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See my video on the subject: Obama’s Death Panels
Came to me on the web:
Forget about getting to age 75, this exact thing happened to me this morning at Danbury hospital here in Ct. I was scheduled for a cardio-lite stress test. This is a tread mill stress test where during the process they inject nuclear dye into your blood stream and then put you in a CAT scan or something similar and take a picture of your heart. If all is good the heart shows up red, if there are blocked arteries anywhere that portion of the heart shows up pink. I have had three of these tests in the past twelve years due to blocked arteries discovered in 2000. They use the test to determine if I need a rotor-router, or a bypass operation.
So I arrive at the hospital at 8 am this morning and I am in the process of checking in at Cardiology and the lady says that my appointment has been canceled. She makes a call and speaks with someone and hands me the phone. It is a nurse in cardiology who says that my medical coverage denied the procedure. I said it was routine, part of my heart maintenance process and ordered by my PCP and with approval from my Cardiologist who is the head of Danbury Cardiology which is right where I was standing. She goes, “yes but we were denied our request”. So I say, I have Medicare so what is my backup insurance doing denying anything. Then the bombshell, she says it was the Medicare board that denied the procedure.
At that point, I turn to everyone behind me, and it was a long line, and I say to them “well you won’t have to wait too long today because my stress test procedure was just canceled by a Medicare Death Panel. I am only 67 so can you imagine what is going to happen when we really get old”. The entire waiting room and everyone there from patients to staff just went dead silent. So I turn to the front desk and tell them, ” I guess I will have to write a letter to the editor of the Danbury News Times and call my Senators and Congressman and let them know the Death Panels have already convened”. Then I walked out.
By the time I got home the message machine was blinking. My PCP had already called and so did the hospital and guess what, Medicare decided to approve my stress test procedure and if I could get back down to the hospital they would fit me in right now for this 3 hour procedure. I told them I couldn’t make it, that I was going fishing because I didn’t know how many more fishing trips I could get in before I went into cardiac arrest but not to worry about me costing the government any money because I am a 30% disabled Army veteran, due to Agent Orange poisoning which is what caused this heart problem to begin with, and I qualify to be buried for free in a plain pine wrapper in the cheap graves section at any National Cemetery. I certainly don’t want to cost our government any money so maybe we just won’t do this procedure anymore and we can use the money to redistribute it to all of the illegal’s to keep them alive so they can mow the lawns at the National Cemeteries.
So this Death Panel crap has started. If we don’t vote this guy and his criminal cronies out of office this November then we will all die younger than we should as broke paupers as the country goes bankrupt. Feel free to distribute my note to anyone and make it a mission to not only make your vote count but on behalf of all of us please make an effort to change the thinking of anyone remotely willingly to get intellectually engaged in this critical time in our country’s history.
The Gender Gap? Or The Edge Of A Cliff?
by L. J. Martin
It’s interesting to me that Obama is now perceived as having a large lead among women voters. I have long said that the Republican party is way out of line in their approach to abortion…in fact that government is way out of line in that regard. I can understand that the concept of when a life is a life is an issue of law, but of federal law? Why the hell are they talking about any issue other than saving the country?
Roe v. Wade is and was a great compromise between those with religious beliefs that life begins at contraception and those who feel a woman shouldn’t be burdened with raising a child resulting from a rape, or one whose been determined to have disease or disability, or merely one who’s not wanted. Sorry, but being raised ‘not wanted’ is a terrible way to be thrust upon the world and upon your life. Not to speak of the cost. A crack baby, after all, costs society way over a million dollars and then what quality of life might that child have. Then again, a life is a life, and I can find lots of contributors to society who started life with terrible circumstance. Is a baby worth a million dollars…of course it is. Is it worth a million dollars for me, individually, to have to take from my own children and grandchildren in order to support the child of another? It all comes down to self-reliance and to whom each and every one of us is accountable. If we stand accountable first to ourselves, then to our own family, this world will be a much better place. We are all our brother’s keepers, but there has to be a limit.
I’ve heard all these arguments time and again from both sides of the aisle and both sides of main street.
It’s my belief that your body is your temple. What is more personal that this flesh and blood within which we all stumble along day after day, within which the soul resides? No one else faces your disease and no one treads the path of death with you…it’s a path you take alone. And there is no religion, at least not for the individual, unless there is self. If you’re not there, you don’t hear the tree fall in the forest, nor the clouds part and that heavenly voice ring out…I’ve not personally heard it, but believe me the thunder has gotten my attention on more than one occasion.
So, as self-centered as it may sound, you have to first take care of yourself. And I mean take care of yourself, not expect others to do so, including the federal government…in fact, the federal government most, or least, of all. It’s way too impersonal. In my opinion, the federal government has no business sticking their impersonal noses into a woman’s management of her own body, and an individual has no business expecting the federal government to provide contraception. If a woman has the will to risk getting pregnant then she should have the will to provide her own birth control, particularly when the cost is about the same as a cup of coffee.
I’ve long said, and taught my sons, you can’t help anyone else until you help yourself. You can’t help anyone financially unless you gain the capability to do so. You can’t help anyone with anything unless you keep yourself healthy, unless you educate yourself…unless you’re able to climb out of the sack in the morning and get moving. And it’s your responsibility, and yours alone to help yourself. That’s what self-reliance is all about.
We may have arguments about all the above that will never be resolved.
All that said, there is an issue that may transcend all of our differences, and that’s the very survival of what’s proven to be the greatest country on earth. A country within which we can shout out our differences, a country unique in that one quality, among many others. And she is threatened.
It’s time for all of us, no matter our party, to vote to preserve this great country and not let a wedge be driven between sexes and used as a springboard to allow the country to continue to be manipulated into a mud-hole of debt from which she may never extract herself. Who wants to bring a child, wanted or unwanted, into such a country?
We can’t even argue about issues such as birth control and abortion if there’s no country left, and the current administration continues on a path to the edge of the proverbial cliff. I hope the so-called gender gap is not a hole from which none of us can extricate ourselves.
L. J. Martin is the author of 30 book length works. He writes the conservative blog http://fromthepeapatch.com. He lives in Montana with his wife, an NYT best selling author.
No one is a greater advocate of limiting population in this world than L. J. Martin. That said, the horrors of some abortion are beyond ken. However, all the water problems, all the air polution, all the food shortages, the oil shortage, and on and on and on can be attributed to growing populations. At some point we will have to get at the root of the problem, and that root is between the legs. That said, it’s not government’s place to pay for birth control. These kids, like the one whining to congress about not getting free birth control, should undertake some self control. The collective “we” are not their mommies, and anything government pays for comes out of our pockets, and if I wanted to pay for this young lady, Sandra Fluke, to have sex, it wouldn’t be with some pimple faced university law student in the dorm room next door….and by college age, particularly with the supposed intelligence to be in one of the country’s most prestigious law schools, you should have the intelligence to either keep your legs closed or buy your own birth control. By the way, I don’t pay for sex, and never did (except for that one time when I was 17).