Category Archives: Health Freedom
On Wednesday, the Office of Personnel Management issued a ruling saying that U.S. lawmakers and their staffs would continue to receive a federal contribution toward the health insurance they will be purchasing in the exchanges under Obamacare. The ruling ensures that lawmakers and their staffs will receive the same health contributions as other federal workers under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
It also enables Congress to avoid any culpability for passing an exemption for its members and their staffs, because this exemption was a backdoor effort by an Executive Agency. Average Americans faced with slashed hours and reduced opportunities for full-time work as a result of Obamacare won’t receive an exemption from a 29 hour workweek, nor will they receive any other relief.
Just like Johnny Mac and Rudy G leading up to 2008 and His Mittness in 2012, the Republican Party establishment seems to have found their “next” man. Sure, they’d love to go with someone like Jeb Bush. An old Patrician Republican with a name they know…unfortunately for them, all of America knows his last name too. It looks like the “sane” wing (you know, the one that has lost the last 2 Presidential elections) of the GOP is rallying around Chris Christie.
Like many Conservative activists, when Christie ran for Governor in 2009, I supported Conservative Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan in the Primary. Lonegan warned that Christie was a squish who would sell Conservatives out at the first opportunity. He was right.
— Jared Kaltwasser (@jaredkalt) June 17, 2013
At first, I liked the bombastic Christie. The Unions hated him, and that was a good sign. Then, Chris Christie realized he could be President if he played ball with the Establishment.
“The Alliance said they were gonna waltz through Serenity Valley. And we choked ‘em with those words. We’ve done the impossible, and that makes us mighty! Just a little while longer. Our angels are gonna be soaring overhead, raining fire on those arrogant Khags. So you hold.”- Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds ”Firefly”
So went one of the opening lines of the pilot to the short-run TV show, Firefly. Of course, the rebel “brown coat” Independents’ leadership never sent in the “angels” (starships) because the fight was “too hot” and their foot soldiers were ordered to “lay down arms”.
Shortly thereafter, the Independents’ revolt against the dictatorial “Alliance” was defeated.
Seems like once every few months we go through this exercise. Democrats make demands with regards to Government spending, Republicans threaten to shut down the Government, Democrats threaten Republicans with bad Press, GOP “leadership” caves, Democrats win.
Once again, dear readers, we have reached the Great Debt Ceiling Crisis! Yep, it’s only July and the Federal Government is already on the verge of running out of money. Apparently the FED hasn’t printed enough and Congress hasn’t authorized borrowing enough.
A month ago, when the nation’s attention was affixed on the Trayvon Martin case, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in a little noticed case. Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. v. Karen L. Bartlett came and went without much notice in the background of a national debate about race, replete with hyperbole on both sides. It shouldn’t have been that way, because the case is ultimately more important than any shooting in Florida. It holds implications for the safety of every generic drug consumed in the United States.
Karen L. Bartlett
In 2004, Karen L. Bartlett, a New Hampshire resident, was dealing with shoulder pain. Her doctor prescribed Clinoril, and her pharmacist dispensed the generic version of Clinoril (sulindac) manufactured by Mutual Pharmaceutical. Bartlett developed toxic epidermal necrosis, a flesh-eating condition, and she was left permanently disabled, disfigured, and blind. Bartlett did what most people would do: she sued Mutual Pharmaceutical. Mutual successfully petitioned to remove the case from New Hampshire state court to federal court. In federal court, a jury found Mutual liable, and awarded Bartlett over $21 million.
Dear Leader issued a full-throated defense of his signature healthcare reform law today in the face of rising criticism from his detractors. He highlighted the $267 check Morgan Theriot of Silver Spring, Maryland received as a rebate from her insurer when her premiums were not spent according to Dear Leader’s 80/20 ratio of medical care to administrative costs. Dear Leader’s underlings highlighted total rebates in 2012 from the medical-loss ration provision of almost $500 million.
Other claims included total consumer savings of almost $4 billion, due to the aforementioned rebates and an estimated $3.4 billion in lower premiums. Dear Leader also highlighted New York’s estimates that premiums may fall by as much as 50% next year due to his Obamacare.
Haters of America Republicans in the House of Representatives voted for the 40th time to repeal Dear Leader’s Glorious Healthcare Reform Law, and they were joined by traitors to Dear Leader’s cause. Twenty-two of Dear Leader’s own Democrats voted to delay the individual mandate.
A crack has opened in the ObamaCare dike.
In a stunning setback for the controversial health care law’s supporters, 22 House Democrats yesterday joined 227 Republicans to delay its linchpin provision, the individual mandate.
In so doing, they revealed the law’s Achilles heel.
Senate Republicans should capitalize on this breakthrough by forcing a vote on the mandate delay as soon as possible.
The vote to delay the individual mandate, which is the law’s least popular provision, passed 251 to 174. As noted, 22 Democrats crossed the aisle. Earlier, the House had voted 264 to 161 to delay the law’s employer mandate; 35 Democrats crossed the aisle on that one. The two delays were folded into a single bill.
Our Dear Leader, President Obama, is back to the grind with an Executive Order, the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, in which he claims that the authority vested in him as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America empowers him to recommend HIV screening for all Americans ages 15 to 65. That’s right, all Americans, ages 15 to 65, must bow to the recommendations of Dear Leader and undergo their recommended HIV screening. Though the total number of Americans estimated to be living with HIV is just 1.5 million, with breast and prostate cancer both topping out at 2.762 million and 2.5 million apiece, Dear Leader is recommending HIV screening for all Americans 15 to 65.
Makes sense, especially given that cancer prevalence from all invasive cancer sites is estimated at over 12,549,000 Americans. Nevertheless, priorities are what Dear Leader says they are. With 600,000 deaths from heart disease annually, or 1 in every 4 deaths, it might make more sense to recommend screening for that health issue, but Dear Leader is fixated on HIV screening.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has signed on in the fight against the Affordable Care Act, noting that the legislation threatens to be unaffordable and remove access to actual care as they know it. In a white paper, the IBEW claimed that the Affordable Care Act would “harm our members by dismantling multiemployer health plans.” In a full-page ad in Roll Call, the union called on the president to keep his promise that those who liked their health care plans would be able to keep their health care plans.
This follows on the heels of United Food and Commercial Workers president Joseph Hansen’s May 2013 column in The Hill, where he said the claim that workers could keep their existing coverage under the ACA was “simply not true.” International Brotherhood of Teamsters general secretary-treasurer Ken Hall characterized the specific provisions of Obamacare as “not acceptable” back in January, with the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers actually calling for the repeal of the ACA.
There’s a big and strange story popping up on many news sites; MSN, CBS and Huffington Post. They are talking about dead cells being brought back to life by scientists at Sandia National Laboratories and University of New Mexico. The cells are coated with a silica then heated up to 400 degrees which somehow creates living cells out of lifeless cells – Zombie cells. At the moment it appears this is contained and we are safe from human flesh-eating monsters taking over the Earth.
However, the CDC recently wrote a story Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse which is a spoof blog post based on the recent violent attacks by people who were eating other people alive, blamed on bath salts insanity. But does the CDC possibly have real reason to be concerned and is their blog post only half-joking?