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  • dannyboystories 7:57 PM on September 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Screw the Doc! 

    Screw the Doc!.

     
  • dannyboystories 7:56 PM on September 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Screw the Doc! 

    If you are on Medicare, have you ever paid attention to the little report you receive outlining the payments for your last visit to a general practitioner (your doctor)? No? You should.

    It is the last column usually indicating what your doctor was paid for your visit. Not the amount he charged, or the amount “approved”, the amount actually paid to him by Medicare. Likely it is about $8 or so. Now, with ObamaCare, that amount will be cut in half! (That’s the $716 billion ObamaCare cuts from Medicare!) Care providers are going to take it in the shorts.

    So, let’s just visit about that for a second. Your physician spent upwards of $200,000 to get his medical degree, maybe more. Most GP’s try to see a patient every 15 minutes, or four per hour. At the new Medicare reimbursement rate, that’s $16 per hour. Of course, there is “co-pay” from your pocket, ranging from $15 to $25. Let’s be fair, consider the higher of the two, bringing the hourly pay to $41, including the co-pay. Not bad, you say for an hour’s work.

    Let’s say Old Doc Smith works a 36-hour week, 50 weeks out of the year. So, that equates to 1800 total hours in a year, at $41 per hours his gross, before taxes, etc., is $73800, a little less than double the median income of $50,964 for 2012, down a bit from 2011.

    At this rate, Old Doc Smith can pay off his student loans in about three years, if he doesn’t pay his help, or taxes, doesn’t eat, own a car, has no home in which to live.

    But, this is what ObamaCare has done to Medicare, and it was done with the eyes-wide-open help of the AARP, the nation’s largest purveyor of insurance, although it is supposedly a non-profit group to help Seniors.Here’s what Fox News said about the AARP partnership with ObamaCare last August 24:

    “Seniors hated Obama’s bill, because they rightly feared its steep cuts to Medicare with no meaningful cost containment mechanism other than denial-of-care.  Those cuts have already ballooned from an initial estimate of $500 billion to $700 billion, and additional cuts from the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board are authorized without a vote of Congress.

    The last Rasmussen poll before the final House passage vote showed opposition to the law among seniors running at 59 percent, versus just 37 percent support, with strong opponents outnumbering strong supporters more than two to one.

    We now know, thanks to an investigative report by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, that opposition among AARP’s own membership was even more overwhelming. An e-mail from AARP lobbyists Nora Super to White House staffer Lauren Aronson on July 23, 2009 said: “We really need to talk. Our calls against reform are coming in 14 to one.”

    Yet a few months later, AARP was fully on board and officially supporting the very bill that was overwhelmingly opposed by its members. Indeed, so fully on board that Jim Messina (then a top White House staffer and now Obama’s campaign manager) sent AARP executive Nancy LeaMond a December 16, 2009 e-mail with the subject: “Now that byou [sic] support the bill (tomorrow am)” and the body:  “Can we get immediate robo calls into Nebraska urging Nelson to vote for cloture?”

    AARP dutifully complied, and their pressure – along with the corrupt Cornhusker Kickback, convinced Ben Nelson to put the bill over the top.

    Why did AARP ignore the overwhelming opposition among seniors, calls from their own members running 14-1 against, and emotional town hall confrontations all over the country?

    Money. 

    AARP is in the business of selling insurance, and their offerings were uniquely well-positioned to benefit from the bill, because the steep cuts to Medicare Advantage would force beneficiaries into traditional fee-for-service Medicare, making them potential customers for AARP’s Medigap policies.”

    It is no wonder so many folks just like me no longer pay dues to AARP. Seniors were sold down the river for Money! Greed!

     

     

     
  • dannyboystories 9:44 AM on September 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Who? 

    Who?.

     
  • dannyboystories 9:43 AM on September 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Who? 

    Perhaps the best I can hope for, after I’m gone, is that someone will ask, “Who”.

     
  • dannyboystories 8:19 AM on September 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Negatives -1, Positives -0 

    Negatives -1, Positives -0.

     
  • dannyboystories 8:17 AM on September 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adolph hitler, , , , , vladimir lenin   

    Negatives -1, Positives -0 

    Apparently negative advertising of any type is the most powerful weapon in any candidate’s arsenal, and it works.

    Half-truth mud-slinging is commonplace in election campaigns. The old cliche if you throw enough mud on the wall, some is bound to stick, works. Dirt is a staple of politics today. It is certainly accurate, as quoted by Adolph Hitler’s propagandist Joseph Goebbels, and Communist Vladimir Lenin, if you tell a lie often enough people will come to believe it true. Perhaps it is because Americans are too lazy to seek more than one source for their facts, but, more likely, they are consumed by other daily things. Folks nowadays seem to believe innuendo more readily that facts. Further, few people take time to search for facts.

    Barack Obama, with no successes to trumpet after nearly four years in office, can do nothing but attack his opponent and twist the truth with innuendo, and it is apparently working. His most often quote that his administration “saved a million jobs” cannot be proven at all, and yet voters seem to be gobbling up that untruth. Example: GM has 77,000 workers. Assuming each job begets eight other jobs totals only 616,000. So, where are the million jobs? His so-called “green” industry give away to a few companies found them bankrupt soon after receiving your tax money. Where are the green company jobs now?

    If Obama is re-elected to a second term, there will be huge celebrations by voters under the age of 30 who have all been subjected to an education by left-leaning socialistic college and university intelligentsia. Indeed, this could also be true of many in the 30-50 age bracket.

    Perhaps the most successful concentrated negativism fostered by the Obama Administration, aided and abetted by a willing national liberal media, is three years actively painting the grassroots tea party movement as “right wing zealots”. Of course, tea party folks are not at all in that category. Although most are conservative thinking, the rank and file simply want, smaller government, less intrusive government, and a hands-off government following Constitutional restrictions. Too, tea party people are angry over the deficit and high taxes caused by ObamaCare. As with any organization, some can be zealous, if that is a fault.

    I am personally concerned over Barack Obama’s clear socialistic tendencies, and his Executive Orders giving the Executive Branch unheard of control over the country and its people with only a stroke of his pen.

    I will pray November 7th will not find me weeping over the impending demise of the greatest governmental experiment ever devised in the history of man. I am reminded by what Jesus said: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” — Luke 23:34.

     
  • dannyboystories 7:30 PM on September 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Election is Over! 

    Election is Over!.

     
  • dannyboystories 7:29 PM on September 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Election is Over! 

    If you watched the nightly news Wednesday, the election for President of the United States is all but over. Obama has won. That’s the substance of lead stories on the major networks reporting on polls taken in Ohio and Florida in recent days. They say President Obama is in the lead and rapidly pulling away. What troubles me is, why?

    How any knowledgeable  person can have decided to vote to keep this incumbent in office is a complete mystery to me. Is it only because the American voter is always reluctant to refuse someone a second four-year term? Is it because high flying negative rhetoric has intoxicated Americans as the Pied Piper? Is it because voters cannot figure out the challenger’s character? A look at facts does not help me either:

    • A long list of Executive Orders giving the Executive Branch historic control over the American People and our private businesses, further diluting liberties.
    • Refusal to allow development of natural resources to reduce United States dependency on foreign oil.
    • Nearly complete eradication within the next two years of coal-fired electrical generation plants via stringent EPA requirements, with no replacement of those plants with any other alternative source.
    • Major slashes in military spending, without Congressional approval, reducing our “peace through strength” initiative to less than that of a third world nation.
    • Rejection of American exceptionalism, apologies to third world nations for American progress.
    • Turning away from Constitutional government to Socialism–perhaps Communism.
    • A health care plan, while including some elements Americans want, is far too costly, with taxation in areas not related to health care.
    • Misinterpretation of declining data proving American companies will hire fewer, not more, people in the forthcoming months, actually down by one-third.
    • Continuing to promote major tax increases on companies that provide jobs and income for American families.

    The list can go on for pages, but it is far too depressing. Perhaps the polls are wrong.

     
  • dannyboystories 12:30 PM on September 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    The Real 47% 

    The Real 47%.

     
  • dannyboystories 12:29 PM on September 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , social security disability   

    The Real 47% 

    When the video emerged showing Mitt Romney claiming 47% of the United States Population pays no taxes, his opposition caused a fire storm of sound bites and talking heads. However, Romney was accurate. There are 314.4 million people in the nation, 46.8% of them pay no taxes, according the the government’s own statistical analysis.

    It is necessary, however, to look deeper into the abyss that is cloudy statistical information. In many ways, it all depends upon who is doing the counting, therefore, this article depends upon easily accessed information. Take time to review all of the information, not just the portion supporting your point of view.

    If you think about it, you can easily come up with your own rationalization for Romney’s  assertion. After all, there are nearly 62 million Americans who receive Social Security checks every month. Add to that, about 9 million children and adults under age 65 who receive Supplemental Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), and Social Security alone quickly includes one-third of the U.S. population. If SS is their only income, of course they pay no income taxes.

    Carrying the statistics a step further, nearly 30 million people are on some sort of federally supported welfare. this brings the total no-tax population to more than 100 million, and all of those folks are clearly dependent upon some kind of public support. Keep in mind, young children do not pay taxes, and must be added into the total.

    However, all of these statistics do not tell the tale–perception is the real story.

    Use the search term, “Perceptions of Welfare”, and you will find plenty of university research articles about the perceptions Americans have of welfare recipients. Recently, though, these perceptions, generated likely by massive federal deficit fears, have changed. Recipients are pictured as lazy folks on the public dole through fraudulent means, or are illegally in the U.S. Although true, that is not necessarily the case. To be sure, there is plenty of fraud to go around–Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid–and plenty of just plain incompetence on the part of public employees failing to screen potential recipients adequately. All of this fuels public distaste to provide support of those over 65, those injured, or to folks unable to work because of physical difficulties. “Fraud in the two main federal health programs is huge, imposing costs on taxpayers at least in the tens of billions of dollars each year.” [ http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/fraud-and-abuse ]

    In fairness to departmental workers, computerization is a major difficulty. Applications for assistance have been reduced to a series of check boxes that cannot precisely describe why an individual needs assistance. This is true, for example, of cancer survivors left with serious residual effects of poisonous chemotherapy drugs. Many, particularly breast cancer survivors, are left with ailments causing severe pain further complicated by pain medications resulting in an inability to pass a simple employment drug test.

    So, in my view, the real effort needs to be in better screening of assistance recipients to eliminate fraud, coupled with a complete overhaul of how we handle distribution of public funds. Such an effort can be beneficial throughout our many federal program of hand-outs. The bureaucracy has a tendency to support its own employment rolls and payroll increases, rather than concentrate on real needs assessments of Americans.

    Americans have always been charitable and caring. Introducing large, Federal bureaucratic agencies expanding their own departmental importance, is a proven failure in an attempt to give those in need a hand up. “Charity begins at home.” So, would it not be better for states to withhold their own money from the federal government, providing necessary state assistance from local folks who better know the needs of their own citizens?

    [Start your own research:  http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/quickfacts/stat_snapshot/  or  http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_percentage_of_people_in_US_are_on_welfare   or  http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/fraud-and-abuse%5D

     
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