Health care reform The Dog and Pony Show

Most have heard it said that the more things change the more they stay the same. Take Health Care Reform bogging down the Congress, all these months. With the President drooling to sign it into law.

Here is why! A new study on health care reform showed the power and influence of the industry. Put together by Center for Responsive Politics at Northwestern university. Then published by the Chicago Tribune, on Sunday, 20 December 09, Discovered that the health care industry spent $396 million this year to make it certain that a bill would come out of congress favorable to them. The pockets run deep through out the health care industry. Because to get their kind of legislation, they spent $862 million in 2008-2009 combined. The money is the power. Now the Nuts and Bolts of the influence. No fewer than 166 ex-congressional aides packed the halls of congress helping the congress shape a bill to satisfy their new bosses. Now with that kind of fire power, what chance does the American public have at responsible health care reform? None!

Even more shocking is the estimated $1 billion spent by corporate conglomerates for the years 2008-2009. Sending lobbyist to coach congress to steer favorable legislation the corporate way. What it all boils down to is this-THE PEOPLE BE DAMNED-IT’S PROFITS THAT MATTER.

Howard Dean, “Any measure that expands private insurers’ monopoly over health care, and transfer millions of tax payers dollars to private corporations is not real health care reform. Real reform would insert competition into insurance markets, force insurers to cut unnecessary administrative expenses, and spend health care dollars caring for people. Real reform would significantly lower costs, improve the delivery of health care, and give all Americans a meaningful choice of coverage. The current Senate bill accomplishes none of these!” (source Washington Post)

What I want to know is when, if ever, will the American people say, enuf is enuf of this B.S. This is supposed to be a government for the people and by the people. That noble notion never got a start from the get go. As a liberation theologian, I keep hoping that the people through the church will wake up and get that noble notion of and running for the people.

The only reform that will occur from that legislation will be more misery for all American consumers. Because the legislation is designed to allow the medical industry to find new, and more inventive ways to deny quality care for all Americans. What ever changes take place will swirl around the adage that the more things change the more they’ll stay the same. Count on it! It’s how democracy works in America.

The peoples servants in the Congress, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner respective house leaders. And Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell respective senate leaders. And the “post turtle,” note posting form the calendar dated, 28 Sept. 09, for a laugh. Because this post turtle in the White House, Barack Obama, had to do something because the people were beginning to catch on about the fraud perpetuated upon them through the health care industry.

The country is in such a financial mess because of these corporate thieves. With the American government being complicit in this fraud. Both stealing from the American consumers and each other. When suddenly everything that was supposed to continue as is, went topsy turvy, turning everything up side down, and going into the abyss of corporate and political corruption. For the sake of those fat cats, through out the health care industry. With the exception of one element of that industry. The most important, the workforce who makes those fat cats, fatter. The over worked, under paid, over taxed and unappreciated employees.  Which is a truism for all industries, from A-Z.

Meaningful health care reform sent shock waves through the elected elite, who do not identify with the people but with their corporate bosses. So they huddled together and played a game of charades with the American public. A word game of combined deception yet to be experienced by the American consumers. With the end result being greater thievery being perpetuated upon them by the health industry and their political double talking public servants.

It’s a dog and pony show because legislators and the president must show their masters at their dog and pony show. That they can be counted upon sit up like dogs on a leash, and not to roll over without their masters command. And can be counted upon like any pony in a circus to be ridden to glory at the behest of the health care industry. That is if they want to be re-elected. Once again demonstrating that the more things change the more they stay the same.

And that is why consumer legislation never brings the desired results. And it’s why future legislation to fix the broken health care industry will be another dog and pony show.

And if you, like me, do don’t think very favorable about representative government, when it comes to getting a quality deal in the market place of fairness. Neither does God!!! For it is written, “BEHOLD! the nations are like a drop in a bucket, are counted as small dust on the scales,” Isaiah 40:15. And “All nations [from which governance proceeds] before him are as nothing and vanity,” Isaiah 40:17. Because their nothingness and vanity is based upon excessive profiteering. Jesus kicked them out of their favorite market place the Jewish temple of worship and calling them thieves, Mark 11:15-17. Followed by the expected consequences of verse 18. Courage always has its consequences then and today.

The main point is that Jesus is not against the earning of profits. He taught such concepts during his lifetime. Its the excessive profits that is abhorrent to God because it’s the pathway to greed and vanity. Representing the constant pursuit of nothingness or spiritual emptiness. It is what God meant, when he said, “… that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD, does man live,” Deuteronomy 8:3. So said the greatest liberation theologian through Jesus Christ, who repeated his Fathers words, when confronted with the source of humanities troubles, Matthew 4:3-4. The very bases for our *acting out* as liberators of injustice. What is to be sought is balance which is something that can never occur between commerce and government with the people caught in the middle. So the people have to make it happen by siding with God. That is the story of biblical history, as it has impacted people.

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Up Front:In their Face

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf,” George Orwell. Some say that was an Orwellian diagnoses in behalf of the American people for national security. With Americans filling that prescription by giving the government a blank check for war making.

But it seems Americans aren’t sleeping as well anymore. Their economy has long ago tanked. Unemployment plagues many. People with families have lost their heath insurance. The prized jewel of the American dream; home ownership, has also tanked. And the news keeps getting worse public school funding has taken some hard hits. The once affordable college education is no longer affordable. With people beginning to take notice that their cities infrastructures are crumbling. Cities and states are threatening to cut essential services even further because they can’t balance their budgets. Because their rainy day slush funds have evaporated in order to meet budget short falls. And the only future many are being able to see, is no future. All that topped of with seniors discovering recently that they would not be getting a social security cost of living increase for 2010.

Yet big daddy in Washington wants to continue to get up front and in their faces in Afghanistan. Obama says, war making in Afghanistan is in our national interest. Afghanistan is not about national interest, it’s about Osama bin Laden. Who may, or my not, be in Afghanistan, according to U.S. intelligence.

And at a cost, of at least one trillion dollars in future costs over the next ten years. The same cost for Obama’ health care reform. Will congress fight that cost with the same savageness as they are doing with health care reform? With Obama’ troop surge of 30,000 more troops, plus support apparatuses like equipment, costing $1billion a year. According to the Washington Post, “Congress: How to pay for the plan, 02 Dec. 09.

Just think how much that war money could buy for Americans here at home All those very tangible hurts mentioned above. Could get a good dose of fix-um-up-medicine from having one prescription canceled and another one filed.

The nation really needs to send those tough guys in Washington a message. Get out of Afghanistan, your not wanted there by Afghans or Americans! Then maybe Americans can go back to sleeping peaceably again. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, put it this way, “The people of Afghanistan don’t want to be saved by us, they want to be saved from us.” So we have one vote against the war. Why not write your congressional representatives in the house, and senate? And tell them not to fund the Obama troop surge. I did, and every protesters voice counts. It gives people like Kucinich, the ammunition needed for saber-rattling the peoples displeasure with their war.

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The Swiss way:When gov’t says no do it

It’s the month of December. The month of glad tidings and good news. With the Swiss people giving the world, a perfect tiding of good news. By a referendum vote of nearly 60%, the voters said no to the construction of Muslim minarets. A minaret is a revolving tower attached to the top of a mosque. Which serves the function of calling Muslims to prayer. The electorates opposition to those prayer towers is that they symbolize a ‘political religious claim to power.’ Right on! Because Islam is mostly about political power gained through the image of religion. And the world has the proof from their own sacred, and honored prophet Muhammad. Who set their political agenda forever, when he said in his farewell address to the world in March 632. Saying, “I was ordered to fight all men until they say, ‘There is no god but Allah.'”

Switzerland a nation of 7.5 million people has an unpleasant relationship with Muslims within their nation. As does everyone, in all nations, wherever a Muslim is found. Even in Arab/Muslim lands with each other. Pick any nation, and show the world where the people there are not in an unpleasant relationship with the Muslim community.

They can’t help themselves because it’s the way they are born. We get this truth from the only book that provides truth, the Bible, God’s Holy Word. Case in point, “you shall call his name Ishmael.” “And he will be a wild man, and his hand will be against every man’s hand, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren,” Genesis 16:11-12.

Those who have the most to lose, like Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz in a vedio broadcast said this, “Muslims should be able to practice their religion and have access to minarets in Switzerland too. But the call of the muezzin (person who calls Muslims to prayer) will not sound here.” Meaning of course if he wasn’t successful in persuading voters to defeat the referendum. Which to the glory of God, he wasn’t.

Just a quick observation, the West is always defending Muslims, when Christian crusaders move to squash Islamic goals. You have to read between the lines because Islam is more of a political movement much like Nazism than a religion like Judaism or Christianity. Furthermore, In Islamic nations it’s pretty much a death sentence to be a Christian. So publicly for a Islamic official to advocate rights for Christians would also be the kiss of death for him. Islam is a most intolerant political/religious movement which is based upon violence. Or haven’t you noticed the world weeping because of Islamic mayhem? Because should Muslims get their way, non-Muslims like the Swiss president will not even be allowed to run for a political office. That’s another Islamic global fact.

Then the Swiss people have to listen to rhetoric like the following. Switzerland’s Commission Against racism said the campaign defamed Muslims. Stirred up hatred and could threaten public peace. He was making reference to a campaign poster. In which the poster depicts a burqa-clad woman against a background of a Swiss flag upon which several minarets resembling missiles are erected. Sparking an uproar of protest from Muslims and their Islamic sympathizers. One wonders why? Because blowing up people, who do not agree with them is a standard Islamic tactic. But before that will occur, the death threats will echo. Another Islamic tactic to encourage compliance with their wickedness. Watch for such eruptions to splash across the news wires.

Why is it that Muslims get away with such behavior? Because they got Lucifer in their corner and more. For the book of truth puts it this way, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him,” Revelation 12:9.

So cheers to the Swiss for your perfect gift of glad tidings and good news. In time, this is how all this will play out. “The nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward unto your servants, the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great, and you should destroy them, who destroy the earth,” Revelation 11:18.

God’s speed be with those who will follow the Swiss lead.

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