Friday, February 12, 2010

Congresswoman Michele Bachman along with collegues like Akin have today told the American people, "GO AWAY, NO HEALTH CARE ANYTHING FOR ANYONE."

The people that drafted this bill back in July 2009 as an obstructionist measure have told the American people they have declared the Constitution of the United States of America doesn't provide for wellness of its citizens. (click title to entry - thank you). IF THAT IS THE CASE then Ms. Bachman and all her peers should have brought Homeland Security to court to stop the administration of the H1N1 vaccine. The 'idea' that health and wellness of citizens is unconstitutional is the most hideous notion I have ever heard. If no one in the USA was vaccinated against H1N1 and it swept the country annihilating millions of people, whom would be left to govern? It is all nonsense. If citizens of the USA cannot provide for good health, then the sovereignty of the USA is lost.

The United States of America now and in the past has spent huge amounts of money on medical research to combat communicable diseases, there are Public Health Departments, there is The Center for Disease Control, the USA military innoculates soldiers for deployment, the employees of the federal government have health care available to them and the list goes on and on and on. The people that make these statements do not know what they are speaking about. In every venue of government, at every level of government there are issues of health care all the time. Children are required to be vaccinated to enter the public school system.

I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE. It is the biggest bunch of horse hockey I have ever heard in my life. This from the woman that said, "Oops, I can't attend the Tea Party Nation Convention because it is an ethical issue." THAT is an ethical issue, but, denying citizens quality and affordable health care is not. Wow!


1st Session

H. R. 3400

To provide for incentives to encourage health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.


July 30, 2009

Mr. PRICE of Georgia (REPUBLICAN) (for himself, Mr. AKIN (REPUBLICAN MISSOURI), Mr. ALEXANDER (REPUBLICAN LOUISIANA), Mr. SCALISE (REPUBLICAN LOUISIANA), Mrs. BACHMANN (REPUBLICAN MINNESOTA), Mr. SOUDER (REPUBLICAN INDIANA), Mr. MILLER of Florida (REPUBLICAN FLORIDA), Mr. BURTON of Indiana (REPUBLICAN INDIANA), Mr. JORDAN of Ohio (REPUBLICAN OHIO), Mr. GINGREY of Georgia (REPUBLICAN MEDICAL DOCTOR GEORGIA), Mr. ROE of Tennessee (REPUBLICAN TENNESSEE), Mr. CASSIDY (REPUBLICAN LOUISIANA), Mr. LAMBORN (REPUBLICAN COLORADO), Mr. FLEMING (REPUBLICAN LOUISIANA), Mrs. LUMMIS (REPUBLICAN WYOMING), Mr. WAMP (REPUBLICAN TENNESSEE), Mr. MARCHANT (REPUBLICAN TEXAS), Mr. ROONEY (REPUBLICAN FLORIDA), Mr. COFFMAN of Colorado (REPUBLICAN COLORADO), and Ms. FALLIN (REPUBLICAN OKLAHOMA)) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and Labor, Oversight and Government Reform, the Judiciary, Rules, the Budget, and Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned...

Georgia (Ranked 38th in the number of doctors with 217 doctors per 100,000 people)

Missouri (Ranked 29th in the number of doctors with 242 doctors per 100,000 people)

Louisiana (Ranked 15th in the number of doctors with 267 doctors per 100,000 people)

Minnesota (Ranked 10th in the number of doctors with 287 doctors per 100,000 people)

Indiana (Ranked 40th in the number of doctors with 215 doctors per 100,000 people)

Florida (Ranked 27th in the number of doctors with 243 doctors per 100,000 people)

Ohio (Ranked 17th in the number of doctors with 264 doctors per 100,000 people)

Tennessee (Ranked 18th in the number of doctors with 264 doctors per 100,000 people)

Colorado (Ranked 21st in the number of doctors with 259 per 100,000 people)

Wyoming (Ranked 47th in the number of doctors with 184 doctors per 100,000 people)

Texas (Ranked 42nd in the number of doctors with 212 doctors per 100,000 people)

Oklahoma (Ranked 49th in the number of doctors with 172 doctors per 100,000 people)

For these legislators that is an average of 235.5 doctors per 100,000 people which places this group in the average range of 30th in the nation.

To complete the perspective Number 1 is Massachusetts which has legislated and mandatory health care for all its citizens. The number of doctors per 100,000 people is 462.

Idaho is 50th in the nation with 169 doctors per 100,000 people.

Massachusetts median income per household ranks 7th at $62,635 US.

Idaho is ranked 34th in median income per household at $46,253 US.

And 30th rank is Indiana at $47,448 US.

I do not believe this is a good representative group of legislators for the purpose of reform for the USA health care system or insurance industry. There should not be this type of disparity in the number of doctors per 100,000 people across this country. There absolutely should not be this spread of difference.

One of the provisions in the Health Insurance Reform Act that was passed by the House provided for the education of more doctors, especially in General Practice as Family Medicine folks.

I'll continue to read the bill, but, considering this was an obstructionist bill by legislators with an average ranking of 30th in doctors per 100,000 I don't really expect much in the way of sincere reform. Why? Because educating doctors costs money and I doubt any of these folks spent money to facilitate equity across the USA.

I'll remain open minded.

Statistical source (click here)


Vancouver and Climate Change. Is this the face of the Olympic Games?

There have been injuries directly related to high winds and rain followed by freezing weather. I really think the authorities in Vancouver need to assess these venues with care.

Sympathies to the Georgian delegation. This is really, really tragic.

Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia is seen at the start during the first training run of the day for the men's singles luge at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Feb. 12, 2010. Kumaritashvili crashed during the second run and was taken to the hospital. Men's and women's training was canceled Friday because of poor weather conditions. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)

Vancover weather has caused higher costs to the venues.

Weather's Great In Vancouver, Just No Snow (click here for video)

...Vancouver has had record high temperature with the average temperature in January reaching 7.2 degrees. This has meant that in the resort of Cypress Mountain there is a distinct lack of snow. The resort, which is the highest if the North Shore Mountains, is due to hold the freestyle events and the snowboarding but so far has had almost no natural snowfall.

The organisers have resorted to using snow cannons when possible and bringing in snow from other areas, sometimes as far a s 150km away, using helicopters and trucks. This new snow is being laid down on top of over 1000 bales of straw that are replacing the base that should have built up since the beginning of the season...

Vancouver, British Columbia was chosen for the Winter Olympics 2010 because it normally has huge deposits of snow and ice. In the judgement of the Olympic Committee the outdoor venues were safe for competition.

Well, due to Climate Change the venues are under supplied with snow and ice.

Go figure, huh?

All this while people have died in the USA in Maryland while on the highways and caught under nine feet of snow and ice. I guess we know where the Arctic Ocean went.

There are some weather systems coming to Vancouver this week, but, that does not make up for the time previous to this week when the snow was already suppose to be there. What luck, the skiers didn't have good snow pack to begin with and now they have the worst weather high carbon dioxide levels can provide.

FOG happens because warm and cold air mix. Below is from Wiki. Fog is found in valleys because cold air sinks.

"The foggiest place in the world is the Gran Banks off the island of Newfoundland, the meeting place of the cold Laorador Current from the north and the much warmer Gulf Stream from the south. The foggiest land areas in the world are Menomonie, Wisconsin, Point Reyes, California, and Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, all with over 200 foggy days per year. Even in generally warmer southern Europe, thick fog and localized fog is often found in lowlands and valleys, such as the lower part of the Po Valley and the Arno and Tiber valleys, as well as on the Swiss plateau, especially in the Seeland area, in late autumn and winter."

Snow, fog, rain wreak havoc with Olympic downhill courses, and the elements are not done yet (click here)

February 11th, 2010

Whistler’s weather is living up to its billing

WHISTLER, British Columbia — The weather is living up to its billing in Whistler: The Olympic downhill courses are now home to snow, fog and rain.

The difficult conditions already have claimed two downhill training sessions. The opening men’s practice was canceled Wednesday and the women wiped out Thursday.

More rain is forecast through the weekend, raising fears that one of the Olympics’ signature events — the men’s downhill — could be postponed.

With its location near the Pacific Ocean, Whistler has a long history of bad weather. The World Cup ski circuit visited Whistler for three consecutive years in the mid-1990s and failed to get off a single race each time.

Dylan Ratigan had a really good show yesterday evening. Loved it. You need a white board not just a black board. Rove is a bigot. Compete.

He even has a red phone so Glen Beck can call. It is all narcissism. "I" the voter am so important I can pull the strings of a President. BUT, I cannot do it without the powerful media to embarrass him.

Yesterday, Beck on his radio program was talking about a Republican that had surged in the polls and believed her success was somehow linked to being a "911 Truther."

That is hokey stuff that CAUSES the issues we face today.

Rather than making 'status' remarks about the fact that the terrorists that killed nearly 3000 came from across the pond and used the very infrastructure American technology and investment worked so hard at perfecting, Beck stated, "You know if I were her I would not worry about property taxes so much, but, if I was a 911 Truther I'd get that right, because, that is pure evil she is talking about."

The rant about 911 Truthers went on and on with absolutely no real information or news or facts, but, simply rhetorical nonsense that is intended to facilitate moronity.

In this day and age of 'personal social networking' when people are used to being imposed upon for 'silly belief' systems, Beck doesn't bother seeking 'the best' of 'us' to bring his viewers an 'honest' self reflective view, he allows their fears to run rampant.

The Republicans, including the ones that are elected, have anchored themselves in the middle of rhetorical politics and have themselves painted so far into the corner they can't get out anymore.

Even the new and younger 'edition' of the RNC are taking the same 'silliness' into their politics. There is no hope for the RNC. There can't be. We have witnessed in DC the ability of these adverse politicians to cause huge issues in the ability to legislate. Now, the Senate has to pass legislation to limit the Filibuster (a time honored tradition) because when the nation needs health reform and economic stability, the Senators from the RNC have sequestered 'the power of the minority' and are causing a lot of problems.

How can we move forward to return our economy to viability if all this mess continues and it is only the wealthy of Wall Street that will have influence?

The clock is running and the RNC is hoping to undo the 'higher good' that is now present in the White House. President Obama is trying his darnest to bring out the best in everyone and the Right is simply interested in getting back the power. They don't care about all of us. They care about their personal wealth, therefore, Wall Street and the impact on the wealthy is a priority.

The goal of the Republicans is to run out the clock.