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I’m still pissed off yet incredulous after a visit to one of my doctor’s offices the last week of December. He’s a Republican, and we quite frequently talk about politics, especially Obamacare. He is against it. Yet the last 4 times I’ve visited his office, he said he still had never seen or heard the video of Princess Pelosi saying “we have to pass this bill so we can find out what’s in it.”
Seriously dude? And you’re a doctor, but you’ve not seen that video nor heard about it? WTF?
Well, on this last visit we began talking politics again, and suddenly he asked me what I thought about Sarah Palin. I told him I adored her and admired her greatly, and thought she was a tremendous asset to this country. He stopped in his tracks, stared blankly at me and said “well, that’s where we part ways then, even though I’m a Republican, too.”
He said he thinks she is an unmitigated disaster for the GOP and that he was CERTAIN she really thinks Africa is a country.
Woah, woah, WOAH there, doc! I then asked “…by the way…have you yet seen that video of Pelosi saying we’d have to pass the bill to see what’s in it”? He said that he still hadn’t. Here’s how the rest of the conversation went:
Me: How do you know that’s what she believes about Africa? Do you know anyone who knows her personally?
Doc: No, but that’s what I heard.
Me: How much have you heard about Sarah in the news?
Doc: Well the Africa thing and that she said she could see Russia from her house. Oh, and she couldn’t answer a simple question from Katie Couric about what magazines or newspapers she reads.
Me: Do you not understand that she has more executive experience than does Obama?
Doc: Whether or not that’s true, at least he has a Harvard education – and I think anyone seeking that office should have at least a Harvard or Yale education. She’s just not smart enough.
Me: Do you understand that you just explained to me the reason why you dislike Sarah? And you also explained the whole “problem” the public at large has with Sarah Palin and misperceptions about her?
Doc: No, I don’t. I just know what I’ve heard.
Me: That’s the problem with America. You know what you THINK you know about Sarah because it’s what the mainstream media WANTS you to know or believe. The fact that you believe this Africa crap, and the fake line spoken by Tina Fey, not Sarah Palin, about seeing Russia from her house, is exactly the problem. And do you know how many hours of tape was shot for the Couric interview, yet somehow the worst parts of the entire encounter were put together to make that lousy excuse for a news story for Katie to air on the evening news. Yet here you are, a PHYSICIAN, who abhors and fears Obamacare, and you have NEVER heard the clip or seen the video of Nancy Pelosi saying “we have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it”? And you say you’ve also never seen nor heard the video of John Conyers saying he’s tired of people telling him to “read the bill” when he doesn’t have 2 days and 2 lawyers to do it. How in the hell do you consider yourself informed?
Doc: Well, you can think what you want about Palin, but she’s not smart enough to be President.
Me: Oh, okay, I see. SURE! Let’s go for it! That’s EXACTLY what we need, isnt’ it? Four more years of Obama, huh? Come on, if Sarah’s that bad, you SURELY must be so excited and anxious to give that abysmal failure another term, right? If that’s our choice, then let’s do it – surely Obama will do MUCH better in his 2nd term than Sarah could in her first term. Why, the only thing she’s ever done was break up the oil & gas con game in Alaska, getting Alaskans their due for the resources that were rightly theirs. And she wrestled the body politic from the good ol’ boy network there, defeating some of the oldest, most corrupt politicians Alaska’s ever seen, opposing the bridge to nowhere among other wasteful projects, and getting the gas pipeline set up and ready to help fuel the lower 48 so we could use our own resources. Yeah, she was really a slacker, sorry I ever thought anything less. ~rolled eyes~
Doc: No, that’s not what I’m saying, I’m just…
Me: No, you know I love you Dr. XXXXX, but our discussion here just makes me so very sad for this country, and so very ANGRY at the mainstream media, as they are wholeheartedly responsible for what Americans, and really the world, think about Sarah Palin.
We then exchanged pleasantries, Christmas & New Year’s wishes for each other, but I could hear him mumbling about Alaska, Sarah, and then bursting into laughter with his nurse as he walked into the next room.
I love that doctor, but I have to change in January due to a change in insurance carriers, and I honestly have to say I’m glad I won’t have to face him again with the new-found knowlegde of how uninformed such a brilliant man can be.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that one of his other key points was that Sarah is just so “polarizing.” Yeah, there goes another MSM buzz-word for someone who’s never done anything more than love her country with all of her big Alaskan heart and soul, and stand up and FIGHT for Her whenever She’s threatened.
So I say this now, to no one in particular, “Polarize THIS, Dr. XXXXX!”
PLEASE people PLEASE! Even folks who you think are educated and well-informed, don’t assume they aren’t as “dumb” as my doctor is. Educate them, tell them the truth about what they DON’T hear in the MSM, and make sure that you emphatically tell them how proud you are to support Sarah Palin, and that you KNOW she is 1000% POTUS material! Most of all, stand firm and don’t let anybody try to convince you otherwise. Sowing the seeds of doubt is what they (the lamestream media) have done all along, and it’s only going to get worse.
Ruth Marie – Atlanta, GA
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Here’s a great take on Obamacare we got today from a medical transcriptionist in Georgia.
I know I’ve written about this before, but it bears repetition. As a medical transcriptionist, I was opposed to Obamacare from the start. I’ve watched for years as doctors have had to work harder and harder to make ends meet, to get insurance companies to pay the bills that they are contracted to pay, and to get the government to reimburse them for taking Medicare and Medicaid patients. The overhead in a doctor’s office is stunning, between medical malpractice insurance and the reams of paperwork required for reimbursement for services already rendered, not to mention the many costly medical instruments necessary to do the job. Most of us folks get paid in a timely manner on a monthly or bimonthly or even weekly basis for the work we perform. Doctors, most of whom come out of school loaded down with debt, are not afforded this luxury. Lawyers have been feasting off of doctors and insurance companies for years with frivolous lawsuits. (Hmmm…how many politicians are lawyers?). While a doctor should always be held responsible for negligence, and a patient should have recourse should this be the case, it is important to remember that doctors are human, and medicine is as much an art as it is a science. Sometimes mistakes will be made. A doctor should not have to order 100 tests to be assured that he/she will not be sued for negligence. This is a major contributing factor to the problems in our medical system today. And while idiots in the press kept telling us Obamacare would manage costs “like it does with Medicare” (while supposedly ridding the systemic abuses in Medicare and using that money to cover Obamacare???!!!), I’d like to point out to these same idiots that the government does not manage costs – it simply refuses to pay them, which leaves the individual doctors to cover them.
How do you think the doctors do that? By raising their rates, because insurance companies also use their power to lower the rates at which doctors get reimbursed for services. This means that there is double-tier and even triple-tier billing (3 different prices for the same procedure depending on how the patient is covered) happening in the medical business, which leaves it ripe for abuse. If a person doesn’t have insurance, they are billed at the maximum level, because there is no negotiation happening on behalf of that patient. The system is not working for the patients or the doctors, and while it cries out for reform, Obamacare does little to address the very real underlying issues that are collapsing our health care system. I have been a transcriptionist for 19 years. Currently, I am alarmed at the number of doctors I see fleeing the profession. These are caring doctors whose hands have become shackled in the doctor-patient relationship by a third party, the government. For years I’ve heard abuse heaped upon doctors by patients, journalists, lawyers, etc. about how rich doctors are and how getting medical treatment is too costly. I’d like to know how many of these same complainers have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of their lives, first educating themselves and then paying off that education, for a vocation that primarily helps others and also employs others. Yes, doctors have generally been well compensated for their efforts, but after all that hard work dealing with blood, gore, mess, intimate body parts, and numerous crazy people on a daily basis, why shouldn’t they be?
Another issue resides in the problem of employer-provided insurance. When someone else is paying the bulk of your bills, you are not cost sensitive. Therefore, you are more likely to allow the doctor to run numerous tests, because you are not bearing the brunt of the cost. I am not an economist, and I certainly do not have the answers. However, I can see when something is being done for political gain only, and this was clearly the case with Obamacare. This was a power grab. It was not about helping the poor. It was not about “fixing” the system. This bill is loaded with pork and all kinds of unrelated elementsthat reek of control, loss of privacy http://avoiceintothevoid.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/obamacare-monstrosity/ abuse of private citizens by our government. No wonder Nancy Pelosi didn’t want anyone reading it first!
A Constituent’s Letter to John Lewis
My husband and I are the first people in our families to graduate from college (on scholarship to West Point). Yes, we’re black, so no you can’t write us off as racists. We’ve worked hard, served our country on 4 different continents, and are finally at a place where we are each earning six figure incomes. We own our own family business in addition to working full time, and all I ever hear you say or do is to our detriment. You and the rest of the federal government already take HALF of our earnings in taxes/Social Security/etc. After we pay for Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and countless other government programs you keep voting for, we have 50% of our hard earned dollars left. Out of that 50% we have left, we have to buy our own health insurance, our own 401k (because even though we’ve paid over $100,000 into the SSA, we’ll never see it), our own groceries, our ever increasing property taxes, and our own charitable giving.
Through a lot of prayer and hard work, we are debt free and operating in the black….unlike you’ve done with the other half of our money. You and Obama (who you’ve voted with literally every time) have run up our debt in less than a year and a half more than every other president in history combined. And you have the gall to try to say that it’s for my own good. Not only is it not good for me, I have to fight you and your policies every day of my life just to try to take care of my family/business. And yet I hear you say time and again that I’m not doing my fair share. I want you to explain to me how my husband and I are not doing our fair share. We are doing exponentially more than our “fair share.” Over 45% of the people in this country (and I’d wager a significantly higher percentage of those in the 5th) pay NOTHING AT ALL in taxes. Nothing. And as if that insult weren’t already making my blood boil, now you are trying to adjourn and come home to try to get re-elected (I hope and pray you and your entitlement policies get voted out of office) without voting on the record about whether to extend my tax cuts, provided me by President Bush (who has done more for me than you ever did). In an economy that is already the worst its been in my lifetime, we are waiting to make business decisions for 2011 because we don’t know what the tax penalties will be. And if you don’t extend the Bush tax cuts, my family will be paying 60%ish of our income to you. IT’S RIDICULOUS AND UNACCEPTABLE for you to keep taxing me to death for trying to live the American Dream that is my birthright.
I want to know 1) what you think my fair share of taxes is (80%? 100%? Why not just go to work all day and then go to the food line to get bread and toilet paper from the government? Is that what you want?). 2) Why you are scared to vote for raising my taxes right before you come home to try to get re-elected 3) How on earth you sleep at night when you are leading America to live on credit (doesn’t work for my family or yours, yet you think it should be fine for America) while we responsible Americans not only do our “fair share,” we drag the rest of you along as well. I’d love to get your irresponsible spending, ill-conceived policies, and all the succubus non-taxpayers who keep living off the dole off my family’s back. They can work their way through school, pay off student loans, work hard working multiple jobs, and live the American Dream just like we did. I shouldn’t have to pay their way because they chose not to do so.
My husband and I grew up in the Atlanta public school system with single moms and all the odds stacked against us…and we made it. And we’re both disabled veterans as a result of that journey, who would gladly do it all again. Don’t you dare tell us we are not doing our fair share. And I don’t want some canned form letter some staffer sends to try to get rid of me. I want a real response from you as to my concerns…after all, I am your employer. I have the right to hire you, fire you, and your paycheck is paid with the money you steal from me. I want answers.
I am writing to give you a ground report on the 5th District in Georgia. It is the race between John Lewis (D) and Fenn Little (R). You all might remember John Lewis as the one who was holding Steny Hoyer’s hand during that disgusting march to the capital to sign the Obamacare bill. He was walking shoulder to shoulder with Nancy Pelosi. The Hillbuzz essay on that event is one of my favorites and still makes me laugh (here’s the link to that essay http://hillbuzz.org/2010/03/22/why-is-steny-hoyer-carrying-a-purse-and-holding-this-mans-hand/) . I actually live in the 6th district; my representative (the most wonderful Dr. Tom Price) is so popular that he is running unopposed. I work in the 5th district so am pretty familiar with what’s going on and I have joined Fenn Little’s campaign so I have a pretty good idea of what’s happening. A quick bio on Fenn: he’s a family man (with a lovely wife and 2 daughters) a practicing civil right’s attorney who was a former business owner.
First, let me explain the dynamics of the 5th district. It covers a pretty large area and is economically and culturally very diverse. It starts in the northern suburbs of Atlanta (which tend to be wealthier) and ends in the southern part around the Atlanta Airport (much more blue collar). The district encompasses the entire city of Atlanta which is primarily black as is most of the southern part of the district.
Here is what has happened over the past few months. First, I will say that very little media attention has been given to this race. I think that most people feel that it is a forgone conclusion that Lewis will win since he has been re-elected so many times. He is a career politician that has been in office for 24 years and rarely comes back to Georgia to visit his constituents. He’s incredibly egotistical but a lot of people are catching onto this and are starting to talk about needing a change. I work in the northern part of the district in the Chastain Park area and I can tell you that I have only seen Fenn Little signs and absolutely no mention of John Lewis. If you take a look at Fenn’s event calendar, he is out and about every single day at “meet and greets” all over the district. Since the district is so large, his campaign has organized into mini campaigns strategically located with several campaign offices headed up by campaign “captains”. They are running their own Fenn Little campaigns in their areas and they are working their butts off. I spoke to Fenn’s wonderful wife Ruth yesterday and she said that one thing they are worried about is voter apathy, particularly in the northwest section. Part of this may be from the fact that not a lot of focus has been given to this campaign. The local Atlanta (liberal) media has been very quiet probably because they want things to stay the same as they have been for the past 24 years. John Lewis is a democratic dinosaur who really needs to be brought back to Georgia.
One of the big campaign issues is of course spending. Recently, John Lewis secured 47 million dollars of tax payer money (TARP money I believe) so that Atlanta can begin a streetcar project. The project will cost upwards of 72 million so the rest of the money will come from Georgia taxpayers. This is the most ridiculous project we could have at this time because our public transportation system (MARTA) is going bankrupt and has had to cut many of the routes and trains. They have also had to raise the cost of the tickets. This money that Lewis is so proud of securing should be spent on the struggling system that we already have in place. It’s so irresponsible.
One last thing…..Fenn Little has repeatedly requested to debate John Lewis but the Lewis offices have ignored the requests. They won’t even acknowledge the requests. Lewis is scared right now and doesn’t want to face the tough questions about his strong support of Obamacare or the fact that he has an ultra liberal stance on immigration (very pro amnesty).
I will try to get campaign updates from the different campaign captains around the district and keep you posted. The 5th district of Georgia desperately needs Fenn Little to represent them. Lewis has been in Washington far too long and needs to go.