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Who Said This? Hint – Not The ACLU

Via St. Louis Post:

“We want to not only condemn these acts of violence, but also to try and persuade the state’s attorney to file hate crime charges in this case.”

ACLU, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson?? Nope, the White Supremacist groups.

It’s come to this – are these seriously the only people willing to stand up for a child that’s beaten because of his race?

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Racism Or A Sign Of The Times?

Yesterday I ran across yet another case of a child being beat up while having racial slurs yelled at him. I did a YouTube search and in less than 5 minutes had the following list of videos – all within the last couple of months. What is happening to our kids?

I’ve said it before, children are not born racists. They are created by their parents and I’m at a loss as to why this hatred is passed from generation to generation. More importantly, why is the racial hatred towards non-black persons that seems to be escalating being ignored?

The fact that these crimes are not being charged as hate crimes is causing a real divide in our Country.  Our media is spending much time discussing idiotic speculations regarding disagreements being racism, yet has essentially ignored these real acts of racism.

The fact that the President is not coming out and saying that racism in any form is unacceptable is just wrong and cowardly. Obama saying that disagreements are not  “mainly” based on race was just another instance of him walking the political line. Obama speaks out on Gates and Kanye, but not white children that are beaten or killed? When will Obama start leading this entire Country? Does he have the guts?

2nd White child a victim of a Hate Crime in St Louis

Belleville, Illinois School Bus Beat Down

School bus driver beaten by teenage boy 

 Maryland Teen Beaten to Death by Pack

17-Year-Old Barely Survives a Brutal Beating, Thanks to Cop (Was Racism the Motivation?)

Only whites are racist?? Savage beating and attempted murder of Brian Milligan

3 Blacks beat a Chinese man to death

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Current Communist Goals – Look Familiar?

 This information was sent to me today from “themadjewess” – thank you.

I am not going to add alot of narrative to this post – after reading through this and verifying the sourcing – I thought it was important to pass this information along.  This information was indeed recorded in Congressional Record in 1963 – in an effort to ensure that our Government would be able to effecting fight against Communism.

It seems they may have used this information as a study guide instead. There is not one item listed that hasn’t or is happening – driven by both Republicans and Democrats.

People – we don’t have a Political Party problem – we have a Government problem.

 

Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35January 10, 1963

Current Communist Goals

EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, January 10, 1963

 

Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:

[From “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen]

CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

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Out-gun The Tea-baggers

The headline reads:

The Guns of August: A Call to Arms for Progressives and Obama Activists

This made me a little uncomfortable and then as I read further:

This is a call to arms for the army of activists who powered President Obama to the White House.

O.k. now it sounds just plain scary. Who would write this type of incendiary commentary?

Health Care For America NOW! would.

After inciting people to bear arms (in my opinion), they go on to turn the entire health care issue into a race issue.

This is an angry minority, bitter about an America that they don’t recognize, led by a man that doesn’t look like them.

This is unconscionable. If the Obama administration AND media do not address this incitement of mob mentalitythen they will be responsible for the outcome.

I am forwarding this information to the media outlets and to the snitch line – flag@whitehouse.gov – and asking for a statement against this type of inflammatory remarks. PLEASE do the same.

HCAN has created a “Fight” page for information to “Train Yourself To Combat Right-Wing Tactics”. It includes diddies such as:

Who are these people?
The people who show up are far right-wing ideologues recruited by paid organizers. Much of this recruitment and organizing is funded by industry lobbyists and public relations firms to engage radical right-wing groups. Many of these groups are motivated by far right ideology in general – not by health care as an issue. They are held together by a common vision of the world that centers on defeating Obama and his agenda. We can expect to see anti-abortion groups, pro-gun groups, insurance company employees (mandated by employers to come out), militia groups, and anti-immigration groups.

And ways to ensure ONLY their message is heard.

Organizing your own events with a Member of Congress

One advantage to organizing your own Town Hall or public event with Members of Congress is that you will have much more control over the event and limit the other side’s opportunities for disruption. Still, you should take precautions to make sure that you can keep meetings you organize under control. Here are some basic tips:

  1. Talk to the Member of Congress ahead of time so that you agree on a format that is comfortable for the Member and that you can troubleshoot roles or concerns that the Member may have about the event. It is important to know how much time the Member will have, when he will arrive, what staff he’s bringing, and how many questions he’ll answer so that you can anticipate any issues that may arise and can plan your program appropriately.
  2. Know who you are turning out to attend the event. Make sure you turn out a substantial number of people from your base and that everyone signs a sign in sheet upon entering the event. Give everyone name tags so they are easily identifiable. If you want to ensure greater control over turnout, you can ask attendees to rsvp or even issue tickets to the event and require presentation of the ticket at the entrance.
  3. Choose a venue that is difficult for the opposition to access without being noticed. Get to your location early and make sure you set up the venue in a way that ensures that the attendees you want are at the front and that any protesters who come are sequestered as far as possible from the stage. Make sure that you have signs and visuals up and that you adequately understand the layout of your venue so that you know where the entrances are, where the press will be positioned, where your speakers will be, etc.
  4. Select a strong moderator to move the agenda in a disciplined way. Make sure you select someone who is comfortable interrupting rowdy protesters, who can command the attention of the room, and who understands how to de-escalate tensions and re-direct people to the agenda.
  5. Lay out goals for the meeting and establish ground rules for conduct in the meeting at the beginning of the event. Among these ground rules should be a protocol for asking questions. One way to do this is to ask people to submit questions ahead of time on cards, to permit only one question at a time, and to limit the topic of questions.
  6. Plan for disturbances and assign marshals. Make sure that you assign marshals to take care of moving the crowd, keeping people organized and orderly, and acting as security should any need arise to ask noisy or disruptive protesters to leave. If you have cause to think that you will need more back-up, notify the police ahead of time.
  7. Collect signs and leaflets that are not provided by you or your organization. Another way to limit protesters’ ability to hijack your event is to confiscate signs or leaflets that they may bring into the venue from outside. The best way to do this is to make a blanket rule that no one can bring signs or leaflets and to advertise this fact as you do turn out in the weeks preceding the event. You can distribute your own signs in the event and offer them one as they enter if you choose to allow them to enter.

 

  • Assign people to greet the media and to stay close to reporters both as they enter and leave the event. It’s important that you take away right-wingers opportunities to talk with reporters by making sure that your staff or leaders are in constant contact with the media who attend. You should set up a special table or area for the press to sit during the event and that area should be close t the stage and away from any areas of the venue where protesters may gather. Also make sure you have materials ready for the reporters so that they know the purpose and message of the event.
  • Sound familiar?

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    Report All Nonconformists!

    As reported by Hot Air today, the White House is seeking snitches.

    “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end-of-life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain e-mails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an e-mail or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.”

    So, being the good citizen that I am I of course forwarded the email (posted below) that I received this morning from Health Care For America Now (HCAN).

    HCAN is one of Obama’s ‘grassroots’ group – translation – LIBERAL LOBBYING COALITION. Their coalition includes the usual cast of characters, including ACORN, MoveOn, Planned Parenthood, etc.

    The email was sent by Levana Layendecker who is the Online Campaigns Director. Her claim to fame with HCAN – Click to Call – a system that interfaces with your computer to call politicians and then gives you a script of what to say. All the while gathering all of your personal information for their database – brilliant!

    Don’t forget to check out their Schedule of Events so you can be ready for the ‘grassroots’ canvassing that’s coming to a neighborhood near you.

     

    Dear Supporter:
    There is a nasty and misleading right-wing chain email going around. Some of you may have gotten it forwarded to you by family and friends.

    The email pretends to go through the “itemized contents of the Health Care Reform Bill,” pulling out outrageous claims like, “Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed!”

    The insurance industry is funding these emails through hired shills and, of course, these claims are universally false. So we want to arm you with the tools to fight back against these smears.

    Below, we’ve created an email you can copy and paste in response to anyone who forwards you these lies. Just reply to the smear email and make sure everyone knows the truth

    We can fight these smears, one lie at a time.

     


    To your health,
    Levana Layendecker
    Health Care for America Now

     

     

    P.S. I’m sure you’ve been hearing lots about Members of Congress coming home for vacation and hearing from loud right-wingers at their town halls. It’s imperative we show up at these events and make just as forceful a case that we need health reform now – what happens this month may determine whether we get health care reform or not.

    On our homepage you can search for events in your area or enter events you know about that are coming up so others can come. Click here to attend events in your area.

    Copy the email below this line and use it to respond to this smear
    ——————————

    The contents of the email I am replying to are patently false. If the anonymous writer of this email had actually read the bill, he or she would know better.

    Here are the facts. Anyone can verify them by reading the bill at http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3200/text

     

     

     

    Actual itemized contents of the Health Care Reform Bill:

    “Page 22: Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure!”

    TRUTH: This is not an “audit,” it’s a study. Moreover, the bill states (pp. 22-23) that the report will “include any recommendations the Commissioner deems appropriate to ensure that the law does not provide incentives for small and mid-size employers to self-insure or create adverse selection in the risk pools of large group insurers and self-insured employers.” This is almost directly the opposite of the email’s claim.
    “Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed!”

     

    TRUTH: Page 29 continues to define the “essential benefits package” and discusses limits on what Americans will have to spend on health care under this minimum standard. In no way does this section stipulate the rationing of care.
    “Page 30: A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you get (and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process)” 

     

    TRUTH: Page 30 begins to describe the Health Benefits Advisory Committee which establishes certain minimum standards for health insurance plans. In no way does this committee deny treatments and benefits to Americans with health insurance.
    “Page 42: The ‘Health Choices Commissioner’ will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None.” 

     

    TRUTH: Page 42 begins to describe the Health Choices Commissioner’s duties. The idea that this person will decide what benefits Americans receive is patently false, given that most Americans will keep their current plans under reform, and Americans within the exchange will have the choice of purchasing many different kinds of health plans. Rather, the Commissioner will establish minimum standards to protect Americans.
    “Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services.”

     

    TRUTH: Pages 50-51 contain a provision stating that discrimination will not be allowed in the provision of health care services. Nowhere does the bill state that non-US citizens will be provided free health care services. The bill prohibits federal dollars from being used for undocumented immigrants.
    “Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Healthcard.” 

     

    TRUTH:Page 58, in the context of a discussion of administrative standards, mentions that “determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service and, to the extent possible, prior to service, including whether the individual is eligible for a specific service with a specific physician at a specific facility…may include utilization of a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card.” In no way does the bill state that such a card would be national, or that it would be issued to every person, or that it would, in fact, be used at all.
    “Page 59: The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.” 

     

    TRUTH: Page 59 continues the discussion of administrative standards, and authorizes electronic transfers of money within the government. In no way does this provision grant the government access to individual bank accounts.
    “Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (read: SEIU, UAW and ACORN)” 

     

    TRUTH: Here’s what page 65 says: “Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish a temporary reinsurance program to provide reimbursement to assist participating employment-based plans with the cost of providing health benefits to retirees and to eligible spouses, surviving spouses and dependents of such retirees.” No mention is made of unions or community organizations.
    “Page 72: All private healthcare plans must conform to government rules to participate in a Healthcare Exchange.” 

     

    TRUTH: That’s true! Plans have to have a minimum standard of benefits, bat can offer other plans as well. But that’s fair, isn’t it? Private insurers can continue to operate outside the exchange if they wish – should the government establish no standards for the exchange? In that case, how could reform end insurance industry abuses and help to control costs?
    “Page 84: All private healthcare plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (i.e., total government control of private plans)” 

     

    TRUTH: This section says is that if private health care plans want to operate in the Exchange, they must provide a basic benefit package. 
    “Page 91: Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for services; translation: illegal aliens”

     

    TRUTH: Some American citizens are more comfortable speaking a language other than English, especially in a sensitive situation like a consultation with their doctor. This provision in no way opens the door for coverage of undocumented workers.
    “Page 95: The Government will pay ACORN and Americorps to sign up individuals for Government-run Health Care plan.” 

     

    TRUTH:Page 95 makes no mention of ACORN and Americorps; all it says is that the Commissioner can conduct outreach to vulnerable populations, making them aware of their options.

    “Page 102: Those eligible for Medicaid will be automatically enrolled: you have no choice in the matter.”

    TRUTH: People who are eligible for Medicaid will not have to face the burdens of paperwork and other bureaucratic struggles. Far from depriving people of choice, this measure will ensure coverage.

    “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.”

    TRUTH: This section describes rate-setting under the public health insurance plan option, which will compete with private insurers, who can set their own rates. Because of inherent advantages like their established administrative and provider frameworks, private insurance companies will not be “crushed” by government competition.
    “Page 127: The AMA sold doctors out: the government will set wages.” 

     

    TRUTH: The government will negotiate rates with providers under the public health insurance plan option. However, private insurers will continue to pay their own rates.
    “Page 145: An employer MUST auto-enroll employees into the government-run public plan. No alternatives.”

     

    TRUTH: This is simply not true. Employers with more than 20 employees aren’t even eligible to participate in the exchange, let alone the public plan, until several years after the exchange launches in 2013. Moreover, no employer will be forced to participate in the public plan.
    “Page 146: Employers MUST pay healthcare bills for part-time employees AND their families.”

     

    TRUTH: Employers are required to pay some benefits for part-time employees on a basis proportional to what they pay for full-time employees. No language on this page or the next stipulates coverage for the families of part-time employees.
    “Page 149: Any employer with a payroll of $400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays an 8% tax on payroll”

     

    TRUTH: The payroll penalty applies to employers with payroll over $500,000 who do not provide insurance to their employees. The percentage for employers with payroll from $500,000 – $750,000 is 6%. Employers do not have to offer the public option to avoid this penalty, they can offer private insurance if they wish.
    “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”

     

    TRUTH: This is false, see above.
    “Page 167: Any individual who doesn’t’ have acceptable healthcare (according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income.”

     

    TRUTH: Pages 167-173 detail what “acceptable health care” means (basically, insurance coverage) and also allow for many different kinds of exceptions to this rule.

    “Page 170: Any NON-RESIDENT alien is exempt from individual taxes (Americans will pay for them).” 

    TRUTH: Non-resident aliens do not have to pay the penalty for not having health insurance, nor will the receive federal assistance, because they are not required to purchase health insurance. They are not exempted from individual taxes generally.
    “Page 195: Officers and employees of Government Healthcare Bureaucracy will have access to ALL American financial and personal records.”

     

    TRUTH: This is a gross overstatement. For the purposes of determining affordability credits for Americans who need financial assistance in purchasing health insurance, employees of the Health Choices Administration will have access to tax information that the federal government already keeps. As is clearly stated on page 196, “Return information… may be used by officers and employees of the Health Choices Administration or such State-based health insurance exchange, as the case may be, only for the purposes of, and to the extent necessary in, establishing and verifying the appropriate amount of any affordability credit described in subtitle C of title II of the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 and providing for the repayment of any such credit which was in excess of such appropriate amount.”
    “Page 203: “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.” Yes, it really says that.”

     

    TRUTH: This quote is taken out of context, and is in fact referring to a calculation used in the bill. Full context of quote: “‘(4) NOT TREATED AS TAX IMPOSED BY THIS CHAPTER FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES.-The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax imposed by this chapter for purposes of determining the amount of any credit under this chapter or for purposes of section 55.”
    “Page 239: Bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors and the poor most affected.” 

     

    TRUTH: This section has nothing whatsoever to do with reducing services.  It makes much needed changes to the way in which physician reimbursement is recalculated every year.  The bill will, in fact, create much more opportunity for seniors and the poor to receive necessary care.
    “Page 241: Doctors: no matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same (thanks, AMA!)” 

     

    TRUTH:  Page 241 does not say this.  Nowhere does it say this.  It does say that physicians will be grouped into certain categories regardless of specialty.  These categories merely determine if the physician is engaged in primarily therapeutic or preventative care.

    “Page 253: Government sets value of doctors’ time, their professional judgment, etc.”

    TRUTH: There is no good response to this assertion as it appears to have been made up completely. The section deals with ‘misvalued codes’ meaning that the government is potentially not paying an acceptable rate for a specific service.  This will allow the government to, for example, pay more for services that require more payment, such as high-overhead procedures.  The author of these criticisms  separately attacks the bill for paying the same rate to all doctors, then attacks again for paying different rates.
    “Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private healthcare industries.” 

     

    TRUTH: This section amends the Social Security Act to include productivity measures.  There is no mandate or control of anything.  This merely updates the way in which doctors and hospitals are paid through Medicare.
    “Page 268: Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven wheelchairs.” 

     

    TRUTH: This is simply not true.  This slightly amends existing guidelines for payments for medical equipment, in this case power-driven wheelchairs.  This section introduces no ‘regulations’ that are not in the Social Security Act.
    “Page 272: Cancer patients: welcome to the wonderful world of rationing!”

     

    TRUTH: Overusage of the hot-button word “rationing” is a way to deflect attention away from the actual language of the bill and incite unjustified fear.  This section only compares costs incurred by cancer hospitals to costs incurred by similar hospitals, and adjusts payments to reduce the possibility of fraud and abuse.
    “Page 280: Hospitals will be penalized for what the government deems preventable re-admissions.” 

     

    TRUTH:  This is almost correct.  The section is one of the first efforts at targeting excessive readmissions.  Excessive readmissions are physically and emotionally damaging to patients, while simultaneously putting them, and the health care system, in far more financial risk than is necessary.  The American Hospital Association recommended reduced payments for avoidable readmission in testimony to Congress.


    “Page 298: Doctors: if you treat a patient during an initial admission that results in a readmission, you will be penalized by the government.” 

    TRUTH: This is patently false.  The section is about possible methods that the Secretary of Health and Human services might consider in order to address the growing problem of patient readmission.  This section does not, in any way, create a penalty, nor does it even mandate policy.  It merely provides examples of recourses that might be considered.
    “Page 317: Doctors: you are now prohibited from owning and investing in healthcare companies!”

     

    TRUTH: This provision only limits Doctor’s investments in health care facilities that they refer patients to  The effort to limit self-referral has been ongoing for many years as an effort to reduce fraud and abuse.  This is, essentially, the medical community equivalent of insider trading.  Limiting this incentive works to put the patient’s health above all other considerations.  Doctors remain free to engage in investment opportunities in areas that don’t create a significant conflict of interest.
    “Page 318: Prohibition on hospital expansion. Hospitals cannot expand without government approval.”

     

    TRUTH: This section regulates physicians’ investment in hospitals to make sure that physicians are not unfairly benefiting from their power to refer patients to hospitals they have a stake in. The section does not prohibit hospital expansion.
    “Page 321: Hospital expansion hinges on ‘community’ input: in other words, yet another payoff for ACORN.”

     

    TRUTH: In the ongoing effort to demonize community-based groups such as ACORN, every instance of the word “community” has become associated with that group’s efforts.  In reality, this provision allows for anyone to provide input.  This includes homeowners, religious leaders, neighborhood groups, and others.  There are no payoffs.  There is no money exchanged in any way.
    “Page 335: Government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures: i.e., rationing.” 

     

    TRUTH: This provision is included in order to allow the government to base payments on practices that work.  Nowhere does it say health care will be rationed.  The attempt to isolate what works and what does not work in Medicare Advantage plans only benefits the health care system in general.
    “Page 341: Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc.”

     

    TRUTH: The government can disqualify some Medicare Advantage Plans from receiving some additional payments, but only if those plans are not meeting necessary requirements.
    “Page 354: Government will restrict enrollment of SPECIAL NEEDS individuals.” 

     

    TRUTH: This section only deals with how to handle special needs individuals who need to enroll outside of the open enrollment period.  Almost every type of plan operates with open enrollment periods.  This section does not create more restrictions.
    “Page 379: More bureaucracy: Telehealth Advisory Committee (healthcare by phone).”

     

    TRUTH: This section merely expands existing Telehealth programs, which supplement but do not replace other health coverage, and provide a vital resource to Americans in rural and remote areas.
    “Page 425-430: More bureaucracy: Advance Care Planning Consult: Senior Citizens, assisted suicide, euthanasia?; Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory. Appears to lock in estate taxes ahead of time; Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death; Government mandates program that orders end-of-life treatment; government dictates how your life ends; 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; Government will decide what level of treatments you may have at end-of-life.” 

     

    TRUTH: All of these hysterical claims have been debunked elsewhere. HR3200 provides for the reimbursement of a voluntary session of end-of-life counseling with your physician once every five years. This in no way means the government will make decisions for patients or encourage doctor-assisted suicide. Counseling simply makes patients and their families aware of their options.
    “Page 469: Community-based Home Medical Services: more payoffs for ACORN.” 

     

    TRUTH: ACORN is not a Community-Based Medical Home.
    “Page 472: Payments to Community-based organizations: more payoffs for ACORN.”

     

    TRUTH: This is clearly still referring to community health groups, not ACORN. 
    “Page 489: Government will cover marriage and family therapy. Government intervenes in your marriage.”

     

    TRUTH: Covering marriage and family therapy, as many private insurance plans do, does not mean that the government “intervenes in your marriage.” The types of individuals who are recognized as therapists are clearly defined on page 491; in brief, professionals only, not bureaucrats.
    “Page 494: Government will cover mental health services: defining, creating and rationing those services.”

     

    TRUTH: This section expands government coverage for mental health services under various government programs, and ensures that all mental health services will be offered by qualified professionals.


     

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    Obama Soldiers Fan The Flame Of Racial Profiling

    While Obama is having his beer bash, ACORN is drafting their email to take advantage of this latest ‘man-made crisis’. I’m sure Rahm is proud or helped them draft this. 

     

     
    Warrantless midnight raids. Racial profiling. Forced family separation. Retaliatory arrests. Chain gangs.

    Relics of a bygone era? No. This is reality today where I live, and these are the routine actions of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona — the same sheriff whose actions have been compared to the worst excesses of Alabama Sheriff Bull Connor and his fight against the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

    Today, the excuse for abusing civil rights is the enforcement of federal immigration law, and the Latino community is the target. Sheriff Arpaio and others get away with it thanks to a Bush-era program called “287(g)” — a program that basically gives Sheriff Arpaio all the power and freedom he wants to enforce immigration as he sees fit. Program 287(g) is not only still being implemented, but Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is planning to expand the program!

    Tell Secretary Napolitano that we don’t need more local law enforcement taking immigration into their own hands. Program 287(g) should be abolished, not expanded.

    Just last week, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law called Arpaio-style, pre-dawn immigration raids on family homes “unconstitutional.” They said that the “cowboy mentality” permeating our approach to America’s immigration challenge has been doing serious damage.

    In fact, many law enforcement agencies don’t support the 287(g) program and won’t even participate, saying it harms their ability to ensure public safety by putting officers in situations in which they often make choices that violate our rights — and our humanity — if we happen to look like we might “not be from around here.”

    Click here to tell Secretary Napolitano to stop the expansion of the 287(g) program, and then to abolish the program altogether.

    The impact that the 287(g) program has is life-or-death serious for many communities. When we know that the color of our skin makes us criminally suspect in the eyes of local law enforcement, then where do we go if we are in danger? How can we call the police to stop domestic abuse, if we know that the police may be just as abusive? When racial profiling is part of law enforcement, then people of color have no one to protect them.

    Program 287(g) must end soon — and we can’t sit by while the Department of Homeland Security expands it. Tell Secretary Napolitano that expanding 287(g) is the wrong choice, and 287(g) will never be a part of a successful approach to America’s immigration challenge.

    The good news is that as a result of the kinds of energy that ACORN and others have been able to generate on this issue, over 30 organizations across the country are taking action over the coming weeks to hold DHS accountable on immigration policy. Please join in this nationwide campaign to end 287g and bring sanity to America’s immigration policies.
    In solidarity and strength,
    Alicia Russell
    Arizona ACORN

     

     

    ACORN is taking this ‘man-made issue’ nationwide as in Arizona Sheriff Arpaio is winning this argument. According to Rasmussem Reports:

    Voters in the Grand Canyon State still highly regard Maricopa Country Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, known for his tough immigration enforcement. Fifty-seven percent (57%) say the sheriff’s policies have helped the state’s image, showing little change from May. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say the sheriff’s policies hurt the state’s image.

    The people that live in this community don’t agree with ACORN, not that it matters to ACORN. The fact is that Sheriff Arpaio is doing the unthinkable – he’s enforcing the law. What a concept.

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    So You Don’t Think They Will Vote This Week – Think Again

    This morning I received this email from Health Care for America NOW:

    Dear Supporter:

    Passing health care reform will save you money. Not passing it will save millionaires money. Will your Representative choose the millionaires or you?

    The health care reform bill being voted on in the House this week will save you an average of $2,200 per year.1 This bill says those who make more than a quarter of a million dollars a year should help pay for reform by rolling back Bush’s tax cuts for the rich.2

    This bill should be voted on in the next few days. Click here to write a letter to your Representative and urge them to pass historic health reform so you can save money.

    One of the excuses some Members of Congress are using to avoid voting for this health reform bill is that this bill raises taxes on small business. They couldn’t be more wrong.

    According to the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxes, 96% of small businesses would not be affected by rolling back Bush’s tax cuts, and this bill would in fact lower these businesses’ health care costs.3

    That’s why small business owners all across America are supporting this bill.

    Click here to email your Representative and urge them to pass this bill, because your health care is important enough to ask the wealthy to pay a bit more.

    This bill guarantees us quality, affordable health care. It will cover the uninsured and lower the costs for those of us who have insurance. Let’s pass this bill, so we can all have quality, affordable health care.

    To your health,

    Levana Layendecker
    Health Care for America Now

    As I’m reading the email I hear Fox News saying that there are members that are saying that they are closer than ever on the Healthcare bill and that they may be close to a vote.

    I’m not buying the coincidence. I would not be surprised at all if the Dems announced that they didn’t have the votes to get everyone to back off and give them some breathing room – then they surprise us all with a vote.

    Have you called/emailed your Congressman today!!!!!!

    UPDATE – Senator Judd Gregg is talking about this now – they’re talking about taking out the ‘government’ public option and putting in the ‘co-op’ plan – one problem – we don’t know what the co-op plan is!! Tell them to read the damn bill………………or vote no.

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