Posts Tagged ‘ Obamacare ’

Twelve Step Program for Swamp Spending Addiction

This is an  updated spending discipline plan that I offered to the Republican members of the house years ago.  They failed to act in any way.  I now offer the same basic  program to President Trump and Larry Kudlow;  Gratis of course.

 Swamp Spending Addiction Program

Dear Mr. President

This is how many Americans would prefer that you begin the process of ending the practices associated with what will be known heretofore as Swamp Bureaucrat Spending Addiction (SBSA) and beginning the process of cutting the reckless spending of our hard earned tax dollars:

1. Put the last existing federal budget on a searchable Excel spread sheet.

2. Use search terms like “museum, poetry, pottery, sexual habits, awareness, bike paths, parks , outreach, recreation, entertainment, fairness” to highlight line items that include such terms.

3. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

4. Search all federal government  budgets and expense accounts and reduce by the percentage of GDP that is the percentage of the national debt. Note that this same procedure should be followed in each fiscal year.

5. Once search is complete, select all, hit apply.

6. Search for any item that includes the terms “jobs” or “retraining”.  We have full employment, retraining at taxpayers expense is not an option.

7. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

8. Search again for the term “department”

9. Within that department search, highlight all departments that have no relation to national security and defense or tax collection and Social Security or Medicare, Medicaid maintenance, paying special attention to see that the Obamacare is highlighted.

10. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

11. Search for all countries on terrorist watch list receiving foreign aid.

12. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.  You now have a new budget.

These 12 steps should be repeated every year until our national debt is beneath 4% and be used every year thereafter to keep it there. These steps are only a good start, and by no means preclude any further cuts or future cuts in the federal budget.

My office is always open.

Lyin’ Ryan

 

(Not why we’re about to get screwed again, but how )

While we are focused on our new presidents strike on Syria, the left is working hard in the background to support the maintenance of Obamacare.    The drumbeat is low and slow but it is rising.  They are building a busload of documentation to bolster the “let-them eat-cake” republicans non-existent spines.   This is all foundation to justify anti-electorate political decisions to maintain an Obamacare-like redistribution of wealth program and call it a healthcare program.  Of course it will be labeled “new and improved”.

So now the same folks that told us we were about to call Hillary Clinton “Madam President” are telling us that we must be the only ones who hate Obamacare.  Yes, when the left swings for an out of the park home run, they give it all they’ve got.  The only thing the left is gun shy about is guns.  They would have us believe  that  there is no president Trump and the Republicans didn’t win en masse while promising to repeal Obamacare and Eric Cantor is till in the House and John Boehner is still Speaker.    Silly us, what were we thinking.

If Gallup, Rasmussen, CNN tell us we like marxist health care programs than who the hell are we peasants to say it ain’t so? Power was wrested from the folks that nationalized health care and given, step by step, battle by battle, office by office  to the clever folks who promised to repeal it.  And by golly its so damn popular that now even the House and Senate are considering putting themselves on it.   What was that?  You hadn’t heard?  Why even the Trump family will be on it. (extreme sarcasm)

There is a campaign afoot to convince you that you don’t like vanilla ice cream, you like strawberry.   What is more you don’t like bacon you just love brussel sprouts. 

Political polls are constructed in a crafty way to produce data that can be  broadly interpreted as the pollsters client wants it to be.  THAT is what the pollsters get paid for, certainly not for producing unbiased data.  They want their money’s worth, big league.

Now you know how.  Here’s the why:  George Soros has funneled bundles of money through his friends and pacs to support the campaigns of Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Lindsay Graham and John McCain.

 Some part of you already knew that, didn’t you.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/06/records-soros-fund-execs-funded-paul-ryan-marco-rubio-jeb-bush-john-mccain-john-kasich-lindsey-graham-in-2016/
More than half of Americans approve of Obamacare now …

Fox News Poll: 34% of voters favor GOP health care plan

CNN/ORC Poll shows last-minute love for Obamacare …

Fox News Poll: Views on ObamaCare shift

Polls: Support for Obamacare at all-time high …

Poll: Voters wary of GOP health care bill – POLITICO

 

Carly Fiorino and My Precious Time

So here we are a precious 14 months until the next presidential election.  It is great that there is nothing pressing going on while all these senators and governors run for president.  There are not thousands of Christians being murdered in the middle east.  There are not hundreds of black youth being murdered in the cities every day.   The Keystone pipeline is finished.  Obamacare has been discontinued and ISIS is no more. The border has been secured. Iran now will never have nuclear warheads and Clinton has been cleared of all suspicion.  

So, of course then it ’s a journalists priority to cover the election 24 – 7.  

Ehhhhhh, maybe not so much./s

It can be said after watching the first presidential debate for 2016 on Fox News Channel, that the candidates behave like contestants on American Idol, all trying to elbow their way to stardom.  The thing is, after a couple seasons we learned to start watching the show 3 weeks before the final vote.  In doing this we avoided wasting hours of precious time and brain cells watching the less talented and the undeserving.    

This plan translates directly to Fox’s election coverage.  If the talking heads at Fox are not taking every opportunity for public naval gazing, they are covering unlikely presidential nomination winners like Jim Gilmore.  Oh, and lets find out more about the old feud between Rosie O’Donnell and Trump.  Yeah thats the ticket. /s

Thank the Lord for Carly Fiorina.  She so intellectually outclasses most of the candidates from both major parties that she may have the effect of eliminating the lesser half at faster speed than would otherwise be.  Trump is no longer entertaining and not used to criticism so he should be folding soon.  Carly Fiorino is so quick and articulate, she makes Trump look like Triumph the Insult Comic rather than a candidate for high office.  Lets pray a few hopeless candidates will see the impossibility of their success in this and  leave the race sooner rather than later.  Are you listening Jeb Bush? Trump? Santorum?

In the meantime, Fox needs to break away from its make-up mirrors and do its job, like covering the news rather than trying to make the news or be part of the story like their liberal colleagues do.  

I’ll be passing on Fox for a while unless I hear it has suddenly remembered how to put its pants on front ways or management finally goes for dignity and professionalism rather than mud wrestling contests or indecent public exposure.   

Obamacare Has Made Life with MS a Living Hell

As the story appears at The Right Scoop, Pat Carfagno:

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of unknown cause that slowly takes away a persons abilities to think, to move, to care for oneself. There is often a considerable amount of pain involved. Multiple Sclerosis does not kill. The person does not die from the disease itself but from its secondary effects.

The life span of the person with MS is not markedly changed. That is the cruelest part. As helpless as we can become, we will go on living with whatever pain and disabilities we have, almost as long as a healthy person would live.

Receiving a devastating diagnosis is often accompanied by the encouragement that science is coming up with new treatments every day. Multiple Sclerosis is evidence that this encouragement has basis in fact. In the last 15 years, new drugs with the power to slow the advance of the disease and often improve the quality of life of the people treated for MS have been developed with new powers never available before.

Since my diagnosis early in 2002, many new treatments have been developed. Avonex and Tysabri are just two that I have used. Tysabri was a real game changer for me. Tysabri is given once a month IV.

Most of the old school drugs promised to decrease the frequency of flare ups of disease, but did nothing to improve disability. Tysabri gave me new life for 5 years. Although I was still effected by the disease, Tysabri improved my quality of life! It lifted what is known as brain fog, improved my endurance and lessened the crushing fatigue that is MS. I went from frequent use of a walker, to the use of a cane. For me, it was miraculous. As frequently happens with Tysabri though, I developed some antibodies that made treatment with Tysabri no longer advisable, after years of positive results.

In 2013, Tysabri was discontinued as my treatment. There were some new drugs with great promise. The first I tried had some very disturbing and painful side effects. When that new drug was discontinued, my physician recommended that I begin taking a new pill, Drug X. The paperwork was submitted in the second week in November.

A consultation with the private drug coverage website told me I was covered for the cost of the drug minus my co-pay. I contacted my drug insurance companies eight hundred number to verify and I was told that my coverage had changed because of Obamacare. My private insurance, a benefit gained as compensation during my working years, would now only cover this drug so minimally as to be useless. In order to be treated, I must come up with approximately 50 grand a year, cash, out of pocket.

It might as well be a million.

I revisited the drug benefit website. It still told me that I was indeed covered as it had said before my insurance got involved, for the cost of the drug minus my co-pay! There may also be a deductible of about 3 grand. I called both the drug insurance and the drug company and told them that I had determined that I was covered and sent them screen shots of the on-line determination of benefits.

At the time of this writing, I have since received my first dose with observation of Drug X and suffered no detectable side effects. I am feeling much better. I’m still not sure how much this first dose will cost though and thus I do not have a full prescription filled. I’m waiting for the bill to see who is actually correct. The charge could be one hundred dollars or thousands. I still don’t know. If it is thousands, I will simply not purchase it. I will remain untreated and I will be left to the consequences of the disease. I will not bankrupt my family for the “greater good” that Obamacare alleges. I am sadly quite confident that others will be forced to make the same choice.

In a few days, it will have been longer than 3 months since the script was originally written by the doctor.

The take away from all of this is not that “poor me” has or doesn’t have access to medication. The fact is that the Obamacare formulary covers NO drugs for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Consequently, people will be denied coverage, not on the basis of their condition, but based on the price of the only existing treatments. Inclusion in the Obamacare formulary is based on per patient per drug per annum. Multiple Sclerosis? Sorry. Lupus? Any life long disease with only non-generic treatments? Sorry, no help for you.

People with MS and other neurological diseases will likely stay alive in spite of the denial of treatment, but they and their families will be burdened with their horrific quality of life. So as untreated patients can anticipate a future that includes visions of them some day lying in their own waste, they can be assured that their colonoscopy will be free.

The Disabled are Targeted by Obamacare For Denial of Care and Cost Savings

While the negative issues with Obamacare abound, one chronic disease treatment issue reveals the underlying purpose for the existence of Obamacare. It is not universal access to care. It is about the routine, codified inhumane cruelty of denying treatment for the global purpose of skimming money from the sick and the elderly. Jim Angle of Fox news gets close but no cigar. Kudos to Mr. Angle and Fox for reporting this story.

From Fox’s Report: “One of the problems is that drugs for some diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis do not have generic versions so without cheaper alternatives and no help from ObamaCare, patients could face huge personal out-of-pocket bills, forcing some to skimp on their medications”.

There will be no out of pocket to face if the cost is so unreachable as to in all practicality deny Obamacare treatment. It comes to MS there is no “skimping on your meds” You are being treated or you are not. There is no inexpensive one-size-fits all treatment. As Mr. Angle reports, there are no generic drugs for MS. Most advances in the treatment of MS have been made in the last 15 years or so. Thus the ONLY real treatments are only a few years on the market or even months. These meds require a regular and consistent administration of the drug. There is no “skimping” in Multiple Sclerosis. A person is being treated with the right drug, at the right dose or they are not. A person will either live happily with treatment or they will live languishing in pain and isolation.

Mr. Angle ‘s report supports this: “this may drive patients to not buy their medicines, which we know is dangerous. We know MS can be a bad disease when you’re not treating it. When you’re treating it, for most people they handle it pretty well, but we know when you don’t treat (it), it’s the kind of disease where people end up in wheel chairs potentially.”

Multiple Sclerosis slowly takes away a person’s abilities to think, to move, to care for themselves. There is often considerable pain involved. Yet a person does not die from the disease, but from its secondary effects. As helpless as we can become, we live almost as long as a healthy person does with whatever pain and disabilities we have.

This is exactly why the MS drugs have been excluded from the Obamacare formulary. The formularies of many other drug plans have been altered to reflect the cost savings ideology of Obamacare, including the formulary of Medicare D. MS treatment is expensive and it lasts a lifetime. This was not an unconscious move on the part of the authors of the ACAs. It is a targeted move. To the socialist central planner types, it is a gold mine of expenditure denial

Thus denial of treatment of Multiple Sclerosis patients is codified into the Obamacare nightmare.

Since my diagnosis in 2002, many new treatments have been developed with the power to slow the advance of the disease and often improve the quality of life. A new drug called Tysabri gave me new life. Although I was still affected by the disease, it lifted what is known as brain fog, improved my endurance, and lessened the crushing fatigue. I went from frequent use of a walker, to the use of a cane. It was nothing short of miraculous.

I developed antibodies in 2013 that made treatment with Tysabri no longer advisable, even after years of positive results. My physician recommended that I begin taking a new pill, I will call Drug X. Paperwork was submitted the second week in November to the manufacturer who had a program to facilitate start-up treatment.

I was told by my private insurance companies navigator that my coverage by my private insurance had changed because of Obamacare. My private insurance, a benefit gained as compensation during my working years, would cover this drug but so minimally as to be useless. You can’t buy half or a quarter of a pill. In order to be treated, I must come up with approximately 50 grand a year, cash, out of pocket.

It might as well be a million.

My desperate personal trip to the private drug plan web site without “navigator” assistance revealed that I was covered for the cost of the drug minus my co-pay. There may also be a deductible of about 3 grand. I called the navigators for both the drug insurance and the drug’s manufacturer and told them that I had determined that I was indeed covered and sent them screen shots of the on-line determination of benefits.

At this writing, I have since received my first dose with observation (as required by FDA) of Drug X and suffered no detectable side effects. I am feeling much better. However because of the pattern of inaccuracy established by multiple navigators, I cannot be sure of this untåil it is time to check out the drug shipment with the Specialty Pharmacy.

The charge could be one hundred dollars or thousands. I still don’t know with any certainty. If it is thousands, I will simply not be able to be treated. I will remain untreated and be left to the consequences of the disease. I will not bankrupt my family for the “greater good” that Obamacare alleges. I am sadly confident that others will be forced toå make the same choice.

The take away from this narrative is not that poor me doesn’t have access to treatment. The brutal fact is that Obamacare offers NO drugs for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Consequently, all people with MS will by default be denied treatment. Inclusion in the Obamacare formulary is based on per patient per drug, per year cost times projected number of years. Multiple Sclerosis? Sorry. Lupus? Any life long disease with only non-generic treatments? Sorry, no help for you. What other treatments does Obamacare deny?

People with MS and other neurological diseases will likely stay alive in spite of the denial of treatment, but they and their families will be burdened with their horrific quality of life. So as untreated patients can anticipate a future that includes visions of some day lying in their own waste, they can be assured that their colonoscopy will be free.

President Cookie Dough

When my younger son was four, he was gorgeous. Of course he had his own beautiful ideas as well. Many of these ideas were outstanding, like his first book, “Super Apple” or his own personally coined curse words, “shaggy cookie dough”.

Still as wonderful as he was, he was still a four year old with all its magic and with all its standard benchmarks. For an entire year, he was sure that his Mom knew how to build a real car, but that I was simply cruelly refusing to cooperate and build him one. He insisted in the midst of an Oscar winning performance of tragic betrayal that my lack of cooperation was simply more than he could bear.

And so it is with King Barackus Obamas I. He wants what he wants when he wants it and there is no telling him otherwise. He seems incapable of accepting the reality that he may be the president, but that he is dependent on the cooperation of others to get things done.

Luckily our son grew up. Not so Mr. Obama. His maturation seems to have abruptly halted somewhere in adolescence. Whatever the psychological profile, the man and the presidency are in great need of an adult sense of discipline that has alluded his grasp thus far. We should not expect him to acquire it in the next three years.

God save us.

Who Knew

Its been a rough several years for many Americans. But gratefully through our trials we learn. Indeed, we have learned.

So many patriots took enormous amounts of time away from their families and their professions to work to save their country. We gave our time, our blood and our treasure. We’ve worked within the system and without, often supporting candidates who turned out to be less than stellar while we were the ones often being portrayed as lawless. We are now older, grayer, slower and poorer, for the experience.

And through it all while we furiously worked, planned, cried and prayed; the Lord was in charge. We planned, plotted and marched while He watched and smiled. While the powers that be worried about the power of the Tea Party, they forgot to worry about the power of God.

So while we were all doing our thing, the Lord took the powerful and used their vanity to destroy their plans. He did it on the evening news. He did it on the radio. He did it on the internet. He did it in the public square. He continues the process with a daily avalanche of revelations that continuously demonstrate man’s pathetic limitations. God it seems has a sense of humor.

Who knew that something as simple as pride would be the undoing of our want-to-be slave masters? Who knew that no Tea Party, no wunderkind, no army of conservatives would finally be the undoing of man’s latest plan to enslave man, the ineptly named Affordable Care Act?

Who knew?

He did.

The Little Peasants Are So Cute When They Are Angry

Last Evening, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Americans for Prosperity in Pennsylvania and its Director in PA, Jennifer Stefano. It seemed that many patriots needed to be with their right minded peeps after the psycho decision made by the Supreme Court of the United States.

It was evident to even the most luke warm of news junkies that of the multitudes that spoke on the impact of the decision, none spoke about its impact on real people. None except Jennifer Stefano. Jen spoke about the breathing, feeling, struggling weak and the chronically ill, the actual people who will suffer the most thanks to Obamacare.

It is doubtful that Chief Justice Roberts was thinking of those people when he stated In his support of the SC decision, that it wasn’t the courts job to correct the voting errors of the people. It is doubtful that Mr. Roberts was thinking about those people when he decided that it was the courts job, his job, to write law.

Seems everyone wants to be a dictator these days.

As Mr. Roberts stumbled into the world of great dictators it must have been a rush to put those suffering weak people out of his mind. The DC elites seem to enjoy putting the constitutional system of checks and balances meant to protect the individual out of their minds. Our President has contempt for the law for the protection of the individual. The contagion for this contempt is thriving in the swamps of the District of Contempt, and has seeped into the Supreme Court of the United States. The most profound symptom of this disease is the belief that one is King. Ask King Barack and King John.

The little peasants are so cute when they’re angry.

Between the edicts of this President, the new found creativity of the Supreme Court and the inaction of the House of Representatives, we must now assume that laws are only for those pathetic enough to accept them.

You exist only to support the life style of your betters until you are no longer able. You are merely a WORKER not a person. Learn it, accept it, know it.

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