Comment Last Three
August 06, 2010
Every home owner should be "pissed-off" at Obama and the Democrats who helped pass ObamaCare.
Under the new health care bill - did you know that all real estate transactions are now subject to a 3.8% Sales Tax? The bulk of these new taxes don't kick in until 2013 (presumably after Obama's re-election bid). So funding Freddie and Fannie with billions of tax payer's dollars is not enough, we now have to fund health care for the masses.
You can thank Nancy, Harry and Barack and your local Democrat Congressman for this new tax. If you sell your $400,000 home, there will be a $15,200 tax. I guess this is what Pelosi meant when she said, "We have to pass it so we know what is in it". Do you feel screwed yet by this "hope and change"? Give me George Bush any day to Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress.
This bill is set to screw the retiring generation who often downsize their homes. Is this Hope & Change great or what? I guess we have to vote out this crowd so we can have elected officials who represent us--the American tax payer--and not the socialist crowd.
Oh, you weren't aware this was in the Obamacare bill? Guess what, you aren't alone. There are more than a few congressman that aren't aware of it either. There are a many other surprises and taxes lurking in this health care bill that nobody read.
Let's elect men and women who read bills and know what they are voting on before they vote. We need fiscal conservatives in Congress and a leader in the White House.
July 23, 2009
Below are some REAL suggestions for health care reform. This is what the American people expect and deserve.
To create a system that delivers more choices of higher quality health care at lower cost we need to take the following six straightforward steps:
Stop Paying the Crooks. First, we must dramatically reduce healthcare fraud within our current healthcare system. Outright fraud - criminal activity - accounts for as much as 10 percent of all healthcare spending. That is more than $200 billion every year. Medicare alone could account for as much as $40 billion a year. (Please visit HealthTransformation.net for the information about our latest CHT Press book, Stop Paying the Crooks, edited by Jim Frogue.)
Move from a Paper-based to an Electronic Health System. As it stands now, it is simply impossible to keep up with fraud in a paper-based system. An electronic system would free tens of billions of dollars to be spent on investing on the kind of modern system that will transform healthcare. In addition, it would dramatically increase our ability to eliminate costly medical errors and to accelerate the adoption of new solutions and breakthroughs.
Tax Reform. The savings realized through very deliberately and very systematically eliminating fraud could be used to provide tax incentives and vouchers that would help cover those Americans who currently can't afford coverage. In addition, we need to expand tax incentives for insurance provided by small employers and the self-employed. Finally, elimination of capital gains taxes for investments in health-solution companies can greatly impact the creation advancement of new solutions that create better health at lower cost.
Create a Health-Based Health System. In essence, we must create a system that focuses on improving individual health. The best way to accomplish this is to find out what solutions are actually working today that save lives and save money and then design public policy to encourage their widespread adoption. For example, according to the Dartmouth Health Atlas, if the 6,000 hospitals in the country provided the same standard of care of the Intermountain or Mayo health clinics, Medicare alone would save 30 percent of total spending every year. We need to make best practices the minimum practice. We need the federal government and other healthcare stakeholders to consistently migrate to best practices that ensure quality, safety and better outcomes.
Reform Our Health Justice System. Currently, the U.S. civil justice system is the most expensive in the world-about double the average cost in virtually every other industrialized nation. But for all of the money spent, our civil justice system neither effectively compensates persons injured from medical negligence nor encourages the elimination of medical errors. Because physicians fear malpractice suits, defensive medicine (redundant, wasteful treatment designed to avoid lawsuits, not treat the patient) has become pervasive. CHT is developing a number of bold health-justice reforms including a "safe harbor" for physicians who followed clinical best practices in the treatment of a patient. You can learn more at HealthTransformation.net.
Invest in Scientific Research and Breakthroughs. We must accelerate and focus national efforts, re-engineer care delivery, and ultimately prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease and diabetes which are financially crippling our healthcare system.
The Last Thing We Need is a Plan That Raises Taxes and Eliminates Jobs
February 04, 2009
President Bush reached out to Muslims during his 8 years in office, but was not given the credit by liberals around the world. President Bush tried to base his assertive diplomatic plans based on mutual respect and interests, but remained strong against those who wanted to destroy America.
The Islamic terrorists and dictators are fanatics and mass murderers. They have created decades of misrule, oppression and Islamist propaganda that have created jihadism. President Bush sought to transform the Middle East by bringing democracy and political pluralism. He understood that the only way to eliminate the root cause of terrorism was to sweep away the old autocratic structures that blocked individual rights.
Mr. Bush's pro-democracy, pro-freedom agenda threatened the rotting status quo, the powerful princes and corrupt clerics who have kept the Arab masses in poverty and ignorance for generations. This has allowed hatred and resentment to fester, eating away at the region's body politic - enabling radical Islam to fill the void.
Under Mr. Bush's leadership, the United States toppled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, overthrew Saddam Hussein's fascist dictatorship in Iraq, helped drive Syria from its occupation of Lebanon, laid a path to an independent Palestinian state (provided it renounces terrorism), forced Libya to abandon its weapons of mass destruction, saved millions of African Muslims from the scourge of AIDS, and prevented Pakistan from falling into the hands of Islamist extremists.
The United States has done more for Muslims around the world than any other country. So why did they hate President Bush and fight his pro-democracy policies? I have served in the Middle East and understand their mentality and thought process, which is not our way of doing things.
It is not America's flaws that need to be focused on; it is the Muslim world's deep-seated flaws. The region is dysfunctional, and the only thing that can fix it is real reform - the kind ushered in by the Bush administration. "Listening" as President Obama wants to do will do nothing to the Saudi princes or inept Palestinian leaders or corrupt Egyptian strongmen. President Obama will not be successful in "listening" to these extremists and will sadly learn from personal experience.