Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 12:00am

Bad diagnosis

Blue Dog Democrats are to be commended for finally saying “wait” to the liberal Pelosi-Obama juggernaut on health care. Getting it right seems to be much less important to the House and White House than getting it through.

Details matter in trillion-dollar undertakings that will dramatically impact every American. What’s the rush? Eventually, other people’s money runs out, so evaluating the real costs of the health care plan and making informed decisions about the hard choices is the minimum to avoid political malpractice.

Why not give people time to read the bill and understand what the 53 commissions are going to do? Wasn’t ‘transparency’ a campaign promise of the guy who is fond of saying, “I won?” Have you noticed the increased number of federally originated health care public service announcements on broadcast media? Is the Big Brother Nanny State here?

The autocrats are preparing you for them making decisions about your life.

The auto insurance market has functioned well with state mandated minimums and upgrades that people can choose at their discretion. If everyone had to buy a minimum health care plan managed by a private or non-profit insurance carrier, our current system would work much better.

Safeway [Supermarkets] employees have a miraculous health care plan helps them make informed choices about their health, wellness and health care providers. There are lots of models and options that work better than the current system, but none involve single payers.

Canadian health care only works because well-off Canadians can come here conveniently when the need arises. Above all, there is no need to rush into a bad decision when a better one is within reach.

Joel Buckberg, 37220

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149 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 7/29/09 at 3:06

If they cannot run medicaid/care properly what makes people think they can manage the rest of us?

Where are we going to get the doctors for the extra 40 million they are claiming we have (includeing illegals) that in itself will create rationing not even counting the increased usage of the "FREE" care.

Barry don't have a clue unless of course his goal is to turn us into a socialist country.

Think about it health care is 1/6 th of the economy and he already controls 2 car companies, insurance companys, banks, brokerage firms. The government is the problem not the solution.

The morons spend trillions without even reading what they are voteing on. Even barry don't know whats in this bill.. Who the **** wrote it?

This could be called the Killing Bill funding abortions and encoraging seniors to off themselves for the good of society/the collective.

By: daKine7 on 7/29/09 at 4:18

Rachael Maddow last night talked about the "crazies" were coming out saying Obama's Health Plan centered on funding abortions and encouraging the eldery to kill themselves once Social Security kicks in. Low and behold, the resident psycho- babbler posted above is first up.

By: house_of_pain on 7/29/09 at 4:58

d7, to answer your question from yesterday:
If the blind man has a seeing-eye dog, you should sneak up on him and take the dog. As a card carrying member of PETA, you should know this.
It's in the manual.
Now, I'm going to see my doctor, and I'm sending the bill to idgaf.

By: Kosh III on 7/29/09 at 6:01

Rush? No rush. We've been waiting for years to get a health care plan.

id whinged:
'If they cannot run medicaid/care properly what makes people think they can manage the rest of us?"

Medicare spends 15% on administrative costs, private insurance spends 31%. Which is more efficient?
And it's funny how the reich-wingers never complain about the inefficiencies of government run imperialism and war, even though Rumsfeld said the war would last less than 6 months and here we are going into year six.

We already have rationing: some have huge rations, others have a zero ration.

Maybe the good of society/the collective, would be best served if the righties offed themselves. (sarcasm)

By: dargent7 on 7/29/09 at 6:04

d'pain; Just the dog and not steal his walking stick? OK.
Hey, I hear that position on Belmont Ave. has an opening. The one where your job description is to grab as many woman's buttocks in an hour as you can. Minimum wage, but the benefits are killer.

By: Dragon on 7/29/09 at 6:30

Medicare is no longer self sufficient and pays more than it collects. The feds are faced with paying back the trust fund they spent. Rather than repay the "loan", they are looking to refinance with new and bigger taxes.

Bless old Conyers for his honesty. Why bother reading the bills since you don't have time and would need two lawyers to tell you what you read? They depend on others to tell them what is in the bill(s). Don't you think that this is important enough to read, study, and debate?

By: dargent7 on 7/29/09 at 6:32

Off-Topic: What's wrong with Obama's Beer Summit? Three guys sitting around a picnic table ironing out their differences versus Prof. Gates filing a lawsuit. Maybe they won't solve the racial divide in America, but it's a good idea for diffusing this particular situation.

By: idgaf on 7/29/09 at 6:38

Admistravive cost are low because they pay at or near cost. They don't have to negotiate they make the rules and set the fees.

That is why private insurance has risen so dramatically.

This scheme is just another way to get some more money in as Dragon mentioned.

Furthermore it is yet another way to control the masses.

By: gdiafante on 7/29/09 at 6:38

The problem with any government run entity is oversight. Never enough, yet if you try, the "no regulation" nuts start whining.

By: house_of_pain on 7/29/09 at 6:39

It sounds like a good idea, but solving problems in an efficient and low-key manner doesn't create exciting news headlines.

By: gdiafante on 7/29/09 at 6:42

They could solve the entire problem for a cost of $1 per person and make it the most efficiently run system in the world, and there would be tea parties protesting those 100 cents...book it.

By: Dragon on 7/29/09 at 6:43

The Gates/Crowley incident is already diffused. The facts show what happened and no one is disputing it.

Obama is trying to take his foot out of his mouth without admitting he was wrong while at the same time trying to appear to be a healer of racial conflict. This is purely public relations.

By: house_of_pain on 7/29/09 at 6:43

BTW, I was responding to the Beer Summit question.
gd, are you familiar with the game called "Stump the Band"?

By: gdiafante on 7/29/09 at 6:45

Sounds familiar...

By: house_of_pain on 7/29/09 at 6:54

Just checking. Not important.
Letterman used to play that game on his show, years ago.
Audience members tried to come up with songs the band didn't know.

By: Citizen on 7/29/09 at 7:00

Great letter. If the end result is going to be so good, what's the problem with waiting another month or three for "Health Care Reform"?

Political definition: 'REFORM' "taking a current program or programs, changing them to include more recipients while making them more costly, more inefficient, and more bureaucratic in nature".

Conyers, in a rare moment of honesty admitted that he hadn't read it, wouldn't read it, and wasn't capable of understanding it if he actually tried to read it! Don't these idiots in Washington realize how irresponsible it is to pass legislation that touches everyone in this country without even having read it? The main things most of them are interested in is posturing for the cameras and running for reelection.

By: dargent7 on 7/29/09 at 7:08

"House"..."Stump the Band" was invented by Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show. He'd banter with Doc Severinson and some sax player would rise and blow the song and the audience person won dinner for two at some restaurant.
And you had to have all limbs to participate.

By: house_of_pain on 7/29/09 at 7:10

My bad, I knew it was a late night show.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/29/09 at 7:42

By: idgaf on 7/29/09 at 4:06
If they cannot run medicaid/care properly what makes people think they can manage the rest of us?

id, guess who administers medicaid/medicare? not the government...the private insurance companies do. so if it's mismanaged, that's why. they are paid a subsidy by the government to administer medicaid/medicare.

By: slacker on 7/29/09 at 7:45

gdiafante, how would the $1 from each person system work?

By: gdiafante on 7/29/09 at 7:57

Simple, everyone gives me a dollar and they keep the insurance they now have. Those that don't have insurance can go to Canada...after they give me a dollar. Done.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/29/09 at 8:04

Good morning.

No matter what color they are, conservatives have a have time leaveing theier caves.

By: slacker on 7/29/09 at 8:06

gdiafante, with idea's like that, you should be in Obama's cabinet, if you are cheating on your taxes, you are a shoo-in.

By: gdiafante on 7/29/09 at 8:08

They offered, but I turned them down. I would be too busy when the NHL season starts. No thank you...

By: Captain Nemo on 7/29/09 at 8:11

Lets try that once more.

Good morning.

No mattter what color they are, conservatives have a hard time leaving their caves.

Coffee gooood!!

By: Captain Nemo on 7/29/09 at 8:15

Lets try that once more.

Good morning.

No mattter what color they are, conservatives have a hard time leaving their caves.

Coffee gooood!!

By: Dragon on 7/29/09 at 8:19

Is there an echo in here?

By: Captain Nemo on 7/29/09 at 8:21

Too much coffee. lol

By: slacker on 7/29/09 at 8:23

nemo, red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in his sight.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/29/09 at 8:26

Go tell that to a conservative, slacker.

By: gdiafante on 7/29/09 at 8:26

Notice that Jesus doesn't love tan children. And no wonder, with tanning beds being lethal now...

By: slacker on 7/29/09 at 8:56

Statistics have proven that 93% of people who use tanning beds, died within 60 years.
http://slackerdamas//coo:coo:butterfly//net

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/29/09 at 8:57

slacker, i thought it was 90. wow......shocking.......

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/29/09 at 8:58

Statistics have proven that 83% of all women who use tanning beds apply the incorrect color of foundation afterwards.

http://blanketnazi2//useless.information/.net

By: Captain Nemo on 7/29/09 at 9:09

I heard that living leads to death at some point. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 7/29/09 at 9:13

Blanket, I tried that web site. But it was useless.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/29/09 at 9:19

lol, Nemo!

By: Kosh III on 7/29/09 at 9:21

blanket

That's because they didn't ask their gay brother's advice :)

By: house_of_pain on 7/29/09 at 9:28

In a couple of years, doctors will be saying tanning beds are healthy.

By: CAH on 7/29/09 at 9:30

House, it wasn't Letterman, it was Johnny Carson.

By: slacker on 7/29/09 at 9:33

Didn't Eli Whitney invent the tanning bed, or was it Eli Manning?

By: gdiafante on 7/29/09 at 9:35

They'll be used as treatment for cancer. It's like a microwave without having to remove, stir, and cook for another minute.

By: CAH on 7/29/09 at 9:37

Sorry House, when I posted that I didn't know that D7 had corrected you. Actually surprised he was able to. I would have thought Carson was on past his bed time.

By: slacker on 7/29/09 at 9:38

pain, in a couple of years, doctors will be laundering money, from wealthy undisclosed patients.

By: gdiafante on 7/29/09 at 9:40

In a couple of years it won't matter. The world is going to end in 2012.

-Diafantus

By: slacker on 7/29/09 at 9:42

That would be a step up from the infamous coffee enema.

By: slacker on 7/29/09 at 9:44

Before or after the 2012 Superbowl?

By: slacker on 7/29/09 at 9:46

That coffee enema, might have worked if they had added cream & sugar.

By: gdiafante on 7/29/09 at 9:47

December 12, 2012 at 12 after noon...The Earth will break into 12 equal pieces that will drift thru space for exactly 1212 light years and end up crashing into the 12th planet in the Twelvia galazy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/29/09 at 9:48

g, i thought you had to use the numbers from Lost.