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Could being a Protestant lead to poverty?

I know, this is a real stretch and I'm about to get flamed, but this may be an example of how facts can bring you to an incorrect conclusion.

Look at the list of most Protestant states in the country.

Now look at the states with the highest level of poverty. Is there a correlation?

You know you're getting old.....

when you try to pick up women your own age and you try to use an old 1970's line.

After about an hour of conversation you ask her "Hey, do you do drugs?" and her reply is "Does Lipitor count?"

Medicare for All---A Real Heathcare Solution

It's all here, 11 months ago.

Let's try to get this done when we finally get control of the executive and legislature. This is the opportunity we missed.

Posted on: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Doctors group hails reintroduction of Medicare-for-all bill

Single-payer health program would cover all 50 million uninsured, upgrade everyone’s benefits and save $400 billion annually on bureaucracy, physicians say

Contact: Mark Almberg, communications director, (312) 782-6006, mark@pnhp.org

A national physicians group today hailed the reintroduction of a federal bill that would upgrade the Medicare program and swiftly expand it to cover the entire population.

The “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act,” H.R. 676, introduced by Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., and 37 other House members, would replace today’s welter of private health insurance companies with a single, streamlined public agency that would pay all medical claims, much like Medicare works for seniors today.

Proponents say the publicly financed plan would vastly simplify how the nation pays for care, improve patient health, restore free choice of physician, and yield substantial savings for individuals, families and businesses.

“The evidence is clear: an improved-Medicare-for-all program is the most equitable and cost-effective way to assure that everyone, without exception, gets high-quality care,” said Dr. Andrew Coates, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, a nonprofit research and advocacy group of 18,000 doctors nationwide. “Nothing less will do the job.”

“A single-payer program would assure truly universal coverage, cover all necessary services, and knock down the growing financial barriers to care – high premiums, co-pays, deductibles and coinsurance – that my patients are running up against, often with calamitous results,” he said.

Coates, an Albany, N.Y.-based internist, continued: “Such a plan would save over $400 billion a year currently wasted on private-insurance-related bureaucracy, paperwork and marketing – money that should be used to care for patients. Such a program would also have the financial muscle to negotiate with drug and medical suppliers for lower prices, and would further save money through lump-sum budgeting for hospitals.

“In short,” he said, “the enactment of Rep. Conyers’ bill would take us much further than the 2010 health law, which despite its modest benefits will not be able to control costs and which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will still leave 30 million people uninsured in 2023.

“Surveys have repeatedly shown that about two-thirds of the public supports a Medicare-for-all approach,” Coates said. “And a recent survey of physicians shows that a solid majority now favor government legislation to create national health insurance.”

“As a doctor who sees hard-pressed patients every day, I can tell you that the need for fundamental health care reform has never been greater,” he said. “It’s time to stop putting the interests of private insurance companies and Big Pharma over patient needs. It’s time to adopt a single-payer, improved-Medicare-for-all program in the United States.”


Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org) is a nonprofit research and educational organization of 18,000 physicians who advocate for single-payer national health insurance, an improved Medicare for all. To speak with a physician/spokesperson in your area, visit www.pnhp.org/stateactions or call (312) 782-6006.

I'm Really Getting to Respect this Pope

I left the Catholic Church decades ago. I found it to be the most hypocritical organization known to man.

I do not believe in any organized religion and consider myself a Secular Humanist.

When the Catholic Church chose Benedict, a former Nazi, as their Pope, I figured that was the end of the line for them.

I do not deny my Socialist tendencies, much the same as the Socialist Democracies in Western Europe (especially the Scandinavian countries).

Having said that, I really am getting to like this Pope after 9 months. If he can piss off Rush Limbaugh, he has to have some redeeming qualities.

Pope Francis' preaching about peace and the value of workers. Against greed and unbridled Capitalism. His effort to have an inclusive following that prioritizes the teachings of Christ by putting Peace and the Poor well ahead of any Conservative Social Dogma. These are positions I find intriguing.

I am married to a devout Filipina Catholic who preached these same values before Francis became Pope. I said her heart was far different than the Church in Rome. Maybe Rome is finally catching up to her, and all of that is for the better.

Responsibility Without Authority: A Recipe for Disaster

I'm a union President. For 12 years the worst case scenario for me has always been responsibility without authority. In other words, we're going to do something some one else's way, but, in the end, the responsibility rests with me.

No way. If I take the hit, I'll listen to other peoples' opinions, take it into account, much the same way any chief Executive does, then make a final decision, and live with the consequences. I've won 4 elections and have held office for 12 years.

That's what happened to this God Damned Affordable Care Act. It should have just been Medicare for All. We knew that's the best way. We should have outlawed the filibuster, coming in, so that we owned all the proposal.

We then would have lived, as Democrats and Americans, with the consequences.

What the fuck good is it to do something half-assed, with the opponents trying to make it fail, and then getting the blame.

We're responsible for what happened, but we compromised and ceded the authority, like Republican Governors deciding that their states don't participate.

WTF. We'll never get a chance like this again in my life time. It only happens every 30 to 40 years. (1932, 1965, 2013).

A Message for Liz Cheney: Run for the Senate in Massachusetts

I was reading today's story out of Wyoming about the Sisters Cheney.

It seems that Liz Cheney's campaign to unseat the incumbent Senator in that state has a poll indicating that she is down by 50 points.

Liz, if you come to Massachusetts and run for the U.S. Senate against Liz Warren, that 50% margin in Wyoming will look like a nail biter by comparison here If you didn't wake up in time on election day, you may even get shut out.


Politics More: Elections Liz Cheney Election 2014 Senate 2014

Liz Cheney's Sister Unloads On Her Over Gay Marriage Opposition

Liz Cheney Wyoming AP

Liz Cheney is trying to build momentum — any momentum — for her Senate candidacy in Wyoming. But she still hasn't even convinced her family.

Mary Cheney unloaded on comments her sister made about gay marriage on "Fox News Sunday," saying that Liz is on the "wrong side of history." So did Heather Poe, Mary's wife.

"I love Mary very much, I love her family very much," Liz Cheney said on Fox News, defending her past stance of opposition to gay marriage despite the personal connection. "This is just an issue on which we disagree."

That drew the ire of both her sister and her sister's wife. Poe, on Facebook, wrote that Cheney's comments were "offensive."

Her full message:

I was watching my sister-in-law on Fox News Sunday (yes Liz, in fifteen states and the District of Columbia you are my sister-in-law) and was very disappointed to hear her say "I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage."

Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 - she didn't hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us.

To have her now say she doesn't support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.

I can't help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other.

I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.

Mary Cheney shared that status on her own Facebook page, adding a personal message for her sister.

"Liz — this isn't just an issue on which we disagree — you're just wrong — and on the wrong side of history," she wrote.

Liz Cheney, the elder daughter to former Vice President Dick Cheney, is mounting a primary challenge to Republican Sen. Mike Enzi. A poll taken last week showed Enzi up by more than 50 points. That's even worse than early polls found upon her entering the race in July.

If You Are Over 50 Yrs. Old, 2 Things You Will Never See Again........

If you were born before 1963, you will never see another New York Yankees' Championship or another Republican President in your life time.

BOSTON: The only thing better than our politics is our baseball team. Our state is deep blue and our Sox are vivid red.

See you at the parade.

Why is it that the average person doesn't have the facts?

I'm discussing the government shut-down with my co-workers and somebody comes up with "why doesn't Obama just negotiate".

Now the discussion takes on a civics' lesson.

What the hold up is that the short term budget (or continuing resolution) will not be brought to the House floor for a vote.

A CR is a budget that has already been negotiated. The Democrats want a Budget with over a Trillion Dollars, the Republicans proposed one at about 900 Billion. The Democrats conceded to the Republican proposal. End of negotiations.

Now, the Republicans want to hold up their own budget in order to extract concessions on issues that they can't win through the normal parliamentary process or at the ballot box.

That's not "negotiations", it's extortion.

My Political Strategy to Solve the Government Shut-Down Crisis

President Obama has the votes in the House for a clean CR. There are reports that upwards of 100 Republicans will vote with all the Democrats for a CR Resolution with no strings attached. All we need is 17 or 18. The Hastert rule stands in our way (a Majority of the Republican caucus must favor a bill for it to reach the floor). The Hastert rule amounts to a Republican House filibuster that ostensibly requires a 3/4ths vote for any legislation to pass that the Democrats agree with.

President Obama should just call on Speaker Boehner to allow for a simple up or down vote. That's Democracy.

"Speaker Boehner, just call for a vote, a clean vote, and let the people's Representatives decide."

My response to right wing half truths

Here's a couple of "half-truths". I define that as a false premise based argument that is misleading.

For instance, "There are 40 million more people on food stamps now than when Obama took office". Possibly a true statistic. However, the fact is that nearly 80% of that growth in availability is as a result of wage earners earning such low wages that they need government assistance to survive, even though they work 30 to 40 hours a week. After all, at $8 an hour, a full-time job pays only $320 in gross income, and a net of closer to $270. Who can survive on that income? We are not subsidizing the worker, but the large corporations that cut benefits and reduce wages in order to increase profits.

Next, "53% of the American Public disapproves of Obama care, and only 37% approve". Possibly another accurate statistic. However, when you look into the numbers 15% of that 53% of disapproval is from people like me who think that Obama care doesn't go far enough, that we need to fix it and that we should attempt to pass a single payer system. therefore, the true number is the 37% who approve the program and the 15% that want to make it go even further toward helping the uninsured, creating a number that's exactly the opposite as what seems apparent on the surface.

In closing, do we really think this economy suffers because the poor have too much money, or that our health care system is better off if fewer people are insured?

Let's use logic to combat these absurd arguments.
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