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Obamacare vs. Trumpcare

Donald Trump is fighting with his own party for failing to repeal Obamacare. Hell, Republicans are the majority in both the House and Senate, so what is the problem?  He has also disappointed his supporters by announcing that he will not propose any more repeal bills as he believes Obamacare will self-destruct. Rather he chooses to go forward on tax reform initiatives. This sounds strange and troublesome to me. Thus far the only ones getting breaks are the corporate giants like Goldman Sachs and Exxon.

Since the passage of Obamacare in 2010, the Republicans had done nothing but advocate the repeal of Obamacare and replace it with a healthcare plan that is really affordable yet subject to demand and supply forces within the market place. Is that even possible?

You could perhaps blame the Republican Freedom Caucus in the House for the bill’s failure.  The Freedom Caucus is a highly conservative Republican group and it denied the Republican senior leadership the necessary votes to pass Trump’s American Health Care Act.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., promoting the American Health Care Act of 2017.

Yet others blame Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, and Trump himself for not having their ducks in a row before the final vote in the House. Not enough moderate or ultra conservative legislators were apparently consulted before the new health care plan was submitted and that did not sit well with various factions within the House.

Below is a video interview with Bernie Sanders, Democrat, which suggests that Trump’s health plan is another wolf in sheep’s clothing.

I am personally beginning to wonder if “Make America Great Again” is really “Make America White Again and My Golfing Buddies Richer.”


A model healthcare system for the world

I am fortunate to have free heath care services via the Veteran’s Affairs Department. I have a primary doctor who I see on a regular basis or as needed. If I need the services of a specialist, i.e., internal medicine, gastrointestinal, cancer treatment, eye or hearing treatment, diabetes, high blood pressure, mental health services, et al., its all available without cost. My doctor merely does a referral and I am contacted by that department or specialist for a follow-up appointment. I’ve never paid for medication, surgery or corrective lenses. It’s a reality that the Obamacare program could only have dreamt of providing.

This morning I went to the pharmacy to pick up some pain medication for my back and a sinus decongestant for a chronic sinus condition. Yesterday I had my first appointment with a physical therapist for pain in my lower back and hip. My doctor ordered me a heating pad, and an electrical stimulator to relax my muscles, again at no cost.

Coincidentally, the pharmacist that I talked to noticed my T-shirt which had a picture of Che Guevarra, the Cuban revolutionary, and mentioned she had visited Cuba two weeks ago. I asked her about her general impressions and she was quick to point out their excellent free government healthcare program. As a medical practitioner, she was attending a medical conference. She also noted there was visible poverty in the country, but that people grew their own food and quite content with the openness of the marketplace. Small businesses flourish in Havana and surrounding cities.

U.N. World Health Organization

According to the UN’s World Health Organization, Cuba’s health care system is an example for all countries of the world.

The Cuban health system is recognized worldwide for its excellence and its efficiency. Despite extremely limited resources and the dramatic impact caused by the economic sanctions imposed by the United States for more than half a century, Cuba has managed to guarantee access to care for all segments of the population and obtain results similar to those of the most developed nations.

It is interesting to note that “Che” Guevara was an Argentinian medical doctor before joining Castro in the revolution that ousted U.S. backed Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. Since then the U.S. broke diplomatic ties, only recently re-established by the Obama Administration. We never learn that interfering with the internal affairs of other countries will only backfire.

During her recent visit to Havana in July of 2014, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), impressed by the country’s achievements in this field, praised the Cuban health care system: “Cuba is the only country that has a health care system closely linked to research and development. This is the way to go because human health can only improve through innovation,” She also praised “the efforts of the country’s leadership for having made health an essential pillar of development”.

Cuba’s health care system is based on preventive medicine and the results achieved are outstanding. According to Margaret Chan, the world should follow the example of the island in this arena and replace the curative model, inefficient and more expensive, with a prevention-based system. “We sincerely hope that all of the world’s inhabitants will have access to quality medical services, as they do in Cuba,” she said.

In the United State, the pharmaceutical industry has tight control on the price and availability of healthcare services. It’s a shame the political parties are so beholding to private contributions and less beholding to the health and welfare of its citizenry. Bribery is a more apt term.

Jorge Salazar
Independence Day
jorgeofjungle@sbcglobal.net


History will judge the truth and importance of Obama’s legacy

He’s been called the son of a whore by the current president of the Philippines and no doubt ridiculed by other world leaders for his lack of leadership and conviction on the world stage.  His constant advocacy for gun control have increased gun sales in American cities 10-fold as citizens worry about having their constitutional rights taken away. He has enabled Iran to eventually develop a nuclear arsenal even though he claims to have slowed down Iran’s ability to do so and removed economic sanctions as part of a deal that gives Iran access to billions of dollars to do with what they wish.

He has virtually done nothing to curb NSA and CIA spying on innocent American citizens. He has failed to close Guantanamo. He literally forced the enactment of the Affordable Health Care Act that has proven to be not affordable at all while punishing those that refuse to register for Obamacare, thus creating more of a burden than previously existed. ($695 per adult, $347.50 per child under 18)

He has bypassed Congress continually, governing via Executive Order, giving the Executive Branch more power than any president before him. He has used the national debt like a credit card running up liabilities with no plan to balance the budget. He has failed miserably in his foreign policies, permitting the development of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS and in some cases provided arms and ammunition directly to terrorist groups throughout the world calling them “moderates” when in fact they are radical jihadists determined to make Islam the one world religion under the banner of a caliphate or supreme ruler.

His love and affinity for Islam is well known among the Muslim world as is his criticism of Christianity and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

He prosecutes whistle blowers who report criminal conduct, corruption and inefficiency in government. He uses the IRS as a means of criminally punishing individuals and organizations that oppose his domestic and foreign policies like tax-exempt churches, the National Rifle Association and conservative political action committees. The IRS has become a threat to the Freedom of Speech. He promised transparency but has sought to classify more categories of federal information than his predecessors and limited the scope of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which gives access to the public regarding their government’ activities. He broke his promise not to raise taxes on the middle-class and failed to grow the middle-class and Americans’ incomes. Increasingly we are becoming a society of haves and “have-nots” with little in between.

He has pursued a policy of fossil fuel consumption, whether it be domestically produced or imported, with no serious or detailed commitment to the development of renewable, clean and safe energy sources.  He has failed to support the Native American claim to clean water on Indian reservations and the protection of sacred ancestral lands and thus the preservation of their language and culture, an important part of our own cultural heritage. He has failed to address the Black community’s lack of employment opportunities particularly for young Black men and their educational and housing needs. He has fostered racial division through his impromptu public statements, pitting law enforcement against those that would seek a return to normal police/community relations. He has sought to militarize police departments nationwide through the use of military equipment and surveillance technology that, in effect, make them a private army should he have decided to impose Martial Law in America. Traditional civil rights have regressed and civil war in urban areas has become imminent. He has championed LGBT causes largely because of his own personal history, a history well documented in the Chicago gay community. He is the least popular president among military soldiers of all ranks who view his politicization of the military as a subversion of the role America should play in maintaining peace and harmony in less fortunate countries. Instead of providing support to foreign governments in need of infrastructure, housing and educational assistance he has increased indiscriminate drone attacks that fuel the growing anger against America and its policies. His policies and actions and that of his predecessor have fostered terrorism worldwide.

Temple Mount

He has made an enemy of a traditional ally, Israel, by insisting on a rigidly defined two-nation solution that ignores historical and biblical events. He opposes Israel’s claim to resettlement which will eventually result in a United Nation’s authority over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. There must be other more common sense solutions to this historical conflict, as to continue this unsuccessful policy can only lead to further bloodshed.

His arrogance, attitude of prejudgment, vanity, and luxurious life style have disgraced the Office of the President and given solace and justification to our enemies.

JS (Jorge Salazar) Editor


Communities across America must organize and prepare to fight their own government once martial law is imposed

I and many others who monitor the Obama Administration’s decisions with regard to the separation of powers have concluded that Obama is intending to suspend the 2016 presidential elections approximately three months before the November 2016 elections. He has repeatedly said he believes he could easily be re-elected for a third term. That’s how good he is. I keep telling you, he is a delusional psychopath.

Of course, this means he will attempt to repeal the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution which limits the number of terms a president can serve. There have been bills submitted to the legislature for the past 10 years requesting that there should be no term limits to the presidency, but fortunately none of them have been submitted for approval.

Now keep in mind, Obama rules by executive order, not laws. He has already imposed his will on gun control without Congressional approval. He has changed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) many times, again, an action that only the Congress is permitted to do. The president can only enforce the laws not make or change them.

The Patriot Act and the NDAA have given the president unprecedented powers in case of a national emergency. And who decides if there is a national emergency? Obama.

If Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Hillary or Bernie think they might become the next the president, they have underestimated the ambition of Hussein Barack Obama.

JS


Another example of Obama’s lies: Gruber, Rattner and Obamacare

You may or may not have heard about the recent controversy surrounding Obamacare.

Jonathan Gruber

Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist

Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economics professor who, according to many including Democractic political leaders Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, had a major role in designing Obamacare, now states that Obama’s health care bill never would have passed if the public had known the truth, and further, the America voters are “stupid” for having believed Obama. Pelosi now claims she doesn’t know who he is even thought there is video of her praising Grubers contributions to the bill’s development.

Obama, has also tried to distance himself from Gruber saying he was never on his staff or worked on the bill although here again, there is earlier video of his mentioning Gruber as a contributor, whose ideas were valuable and from which Obama borrowed heavily.

So what do we have here?

Well, it seems Gruber is on record via several videos and interviews claiming that if the administration, specifically Obama, had told the truth about the Obamacare provisions (regarding the level of service and ultimate costs which are designed to increase over time) it never would have passed in Congress. It seems both the public and Congress was lied to by Obama.

Gruber is no doubt an excellent economist and he does teach at MIT one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but he is also an egotistic loud mouth as the Obama Administration is finding out. Of course, that makes it easier for the Republicans to repeal Obamacare, if that is what they intend to do.

Steve Rattner

Steve Rattner

After the Obama administration tried to say that Gruber’s input into the bill was “limited,” out comes a former Obama administration advisor who contradicts Obama’s claims of Gruber’s involvement, Steve Rattner (he was considered Obama’a “Car Czar” during the bailout of GM), who says that Gruber was the “guru” of Obamacare and was being praised by many as key to the design of Obamacare under the direct supervision of Obama himself. According to Rattner, Gruber was paid hundreds of thousands to draft the bill, although other estimates put it in the millions. Oh, oh, it looks like Obama was caught with his pants down.

Obama on the left and Steve Rattner on the right with Maureen White, Rattner's wife, center.

Obama on the left and Steve Rattner on the right with Maureen White, Rattner’s wife, in the middle.

The video below shows Rattner on the Morning Joe show of Fox News. After watching the video, tell me if you still think Obama is the best thing since apple pie and ice cream.

JS

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The “Dark Lord” of Coal, indicted for gross negligence in the death of 29 miners

For the murder of 29 coal miners

For the murder of 29 coal miners

More than 800 safety violations in the 28 months prior to the disaster, a Grand Jury in West Virginia finally issued an indictment charging Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy at the time of the explosion, with willful conspiracy to violate mine safety standards in the months leading to the explosion. In all, twenty coal miners were killed by the willful negligence of the coal baron affectionally known as the “Dark Lord.”

An attempt to interview by CBS.

An attempt to interview by CBS.

“Please be reminded that your core job is to make money,” Blankenship wrote in a memo to the company’s mining group presidents in February 2009. “To do this, you have to run coal at a low cost, ship your orders and control your quality.”

Without adequate care, seniors are left to choose between food and medicine

Without adequate care, seniors are left to choose between food and medicine

While this action, long overdue, gives us a sense of relief that justice is being done, what about the Washington politicians who, through their policies of neglect are killing, seniors, veterans, cancer patients, and anyone who without reasonable health care is at the mercy of the pharmaceutical/healthcare service industry that is equally solicitious of profits at the expense of the middle class and the poor? Why not indict them? I hate to admit it, but I think I now agree with Sarah Palin, there are death squads.

The sacrifice of young men and women for greed

The sacrifice of young men and women for greed

How about our young men and women in uniform who are being sent in harms way in non-stop wars that profit the military/industrial complex which “compensates” congressional representatives, senators, cabinet members, persidents, and those reponsible for setting policy and implementing those policies in exchange for their votes. I can barely look at a picture of Barrack Obama without feeling contempt and revulsion. I am so glad the Nobel Peace Prize Committee is seriously considering asking Obama to return the peace prize. At least they sent him a letter stating he, along with Henry Kissinger, were the least worth of having received the medal.

Have you been following the expose of Obamacare by the chief architect of the Obamacare bill, Jonathan Gruber? Quote, “Voters, are you stupid?” He describes how President Obama was present when they discussed the “Cadillac Plan,” essentially a ploy to force citizens buy lower quality plans, yet increase the cost of health care over the years through strategically enforced taxes on employers who in turn only pass on the costs to the payer. Obama approved it and so now we have that to look forward to. Does he lie?

If you are a follower of The Young Turks (TYT), a used-to-be advocate for the people, they have apparently decided to give Obama credit where credit is due. They actually said he has been unfairly maligned and proceeded to list his accomplishments. Since Obama’s policies lost the Democrats the Senate in the Midterms, and he is under critcism for his immigration policies (he wants to give amnesty to approximately $5 million illegal aliens), Ebola handling, the contant wars and the list goes on, it would not surprise me that TYT received a “bonus” for being so objective. If you can’t buy them off, you kill them and call it a suicide.

JS


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