Could the health care reform debate in D.C. get anymore convoluted, downright stupid and frankly, obscene than it already is? We doubt it.
President Obama has acknowledged the truth about how Congress and federal employees have the absolute best health care benefits and options in the country. And, he says, it would be nice if all the citizens had the same.
WHO does he think is paying for all those great benefits that he, Congress and other federal employees get? WE DO — the public, through our tax dollars!
So the question must be asked WHY then doesn’t EVERYONE get the same great benefits and options?
Our government is composed of greedy pig lawmakers who make laws favorable to themselves and screw over everyone else. Obama has so much admitted this. Yet not one single news report has pointed this out which leads us to believe that the entire news world is so entwined with the minutia of this pathetic debate that they cannot for the life of them see the “forest for the trees”.
The obvious and simple answer, of course (at least to some), is that our government simply can’t afford to pay for everyone. Then we say equality to ALL. Congress and federal employees should get the same obscenely high cost crap that the majority of Americans are forced to accept AND a large percentage of them should get NO insurance in keeping with what a huge number of people must contend with.
Congratulations all you clash for clunkers recipients. You may very well be driving your lovely new car at the expense of veterans all across America. I find it ironic that just after President Obama entered office and started doling out money to the big banks, wall street and car companies that low-income veterans entitled to travel pay so they can get to and from their medical appointments at a V.A hospital are getting the shaft.
Here’s what’s happening. Veterans were usually recompensed in cash for travel immediately after having had their medical appointments. Very early in the year this still occurred then as Obama gave money to the rich, those who needed it most were denied any cash compensation. First the V.A. lowered the amount it would pay out in cash. If a veteran’s travel pay (based upon distance traveled) was $55, for example, and the new arbitrary threshold was $50, the V.A. told the vet it would send him a check. The turnaround time was cited as two-weeks which meant that a veteran would have to wait two weeks before he got the money he needed to get to the V.A. and back home the two weeks prior.
Soon the two-week wait became three and now it’s up to five or six. Simultaneously, the cash compensation threshold was lowered to $10 so anyone entitled to $11 in travel pay would have to wait up to six weeks! Remember the people allowed to get the travel pay are those who have proved to be low-income. So then the question comes, how is the veteran supposed to get to his appointments and back home if he can’t afford it? And, of course, the answer is, he can’t. So not only is the veteran being shafted when it comes to travel pay compensation, he’s being shafted on his medical care as well.
The bottom line here is that someone always has to pay. In this case it’s the veterans (again). What a disgrace. When people say our system needs fixing they aren’t kidding. It’s just too bad that the brain trust of America is so corrupted by corporate greed on absolutely every level that no one person or group of people can ever hope to dig out of the muck. Our legislators are an abomination for allowing this to happen again and again and again …
Update: Dec. 24, 2009: My veteran friend tells me that just this week he learned that travel pay cash reimbursement went up to $100. That’s terrific. Hopefully it will last longer than just Christmas week.
On June 15th, 2009, President Obama addressed the American Medical Association to garner their support for his health care reform agenda. At one point he was actually booed by this organization that allegedly embraces the Hippocratic Oath (‘first, do no harm’). This is the same organization that bows to the pharmaceutical industry and that tells our nation’s doctors (many of whom are too lazy to research new protocols, anyway) that they absolutely may not reveal alternative medical approaches to healing illnesses and disease.
The AMA was devised as a means to protect the interests of doctors not patients. We already know that the Food and Drug Administration really exists to protect business interests. It too bows to the pharmaceutical industry. Just recently I learned that the FDA plans to ban the natural vitamin B6 nutrient pyridoxamine (which by the way, is found in many foods) not because it’s unsafe, but because a major pharmaceutical company wants to patent it, thereby making it only available as a prescription drug! The FDA has definitively placed the interests of big business over the ability of Americans to purchase a safe and natural supplement.
High on Obama’s list of ways to achieve reform was preventive care. IS HE KIDDING?
The AMA won’t let its members give important nutrition-based, anti-aging or complementary care information to patients. The American Dental Association still forces its members to hide the dangers of mercury and push poisonous fluoride into people’s mouths and down their throats. The FDA is a shill for the pharmaceutical industry and big business in general.
All you have to do is look around at all the non-organic, chemical and pesticide-ridden crap that the FDA says is okay to sell to the public (from the food that’s sold to the cleaners we tend to use to the cosmetics and personal care items we might wear and use) .
The Environmental Protection Agency allows businesses to poison and otherwise harm people, animals and the environment on a daily basis.
You want PREVENTIVE CARE, Mr. President? I suggest that America starts doing business differently and embraces a healthful lifestyle on all fronts. Ban the FDA and all the other pseudo-protective agencies that government has coughed up. We’d do better without them.
Educate Yourself: Links:
Learn more about the importance of Vitamin B6 and the FDA scam.
Check brand name cosmetics and ingredients for safety.
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