Tags: Cancer, Crony Capitalism, health care, HF383, HF595, Minneapolis Radiation Oncology, ObamaCare
As a foreshadowing of the sort of government intervention which will ration care and cost lives as Obamacare is implemented, the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee shall today consider HF383, a bill which would extend a moratorium on radiation clinics until 2017.
The moratorium protects a government-enforced monopoly for Minneapolis Radiation Oncology. MRO has a doctor whose political contributions, when combined with his wife’s, make them to the 19th largest contributor in the state. Here’s what that influence buys them:
- Minnesota law currently FORBIDS the construction of new cancer radiation therapy clinics.
- The moratorium covers a 14-county area, which includes: Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Washington, Anoka, Carver, Scott, St. Louis, Sherburne, Benton, Stearns, Chisago, Isanti and Wright. Continue Reading Crony Capitalism Keeps Cancer Patients from Care…
Tags: bias, Edward R. Murrow, health care, Hollywood, jon stewart, journalism, Media, NewsReal Blog, objectivity, The Concession Stand, Walter Cronkite
by Walter Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
Former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel rocked the proverbial boat in November. Responding to Keith Olbermann’s brief suspension for making a few undisclosed campaign contributions, Koppel wondered why MSNBC was bothering to feign a lack of bias.
…when Olbermann draws more than 1 million like-minded viewers to his program every night precisely because he is avowedly, unabashedly and monotonously partisan, it is not clear what misdemeanor his donations constituted. Consistency?
Koppel railed against the trend in news media toward opinion-shaping and away from the reporting of fact. Koppel hit a nerve, evoking defensive replies from the cable news crowd.
Now, in an unwitting vindication of Koppel’s argument, The New York Times sees fit to knight The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart for “advocacy journalism” on behalf of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.
Tags: America Ferrera, health care, Health Care for America Now, Hollywood, Jack Black, NewsReal Blog, ObamaCare, The Concession Stand
by Walter Scott Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
Opponents of Obamacare should take heart. The Left is clearly nervous about the unpopularity of their scheme and the calls still reverberating to repeal and replace it. Otherwise, why would they spend good money producing a YouTube video staring Hollywood celebrities to promote a bill which is already law?
The advocacy organization Health Care for America Now (HCAN) recently posted the video featuring Jack Black as Nathan Spewman, a professional liar who goes undercover as an eight-year-old at an elementary school to spread “misinformation” about Obamacare at the behest of “greedy corporations.” America Ferrera plays the teacher of the class he infiltrates.
It’s no Drunk History, but showcases Black’s typical cartoonish form. It also stands as a blistering insult to the intelligence of its intended audience.
Tags: Carol Wegner, Climate Change, Global Warming, health care, Judicial Candidate Forum, North Star Tea Party Patriots, ObamaCare, Racism, Randy Liebo, Richard Lindzen, tea party patriots, Walter Hudson
Friday, MinnPost published an article attempting to demystify the Tea Party movement for their readers. Writer Doug Grow sat down with three board members of the recently launched North Star Tea Party Patriots, including this writer, to get a feel for where the movement has been, where it is at, and wheter it will be here tomorrow. Based on the comment section, it’s fair to say MinnPost’s readership tends slightly left of center. What follows is my resposne to their comments.
I’d like to thank Doug Grow for chatting with us and writing this article. One of the points we discussed which he wasn’t able to squeeze in is that the polarization in our current political dialogue is unproductive. The fact that we disagree does not make one side or the other ignorant, uneducated, or somehow evil. Grow, a writer who certainly does not share the Tea Party paradigm, was nonetheless able to engage us in a cordial conversation which included substantive debate.
One of the goals of the North Star Tea Party Patriots is to create opportunities to dialogue directly with individuals and groups who hold opposing political views. Too often, we let our media have the conversation for us, or allow the anonymity of the internet to tempt us toward name-calling instead of honest discussion. Continue Reading North Star Tea Party Patriots Reaches Out to MinnPost Readers…
Tags: accountability, decentralization, e-congress, health care, national security, tarp
by Walter Scott Hudson, contributed to the New Patriot Journal
Days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the New America Foundation presented a plan to Congress to relocate its members to their home districts and conduct business via teleconference. The impetus for the plan at that time was national security. To this day, there remains speculation regarding the intended target of United Airlines Flight 93. Had it crashed into Capitol Hill, the legislative branch may have been critically affected. Decentralizing Congress, it was argued, would ensure the continuity of government against a localized attack.
Obviously, the plan went no where. Congress continues to conduct business in a localized setting. However, the concept is now being revisited by a group of activists led by Michael Norbury of bringhomethepoliticans.com. While national security remains a selling point, the primary objective has shifted to accountability. “The goal is to setup an ‘e-Congress, which [would] relocate US representatives to their local districts, US senators to their state capitols, and state representatives and senators to their city halls and court houses, to securely telecommute for no less than 75% of their terms,” Norbury detailed in a radio interview with Fightin Words. “A good way to describe this is sort of a permanent ‘August recess,’ where instead of going home for a week or two, they’ll be going to [the capitol] every once in a while throughout the year.”
Tags: barrack obama, civil rights, entitlement, health care, health care reform, healthcare, healthcare reform, inalienable rights, jim clyburn, Thomas Jefferson
by Walter Scott Hudson
During the initial Democratic afterglow following the House passage of Obamacare, Representative Jim Clyburn of South Carolina repeated the fallacious progressive claim that healthcare is a fundamental human right.
I said earlier, during my talk on the floor, that I consider this to be the Civil Rights Act of the 21st century – because I do believe that this is the one fundamental right that this country had been wrestling with now for almost a hundred years. I think tonight, we took a giant step toward the establishment of a more perfect union.
Clyburn’s equating a healthcare entitlement to the civil rights established in 1964 is deeply insulting. To understand why, one must consider how the adjective “civil” affects the noun “right,” and the function civil rights play in a just society. The term “civil rights” has become interchangeable, in the public discourse, with the term “inalienable rights.” These distinct concepts have become so convoluted, even popular internet references group them together. Continue Reading Civil Rights May Be Bad For Your Health…
Tags: health care, health care reform, reform, tea party
by Walter Scott Hudson
This morning’s Washington Post contains a report summarizing the last minute political wrangling surrounding tonight’s vote on President Obama’s government takeover of healthcare. Protesters gathered in Washington, hoping against hope to have their voice heard by those servants elected to the Hill, were characterized thus:
Throughout the day, thousands of angry protesters milled outside the Capitol; some hurled insults at black and gay lawmakers and shouted at Democrats to “kill the bill!” Meanwhile, Obama made a final pitch for reform, exhorting wavering lawmakers to rise to the aid of millions of uninsured Americans by taking “the single most important step that we have taken on health care since Medicare” was created in 1965.
The Republican message was being received loud and clear outside the Capitol, where angry protesters gathered and waved placards that said “Defeat Obamacare” and “Born in the USA not the USSR.” Republicans were treated as heroes as they walked through the crowds, who patted them on the back and thanked them for their opposition. Democrats were greeted with jeers.
Tags: barrack obama, entitlement, glenn beck, health care, healthcare, rights
by Walter Scott Hudson
On his television program Monday night, Glenn Beck highlighted the subjugation of “faith, hope, and charity” by the Left to gain support for contrived rights like universal healthcare. Sob stories are utilized to leverage proper emotional response toward improper governmental action. Underlying this theater is the fundamental principle articulated in the Declaration of Independence. “All men are created equal… endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” At work in our society today is a wholly contradictory position, articulated last December by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, and revisted Monday by Beck.
What [the healthcare] bill does is… We take that step from healthcare as a privilege to healthcare as an alienable right of every single American citizen. As I have said before, this bill is not complete. I’ve used the analogy of a starter home in which we can add additions and enhancements as we go into the future. But, like every other right that we’ve ever passed the American people, we revisit it later to enhance and build on those rights… (emphasis added)
This statement is antithetical to the Declaration of Independence. Rather than endowment by their Creator, Harkin believes all men are granted rights from government, that rights are “enhanced” by government.