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Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

Our Gangrene Government

In #TCOT, Education, Government Waste, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Public Schools, The Mob on March 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

How did it get this bad?

Festering disease catches up with you. Whether it be  in a relationship, your own health, or budget deficits–if you don’t pay attention to the problem you end up with gangrene.

Governmental waste and the habit of ignoring problems have become too typical of  governmental leadership by unqualified, hyped-politicians who were elected because of momentum and not because of substance. We are now seeing the effects of allowing overspending to maturate.

In today’s New York Times article , discussing the Kansas City School system’s decision to close over 2 dozen schools, they cite the growing problem of ignoring the money issue in government:

The sudden move suggests a depth of dysfunction here that is rarely associated with Kansas City, a lively heartland town with a reputation for order. But a closer look at the school board’s recent history reveals a chaotic, almost nonfunctioning body that put off making tough choices and even routine improvements for generations. Experts said that in the board’s years of inaction is a cautionary tale for school districts everywhere.

Where is government oversight? With the people. It should have been. It should be.

“This is extraordinary,” said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a research group in Washington. “The school board was dysfunctional for years. There was very poor governance for a long period of time, and it was like a revolving door with superintendents.”

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, just a couple of schools face this dilemma. Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne facing closure due to budgetary constraints on the district.  With all of it’s failings, at least the Fort Wayne Community Schools is addressing a problem before more than a couple have to be dismantled.

Detroit’s blight can be blamed on the same disease…Gangrene Government.

How do you fix gangrene?

Urgent evaluation and treatment. In general, dead tissue should be removed to allow healing of the surrounding living tissue and prevent further infection. Depending on the area that has the gangrene, the person’s overall condition, and the cause of the gangrene, treatment may include:

  • Amputating the body part that has gangrene (get rid of the board responsible for overspending)
  • An emergency operation to find and remove dead tissue (budget cuts)
  • An operation to improve blood supply to the area (new plan of action)
  • Repeated operations to remove dead tissue (debridement) (don’t let go of the problem)
  • Treatment in the intensive care unit (for severely ill patients) (prosecute)

This is one disease Indiana State Government is not in danger of having, so long as they stay fiscally conservative and continue with attention to details of the budget constraints. The Democrats in Washington should pay attention to our scenario instead of coming up with more massive gangrene spending.

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Mitch Daniels champions the individual

In #TCOT, Government Waste, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Patients First on March 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

The free market. Self determination. Control over your own money……Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels hit the nail on the head when it comes to the future of healthcare dollars. Individual determination of healthcare dollars spent is successful.

In an Op-Ed piece for the Wall Street Journal today, Daniels illustrates how the free market is supposed to work–yes, even in healthcare. Seems like a simple idea; one which should be easy to implement, but probably won’t because it takes control of the almighty dollar away from the government.

When given the choice, a staggering 70% of Indiana State employees chose to determine their own destiny. Imagine that.

The HSA option has proven highly popular. This year, over 70% of our 30,000 Indiana state workers chose it, by far the highest in public-sector America. Due to the rejection of these plans by government unions, the average use of HSAs in the public sector across the country is just 2%.

Not only are employees determining where their dollar goes, but it is good for the state:

The state is saving, too. In a time of severe budgetary stress, Indiana will save at least $20 million in 2010 because of our high HSA enrollment. Mercer calculates the state’s total costs are being reduced by 11% solely due to the HSA option.

Daniels goes on to say how people who use their own money, cut costs and do not cause a detriment to their own health. What a concept. Free market, control of your own money, and what do you get?…. A positive outcome.

As the healthcare debate continues to drag on, with intentions of ‘bettering America’, one thing becomes clear: Self determination of individual dollars is the only thing that shows promising signs of success.

Kudos to Daniels who champions the individual.

(For more reading on HSA’s and positive healthcare reform, check this interesting article from Dr. Robert E. Moffit, Director of the Center for Healthcare Studies at the Heritage Foundation)

Too old to work?

In #TCOT, Government Waste, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Social Security on January 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I sat very still in the stiff-back chairs at the Social Security Office yesterday. Near silence entombed the room. I held my machine-issued piece of paper with some number on it and waited.

Occasionally a door squeak would startle those around me and we would turn, in unison, towards the rush of cold air that came at us, as though it were a welcome sign of life.

I don’t think most of us wanted to drift into the low mumble of conversation of private-lives and complaints that were just a few feet away from us. I played some mind-numb game on my cell phone. I watched the security guard occasionally thinking he may throw a fit because many signs were posted warning to turn all cell-phones off. Fortunately, he was too busy on the phone with a bank, trying to find the best deal for debit cards. (The one conversation I couldn’t help but overhear.)

After 10 minutes, my eyes wandered to the people around me. A young couple with a toddler and baby in-tow…Two older couples…. One elderly lady with knee socks and shorts on in the dead of winter… And then a very older gentleman with a stack of paper.

A number was called, then another a few minutes later. There we sat like cows, penned and no where to go except back out to pasture.

The elderly man, sitting just a few chairs away began to fumble his papers. He started to speak a couple times to people around him, but it appeared he wasn’t sure what to say.

The man with the toddler finally asked him “Do you need help?” A collective sigh of relief fell over our herd. Finally something to do. We turned and watched.

The man still didn’t have his thoughts as to what it was he was going to say, just held his piece of paper out towards the man.

“Oh, what’s your number?” he asked. The man stared at the paper and closed his mouth.

“It looks like the machine didn’t print anything on it. Let me see if I can help.”

The younger man approached the security guard, still entranced with his banker, who simply pointed him towards the ladies behind the plexi-glass counters.

Trying to explain the situation, he was interrupted by the lady began to repeat her all-to-often-used phrase

“What’s your number?”

Within seconds, she had a startled look on her face and said

“That just doesn’t happen.” Workers began to rush to the window and the machine.

By deduction, we ‘cows’ deduced he must have come in about 6 people before me. We assured him we would get him to the line.

15 long minutes later, the younger man turned to him and said

“It’s your turn.”

We watched him make his way to the worker.

“What’s your number?” she asked.

The man put his paper thru the window.

She stared at him, beginning to speak and he cocked his head ever-s0-slightly.

“What can I help you with?”

And his story began.

“I had surgery, ya see, and my doctor said I can’t work anymore, ” he stated.

“What’s your social security number, sir?” she asked.

“Why would I tell you that?” was his simple reply.

“Sir, how old are you?”

“Ma’am, I am 84 years old.”

“Are you retired?”

“I don’t want to be, but, you see, I had surgery on my neck. The doctor said I should come tell you this so I could be on disability.”

“Do you get Social Security?”

“I get a little something. Yes.”

“Well, sir, you can’t get both. You need to make up your mind if you are going to get one or the other.”

And he stood in silence for about a minute, looking at his papers.

Without another sound, he turned and looked at the chairs–staring at each of us–we were glued to the conversation.

Then he slowly made his way back out to pasture. And we watched the cool wind escort him back out.

The room went back to it’s own silence. My number was called and I went to the plex-glass.

I suppose he may come back another day. Perhaps not. Perhaps he may go back to work. Perhaps not.

Perhaps he may just go back home and make a sandwich and wait for his next doctors appointment.

I can’t wait for Government-run healthcare.

Jail me, I’m uninsured

In #TCOT, Government Waste, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Patients First, The Mob, Uncategorized on November 12, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Ready for the cuffs?!

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Hitler put the unemployed ‘asocial’ in camps..the first one being Dachau. He was hailed for his economic ‘recovery’. Suddenly the unemployed couldn’t be found. His party began gaining seats in government.

Flash Forward to 2009.

The number of unemployed goes up and down, now looking at 10.2%… The House of Representatives and the President agree it’s a good idea to jail those people who don’t comply with buying into a government program.

Already the unemployed and under-employed are forced to undergo testing and mandatory classes.

‘Re-education’, they call it.

Socialism, I call it.

Listen to the Earnest

In #TCOT, Bayh, Healthcare, Mark Souder, Marlin Stutzman, National Health Care, Obamacare, Patients First, Pray, The Mob on August 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I watched the people rise against government today.  Pray

In the crowd were people too fragile to walk. People who could not stand for more than a few minutes. People who were spending the little bit of energy they had for the day to come and stand, (and risk rain), to rise against the government take-over of Health Care in America.

It wasn’t the protest of the 60’s with hippies and riots.. This was a group of people who have long watched our American government evolve.

These people knew there was something wrong with the proposed Obamacare.

They have something to say against the latest project to Socialize Healthcare. And it isn’t good. They are tired of interference by Government and they, of all people, know what it takes to make reform. Government isn’t the answer.

This was a group of 300+ people listened and cheered the “Hands Off My Healthcare” speakers on the kickoff of the Indiana bus tour from Patient’s First.

In Fort Wayne, IN, today one simple picture represents them all. out. Of the hundred or so pictures and video I took, one single one steeped in my memory the entire 2 hours; the one pictured here entitled “Pray”.

(More pictures from other coverage can be found here)

If you hear nothing else of the message to the government, hear the message the most earnest citizens of the U.S. have to say “Get out of our healthcare”.

Pray.

Be A Patient First

In #TCOT, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Patients First, The Mob, Uncategorized on August 15, 2009 at 7:52 am

The Patient’s First Project:

THIS COMING WEEK

q215821915385_8689Americans value their freedoms. In the current health care battle, those freedoms are under attack. If politiciansand Washington bureaucrats get their way – a government takeover of your health care – then we will lose the freedom to choose our doctors, what type of care we want and the insurance plans we choose. Nothing is more important than your family’s health. That is why we started the Patients First project. We believe you are most qualified to make the health care decisions that affect you and your family. We believe when you or a family member is sick, you should be able to get care quickly – not months or years later. And we believe your medical privacy is paramount. Don’t let Washington bureaucrats come between you and your doctor. Join us today on our Indiana bus tour to protect the right to choose your doctor, your care and to protect your privacy. Tell Washington to keep their “Hands Off My Healthcare!”

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August 17:

SPEAKERS: State Representative Dr. Tim Brown, Ryan McCann (IFI Action)

Ft Wayne 9:00am EST- Old Kay’s Merchandising Building (663 W Coliseum Blvd)

South Bend 1:15pm EST- Precision Transmission (902 S Michigan St)

LaPorte 2:30pm CST- LaPorte County Courthouse (813 Lincolnway)

Kokomo 7:00pm EST- Foster Park (SW corner of W Superior and Washington)

August 18:

SPEAKERS: State Representative Jackie Walorski, Ryan McCann (IFI Action), State Treasurer Richard Mourdock (Indianapolis only)

Indianapolis 9:00am EST  (We’ll have a HOT AIR BALLOON at this one!) White River State Park Columbus

Bloomington 2:00pm EST- Bartholomew County Courthouse (234 Washington St)

Monroe County Courthouse 4:30pm EST- (301 N College Ave)

August 19:

Terre Haute 8:30am EST  – Terre Haute Airport (581 S Airport St)

Vincennes 11:00am EST  – Knox County Courthouse (111 N 7th St)

Evansville 12:30pm CST  – Auction Express at 815 John St.

Jeffersonville 5:45pm EST- Warder Park (Court Ave and Spring St)