First Look At Lana

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A first look at Tropical Storm Lana.  Tropical Storm Lana is strengthening in the Central Pacific and could be a hurricane by tomorrow, but it is still forecast to pass south of the Hawaiian islands early next week.

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As of 11 a.m. Hawaii time, the center of the storm was 640 miles southeast of Hilo, and moving west at about 16 miles per hour.  Lana could become a hurricane if it encounters more warm waters.  Although, with maximum sustained winds are about 65 miles per hour, and Lana is expected to weaken from Saturday into Sunday.

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Getting Closer

11:00 PM HST

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We will see more soon

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Even though Lana is expected to be weaker as it moves south of the islands, it could bring some slightly increased waves, wind, and rainfall to the Big Island early Sunday.

Lets hope Lana doesn’t take an abrupt turn north anytime soon.

And now for the Video of the Day

GET OFF MY PHONE

I think I just found a new ring tone!

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What’s for Dinner?

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Parmesan Mauna Kea Spaghetti with Garlic Bread Stick

The Politics Of Death

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I am firmly convinced that the Liberal Democratic Party in this country is the Party of Death.  More than ever, actions speak louder than words.  Obama’s appointment of Science Czar John Holdren shows that Obama believes forced sterilization and forced abortions.  The continued support and subsidization of American tax dollars for Abortions by Planned Parenthood, here and overseas, proves Obama does not cherish the life of the unborn.  Yet the Obama has two young girls.   Obama and Liberal Democrats want to take our God Given Rights away from the American people and force their government intrusive regulations upon us.  All in the guise of a woman’s right to choose.

Guess who doesn’t get a choice.

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There are people in this great country going overseas to China and Russia to adopt children.  Why can’t they adopt children from this country?  Yeah, I know, it’s easier to abort.  With all the talk about health care, why does the poor get free birth control pills through welfare?  When someone decides to murder their unborn through abortion, should someone in the medical field be forced to perform and participate in an abortion?  Why is this a health care right?  What of the Rights of the Unborn?  Surely, the Unborn deserve the same rights, freedoms and equality Liberal Democrats advocate to us all.  Yes?

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And Now, the great and almighty Obama says:

Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan Is Not Our Goal

Uncomfortable with the term “victory“?  How so?  Would you rather have our brave and honorable soldiers die in vain on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan?  You don’t want our Soldiers to Win?  Then why are we there?

Mr. Obama, if you do not believe in victory, then you should step down as President and find another job.

Also, get your facts straight Obama:  you said “Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur.”

Well Mr. Obama, Emperor Hirohito was not present on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, on September 2, 1945… General Yoshijiro Umezu and Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu represented Japan in signing the Instrument of Surrender.  Stop trying to rewrite history.  Support our military and either win this War on Terrorism or resign as Commander in Chief.

Maybe, Obama, you need some words of Wisdom from a Real Modern Day American Hero

So why stop there Obama.  You say doctors are just in the business to make a profit.

You just insulted every Doctor in America and called them Profit Mongers.  I’m beginning to think that you, Obama, and Joe Biden, have something in common.  Stupidity.  Shear Stupidity!!! You are not a doctor, Obama.  You, like your health care plan, just got in the way of the doctor patient relationship.  Your comment just proved your intent to ration health care. 

Will you, Obama, put yourself and your family under your health care plan?

I think we know the answer to that question.  NOT!

Trial Lawyers.  That’s who’s making profits in the business of medicine.  The only reform in Health Care in is Tort Reform.  What Obama proposes is rationing of health care.  That is the liberal democrats way of cutting costs.  Allow people to die to save money that’s the democratic party of Death way of managing health care.  Yet the lawyers get rich from lawsuits against doctors.  This raises insurance costs for the patient and the doctor.  But you, Obama, rather protect lawyers and not doctors.  Will you put yourself and your family under your plan?  You won’t, because you know how bad the plan will be.  Yet you will subject every average American to your flawed health care plan that you will not use yourself.  You walk away holding your nose and leave us with this crap sandwich called health care.

You offer no solutions

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What’s frightening is there are people in this country, and who also live in on this island paradise, that lament that there are too many people living on this planet.  Over Population, that evil product of procreation.  They claim they want government run health care.  Yet the Obama and those in the Congress will not fall under the proposed government health care plan that you and I will have to submit to.  I Will Not Submit!

Liberal Democrats:

You claim to support equality.

You claim to be the morals of social justice.

How do you like your Socialism?  With a side of Fascism?

We support Life, not Death.  We support Freedom, not Tyranny.  We support Love, not Hate!

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What’s For Dinner?

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Grilled Chicken Breast on a Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

What’s In The Health Care Bill

That Obama Hasn’t Read Yet?

And the rest of the Democrats in Congress

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To Cause Disaster

Over a Thousand Pages…. The Obama Plan, the Pelosi Plan, the Reid Plan

From our good friend KalapanaPundit:

The following is a slice of the current health care bill that the Obama and the Democrats are trying to pass a law:

Your health future is here.

Pg 16: SEC. 102. PROTECTING THE CHOICE TO KEEP CURRENT COVERAGE. lines 3-26 of the HC Bill – OUTLAWS PRIVATE INSURANCE by forbidding enrollment after HR 3022 is passed into law.

Pg 21-22: SEC. 113. INSURANCE RATING RULES of the HC Bill MANDATES the Government will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

Pg 29: SEC. 122. ESSENTIAL BENEFITS PACKAGE DEFINED: lines 4-16 in the HC bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!

Pg 30: SEC. 123. HEALTH BENEFITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE of HC bill – THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.

Pg 42: SEC. 142. DUTIES AND AUTHORITY OF COMMISSIONER of HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you. You have no choice!

PG 50-51: SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE in HC bill – HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, ILLEGAL or otherwise.

Pg 58: SEC. 163. ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATION HC Bill – Government will have real-time access to individual’s finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued!

Pg 59: SEC. 163. ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATIONHC Bill lines 21-24 Government will have DIRECT access to your BANK ACCOUNTS for electronic funds transfer. This means the government can go in and take your money right out of your bank account.

PG 65: SEC. 164. REINSURANCE PROGRAM FOR RETIREES is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions and community orgs (ACORN).

Pg 72: SEC. 201. ESTABLISHMENT OF HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE; OUTLINE OF DUTIES; DEFINITIONS Lines 8-14 Government is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control.

PG 84: SEC. 203. BENEFITS PACKAGE LEVELS HC Bill – Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange

PG 85: SEC. 203. BENEFITS PACKAGE LEVELS Line 7 HC Bill – SPECIFICATION OF BENEFIT LEVELS FOR PLANS = The Government will ration your Healthcare!

PG 91: SEC. 204. CONTRACTS FOR THE OFFERING OF EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLANS Lines 4-7 HC Bill – Government mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example – Translation for illegal aliens!

Pg 95: SEC. 205. OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT OF EXCHANGE-ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AND EMPLOYERS IN EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Government will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Government HC plan.

PG 102: SEC. 205. OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT OF EXCHANGE-ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AND EMPLOYERS IN EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN Lines 12-18 HC Bill – Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice!

pg 124: SEC. 223. PAYMENT RATES FOR ITEMS AND SERVICES lines 24-25 HC No company can sue the GOVERNMENT on price fixing! No “judicial review” against Government Monopoly!!

pg 127: SEC. 225. PROVIDER PARTICIPATION Lines 1-16 HC Bill – Doctors/ AMA – The Government will tell YOU what you can make.

Pg 145: SEC. 312. EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS EMPLOYEE AND DEPENDENT COVERAGE Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE!!

Pg 146: SEC. 312. EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS EMPLOYEE AND DEPENDENT COVERAGE Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay 4 HC 4 part time employees AND their families.

Pg 149: SEC. 313. EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS IN LIEU OF COVERAGE Lines 16-24 ANY Employer with payroll of $400k and above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.

pg 150: SEC. 313. EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS IN LIEU OF COVERAGE Lines 9-13 Business’s with payroll between $251k – $400k who doesn’t provide public option pays 2-6% tax on all payroll.

Pg 167: SEC. 401. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable HC according to Government will be taxed 2.5% of income.

Pg 170: SEC. 401. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is EXEMPT from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)

Pg 195: HC Bill – SEC. 421. CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYEE HEALTH COVERAGE EXPENSES Officers and employees of HC Administration (GOVERNMENT) will have access to ALL Americans financial and personal records!

PG 203: SEC. 441. SURCHARGE ON HIGH INCOME INDIVIDUALS Line 14-15 HC – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that!

Pg 239: SEC. 1121. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE REFORM Line 14-24 HC Bill Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected.

Pg 241: SEC. 1121. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE REFORM Line 6-8 HC Bill – Doctors, doesn’t matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same.

PG 253: SEC. 1122. MISVALUED CODES UNDER THE PHYSICIAN FEE

SCHEDULE Line 10-18 Government sets value of Doctor’s time, professional judgment, etc. Literally value of humans.

PG 265: SEC. 1131. INCORPORATING PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENTS INTO MARKET BASKET UPDATES THAT DO NOT ALREADY INCORPORATE SUCH IMPROVEMENTS. Government mandates and controls productivity for private HC industries.

PG 268: SEC. 1141. RENTAL AND PURCHASE OF POWER-DRIVEN WHEELCHAIRS. Federal Government regulates rental and purchase of power driven wheelchairs

PG 272: SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!

Page 280: SEC. 1151. REDUCING POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS The Government will penalize hospitals for what Government deems preventable readmissions.

Pg 298: SEC. 1151. REDUCING POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS Lines 9-11 Doctors! Treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission? Government will penalize you.

Pg 317: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS Lines 13-20 OMG!! PROHIBITION on ownership and investment! Government tells Doctors what and how much they can own!

Pg 317-318: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS lines 21-25, 1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion – Government is mandating hospitals cannot expand!

pg 321: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS Lines 2-13 Hospitals have option to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can you say ACORN?!!

Pg 335: SEC. 1162. QUALITY BONUS PAYMENTS Lines 16-25 Pg 336-339 – Government mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing

Pg 341: SEC. 1162. QUALITY BONUS PAYMENTS Lines 3-9 Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Government plan.

Pg 354: SEC. 1177. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY OF SPECIAL NEEDS PLANS TO RESTRICT ENROLLMENT – Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people! OMG! My sister has Downs Syndrome!!!

Pg 379: SEC. 1191. TELEHEALTH EXPANSION AND ENHANCEMENTS Government creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory Committee Can you say HC by phone?

PG 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 4-12 Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life

Pg 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 17-19 Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

PG 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death!

PG 427: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 15-24 Government mandates program for orders for end of life. The Government has a say in how your life ends!

Pg 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 1-9 An “advance care planning consultant” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.

PG 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 10-12 “advance care consultation” may include an ORDER 4 end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOV

Pg 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 13-25 – The Government will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

PG 430: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 11-15 The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.

Pg 469: SEC. 1302. MEDICAL HOME PILOT PROGRAM Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit organizations. Hello, ACORN Medical Services here!!?

Page 472: SEC. 1302. MEDICAL HOME PILOT PROGRAM Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment 2 a community-based org. Like ACORN?

PG 489: SEC. 1308. COVERAGE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR SERVICES The Government will cover Marriage and Family therapy. Which means they will insert Government into your marriage

Pg 494-498: SEC. 1308. COVERAGE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR SERVICES Government will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services.

(Hat Tip: KalapanaPundit)

Did you know?

Michelle Obama, the Obama’s Wife, oversaw the University of Chicago’s Hospital program of throwing patients out on the streets?

Oh, You didn’t?

Barack Obama’s wife and three close advisers have been involved with a program at the University of Chicago Medical Center that steers patients who don’t have private insurance — primarily poor, black people — to other health care facilities.

This is exactly what you can expect to happen in the Obama Plan

Oh Yes You Can

Oh Yes You Did

Oh What A Mistake

Hope-N-Change???

foodstamprvYour Future.  If You Want It!

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What’s For Dinner?

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Grilled Pork Chops with Grilled Asparagus and Mashed Garlic Potato’s

What Hit Jupiter?

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What Hit Jupiter?

Scientists have found evidence that another object has bombarded Jupiter, exactly 15 years after the first impacts by the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

Following up on a tip by an amateur astronomer, Anthony Wesley of Australia, that a new dark “scar” had suddenly appeared on Jupiter, this morning between 3 and 9 a.m. PDT (6 a.m. and noon EDT) scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., using NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, gathered evidence indicating an impact.

New infrared images show the likely impact point was near the south polar region, with a visibly dark “scar” and bright upwelling particles in the upper atmosphere detected in near-infrared wavelengths, and a warming of the upper troposphere with possible extra emission from ammonia gas detected at mid-infrared wavelengths.

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(Hat Tip JPL)

What else is out there, and is there anything in Space coming for us?

Ironic that a television program called “Meteor: Path to Destruction” that just aired in completion over the weekend.  The two part story which involves various characters in blatantly obvious Hollywood over hype, but the show is an entertaining story.  Never mind teh (yes, teh) science is junk, the acting is lame’o, but the special effect are good.  I’m more of a SciFi Guy, so any story that solves itself and saves the world with just two minutes before the program ends at 10PM, with commercials, then that’s a movie that’s worth a six pack of beer and a bag of pork rinds.

I actually rooted for the Meteor.

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What’s for Dinner?

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Roast Lamb with Mashed Potato’s and Steamed Broccoli

Of Global Warming and Useful Idiots

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Well, the Obama apology tour is starting to go global.  Now we have Hillary Clinton apologizing for America in India.  Apparently, by claiming shame on Global Warming will somehow convince India to follow America’s lead towards economic destruction.  It won’t be caused by the environment, our economic destruction will be self inflected by our leaders bad decisions.

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Eye’s Wide Stupid

From the Associated Press:

“We acknowledge now with President Obama that we have made mistakes in the United States, and we along with other developed countries have contributed most significantly to the problem that we face with climate change,” she said. “We are hoping a great country like India will not make the same mistakes.”

She was referring to Obama’s statement in Italy earlier this month that the U.S. had “sometimes fallen short” of its responsibilities in controlling its carbon emissions.

Through my fault,  through my fault, through my most grievous fault.  This Mea Culpa spewing from the Obama administration has to stop.  This is getting ridicules and stupid.  It is numbing to the mind and soul.

Hillary_Poster_NeedsOur friends at The People’s Cube has some more valuable information regarding The Obama administration and Global Warming.  It’s well worth a look.

Anyway, India is having none of it.  Seeing America falling on it’s own sword and worrying about their own future, India has stated it will not submit to Global Warming hysteria.

“I like to make it clear and categorical that we are simply not in position to take on legal binding on emission reduction targets,” Ramesh said at a conference on climate change at the ITC Green Centre in this satellite town of Delhi.

He was speaking after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed a conference on climate change at the Green Centre in Gurgaon, a booming business hub adjoining Delhi.

It’s bad enough with Obama runs around the world apologizing for America, now the Obama cabinet members are spreading the gospel of stupidity.

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India is embracing Capitalism and free market trade, while America under the Obama administration is destroying everything this country has worked for.  Now that the Obama is running General Motors, what kind of cars can we expect in the future?

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The Obama Chevy

Cars won’t be measured in horse power, but by foot power.  I guess the new automobile standards will reverse our standard of living.

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All part of  The Religion of Global Warming

The scorched earth policy that Al Gore advocates is now a full blown religion within the Obama administration.  I wonder what will be next?  We already use our food for fuel.  We have a Science Czar that supports eugenics.

What could go wrong?

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What’s for Dinner?

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Sesame Crusted Pan Seared Ahi Tuna With Wok Charred Vegetables

Growing My Carbon Footprint At All Costs

The Costs of Government Run Health Care

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A commenter left a message on my most brilliant post entitled “Obama’s Solution: More Government“.  You can read my exceptional post and the commenter’s comments by clicking on the link.

What I found profoundly interesting was the commenter’s support of an Obama single payer plan. A  Single Payer plan meaning government controlled health care.   I would like to share those comments by the reader and solicit your comments for a reasonable and civil debate on the Obama’s proposal to take control of health care in this country.  This is Hillarycare 2.0. make no mistake about this.  It’s a bad plan and I am against it.  Here’s why.

Look at what this country is already spending:

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A comment from the Dr. Dean Edell Show: [paraphrasing]

If private business cannot compete against the government, then why hasn’t the United States Postal Service put the private industry carriers Fedex, UPS and DHL out of business.  After all, you won’t see a Fedex person delivering a 47¢ letter.

Fair question I said, and a good one.  How am I going to argue that point?

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Entering into any hospital can be a daunting and frightening event.  No one wants to be sick and no one wants to worry about a loved one in the hospital either.  The fear, uncertainty and doubt can be overwhelming.  My blood pressure goes up just going to the doctor for a simple checkup.  Aside from the fear, it’s the bills that need to be paid after the doctor and hospital visits.

Unless you’re rich with pockets overflowing with money, then you don’t have to worry [congress].   Most people have an insurance plan to pay for their health care.  If you do not have any insurance, then there are government welfare programs in the form of Medicaid and Medicare to help pay for your medical attention.  Also, there are charities that help, but the amount charitable contributions are so small when compared to the larger costs provided by insurance and other government subsidies.  Most health care in this country is either paid for through payroll contributions, private insurance premiums, or through some federal and state subsidies.  Here in Hawai’i, we have a welfare population like in many other states.  It does use up resources, but what are you going to do?  Deny the sick help?  Well, that’s against the law, so you cannot be denied health care in this country under the current system.

And that brings up the larger question.  Is the health care you pay for only as good as the money you spent for it?  Is the health care subsidized by the government any better or worse than private health care?  Are insurance companies’ health care plans any better with higher premiums?  Will the government plan offer more competitive plans?  Or will the government try to control the escalating costs of health care by rationing care?

What happens when the government cannot afford health care costs?  Who in the government will decide what medical care will be covered, and what will not covered, by a government health care plan?  What do you do when the government declines your claims?  Where do you go to appeal?  What do you do if your situation is life threatening and time critical?

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OK, here are the comments that a reader wrote to my most excellent post:

I’d take an Obama plan any day.

Here’s my story

My wife and I are self employed and over 60.

She has some preexisting conditions

We pay all our own heath care premiums…no employer or government helps us at all (unlike members of congress who have a wonderful publicly supported heath care plan) So you read about some Canadian who comes to America for heathcare.

Get this.  Once a year we hop on a plane and fly 14 hours (plus 3 hour layover in Taiwan) to Bangkok Thailand so we can get affordable heathcare.

Why?

Because at our age and being self employed, our monthly Blue Shield Premiums are over $900 per month….and that’s for a plan with a $8000 deductible.

So we pay over $10,000 a year for insurance…and on top of that we have to pay for every doctor visit, operation, pill and test that we get.

Needless to say we can’t afford to pay $10,000 plus $8000 every year So we fly to Thailand where the heathcare is excellent and the cost is 1/10th that of the US.

So although some Canadian couple somewhere had to fly to the US for medical care….I know personally someone who has to fly from the US to Thailand for the same thing.

ME!!!!!

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I appreciate the readers’ comments very much.  My rebuttal is not an attack against the commenter.  I am always seeking to understand.  Therefore I will seek understanding about the readers’ comments so that I may receive needed clarification.  So, reader, if you’re out there reading this.  Please feel free to rebut my analysis.  Or if anyone else for that matter has a better idea, I’m willing to entertain it.  Help me understand why our system of heath care is not better than any other country in the world.  When world leaders get sick, they come to the United States to get help.  Why?

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Not Taking Either Sides

Reader, there are parts of your comments that I am struggling to understand.  I cannot account why your insurance premiums are that expensive.  Maybe they are, I don’t know.  I’ve never heard of an insurance plan that has an $8000 dollar deductible and with a $900 monthly premium.  There may be such a plan, I’m not challenging that; However, let’s use your numbers as the basis for my comments.

So your insurance costs per year are about $10,800, including an $8,000 deductible factored into the total costs.  You say you are over 60 years in age, are you not eligible for Social Security and Medicare?

Ok, let’s work with what you got.

Then you then say you fly to Thailand once a year, so you can get “affordable” health care.  So once a year, you pay an average of $1,500 per person on airline tickets to fly to Bangkok Thailand, plus hotel, ground transportation, food and other expenses (not factoring the aggravation cost of traveling).   I’m estimating about $4,500 to $5,000 dollars in travel expenses for two persons for a one to two week stay in Thailand.  My calculations are based from where I live as a baseline for travel estimates, and my many trips to south East Asia as experience in calculating travel expenses.

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The Frivolous and The Frugal

I can only guess what kind of health care you’re getting at 1/10 the cost in Thailand.  You did not specify.  It may be as good as the health care in this country and cheaper, I don’t know.  However, when in Thailand, you say you are  paying 1/10th of the cost of an American plan, so let’s say you’re paying about $1,080 in Thailand for a once a year visit for health care.  Less your deductible.

OK, let’s total the costs and ask some important questions:

Why are you paying for American health insurance costs when you claim to get adequate care at 1/10 the cost in Thailand?  Do you have some requirement  to have health insurance in this country?  In my own business, I’m only required to have life insurance.  I pay for my own health insurance, but I don’t have any requirement to have health insurance.  Maybe your state does, I don’t know.  It seems to me, if you are getting as good, if not better, health care outside this country, then why are you paying for it here?  It doesn’t make sense to me.

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Insurance, Lawyers, and Patients, Oh My!

If as you say, the once a year cost of traveling to Thailand is better than the American structured cost system, then why would an Obama plan be any better?  Have you read the Obama plan? It seems like many of the other Obama plans; no one in the Congress seems to be reading them before passing them.  Well, I do read the what’s in the legislation.

Obama has said many timesIf you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.  If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period.  No one will take it away.  No matter what.   So, when you hear the naysayers claim that I’m trying to bring about government-run health care, know this – they are not telling the truth.

Really! Then why does the Obama Health Care Plan have a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal?

From Investor’s Business Daily:

The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of “Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage,” the “Limitation On New Enrollment” section of the bill clearly states:

“Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day” of the year the legislation becomes law.

A free people should be outraged at this advance of soft tyranny.

You do know that the Obama plan is considering mandates for all Americans to have health care insurance and making employers share in the costs.  Although the Obama plan has not defined individual and employer mandates, the bottom line is that the government will mandate “shared responsibility” eventually.  Meaning you will be forced to pay for health care whether you want it or not.  So how will the government mandated rates be determined?  By medical preconditions?  By individuals income and wealth?  Here’s what you can look forward to with government health care.  How much time will you need before your health fails waiting for a government run plan to see you?

If it’s life threatening, is it worth the wait?

From U.S. News and World Report:

Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S House of Representatives Laughs at Reading the Healthcare Bill Before Passing It

“I’m laughing because a) I don’t know how long this bill is going to be, but it’s going to be a very long bill,” he is quoted as saying. Hoyer’s audacity in suggesting, laughing as he did—LAUGHING—that a bill to increase the government’s control over more than 17 percent of U.S. gross domestic product won’t be read by the people who have to vote to approve it because it is too long suggests there are problems with the issue and the process. As Kerri Houston Toloczko, policy director for Conservatives for Patients’ Rights said, “If it’s too long to read, it’s probably too expensive to pass.”

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A Bed For Rent?

Lets review.  You say you pay ~$10,800 dollars a year in insurance premiums, have an ~$8,000 dollar deductible, and spend nearly another ~$5,000 to ~$6,000 in travel expenses for health care in Thailand.  That approximately totals a yearly expense of…., say…. $25,000 a year.  Just in health care out of pocket.

I go to see my doctor about once every two to three months to check on my cholesterol, my blood pressure, and miscellaneous other issues.  I don’t have to wait to get my testing done.  I walk into the clinic, they take my blood samples, I wait a day or two for the results to return from the lab and then review them with my doctor.   I pay my out of pocket expenses, deductibles, and my monthly premiums don’t even total that amount you are paying, even with my preconditions.  Let alone a trip to Thailand to which I would go for vacation and not for health care reasons.  I’m not criticizing you, but I am questioning your plan and wondering if you should not be shopping around for a better health care plan.  At least a health care plan with a better deductible and rate.

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So What’s The Solution?

Reader: I sympathize with your situation.  I wish there was a better solution to your health care needs, but I do not think you really grasp what an Obama health care plan will do to damage an already fragile health care system. Our system may not be perfect, but how do you define perfection?  Not by having some bureaucrat making health care decisions, I hope.

You pretty much dismiss the Canadian story I outlined; however, you fail to understand the urgency the Canadian couple had.  This was a life or death situation and the Canadian government run system could not do anything for the couples baby.  These and other stories are replicated where ever government run health care is implemented.  Canada, England, France, etc. all have tremendous wait times for specialized care.  Socialized Medicine, i.e. Government Run Health Care, does not work.  It destroys innovation, incentives and cost too much to run.

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Consequence Of Government Care

There is no such thing as Free Government Health Care.  Someone has to pay for it.  That someone is you. The Tax Payer.

Here in Hawai’i, we have a real problem with health care.  It starts with a lack of Doctors.  Many of the doctors here simply will not take on new patients. Many Doctors are not fairly reimbursed by the insurance companies for patient care.  The insurance for doctors to practice in Hawai’i is expensive.  There is no problem with the quality of health care.  The majority of what makes health care expensive is not the innovations, but the insurance costs to both doctor and patient.  Recently, the Hawai’i State legislators overrode the Governor’s veto of the failed Universal Child Health Care.  The plan was too expensive for the state to run and people dumped their private insurance to get on the state run plan.  That’s what will happen if Government Run Health Care gets enacted.  Employers will dump their company employee plans and force employees onto the government plan.  That’s cost will be off the employers books and on the government.  That’s frighting.

There has to be tort reform against frivolous lawsuits.  For example, if the person making a frivolous lawsuit looses their case, then make them pay for the doctors legal expenses.  Frivolous lawsuits drive up the cost of insurance premiums for doctors and patients alike.

I do believe there is an affordability gap in health care costs that are rising and making it harder to afford health care.  I also believe there are several factors for the rise in these costs and that there are solutions to bringing the costs down:

  1. Insurance Reform.
  2. Tort reform.
  3. Policing of Doctors to rid bad doctors.
  4. Employer Incentives such as the Safeway plan.

This country spends almost 1/2 of its GDP budget on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare plans.  These government programs are heavily in debt, poorly administered, and broke.  BROKE!  Who runs Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare?  The Government.  What makes anyone think the government could run a Health Care Plan for all Americans?  Anyone dealing with Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare have had nightmares trying navigate the system of bureaucracy.  Or should I say Barackracy.

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Your New Government Health Care Card

I believe that Obama’s Government run, single payer system, will destroy the best health care system in America.  One only has to look at the costs of supporting Medicare and Medicaid.  Like other government run programs, take Social Security for example, the system is drowning in cost overruns and the system is deeply in dept and hopelessly broke.  There are too many entitlements that diminish the value of basic health care needs.  For example, why should the public pay for anti-pregnancy pills? Why is Planed Parenthood being subsidized?

Is this a really a basic health care need that we should be paying for?  When we have people waiting and willing to adopt.  Why are we paying to prevent the poor, the undesirables, the untouchables of society from having offspring by providing them free birth control at taxpayers expense?

Let’s not forget that the Obama regards getting pregnant as a punishment.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments about using abortion as population control:

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.

This goes back to my most excellent post about how the Obama is stocking his administration with these so called “CZARS”.  It appears the common theme  among the CZARS is a preoccupation with death.  I’m thinking  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a big fan of the “Vampire Diaries”.

And that comment from “Dr. Dean Adumbell” about comparing the USPS to FexEx and UPS;

Have you ever waited in line at the USPS?

The Government should never come between you and your doctor.

TQOTD: If the stimulus wasn’t meant to stimulate economic recovery, why is the website called recovery.gov?

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What’s for Dinner?

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The Smarter They Are, The Dumber They Become

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There is an unusual predilection with certain “so called intellectuals” with controlling the environment, and controlling the human population.  Apparently, these gifted people of higher learning have a prepossession against human beings.  While also having a preoccupation with the health of the planet.  Gaia, that planetary goddess these people worship, is of more importance to these people than its human inhabitants.  We, the lowly indigenous creatures, that have evolved to lengthen our lives through medical advances, developed agriculture wonders to feed the masses, and yes, even walked on the moon, are mere parasites on this planet.  Despite such advances and accomplishments to the credit of the human species vitality, these astute giants of mental capacity think our species needs to be punished for the crime of reproduction.   Apparently, we, the uneducated, unwashed masses, are not so worthy to be in the presence of these enlightened elites.

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GAIA, The Goddess

James Lovelock wrote his Gaia hypothesis back in the 1960’s.  A theory that proposes living and non-living parts of the earth form a complex interacting system that can be thought of as a single organism.  Lovelock is a major proponent of Global Warming stating that “billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable” by the end of the 21st century.  Lovelock writes in his book, “The Vanishing Face of Gaia” that “It is not simply too much carbon dioxide in the air . . . , “the root cause is too many people, their pets, and their livestock”  “Are we sufficiently talented to take on what might become the onerous permanent task of keeping the Earth in homeostasis?” Lovelock asks. “The alternative is the acceptance of a massive natural cull of humanity and a return to an Earth that freely regulates itself.”

Yes, you did read that right.  He’s saying a massive killing off of humans will somehow save the earth.  Who will make those decisions on who will stay and who will go?  Who will it be to make those choices on deciding what will be rejected because of perceived inferior quality?  Who will make those decisions?

Stunning Indeed!

Hmmm, I suppose abandoning living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and moving to Alaska will perhaps save my insignificant  future.  But what of the Alaskan polar bears, the caribou and their habitat?  Maybe moving to where the penguins live in the southern  regions of the Antarctic, that landlocked icicle that will someday be replace as the tropical paradise that I currently live now.   According to Lovelock, 80% of the worlds population will perish by 2100.  Let’s see that’s only 91 years from now.  Something to look forward to, I guess.

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“Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious… service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature”

E ‘ai noho’i na huhu iā lākou e like me ka hulu hipa

“And the worms will eat them like wool”

Enter John Holdren, Obama’s pick for Science Czar, appointed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  Mr. Holdren endorses Forced Abortions and Mass Sterilization.  A “Planetary Regime” with the power of life and death over American citizens.  In a book Holdren co-authored in 1977, this man who is now firmly in control of science policy in this country wrote:

  • Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
  • The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food;
  • Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
  • People who “contribute to social deterioration” (i.e. undesirables) “can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility” — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.
  • A transnational “Planetary Regime” should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force.

This is no joke.  Our good friend at Zombietime has a more detailed reporting with direct quotes about  Mr. Holdren Ecoscience It’s well worth the read because there are those living here in Hawai’i that are of the same beliefs as John Holdren.  http://zombietime.com/john_holdren/

By overpopulating the earth we are destroying the viability of our habitat, not just for our own species but for most other species as well – save perhaps for cockroaches. Why are we not passing legislation to encourage birth control and provide incentives for birth control initiatives in developing countries? Why do we give tax credits to parents with more children rather than expecting those with larger families to pay higher taxes? It is as if no one sees the inherent link between excess population and the climate change crisis.

This stunning excerpt was taken from a bloggers post here on the Big Island of Hawai’i.  A misguided and a dangerous attempt of associating humans for the reason of global climate change.  Global Warming is the belief that humans are causing the planet to warm up to a degree making the environment unlivable. This is the same thinking some have living in this paradise: “I’m here, but you’re not allowed to be here” This is the GAIA way of thinking.

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This is the rational that these people have.  I’ve got my slice of paradise now and you’re not allowed to have any of the same advantages that were given to me.  They use excuses like this to justify social engineering.  This thinking is very dangerous because it gives people the excuse to propose regulations and laws that inhibit the freedoms we all deserve and take for granted.  They ignore the science of reality and embrace the insanity of necromancy.  They call it a consensus, but in science there is no consensus.  You don’t vote for science and that’s what makes this pattern of thinking so destructive and dangerous.  Even though there is a downward trend of the world temperatures as written in this article:

They pieced together the temperature data from a total of eleven instruments flying on eleven different satellites over the years. As of 2008, our most stable instrument for this monitoring is the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU-A) flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite.  According to Spenser, “The decadal numbers are +.12C, but the trend has been down since 2000.”

It’s important to read the entire article and examine how the climate data is being gathered.  It clearly shows flaws in the science and collection of data.  Yet, the acceptance of this erroneous data is taken as irrefutable evidence that the world is in a dangerous heating trend.  But has anyone checked the weather on the mainland lately?

Chicago has had 12 days since June 1 when the temperature failed to reach 70. The only other time this has happened since 1942 was in 1969. Then, from December 1969 to February 1970, Chicago had 44.7 inches of snow. The normal for just that time is 28.3 inches. The whole winter that year had 77 inches….

The lack of sustained warmth has really grabbed the attention of many people from the Great Lakes to New England. Even though it has reached 80 degrees twice so far this month in Boston, it has still averaged 6.3 degrees cooler than the longer term average….

What makes this whole argument of Global Warming, Climate Change, whatever you want to call it so dangerous is the linkage to over-population.  The rational of forcible reduction of the population will somehow save the planet from certain destruction.  Given the recent data that suggests a cooling trend in the earth climate.  If anyone has ever flown over the United States, or any other country, you will see vast areas of unpopulated land.  Huge tracks of empty space.  How does these vast open spaces suggest over-population?

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There are reasons why humans have cognitive abilities.  There is a reason why human procreation is so precious and should be protected at all costs.  Those who devalue the life of the unborn and choose the destruction of life are doomed to their own demise.

In Germany they first came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me —
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

What will be the next steps taken by the environ-Nazis to regulate human behavior?  Banning BBQ Grills?  Ban breathing?  I have a suggestion for you anti-human environmental zealots:  Be the first in line to off yourself.  Seriously, if you really care about the environment and this planet, so much so, then do us all a favor and kill yourselves.  Put yourselves out of your pitiful misery and leave this planet, this worldly existence, so that we, who choose life, can live it in peace.

I will thank you, my dog thanks you, my cat, my horse, my cattle, my pigs all thank you.

Don’t let the GAIA doorway slap you on the ass when you leave.

Goodbye.  So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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Chicken Mozzarella Ravioli, Garlic Bread Sticks and a Garden Salad with Papaya Seed Dressing

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