"Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own."
(c. 550 B.C.) legendary Greek fabulist
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This goes along with he who forgets history is doomed to relive it. We only have to look as far back as Lenin, Mao, Hitler, etc. to know the extremely active statist theocracy in power will continue to bring more than mere misfortune.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Yes Mike, as is happening now.
     -- warren, olathe     
    Like the Militarization of America? Like FEMA building camps for very large amounts of people? Like the Annointed One going after all aspects of firearms ownership? We have every indication right now that the hammer is about to fall.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    It's time to stand up and defeat them now before it's too late.
     -- jim k, austin     
    I just don't get how so many people can fall for all this Democratic (sic) 'change' which is nothing but Nationalism -- it is nearly a repeat of the history of the rise of the Nazi Party. Not a single welfare program in America today is worth the mountain of debt required to keep them feebly hanging on. And can't anyone do the math: the Democrat campaign platform was to insure the 40 million uninsured Americans -- by my calculations, that would be but a couple billion dollars a year. NOW the debt is in the trillions for Obama's 1st year in office!! These guys are liars -- doesn't anyone know this? Study the history of Nazi Germany, communist Russia, the ancient Greeks and Romans -- there is nothing new under the sun, it is the same old game of power and domination, and the struggle of Liberty will continue to live on to tear down the walls of oppression. Must we have another revolution? Better wake up, folks, they have a plan for you, too.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    This was my reply to a friend who sent me Dr Price speech: This is so much codswallop that its embarrassing to see a US congressman actually spew this kind of misinformation. I agree this health care reform bill stinks because it doesn't go far enough - its not the plan Americans need as it actually keeps the same processes in place for the Pharma and medical industry to keep on making vast profits at the expense of our health. I could go on but I know you don't have the time to listen to my ranting but here are a few pointers. First, we already have a system that is socialized and is the biggest single payer in America taking care of over 100 million lives - its funny that no one is screaming about that. Secondly, doctors love Medicare and often have signs saying they accept Medicare - one of the prime reason for doctors not accepting Medicare is that their practice is full not because they don't want Medicare. A Medicare patient is like having three non-Medicare patients (re reimbursements) - you do the math. This Dr. Price is speaking rubbish and he knows it. The bill I would like to see is going for the jugular and have a Universal health system straight out of the gate - do away with ALL THE MIDDLE men - that is what Price means when he talks about employment - its employment that takes health care away from the American citizen. I could cover each point he makes - let me know if you need more... I have written to Obama and the White House Task Force on health care with my ideas, alas no reply - if you have a contact in at the White House please let me know. The plan I have would actually save money and provide a better health care system The death panel that Palin talks about is the present system where they deny you healthcare because you have no insurance or because you have an existing condition or because your insurance company will not pay for the procedure - THAT IS THE DEATH PANEL - I'm sorry, but this kind of rhetoric, especially coming from a physician is reprehensible. And Archer I would give you more credit if your argument was based on facts. This was from a previous post on the subject: The sooner we take this equation away (meaning from the current system) from greedy corporations the better. And please. you bleeding who ever, don't tell me the country will go bankrupt. Did you know that 35% of all procedures carried out are unnecessary and 20 percent of all hospital charges are caused by the hospital, and that 15 percent of all charges to Insurance companies are fraudulent, and that doctors (not all) bill for services not performed - under Medicare you are blacklisted if you are caught? Did you know that many deaths in the US could be avoided if procedures that were needed were not either held up or denied by insurance companies? Did you know the US has one of the worst mortality records in the western world? Its amazing, if you don’t have health insurance a visit to the ER could cost you $5k but if you have insurance the charge would be about $2k So, if you are poor and unable to afford the extortionate insurance premiums you have $5k charge but if you have insurance but had to pay the full amount it would only cost you$2k Now you tell me where the ethics is in this scenario. If we had a controlled system and I have written how that could be possible we could cut our healthcare cost in half while providing health insurance for everyone including illegal aliens. We should revert back to the DRG (Diagnostic Related Groups) system of paying for procedures and let hospitals pay for the infections they cause. Even the system in place to monitor hospitals is corrupt. There is so much wrong with the current system and how providers are reimbursed (a National Injustice) that any change would be an improvement. How about all that money we gave to the banks and that the FR is unable to account for? One of the $7.5 trillion would help. And this is from my post on Oped: Rob, I have a wonderful solution re; single payer health care system - take away Medicare and sit back and wait for the outcry for Universal Health care - what are Americans thinking? Don't they realize that the death panel are the insurance companies who deny care - our record for longevity is behind that of Europe and Canada; so much for the best health care in the world - ********. The health care protests around town halls are orchestrated by those who have primarily Medicare (a socialized program) let's take it away and see these same people protesting for socialized medicine, paid for by corporite interests and GOP whose intent it is to total disrail the democrats as they have no political voice of their own - so, its Brownshirt time. These old white people who have Medicare don't want anyone else to effect their coverage - how selfish and unamerican can you be. This country needs a wake-up call before its sinks into a proto-fascist nation. Today we have one party in America and its not yours. P.s. I ran a Health care coalition for 11 years and before that was director of health plans physician and facilities networks for a large commercial health insurance company. IT IS OUR MORAL AND ETHICAL DUTY TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE TO ALL PEOPLE FREE OF CHARGE AND WITHOUT PROFIT. WHEN WILL AMERICANS WAKE UP FROM THEIR SELFISH AND GREEDY EXISTENCE.
     -- RBESRQ     
    Put a federal hospitial in every major city in the U.S. Take care of our Vets first. they have been neglected-- then every one who walks through the door-- free-- Make the private insurance companies compete. Do not allow backlog-- build another hospital within 100 miles. It will not be long until you will find out which is best. Canada is on the right track-Just needs some improovement. Marv-- Granite Bay
     -- Marv, Granite Bay,Ca     
    RBE, How about we have the government back off of health care by about 500 miles. How about letting the free market dictate pricing and access? Any time government gets involved in "anything" it gets worse and the best example going is health care. Canada is on the right track? I live here and here's a thought for you...everyone who can gets out of the line up and goes to Europe or Asia or America for their health care because we have people dying while waiting for simple treatments. That's what socialized "anything" does...it fails.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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