Meet The Beloved 88-Year-Old Country Doctor Whose Caring Ways Could Cost Him His License

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Despite his advancing years, Dr. Carrol Landrum still makes house calls. That’s extraordinary enough in these days of Obamacare, doc-in-a-box, and production-line medicine.

But this 88-year-old medical doctor who is known, respected, and widely relied upon in the tiny Mississippi town of Edwards also works out of his car — a hard-driven 2007 Toyota from which he often writes prescriptions for the residents who have looked to him for their health care since 1959.

And that unusual practice of working from his unconventional office on wheels could reportedly cost Dr. Landrum his medical license.

Fox News reports that Landrum, a Navy veteran who saw action in World War II, still maintains a fighting spirit that’s helping him push back against the Mississippi State Medical Board and its investigator, Andrew Pitts.

“He said the director had told him to ask me to surrender my license right then and there or I would come before the board,” said Landrum.

“And he said, basically, ‘If you surrender it here, nobody would know about it. But if it goes to the board, it’ll be public knowledge and it might affect your reputation.’”

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the Fox News report on Dr. Carrol Landrum, the people who love him, and his fight to stay in business as an old-fashioned, country doctor.

h/t: Fox News

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That Was No SOTU – It Was A Populist Campaign Speech

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It is regrettable that we no longer have a true “State of the Union” (SOTU) speech. Rather than hearing a recapitulation of the condition of the nation and where it’s headed, we get what appears to be little more than another campaign speech replete with a veritable Christmas-list of populist proposals and recommendations. Predictably, there were errors, omissions, and outright prevarications, and very little mention of the problems that have been exacerbated over the past several years, in the president’s speech last week.

First, however, a confession of sorts is in order. I didn’t watch the speech. When I was in college, I loved being lectured to by my ISU professors who were knowledgeable, competent, and capable. After all, that’s what I paid them for. Likewise, we pay our governmental leaders to be knowledgeable, competent, and capable and to keep their oath of office, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. When all they do proves their incompetence, and they obviously lied when they took the oath, I’m not going to subject myself to their self-aggrandizing propaganda. After all, I’m not a masochist; and I find it increasingly difficult to resist the impulse to throw things at my TV in response to superfluous rhetoric, grandstanding, self-congratulations, and mendacity. So I read his speeches, instead.

Much of Obama’s lecture Tuesday night was dedicated to his inexorable class warfare theme, pitting the middle class (who have been most adversely affected by the policies of the past six years) against the wealthy (who have done better than anyone during this administration). In advance of the delivery, the media had hyped this iteration of the SOTU as his “Robin Hood” speech. The metaphor hardly seems appropriate since Robin Hood stole from the Sheriff of Nottingham (not the rich from whom the sheriff had extorted the funds). As the head of the government, the President is essentially the Sheriff of Nottingham, who’s doing the extorting.

The President said, “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.” It would be wonderful for the nation if his policies had been conducive to our economic recovery and accelerated job growth. However, as we’ve documented before, these are occurring in spite of his policies, not because of them. It’s amazing what capitalistic economies can do when new obstacles are no longer being hurled in the way to thwart and stymy them!

“We are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years. … Today, America is number one in oil and gas. … And thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save about $750 at the pump,” Obama declared. Again, this is with no help from his administration. The massive growth in domestic oil production has been primarily on state and private lands, while his administration has done everything possible to curtail it on federal ground and waterways. And it’s been primarily with technology opposed by his party and his administration. And there’s the power of capitalism again – simple supply and demand benefiting the consumer with increased competition.

Enigmatically, the President queried, “Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another? Or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward? … A better politics is one where we debate without demonizing each other.” It’s pretty difficult to take this counsel from one who has spent the past six years polarizing and dividing, based on income, party affiliation, ideology, and color.

“In two weeks, I will send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan,” he said. This is encouraging. If he comes through on the promise, it will be the first time he’s offered anything to Congress in six years that isn’t partisan. We won’t hold our breath.

“In the past year alone about 10 million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.” This reminded me of an email I received from a friend last year that summarized the 2700 page ObamaCare legislation in four simple sentences: “A. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to un-insure the insured. B. Next, we require the newly un-insured to be re-insured. C. To re-insure the newly un-insured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured. And D. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became un-insured and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original un-insured can be insured, free of charge to them.” That explains a great deal of the President’s “10 million” figure.

“I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college — to zero.” I’m always amazed at the liberal mind that struggles with economic realities. The cost doesn’t go away; it’s just redistributed, or paid by someone else. And to the liberal politician, it’s always the taxpayer! Never mind that the cost is a scant $60 billion. What is that to a politician who can make a grandiose promise – and make someone else pay for it?

It really would have been nice to hear an actual analysis of the State of the Union. But alas, we just got another populist campaign speech. And even as such, it wasn’t much different than the hand-dryer in the lavatory that had a sticker attached which declared, “Press button for a speech from the president.”

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Obama Promises To Veto Legislation That Would Restore The 40 Hour Workweek

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Republicans have made it a high priority to re-define “full-time” work under Obamacare for the new Congress, making it 40 hours per week instead of the 30 hours it is currently.

President Obama has now promised to veto legislation that would restore the 40 hour workweek. He did so through press secretary Josh Earnest earlier this week.

The economy has seen a significant transition from full-time work to part-time work as a result of the definition of full-time work as just 30 hours.

It’s not just Republicans who are complaining about the re-definition of the full-time workweek under Obamacare. Obama’s labor union allies are raising an outcry about it as well.

Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, UFCW President Joseph Hansen, and UNITE-HERE President D. Taylor sent a letter to Obama in 2013 demanding that the problems under Obamacare such as the 30 hour work week be solved:

Since the ACA was enacted, we have been bringing our deep concerns to the Administration, seeking reasonable regulatory interpretations to the statute that would help prevent the destruction of non-profit health plans. As you both know first-hand, our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies. This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretations for their respective grievances. Most disconcerting of course is last week’s huge accommodation for the employer community—extending the statutorily mandated “December 31, 2013” deadline for the employer mandate and penalties.

Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios.

What do you think? If Obama won’t listen to Congress, will he at least listen to his labor union allies on the definition of the full-time workweek? So far, his answer has been no.

h/t: Townhall

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Top Liberal Meltdowns Of 2014

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Whether made by politicians, cable news commentators, or civil rights activists, there was no shortage of controversial remarks and full-blown rants captured on video this year. Western Journalism compiled some of the more memorable moments of leftist punditry from 2014.

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Watch: Emotional Congresswoman’s Passionate Tirade About What Obamacare Did To Her Husband

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Jonathan Gruber, the so-called architect of Obamacare, was in the hot seat this week before a congressional oversight committee where he referred to his own comments as “glib, thoughtless, and sometimes downright insulting.” During the four-hour hearing, Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R) told her own personal Obamacare story. She and her husband, Alvin Wiederspahn, had enrolled in Obamacare, but when they filed claims, they were informed that their Obamacare enrollment had not been successfully completed. The couple enrolled again, but when Wiederspahn filed his claims the second time, he was told they were still not enrolled.

During this enrollment period, Wiederspahn was experiencing chest pains, but because he did not yet have health insurance coverage, he did not undergo all the medical tests his physician recommended. Mrs. Lummis told Gruber and HHS official Marilyn Tavenner that her husband died of a heart attack soon after:

“On October 24th, the week before election, my husband went to sleep and never woke up. He had a massive heart attack in his sleep at age 65. A perfectly, by all appearances, healthy man.”

Lummis did not directly blame Obamacare for the loss of her husband, but did say that, since he did not have insurance coverage, Wiederspahn chose not to take the last test, which could have saved his life.

“I’m not telling you that my husband died because of Obamacare. He died because he had a massive heart attack in his sleep. But I am telling you that during the course of time that he was having tests by a physician and was told we were not covered by Obamacare, that he then decided not to have the last test the doctor asked him to have.”

She told Gruber that the glitches and problems with the passage and implementation of the healthcare law have “real-life consequences on people’s lives.”

Rep. Lummis was barely able to contain her emotions while getting one parting shot at Gruber:

“And the so-called ‘glibness’ that has been referenced today have direct consequences for real American people. So get over your damn glibness.”

 

h/t IJReview

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