Do not believe any person who tries to instill fear in you. Do not believe Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Dick Armey, Rush Limbaugh or any liar, corrupt official, or party hack. mafia boss, who is being paid by one of the wealthiest industries in the world: the medical health insurance industry.
They have one goal: TO SCARE YOU into keeping their corruption going, just like the Mafia. No public servant or leader should act this way.
Why do you like paying Blue Cross CEOs salaries to the tune of 20-50 million a year? Why do you like premiums of 700 or more a month? Why would anyone listen to lies and scary right-wing emails? Because they are being paid off.
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
I Just received this from Obama's office. It thoroughly lists the TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH about Obama's public health care option. Please read it.
8 Ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without Coverage
1. Ends Discrimination for Pre-Existing Conditions: Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage because of your medical history.
2. Ends Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-Pays: Insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses.
3. Ends Cost-Sharing for Preventive Care: Insurance companies must fully cover, without charge, regular checkups and tests that help you prevent illness, such as mammograms or eye and foot exams for diabetics.
4. Ends Dropping of Coverage for Seriously Ill: Insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping or watering down insurance coverage for those who become seriously ill.
5. Ends Gender Discrimination: Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging you more because of your gender.
6. Ends Annual or Lifetime Caps on Coverage: Insurance companies will be prevented from placing annual or lifetime caps on the coverage you receive.
7. Extends Coverage for Young Adults: Children would continue to be eligible for family coverage through the age of 26.
8. Guarantees Insurance Renewal: Insurance companies will be required to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full. Insurance companies won't be allowed to refuse renewal because someone became sick.
Learn more and get details: http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/health-insurance-consumer-protections/
8 Common Myths about Health Insurance Reform
1. Reform will stop "rationing" - not increase it: It’s a myth that reform will mean a "government takeover" of health care or lead to "rationing." To the contrary, reform will forbid many forms of rationing that are currently being used by insurance companies.
2. We can’t afford reform: It's the status quo we can't afford. It’s a myth that reform will bust the budget. To the contrary, the President has identified ways to pay for the vast majority of the up-front costs by cutting waste, fraud, and abuse within existing government health programs; ending big subsidies to insurance companies; and increasing efficiency with such steps as coordinating care and streamlining paperwork. In the long term, reform can help bring down costs that will otherwise lead to a fiscal crisis.
3. Reform would encourage "euthanasia": It does not. It’s a malicious myth that reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors. For seniors who want to consult with their family and physicians about end-of life decisions, reform will help to cover these voluntary, private consultations for those who want help with these personal and difficult family decisions.
4. Vets' health care is safe and sound: It’s a myth that health insurance reform will affect veterans' access to the care they get now. To the contrary, the President's budget significantly expands coverage under the VA, extending care to 500,000 more veterans who were previously excluded. The VA Healthcare system will continue to be available for all eligible veterans.
5. Reform will benefit small business - not burden it: It’s a myth that health insurance reform will hurt small businesses. To the contrary, reform will ease the burdens on small businesses, provide tax credits to help them pay for employee coverage and help level the playing field with big firms who pay much less to cover their employees on average.
6. Your Medicare is safe, and stronger with reform: It’s myth that Health Insurance Reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits. To the contrary, reform will improve the long-term financial health of Medicare, ensure better coordination, eliminate waste and unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies, and help to close the Medicare "doughnut" hole to make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors.
7. You can keep your own insurance: It’s myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors. To the contrary, reform will expand your choices, not eliminate them.
8. No, government will not do anything with your bank account: It is an absurd myth that government will be in charge of your bank accounts. Health insurance reform will simplify administration, making it easier and more convenient for you to pay bills in a method that you choose. Just like paying a phone bill or a utility bill, you can pay by traditional check, or by a direct electronic payment. And forms will be standardized so they will be easier to understand. The choice is up to you – and the same rules of privacy will apply as they do for all other electronic payments that people make.
Learn more and get details:
8 Reasons We Need Health Insurance Reform Now
1. Coverage Denied to Millions: A recent national survey estimated that 12.6 million non-elderly adults – 36 percent of those who tried to purchase health insurance directly from an insurance company in the individual insurance market – were in fact discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition in the previous three years or dropped from coverage when they became seriously ill. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/denied_coverage/index.html
2. Less Care for More Costs: With each passing year, Americans are paying more for health care coverage. Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have nearly doubled since 2000, a rate three times faster than wages. In 2008, the average premium for a family plan purchased through an employer was $12,680, nearly the annual earnings of a full-time minimum wage job. Americans pay more than ever for health insurance, but get less coverage. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/hiddencosts/index.html
3. Roadblocks to Care for Women: Women’s reproductive health requires more regular contact with health care providers, including yearly pap smears, mammograms, and obstetric care. Women are also more likely to report fair or poor health than men (9.5% versus 9.0%). While rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are similar to men, women are twice as likely to suffer from headaches and are more likely to experience joint, back or neck pain. These chronic conditions often require regular and frequent treatment and follow-up care. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/women/index.html
4. Hard Times in the Heartland: Throughout rural America, there are nearly 50 million people who face challenges in accessing health care. The past several decades have consistently shown higher rates of poverty, mortality, uninsurance, and limited access to a primary health care provider in rural areas. With the recent economic downturn, there is potential for an increase in many of the health disparities and access concerns that are already elevated in rural communities. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/hardtimes
5. Small Businesses Struggle to Provide Health Coverage: Nearly one-third of the uninsured – 13 million people – are employees of firms with less than 100 workers. From 2000 to 2007, the proportion of non-elderly Americans covered by employer-based health insurance fell from 66% to 61%. Much of this decline stems from small business. The percentage of small businesses offering coverage dropped from 68% to 59%, while large firms held stable at 99%. About a third of such workers in firms with fewer than 50 employees obtain insurance through a spouse. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/helpbottomline
6. The Tragedies are Personal: Half of all personal bankruptcies are at least partly the result of medical expenses. The typical elderly couple may have to save nearly $300,000 to pay for health costs not covered by Medicare alone. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/inaction
7. Diminishing Access to Care: From 2000 to 2007, the proportion of non-elderly Americans covered by employer-based health insurance fell from 66% to 61%. An estimated 87 million people - one in every three Americans under the age of 65 - were uninsured at some point in 2007 and 2008. More than 80% of the uninsured are in working families. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/inaction/diminishing/index.html
8. The Trends are Troubling: Without reform, health care costs will continue to skyrocket unabated, putting unbearable strain on families, businesses, and state and federal government budgets. Perhaps the most visible sign of the need for health care reform is the 46 million Americans currently without health insurance - projections suggest that this number will rise to about 72 million in 2040 in the absence of reform. Learn more: http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/assets/documents/CEA_Health_Care_Report.pdf
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
Remember, the purpose of physical life is to learn how to love everyone unconditionally, including yourself. And to serve all other people with loving kindness.
These are the best years of our lives, when our wild banshees were still in the house. We are looking at some property in the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. We have loads of kids here all day, everyday. The freezer is full of ice cream, the grill is always ready and the kids are jumping into the pool from the roof, which is the ceiling to my office. It sounds like a herd of elephants over my head. On a daily basis, I have to recommit to my dream of writing this book without being interrupted. But then I look outside and see a butterfly going by and remember how lucky I am surrounded by so much love and laughter.
On Saturday we had to finally say goodbye to our bearded dragon Rocky. He has been a part of our lives for the past 6 years, but my son decided Rocky wasn't happy living alone in a big glass box. The truth is, my son never took him out on a leash and walked him or talked to him or fed him. My husband and I, the grownups, ended up doing everything: feeding Rocky worms and turnip greens, cleaning his 8-foot cage, and petting his head. Rocky really loved classical music and he loved massages. He swayed and danced whenever I turned the classical station on. And when I called his name from afar, he would perk up and look right at me.
Here are his goodbye pictures. We dropped him off at ECO Station, the wildlife tropical waystation that is home to a menagerie of exotic birds and reptiles. I know a parrot there named Guacamole. He's a flirt.
SOME GOOD ADVICE
The chaos is part of the picture. Stop trying to fix the results. Stop trying to determine the results. Your test is to stand in your own truth. Don’t let “them” -- the outer world, the material insanity, the naysayers, tell you you can’t do what seems impossible, what you know is right. Don’t let anyone say you can't do something. Don’t be so easily blown about in the wind. Don’t let every person with an opinion sway your convictions.
What we really need is Single payer Health Care:
1. The US Military and veterans Administration as fine examples of single payer health care. 2. Medicare and Medicaid are examples of single payer health care insurance.
3. Congress is an example of the finest health care in the country, and its single payer. Which one or ones are you against?
THE TRUTH ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND THE ANGRY MOB OF FAKE "CHRISTIANS"
Here is a letter from a man of faith, a man I admire, Reverend Jim Wallis of Sojourners:
From Reverend Jim Wallis of Sojourners:
I must personally share with you that I’ve had enough of the misinformation and, frankly, misleading statements coming from those who oppose the transformation of a health system that currently renders the best health care to the wealthiest, depletes the savings of solidly middle-class Americans, and leaves 46 million people with no health-care coverage at all.
We don’t have to fall victim to the naysayers – those seeking to prop up the status quo and sustain the profits of the massive insurance corporations.
Business as usual is not what we’re about. It’s not what change is about. It’s certainly not what people of good will from all faiths, who embrace the Golden Rule and seek the common ground of justice and fairness, are about.
During the last big national debate on health-care reform in the early 1990s, the religious community mostly stayed out of the discussion. Not this time.
A friend of mine recently traveled across several states in the U.S. visiting friends on summer vacation. He told me that, everywhere he went, people asked him to read e-mails they’d received. These e-mails had no author and no citations to support the misleading statements about health-care reform they contained – including the false claim that, if health-care reform passed, it would force families to see doctors and receive care dictated by a government panel. This is not true.
At a recent meeting of leading faith groups in Washington, D.C., a leader of a large, national organization said they were receiving calls asking if the elderly would be simply left to die if health-care reform passed. The answer is NO.
These egregious and false accusations are being created for only one purpose: to manipulate and instill fear in American citizens.
This must stop. We are the ones who can stop it. Together, speaking out, acting out, and joining as one on a mission, we can push back the clouds of misinformation and fear-mongering, and allow the light of truth shine through.
Today, right now, let’s join together making the health-care debate factual, worthy of our families and communities. Let’s put the special interests on notice that we want real health-care reform, not misinformation and fear-mongering.
Sojourners has created a rapid response Web site where you will find what you need to fight for the truth: Sojourners' Health Care Reform Resources.
SIGN Sojourners’ Health-Care Creed and let Congress know you stand for values-based reform.
CALL your Members of Congress today, toll-free, at #1-866-279-5474 and ask them to vote for health-care reform.
We must act.
We must speak out in our communities, schools, and workplaces. If we all take part, then our voices will join thousands of others across the nation. Other things you can do include writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper supporting health-care reform.
I pledge to you that I will do my part by keeping you updated on what’s happening here in Washington, D.C. Be prepared to receive action requests and notifications of conference calls that you should join.
Together, imagine the thousands of faithful voices speaking out, in unison – with all joining in.
Together, we can bring about the most sweeping change to our health-care system in history.
Together, passing health-care reform for our families is what people of good will from all faiths, who embrace the Golden Rule and seek the common ground of justice and fairness, can do. Join me.
Together on mission,
Child's Blessing: Thank you child to raise, this life to share, this mind to help mold, this spirit to enrich. Le me never betray this child's trust
My son had an amazing healing yesterday. His leg is not broken. He is in Germany in the Bavarian forest right now! He just sent a Google map link.
We are thrilled
I don't get why you guys are so hell-bent on lies and inflammatory garbage when you could help create a better world for yourselves by doing what Christ would do. I never saw anyone go so far out of their way to lie, cheat and steal - and comb the bible for ways to justify their own selfishness -- as the part and corporations you align yourselves with.
The law of life is that the more you love, the more you take care of the meek, the poor and the suffering, the more rich you become in every way. Even Rick Warren, pastor of the Saddleback church realized this recently. It's written in the Bible.
These townhall morons who shout down truth and fill the air with lies are doing this because they are paid by the health insurance companies. And some are doing it out of fear -- because they've been fed lies by your team of evil propagandists.
Anyone who reacts out of fear, has no faith. How can any Republican call themselves a Christian when they behave in the exact opposite way?
Why don't you stand on the side of truth for a change?