinners who are tempted to do evil, no ruler of civil government is justified in doing evil or in making, enforcing, or adjudicating a law (or set of laws), rule, regulation, decree, order, or decision which is evil or which harms those who do good. This is true of the highest-ranking officials of civil government as well as of the lowest-ranking officials of civil government.
The fact that a ruler or official of civil government is in an office of high — even the highest — authority does not and cannot justify him in using his exalted office to do evil. The fact that an official of civil government is in an office of lower — even the lowest — authority does not and cannot justify him in cooperating with a higher authority in enforcing an evil law, regulation, or decision.
Since the “lesser civil magistrates,” or lower-ranking civil government officials are God’s ministers too, they have a duty as God’s servants to protect those under their authority from evil laws, policies, decisions, etc. enacted, decreed, or promulgated by higher-ranking civil government officials.
The doctrine of interposition holds that the lower-ranking civil government officials must place themselves “between” (inter-position, inter-pose) the higher-ranking civil government official(s) who is (are) attempting to enforce an evil law, policy, decision, etc. and the people under the lower-ranking civil government official’s authority. It is the duty of the lesser as well as the greater civil government officials to serve God by protecting the people under their authority against injustice and tyranny (evil) from all sources. For lower-ranking civil government officials, this means protecting the people under their authority against evil laws, policies, etc. mandated by the king or any higher-ranking civil government officials or institutions. Thus the lower-ranking civil government officials have an inescapable duty to use their civil government authority to render unjust or evil laws, policies, decisions, etc. set forth by higher-ranking civil government officials or institutions of none effect, to nullify such violations of God’s law, to make sure that they are not enforced.
The framers and ratifiers of our Constitution certainly believed in the doctrine of interposition. They had used it in resisting the tyrannical rule of King George III-in-Parliament, and in declaring and winning the independence of their states. They had presupposed it and in effect designed it into our first constitution, the Articles of Confederation. They presupposed it in enabling the states to break away from the Articles of Confederation in order to ratify the Constitution — as no less an authority than James Madison argued in Federalist No. 43: maintaining that such action was based on principles prior to all forms of civil government, the principles of the law of compacts, principles of the very “laws of nature and of Nature’s God.”
While the Constitution presupposed the validity of interposition, the framers and ratifiers of our Constitution intentionally gave us a system of separation of powers with accompanying checks and balances to both give us a means of resisting injustice and tyranny emanating from the central government and use the self-interest of civil government officials to protect justice and liberty against the effects of faction and evil ambition. That system of separation of powers and checks and balances gave the states which delegated some of their powers to form the new Constitution certain means of internal resistance to factional dominance of the central government: a written constitution, selection of senators from their respective states, equal representation of states as states in the Senate (regardless of population, wealth, or any other criteria), election of U.S. senators by their respective state legislatures (destroyed by the 17th Amendment in 1913), and even selection of members from the House of Representatives from districts in their respective states (rather than, say, from larger regions of the country or nationally).
That system of separation of powers with accompanying checks and balances really included (if we neglect the states’ own systems of separation of powers with checks and balances) both the famous division of powers in our national/central government and — as Madison stated so clearly in Federalist No. 51 — a division of powers between the central government and the state governments:
In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments, and then the portion allotted to each subdivided among distinct and separate departments. Hence a double security arises to the rights of the people. The different governments will control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself.
The federal system of America — our double security to the rights of the people — was based on a realistic understanding of human nature, on man’s love of power, which would lead the officials of the state governments to resist attempts by central government officials and institutions to usurp state governments’ authority and powers. As Hamilton noted in Federalist No. 28:
It may safely be received as an axiom in our political system, that the State governments will, in all possible contingencies, afford complete security against invasions of the public liberty by the national authority. Projects of usurpation cannot be masked under pretences so likely to escape the penetration of select bodies of men, as of the people at large. The [states’] legislatures will have better means of information. They can discover the danger at a distance; and possessing all the organs of civil power, and the confidence of the people, they can at once adopt a regular plan of opposition, in which they can combine all the resources of the community. They can readily communicate with each other in the different States, and unite their common forces for the protection of their common liberty.
Note that Hamilton was speaking in this commonly neglected number of The Federalist of the exercise of “that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government” which is the last resource “[i]f the representatives of the people betray their constituents…” Consistent with biblical teaching on resistance to tyranny, Hamilton made resort to arms the last stage in resistance. Our federal system gave us various political means of defense which the states and their people were to use before the ultimate resort to arms. These were collectively a system of constitutional interposition by which the states could cooperate to thwart central government tyranny — a means of avoiding, if possible, necessity of the states’ exercise of the ultimate right of interposition.
But that federal system of separation of powers, as Hamilton noted in Federalist No. 28, is also based on the understanding of the people and their dedication to the preservation of their own liberty:
The obstacles to usurpation and the facilities of resistance increase with the increased extent of the state, provided the citizens understand their rights and are disposed to defend them….in a confederacy the people, without exaggeration, may be said to be entirely the masters of their own fate. Power being almost always the rival of power, the general government will at all times stand ready to check the usurpations of the state governments, and these will have the same disposition towards the general government. The people, by throwing themselves into either scale, will infallibly make it preponderate. If their rights are invaded by either, they can make use of the other as the instrument of redress.
Do enough Americans today understand our rights? Are enough Americans disposed to defend our liberty? Do enough understand the constitutional means of using the powers of the states to defend and recover our liberty? The Tenth Amendment’s statement that the powers not delegated by the people of the states to the central government are retained by the people of the states respectively was meant to make Americans understand our rights and those of our states, to protect our constitutional system of interposition, and so to motivate us to defend our liberty before we let conditions become so dire that we urge our states to resort to our ultimate defense against centralized tyranny.
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Letter to NC Senator Hagan

July 9, 2009 Leave a comment

I urge you to oppose the federal public “insurance” program that is currently proposed. Like everyone, I believe healthcare is important, but I absolutely disagree with a federally-funded system, because there is no such thing.
The only way governments can fund anything is by printing money or taking it from people who produce it by force.
Printing money causes inflation, and the result is higher prices for everything, because each new dollar is worth less. Those in most need of health care are the ones who have turned to the federal government for security, and yet it was the federal government that created this mess in the first place by its excessive regulation of the healthcare system (making it more expensive to do business) AND its inflationary financial policies.
The other option is to tax the wealthy to pay for healthcare. Let’s look at that in another way – Take money by force from some people and give to other people. That’s what taxing some to pay for other’s healthcare amounts to.
I do not agree with forcing people to come to another’s aid. It is MY CHOICE, NOT my government’s mandate to come to the aid of others.
Is it ok for a person to go to a neighbor and force him at gun point to give him money for healthcare? I hope you would say no.
What if several neighbors force the more prosperous neighbors to pay for their healthcare? Again, I hope you would say that this was wrong.
How about if the neighborhood created a government to do it? All of a sudden, forcing people to give up their money for other people becomes a duty and a right, no longer a choice.
Again, I urge you to oppose the proposed federal public “insurance” program that is currently proposed. This program is NOT in the best interest of We The People.

Until next time…..

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