socialized medicine

VIDEO: Pelosi Says Obamacare Is "Beautiful," Wants To Go To Single Payer, Public Option

It's rare when a politician candidly, even joyfully, admits his or her real intentions about a policy, especially when he or she wants to extend a massively unpopular policy. But U. S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is a bundle of unbridled joy when asked about Obamacare. She not only thinks the law that has forced millions out of their health insurance, to lose their doctors and/or pay drastically higher premiums is good, she thinks it's working, and that it's "beautiful." She adds that it needs to be improved. How? Go all the way with it! Single payer, public option, fully funded government provided socialized medicine! Hear it in her own words in these two brief videos from American Commitment.

First, she thinks it's a winning issue for Democrats, but that it needs to be "improved:"

Then, she calls it "Beautiful:"

The one good thing about this is that for those who refused to listen to the Left's intentions in 2008 and 2009, when some were just as forthcoming, there is no mistaking its true aims now. The American Left wants to own your health care and, therefore, your health care decisions, and ration your care. It seems the only time the Left cares about "choice" in "health care" is to allow for the abortion of unborn babies, although death is not "health care" (love how it controls the language, too). At least it is consistent. Rationing health care starts by rationing people.

Tell us what you think. Is Obamacare "beautiful"? Can it be fixed? If so, how? By a complete government takeover? Ms. Pelosi is known for saying outrageous things. Do you think Democrats really will campaign on Obamacare? If so, will they have more success than Republicans campaigning for its repeal, which she emphatically rules out?

Obama Advisor Donald Berwick Freely Admits Socialist Agenda: "We Must, MUST Redistribute Wealth!"

The video below is making the rounds, primarily because the man speaking in it, Donald Berwick, President Barack Obama's choice to head the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, said to a crowd of true believers in Britain that socialized medicine is the way to go. People speak from the heart when with fellow ideologues, so there is no misunderstanding here, and when one is so infamously outspoken, it's near impossible for the president not to know this man's philosophy. So, what does that tell you? Exactly! (See David Limbaugh.) But his adamant insistence that health care "by definition" means, "we must, must redistribute wealth!" has obfuscated his three other extraordinarily extremist statements — no easy feat in a sound bite a little more than two minutes long:

1. "tough choices and planning supply" (a government planning supply = rationing); 

2. "darkness of private enterprise" (a definitive condemnation of free markets and choice, and an embrace of government control over commerce); and

3. "single route of finance" (an unapologetic plea for "single payer" or government-run health care).

Combined with the president's own words ("spread the wealth around" and "I do think at some point you've made enough money," among an inexhaustibly list), it no longer is a question of the president's philosophy, and not even of whether what to expect of him (he told us he wanted to "fundamentally transform America," while giving lip service to centrism).

Rather, it's a matter of himself and his government, admitting it clearly and plainly, and why he thinks government control of industry is preferable to the system of free commerce that created the highest standard of living and largest economy known to man. (Nancy Pelosi's lame rationalization is a symptom, not a cause, so to speak, and doesn't come close.) After all, the Soviet Union would be thriving still today if the government-run system was equal or superior to the "darkness of private enterprise" (a shameful remark that slaps at the core of American ingenuity that has given so much to the world).

Not that the president is alone in this. Even Republicans, with the rare exception of some such as Newt Gingrich, won't call it what it is (see Bobby Eberle). But, in the meantime, here is Mr. Berwick, praising socialist Britain and slamming America for the evil that it is.

Donald Berwick at home in England while hammering America the awful.

Can The Truth Finally Be Told? Mark Warner, Way Out Fiscal Liberal!

The biggest mystery since the Easter Island must be the myth the Mark Warner (contact) is somehow a "fiscal conservative," not to mention these famous remarks (click here). Starting with his Virginia record tax increase (breaking a campaign pledge) in 2004 to his 50 percent increase in state spending while governor, it's unfortunate that too many in Virginia's business community helped perpetuate the myth. Now, please, can we do away with it once and for all? Senator Warner voted for $787 billion stimulus last winter in his first major vote. Then, he voted for the omnibus spending bill ("stimulus 2"). Now, within the last two weeks, he's voted for a $1.1 trillion spending bill ("stimulus 3") (see Richmond Times-Dispatch) and for the trillions-dollar-plus socialized medicine bill. Please tell me how this is fiscal conservatism?

Of course, don't tell that to the Washington Post, which published a feature Saturday on the senator's first year. Poor baby. He's frustrated that he can't get more of his Democrat colleagues to take a more centrist course. It's pretty frightening to think of Senator Warner's definition of "centrist" after stacking up centuries of debt on us. His early record shows little sign of centrism and almost every sign of way-out-on-the-left-wing-Barbara Boxer-Harry Reid-John Kerry-(pick your favorite liberal here)-leftist-elitist-liberalism. Let the lie die now, please.

Virginia News Stand: September 16, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations  An All-Star Cast

The last shall be first, right? So, today, I bring up our Commentary section first, because we have an all-star cast, with terrific insight on major issues and events in the news right now that may very well affect everything about the future of the country. The terrific Michelle Malkin looks into the ACORN abomination, where employees at offices all around the country have advocated the breaking several major laws while recorded on tape. The always on target Brent Bozell looks at the two-million person march last weekend, the largest tea party in world history. The insightful and patriotic Bobby Eberle commemorates 9/11,  while the great, and I do mean great, Walter E. Williams, says it all in one word: education. Each one is worth the read as well as RedState.com's analysis on how a pro-life Democrat will kill socialized medicine if it does not explicitly prohibit abortion coverage. 

In the gubernatorial campaign, it looks like — again, of people — the Washington Post is covering issues again. Finally. A makeup call? All else is the horse race: money and polls.  

News:

Deeds on the Defensive Over Collective Bargaining Positions (Washington Post)

Deeds, McDonnell woo lawyers and argue about taxes (The Daily Press)

New McDonnell ad accuses Deeds of misleading attack (Roanoke Times)

At Harbor Park, candidates for governor take a few whacks (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Poll: Gap between McDonnell, Deeds narrows (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell leads Deeds in cash on hand (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Deeds raises more in period, but McDonnell has more cash (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Deeds outraises McDonnell (Washington Times)

Record Haul for Deeds, but McDonnell Has More in Bank (Washington Post)

November Candidates Meet And Greet At The Shenandoah County Fair (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Bell enjoys sizable lead in donations (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

National News:

Dems query Obama's view on health care for aliens (AP/GOPUSA.com)

THE INFLUENCE GAME: Health interests fund senators (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Analysis:

Abortion is Lethal — Not Only to Babies, but also to ObamaCare  (RedState.com)

Commentary:

ACORN Watch: A 'Sting'-ing Indictment of Media Hypocricy (Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)

Our 'Intolerance Festival' (Brent Bozell/GOPUSA.com)

Education (Walter E. Williams/GOPUSA.com)

Remembering 9/11 (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Deeds Not Hoping For Hope And Change

In the 1980s, when Virginia was an electoral lock for Republican presidential candidates, and when the GOP won the presidency three successive terms, Virginia Republicans weren't nearly as successful. In fact, they lost three gubernatorial elections on the trot. One rhetorical tactic the GOP tried during those campaigns was to tie the Democrat to the rampant liberalism personified by big spenders, culture relativists, moral equivalency types and foreign policy weaklings such as Tip O'Neil, Patsy Schroder, Teddy Kennedy, Jim Wright, Tom Harkin and the whole motley crew.

The Dems here inevitably replied that "Virginia Democrats are different" and Chuck Robb, Gerry Baliles and Doug Wilder certainly lent that persona, if not actual substance, and the public seemed happy enough with them. All of which has come full reverse cycle in this year's campaign. That is to say, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds won't say where he stands on what the "D.C. Democrats" are doing. Those are national issues he says, although a governor must be prepared to defend against federal the encroachment that inhibits his state's right of self government and to be a laboratory of innovation.

But Senator Deeds won't even say whether he supports or opposes "cap and trade" which would close the largest employer in his senate district! He won't comment, either, on socialized medicine, card check,  government control of the Internet and radio, or mandated abortion on demand, all of which are, or have been, put forth by the Obama administration and its uber-liberal allies in Congress.

But waaaaaaaaaaaaaaait just one minute!

 

He will comment on former President George W. Bush. That's right, Senator Deeds has new radio and television ads attacking the former president. So, who's he running against? Oh, and by the way, where's the mention of Governor Tim Kaine in those ads? Until a few months ago — when the governor's popularity began to plunge — Senator Deeds was fond of saying that he would continue the Kaine model. (Being Democrat National Committee chairman kinda debunks the whole "bi-partisan" thing.)

So, apparently, not even state issues are on the Deeds itinerary. Let's see: Senator Deeds won't talk about the last four years in Virginia and he won't talk about the last eight months in Washington. Guess that "Hope and Change" ain't working to well for him, either.

Ronald Reagan: As Great As Ever, As Important As Ever

This audio of the Great One has re-emerged recently, but if you haven't heard it, take a listen. It's Ronald Reagan in 1961, warning of the evils of socialized medicine. Rhetorically, he's excellent, as usual; as well as intellectually right on, historically insightful, and perhaps more relevant and important for us to heed now than then. Rallying the troops and preaching the cause, he's as inspirational as ever.

Ronald Reagan: Still speaking to us and more perceptive and more important now than in 1961 — and as great and inspirational as ever.
This speech was part of "Operation Coffee Cup," a program endorsed by the AMA, to defeat government-run health care. It put out thousands of LPs — this was a hi-tech PR operation in its day — to get out information to the people to learn the issues, share the information and influence their representatives and senators. All of which is something else we need to learn from this period, that time (now) has not forgot.

This Speaks For Itself

There are probably thousands of remarkable videos on YouTube and elsewhere from town hall meetings around the country with Americans of all types standing up for the founding principles of this country, or at least for some practical commonsense. We can't keep up. However, when we become aware of a particularly noteworthy video, we like to share it. Likewise, because the socialized medicine debate is moving at a speed unlike anything in this country's history, it is almost impossible to keep up with all the moronic quotes on video and in print, such as the accusations from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other hyper liberals that the everyday Americans attending the town hall meetings are "Nazis," "mobsters" and the like, especially when it's there union allies and others who are causing physical violence. 

That's what makes this particular gentleman, David Hedrick, particularly special and eloquent. His two minute comment to Representative Brian Baird (D-Washington) refutes so much of the demgoguery from the left, exposes them for who they are, eloquently states the truth and gives voice to millions of Americans. This video speaks for itself.

You want real "Truth to Power"? Retired Marine David Hedrick has it for you. 

This Pretty Much Sums Up ObamaCare

Of all the aspects of the socialized medicine legislation making its way through Congress, the most disturbing piece of it (which is saying a a great deal considering all the freedoms that will be taken away from us) is the taxpayer funding of abortion on demand (a ban of which has been a bi-partisan policy for decades). Yet, as a candidate, Barack Obama had something interesting to say about that. Here are two short videos from FRC Action that point out, vividly, the travesty that is this legislation. First, candidate Obama's seemingly pro-life statement followed by some philosophical questions he has yet to answer (except through his abortion-on-demand actions), then a poignant point about the legislation that should concern every American.

Liberal Senator's Staff Hosts Town Hall Meeting And A Tea Party Breaks Out!

Last week we posted a sampling of the feedback Congressional supporters of the socialized medicine legislation experienced at home in their districts and states. Here's three more, all from a town hall meeting in St. Louis, hosted by the staff of one of the top lightweights in Washington, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri). In the first one, McCaskill gets a civics 101 lesson, courtesy of one of America's truely best and brightest. It's something, clearly, she never learned:

Then, a to-the-point, commonsense question about true equality, a virtue for which liberals so eloquently exclaim that they, and they alone, uphold:

Finally, this meeting was supposed to be an equal representation of pro- and anti- "health care reform" constituents. We report. You decide.

Liberal politicians rarely see the light, but a motivated grassroots certainly can make them feel the heat! We can do the same here in Virginia.

BREAKING: De-Fund Planned Parenthood Amendment Fails In House

From a recently received e-mail from Billy Valentine of the Facebook group Catholics in the GOP:

Pence Amendment to De-Fund Planned Parenthood failed, 187-247. We received 20 Dem votes, 3 more than we did last time the amendment was offered two years ago.

Yet, the vote clearly shows elections have consequences, and the need to work hard in 2010 so pro-lifers can take back Congress.

In the meantime, please continue to lobby Congress hard on the health-care bill.

You can send a quick e-mail to your represntatives concerning taxpayer funded abortions, medical professional conscience protection, and other life aspects of the socialized medicine bill through Facebook by clicking here.

Socialized Health Care Defenders: So Sad They're Funny

We all say, at one time or another, especially during times of political idiocy, "It would be funny if it wasn't so sad." But sometimes, it really is funny! Check out these three videos of liberal officials — U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen ("All Abortion All The Time") Sebelius, and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D- Md.) — all get laughed at and jeered for their implausible defenses of ObamaCare Socialized Medicine. Carnahan ridiculously claims that this colossal government takeover will run a surplus. So, watch and enjoy, and while it is sad we have elected and appointed officials this clueless and/or devious, don't cry over it — unless it's from laughing too hard.

Rep. Carnahan shows his sense of humor. Too bad he was being serious.

Sec. Sebelius shows why she's an out-of-touch elitist.

Neil Cavuto from Fox News interviews a gentleman who had the nerve to tell Sen. Cardin that the government has no right to impose upon his health care freedom.

Tea Parties Continued: Make Your Voice Heard On Government Takeover Of Your Health Care!

Tomorrow at High Noon, the Tea Party movement in Virginia continues into another phase as people from all walks of life and all political persuasions will gather at the offices of Virginia's two U.S. senators to let them know socialized medicine, nationalized health care or whatever one wants to call it, is not acceptable. The monstrosity under consideration in Washington will destroy the world's greatest health care system through diminished quality, rationed services, exploding government debt, government bureaucrats picking who gets treated for what and when, and an increase in abortion services. It is nothing less than a complete government takeover of health care, which accounts for one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Since this is July, the month when the revolutionary ideals of American freedom from oppressive government were so eloquently and dramatically expressed, it is an appropriate a time to rekindle those ideals and let our senators know in very adamant terms that we want to remain true to our Founders' vision.

We won't be alone in Virginia. Americans in every state will visit senators'  district offices in a coordinated effort to demand that they protect our health care  freedoms to choose our doctors and to keep the government out of our health decisions.

If you are not able to make it, please take the time to call, e-mail or fax Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner so your voice is still heard. You may mail them by simply addressing envelopes with their names and the following: United States Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510; or you may call the capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for their offices. To e-mail the senators, click on their names below. Also see below for district office locations and contact information.

Senator Jim Webb's District Offices (click to e-mail him)

Southside 308 Craghead Street Suite 102A Danville, VA 24541 Phone: 434-792-0976 Fax: 434-972-0960

Hampton Roads 222 Central Park Ave. Suite 120 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Phone: 757-518-1674 Fax: 757-518-1679

Northern Virginia 1501 Lee Highway Suite 130 Arlington, VA 22209 Phone:703-807-0581 Fax:703-807-5198

Southwest 756 Park Avenue, N.W. Norton, VA 24273 Mail to: 756 Park Avenue, N.W. P.O. Box 1300 Norton, VA 24273 Phone: 276-679-4925 Fax: 276-679-4929

Central Virginia 507 East Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23219 Phone: 804-771-2221 Fax: 804-771-8313

Roanoke Valley 3140 Chaparral Drive Building C, Suite 101 Roanoke, VA 24018 Phone: 540-772-4236 Fax: 540-772-6870

Senator Mark Warner's District Offices (click to e-mail him)

Southwest  180 West Main Street Abingdon, VA 24210 Phone Number: 276-628-8158 Fax Number: 276-628-1036

Hampton Roads 101 W. Main Street Suite 4900 Norfolk, VA 23510 Phone Number: 757-441-3079 Fax Number: 757-441-6250

Central Virginia 5309 Commonwealth Centre Parkway Suite 401 Midlothian, VA 23112 Phone Number: 804-739-0247 Fax Number: 804-739-3478

Roanoke Valley 129B Salem Avenue, SW Roanoke, VA 24011 Phone Number: 540-857-2676 Fax Number: 540-857-2800

It's Switzerland, Stupid

In the debate over health care "reform," liberals point to models in England, Canada and other socialist countries as systems we should emulate, despite their abject failures and rationing. The next time a liberal tells you the Euros do it better, agree. Then add, "if you mean Switzerland." Switzerland?

Yes. It just so happens Switzerland has, perhaps, the best consumer driven approach to the health care marketplace. There are spots of consumer driven health care percolating here, such as "doc-in-box" services and clinics at chains such as Wal-Mart and CVS, which drive down prices for non-emergency care. But Switzerland is where it's at, according to Regina Herzlinger, the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard, no less, and author of Who Killed Health Care? (and this Washington Post piece).

She was the featured speaker today at the Tuesday Morning Group monthly meeting in Richmond. Here's how it works there, in a nutshell:

There is a government mandate: All citizens must buy health care coverage, because neither the government nor employers provide any! The result is massive competition and more than 80 insurance companies in that small nation. (What is the U.S. down to? Six, not including the government?) Even nuns in the mountains have formed insurance companies.

The policies have high deductibles so people are not tempted to use their insurance when you have an earache. People are forced to more cost effectively spend on their health care. This creates competition for services, just like any other trade, such as computers, phones, restaurants or clothes: Health care providers line up to provide the best service possible, or a niche service that's needed, at the best cost possible to win customers. Because customers pay out of their own pocket, there's no haggling by insurance companies and government to determine a price in which doctors must settle for their service. Instead, doctors set their own prices and if patients don't like it, they go to someone else. Insurance is used for what it is really intended — serious illness or injury.

The result is health care costs are 5 percent lower in Switzerland than here and takes up only 11 percent of GDP, while it accounts for 17 percent here. Not only that, insurance companies rebate you half your money if you stay healthy. They also create reinsurance pools among themselves to minimize risk.

But if the Obama administration doesn't want to look to the one European country that does it right — better, in fact than we do it now — maybe he'll stop apologizing for America long enough to look to a country we supposedly had to apologize to. Dr. Herzlinger pointed to an experiment in South Africa, of all places, where an insurance company paid clients to stay healthy. It motivated them to eat right, live a better lifestyle and exercise. The result is that the percentage of certain illnesses are lower in the RSA than in the USA.

One last observation by Dr. Herzlinger: If you think outsourcing of certain jobs is bad now, wait until socialized medicine is approved by Congress and the Obama administration. She predicts jobs and services will get exported to India, Singapore, Brazil, Costa Rica and Argentina.

Virginia News Stand: July 8, 2009

Today's news leads off with what will increasingly lead the news — the gubernatorial campaign. In this case, a Public Policy Poll, which tracked the Democrat primary, has all three GOP candidates ahead: Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell and Lt. Governor Bill Bolling both are up by six points, while Attorney General candidate, Senator Ken Cuccinelli is up by seven. The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Washington Times both report. Elsewhere, somehow Sarah Palin has become an issue for McDonnell. Is Rod Blagojevich an issue for Creigh Deeds? Today is another day where national issues and commentary are more plentiful than the state news. One report we'd like to draw your attention to has to do with the new NIH standards for embryonic stem cell research. OneNewsNow.com reports that the NIH ignored the 30,000 anti-stem cell public comments it received — out of 49,000 total — as it opened up the flood gates of embryo harvesting and sacrifice.

In Britain, meanwhile, in an attempt to reduce Europe's highest teenage pregnancy rate, the government went about teaching students how to use condoms, spending millions of pounds. Guess what? The rate doubled.

In other news worth your read, new documents link Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor to a radical leftist agenda; a well-know black pastor says President Barack Obama has no "black experience to speak of;" and, thanks to a new ministry, military chaplains are able to get audio Gospels to our troops in the field. 

We've also included three Elijah Friedeman blog posts. None are long, but if you read only one, see the new television advertisemnt by Americans For Prosperity explaining the dangers of socialized medicine.

News:

Poll: McDonnell at 49% and Deeds at 43% (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Poll: McDonnell takes lead in Va. Race (Washington Times

Va.'s McDonnell ducks questions on Palin aid (Washington Times

Obama's grass-roots network builds Va. staff to promote agenda (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Grogan will run against Loupassi (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

Public ignored; full steam ahead for embryonic sacrifice (OneNewsNow.com)

New documents connect Sotomayor to leftist agenda (AP/OneNewsNow.com)

Soldiers getting an earful of Jesus (OneNewsNow.com)

Pastor: Obama has no 'black experience' to speak of (OneNewsNow.com)

Commentary:

Britain Doubles Pregnancy Rates By Teaching Girls to Have Sex (American Family Association Blog)

Anti-nationalized health care ads released (Elijah Friedeman/American Family Association Blog)

The case against government run health care (Elijah Friedeman/American Family Association Blog)

Is the media starting to turn on Obama? (Elijah Friedeman/American Family Association Blog)