Saturday, July 18, 2009

The time has come for health care reform

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln


Health Care Reform

The current lament of the "conservatives" the far right and the insurance industry is the proposed health care reforms of the president. Nowhere in America is their a greater need for reform. The bought and paid for congressmen and senators by the insurance industry are screaming, ranting and raving to frighten the people. As if the people would lose something. They (the right wing republicans) opposed social security when it was proposed by Roosevelt, they opposed Medicare when it was proposed by Johnson, now it's health care reform proposed by Obama. We can see now that Bush health care bill is a medical nightmare with a donut hole fought for by the insurance companies that penalizes the poor and middle class.
The proposed reforms will not put medical companies out of business but will instead create a choice. The Bush administration left a small legacy such as Medicare cannot negotiate the price of drugs and 30 to 40 million Americans not protected any form of health insurance? Why when a doctor recommends a procedure or test does some bureaucrat of the medical insurance companies say no? Their policy is to deny what the patient needs and unless a patient is willing to fight for what is needed, at best delaying treatment and jeopardizing their health, the patient falls victim to the greed of the big insurance companies. They don't want change, they like it this way. The middlemen are there and they represent the medical insurance companies. The government won't do worse.
This is really big corporate America against the American people. Will the government's plan be perfect, no. Will it make a difference, yes. And there in lies the difference. If it hurts the bottom line of these big corporate insurance programs that have contempt for the public welfare, too bad. The American deserve a medical program that truly serves their needs not one that serves corporate needs.
If a person wants to understand the truth and not the half truths of the pied pipers of right wing hate speech he would do well to read Dr. Howard Dean's book. Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Health Care Reform.

Conservative Republicans have sold out to the radical right of the party. It is kissing the ass of the ultra right wing of the republican party and the evangelical right, the earth is 4,000 years old,
Darwin is all wrong, religious fundamentalist. These are the people who will select the next Republican candidate for president. If they select a mutant moron who quotes scripture and verse and believes science is dead, so long as he/she wears the republican mantle the right wing media will support him/her, as they will Shara Palin when she runs in 2012. As for the damage to democracy or to the American people, it just doesn't matter. As with Bush, he took care of the rich and powerful. They grew in wealth as the country slid into a recession and a disastrous war in Iraq. Haliburton and the oil lobby grew rich as did the major contractors to the war under Bush. The American people have paid a terrible price for Bush's eight years in office. Now they the right have placed all the blame on Obama. It is a thin veneer of lies and hypocrisy.

What is a conservative?
In the ancient world conservatism represented the status quo. The kings of England and Europe opposed change. They opposed giving the people democracy, a degenerate form of liberal government. In the middle ages the Catholic Church was opposed to the commoners learning to read, another liberal virtue. Any thought, deed or word that diverged from the orthodoxy was punishable by death in the most painful of ways. Torture for liberal ideas was authorized by the church. In the modern world all dictators are opposed to liberal reform such as the right to vote, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, universal suffrage, the right to assemble. Liberal ideas have been under assault for centuries yet they have given us the liberal democracies that are once again under assault from intolerance in the world today. The radical right in America would take away many of the freedoms we hold dear if they had their way. The evangelical right, the power of the Republican party, would eliminate the very freedoms we hold so dear. They would ban books in school, teach creationism as if it were science and take us back to a age of intolerance as they construct their theocracy. And the new danger facing the world, fundamentalism in the Moslem world would enslave every woman on the planet and revert all countries to sharia law. Democracy and liberal views would be seen as a force to be destroyed. America is a product of the western liberal tradition.

Recommended Book:
"Americans have pondered how to reform healthcare since the days of Harry Truman. But for most Americans, little has changed—except that healthcare costs have soared, health insurance companies have grown bigger and more oppressive to both doctors and patients, and today even those Americans who pay dearly for health insurance frequently find that their policies don't adequately cover them when they need their coverage most.

Something has got to give. In his bold new book, Howard Dean—the physician and former governor widely credited for reviving the Democratic Party after the 2004 elections—tells Americans what needs to be done to successfully reform healthcare. One key, he writes, is to offer Americans the option to participate in a public health insurance program, much like Medicare. "America has had 'socialized' medicine since 1964," says Dean. "It's called Medicare; it covers every American over 65, and they are very happy with the program. The rest of America deserves a similar option."

In this straight-talking guide to overcoming today's healthcare crisis, Dean spells out:

* What Obama's healthcare plan is all about
* How other countries handle healthcare
* Which special interests are standing in the way of progress and why
* How healthcare reform will help American businesses prosper
* Why Americans need choice—between private and public health insurance coverage

Millions of Americans lack health insurance; millions more pay for coverage that doesn't protect them from serious illness; and the status quo leaves Americans at the mercy of corporate interests. This persuasive argument from a passionate political strategist shows Americans how to take back the healthcare reins."
Barnes and Nobles

ENVIRONMENT AND SCIENCE

WHY DO SO MANY NOT ACCEPT CLIMATE CHANGE? Even by 1990 it was obvious that a millenniums of deforestation, agriculture and the Industrial Revolution had increased the concentration of heat-trapping atmospheric gases and altered climate. Backed by a massive amount of data, most of the scientists researching in this field conclude that human activities are pushing temperature up. What fascinates me is that so many people don't accept the data. Why will people accept the science that keeps a 200-ton jet flying or the science of cancer treatment, yet reject the science behind global warming?
By David Mayne Reid, The Calgary Herald. more...


July 02, 2009
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Charles S. Sharp, 20, of Adairsville, Ga.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 2 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

    July 04, 2009
  • Army Pfc. Aaron E. Fairbairn, 20, of Aberdeen, Wash.; died July 4 at Combat Outpost Zerok, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked the outpost using small arms and indirect fires; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. Also killed was Pfc. Justin A. Casillas.

  • Army Pfc. Justin A. Casillas, 19, of Dunnigan, Calif.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died July 4 at Combat Outpost Zerok, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked the outpost using small arms and indirect fires. Also killed was Pfc. Aaron E. Fairbairn.

    July 06, 2009
  • Army Pfc. Nicolas H.J. Gideon, 20, of Murrieta, Calif.; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died July 6 at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered earlier that day in Paktya, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires.

  • Army Spc. Issac L. Johnson, 24, of Columbus, Ga.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 108th Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition Squadron, Georgia National Guard, Rome, Ga.; died July 6 in Konduz, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

  • Army Capt. Mark A. Garner, 30, of North Carolina; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany; died July 6 in Argandab District, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

  • Army 2nd Lt. Derwin I. Williams, 41, of Glenwood, Ill.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 106th Cavalry Regiment, Illinois National Guard, Dixon, Ill.; died July 6 in Konduz, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

  • Army Sgt. Chester W. Hosford, 35, of Hastings, Minn.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 106th Cavalry Regiment, Illinois National Guard, Dixon, Ill.; died July 6 in Konduz, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

  • Army Sgt. Brock H. Chavers, 25, of Bulloch, Ga.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, Georgia National Guard, Americus, Ga.; died July 6 in Konduz, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

  • Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Tony Michael Randolph, 22, of Henryetta, Okla.; assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eight, Sigonella, Italy, and was deployed with his platoon to Joint Task Force South conducting counter-improvised explosive device operations in support of Task Force Zabul in Afghanistan; died July 6 in an improvised explosive device attack on his convoy in northern Afghanistan.

    July 07, 2009
  • Army Spc. Christopher M. Talbert, 24, of Galesburg, Ill.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, Marion, Ill.; died July 7 in Shindad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

    July 08, 2009
  • Navy Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Darren Ethan Tate, 21, of Canyon, Texas; assigned to the USS Iwo Jima, and deployed as an Individual Augmentee to Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan; died of pneumonia July 8 at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

  • Marine Sgt. Michael C. Roy, 25, of North Fort Myers, Fla.; assigned to 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Advisor Group, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 8 while supporting combat operations in Nimroz province, Afghanistan.

  • Army Spc. Gregory J. Missman, 36, of Batavia, Ohio; assigned to the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died July 8 at Bagram, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained elsewhere in Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms fire.

  • Army Pvt. Lucas M. Bregg, 19, of Wright City, Mo.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died July 8 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident.

  • Marine Lance Cpl. Roger G. Hager, 20, of Gibsonville, N.C.; assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 8 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

  • Marine Master Sgt. John E. Hayes, 36, of Middleburg, Fla.; assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 8 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

    July 09, 2009
  • Army Spc. Joshua R. Farris, 22, of La Grange, Texas; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died July 9 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

    July 10, 2009
  • Marine Cpl. Matthew R. Lembke, 22, of Tualatin, Ore.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; died July 10 of wounds sustained on June 24 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

    July 11, 2009
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Pedro A. Barbozaflores, 27, of Glendale, Calif.; assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 11 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed was Master Sgt. Jerome D. Hatfield.

  • Marine Master Sgt. Jerome D. Hatfield, 36, of Axton, Va.; assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 11 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed was Cpl. Pedro A. Barbozaflores.

    July 12, 2009
  • Army Staff Sgt. Eric J. Lindstrom, 27, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died July 12 near Barge Matal, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his dismounted patrol using small arms and indirect fire.

    July 13, 2009
  • Marine Staff Sgt. David S. Spicer, 33, of Zanesfield, Ohio; assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 13 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

  • Marine Sgt. Michael W. Heede Jr., 22, of Delta, Pa.; assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died July 13 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

  • Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Rodney A. Jarvis, 34, of Akron, Ohio, assigned to the 46th Engineer Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Polk, La.; died July 13 in Baghdad of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.

    July 14, 2009
  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason J. Fabrizi, 29, of Seffner, Fla.; assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died July 14 in Konar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his mounted patrol was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.

    July 16, 2009
  • Army Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick, 22, of Woodbury, Minn., assigned to the 34th Military Police Company, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, Stillwater, Minn.; died July 16 in Basra, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire. Also killed were Spc. James D. Wertish and Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV.

  • Army Spc. James D. Wertish, 20, of Olivia, Minn., assigned to the 34th Military Police Company, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, Stillwater, Minn.; died July 16 in Basra, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire. Also killed were Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick and Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV.

  • Army Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV, 27, of Cottage Grove, Minn., assigned to the 34th Military Police Company, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, Stillwater, Minn.; died July 16 in Basra, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire. Also killed were Spc. James D. Wertish and Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick.

    July 17, 2009
  • Air Force Capt. Thomas J. Gramith, 27, of Eagan, Minn.; assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.; died July 17 in an F-15E crash near Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Also killed was Capt. Mark R. McDowell.

  • Air Force Capt. Mark R. McDowell, 26, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.; died July 17 in an F-15E crash near Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Also killed was Capt. Thomas J. Gramith.

    July 19, 2009
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon T. Lara, 20, of New Braunfels, Texas; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died July 19 in Anbar province, Iraq, while supporting combat operations.

  • Army Cpl. Benjamin S. Kopp, 21, of Rosemount, Minn.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; died July 18 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington of wounds sustained July 10 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.

    July 20, 2009
  • Army Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr., 24, of Garland, Texas; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery (Strike), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died July 20 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle followed by an attack from enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. Also killed were Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, Spc. Andrew J. Roughton and Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt.

  • Army Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, 20, of Riverdale, Ga.; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery (Strike), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died July 20 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle followed by an attack from enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. Also killed were Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr., Spc. Andrew J. Roughton and Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt.

  • Army Spc. Andrew J. Roughton, 21, of Houston; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery (Strike), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died July 20 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle followed by an attack from enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. Also killed were Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr. and Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt.

  • Army Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt, 34, of Duncan, Okla.; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery (Strike), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died July 20 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle followed by an attack from enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. Also killed were Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, Spc. Andrew J. Roughton and Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr.

    July 21, 2009
  • Army Spc. Raymundo P. Morales, 34, of Dalton, Ga.; assigned to the 148th Brigade Support Battalion, Cedartown, Ga.; died July 21 in Methar Lam, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover.

    July 22, 2009
  • Army Spc. Randy L.J. Neff, Jr., 22, of Blackfoot, Idaho; assigned to the 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo.; died July 22 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

  • Army Sgt. Joshua J. Rimer, 24, of Rochester, Pa.; assigned to the 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo.; died July 22 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

    July 23, 2009
  • Marine Sgt. Ryan H. Lane, 25, of Pittsburgh; assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 23 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations. Also killed were Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher and Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos.

  • Marine Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos, 21, of Yarmouth Port, Mass.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 23 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations. Also killed were Sgt. Ryan H. Lane and Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher.

  • Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher, 27, of Oneida, N.Y.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 23 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations. Also killed were Sgt. Ryan H. Lane and Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos.

    July 24, 2009
  • Army Spc. Herbeth A. Berrios-Campos, 21, of Bealton, Va., assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 24 in Salman Pak, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat-related incident.

  • Army Spc. Justin D. Coleman, 21, of Spring Hill, Fla.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died July 24 in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires.

    July 25, 2009
  • Marine Pfc. Donald W. Vincent, 26, of Gainesville, Fla.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 25 of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.