American Elephants

Massachusetts Health Care is Bankrupting the State, National Health Care Could Bankrupt the Country. by The Elephant's Child

Massachusetts Care was supposed to be the model for national health care.  It has not, however, worked out so well.  After only 3 years, Massachusetts health insurance premiums are the highest in the nation.  Governor Deval Patrick has called for price controls.  Doctors have fled the state. And state treasurer Tim Cahill says the universal health care law is bankrupting Massachusetts, and will do the same thing nationally if  Congress passes a similar plan to cover far more people.

Massachusetts state treasurer Tim Cahill recently left the Democrat Party to run for governor as an independent.

State Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, an independent candidate for governor, today offered a wide-ranging and scathing criticism of the state’s universal health care law, saying it is bankrupting Massachusetts and will do the same nationally, if a similar plan is passed in Congress.

“If President Obama and the Democrats repeat the mistake of the health insurance reform here in Massachusetts on a national level, they will threaten to wipe out the American economy within four years,” Cahill said in a press conference in his office.

Echoing criticism leveled by Congressional Republicans in recent weeks, Cahill said, “It is time for the president, the Democratic leadership, to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan that does not threaten to bankrupt this country.”

Cahill said that health care costs have increased by $4.2 billion over what they were spending previously, and income has declined.    “We haven’t done anything about driving down costs,” Cahill said.  “We haven’t helped small business.  We haven’t changed the way we pay for health care and the way we deliver it.”

Threaten Democrats With Sunlight by American Elephant

Your health care is at risk, my health care is at risk, the very nature of the relationship between Americans and their government is at risk because power-hungry Democrat cockroaches in Washington DC are making dirty deals in dark backrooms for votes on Obama’s wildly unpopular socialist health-care Trojan Horse.

Rush said today that Obama wouldn’t dare hold a press conference right now because the rank corruption that is going on can only happen in secrecy. He’s right. Cockroaches thrive in the dark. What America desperately needs right now is some sunlight to make these cockroaches scatter!

Unfortunately, minority Republicans aren’t currently in a position to cast much sunlight on Democrats’ corrupt dealings.

But they will be.

After next November’s elections, if Republicans take back control of one of both chambers on Capitol Hill as many predict they will, they will gain subpoena power, control committees, and direct the agenda of at least one chamber of congress.

And that is a powerful weapon that Republicans can and should use to kill this horrendous bill — and they should use it now.  Americans already know Pelosi and Obama are bribing Democrats to get them to vote yes on Obamacare. Some of their corrupt dealings have already been exposed.  GOP leaders should immediately hold a press conference, citing those corrupt dealings and the sleazy, corrupt  manner in which this bill is being passed,  and threaten wavering Democrats by promising that if Republicans win next November, they will investigate any and all evidence of corruption, bribery and even the appearance of impropriety surrounding the passage of  this unpopular bill. They should threaten to subpoena records, hold hearings if necessary, and promise that they will expose the Democrats involved, punish unethical behavior and prosecute anything illegal.

Democrat fence-sitters will be MUCH more reluctant to make shady deals and accept promises of cushy jobs if they fear their golden parachutes might be made public, get them investigated or land them in jail.

Sunlight is not only the best disinfectant, it also makes cockroaches scatter!

And even the threat of future sunlight may be just what Republicans need to scare enough wavering Democrats to kill this cancerous bill.

I hope you will call and write your Representatives and the Republican leaders and ask them to immediately hold a press conference and publicly promise to cast sunlight on ALL the Democrat’s dirty deals.

[updated March 16, 2010, 10:12 pm]

Four Million Jobs? Four Hundred Thousand Jobs? Almost Immediately? by The Elephant's Child

You laughed when you heard Nancy Pelosi say that the health care bill would create 4 million jobs, or 400,000 jobs.  I know I did.  It was such a preposterous statement!  But apparently I was premature.

Lurking in the pages of the recently released Reconciliation bill is a brand new Corps of government workers.  Page 911 of the 2010 Reconciliation PDF. Section 2231.


There is established, within the Service, the Public Health Workforce Corps (in this subpart referred to as the ‘Corps’), for the purpose of ensuring an adequate supply of public health professionals throughout the nation.

There follows a Scholarship Program [what we used to call indentured service] to be paid for by a commitment to service for two years at minimal pay.  Appropriations in  ever-increasing millions.

Then you have the “Prevention and Wellness Trust,”— appropriations in ever-increasing billions. . And a TASK FORCE ON CLINICAL PREVENTIVE SERVICES. Blah, Blah, Blah — developing, updating, publishing, and disseminating evidence-based recommendations on the use of clinical preventative services.

Here’s a good part: “facilitate and coordinate the collection, collation, reporting, and publishing of information regarding the Nation’s health and the performance of the Nation’s health care”and “include standards, as appropriate, for the collection of accurate data on health and health care by race, ethnicity, primary language, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, socioeconomic status, rural, urban, or other geographic setting, and any other population or subpopulation determined appropriate by the Secretary.”

The language is the tentacles of government reaching out to CYA for government officials and to destroy any possibility of innovation and creativity. They put a lot of emphasis on “preventative medicine”.  You gather statistics on what worked several years ago,[this all takes time] and insist that doctors and health professionals follow what they have determined was the best treatment before newer life-saving treatments, that are not permitted,were developed.

Trouble is, the idea of “preventative care” doesn’t work in practice.  To prevent that which you don’t know might happen, you must be doing a constant round of tests and check-ups, and it costs far more, while you save fewer lives.

And of course there are the obligatory special quotas for those who come from underrepresented communities or are of a underrepresented color or sex or whatever, for getting the proper diversity is far more important than getting young people who really want to participate in health care.

Liberalism is a kind of itch, a constantly nagging sense that things just aren’t perfect, but could be made so, if you would just put smart people like them in charge.  They are control freaks.  They devise volumes of rules, and when those don’t work, amend them by adding more volumes.  And in the fullness of time, you have bureaucrats carefully following the rules while patients lie unattended and die of neglect, as is the case in England.

It’s jobs saved or created — 30 percent to 40 percent of practicing physicians have stated that they will get out of medicine if ObamaCare passes — there will be a lot of jobs to be filled.  And they plan to enlist millions of uninsured in Medicaid, where there are already not enough doctors who will accept Medicaid patients.  Who is going to take care of them?

Gosh, maybe she’ll create a whole bunch of jobs after all.  Although government jobs are just another drain on the taxpayers.  I wouldn’t count on all those entrepreneurs either.

A Commercial Aimed Directly at the Heart of Dog Lovers. by The Elephant's Child
March 16, 2010, 9:38 pm
Filed under: Art, Entertainment, Heartwarming | Tags: , ,

This is simply a commercial for dog food.  I am not promoting the dog food brand, but I am extolling the ad agency and the photographer that came up with this beautiful commercial. Brilliant work, deserving of many prizes.  I love it.  Pedigree deserves some credit too.  They paid the bill;  may it raise their sales exponentially.

Hugo Chavez has Sent the Army to Change all Lightbulbs in Venezuela to CFLs. by The Elephant's Child

Venezuela has had a bad drought that has dried up the hydroelectric plants that supply more than two-thirds of its power.  The country has been suffering through the worst energy crisis in the last 50 years.  But Hugo Chavez has a solution.

The Venezuelan president-for-life  has sent the Venezuelan army out to distribute thousands of Firefly energy-efficient CFL bulbs.  They have also put electricity rationing into effect.  It seems that Venezuelans are the highest energy consumers per capita in Latin America.  Venezuelans use more than 1,000 Kilowatt hours per person more than the  second most enthusiastic users in Chile.

Not everyone is enthusiastic about the government’s heavy-handed approach, which includes a vigorous education campaign and fines for major domestic energy consumers.  Businesses worry that the forced blackouts, rationing and fines may severely effect Venezuelan productivity.

Obama has set aside $3.4 billion  in Stimulus funds to “jump-start” “Power Grid 2.0” in the U.S.  No details on when the army will arrive with twisty lightbulbs.

Does Obama Like Being President? by The Elephant's Child

Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor of the Washington Post, has an article today about “Obama’s happiness deficit.” He doesn’t seem, Hiatt notices, all that happy being president.

I know, it’s the world’s hardest job, and between war and the world economy collapsing, he didn’t have the first year he might have wished for. And, yes, he’s damned either way: With thousands of Americans risking their lives overseas and millions losing their jobs at home, we’d slam him if he acted carefree.

Still, I think Americans want a president who seems, despite everything, to relish the challenge. They don’t want to have to feel grateful to him for taking on the burden.

I started thinking about this a few weeks ago when Obama confidant David Axelrod, noting that the president always makes time for his daughters’ recitals and soccer games, told the New York Times, “I think that’s part of how he sustains himself through all this.”

Really? Is the presidency something to sustain yourself through?

Jennifer Rubin, at Contentions, the Commentary magazine blog says she thinks Fred Hiatt is on to something.

Well, he certainly is snarly — toward the media, the public, his political opponents, Israel and Democrats who want to be re-elected.  The list is long.  He and his staff seem forever to be whining.  The Middle East is “hard.” No one understands them.  The public has been duped.  A happy warrior he is not.

I think all presidents are somewhat overwhelmed at first.  The presidency is a big job, and new presidents have to learn that it is not about them, but about the country.  I don’t think that Obama quite gets it yet.  He is an ideologue and he brought a large number of ideas with him that he intends to put in place., no matter what.

But things are changing.  Health Care is no longer — if it ever was — a major concern of the American people.  They care about the debt, about jobs, about spending and national security. They have long been dubious about global warming, and ClimateGate has ended their trust in governmental pronouncements about the science.

Peggy Noonan said recently “You want a competent chief executive with a deep and shrewd sense of the people.  Americans want him to be on the same page as they are.  But he’s on a different page, and he may be reading a different book.”

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