Showing posts with label Clair McCaskill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Clair McCaskill. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A litany of healthcare insanity

The best/insane stories I've encountered so far.


The opposing forces lined up like screaming armies on either side of the street, about 1,000 people a side. Diane Campbell of Kingston, N.H., held a sign with Mr. Obama's face superimposed on a Nazi storm trooper, a sign, she said, that was made by her chronically ill mother.

Her mother's hereditary autoimmune disease is treated with expensive transfusions of gamma globulin, paid for by Medicare. Her sister, Louise, was born with no arms and one leg, and is also covered by Medicare
, the government-run, health-insurance program for the elderly and disabled.

"Adolf Hitler was for exterminating the weak, not just the Jews and stuff, and socialism -- that's what's going to happen."
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In an editorial on July 31, Investor's Business Daily warned of end-of-life counseling in health care reform by saying people like Stephen Hawking "wouldn't have a chance" in the such a system.

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.
In fact, Professor Hawking lives in England, where he has been treated by their National Health Service. And by his own account, it saved his life.

"I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS," he told The Guardian. "I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."
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Grassley Endorses "Death Panel" Rumor: "You Have Every Right To Fear"



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Gingrich Supported So-Called "Death Panels" A Few Months Ago


More than 20 percent of all Medicare spending occurs in the last two months of life. Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin has developed a successful end-of-life, best practice that combines: 1) community-wide advance care planning, where 90 percent of patients have advance directives; 2) hospice and palliative care; and 3) coordination of services through an electronic medical record. The Gundersen approach empowers patients and families to control and direct their care. The Dartmouth Health Atlas has documented that Gundersen delivers care at a 30 percent lower rate than the national average ($18,359 versus $25,860). If Gundersen’s approach was used to care for the approximately 4.5 million Medicare beneficiaries who die every year, Medicare could save more than $33 billion a year.

That was Newt Gingrich just a few months ago praising the “Advance Directives” practiced by a hospital in Wisconsin. Advance Directives are another word for the end-of-life consultations that the teabggers have been flipping out over of late. Gingrich loved them a few months ago.
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Don't forget the now falling star of the Republican party (her approval rating is dropping quickly '39% favorable') Sarah Palin with her comment:
Palin: Obama's "Death Panel" Could Kill My Down Syndrome Baby

The irony on this one? Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) has come out swinging against Palin's comments.

"It does us no good to incite fear in people by saying that there's these end-of-life provisions, these death panels," Murkowski, a Republican, said. "Quite honestly, I'm so offended at that terminology because it absolutely isn't (in the bill). There is no reason to gin up fear in the American public by saying things that are not included in the bill."
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And then you have Glen Beck crying on the air for no apparent reason over the Nazis, talking about how his daughter was born with cerebral palsy, this of course has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the allegations about Obama's death camps, you buy that?

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Watch Clair McCaskill illuminate the 'irony' of the people who're opposed to reform, THESE PEOPLE ARE ON MEDICAID!!! A GOV'T PROGRAM!!!



Same McCaskill townhall, some wingnut rips up a photo of Rosa Parks


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Why Americans hate single-payer insurance
Because they don’t know they have it.


At a recent town-hall meeting in suburban Simpsonville, a man stood up and told Rep. Robert Inglis (R-S.C.) to “keep your government hands off my Medicare.”

“I had to politely explain that, ‘Actually, sir, your health care is being provided by the government,’ ” Inglis recalled. “But he wasn’t having any of it.”


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People ask yourselves, "what in the hell is going on with these protesters?!"
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I'd like to illustrate the danger in electing overtly pro-business Republican and Democrats. At this point, the conservative Democrats are causing us as much trouble with healthcare reform as the Republicans are.

Canada obtained 'Universal Healthcare' coverage in Canada in 1962. Here's a bit of background:

[Kiefer Sutherland's grandfather was] Thomas Clement "Tommy" Douglas, PC, CC, SOM (20 October 1904 – 24 February 1986) was a Scottish-born Baptist minister who became a prominent Canadian social democratic politician. As leader of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) from 1942 and the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961....

[Tommy] Douglas's number one concern was the creation of Medicare. In the summer of 1962, Saskatchewan became the centre of a hard-fought struggle between the provincial government, the North American medical establishment, and the province's physicians, who brought things to a halt with the 1962 Saskatchewan Doctors' Strike. The doctors believed their best interests were not being met and feared a significant loss of income as well as government interference in medical care decisions even though Douglas agreed that his government would pay the going rate for service that doctors charged. The medical establishment claimed that Douglas would import foreign doctors to make his plan work and used racist images to try to scare the public.[citation needed] Their defenders have also argued that private or government medical insurance plans covered 60 to 63 percent of the Saskatchewan population before Medicare legislation was introduced.
An often forgotten political fact is that though Douglas is widely hailed as the father of Medicare, he had retired from his position as Saskatchewan's premier, turned over this job in 1961 to Woodrow Lloyd and took the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party.

The Saskatchewan program was finally launched by his successor, Woodrow Lloyd, in 1962. The success of the province's public health care program was not lost on the federal government. Another Saskatchewan politician, newly elected Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, decreed in 1958 that any province seeking to introduce a hospital plan would receive 50 cents on the dollar from the federal government. In 1962, Diefenbaker appointed Justice Emmett Hall—also of Saskatchewan, a noted jurist and Supreme Court Justice—to Chair a Royal Commission on the national health system - the Royal Commission on Health Services. In 1964, Justice Hall recommended the nationwide adoption of Saskatchewan's model of public health insurance. In 1966, the Liberal minority government of Lester B. Pearson created such a program, with the federal government paying 50% of the costs and the provinces the other half.

Douglas had a great speech entitled 'Mouseland', which illustrated the anti-productive results of electing overtly pro-business, free market policians.



And here's a great snopes article debunking the myths about the Canadian healthcare system.

The audience view of McCaskill's townhall upset 08/11/09, some wingnut rips up a photo of Rosa Parks

Why would anyone want to rip up a picture of a civil rights icon? Ask yourself honestly what these people stand for and against.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Why would anyone be opposed to healthcare reform? Follow the money.......

Rachel Maddow goes over the big money in our broken healthcare system.



Watch Clair McCaskill illuminate the 'irony' of the people who're opposed to reform.



Arlen Specter give an awesome rebuttal to this woman who seems to think Obama is advocating euthanasia.



UPDATES

More McCaskill footage, I love how she dispels a Gov't takeover of our healthcare system.