Category Archives: Health care

This is one of the Reasons the RINOs were hounded out of the GOP

To prevent them, our Senator David Durenberger and a host of others included, from introducing a law like the one President Obama got passed.

They will pass laws forcing a woman to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound scan but they’ll let her child die without insurance after it is born. I guess that’s their idea of God’s will.

This Republican proposal sounds a little like gang rape

Virginia Republicans know a good cause deserving of becoming law:

Virginia House has passed a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. In many cases (most, in fact) that would mean having what’s called a “transvaginal ultrasound,” in which a probe is inserted into a pregnant woman’s vagina to get the necessary image. This may just seem like an attempt to punish women who choose to have an abortion and a way to make the procedure even less attractive than it already is, and there may be some element of that involved, but there is a medical reason for the transvaginal ultrasound, at least, if an ultrasound is required by law. Most abortions are conducted at a period during pregnancy when the fetus may be too small to be properly seen with the “jelly-on-the-belly” ultrasound.

The GOP’s business…

…is not a lady’s business. Apparently:

This morning, Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administration’s new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees.

Some of these old misogynists ought to be paying more attention to their base in Mississippi.

Sweet Poison

My Buddy sends me this indictment of sugar

The background is well-known: In the United States, more than two-thirds of the population is overweight, and half of them are obese. About 80 percent of those who are obese will have diabetes or metabolic disorders and will have shortened lives, according to the UCSF authors of the commentary, led by Robert Lustig. And about 75 percent of U.S. health-care dollars are spent on diet-related diseases, the authors said.

perhaps in response to this post.

I will add that while I was on the School Board I discovered that all our our secondary principals were addicted to the money from the vending machines that provided lots of sugary goodies to our students.

Don’t read this post’s link unless you have a strong stomach and…

…a scientifically curious mind.

Here’s a hint on what’s at the other end of this link. A number of years ago I was grossed out by a chimpanzee at a zoo. This chimp casually stuck his/her finger into another Chimp’s nose and sucked the retrieved prize off his/her finger afterwards. Could there be a biological advantage for having done this? That’s what the link discusses.

In a related hint. When I was a kid I used to watch a sort of early reality program called Bold Journeys. It was comprised of expensive home movies taken by mostly American world travelers as they ventured into regions then far removed from the “civilized” world. In one movie a circle of Amazonian women were sitting around a large earthenware pot as they chewed leaves. Every so often they took turns spitting into the pot. The narrator explained that much like setting sour dough bread out in the air to catch wild yeast to enable it to rise these women were creating a juice which would use their saliva to ferment the jar’s contents thereby creating an alcoholic beverage which the entire village could enjoy.

Fifty years later I’m still recovering from that information.

No wonder he’s going nowhere in the GOP field

Republican Presidential candidate New Mexico governor Gary Johnson defending “federalism” and one particular small business.

“We have a drug war along the border that has taken tens of thousands of lives, and the federal government is spending its time and resources declaring war on small businesses whose only ‘crime’ is trying to dispense medical relief in a regulated, taxed, and legal manner. If there is a conflict between state law and federal law, maybe it’s time for the feds to just admit that their law is just wrong, and let the states decide for themselves how they want to handle the issue of medical marijuana,”

“The answer was ‘no’.”

And on the subject of Republicans running for National office my buddy rightly points out that in my video clip of the Tea Party Debate Dr. Ron Paul answered “no” as the audience lustily cheered for the death “yes” of the hypothetical 30 year old who used his liberty to avoid paying for health insurance.

And the answer was “no”. However, your allusion to foolishness, reminds me of bigotry. See

I wasn’t really intending to highlight the “no” of Ron Paul. Mine was more a rhetorical question and it was aimed more at the Tea Party who cheered the theoretical death so lustily. Most of the GOP candidates were to some extent pandering to their audience for applause or to avoid boos.

In fact, Congressman Paul deserves credit with sticking to his guns even in the face of boos on all issues. Even so Ron Paul’s answer to Wolf Blitzer’s question deserves comment.

So, after giving the audience a ringing defense of libertarianism and our right to make dumb, shortsighted and foolish decisions at the expense of the larger community’s interest when asked: should we just let an uninsured man die, Dr. Paul softly lets his hippocratic oath kick in – “no.” We shouldn’t let the young fool die.

OK Then! What the hell are we supposed to do Dr. Paul? We can’t force the young fool to buy insurance. We can’t force the young fool to pay taxes on federal guaranteed insurance. We are supposed to let him gamble that he won’t get sick and then we will have to make sure he doesn’t die! How, Dr. Paul? Force taxpayers to pay for his emergency room visits? Force Doctors and hospitals to take the hit and pay for the treatment the young fool wrongly gambled he wouldn’t need?

Dr. Paul, honorable and honest man that you are, what do you propose? Doing the same ineffective thing we’ve been doing for decades only less of it? Dr. Paul that “no” may have been an honest answer. It may have been a decent answer. It was not a good answer. For you it was a very bad answer and that means it was a very bad answer for America.

So there, Buddy. That’s my bigoted explanation.

Stomping on the Internet nonsense…

…that I helped disseminate.

More on that hospital ranking chart from Megan McCardle.

The problem of hospital acquired infection is quite bad enough without inflating it to ludicrous proportions. I have no idea why wants to turn a collection of deliberate half-truths into an infographic, but they ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Liberals lie

So when some scientist projects that at the current rate half of all Americans will suffer from diabetes by 2050 don’t believe him. He’s probably a liberal. and, oh yeah, Michelle “My butt” Obama is just another lyin librul.

According to Rush:

What have I told you about diet and exercise? Exercise is irrelevant…. “How do you know all this?” One of the reasons I know what I know is that I know liberals, and I know liberals lie, and if Michelle Obama’s gonna be out there ripping into “food desserts” and saying, “This is why people are fat,” I know it’s not true. “Rush, do you really believe that? It’s that simple to you, liberals lie?” Yes, it is, folks. Once you learn that, once you come to grips with that, once you accept that, the rest is easy.

$Obamacare vs. $Bushcare

The GOP Congressmen who are frothing at the mouth over the cost of Obamacare fell all over themselves to vote for Bushcare: a comparison:

However, Medicare Part D, like much of Medicare, is likely to grow much faster than the new health care entitlement that went into law. Therefore, if the new health care entitlement grows at a rate of say 6-7 percent per year, whereas the prescription drug benefit grows at rate of say 9-10 percent per year, it will turn out that around 2040, the Republican entitlement will be costing more than “ObamaCare.”

Health Reform – taking on all comers

I’m glad Obamacare has passed. Its hideous, of course, but it reminds me of Churchill’s comment about democracy: That its the worst possible form of government except for all the others. Ultimately I support it because, as one analyst noted, health care is a much smaller percent of the national spending in all the European free market economies where it has been imposed as part of their socialistic welfare systems.

Many of its best features have been incorporated into the final bill in an effort to address some of the Republican Party’s most virulent criticism. Many of its worst flaws were incorporated into the final bill in an effort to blunt some of the Republican Party’s most virulent criticism. Otherwise the Republican Party stood on the sidelines while the bill was passed in the House of Representatives last night. It remains to be seen whether their efforts in the Senate will be of any more consequence. Continue reading

Emailed invite to anti-Obama rally


Rally Protesting Planned Vote on ObamaCare


Saturday, March 13
Noon – 1:00 p.m.


Upper Mall of Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155


Minnesota Congressional Representatives and
Advocacy Group Leaders. Speakers include:

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Twila Brase, CCHC
Others (to be confirmed)

Although every major poll clearly shows a supermajority of Americans oppose the current health care “reform” bill, Nancy Pelosi is planning to ram the bill through Congress with a vote scheduled for March 18.

If you care about preserving your right to make health care decisions for you and your family, please be sure to come to Saturday’s rally. Bring a sign demonstrating your opposition to the bill.

No P virus

I am a little reticent about pulling my family into my blog. Not nearly reticent enough, however, according to my family.

I happen to think that a little personal revelation gives balance and perspective to my online rants and eye winks. Those rants and eye winks have diminished greatly since last Fall’s election because I’ve been attending to two year’s worth of neglected home and family projects as well as taking on new challenges. The biggest of all the challenges has been grandparenthood.

The Tan Man has a new little brother “Jakie-Jake”. The Tan Man even chose Jake’s first name. Like all babies the new brother is cute as a button and when placed in a grandparent’s arms immediately brings down the heart rate.

Ten days ago he also raised our heart rates by picking up something called acronymically the RSV virus. I find it easier to remember if I think of it as the “no P” virus (as in RSVP).

Like all viruses it disobeys God’s commandment not to evolve so that it is constantly finding new ways to bedevil folks. In Jakie Jake’s case it probably would have killed him if I’d been left in charge of him two friday’s back. He was turning blue but he’d just been to a Doctor who hadn’t quite realized how hard the virus would hit the little fellow. Hindsight allows me to see the reality I wasn’t able to see when I was holding him in my arms poking him with his bottled milk trying to get fluids into him per the doctor’s orders. I’d jab his mouth with its rubber nipple and he would open his eyes wide, look at me and then shut them again. He was not taking in his fluids. He was not pink. He was swaddled but not fighting it and not waving his arms like the little signal corpsman he usually is.

Smarter heads took him to the emergency room and within moments of admission he was being triaged and given oxygen to combat the apnea that would likely have done him in. He’s out of the hospital now but its been a hectic week. Even now its 4AM and I’ve been up a couple hours. I haven’t had so little sleep since my active war with the Duluth School District last fall and that was strictly a matter of conscience not life and death.

By the way, the RSV virus is running rampant in Duluth these days. When we brought Jacob into the hospital for a second overnight stay there were three babies with it in the same wing and a couple more in the emergency room waiting for admission. One online article my daughter googled told her that 2% of RSV infected babies get hospital admissions. The disease can be a killer. you can read more about it and its prevention here.

I still find time to consume information even if my public comments and postings have become spotty. I was sent this thought provoking column about the possibility of a surprising and well deserved Pulitzer nomination for the scruffy and disreputable National Enquirer. I would highly recommend it to the publisher of the Duluth News Tribune.