What Kind Of Health Care System Do You Want, America?

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Reforming health care is a signature issue with the current administration, but even the most ardent proponents of Obamacare would be reluctant to call it a success. Notwithstanding the well-publicized problems of the countless billions of dollars spent on this program, precious little has gone into actual patient care. But really, what should we expect from a system designed by soulless bureaucrats such as “bioethicist” Ezekiel Emanuel and Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services?

Emanuel infamously suggested that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, while Berwick intoned that the federal government must step in between doctors and their patients to curb and redistribute the use of medical resources. To be sure, both of these medico-ghouls are in favor of a single-payer government-controlled system. One wonders if they know who founded government-controlled health care. None other than Adolf Hitler. You could look it up.

Of course, what we do have at the moment is not health care at all. Rather, it is disease care. Inasmuch as there is not enough money in the world to support a disease care system, you would think that the government would be doing all it can to improve public health and encourage prevention. But, you would be wrong. In fact, many preventive programs are having the exact opposite effect.

It was known as early as the mid-1960s that the lipid/cholesterol theory of coronary heart disease was total bunk. Yet, we are still being pummeled with precisely the wrong advice in the advocacy of a low fat/high carb diet. There is no doubt that this course has almost single–handedly caused the current epidemic of obesity and diabetes. And, it has done virtually nothing to lower the incidence of coronary heart disease. Applicable drug sales, however, have skyrocketed. Notably, anti-cholesterol and glycemic control meds have been fraught with serious side effects.

A similar tale can be told of the absurd official recommendations on a low salt diet.

Assuming that all this is not the deliberate result of some star-chamber conspiracy, what went wrong? Chalk it up to egos, massive intertwining bureaucracies, zero accountability, and huge amounts of money. I trust that the ego and monetary components are self-evident.

As to intertwining bureaucracies, consider the effect of USDA grain subsidies on the official dietary recommendations, and the resulting disaster of high carb diets. If the Feds really were concerned with health care, wouldn’t they put some subsidies on fruits and vegetables?

As to zero accountability, consider the hundreds of millions of dollars pharmaceutical companies must spend to get a drug through FDA approval; and then consider how many of these approved drugs are taken off the market only a few years later. Why are there never any consequences for the FDA, but only gigantic lawsuits against Big Pharma? Isn’t the FDA supposed to be the certification agency of all that is safe and effective? Why is it always held harmless? If your own doctor did something a fraction as calamitous, he would be sued for malpractice.

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Exposed: Obama’s Plan To Drive A Wedge Between Christians And Church Leaders

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When Barack Obama came out, as it were, for gay “marriage,” he forced adherent black Christians to eat a plate of dirt. On the one hand, they are strongly against homosexuality, which certainly extends to being furiously anti-gay “marriage”; and on the other hand, besides worshiping God, they worship Barack Obama. They were briefly caught in a dilemma: should they obey God or Obama? Of course, God was forced to wait outside of the polling places; and blacks voted for their Messiah anyway. They knuckled under and accepted the plate of dirt.

Having seen this formula work with black Christians, Obama is now trying the same thing against white Christians–especially Catholics. He is working behind the scenes to enlist the help of Catholic bishops to help with the flood of illegal alien children streaming over the southern border. He wants to force a wedge between the people in the pews and their leaders–and force churches to use their money and prestige to avoid being “embarrassed” for not acting in a way that liberals imagine Christians should act.

So far, Christian pastors from Churches along the southern border are willingly marching down the road to deceit. They have tried to minister to the illegal alien children, but have thus far been turned away. Clearly, Obama is hiding something in the shelters these people are being warehoused in.

The idea here is to make the situation so terrible that decent people will throw up their hands and say “Okay, let them stay; give them welfare, send them to school, give them driver’s licenses, and yes, register them as Democrats. Just don’t let them die in these government-maintained concentration camps.”

This will trick groups like the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops into spending money it doesn’t really have and defending ill-conceived social programs that will surely chase more Catholics away. This plays into Obama’s hands by weakening a major enemy of his and strengthening a core constituency – poor Hispanics.

This is the plan; and sadly, it will work unless we fight it like the country’s survival depends on our victory. Because it does.

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This Democrat Governor’s Anti-Gun Record May Have Just Cost Him The Election

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Anyone wishing to explore the workings of the hoplophobic mind needs only consider the actions of the 2013 Colorado legislature. First-time violators of the state’s new gun legislation face up to one year in prison. Yet a real life criminal who commits a felony while in violation of the law is subject to only 18 months. This makes an armed robber just 33% more worthy of punishment than the law abiding citizen who also happens to own a 20 round magazine. Disgraceful.

Yet Colorado politicos couldn’t have been happier with their knee-jerk attempts to intimidate Centennial State gun owners after the 2012 killings in Newtown, Connecticut. Included in the 2013 gun control legislation signed into law by Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper were requirements for universal background checks, new demands for mental health reporting, and prohibitions against “large capacity” magazines—that is, of over 15 round capacity.

Although it’s been a year since the law went into effect, Gov. Hickenlooper has spent the last few months running from his signature on it, not wanting to join 2 Democrats recalled from office and another forced to retire as a result of their own anti-gun ways. Last month, at an Aspen forum, Hickenlooper told sheriffs’ representatives that he had no idea that the overwhelming majority of their peers were so strongly opposed to the then-proposed legislation. It was news to Hickenlooper that these same representatives wanted to meet with him prior to his signing the legislation into law.

He also had “no idea” that the overwhelming majority of the state’s sheriffs had publically vowed to NOT enforce the terms of the legislation. As Colorado’s Milwaukee county sheriff David Clark Jr. put it to FOX News host Jeanine Pirro: “I wouldn’t enforce those laws because I don’t want to get shot, because the American people are going to put up with so much before they’re going to push back.”

Hickenlooper also claimed that rumors of conversations between himself and anti-gun loon Michael Bloomberg just prior to the legislation becoming law were simply not true. However, records of 2 calls to Hickenlooper from Bloomberg were discovered after the filing of an open records request.

Besieged with questions, the governor finally “…admitted his office did not research the gun legislation until after it was passed. Governor Hickenlooper said he didn’t realize it was going to cause such controversy and had he known he would not have endorsed the new gun laws without more research.”

Apparently, the governor MISSED those endless days of autos circling the state capitol with horns blaring as the people of Colorado registered supreme displeasure with the gun-grabbing intentions of their liberal legislators. The assault against and reaction by gun owners had been THE television news story for months. But it was all news to Hick.

And now, as a result of apparently having spent the past year under a rock, Hickenlooper faces the political fight of his life as a Rasmussen poll shows Republican candidate Bob Beauprez in a 44%-44% tie with the absent minded governor. It took Beauprez just one week to catch Hickenlooper after winning the nomination from a crowded field of GOP contenders.

Keep the lies coming, governor. Maybe you’ll take a few more Democrat legislators down with you.

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Obama Opens America’s Borders To Jihadists Bearing Drugs And Bombs

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The risk of attacks by violent ISIS jihadists crossing our Southern border has taken on ominous proportions, according to a former Defense Department analyst who believes this event could happen “sooner rather than later.” “ISIS may be working to infiltrate the US with the aid of transnational drug cartels,” continued Michael Maloof. The violent MS-13 Mexican gang is known to have members in over 1,000 US cities and could provide conduits for jihadists, helping them transport weapons and supplies needed to set off terror bombs the magnitude of 9-11 or worse! Suitcase nukes, agents of bio-warfare, and suicide bombers are NOT BEING screened in the mass invasion along our Southern Border, even as travelers face longer wait times to board US planes. Face it–the thing is OUT OF HAND!

One reporter asks: “Why would jihadists need to build fancy airplane bombs when they can easily transport serious WMD’s across America’s wide open Southern border?” Over 70% of our Border Control agents are acting as babysitters, changing diapers while the Southern Border is a come-on-in-free zone for violent Islamic warriors who hate America. “This jihadist group ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have promised direct confrontation with America,” warns TX Congressman Ted Poe.

But not only are jihadist border-jumpers coming across. Last week, an east Texas Walmart shopper found on the store’s parking lot a prison wristband of Hagi Enea, a Romanian immigrant who was arrested in Pinal County, AZ on May 21, 2014. When she called the AZ county’s prisoner intake, she was allegedly told that “they are released back into the local community if someone PAYS A BOND ON THEM.” A quick Facebook search of Enea’s profile says he’s in Madrid, Spain, even as the Mineola, TX shopper is looking at proof of Subject ID #349873946!

So let’s look at this crisis very clearly. If you multiply the number of illegal anchor babies described on US BIZOP government websites as 65,000 by the estimated $5,000.00 bounty drug cartels reportedly charge to transport each illegal child 1,400 miles from Central America across Mexico into our country, you have the staggering sum of $325,000,000.00 going into crime cartel coffers FOR THIS YEAR ALONE! They have more than enough cash to bail out jihaddis and fund their attacks on the United States! And what about the added flow of drugs because our Border agents have to take care of the “children,” rather than our open drug routes? Here’s a perfect storm of a somnolent and drugged civilian populace, a flood of jihaddis bent on destroying the United States, and a do-nothing President who’d rather fund-raise than protect America’s borders.

Qurans and prayer rugs were found along the east Texas border as far back as 2012, when OTMs (Other Than Mexicans) were allowed to freely roam into our country. One Border Control agent said that even though he sees cartel and gang member tattoos, our government won’t allow him to question or detain these “children.” Pictures on the web of many young males jammed into east TX detention rooms show veritable classrooms of gang mayhem and death.

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How This Iconic TV Character Paints A Perfect Picture Of The Mainstream Media (1952)

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In their efforts to keep up with the lies they have to tell or the truths they have to ignore, the mainstream media now looks like Lucille Ball in the famous candy factory episode from “I Love Lucy.”

The problem is that unlike the famous episode from an old comedy show, the players are laughing at the viewers.

In that episode, Lucy and her friend Ethel find themselves working at a candy factory. Their job was not very complicated. They had to take pieces of candy off a conveyor belt and put them in the proper places in the boxes they were given. The fun began when the conveyor belt speeds up and the girls fall further and further behind in trying to place the candy in the right slots. Nevertheless, the flow of candy never seemed to stop; and everything finally collapses as the pieces of candy start flying off the roaring conveyor belt with no way to control them.

It is not very difficult to imagine the sycophants in the mainstream media as Lucys and Ethels trying to cover up and hide Barack Obama’s lies. His lies are coming at a faster and faster pace as they travel along the information “conveyor belt” in the White House.

The current lie stream requires the media to lie about Benghazi, lie about the NSA, lie about the IRS, lie about the EPA, and lie about the surge of illegal aliens. Even at their own physical peril, the conveyor belt of lies demands the media smother obviously true stories of the deadly diseases illegal aliens are bring with them; and the media meekly complies. They must lie about America’s ability to care for these disease ridden burglars and not make any obvious comparisons to the government’s colossal failures in caring for our veterans.

They must lie about the clear intent that a 12 year old could see in Obama’s mass de-facto amnesty. Even a child sees the threat to our nation’s stability and knows Obama is punishing the Republican-controlled southern Border States with these people. Obama’s lie conveyor belt never stops, and it is running faster and faster.

The media has become Lucy and Ethel, but they are not funny at all. We are being killed by Obama’s conveyor belt of lies, and the media is content to wear funny hats and laugh at us.

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