Letters to the Editor

Monday, March 29, 2010 at 11:42pm

Rep. Cooper cast the wrong vote

As a voter in the 5th District of Tennessee, I would like to point out the obvious flaws in [Rep. Jim] Cooper’s progressive reasoning for health care reform. I will also offer a creative solution for the State of Tennessee regarding health care that could save the state millions of dollars. Remember, the goal with health care reform was to provide everyone coverage and reduce medical costs across the board. You can review Congressman Cooper’s statement on his website.

Never before has the federal government required its’ citizens to purchase a product from another private citizen or face criminal penalty under the law. It’s time we as voters put a stop to this progressive march and demand fiscally sound solutions that benefit us all. Helping those in need should never be a disguise for losing our liberty.

Cooper says all the major hospitals in the Nashville area — Vanderbilt, Summit, Centennial, etc. — all support the bill. Of course they would, because these institutions are taking the brunt of unpaid medical claims. Cooper says the American Medical Association supports the bill, but the AMA represents less than 30 percent of doctors across America. Not exactly a majority.

He claims that three major Catholic groups support this legislation. Well, I attend Catholic Church and I can tell you that any bill mandating federal funding for abortion would not be supported. Maybe these groups were duped just like Bart Stupak (D-Michigan) thinking that an Executive Order from President Obama would eliminate that language. I wonder if they know that all Executive Orders expire when the President that wrote them leaves office?

As for the AARP, it has been completely on board with the current administration from the beginning. I’m sure if you’re a member of AARP, you won’t like the fact that this Healthcare Reform Act takes $500 million from Medicare.

Cooper claims “tens of millions of Americans will benefit immediately from reform of these insurance markets.” This would be tough to pull off since none of the coverage changes take affect for another three years, after the next Presidential election.

He claims this is not a government take over of the industry. The language of the bill requires you in three years, to report on your tax return that you have the “government approved” health care policy or face criminal penalty under the law. Companies must also offer the “government approved” policy or face fines as well. Insurance companies must completely change what they are responsible for paying or face penalties from the government. That pretty much sounds taken over to me.

The most outrageous statement from Mr. Cooper is: “The bill is paid for.” Not one Republican vote was necessary to pass this bill. Cooper’s own Democrat party had to bribe its own members with 100’s of millions in taxpayer money that we now owe them in order to get enough votes for passage.

Another reason for the three-year delay? Massive new taxes are now being levied upon us to build up the revenue just to start paying for this bill. Does this sound deficit-neutral to you?

My favorite part of the letter is when Cooper states, “This legislation does not do enough to contain medical inflation, but makes a good start because it contains the largest proposed savings in health care costs in history, over $600 billion over 10 years.” First, if it doesn’t do enough to cover the cost, that is code for we will be raising more taxes to sustain this bill. Secondly, the word proposed means they will try. Remember the promise of Social Security, and later Medicare, was to simply collect the money up front and give it back to you later in life when you need it. Both parties robbed it blind. So are we to trust them in collecting billions up front again?

The constituents of Tennessee’s 5th District are going to have to accept the fact that the 'Blue Dog' Jim Cooper is gone, and the Progressive Jim Cooper has taken its place. Saying the right things about the economy and health care while being here in Nashville and voting the opposite in Washington is not what the voters deserve. Jim Cooper supports the failed Stimulus Plan, Cap and Trade (which is trillions in new taxes), and now a progressive health care plan, which just opened the door to socialized medicine. Remember, you must purchase the government-approved plan or face penalty under the law.

President Obama said in a speech to the Service Employees International Union that he wanted a single-payer system, even if it took 10 years to do it. Remember the demands last summer for Town Hall meetings from Jim Cooper? He wouldn’t have one. I even had my own Town Hall meeting on Sept. 1 at the Mt. Juliet Community Center, but he was too busy. He didn’t make time for his constituents but he found the time to meet with groups such as Organizing for America and Change That Works during the same summer. Both progressive groups report back to, you guessed it, the SEIU.

With Mr. Cooper’s support for groups like the SEIU, the Center for American Progress, and voting in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, it is time for a new way of thinking and new solutions.

Government should be developing contracts with private insurance companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and many others to negotiate private policies the government could subsidize. For example, as of March 2006, there were about 1.2 million people on TennCare with a total cost of $8 billion, or $6,667 per person. Any self-employed businessperson can tell you they would have to pay around $3,500 for a policy on their own. Why not scrap Tenn Care as we know it and get the same individuals covered by private plans? Yes, I mean all of them. Even if their policies cost $4,500 it would reduce the total program cost by $2.6 billion or 32.5 percent.

Additional benefits would be that hospitals, doctors and clinics would be paid at higher rates, therefore actually lowering costs to the rest of us. Also, people on TennCare would have better medical care access as the number of facilities not accepting TennCare would decrease dramatically.

Lastly, insurance companies have a better infrastructure in place to identify fraud and abuse. With courageous State Representatives like Susan Lynn (R-Mt. Juliet) fighting President Obama’s forced health care through 10th Amendment rights, we could also implement the strategy of privatizing TennCare to show America that you can take care of the people, not bankrupt your state budget, and not threaten the Liberty of those who do not need government assistance.

The bottom line is we must have representatives in Congress that stay true to their principles. Jim Cooper has a well-written book, available through Thomas Nelson Publishers, about fiscal budgeting and deficit eduction but he votes for bailouts and Cap and Trade. He talks about insurance co-ops, fiscal Medicare restraint, and private market competition but then votes for health care reform so expensive your grandchildren will be paying for it.

Does this sound like the America you want to tell your grandchildren about? You’ve heard the saying “A wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Well, Mr. Cooper has become, “A Progressive in a Blue Dog’s clothing.” There is a better way forward. As the great Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s money.” It’s time to make a change this November.

Mark Charest, Mt. Juliet


149 Comments on this post:

By: slacker on 3/30/10 at 8:48

The Captain of our crew gets ''whacked?''
We are finito. Good luck VinnyT.

By: dargent7 on 3/30/10 at 8:48

Vinnie T.
Sorry to hear that. You were on our payroll, too.
Thanks for all the air time you afforded me.
I sent my parents, who are convinced I'm in prison, my LTE's....just to irritate my dad.
( he's more conservative than Ben, CAH, or idgaf ).
Remeber that great saying, "When one door closes, another one opens".
Think it was either Jesus or Groucho Marx.

By: DustyU on 3/30/10 at 8:49

Thank you all
pain yes grandpa has stated several times that he would like to meet you all

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 8:50

Joey, I'm so sorry to hear this news...my condolences too. Please give Dusty a collective *hug* from his friends here at the NCP.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 8:51

Joey, is there a memorial for Brian?

By: brrrrk on 3/30/10 at 8:52

dargent7 said

"I sent my parents, who are convinced I'm in prison, my LTE's....just to irritate my dad.
( he's more conservative than Ben, CAH, or idgaf )."

Your Thanksgivings must be interesting. :-)

By: DustyU on 3/30/10 at 8:52

tull you guys have politician that stand for their convictions?
wow! we don't have such things here in DC!
I really have to go this time
goodbye all and thanks for your prayers

By: slacker on 3/30/10 at 8:53


By: DustyU on 3/30/10 at 8:54

blasnketnazi2 no memorial
family has tradition of cremation followed by a wake

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 9:04

House, I see you posted bail for Slacker.

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 9:08

I called in a favor, MamaG. I had incriminating photos of Serpas, in compromising positions, with a bear claw.

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 9:27

Yep, that'll work every time!

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 9:29

I am still in shock, I think, from the news of Brian being killed in a car wreck. It just seems so bizarre and what terrible luck to befall this whole family.

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 9:32

Yes, MamaG. All my hassles seem petty today. Perspective...

By: slacker on 3/30/10 at 9:34

Hi MamaG, whats doing at the church?
If our chat room gets eliminated, I suggest we move to Ask Amy's space.

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 9:40

Hey Slacker! Not much on around here, as usual. I second the Ask Amy space...our old friend, NewYorker1 posts there sometimes and I miss his sass!

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 9:41

Right on, House, totally agree.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 9:45

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 10:29
I am still in shock, I think, from the news of Brian being killed in a car wreck. It just seems so bizarre and what terrible luck to befall this whole family.

Me too. I'm stunned. 8F~(

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 9:45

Son got acceptance to Sarah Lawrence yesterday...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 9:46

that's awesome, MamaG.

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 9:46

Who's that, MamaG? Prom date?

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 9:55

Thanks, Blanket!
LMAO, House! He wishes he could find a prom date. I think he's waited too long & the gal he likes already got asked by someone else...not sure what's going on there...

By: slacker on 3/30/10 at 9:59

MamaG, there is always ''rent a date'' available.
For $100 extra, she shows up in a prom gown.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 9:59

he can find someone at the Starlite.

By: slacker on 3/30/10 at 10:02

For $25 more, she won't drop F-bombs in every sentence.

By: slacker on 3/30/10 at 10:05

Clean fingernails $10.

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 10:08

Hahahaha! You all are toooo funny today! Be back later...gotta run for now!

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 10:09

How much for clean drawers and brushed teeth?

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 10:09

and ya'll, he's only 17!

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 10:10

MamaG, you're talking about a second mortgage there.

By: brrrrk on 3/30/10 at 10:12

Here I thought I would have to do a mea culpa for my lambasting of the rights recent despicable behavior, because of the Eric Cantor death threats until I read this about the person that threatened Cantor.

"Norman Leboon made several YouTube videos on the Web that have recently been taken down. He wanted to burn CNN to the ground, and he told ABC News employees that they will lose their firstborn sons. Leboon also threatened to burn down all the malls in America until the movie "Babe the Pig" was removed."

Turns out this guy had no political agenda at all..... he was just plain bat crap CRAZY. So sorry, no mea culpa today. And the right wing thought for sure they could point fingers.

Although, I do understand somewhat.... that pig got on my nerves too. :-)

By: slacker on 3/30/10 at 10:27

brrrrk, you have to make threats if your last name is Leboon.

By: Loner on 3/30/10 at 10:31

Back home again....sorry to hear about another family tragedy for Dusty U's family...... First , Dusty nearly croaks after undergoing open heart surgery, meanwhile, his nephew in Chad, (along with his family) becomes a missing refugee with hopes dimming for his survival. Then Dusty's grandson gets killed in a car wreck....all in the space of a few weeks. Incredibly bad luck seems to befall this family. Remeber, Dusty's first wife was killed in a terrorist attack....the tragedy is almost unimaginable. My deepest condolences to the Dusty U's.

By: Loner on 3/30/10 at 10:46

Odd that Cantor would accuse the Democrats of exploiting the increasingly volatile situation, while simultaneously taking advantage of this opportunity to do a little self-serving grandstanding on the same issue.

According to police investigators, it seems that the highly publicized "bullet hole" in Cantor's office window was probably from a round that was fired into the air, not at the building, as it struck his office window on its downward trajectory....could have been a random coincidence and not the drive-by shooting portrayed by Cantor.

Eric Cantor claims that he is the victim of anti-Semitic hate mail etc., he is the only Republican Jew in the Congress....(even Arlen Spector switched to the Democratic side and Joe Lieberman is an Independent).....as Republican Whip, and reputed presidential hopeful, Rep. Cantor would like to make support for Israel a partisan issue; he is portraying Obama as an existential threat to Israel. The man is a de facto Israeli agent, IMO.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 11:09

Karl Rove heckled, called 'war criminal' at book event

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 11:23

"That bumper sticker that maybe you'll see on the next Subaru driving by -- an Obama bumper sticker -- you should stop the driver and say, 'So how is that hopey, changey thing working out for ya?'" Palin said, poking at two words closely tied to Mr. Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, "hope" and "change."


i bet her idiot fans will translate that into encouragement for road rage against those with Obama stickers. *sigh*

By: Loner on 3/30/10 at 11:25

Not to belabor the point, but since many are now out to lunch, (no pun intended) let me just add another crystal balls prediction: The recent kerfuffle between Obama and Netanyahu will be used as grist for the political mills in the USA as well as in the Jewish state.

If Cantor can succeed in painting Obama as a closet anti-Semite and Arab terrorist sympathizer, then some gullible independents might switch to the party perceived as being more friendly to Israel.

Catholic Democrats might also bolt the party ranks, if the Democrats were successfully portrayed as being hostile to the Chosen People in the Promised Land and related prophecy fulfillment. The Catholic - Jewish Joint Declaration of Buenos Aires, enacted in 2004, officially equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism - a mortal sin for Catholics.

Of course, most American born-agains, Israel's biggest fans, are already within the GOP fold...at least for now....Palin could change all that.

With limitless AIPAC and corporate support, Eric Cantor may become our next US president, if not VP, using the strategies revealed by my balls of crystal.

Remember, you heard it here first.

By: gdiafante on 3/30/10 at 11:26

Rove: ""They don't believe in dialogue. They don't believe in courtesy. They don't believe in First Amendment rights for anyone but themselves."

He's so full of it his eyes are brown.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 11:27

you got that right, g.

By: Loner on 3/30/10 at 11:31

Right on, BN....Palin is so ignorant that she probably does not know that almost all Subarus in the USA were built in the USA. She was Jap-baiting with that Subaru jab....the woman is dangerously ignorant and should never serve in public office again....besides, as her MO clearly indicates, she'd quit when the going got rough, and blame it all on the liberal media....leaving a power vacuum in her wake.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 11:41

It's the Mother of all Moves, with 20,000 soldiers working on the biggest withdrawal of troops and equipment since Vietnam, reports CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer.


By: Loner on 3/30/10 at 11:46

We can blame the SCOTUS for foisting Junior Bush upon the republic, in 2000. We can blame Karl Rove for compounding the original error, in 2004.

Rove and "Rummy" should be facing a Board of Inquiry, not doing book-signings and such.

By: Loner on 3/30/10 at 11:54

A lot of the stuff is going to Afghanistan, some is coming home, other stuff is going into the Iraqi economy by way of scrapping-recycling. Let's hope that the Iraqis can hold their fragile democracy together, when we do finally leave the place. I recall the looting that followed the invasion...the veneer of civilization is thin in the ME.

By: Kosh III on 3/30/10 at 12:09

"Rove and "Rummy" should be facing a Board of Inquiry, not doing book-signings and such."

No they shouldn't! But I know a wall they should be lined up against. :)

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 12:17

Sarah Palin: stopping Subarus by all means necessary.

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 12:21

VinnyT, I put in a good word on your behalf at the other paper's site.
I hope they choke on that story about you guys.

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 12:30

Did you all hear that now Tripp Johnston is trying to get his own reality series? I don't know what it would entail but it couldn't be worse than anything with Palin in it. (could it?)

By: gdiafante on 3/30/10 at 12:36

Reality TV is cheap and for the dumbest of the dumb, so why wouldn't they have their own show?

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 12:43

The Ultimate Fighter & Bully Beatdown are the only reality shows I can stomach.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 12:45

no Pit Boss, house?