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US Chamber of Commerce and Mr Donahue

Monday, November 28th, 2016

What is it? and who is he?

The US Chamber of Commerce (USCC) is not a part of the government, although, it was created by President William Howard Taft  around 1912 to go against the Labor movement which had become organized and powerful.  

Tom Donohue became head of the organization in 1997. 

He disliked the idea of healthcare reform that involves providing healthcare for every American regardless of income or ability to pay.  

Mr Donohue disagrees with the scientific consensus that climate change is enhanced by human energy use. 

He opposed Dodd/Frank legislation and portions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act which was signed in to law by George W. Bush after the Enron and Worldcom scandals and arrests.

He thinks a company should be able to sue a country.  Phillip-Morris vs Uruguay was a case where a tobacco company actually sued the country of Uruguay for implementing strict measures to prolong life and promote health through organized efforts to get tobacco out of the country.  Monsanto is suing countries that are disallowing Monsanto products due to health concerns as well.

Well, now the USCC is the largest lobbying organization in America.  It’s current agenda includes –>

  1.  Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2017.  Why would he care about the congressional budget?
  2.  Providing for congressional disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.
  3.  Disapproving a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone”. clean air and water are too expensive to maintain and do a profitable business I guess.
  4.  Providing for congressional disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed and existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”  He wants to keep oil, gas and coal
  5.  Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary”.  I wonder what is wrong with the term Fiduciary?
  6.  EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015.  Is it possible to reform science?
  7.  There are more, I just listed the first few.  They have their irons in lots of pots.

$79,205,000 has been spent on lobbying in 2016.  They spent $84,730,000 in 2015 so they may surpass that come January 1.  Whoo boy there is a lot of money in money isn’t there?  Not much money to be made in healthcare for all I guess.  Healthy, vegetable eating, non-smoking, solar powered masses are bad for the economy.  Mr Donohue, I think you are bad for the planet.

 

Bread and Azodicarbonamide

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

So I’ve been doing a bit of reading about Azodicarbonamide.  It is illegal in many other countries but the USA seems to embrace it.  Bread makers like it because it speeds up the rising process therefore enhancing production and profits.  It is also used as a blowing agent in plastics.  I find that disturbing

 

drowning in styrofoam

drowning in Azodicarbonamide but only in America where profit comes before health

Azodicarbonamide is manufactured by the reaction of dihydrazine sulfate and urea under high temperature and pressure. Why would we want that in our bread? 

When the effects of long-term exposure to azodicarbonamide were studied on dogs –>Most dogs died. Necropsy revealed massive, multiple renal calculi, bladder calculi, and chronic pyelonephritis.

http://www.who.int/ipcs/publications/cicad/en/cicad16.pdf

Azodicarbonamide is a popular dough conditioner. It also bleaches the flour (makes it whiter). It’s considered safe in the US at up to 45 parts per million, but is banned from use in Europe because studies showed it could cause asthma or allergic reactions.  http://www.fooducate.com/product/Holsum%20Cotton%20s%20Large%20Bread/A0BBB30A-043A-11E2-83D2-1231381BA074  Fooducate is a great website that shares best choices when buying at the grocery store.
bread

… “Currently there are eight crops on the market produced with food biotechnology: corn (think high fructose corn syrup), soybeans (are in almost everything vegans eat), sugar beets, canola (have you ever seen a canola plant?), alfalfa (cows eat this), Hawaiian squash and papaya (so I’ll buy them from Mexico). Cotton is as well, but we don’t eat that.”

do you eat these

 

vote

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 It is our turn to chase the predator…

When good people don’t vote — bad things happen.

In 2010, Rick Scott was promoted and elected by the tea partywe are now living through the callous dismantling and privatizing of Florida government. Vote and send the creeps and the groups that support them to the rubbish pile and label them the past. 


 PS:  take a look at this latest bulls**t–> 

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/world-war-ii-bronze-star-winner-resents-fla-2380710.html

Doesn’t Florida Governor Rick Scott and his posse cause mental discomfort for the GOP? I would think so. I would be mortified if someone I voted for continually bullied the masses and carried on with his innate criminal greed while serving the people of Florida. Without a doubt I feel bad for the Republicans who did not realize what he would do when they voted for him and are now outraged. They voted for him. Message to the GOP –>please please learn from this guy and don’t nominate tea party candidates.

And furthermore — It is essential to re-elect our President.  I feel much safer and more represented.  His National Security policies and his health care policies are for all of us, including those who don’t like him.  The Republican nominee seems to want only what is right for his money cronies.  Although, he may be lying just to get their money (he’s been known to do that).  His healthcare policy in his home state was actually copied by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which was designed by a nonpartisan government committee after single payer healthcare was rejected. 


Rush to judgement

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Ronald Reagan quoted movies and he loved his wife.  GOP/ Religious right folks love quotes and the appearance of monogamy.  No one really cares if you love your wife or if you are faithful.  Many men who say grace before dinner have or at least intend to have sex with a women who is not their wife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women are sluts if they have sex and don’t intend to have children.  I guess we should just get used to the word because almost every woman I know has used birth control in order to have sex without the desire to have children.  I’m so grateful to live in modern times.  Women can give birth without intense pain thanks to epidurals.  Women can decide not to get pregnant by taking birth control.  What a wonderful world!  I’m guessing most men agree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It is disingenuously misleading for the Catholic Exchange to claim that Obama’s Healthcare package mandates birth control for all women.  What it does state is that all insurance companies and employers need to allow birth control for women who want it.  This is “Huge Caroline”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A huge difference that is.  The GOP is so opposed to our president they are shooting themselves in the foot with this one.

If the catholic church or any church for that matter wants to instill the doctrine of the church within the laws of the United States, doesn’t that go against the constitution?  Shouldn’t they pay taxes if they are so involved in healthcare law and its policies?  Isn’t the provision of birth control for women who want it a good thing for America?

I wonder if Nancy used birth control?

That’s my money belt

Sunday, September 25th, 2011


Some folks work hard and are poor anyway, not indigent, but, damn close and if any kind of physical anomaly befalls them they quickly become indigent.   Some of these people are alcoholics or drug abusers and some are just unlucky.

A dumptruck driver with a swollen ankle, went to a local free clinic and was given a prescription to get an x-ray and have an orthopedic surgeon look at it at the county hospital ER.  He had no way of getting to the hospital to get this done.  His ankle was swollen, broken or sprained; couldn’t drive his dumptruck, and he had no insurance.  He was that dreaded self-pay that never pays and is therefore turned away in non-emergent situations.  He became a resident of the Salvation Army house.   Orthopedic surgeons don’t fix people who don’t have insurance unless they have a lot of cash up front.  Free clinics can only do so much.

What are the essential requirements of an American life? Food, shelter, clothing, clean water, good health and an education.   Some of us think that access to health care is as essential as access to clean drinking water.  Some do not.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those who are opposed to the Affordable Care Act which is a big step in providing health care to a wider range of Americans  seem to be concerned about the cost to them personally. “The more money we make the more they take.”   Who are they?

What are they doing with my money after they take it?  Isn’t that what we all piss and moan about?  What is this going to cost me?   A health care system that provides quality services for citizens is an acceptable and essential place for our money to go.  Health care and the health of this planet is more important than killing people in other countries.

The dumptruck driver could get back in his truck after his ankle was fixed and be a productive tax-paying citizen again.  How is that bad for you?

 


HealthReform.gov

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

Voltaire

Senate Republicans pledge that their first crack at repealing The Affordable Care Act (ACA) won’t be their last.  Some refer to it as Obama’s Health Care Law or Obamacare.  The ACA is about Freedom.  Some factions are adamantly drilling in the idea that the ACA is taking away our freedom to not have insurance.  They push the idea that the government is trying to control your body and kill your grandma. When our presidents wife suggests we grow our own food and get more exercise she is compared to Stalin.  It is OK for a child to grow up and die in a war to protect our freedom to not have health insurance?  Please read the truth…

Financial Relief Employer

Today, employers can begin submitting applications for the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. Created by the Affordable Care Act, this program provides $5 billion in financial assistance to employers, unions and state and local governments to help them maintain coverage for early retirees age 55 and older who are not yet eligible for Medicare.

President Obama announces new regulations. Photo by Chris Smith.

For too long insurance company bureaucrats have stood between Americans and their doctors. On Tuesday, President Obama announced new regulations that will crack down on unfair practices by insurers and change the balance of power back in favor of consumers – putting consumers back in charge of their health coverage and care.

Answering Questions Online

Secretary Sebelius marks the three month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a live webchat where she will answer your questions.

Doctor and patient.

Today, HHS announced new investments under the Affordable Care Act to support prevention activities and develop the nation’s public health infrastructure which will improve health and enhance health care quality.

To read more facts go to…

HealthReform.gov

Most Americans without insurance don’t have insurance because they can’t afford it not because they don’t want it.  The gentleman who owns the small restaurant had to let his family plan go to keep the business afloat and ignored his chest pains.  The waitress let her private plan go after rates increased due to her kidney stones in order to pay for her condo she paid too much for in 2005.  Most emergency rooms are full of “self-pays”  because self-pays use ER’s as their only source of health care.  Preventative care does not exist for the average self-pay American.
Most restaurants and small businesses can’t afford to offer insurance plans and private plans are expensive, with high deductibles.  There are a those not yet experiencing problems with their health, but they have rent and weddings and cell phone plans to pay for and insurance premiums just don’t fit in to the budget.

The ACA will enhance our freedom — freedom from worry about accidents and sickness, freedom from worrying that if you use your insurance the rates will go up or worse yet you’ll no longer be covered, free from discrimination, free to provide insurance for our adult children, and free preventive care for seniors.

My favorite freedom is the freedom to have your own business because you are no longer forced to work in the corporate world to provide insurance for your family.  Many corporations don’t want us to have that kind of freedom and are backing politicians who convince us to keep things just as they are.

Just be careful what you wish for.


“…The health care law is little different from Social Security. The court unanimously recognized  in 1982 that it would be “difficult, if not impossible” to maintain the financial soundness of a Social Security system from which people could opt out. The same analysis holds here: by restricting certain economic choices of individuals, we ensure the vitality of a regulatory regime clearly within Congress’s power to establish. The justices aren’t likely to be misled by the reasoning that prompted two of the four federal courts that have ruled on this legislation to invalidate it on the theory that Congress is entitled to regulate only economic “activity,” not “inactivity,” like the decision not to purchase insurance. This distinction is illusory. Individuals who don’t purchase insurance they can afford have made a choice to take a free ride on the health care system. They know that if they need emergency-room care that they can’t pay for, the public will pick up the tab. This conscious choice carries serious economic consequences for the national health care market, which makes it a proper subject for federal regulation.

By LAURENCE H. TRIBE

I feel that an individual whose actions are motivated by the wish to bring others happiness necessarily meets with less misfortune that one who does not. Sickness, old age, mishaps of one sort or another are the same for us all. But the sufferings which undermine our internal peace – anxiety, doubt, disappointment – these are definitely less.

Dalai Lama

You picked them

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
The new members of our 112th congress is an interesting revolt.  I understand you wanted to get rid of the current congress and oust the old white men who have consistently sat on their laurels and performed business as usual.  In my mind shaking things up would have involved voting for young, black, women.  You chose…

Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) opposes gay rights, does not want to honor visitation rights in hospitals for gay couples, does not want gays in the military and wants women to be convicted of murder if they have an abortion and has pushed for other Christian right causes.  She is a Missouri farm wife and schoolteacher who will be appointed to the house armed services committee.

Go to — http://vickyhartzler.com/issues/10/.  She states “the extreme agenda items of the gay movement is a sad chapter that must not be repeated” A few paragraphs later she states “I’ll stand up for an America that allows each of us, regardless of the circumstances of our birth, to achieve the full measure of life.” Maybe she doesn’t know about kids killing themselves due to hateful intolerance and doesn’t realize that being gay is a circumstance of birth.
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Marco Rubio (R-FL), wants to extend the Bush tax cuts.  The Bush tax cuts were temporary because there isn’t enough money to keep them going.  He plans to repeal the health care reform bill.  Why would you want to stop all the wonderful things healthcare reform will do for Americans?  Things like…

1.  Health insurance plans will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to children younger than 19 because they have a pre-existing health problem.

2.  Free preventive care covering cancer screenings, cholesterol tests, mammograms and other preventive services without charging you a co-payment, co-insurance or deductible.

3.  An end to rescissions. This change is designed to prevent insurers from denying coverage to policyholders after they get sick.

4.  individual insurance plans can no longer impose lifetime limits on coverage

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-09-22-healthlaw22_ST_N.htm#chart

Why doesn’t Marco Rubio want us to have the advantages of healthcare reform?  Well, If he continues tax cuts for the rich than we can’t afford healthcare reform.

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Renee Elmers (R-NC) created the “conservative freakout” over the ground zero mosque that wasn’t a mosque and wasn’t being built on ground zero.

All of us are descendants of immigrants or actual immigrants who came here to get away from religious intolerance.  We’re here to enjoy the freedom of thought, speech, religious faith, and property ownership.   Now, Renee and the gang have turned against religious freedom out of fear.  She fans the fear of Muslims, and is rallied on by a corrupt biased cable news station.


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Rand Paul (R-KY) refused to endorse some parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because big government has no right to make private lunch counters take down those “Whites Only” signs. “If private lunch counter owners want to prevent blacks from eating there, that’s their right.”

This guy is a bigot, a blatant proud bigot.  If you voted for him, I guess you’re OK with that.  What scares me is so much of the country is OK with that.

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Daniel Webster (R-FL) “has aligned himself with organizations and individuals who advocate the application of biblical law to contemporary society, including wives submitting to their husbands.   In his 2009 talk to a male audience he was telling them to focus on their own obligations rather than those of their wives. When Webster says women should pray if they want to, he’s saying they must do so in order to be obedient to God’s word. “

That is just pure scariness.  You’re afraid of Muslims?  You need to be afraid of this dude.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/julieingersoll/3449/the_real_context_of_the_%22taliban_dan%22_ad/

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Ron Johnson (R-WI)  made his fortune through his company making plastic packaging materials.  He is another of the uber rich who poured his own personal millions into his campaign pretending to be a political insurgent who is going to shake up congress.  He stood on a platform of job creation.  Many voters don’t have time for details they are too busy looking for a job.  People like Ron Johnson don’t give two flying figs about you or your job.  He just wants power and he plans to get his millions back and then some.

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Ben Quayle (R-AZ) the son of former vice president Dan Quayle and columnist for TheDirty.com, hates Obama.  Enough said.

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Joe Manchin (D-WV)  loves coal.  West Virginia loves coal because they don’t know how to make money any other way.  Coal companies blow up mountains and dump coal sludge in valleys and build crappy dams that break and kill mine workers families.  Nice eh?

So anyway, Cap and trade’s carbon taxes would destroy the coal industry.  Coal extraction and energy production is so detrimental to this planet that it would be taxed in to bankruptcy.  The coal industry is convincing you that no other source of energy is feasible.  Your personal income taxes have subsidized coal $500 compared to $7 toward alternative energy research.   Joe Manchin has aimed his sites at destroying the cap and trade bill.  He doesn’t want alternative energy even though it will be for the good of the people of West Virginia as well as the rest of the nation.

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I’m not too excited about your choices.

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By the way, not too long ago there was an industry called “pluming”.  Plumers went down to the everglades, South America and Africa and shot every bird in site and sent the feathers to factories in New York and various other cities.  When environmentalists exposed the appalling slaughter, people yelled out “we need the jobs”  Well, the obvious idiocy made ladies realize that hats with feathers were not a necessity and the industry died and plumers learned a different trade and factories made other stuff.  We’ll survive life without coal.


 

 


the one with the fanciest horse?

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

“Rich people give poor people jobs. Plain and simple. With out rich people, poor people won’t have jobs. See all the liberals want the government to take away all the rich peoples money, but don’t ever give any of there own.” This is a quote from an apparent Republican to his liberal facebook friend.

When did this happen?  The rich paying for the poor?  Define poor.  Do you think the richest Indian was the one with the fanciest horse?  Or was the bravest Indian the one with the fanciest horse?

I was extremely impressed with a Missouri gentleman that built our kayak from strips of wood.  He explained the procedure and that his boats would withstand some of the wildest rivers in Missouri and Arkansas.  It took about 4 months for it to be completed and now it is a gorgeous lightweight kayak that is durable, usable art .  I suppose some of the glues, and paints may have had Chinese roots or came from a factory owned by a wealthy corporation, but, for the most part our beloved vessel was handmade by an American. He had a home, a car, a workshop, diabetes and a smoking habit.   He made his own way in his own shop living a free American life that many of us might envy.

Insurance would have been impossible for him to obtain if it hadn’t been for medicare.  He qualified for socialized medicine because he lived long enough too.  Prior to that I think he plucked chickens in a factory or something like that so he would be insured. Why is our society set up like this? Because the guys that own the chicken factories don’t want us to be free.  If we are free and don’t need the insurance they provide, we may leave and start an organic chicken farm that would compete with them.  We would be poor, but, we would be free and insured.

“Another word for freedom is nothing left to lose”  I so miss the days when everything I owned fit in my car and I traveled about, working at random restaurants, taking ballet classes and teaching ballet classes.  I never broke a body part or had a kidney stone or appendicitis.  I never thought about healthcare or health insurance.  If I had needed healthcare back in those days I would have been financially screwed.  I guess I was poor, but, I didn’t feel poor, I felt  free.

Life happened.  Husband, kids, and a job that provided health insurance for us all.  There went my freedom.  I don’t think it should have to be that way.  I think we should be able to make things, grow things, be brave and ride a fine horse.  I think we should have the choice to be free and at the same time be responsible.  I don’t think providing healthcare for all is the rich paying for the poor.  I think it is all of us pitching in for all of us.

Check and Balance

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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I was in a conversation with a physician I work with the other night at the hospital.  He described me as “uber liberal” and decided I needed to be reformed and informed.  He started printing up things for me to read from his Fox network.

This Physician is very very afraid of our government running anything.  On the other hand,  if you leave the government out of our lives then you end up with a place — well —  Haiti is a graphic example of a  weak government.  Us worker bees need to be protected.  We are the ones out here in the trenches doing the work.  We don’t mind, we’re happy and have amazing respect for our founding fathers’ plan for checks and balances and equal rights.  They were a bit hypocritical about equal rights, writing and signing the constitution while their slaves tended to their farms, but, their ultimate plan was ingenious.

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The Physician and I are an example of check and balance.  His check is the need to be compensated for all the patients he fights hard to save.  Many of them are self abusers, over-eaters, smokers, alcoholics, prescription drug abusers.  They vary from uninsured, medicaid, Medicare as well as the insured.  Some try to sue him for an anomaly that is most often a result of their own self abuse.  The litigation involved is extremely expensive and is driving up healthcare costs.  Tort reform is his primary concern to improve our health care system.   I definitely get his point and I also am angry at the folks making a living out of being sick.

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My balance is the waitress with a kidney stone, the restaurant owner with chest pain, the guy that builds kayaks by hand with diabetes, the lady with a shop full of locally made art.   To them insurance is a gamble; those without are gambling they won’t need it,  those with individual insurance pay dearly for a catastrophic plan.  How can we remain innovative Americans if we can’t leave Wal-mart to try our hand at Tilapia farming or growing bamboo or opening a breakfast joint.  We aren’t really free as long as we are locked in to a job because we need the insurance?

So why can’t we come up with a plan that protects both the Physician and meOr is that what they are trying to do and we’re too busy getting angry watching Fox or MSNBC to realize it?

no money to be made

Monday, November 30th, 2009

health business cartoon

What angers me is the minds that sit around figuring out ways to make money off of our misfortunes.  There are boardrooms full of people trying to figure out how to pocket some cash.  I call them clipboard carriers.  Administrators are rewarded for making money rather than  for providing amazing results for the health of a community.  I worked with an occupational therapist who was so inspiring to me and others as we watched her bring smiles to the depressed and life to those ready to give up.  She was let go because she didn’t generate enough income for the little rural hospital.  Hospitals are not factories.  They don’t have assembly lines.  Hospitals are full of real people with real problems and sometimes fixing those problems just doesn’t make anyone any money.

Dr. William D. wrote a blog that made me think,  then again maybe they are factories?…

“. . . the life of the pig has moved out of view; when’s the last time you saw a pig in person? Meat comes from the grocery store, where it is cut and packaged to look as little like parts of animals as possible. The disappearance of animals from our lives has opened a space in which there’s no reality check on the sentiment or the brutality. . .”

The same disconnect has occurred in healthcare for the heart. The emotional distance thrust between the hospital-employed primary care physician, the procedure-driven cardiologist, the crammed-into-a-niche electrophysiologist (heart rhythm specialist) or cardiothoracic surgeon whose principal concerns are procedures—with an eye always towards litigation risk—mimics factory farms that now litter the landscape of the Midwest. The hospitals and doctors who deliver the process see us less as human beings and more as the next profit opportunity.

The “factory hospital” has allowed the subjugation of humans into the service of procedural volume, all in the name of fattening revenues. Never mind that people are not (usually) killed outright but subjected to a succession of life-disrupting procedures over many years. But whether livestock in a factory farm or humans in a factory hospital, the net result to the people controlling the process is identical: increased profits.

The system doesn’t grow to meet market demand, but to grow profits. The myth that allows this growth is perpetuated by the participants who stand to gain from that growth.

See hospitals for what they are: businesses. Despite most hospitals retaining “Saint” in their name, there is no longer anything saintly or charitable about these commercial operations. They are every bit as profit-seeking as GE, Enron, or Mobil.

http://www.wellsphere.com/heart-health-article/factory-hospitals/472314

I think most of us really do care about people and their individual health.  We just need to care less about profits.

miracle

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