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A picture began circulating in November. It should be ‘The Picture of the Year,’ or perhaps, ‘Picture of the Decade.’ It won’t be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category
Terri’s Day (CNA).- The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation and Priests for Life have established March 31 as “Terri’s Day” to mark the death of the severely-disabled Terri Schiavo from dehydration after her feeding tube was removed by court order [of Judge George Greer].
The full title of the commemoration is “International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters.” The organizers hope that “Terri’s Day” will foster education, prayer, and activism regarding discrimination against the disabled. (more…)
With thanks to Washington State Campaign for Liberty, where this column was published July 14, 2010.
At the beginning of the last legislative session, Matt submitted a package of 10th Amendment bills including the Washington State Health Care Freedom Act which would exempt Washington State citizens from nationalized health care. You can sign a petition in support of this bill here.
WHY WASHINGTON MUST OPT OUT OF NATIONALIZED HEALTH CARE
I, like many people, believe that the Constitution is not a living document. The corollary to this principle is that if it is not living then it cannot die. However, the question of whether the Constitution is followed and enforced depends on you and me.
If imposed, nationalized health care will crush our economy. According to the Washington Policy Center “The number of people on Medicaid will increase by 280,000 for a total cost of Medicaid to WA taxpayers in excess of $30 billion over the next 10 years.” Currently the operating budget in the state of Washington is a little over $30 billion.
This federal regulatory program is also clearly unconstitutional, creating government powers beyond those enumerated by the Constitution. It also violates our system of dual sovereignty protected by the 10th Amendment which the United States Supreme Court has reaffirmed time and again. In the New York v. U.S. (1992) and Printz v. U.S. (1997) the court specifically stated that “Congress cannot compel a state to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program.” Yet, that is exactly what is contemplated under Nationalized Health Care. As if those reasons aren’t enough Nationalized Health Care proponents argue that the federal government can force you to by a product under the Commerce Clause (Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution). There is one problem, inaction or the failure to buy is not commerce.
For these reasons I, along with Rep. Bill Hinkle, introduced HB 2669, the Health Care Freedom Act, opting Washington State out of Nationalized Health Care. The House Democrat leadership refused to even give it a hearing and predictably many defenders in our state House protested the legislation and began calling us racist and secessionist. In fact, the quote from our Speaker Pro Tem Jeff Morris (D – Mount Vernon) was “We want to lead the state out of recession. They want to lead the state out of the country.” Obviously, this is absurd. The intent of the state sovereignty Bills are to erect barriers against an ever-encroaching federal bureaucracy, while keeping the nation unified. That said, Washington D. C. is on a course that will destroy our Constitutional Republic. If the federal government would get out of the way, we would be free as individual states to fix our own problems as the founders intended. Remember this in November.
Matthew T. Shea
4th Dist. (Spokane Valley)
Under Healthcare in the issues section of his website we find that nationalized health care is perfectly OK with Dino—it is just that the recently passed version needs to be refined. “We need to repeal the parts of this bill which hurt access to and coverage for quality affordable health care, and replace it with common - sense bipartisan proposals.”
So it is not the concept, but the execution that is flawed.
However, on Sunday, Mr Rossi stated a different position. Speaking to the Puget Sound Conservative Underground Sunday afternoon, Rossi said the Reid-Pelosi-Obama-Romney health care act needed to be repealed. To what can we attribute Rossi’s alleged change of position? Might it be that he was speaking to a conservative audience instead of to the Evans-Gorton wing of the Washington State Republican party? A questioner pointed out the discrepancy between what Mr Rossi said and his website and asked him what his position really is—repeal the bill or repeal only parts and replace with bipartisan proposals? “It needs to be repealed and we need to fix the website.” As of noon Monday, Rossi’s website tells us the current bill only needs a bit of tweaking.
So what is Dino’s position?
In a civilized and rich country like the United States, it is reasonable for society to accept an obligation to ensure that all residents have affordable access to at least basic health care — much as we accept the same obligation to assure a reasonable level of housing, education and nutrition. . .
The obligations on individuals does not have to be a “hard” mandate, in the sense that failure to obtain coverage would be illegal. It could be a “soft” mandate, meaning that failure to obtain coverage could result in the loss of tax benefits and other government entitlements. In addition, if federal tax benefits or other assistance accompanied the requirement, states and localities could receive the value of the assistance forgone by the person failing to obtain coverage, in order to compensate providers who deliver services to the uninsured family.
The greatest test of Conservative brilliance rests on our ability to weaken Democrat support for President Obama’s budget reconciliation version of National Health Care legislation that Democrats threaten to ram through the roof of Congress’s teapot dome via simple majority vote.
We can say with certainty that Republicans cannot change so many Democrat votes lacking a powerful fresh argument. How can Republicans puncture the partisan support Obama commands for National Health Care?
The proposed Healthfare state is anti-woman and anti-marriage. Forty-five years of social data demonstrates that every advance of the welfare state has resulted in more women and children living in poverty in cities unsafe because the fabric of marriage is destroyed. National Healthfare, the largest proposed expansion of the Great Society since 1963, would accelerate evisceration of marriage and the futures of the neighborhoods so many women are already afraid to live in.
Thanks to Brian Thomas.
Most are familiar with those commercials on television promoting prescription drugs that supposedly offer relief from a variety of ailments, if one would only pressure one’s doctor to obtain them. They have become a source of great entertainment and amusement to some, the kicker coming at the end of each commercial when the FDA-approved medication’s obligatory litany of warnings and dangerous side effects is recited: “Tell your doctor if….” and “Side effects may include…..” Some of the warnings are mild like diarrhea and constipation, some list serious effects like cancer or tuberculosis, and others admit that sometimes even death can result.
The point here is that these are all FDA-approved drugs being advertised and used extensively. Drugs that can cause serious diseases like lymphoma. Drugs that can kill. The FDA’s dismal safety record is well documented; even PBS ran a Frontline special that investigated and exposed the FDA’s unsafe drug record, the influence of Big Pharma inside the FDA, and lack of long-term testing and medical review of many, many dangerous drugs. The FDA seldom removes a drug from the market even after it proves to be harmful or deadly, however they do post quarterly reports with details of the latest potentially dangerous side effects of drugs currently under investigation.
Nonetheless, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants this same FDA, with its dismal safety record, to regulate dietary supplements.
Each of the senate candidates who attended the Pro-life forum in Everett on Friday night publicly committed to joining a vigil at least once during the 40 Days for Life campaign that begins Ash Wednesday. They are: Paul Akers, Art Coday, Clint Didier (by his campaign manager), Rodney Rieger, Craig Williams. Check with their offices and help hold them to their promise, please!
This year, 40 Days for Life moves beyond North America; Australia and Northern Ireland communities are participating in addition to those in Canada and the various states.
Below is an unashamed re-post of Doug’s pieces about this campaign from last year.
We haven’t written much about 40 Days for Life although I support it, personally, 100%.
40 Days for Life is not a protest.
40 Days for Life is not civil disobedience.
40 Days for Life is not a political campaign.
Planned Parenthood has still not figured it out.
The first 40 Days for Life campaign was organized in Bryan/College Station, Texas in the fall of 2004. A local pro-life group prayed for an answer about how to reduce abortion in their area, and the answer was 40 Days for Life. The campaign, organized in a matter of weeks, activated 1,000 people and led directly to a 28 percent decline in abortions in that community.
News of the victory in Texas spread to other communities, and in 2005 and 2006 a half-dozen other cities conducted their own 40 Days for Life campaigns. (more…)
The following article, by Gary and Lisa Ruby, was originally published in March, 2005 (before Terri Schiavo was killed by court order) on their website: Liberty to the Captives. They’ve given me permission to re-publish it, here. It is a complete, painstaking breakdown of the legal end of the Schiavo atrocity.
Eugenics is and was an integral part of the social policy of Brack Obama and the Democrat Party and Planned Parenthood and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and the forces that murdered Terri Schiavo and the Third Reich. The passage of ObamaCare empowers it in America.
Judge Greer and Attorney Gibbs: Death Order Doublespeak (more…)
In discussion of our article, “Making History November 8, 2009,” socialism apologist “Demo Kid” takes great issue with my suggestion that Terri Schiavo beome the poster girl for ObamaCare. He says, “…she definitely was NOT any kind of negative example of government-mandated care,” and accuses me of being a liar.
One of us is lying. (more…)
Yesterday morning Mitt Romney appeared on “The Early Show” and called in to Sean Hannity to promote his health care plan as superior to Obama’s health care plan.
If we hadn’t already gone with Jonathan B’s classic, the following would have made a good quote of the week: (more…)