March 20, 2012
Most Americans are aware of yet another dust up deliberately instigated by the illegitimate Obama/Soetoro administration. A Georgetown law student who apparently skipped over the U.S. Constitution in her law studies was put on display to tell the whole world her fellow female students can't afford contraceptives. I make the distinction of her fellow female students, not her, because the transcript of Sandra Fluke's statement said she was there to speak on behalf of women who can't get birth control coverage from their insurance company. I did not read in the transcript where Fluke included herself as someone who couldn't afford birth control. Just want to be fair on that one because she has been called ugly names.
Contraceptives are available around the corner in thousands of drug stores across the country. A month's supply cost about the same as a medium pizza. There's no baby killer operation (Planned Parenthood) close to Georgetown University, which is unconstitutionally subsidized by the sweat of our labor?
The real issue, I believe, is what is 'health care' and what should be covered by private employers and private sector insurance companies? Coverage for the Fluke circus has been the usual propaganda that birth control pills are an essential part of basic women's health care. Well, Ms. Fluke, there is essential and then there is pleasure. Let me quote Sandra Fluke:
"They are husbands, partners, boyfriends and male friends who know that without access to contraception, the women they care about can face unfair obstacles to participating in public life. And yes, they are young women of all income levels, races, classes and ethnicities who need access to contraception to control their reproduction, pursue their education and career goals and prevent unintended pregnancy. And they will not be silenced. These women know how expensive birth control pills can be, with or without insurance coverage. For a single mother with kids, a woman making minimum wage, or a student living on loans, a high monthly co-pay could be the difference between buying contraception or one week of groceries."
Without access to contraception women can face unfair obstacles to participating in public life? What bilge. Women controlling their reproduction is a personal responsibility that too many women don't take seriously or 52 MILLION innocent babies would not have been murdered since Roe v. Wade.
If they can't afford birth control pills, try condoms. I did some research. They range from $1.00 a package depending on the number of them per package. They also help protect against STD's where birth control pills don't. If any woman, rich or poor can't afford pills or condoms, then be an adult and abstain.
Poor women receive public assistance like food stamps paid for with our tax dollars. How many times have you seen poor women at the grocery store pay for groceries with food stamps and then use cash to buy soda pop and other non covered items? I see it all the time. If you've got money for make up or a pizza on campus or cases of soft drinks at the grocery store, then get your priorities in order. If you need contraception, the pizza, make up or soft drinks will just have to wait. And, no, I'm not rich or wealthy; my husband and I live on a fixed income. I had to say that because I know sure as the sun shines, I'll get email full of profanity accusing me of being a 'fat cat'.
I think we need to get an idea of when and how health care insurance evolved in this country:
"Employee benefit plans proliferated in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Strong unions bargained for better benefit packages, including tax-free, employer-sponsored health insurance. Wartime (1939-1945) wage freezes imposed by the government actually accelerated the spread of group health care. Unable by law to attract workers by paying more, employers instead improved their benefit packages, adding health care.
"Government programs to cover health care costs began to expand during the 1950s and 1960s. Disability benefits were included in social security coverage for the first time in 1954. When the government created Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965, private sources still paid 75 percent of all of the health care costs. By 1995, individuals and companies only paid for about half of the health care with the government responsible for the other half.
"During the 1980’s and 1990’s, the cost of health care rose rapidly and the majority of employer-sponsored group insurance plans switched from “fee-for-service” plans to the cheaper “managed care plans.” As a result, most Americans with health insurance were enrolled in managed care plans by the mid-1990s."
In 1966, the ignorant and corrupt outlaws in the U.S. Congress began the destruction of the finest health care delivery system in the world and one Congress after another has continued to destroy it - BOTH parties.
I believe these united States of America has always had the best medical care in the world. It's the cost of delivering that care to people that is a non-stop battle in this country. Do read the link below. It will give you facts, not political sound bites.
The American people continued to reelect the destroyers election after election after election because they had/have no understanding of what caused medical costs to skyrocket. They refuse to take care of their own health and they listen to the paid liars who serve his/her own best interests in Congress.
Of course, if one dare mentions Americans are responsible for their health problems because of poor eating habits, abusing their bodies with tons of prescription medications, illegal drugs and booze, they squeal like stuck pigs. I know. Each time I've written a column on America's preventable health problems caused by being fat or obese, I get hate mail by the ton. The other problem is lack of exercise. Of course, once you get 25, 30, 60, 100 pounds overweight, the less inclined a person is to get off the couch or out of the chair. They can't catch their breath even to walk to the corner.
Well, here's a few numbers that might shock you. By 2009, obesity was costing $147 BILLION dollars a year for health treatment. By 2018, that number will run a whopping $344 BILLION dollars a year. All to treat preventable health problems: high blood pressure, breathing problems, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, abnormal blood fats, stroke, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, gallstones, problems with your knees because of the weight over time and dozens and dozens of medical problems. With about 190 MILLION Americans overweight or obese, is it any wonder the cost of health care is in outer space?
Since its likely insurance companies are here to stay, what should health care insurance cover?
How about things like a broken leg, organ failure (removing an appendix), serious ear infection, an accident at work like a deep gash on your arm or food poisoning? Those problems are not the fault of the patient. Things happen. I know because in 2006, I had emergency surgery on my spine to remove a cyst that was embedded in my lower spine; the pain was unbearable. Against long odds, the exact same thing happened to me eleven months later on the other side of my spine. I had emergency surgery again because I couldn't move my left leg; the pain was excruciating. Nothing I did brought it on; just one of those things that happens to people. Six months later, I had my gall bladder removed because it was just about dead.
Now, you would think I'm a walking ambulance chaser, but actually, I'm very healthy. Haven't had the flu since 1993; never had a flu shot and never will. A couple of colds in 25 years. I did get pneumonia in 2000 helping one of my friends get on a plane at Sacramento Airport; in January with a thousand people inside a terminal all coughing and hacking. As I will be 63 in June, it's rare these days for someone my age not to be taking prescription medications, but I try hard to stay healthy and I thank God every morning. Natural is best.
People wonder why health care insurance is so high? Well, gee, how about Americans who want every little ache and pain and their sex life paid for by someone else? How about paying for pucker upper's for men with performance problems? Don't' men realize that big bag of blubber they're carrying around on the front of their bodies greatly affects their sexual abilities? It also puts them at risk for diabetes and heart problems. But, take a look around. Both men and women in this country grow fatter by the day, accumulating that 'belly fat' which is so dangerous to a person's health.
There are medical reasons why some people have terrible weight problems; conditions they didn't bring on themselves.
However, tens and tens of millions of Americans bring on many of their health problems because they refuse to lose the weight. Then, they demand you and I pay higher health insurance premiums because they are constant patients at a doctor's office because of their own bad choices.
I'm not letting women off the hook, either. The same applies to sexual promiscuity. Sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise because birth control pills and insertable devices do not protect women or men from contracting those diseases. You reap what you sow.
Nov. 17, 2011 (HealthDay News) -- "The 19 million new cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia diagnosed in the United States each year cost the nation's health care system $17 billion annually, according to an annual report released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are treatable but can cause serious, life-long consequences, such as infertility, if they aren't detected.
"STDs are one of the most critical health challenges facing the nation today," CDC researchers said in their report.
"Reported cases of chlamydia steadily increased for the past 20 years and reached 1.3 million in 2010. The increase stems from expanded screening efforts, not an actual rise in the number of people infected with chlamydia.
"However, a majority of chlamydia infections still go undiagnosed, and fewer than half of sexually active young women undergo annual screening as recommended by the CDC.
"Rates of gonorrhea are at historic lows, but more than 300,000 cases were diagnosed in 2010. There are also indications that the disease may be developing resistance to the only available treatment option, according to the CDC.
"The syphilis rate fell 1.6 percent from 2009 to 2010, its first decrease in a decade. But the rate among young black men rose 134 percent since 2006.
"Syphilis has also increased significantly among young, black gay and bisexual men, which suggests that new infections in this group are fueling the overall rise in syphilis infections among young black men."
Those numbers are horrific. Nineteen MILLION new cases. Baby boomers are among the fastest growing segment contracting those diseases. Millions of Americans walking around as virtual disease ridden humans and all preventable. For those on the dating scene, that should make you shudder.
The cost? According to the report above: Treating chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis costs a massive $17 billion a year. Got that? Seventeen BILLION dollars for preventable diseases.
Now, do you still wonder why health care insurance premiums continue to skyrocket?
Females who demand insurance companies cover contraceptives or even worse, abortifacts, don't want to take responsibility for their own voluntary actions. Those women, the so-called "empowered" species of females who grovel while demanding you and I pay for their stint between the sheets. They're the same gimmee-gimmee crowd that wants the government out of their vaginas while at the same time demanding they raid your wallet - through abortion factories like Planned Parenthood - for voluntary activities involving that same region.
Sandra Fluke did bring up two very valid issues at her appearance in case it got lost in all the hoopla:
"They are women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, who need contraception to prevent cysts from growing on their ovaries, which if unaddressed can lead to infertility and deadly ovarian cancer. They are sexual assault victims, who need contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy."
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (affects about 5 percent to 10 percent of women of childbearing age) is not the woman's fault, just like having your appendix burst. A victim of rape didn't ask to be raped. Do I think both should be covered by an insurance company? Personally, yes, because it's not their fault. Their life choices did not cause the syndrome or the rape.
Health care is NOT a constitutional right despite the propaganda spewed by vile politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the hard core Marxist camped out in the White House. If you want to engage in sexual activities, it's YOUR personal responsibility to prevent pregnancy, not mine or my brother's or my neighbors.
As for diseases like cancer and health insurance coverage, that will be another column by necessity.
The Catholic Church is fighting back on First Amendment grounds. But, it all comes down to whether or not the General Government has the power to force HHS's edicts upon the Church and their hospitals and charitable organizations that do so much good. The thugs in the illegitimate Obama/Soetoro administration and their sniveling socialist minions might try to argue interstate commerce - something too few Americans know or understand anything about, but need to learn. If we the people are ever going to stop the tyrants in Washington, DC and that includes your incumbent in the Outlaw Congress and mine, we all have to get on the same constitutional sheet of music.
me quote Joseph Story, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Commentaries
on the Constitution, 1833:
"Another not unimportant consideration is that the powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, peace, negotiations with foreign powers and foreign commerce. In its internal operations it can touch but few objects, except to introduce regulations beneficial to the commerce, intercourse and other relations, between the states, and to lay taxes for the common good. The powers of the states, on the other hand, extend to all objects, which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, and liberties, and property of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the state."
This is critically important because the sovereign states of the Union must step forward and fight back. Health care and insurance are internal, not external. But, how about commerce?
Also, if you didn't read the column below, please make time. The author has put a tremendous amount of research together in one place:
It's long past time employers who do provide health care insurance to their employees take a stand. The General Government has absolutely NO authority under the U.S. Constitution to legislate health care or demand what you as a private employer must provide your employees regarding health care insurance.
Lambert v. Yellowly, 272 U.S. 581, 598, 47 S.Ct. 210 (1926): “It is important also to bear in mind that ‘direct control of medical practice in the States is beyond the power of the Federal Government.’ Linder v. United States, 268 U.S. 5, 18. Congress, therefore, cannot directly restrict the professional judgment of the physician or interfere with its free exercise in the treatment of disease. Whatever power exists in that respect belongs to the states exclusively.”
States v. Anthony et al., 15 F. Supp. 553 (S.D.Cal. 1936) (June 23
Nos. 12069-12072. United States District Court, S.D. California, Central Division
"I am referring to these facts in order to indicate that we must bear in mind the purpose of the act — that the act is a borderline statute which must be interpreted in such a manner as to bring it within the constitutional power. And if we depart from it and interpret it either as attempting to regulate the disposition and sale of narcotics or attempting the regulation of medicine, we extend the act to the realm which the Supreme Court has repeatedly said the federal government cannot enter, under the penalty of unconstitutionality.
"The Linder Case (Linder v. United States  268 U.S. 5, 45 S.Ct. 446, 449, 69 L.Ed. 819, 39 A.L.R. 229) is very important. We all seem to agree, whether we read it alike or not, that it determines this case, so far as the law is concerned. I wish to refer to it for the present only for the purpose of pointing out that the moment we assume that this act regulates the sale within the state of narcotics and that it aims to regulate the practice of medicine, we must hold it unconstitutional.
"In the Linder Case, Mr. Justice McReynolds, speaking for the court, made this observation: "Obviously, direct control of medical practice in the states is beyond the power of the federal government."
The bankrupt Medicare system is a different toxic beast devouring far more in borrowed "dollars" than it will ever take in to stay float.
Having sexual intercourse is an activity men and women choose to engage in. No one forces them to have sexual relations. To listen to Sandra Fluke, one would think all those students she speaks for are required to have sex. To listen to Fluke, one wonders what she is being taught in law school about the General Government having any 'right' to force religious or private sector insurance companies to cover contraception.
Insurance companies also must make a stand as far as being told what they must provide for their insured. Stop playing by their rules and fight back. We all know the unconstitutional "Obamacare" is going to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, judicial corruption in this country is a growing cancer and the U.S. Supreme Court is no exception. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her "liberal" cohorts on the bench should have been impeached years ago when the Republicans had control of the Congress. Kagan and Sotomayer should be removed since Obama/Soetoro is a usurper and had no legal authority to nominate either one of them.
Thomas Jefferson was on point when he said:
"To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps. Their maxim is boni judicis est ampliare jurisdictionem [good justice is broad jurisdiction], and their power the more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves." --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:277
While Jefferson is correct "they are in office for life", that doesn't mean federal judges and supreme court justices can't be thrown off the bench. They can. Unfortunately, the gutless cowards and in your face socialists in the Outlaw Congress have let them get away with shredding the Constitution for decades.
So, here we are with more lawsuits because the agenda of the global elites in Washington, DC and their henchmen are not going to stop until we force them; non-violently. Employers, insurance companies and we the people must say no and stand up to the federal thugs. Call their bluff. This is election year and the poltroons in Washington, DC., elected and appointed, care about nothing but keeping themselves in power.
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Whether or not the states stand up and fight will be up to YOU. Without boots on the ground and YOU standing behind your state representative and senator, we can't win. There are excellent constitutional groups in every state of the Union. If you don't know someone, contact a local tea party group (nationwide) or a constitutionally oriented group; use a search engine for your county and state. Not all of them fully understand jurisdiction. I know many do want to learn, just like I did more than two decades ago and I'm still learning. Work inside your party as well. Great progress is being made with our state legislatures because of Americans who love our republic and have been willing to give up the "fun times."
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