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Sebelius deflects criticism on ObamaCare-tied cancellation notices | Fox News

To the American people

“You deserve better. I apologize. I’m accountable to you for fixing these problems”

Those were the remorseful words from our President for not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, right?

No, I don’t remember the President saying that. No, forgive me. Those were the words of Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius about computer glitches that have frustrated many Americans as they show their interest in affordable healthcare. What if, in this instance, in responding to the opponents of healthcare reform, the progressive part of the country did as Mitt Romney suggested in the title to his book and remembered No Apology is necessary when you’re doing the right thing. Conservatives held to this principle and didn’t apologize, even when what they did was the wrong thing like suggesting that Saddam and Bin Laden were somehow aligned and Saddam had WMD that he could give to terrorists. Not only didn’t the Bush administration apologize for misleading the country into an unnecessary war, none of the RepubliCons, who have attempted to block implementation of Obamacare at every turn and now are complaining that Americans don’t have access to the very thing to which they don’t want them to have access, none of these Crypto-fascists demanded any resignations related to the great, as Thomas Ricks described it, Fiasco, the Iraq War.

What, however, is ingenious is the RepubliCons’ ability to make a charge, as in the case of Shirley Sherrod, or a demand, like the individual mandate, and watch liberals, apparently acting out of some self-imagined superiority, go into overdrive to prove how compromising and pure, they are by forcing resignations or implementing proposals. Sometimes a little Bush-Cheney cowboy attitude may be good. It seems to be the only thing Teabaggers can recognize as American. Perhaps Liberals should meet them, the conservative, Teabagger fringe, half-way and speak a little of their lingo say to the RepubliCons: Sebelius ain’t going nowhere and we’re going to mend not end it, the Affordable Care Act.

And when you hear things like

“Some people like to drive a Ford, not a Ferrari,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said. “You’re taking away their choice.” 

Perhaps you should respond: Yes, Rep. Marsha “Michelle-Bachman-southern-edition” Blackburn, some people may like to drive vehicles that are “Unsafe at any speed” but that doesn’t mean that the government should encourage their production or use by giving anti-trust protection to their manufacturers.

Tell those Cyrpto-Fascists who’ve done everything within their power to protect the insurance equivalent of slum lords that America, via the Affordable Care Act, is getting rid of all that condemned property, junk insurance; we’re moving our people away from pre-existing condition barriers and lifetime caps and doughnut holes. And we need to remove the health insurance anti-trust exemption.

In the process of calling for Secretary Sebelius’ resignation comes “It’s throwing good money after bad. It’s time for her to resign — someone else to take charge,” from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., top Republican on the Senate health panel. Funny, but I never heard him or the other Crypto-Fascists call for resignation after the American people were told that the Iraq war would pay for itself or that we would be greeted as liberators or the Iraq or Afghanistan wars weren’t included in the budget by these all-of-sudden-concerned-with-the-debt-no-bid-contract-giving Crypto-Fascists. Similarly there was no hue and cry when members of his party orchestrated a government shutdown that costs $24 billion in GDP. No, keeping Teabaggers in office is not, in Senator Alexander’s words, “throwing good money after bad.”

Yes, Secretary Sebelius, Americans do deserve better. So, please stay on the job. The Mississippi Yokohama employees deserve healthcare access as good as the Yokohama employees in Japan and the Affordable Care Act is a move in that direction with true out-in-the-open standards. Yes I said Japan, that country where southern governors go to get jobs for their citizens. Japan, where the average Japanese visits a doctor about 14.5 times per year-three times as often as the U.S. average, there is universal coverage, and they spend about 8% of GDP on healthcare, about half as much as the United States and they have a personal mandate with heavy government(Ministry of Health and Welfare) involvement in pricing.* Fortunately, we are taking steps to bend the costs curve because our government is no longer asleep at the wheel. Fortunately we are not yielding to those who did nothing when they had the chance, when they controlled both houses of congress and the presidency to reform healthcare in America. So, no, Dr. Ben “maybe-I-am-the-one-who-needs-brain-surgery” Carson, we are not going to some health savings account where someone can run out of money in the middle of treatment, you neo-feudalist-Heritage-Fund-Koch-Brother-flunky you who calls Obamacare which forces standards on insurance companies,slavery.

The crying over the cancellation of junk plans is reminiscent of domestic abuse cases. If a spouse is deserted by an abuser (like insurance companies changing substandard plans that could have been grandfathered and sending cancellation notices to customers) sometimes the spouse may not realize that that desertion probably just saved their life.

* “The Healing of America” by T.R. Reid.

Sebelius deflects criticism on ObamaCare-tied cancellation notices | Fox News

Oh, those ridiculous clowns in the Tea (hee-hee) Party

Got to give them credit, the Teabagger clowns have got people listening to them and are getting paid to boot. It’s these clowns and not their audience who’ve got to be laughing all the way to the bank. Senator Mike Lee, R. Utah, counts 13 Senators in the U.S. Senate of 50 Senators(most of the senators aren’t anyway close to being part of the tee-hee-hee Party fringe) who will help him defund the Affordable Care Act.

Listen to this nonsense that’s keeping him in the public eye and probably garnering him some pretty hefty insurance industry contributions as he chants the current Heritage Foundation, Republican Party line, like a soviet-era apparatchik.

 

 

Tea Party Clown at Work

Did you get that? “If Republicans in both houses simply refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that contains further funding for further enforcement of Obamacare, we can stop it. We can stop the individual mandate from going into effect.”

The clown says of the Affordable Care Act with its protections against lifetime caps on policies and the removal of the pre-existing condition barrier to obtaining insurance depends on, simply, Republicans in both houses refusing to vote to fund the government. Is this the new Heritage Foundation position to be repeated to the Teabagger faithful, adhering to Herr Goebbels’ principles, until the followers can think of nothing else. Now in the old days when Republicans were trying to derail healthcare reform, during the Clinton Admiministration, they threw the individual mandate out as a monkey wrench to wreck healthcare reform. Then it was championed by the conservative think tank and Republican politicians as a matter of personal responsibility. Now, to muddy the waters, they’re attacking it as an unconstitutional mandate and every conservative, even the rubes in Mississippi, is a constitutional scholar, even though the Supreme Court, with five conservatives on it, ruled that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional.

But back to the rich clown from Utah, Mike Lee, who’s parroting this notion that Obamacare should be defunded because, for one thing, big business is getting an exemption from the mandate but the little guy isn’t because he doesn’t have a lobbyist in Washington lobbying for him. This pseudo-love for the working class comes from the party which instead of tackling heath care reform chose, under Republican Administrations, to try to privatize social security and routinely suggested that we must “raise the retirement age.” The only way you can take these guys seriously is to not know history and to listen to only half of what they say. In the same interview when he complains about the individual mandate, originally a Republican idea, he complains about individuals not providing income documentation initially to receive “insurance” subsidies. So in the same interview you have Sen. Mike “Laughingstock” Lee complaining about people having to get insurance (the individual mandate) while acknowledging that people will be receiving government help in paying for the insurance they are required to have. His problem is that, regarding subsidies for individuals, “[f]or income verification, for the first year of operations” the government will be “providing Exchanges with temporarily expanded discretion to accept an attestation of projected annual household income without further verification.”  The only thing that’s missing is a complaint from ole Laughingstock about businesses being discriminated against, because they, in the words of Mitt Romney, “are people too, my friend,” and deserve health insurance subsidies.  Why not, after all, he’s promised to do all within his power to see that the Affordable Care Act is not implemented and for him this foolishness pays as much as being a U.S. Senator. 

Mississippi Energy Institute to pitch nuclear waste storage | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

Funny how people like Mississippi Energy Institute President, Patrick Sullivan, when touting the safety record of nuclear plants never mentions that “

  • The Chernobyl accident in 1986 was the result of a flawed reactor design that was operated with inadequately trained personnel.
  • The resulting steam explosion and fires released at least 5% of the radioactive reactor core into the atmosphere and downwind – some 5200 PBq (I-131 eq).
  • Two Chernobyl plant workers died on the night of the accident, and a further 28 people died within a few weeks as a result of acute radiation poisoning.
  • UNSCEAR says that apart from increased thyroid cancers
  • “there is no evidence of a major public health impact attributable to radiation exposure 20 years after the accident.”

      He’ll tell you that “the industry has the best safety record of any in the U.S.” But he won’t mention that “the period of time waste must be stored can range up to millions of years for spent nuclear fuel.”  So does the 34 years since Three-Mile Island really mean anything?

          When Mr. Sullivan, who probably stands to gain handsomely from any nuclear storage in Mississippi speaks of the jobs to be gained by Mississippi from like “100 jobs” and “highway and transportation upgrades he attempts to downplay Mississippi’s transformation into the country’s eternal carcinogenic cesspool. 

          “ A long-deferred cleanup is now under way at 114 of the nation’s nuclear facilities, which encompass an acreage equivalent to Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Many smaller sites, the easy ones, have been cleansed, but the big challenges remain. What’s to be done with 52,000 tons (47,174 metric tons) of dangerously radioactive spent fuel from commercial and defense nuclear reactors? With 91 million gallons (344.5 million liters) of high-level waste left over from plutonium processing, scores of tons of plutonium, more than half a million tons (453,592 metric tons) of depleted uranium, millions of cubic feet of contaminated tools, metal scraps, clothing, oils, solvents, and other waste? And with some 265 million tons (240 million metric tons) of tailings from milling uranium ore—less than half stabilized—littering landscapes?”

          Of course the thing that really makes the plan to turn Mississippi into a radioactive repository viable, the ability that makes nuclear plants viable economic concerns, is something the average Mississippian can’t do if they own a car, the ability to operate insurance.  If the supposed free-market champions were really against government assistance they would be out front encouraging the Tea-baggers to repeal “The Price-Anderson Nuclear Industries Indemnity Act.”  “The Act establishes a no fault insurance-type system in which the first approximately $12.6 billion (as of 2011) is industry-funded as described in the Act. Any claims above the $12.6 billion would be covered by a Congressional mandate to retroactively increase nuclear utility liability or would be covered by the federal government. At the time of the Act’s passing, it was considered necessary as an incentive for the private production of nuclear power — this was because electric utilities viewed the available liability coverage (only $60 million) as inadequate.

          So much for smaller government.  Bet you won’t see Grover Norquist in Mississippi campaigning against the Mississippi Energy Institute nor Heritage or Cato opposing them the way they opposed the Mississippi Insurance Commissioner’s efforts to set up an insurance exchange.  They only want smaller government for the working class, while their sponsors lobby for all types of advantages.   

          Mississippi Energy Institute to pitch nuclear waste storage | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

          Yokohama Y’all!!!, Big government Japanese expose hypocracy of small government Mississippians

          Thank God for the Buddhist or whatever those Japanese are who are bringing (with government aid) the Yokohama Tire plant to Clay County, Mississippi with its 18% unemployment rate?  Sorry, Morris (Morris Thigpen, the head of the local Heritage Foundation clone, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy) that you guys didn’t get a chance to plan a Cato-attack a la the recent Mississippi Insurance Exchange assault or animate supposed “big-government” opposition similar to the anti-economic-growth-medical-infrastructure-strangling Medicaid-expansion opposition.  There are never any estimates of the number of jobs we’ll create by not expanding Medicaid or by not wooing the Japanese to build here with that (you-didn’t-build-that-alone) government assistance. Surely not expanding Medicaid will be as economically beneficial as not implementing Medicaid or Medicare would have been.  And just think how many more jobs we would have had in the south if the government hadn’t created the TVA, and there would not have been a “TVA official”* to “quickly summon” to answer “Japanese execs” questions about power for Yokohama.  Now if we can just allow some Buddhists, exercising Mississippi’s new religious freedom law, to pray at school assemblies and football games we can get really get things going economically.

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          *Clarion Ledger “Landing Clay County tire plant was no easy task” Apr. 27, 2013

           

          If the Japanese execs had a question about power, for example, a TVA official was quickly summoned”

          Autopsy of a Stimulus Slander (“Rest of Story?”, Really?”)

          Marco Rubio in the Republican Response to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address resurrected the Solyndra attack from last year’s Presidential election. Anticipating the resurrection of an attempt to attack the stimulus aka the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), I examine the guts of a letter-to-the-editor from December 2011, which are sure to be part of a RepubliZombie smorgasbord to come.

          “Rest of Story” letter from 2011 (Critiqued)


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          ‘Rest of story’ on stimulus jobs | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

          Scrambled Religion for Breakfast?

          Just watched Dr. Carson’s speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast. Never knew he was a spokesman for FreedomWorks and the Heritage Foundation with all that talk about Health Savings Accounts(at 21:10 in the video). In his deified “free-enterprise” system (a system that has never existed when you considered how big players routinely combined to bar entry and restrict competition see McCarran–Ferguson Act) how many “85 year-olds” with “six diseases” are going to have anything in a HSA to pay medical bills? When you consider the crack about not having to worry about a “Dealth Panel” because you have an HSA that may be the idea behind the practice basically to make sure that survival of the economic fitness is given a chance to fully flower. Who needs any stinking end of life counseling? Just let the money run, end of conversation. Isn’t that so much more humane?
          (Listen to Dr. Carson’s example about the diabetic “choosing” to go the clinic instead of the emergency room because of the amount of money he has in his HSA at about 21:40 in the video)

          In this “free-enterprise” system who is the “we” who will put money into the HSA’s (would they be like a Goldman-Sachs account) of the indigent instead of some implied “Medicare-like bureaucracy” as you propose? What is amazing is how American-styled capitalism (it’s not the only type of capitalism that exists) how American-style capitalism has left us a nation where doctors who have Jesus as a role model (see video about 17:58), I don’t recall Jesus charging the paralytic for healing or the lepers filing bankruptcy because they couldn’t pay for their cure, are supporting a health system which is put to shame by the Buddhist in Japan :).