No. 122 – March 20, 2012

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Some people refer to The Affordable Care Act as “Obamacare” or “ObamaRomneycare.”

Whatever you wish to call it is your business.

But for those of you who know me, you can rest assured that I still call them as I seem ’em.

It took over a year of “debate” and outlandish accusations on BOTH sides of the “aisle” and look what we got.  A bureaucratic behemoth of such complexity, and legalese so convoluted, that not one person in Congress can actually tell you what the “Act” entails.

We have been sold a bill of goods – again.

And, ladies and gentlemen, it is the fault – and plan – of the Status Quo to keep us so confused and befuddled as to what is going on, so much so that EVERYBODY is totally confounded.

So, let’s back off just for a moment and look at things from a little farther out.

First off:

EVERYBODY IN AMERICA NEEDS – AND DESERVES – ADEQUATE HEALTH CARE/COVERAGE – AT REASONABLE PRICES.  PERIOD.

Now that we have that stipulation on the table – and I don’t think I would get much dissent on the above statement – let’s think logically, just for a moment.

We ALREADY HAVE National Healthcare systems in place right here in America.

Does that surprise you?  Well, if you think about it, then it should not surprise you one bit.

Every member of the House of Representatives is FULLY COVERED by GOVERNMENT PROVIDED National Healthcare.

Every member of the Senate is FULLY COVERED by GOVERNMENT PROVIDED National Healthcare.

The majority of United States Veterans are COVERED by GOVERNMENT PROVIDED National Healthcare.

Medicare covers 80% of most Seniors in our country and Medicaid covers most of the truly poor and underprivileged in America.

So, how is it that we have all these GOVERNMENT RUN PROGRAMS that seem to be doing a pretty good job of taking care of people in need?

But wait.  Not ALL people are covered.  And therein lies the rub.

Yet, the solution is VERY SIMPLE to come to grips with.

Here is the Simple Solution:

Give every LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZEN the exact same type of coverage that our Congressmen and Senators get.

Problem solved.

No need for ANY other type of coverage.

The medical care that these men and women receive surpass the best hospitals and medical centers of the world.

And the structure is ALREADY IN PLACE.

BUT, BUT . . . .

When I was running for Congress, one of the other candidates said that she was against Government run healthcare.

When I pointed out that SHE was a recipient of GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTHCARE, because she was working for the government while running for Congress at the same time (talk about a conflict of interest), she stuttered and stammered, “But, But . . . .”

If government run healthcare is so BAD then you should ask ALL politicians who are currently eligible to receive it, to simply decline their medical coverage – as I asked my opponent to do.

She steadfastly refused to comply.

Why?

Because government workers take GOVERNMENT JOBS to get GOVERNMENT GUARANTEED HEALTHCARE.

Let’s not play games here folks.  EVERY GOVERNMENT WORKER, from the garbage collector (which I once was – for the City of San Jose) to the President of the United States of America is receiving GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED HEALTHCARE.

We ALREADY HAVE GOVERNMENT SPONSORED HEALTHCARE.

The infrastructure is already in place.  The hospitals are there.  The doctors are on duty.  The ER room is set to go.

So where is the problem?

BUT, BUT . . . WHAT ABOUT THE COST?

Ah, yes.  The canard of canards.

Well, what about the cost?

Think back for a moment to what I said at the beginning.  How much has Obamacare already cost us in time wasted, in money spent – and in absolutely NOTHING ACCOMPLISHED.  We won’t even see this program kick in until 2014.

And now the CBO is projecting ALL SORTS of cost increases.

Think of the BILLIONS ALREADY SPENT just on feeding our “representatives” (small “r” fully intended) while they “debated” the “problem” for over a YEAR.

Folks, there IS no Healthcare Problem in America.  The problem lies in our spineless Congress – both Houses – not to have what it takes to stand up and say:

“Mr. Speaker, I move for a floor vote – right this very minute – to extend the EXACT SAME MEDICAL COVERAGE that we all enjoy and cherish in this Chamber today.  I move that every legal American citizen be granted full and complete medical coverage – and to have ALL the cost be provided for by the United States Government.”

Only one problem.  No one has the proper physical apparatus to make such a BOLD and COURAGEOUS statement.

They are ALL bought off by the Pharmaceutical/Industrial COMPLEX.

Then, there are those self-delusional people, who would say that, “We CAN’T afford such a system.  All our representatives have a Cadillac Medical policy.  It simply would cost too much.”

Wait a minute!

The CBO is projecting HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars in shortfalls in Obamacare – and it has not even issued one single Band-Aid.

Too expensive?

What was that definition of insanity again?

We are the only country in the world that does not have a system of National Healthcare.

Japan has a GREAT system – funded by the GOVERNMENT.

Why can’t America have the same thing?

Every single “representative” has FULL COVERAGE.

Every single “government employee” has FULL COVERAGE.

Every Veteran – including me – has MEDICAL COVERAGE.

So where is all this bureaucratic bovine excreta coming from?

It is coming from the Industrial/Pharmaceutical COMPLEX in conjunction with “GOVERNMENT LEADERS” to ballyhoo (bullshit) the populace into a frenzy about GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTHCARE.

It is a full-scale, calculated, political scam.  And WE THE PEOPLE fell for it one thousand percent.

And now, for the real kicker.  This whole medical mess is going to the Supreme Court to be heard by Judges who live off the medical government coverage, tried by government lawyers who also live off the medical government coverage and will take even more money to see if the whole Obamacare mandate is even legal.  And everyone involved will already be covered by GOVERNMENTAL HEALTH INSURANCE.

This reminds me of a person I knew who worked for Santa Clara Country, in California.  He told me that the formula for working in any government agency was to secretly cause a problem, offer to fix the problem (that you initially caused), get a reputation as a PROBLEM SOLVER – and move up the bureaucratic ladder.  He retired as a Senior Administrator – with FULL medical benefits and a pension in the low six figures.  In the low SIX FIGURES!

MY CHALLENGE

Every government employee who says he is against Government Run Healthcare, ask him to refuse his coverage – and see what response you get.

Just like when I challenged my opponent to get off her coverage – she adamantly refused to do so – yet she was against Government Run Healthcare – for the REST OF US!

Am I getting through here, folks?

We have been Royally SERVICED by our own “representatives.”

There is not ONE House or Senate member who has called for complete medical coverage for WE THE PEOPLE – exactly the same kind that they receive for free.

They have all played the game.

Don’t believe me?  Check the POLITICAL DONATIONS.

Show me ONE politician who has NEVER taken a dime from the Pharmaceutical/Industrial COMPLEX.  Just one.

You can not do it.  EVERY ONE of them has taken bribes (sorry, donations) from “Big Pharma.”

Every one of them.

IT CAN BE DONE – AND DONE OVERNIGHT

If there was just ONE “representative” who had the where with all to stand up – and be counted on the floor of the Senate and make such a statement – and demand for a VOTE COUNT by each individual – we would get to the bottom of the matter very quickly.

Just one problem.  That one person would be black-balled (no, that is not racist) and run out of town by the Industrial/Pharmaceutical COMPLEX at the next election.

Power gone.  Prestige gone. HEALTHCARE GONE.

Are we starting to get the picture yet?

So the next time someone tells you that Government Funded Healthcare does not work ask them what their medical coverage is and who pays for it.

Don’t be surprised if they say, “The Government.”

A FEW MORE PREDICTIONS

A lot of people get “offended” when I make my predictions and they turn out to be correct.  However, they don’t mind when I blow it – which I sometimes do.

But most people simply do not like a “know-it-all” and love to puncture his prediction balloon every chance they get.

That is the risk – and, quite frankly, I don’t mind in the least taking that risk. Somebody has to start to say what needs to be said.  I, for one, do not adhere to belonging to a nation of sheep.

So here goes with a few more “smart-ass” predictions:

The GOP will go to Florida – without a clear-cut candidate.

The convention will be brokered – and COMPLETELY NEW people will be chosen.

Then – and here is a prediction that all you whiners and complainer out there will relish – Newt Gingrich will split off and form a THIRD PARTY – that will hand the presidential victory to Barack Obama.

Now THERE is a prediction you all can have fun with.

Somewhere between now and election day Iran will be hit with astounding force by a coalition in which the United States is a principle player.

If North Korea actually does fire off a rocket, and it flies over the air space of Japan, the Japanese Self-Defense Force will shoot it down.  There is another outlandish prediction for you whiners to chew on.

Obama is now held in such low regard that I fear his stature has permanently harmed the USA.  I would predict that not only China – but Russia – will start to make moves in strategic parts of the world – regardless of what America thought. Look for Russia – with Putin again at the helm – to start making incursions into other countries with little fear of ANY American response whatsoever.

Obama will bring the gas price down to around $3 a gallon in October.  And if you believe that the President of the United States cannot do that – then you are beyond mental redemption.

As predicted in earlier newsletters, the economy IS getting better.  If the unemployment rate is around 7.3 percent, President Obama will say, “See, I told you so.  Things are getting better.”

And the PEOPLE will believe him.

And when gas prices go down President Obama will say, “See, I told you so. Things are getting better.”

And the PEOPLE  will believe him again.

“Thank goodness the masses are ignorant.”  -Adolph Hitler-

Where is Representative Joe Wilson when we really need him?

THE CONSTITUTION – CONTINUED

My apologies for not continuing as I promised to do with the Constitution.  This is where we left off last time.

Thanks goes to all of you who wrote and asked why I did not finish the full Constitution.  The answer is I got sidetracked. My fault.  It won’t happen again.

We continue with Section 3:

Section. 3.The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof [Modified by Amendment XVII], for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies [Modified by Amendment XVII].

No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.

The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.

The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.

The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

Next time we will continue with Section 4.  I promise.

 

That is it for now.

Best wishes, keep thinking positive – and think for yourself!

Lawrence Klepinger
Editor / Publisher
THE AMERICAN TELEGRAPH

 

Add a Comment


 

 

Comments:

7 Responses to “No. 122 – March 20, 2012”

  • Steve Topper Says:

    Larry, at the beginning of this issue you state that: “Everybody in America needs, and deserves, adequate healthcare/coverage at reasonable prices. Period.” There’s one major problem with this statement — it’s the word “reasonable.” How do we define “reasonable?” What’s reasonable for a family of 4 earning $75,000 a year differs from what is reasonable for a family of 4 earning $35,000 a year. And, most likely, the family of 4 earning $35,000 will demand more healthcare services than the family earning $75,000. Why should healthy people who go that extra effort to keep themselves healthy and thereby use fewer healthcare services subsidize the people who don’t take care of themselves? And, do people who abuse their bodies by smoking, excessive drinking, poor eating, taking drugs, and failing to exercise “deserve” adequate healthcare? The problem with your definitive statement is that it is filled with words that mean different things to different people. Unfortunately, this statement can be debated ad infinitum with no resolution. Thanks for keeping us informed and providing a platform for spirited debate and comments.

  • John Says:

    Hahaha, as I read a response, the same ole thing, picking your information apart. Seems that is the American way and thus no one really knows what is the truth. OH but they know!!!

    I watched a local TV program this A.M. with a Democrate Candidate for Congress. he was asked about healthcare. One part of his answer was highlighted by him that the basic issue is making medical care affordable. Oh and Yes, he is a Doctor.

    However, in all the conversations, who thinks about the retired on fixed incomes and raising coast. How about thinking about us in the finances.

    My dad was a painter and decorator. He was good at his skill. He worked as hard as the other trades on a job. However, when he needed to hire a tradesperson, he had to hire someone who was earning about twice the wages he did.

    Today, If I need medical help, it cost me about 4 times per hour as my per hour retirement income. 10 years ago, it was affordable; but not today.

    Thanks for the comments, I wonder who is understanding about what you wrote.

    Here is a quote from unknown source:
    “You are responsible for what you say.
    You are not responsible for what they understand.”

  • Jim Simpson Says:

    You are so correct regarding Nation Health Care, all those politicians have a lot of nerve standing up and spouting diatribes about the socialist shift towards national healthcare. Particularly when they are fully covered by the Government. Interestingly enough this seems to be a hot topic, might I humbly suggest that every American regardless of party affiliation see the film “The Healthcare Movie” narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. It is a real eye opener. I does work in Canada and it certainly works in Japan, and many other countries who’s economies are stronger than ours is at the moment. Why is it we have to over complicate things that other people have managed to make work quite well? Seems all you have to do to get the answer to that question is follow the money and see who benefits from the lack of a single payer system. Over 1/3 of Americans have NO Healthcare. The stats on those who go bankrupt every year because of health care related expenses is staggering.

  • Brian Springer Says:

    India is doing a good job of standing up to big Pharma. Making medicine affordable to the masses and Big Pharma doesn’t like it one bit. Of course I wouldn’t want to make any more positive comments about that country which is a bit of a mess.

  • Michael Kruse Says:

    I remember when Obamacare was first being debated, and the hysteria with which some Americans responded to the notion of national health care astounded me. Some felt it was the thin edge of the socialist wedge, despite the fact that the US has a socialised military, socialised police, socialised fire service, socialised education and God knows what else — all of which have to be far more threatening to American “liberties” than socialised healthcare; others raved about (non-existent, in any national healthcare system I know) “death panels”; still others lamented the fact that good ol’ boys would “lose their independence” and become slaves of the nanny state; finally, without actually doing the maths, many concluded that national healthcare would be just too damned expensive. Yet many countries manage to run successful national healthcare schemes: the UK, Canada, Japan, France — almost every country in Europe, in fact. I fell sick while on holiday in Sri Lanka recently, and was extremely impressed with the treatment I received — yes, I had to pay for it, but I got the same treatment as the Sri Lankans waiting in the hospital with me, and theirs was free.

    There are clear economic advantages to national healthcare: you have more people working rather than sick, you have no medical bankruptcies, and the system is far more efficent than private companies could ever be (private companies waste huge amounts of their resources on finding grounds to refuse claims — wholly unnecessary in a national system). As for all those “people who abuse their bodies by smoking, excessive drinking, poor eating, taking drugs, and failing to exercise”, I’d just as happily subsidise them as all the idiots with exercise and sports injuries, the malnourished vegans and the hyponatremic morons who collapse running marathons on a gallon of water per mile.

    Of course, this is not to justify Obamacare, which seems to me to be the worst of all worlds. Was I the only person to notice that the share prices of US insurance companies actually rose when Obamacare was originally passed? The US should dump Obamacare and get a proper healthcare system — as its government servants already have.

  • Tom Cox Says:

    Hi Larry;

    Great job with this issue of The American Telegraph. Your analysis of the health care mess in the US was spot on. I was especially impressed that you pointed out that congress has an appallingly hypocritical attitude towards health care. It reminds of a comment that senator Orrin Hatch made when someone asked him if he, and other Republican senators, were going to support Obama’s health care plan. Senator Hatch responded by saying that he would oppose the health care plan because the republicans could not support a “socialized” government-run health care system. This, despite the fact that he, and everyone else in congress is covered by government health insurance. The Republicans’ attitude shows what phony, out of touch plutocrats they have become. On the other side of the aisle the democrats (including Obama of course) are just as bad because they created a monsterous health care program which forces decent, hard-working Americans to pay lots of money to provide health care to irresponsible people who are unwilling to work hard enough to pay for it themselves. This amounts to government extortion. The health care mess in America is further evidence that our political system is broken and that neither the republicans or the democrats really cares about the majority of Americans who are decent, hard-working people who just want a health care system that is fair. The republicans and democrats currently only “serve” certain special interest groups who do not represent the majority in our country. Anyway, keep up the good work Larry!!

  • Andrea Says:

    Actually, I heard Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky on the radio this morning. And he has introduced a proposed budget that does just that – give seniors the same plan as all members of Congress. I think he would it would save a trllion dollars in 5 years (I think that was the timeframe). The more I hear him, the more I think he and Marco Rubio would make a killer tcket!!!!!