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What is it with vice presidents and the F-bomb?

Vice President Joe Biden dropped the expletive in front of a microphone right after introducing President Obama at today’s signing ceremony for the health care legislation. Obama’s press secretary later made light of the incident in this Tweet.

In 2004, Vice President Dick Cheney admitted directing the word toward Sen. Patrick Leahy.

Palin: Obama’s plan ‘downright evil’…

Good evening Netizens…


Just because she is no longer the Governor of the State of Alaska doesn’t mean that former governor Sarah Palin off chasing big game and fishing in the Alaska wilderness.

Earlier today Palin called President Barak Obama’s health plan “downright evil”, her first online comment since leaving office. She also asserts that he would create a “death panel” that would deny care to the neediest Americans.

“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care,” the former Republican vice presidential candidate wrote.

The claim that the Democratic health care bills would promote and encourage euthenasia have been smelling like an overly-ripe fish on the Internet for weeks, and has even been echoed by some Republican leaders. Both the Democrats and the nonpartisan group FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania say the Republican claims are false.

Republican criticism has also included allegations that the reform plans will lead to rationing, or the government determining which medical procedures a patient can have.

Unfortunately, millions of Americans already face rationing, as insurance companies rule on procedures they will cover. Denying coverage for certain procedures might increase under proposals to have a government-appointed agency identify medicines and procedures best suited for various conditions.

Sarah Palin is, of course, believed to be preparing to run for President in 2012, and thus despite her statements to the contrary, she is still a politician advocating policies for the Right Wing of the Republican Party.


The Saviors of the Health Care Swamp…

Good morning, Netizens…

Can we agree to terms that health care, such as most of us know it to be these days, is a swamp? It is infested with all manner of dangerous creatures, and one can lose their life trying to save their life. People no longer die of ailments; they die because of a lack of health insurance, a malady that continues to increase misery and anguish, and the only outward signs is that in the swamp of health care, there are large crocodiles waiting for the unwary.

David Horsey, however, captured the essence of the meeting of the Health Care Tzars the other day, and stated they were going to solve our health care crisis. You’ll pardon me for saying it, but yeah sure. You did notice the crocodile on the left has his fingers crossed, didn’t you?

Of these four slithering beasts who crawl on their tummies, I submit the insurance companies have done more to eliminate providing health care to those who cannot afford it than the others combined. If you are healthy, and relatively well-to-do, health insurance is both affordable and, given a stable health history, quite accessible. However, having said that, the minute you file a claim for a long-term illness, your medical insurance goes through the sky, past the point where you can afford it.

The unanswered question is how naïve is President Obama? Does he really think that the four crocodiles of Insurance, Pharmaceutical Companies, HMO’s and for-profit Hospitals are going to actually drain the swamp we call health care? Or are they simply going to perpetuate the status quo, guaranteeing themselves a fat future while people continue to suffer?

Normally the folks that run the health care system here in Spokane prefer to remain nameless and faceless. At least now we have names for both them, the Pharmaceutical Companies and the HMO’s. They are called the Four Crocodiles of the Apocalypse and they are going to drain the swamp we call the health care system.

Are you impressed? I’m not.


Alas, poor patient…

Good morning, Netizens…

In this morning’s David Horsey cartoon, we see a picture of the deplorable subcultures of the United States known as the drug companies and the health care insurers operating on the poor patient, the US Health Care System.

Like most people of my age, I have friends that are dying of various ailments, for that seems to be part of aging. Most are flat-broke, and have limited or no insurance, but they still require pills and other medicaments to keep them alive, which the drug companies are eager and willing to provide, sometimes on a discount basis.

The greatest question in American health care is why can’t sick people afford insurance? When you are young, hale and healthy, the insurance companies are delighted to take your money and there are great deals to be had by one and all, providing you do not have any pre-existing conditions that may come back to haunt you later on. However, when you are sick, in need of profound medical care, the price(s) for insurance escalate dramatically, and the insurance companies all agree, the health care system is healthy.

Both the insurance and drug companies spend billions of dollars annually, extolling the virtues of their respective systems, but people cannot afford insurance. People cannot afford health care.

David Horsey is right. The health care system, as it exists today, is totally bogus.