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: gdiafante on 3/30/10 at 12:53

I hate, hate, HATE reality TV.

I even argued with my wife last night about Dancing with the Stars. She'd rather watch that than hockey.


By: gdiafante on 3/30/10 at 12:55

Oh, and I'm just going to go ahead and say it. The thing about Brian, Dusty, etc seems a little fantastic to me. If I'm wrong I apologize, but it just does.

By: Kosh III on 3/30/10 at 12:58

'I hate, hate, HATE reality TV."

AMEN. The closest I can come to the unreal reality shows is HGTV's House Hunters, and only because I like house design and layout. Well, I like to yell "idiot" at those fools who yammer about "granite" and "updating" perfectly good kitchen cabinets. And who stupidly WANT to pay a 30 year mortgage on their washer and dryer which will be long gone in 30 years.
Here endeth the rant

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 1:05

I watched Pit Boss a few times, but never saw any real action.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 1:06

"reality TV" is an oximoron in itself. and moronic to boot.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 1:06

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 2:05
I watched Pit Boss a few times, but never saw any real action.

No beat downs by a midget? They need more of that.

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 1:06

gd, you've got a solid case for separate viewing areas there.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 1:07

g, sid's gonna come along and tell you you're a horrible person for that - lol!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 1:09

g, if you could COMBINE dancing with the stars and hockey you'd have something good.

By: brrrrk on 3/30/10 at 1:09

The right gets duped by one of it's own... again.....

Hannity's Charity Under Fire


By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 1:10

I'd watch midget roller derby.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 1:10

ice dancing mosh pit. that would be a good mashup of the two.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 1:10

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 2:10
I'd watch midget roller derby.

That would be even better than the nashville rollergirls!

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 1:11

One of their referees works for a lab here.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 1:11

house, we have to be careful. we may be creating more sexual tension than Ben can handle.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 1:13

one of my buddy's coworkers was a rollergirl.

By: slacker on 3/30/10 at 1:13

The multiple personalities of Dusty reality show.
Soon to be moved to Ask Amy.
Be there!

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 1:14

I'm starting to sweat a litte bit over here...

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 1:15

s/h/b "little"...now it's getting worse...

By: gdiafante on 3/30/10 at 1:16

Have you ever seen Nip/Tuck, House? When Julia banged the dwarf...hilarious...

By: slacker on 3/30/10 at 1:19

nazi, there hasn't been any real stars since Hedley Lamarr.

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 1:19

I go to bed before all the good stuff comes on.

By: brrrrk on 3/30/10 at 1:28

slacker said

"nazi, there hasn't been any real stars since Hedley Lamarr."

And Nora Desmond.....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 1:30

slacker, now go do that voodoo that you do so well

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 1:36

I have to admit, I am hooked on reality shows...I love RuPaul's Drag Race, America's Next Top Model, Shear Genius, Project Runway, etc...they are my guilty pleasure! I've tried watching Pit Boss but didn't like it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 1:51

RuPaul's Drag Race is hilarious!

By: bfra on 3/30/10 at 1:58

They ruined DWTS last season when slumped over Donny stumbled, fell, couldn't dance and WON. He hogged the cameras & microphones,also. The year before when Marie was on the show, he was out there everytime she danced, hamming it up!

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 2:10

Isn't it, Blanket?!!! I think Ru is absolutely gorgeous but some of those bitches look rough!

I don't watch that one, bfra but have noticed on other shows (like the Soup) how the things you pointed out have been obvious to others, too.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 2:13

did you see a couple of weeks ago when they did the song "Black Velvet"? hi-lar-i-ous!

By: bfra on 3/30/10 at 2:13

MamaG - My 6yr old granddaughter takes dance and she would even say "he can't dance very good", every time Donny danced.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 2:15

that's funny, bfra!

By: bfra on 3/30/10 at 2:16

Out of the mouths of babys! LOL

By: bfra on 3/30/10 at 2:19

Blanket, checked a link you posted earlier. On screen was also "GOPer spent 2K at a topless bondage type nite club. GOP money and they are trying to get it back.

By: MamaG on 3/30/10 at 2:24

That is funny, bfra...you know it's true if a child says it--they haven't learned how to be anything other than truthful yet! I never cared for Tom Bergeron anyway and think he & Donny may have had something going...

Blanket, yes, I did see that one! I loved it! It comes on tonight, VH1, not sure if it's 8 or 9 o'clock. "And don't F--K it up!"

Bye everyone...have a great evening!

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 2:25

I'm willing to bet that "refund" isn't going to pass for a "safe word".

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 2:38

bfra, that was Michael Steele who did that.

and no, i doubt "refund" is the "safe word" LOL!

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 2:39

Banana! Banana!

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 2:40

"Whip me, beat me, make me write bad checks!"

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/30/10 at 2:42

no....Michael Steele said, "Whip me, beat me, make me use the gov't. AMEX!"

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 2:44

Are those official party funds in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 2:49

gd, do the Preds have any more 2 p.m. home games left?

By: house_of_pain on 3/30/10 at 2:55

Never mind, I checked the schedule.

By: chiefpayne568 on 3/30/10 at 4:06

I happen to like Rep Cooper a lot. He has show great support for the military and the National Guard in particular.

That being said, I do NOT agree with his position on this!

By: chiefpayne568 on 3/30/10 at 4:10

Health care law too costly, most say

By: chiefpayne568 on 3/30/10 at 4:12

You can add Prudential to the list of businesses that will be taking charges. Expect more to come...LOTS more.

Prudential to take $100M health care charge in 1Q

By: bfra on 3/30/10 at 4:34

Well the republicant tabloid propaganda has started! I'm gone!

By: chiefpayne568 on 3/30/10 at 4:46


You consider USAToday a Republican tabloid??? WOW!

By: chiefpayne568 on 3/30/10 at 6:32

Obama's 'Soviet-Style' Takeover of Student Loans

“The first really unhappy people will be the 19 million students who, after July 1, will have no choice but to go to federal call centers to get their student loans. They’ll become even unhappier when they find out that the government is charging 2.8 percent to borrow the money and 6.8 percent to lend it to the students, and spending the difference on the new health-care bill and other programs. In other words, the government will be overcharging 19 million students.” The overcharge is “significant,” Alexander adds, because “on a $25,000 student loan, which is an average loan, the amount the government will overcharge will average between $1,700 and $1,800.”

By: CarleneHarrison on 6/2/11 at 10:54

Different people in every country get the loan from different creditors, just because it is simple.