Understanding Affordable Healthcare

The key to a Health Care System that lasts, is THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED

What is wrong with ObamaCare is its coercive elements, those places where it bypasses free choice.

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There is such a wide spectrum of opinions on the subject of healthcare that I have concluded the BEST SOLUTION IS TO GIVE HEALTH CARE BACK TO THE STATES. This allows for local solutions.  One or another of the states is going to get creative and they will come up with a workable system.  Then the nation can follow.

Here are some things to look at when designing a good healthcare system:

One: The High Cost of Medical Toys (tools)  

I went for my annual eye-check today I was charged double for the ELECTRONIC MONITORING of my glaucoma. That is right; the cost for the test went up 100%.in a period of only one year.  Now this is a test that is useful to the doctor but it doesn’t actually fix anything.  I want to point out the doctor was using the same machine as last year, no new costly training needed for the doctor or tech, no new facilities were needed.  The facilities had not even been renovated.

SO WHY WERE THE DOCTORS CHARGING TWICE AS MUCH FOR AN ALMOST UNNECESSARY TEST?

Two years ago I decided I should get my heart checked – live in the mountains two hours from a hospital.  NOTE WELL: I was fine just fearful.. I went in to the heart hospital and got my EKG a quick and satisfying outcome – well no, not quite. While the EKG had reassured me my heart was fine, that was not the end of story.  They then slapped me with a Doppler electronic test, an Echo test and several other electronic tests whose names I cannot pronounce and cannot remember. I do remember the bill though, which was over $500.00 which my insurance was unwilling to pay. So much for CONSENT OF THE PATIENT!

Last week I went in for an X-ray – I had fallen on my knee. It wasn’t a bad fall but I am seventy-six years young and so it seemed like a good idea to do a quick check for broken bones.  They wanted to charge me $45.00 for the X-ray and that was just the co-pay.  I walked out without getting the X-ray.

A plummer pays for his own set of tools, so does a carpenter, so does an electrician. Why are we being charged exorbitant prices for doctor tools?

The only way such costs get paid is by passing them along via Big Government. 

I left the clinic and was going to Wal-Mart where I needed to buy a pillow.  I estimated the cost at $15.00 – It was $2.97.  As I was leaving the store I saw a little black top similar to the one I had bought a year ago for $10.00; its cost was $5.95 and I snapped it up.

After all by refusing the X-ray I had just saved myself $45.00, hadn’t I?

Point made?

 

Two: Insurance is designed so that the healthy end up paying for the sick. 

The Idle Rich (Big Pharma) are colluding with the idle poor (Welfare) to pass the cost of Health Care along to the hardworking, healthy Americans in the middle class.

Unfortunately after or during a recession, there are more sick than healthy, productive Americans. So insurance costs rise. It eventually reaches a point where the burden is just too big for the average hardworking American family. The only way Insurance and Big Pharma and Big Medicine get paid IS BY GETTING CONGRESS TO UNDERWRITE THE COSTS. Hence ObamaCare.  Judge Roberts correctly said, ObamaCare is a tax.

You add in the health care costs of twelve billion illegal immigrants not to mention refugees, an aging population, and the only way Big Pharma & Big Medicine gets paid is by government subsidy. Is this what this debate is all about?

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The biggest  danger in this  situation is is that there are Socialists who favor a single payer system. That would compound the problem passing along the health burden in the form of exorbitant taxes to the already overburdened middle class.

This bypasses the CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED.

 

Three: Big Pharma Profiteering
Have you ever wondered how much profit Big Pharma Makes on its Drugs?

A congressional investigation into the exorbitant costs of Healthcare is long overdue.

The swamp dwellers also have to be paid by Big Pharma and yes we the forgotten men, the hard working men of America are also picking up the tab for this.

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Lest Democrats get smug finding two leading Republicans in the swamp, Big Pharma has targeted both parties. (Source: opensecrets.org)

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We the tax payers are paying for these bribes.

Now let’s look at the high cost of drugs:

Statin drugs are very expensive–a course of Statins for a year costs between $900 and $1400. They constitute the mostly widely sold pharmaceutical drug, accounting for 6.5 percent of market share and 12.5 billion dollars in revenue for the industry. Your insurance company may pay most of that cost, but consumers always ultimately pay with higher insurance premiums.

Payment for Statin drugs poses a huge burden for Medicare, and the insurance companies. Were this not the case more money could be made available for truly lifesaving medical measures. Know that there is no pain or sensation associated with high cholostrol.  It is another of these drugs Big Medicine has to first persuade seniors they are sick. They do this by monitoring the cholesterol count in the blood. Statin drugs create liver damage and a major byproduct is weak and feeble muscles. I chose not to take the Statin drugs on finding it made me weak and feeble. The one thing I do not want to be is a burden in my old age.

Pharma lowered the threshold of Statin Drugs from 240 to 200 and the number sits at 180. Yet it seems little evidence that Statin drugs benefit and much evidence that they add to the discomfort of old age. If we give Big Pharma and the doctors the benefit of the doubt we still have to hold in question WHY BIG PHARMA LOWERED THE CHOLESTEROL NUMBER from 240 to 200 to 180?

It is not only Statin drugs that cost the American taxpayers billions.  Here is a random selection of some of the more frequently prescribed drugs. (You will notice that already the consumer price of the drug is too high for the average American to pay, unless some insurance company or the Government picks up the tab.)

Prozac 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $247.47
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.11

Percent markup: 224,973%

Tenormin 50 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $104.47
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.13

Percent markup: 80,362%

Vasotec 10 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $102.37
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.20

Percent markup: 51,185%

Zoloft 50 mg
Consumer price: $206.87
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.75

Percent markup: 11,821%

And Big Pharma is laughing all the way to the bank.

The latest CASH COW  from Big Pharma is Vaccinations.

I come from a third world country and I made sure my son had all the needed inoculations to protect him and those around him. However I waited until he was seven years old so that there was no toxic overload on his developing systems.  He was seven years old and he received only seven inoculations. (1985)  I now have friends and family leaving California where coercive Vaccinations are being mandated.

So why are American children now subjected to 69 vaccinations?

Here is the typical Vaccination schedule:

AGE 12 hours:   1 vaccine
AGE 2 months:  8 more vaccines
AGE 4 months:  7 more vaccines
AGE 6 months: 8 more vaccines
AGE 12-18 months: 12 more vaccines
AGE 2-6 years: 13 more vaccines
AGE: 7-18 years: 20 more vaccines

GRAND TOTAL: 69 vaccinations

There is NO justification for mandating vaccinations. This bypasses the rights of informed parents. Mandatory vaccinations bypasses the CONSENT of THE GOVERNED

The first thing that struck me when I arrived in America was the enormous number of Advertisements for expensive drugs on the television.  I still cringe when I see them. This advertising bypasses the professional responsibility (and integrity) of our doctors. They are tasked with evaluating the advantages of a drug vs its downside- the toxic sideeffects. Yet in America they no longer have professional independence. Is it small wonder that many doctors accept kickbacks from Big PHarma as they go along to get along.

For nearly a century, doctors searched for an alternative to opioids. Then a drug company introduced a product that changed the way the pills worked. It led to a revolution that started with helping patients in chronic pain but  led to scores of doctors prescribing highly addictive drugs to patients with mere minor ailments. What may have begun at the turn of the century as doctor compassion for patients in pain,  is gradually being recognized as at best doctor ignorance and at worst willful profiteering. Today, the pain management field is still in disagreement about the safety of opioid therapy. Policymakers have only recently realized that over-prescribing of opioids is at the root of the problem.

It comes back to patient choice; THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED. Has Big Pharma priced Big Medicine out of the market?


Four: Using the Force of Government to wipe out Natural Remedies

Currently we are in a war of ideas, for with the rise of Trump, the ideas of global are being challenged. What we are up against with Health Care is the insidious lure of socialized Medicine, something embraced by the global elites. .

What the Democratic and Republican Senators do not seem to understand is that we have a common enemy. Good Health Care is not a partisan matter.

When the GOP won the House, the Senate, the Governors and the White House two outstanding initiatives introduced by First Lady 44 fell into disrepute. When a new regime comes in they should inventory and KEEP what was good in the previous administration.

Firstly where before black workers were slightly bent and apologetic, they began to stand proud and tall.  Obama made some big mistakes in his eight years in office, primarily when he tried to bypass our heritage and the constitution,  but in giving black people a new pride, this was an amazing thing and Republicans should honor this. It will reflect in the health of the nation.

Despite the efforts by global to divide us that America actually reached a point where we COULD ELECT A BLACK PRESIDENT this was a big milestone. This was also good for the fashion industry as black women (in my view often more beautiful than whites) embraced color and style inspired by first lady 44, as never before.

Michelle’s influence on the nation was a good one. Her initiative to provide a healthy meal for schoolchildren was also thrown out after the GOP won the White House, the House, the Senate and the Governors. Her program was a good thing, although abused when it went coercive. (Where Obama lost his heritage was when he allowed “big brother” elements in, using the force of government to impose his view on the nation – in America you always lose when you BYPASS THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED.)

Michelle’s other initiative was also inspired and should be kept and reinforced. She taught Americans to grow a natural garden and to use vegetables and herbs in their cooking. She didn’t quite get there but she started in that direction realizing that much that can be done to improve the health of America through community gardens.  We should flow power to these initiatives. A lot of good tech to improve the health of the world in movements like PermaCulture.

The First Lady Club (I can dream) 

What if our wonderful First Ladies were to get together and form a club to encourage natural solutions in America.

I mean just think of it, what if Laura Bush, Michelle and Melania were to come together to form a club to lead and inspire Americans. These ladies are untouchable.

This is how we beat Big Pharma & Big Agri profiteering.  Being a first lady is all about setting a good example. All three ladies have proven records, Laura with Education, Michelle with Healthy lifestyles and Melania is just beginning to make her mark.

The American problem with HealthCare is not a partisan matter.

We have a common enemy.

A little history.

Western medicine relies on Big Pharma’s petroleum drugs, surgery and radiation.

Recently the Big Daddy of Oil – Rockefeller died.  What many do not know is that he was also the Big Daddy of Big Pharma now gone global.

While Rockefeller may be dead, his influence is still very much alive going all the way back to the early nineteenth century, started by his daddy William Rockefeller who was a snake oil salesman, touting a fake cancer cure. 

Before Rockefeller came along there were many different kinds of natural healing, many different healers, from faith healers to chiropractic and holistic medicine. At that time THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED WAS VERY MUCH IN. Consequently with many choices there was good healing, there was competition and prices were affordable.

Rockefeller hired a man called Abraham Flexnor who persuaded Congress that natural healing was unscientific quackery. Yes that is right, it was the same Rockefeller who said “Competition is a Sin”  and natural remedies are still Big Pharma’s biggest competitor. Flexnor pushed for the standardization of medical education and Congress legislated (erroneously) that only an allopathic based AMA could control and issue medical licences. Right at this point with true competition out of the window, the cost of Health Care became un-affordable. A sad story and perhaps the biggest successful scam from the biggest swamp-dweller operating corruptly during the twentieth century.

(Don’t get me wrong I am not against orthodox medicine. Ten years ago my sister had a front-on car accident and was given a 1% chance of living.  It was orthodox medicine (surgery) pulled her through.)

Orthodox Medicine has its place but when it decides it is the only game in town, it belongs in the swamp.

One last word to the GOP lawmakers now in power. Over the last century Big Pharma has gained much power and power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. (In order to clean up the swamp, an investigation into Bribery and Blackmail of our lawmakers is indicated – only then you can craft a good HealthCare plan.)

The global socialists are completely out of touch with CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED. Both Democrats and Republicans have a part to play in keeping our Constitutional Republic. Solving Health Care is vital to making America Great Again.

The best constitutional solution for Healthcare IS TO RETURN HEALTHCARE TO THE STATES.

This may also be critical to “making Planet Earth” great again.

losing-the-constitutionSo my message to lawmakers is this: Examine these mind blowing facts.and then make informed choices

Quote for the Month

That’s why I think the answer is not more of Obamacare, more government control, more of what got us in this mess. Rather, the answer is empower you. Give you choices. Lower prices. Lower premiums. Lower deductibles. Empower you and put you back in charge of your health care. – Ted Cruz

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 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) writes political satire. You can read more at http://www.grandmathunder.com

 

 

How False Narratives Lead to Violence

It is the truth that sets us free.  False narratives take us down a wicked road  to hell.

Have we reached a point where some Americans are now using violence to enforce their point of view? Where did this idea come from that it is OK  to kill off duly elected leaders?. Blink three times; are we living in some kind of Banana Republic; have we gone so far down the wicked road to hell back to where “might is right”; as in the times of the kings of old? We fought and won that battle in 1775-1783 but it seems we are back to fighting it again.

Of some grave concern is the response from Main Stream Media and the LEFT to this normalization of violence?

A question we have to ask , are we following some Lenin playbook given to us by unpatiriotic global forces, and global elites that do not love America?

No Lefties, Donald Trump and the GOP is not your enemy.
Look a little deeper for the enemy has never changed.
If you are patriotic we are on the same page.

We love America and we put our country first.

Preamble:

Don’t believe blindly what you hear on TV; we are blessed with computers to help us find the truth . . .

Definition of black propaganda – with lies and innuendo, seeking to falsify perception, or to create a false reality to justify a criminal act.

“derogatory information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

 

False Narrative #One: America is a Democracy – False
America is a Constitutional Republic

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Yes it is true that our constitution at the time of its inception, was muddied by corrupt slave owners, yet contrary to partisan politics we have actually cleaned house, amended the constitution to include everybody and moved beyond bigotry.. The reason America became a Super Power is because our system of government IS UNIQUE; it is a brilliant system that rejects the “Might is Right” of the kings of old and is different from any other political constitution in the world. We allow our elected representative to govern ONLY with the consent of the governed. We are a nation rich in the heritage of LIBERTY.

America in 2016 rejected  “Might is Right” in favor of rule of law, balance of power, consent of the governed and a rich history of freedom.

In a Constitutional Republic the Executive is equal but not greater than Congress, equal but not greater than the Courts and in the final analysis all three are policed by the people.

We support the system (and our elected leaders) because that is who we are, American.

 

False Narrative #Two
The GOP is bad, Trump is a monster and this justifies violence – False

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Once upon a time political discourse was about ideas. Now we have identity politics. With low information voters unable to grasp the ideas on which this country was founded, they vote for those who give the better benefits.

Then, too, behind the scenes political consultants are trying to game the outcome.

This began when Karl Rove encouraged by H.W Bush invented the NEGATIVE ATTACK AD. Way back in Bush-Daddy-Days (1993-1998) Karl Rove invented and perfected the negative attack ad.  It is this political attack ad that has created a toxic, fearful & divisive political climate in Washington.  The idea of the negative attack is to define your opponent as bad, before he is able to get to your weaknesses. While the attack ad was evolving it was played out a lot with half-truths. Political consultants would take a small piece of truth and spin it,  the lie deriving its power from the altered truth. We see this in the Russian narrative. The attack ad is now politics as usual.   High paid political consultants call it a science. It’s not. However they do have a bucket full of very dirty tricks. One dirty trick is to  repeat a lie often enough and they believe it then becomes true. Is this why they beat the false Russian narrative to death? Boring!!!!

Tell you something, it isn’t working and this is why:

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People are not all the same, they think differently so you have to talk to each one directly, the collective message is way out of touch – why rallies and social media works. Television and Main Stream Media is dying.


2016 the “Forgotten Middle Man” found a new leader and a Movement was Born

Over the last eight years the idle rich have used the idle poor to steal from the hardworking man in the middle.

Low information voters get their information, not through study, not through research on the web but from Main Stream Media. Main Stream Media is oppositional, it is in their genes,  and so as a result almost everything the LEFT believes is oppositional. They are against global warming, against the 2nd Amendment, against the unborn, against the military, against American exceptionalism, against immigration reform and tax reform, but most of all they are against Republicans and Trump. This is a fertile climate for Marxists who specialize in demonization of thier opponents.

This violent attack on a lawmaker (Scalise) was going too far, yet it is applauded by MSM and the LEFT.

To change this we will have to get more Americans up to where they can have an individual solution rather than a collective handout.

How can Congress help? There is a simple fix and with their very lives now threatened will Congress have tthe courage to make the necessary changes? In Norway they limit the TV time allowed for political advertising.  Each party is given a slot to make their main points; no time allowed for knocking down political opponents. We should be doing the same thing here in America. Nobody enjoys these negative ads.

Fix the false narrative embraced by the violent LEFT or we lose America.

 

False Narrative # Three
Trump’s Travel Ban is Unconstitutional – False 

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This is the CLASSIC LIE.   You take a datum true within a certain set of circumstances and you transplant it into a totally different set of circumstances and you get the classic lie. 

(Nineth Circuit Court needs to go back to school and restudy Mathematical set theory and how it applies to judicial logic.)

It is true that it is unconstitutional to discriminate on the basis of race or religion WHEN DEALING WITH THE CITIZENS OF AMERICA.  Your set here is the nation. We have evolved to a good point where our laws are now blind to race or religion or gender and this is protected at the highest level in the set that is America by the USA Constitution.

However, know that this is a set that includes ONLY American Citizens.

So what these courts have done is transplant one set of values and rules, and transplanted these into a different set of circumstances. When we are dealing with immigrants and refugees we have a different group, a different set with different rules. The Constitutional protections only apply to  American citizens

In examining who we should let into our country we should always put the safety and the law and order of America first.  Does the immigrant applying for the privilege of joining our citizenry, pose a threat to the American social contract? It is a very good question and it is a question our President has rightly asked.

The Trump travel bans control entry of immigrants from chaotic foreign countries who don’t have a documented history. We have to be able to spot a pattern of prior criminal intent. If there is no documented record we are unable to do this and the immigrant is disqualified not on race, but on his inability to present proper documentation and historical record. Becoming an American is a privilege, not a right and the onus is on the immigrant to provide proper documentation. The immigration authorities are also tasked with askin, is this new potential American able to support self, family and the nation? Americans want partners not parasites.

We are dealing with yet another different set when we look at Refugees. If there is ANY DANGER the refugee will have to go on welfare and become a burden to a state already overburdened with debt, that refugee must be sent home. If there is any danger the refugee will not be able to learn our language and progress at a viable rate in our schools, he must be disqualified. Sorry. The onus on coming up to standard is on the refugee. We do not owe the rest of the world anything.

That this has anything to do with race is a false narrative.

A refugee who does not speak our language will have a hard time in our schools. A refugee who doesn’t understand and respect our culture will turn our everyday life into a powder keg.

Trumps’ Travel Bans are fully Constitutional.

 

False Narrative # Four
Hillary won the Popular Vote – False.

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Queen Hillary was crowned by Wall Street. America did not want her.

Trump won the Electoral College by a Landslide. It was stated Hillary won the popular vote but this is questionable when you take into account results from third party candidates and voter fraud.  In 2016 America was clearly leaning right even in the popular vote.

Relevant to the popular vote narrative is also evidence of voter fraud where illegals were voting for Hillary. Judicial Watch has uncovered massive voter fraud in South Carolina. Judicial Watch uses Freedom of Information and legal suits to get at the truth.

Conclusion: That Hillary won the popular vote is more PROPAGANDA than it is truth.

 

False Narrative # Six
Trump and the GOP are Racists – False 

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“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make our world safe for diversity.”  – John F. Kennedy

During the Primary Election of 2016 and the fight for power between Trump & Hillary there was intense slander.  America would do well to reform its libel laws.  Things said by candidates are frequently twisted.

Trump is opposed to illegal immigration and unvetted refugees and travel from unsettled countries  This has been twisted to LABEL him a racist. Certainly MSM has called him a racist. The Black Caucus has called him a racist. Hillary called him a racist.   Obama-appointed judges have called him racist.  Why do they always attack others for thier own sins?

Let us examine the facts here:

Trump has employed persons of every race, pays women much or more than men,  As an employer his company history shows him in no way a bigot.

Where he clashes with the  LEFT is that he expects all Americans to learn a trade, get a job, support their families and contribute to the nation. He expects Americans to follow the law. He sees all men as equal, provided they are legal and no man is more equal than others.

We have serious situation with immigration and refugees in America and it is a situation that was not of Trump’s making. There is much lawlessness South of the Border and we do not want it spilling into America. Crime from unvetted immigrants and refugees has become a problem to the safety of America.

We have eleven million plus immigrants living illegally in America and although this number has dropped under Trump, until the wall is built we have no control over criminal elements entering our country.

More than half of illegal immigrants came here to escape poverty or crime in Mexico (and more recently they are coming from other Latin American countries)

The real problem is in Mexico.  Beautiful country, same continent ask yourself why is Mexico poor and America rich? Reason: they don’t have and honor our constitution or have our language rooted in rule of law.

The solution is not for us to accept these people in our country for they threaten our safety and are a welfare burden.  The sane and the compassionate solution is for America to teach Mexico how to control their drugs and crime and to show them how to put in a workable system of government.

Trump did not create the illegal problem, yet he has been willing to face it and handle it.

Congress makes the laws, the judges interpret the laws, and the President exists to enforce the laws. Trump may be the first president in a long time actually doing his job but sadly he is obstructed on every side.

Proving again that Trump is in no way racist and a strong supporter of Diversity is the choice of school for his son Barron. Not following in the tradition of past presidents, the Trumps looked afield for a stimulating environment but also one rich in diversity

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Eight years ago before the rise of inverse racism there was a strong push within corporate America to foster diversity.  One of the most successful programs was the art-centered diversity event. The best of all cultures is found in the art and music, and this raises morale and shows us we are all the same, although delightfully different.

Man is not the color of his skin, the size of his nose or even his genetic heritage.

We are spiritual beings, and first and foremost, we are Americans, one nation under God.

Quote for the Week

Seven things that will destroy us:

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character
Religion without sacrifice
Science without Humanity
Business without Ethics

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Politics without Principle 

 

 

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Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) writes political satire. More at www.grandmathunder.com.  She writes about the conflict of our times: The Digital Revolution and its relation to the American Constitution.  You can follow at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice