Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 11:00pm

‘Sick bill’ needs a cure

We do need legislation to change the health insurance paradigm. We need for patients to be more responsible for paying their doctors and more responsible for their own health. We need to assume that adults are intelligent and can make wise decisions for themselves.

None of these things are in the Democrats’ bill. The more I read about this legislation, with page references and the document available for confirmation, the more I see this as a benevolent tyrant’s dream come true.

The frenzy by Democrats and President Obama to pass "health care reform" would otherwise be curious if not for the intention to keep the details fuzzy. From the Solons who brought us the $400 hammer, freezers full of cash and the GM bailout, I cannot see the wisdom in handing over total control of the "public welfare" to them.

While Medicare is currently successful, Medicaid has been a black hole. Handing supervision of my healthcare to CMS — the anonymous bureaucracy with absolute authority and more regard for rules than people — is madness.

The Democrats' "health care reform" is a sick bill. That's why there are angry citizens speaking out. Begin again with an open and honest discussion of the failings of both private sector and public sector healthcare. The Democrats' owe that to all Americans. After all, they control Congress and the White House.

Ed VanVoorhees,
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322 Comments on this post:

By: MamaG on 8/6/09 at 2:25

I wondered about that name! Thanks for clarifying it. I will get over there sometime. Have you ever eaten at Margot's, across the street frem 3 Crow? Very pricey but very worth it for a special-event type meal. Margot also owns Marche, kind of around the corner from there. Also, a new place, Nuvo Burrito, went in where the old Z's Deli was. I've heard it was good too.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 2:27

I have eaten at Margots. It was very good, albiet pricey. Nice for a special occasion. I have not been to Marche or Nuvo Burrito yet. Let me know how they are. I went to 12South Taproom last night for dinner and there's a faux taco truck near there called Mas Tacos Por Favor - gotta love the name!

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/6/09 at 2:37

Well now, isn't THIS interesting - poll from CNN.

Do you consider the first six months of the Obama administration to be a success or a failure? July 31-Aug. 3 2009

Success 51%
Failure 37%
Too soon to tell (vol.) 11%
No opinion 1%

Bush Administration First Six Months: Do you consider the first six months of the Bush administration to be a -- [ROTATED: success (or a) failure]? 2001 Aug 3-5* 56 32 7 5

Success 56%
Failure 32%
Too soon to tell (vol.) 7%
No opinion 5%

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/05/rel11e.pdf

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 2:52

Not very interesting, unless the same exact conditions existed in Bush's first six months that exist in Obama's...do they? Not so much...

Get a life

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/6/09 at 2:54

Gdia,

Bush also inherited a depressed economy...and also had to deal with the 9/11 attack.

But I guess that doesn't matter...oh well.

By: Loner on 8/6/09 at 2:54

No mystery there, Chief, the country was still riding high six months into Bush's first term; the Clinton surpluses were expected to continue, 9-11 hadn't happened, the economy was good and we were at peace.

Considering the crap that Obame inherited from Bush-Cheney (war, recession, deficits, fear) and factoring in the hate speech directed at Obama 24/7, his numbers are surprisingly good.

By: CAH on 8/6/09 at 2:54

Though the Russians had troops at the border, they never moved on Manchuria due to Truman sending the bomb to Japan and indicating to Stalin that it would be against their interests to invade.

If you want to really understand what defeated the Germans in Russia, read up on what the winter did to them. Russian planes and tanks were acclimated to the cold while the German tanks and planes sat idle because the oil in the engines froze. They were the first users of synthetic oil which turned to wax in the cold. They had to build fires under the engines. More planes burned up on the ground than were shot down in combat over Russia. You might find the books about Admiral Gorshin and General Zhukov enlightening. They are just some of over a hundred books on WWII that I have in my library.

By: CAH on 8/6/09 at 2:55

Loner, you admit I got you on one. Actually, I got you on all three.

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 2:56

Chief, I know you're not very smart, but 9/11...notice the first number...it indicates the number of the month...

Also, considering economic conditions were the worst in 25 years when Obama took office...you do the math...here, I'll help...2009 minus 25...

Some people are just completely in another world...

By: Loner on 8/6/09 at 2:58

No CAH, only in your dreams. In my dreams I got you on all fours....squeal like a pig!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 2:58

so, CAH - there was no strategic offensive in Manchuria in 1945?

By: house_of_pain on 8/6/09 at 2:59

Wait a minute...2009 minus 25...carry the 2...f**k it, I give up.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 2:59

house, lemme get you a beer. it'll be all right. let's go to the Leaky Beaker. i like that place.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:00

CAH, for having over 100 books about WWII in your library, you're rather uninformed.

By: house_of_pain on 8/6/09 at 3:01

I smell what you're steppin' in, Blanket. Race you there.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:04

By: house_of_pain on 8/6/09 at 3:01
I smell what you're steppin' in, Blanket. Race you there.

You got it!

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:05

I read that as "leaky beaver"...I need a drink...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:06

no, that's a different bar, g. LOL!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:06

although that would be a good name for an adult club......

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:07

house, i even wore my black lace pocket protector today.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:09

Sotomayor was easily confirmed in a 68-31 vote. Nine Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic caucus in supporting her nomination.

By: Loner on 8/6/09 at 3:10

It's fast approaching four twenty - I am concluding the days raves and rantings at this time - it's been a wonderful, world-wide web of a waste of time...see ya!

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:10

I think it's next to the "Hot Rod"...at least that is what Broderick Crawford believed...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:10

Voinovich was joined by Maine's Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, New Hampshire's Judd Gregg, Indiana's Richard Lugar, Missouri's Kit Bond, Florida's Mel Martinez, South Carolina's Lindsey Graham and Tennessee's Lamar Alexander. Watch the Senate vote.

In a telling political sign, none of the Republicans who voted for Sotomayor is seeking re-election in 2010. Conservative activists, including the powerful National Rifle Association, mounted a concerted effort to rally GOP opposition to Sotomayor.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:13

later, loner!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:21

sending Adam Yauch well wishes!

Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch is recovering from surgery to treat a tumor and gearing up for radiation treatments

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/06/beastie.yauch.recovering/index.html

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:23

read that Blanket, sounds like he averted medical sabotage...

yeah, pretty lame...I know...

By: MamaG on 8/6/09 at 3:26

That funky monkey! Hope all goes well with him.

If I were looking for an adult bar, I don't know how tempted I would be to go in one called the LEAKY Beaver. That's kinda gross!!! LOL

Heading home and hope you all have a great evening!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:26

still got a chuckle out of me, g.

By: brrrrk on 8/6/09 at 3:27

I really have to laugh at some Republicans and their myopic views regarding government. I know this lady where I work; she has a son that went to college to be a doctor. Not only did he receive federally backed loans for his education, but he also received federal grants and interned at a hospital that received federal monies to fund their intern program. But she doesn't want "the government getting in her business". LOL

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:28

Then it was successful...:)

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/6/09 at 3:29

Loner,

Um, sorry but the tech stocks started crashing in 1999 and the stock market in general continued to drop all thru 2000. The economy wasn't that hot...although I will admit the country wasn't as in bad shape as it is now.

Still, Bush had been in office only 9 months before 9/11...so it should be interesting to see what the differences will be in 9 months or 12 months into this Administration.

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:29

That's the way most of them are brrrrk...but when it hits the fan, they'll be first in line wanting assistance.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:31

later, Mama. don't forget Nashville Jumps tomorrow a.m.

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:33

Blanket, did you post "obtuse" the other day...yes, that's relevant...

By: brrrrk on 8/6/09 at 3:34

gdiafante, I agree. I think their opinion of the government is merely based on projections of themselves. They believe everyone in "the government" is corrupt because that's what they would do if they were in that position. Sort of like beauty being in the eye of the beholder.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:37

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:33
Blanket, did you post "obtuse" the other day...yes, that's relevant...

sho' did.

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:38

They're hypocrits brrrk, they detest "big" government yet sat idly by while Republicans expanded it. Now, when intervention is warranted, they start whining...I believe in free speech but at some point, if there's nothing constructive being said, they should just crawl back under their little rock and wait for the sky to fall.

By: slacker on 8/6/09 at 3:44

Broderick Crawford can kill two stones with one bird.

By: brrrrk on 8/6/09 at 3:45

Hey gdiafante, did you ever go to the York Fair when you lived there? My wife and I are thinking of going up for it. I've got a hankering for some GOOD fair food. :-)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:45

ah ha! how to nail down jello!!!!!

http://www.myscienceproject.org/j-wall.html

we just need them to ingest some ballistic gel.

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:46

Why would Broderick Crawford want to kill Keith, Mick, Charlie, Ron and Bill???

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:47

Nah, never did, brrrk. Although we would drive down from Old Lyme on weekends. It was only an hour and a half drive.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:48

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:46
Why would Broderick Crawford want to kill Keith, Mick, Charlie, Ron and Bill???

no, no, no. he only wants to kill TWO of them.

By: CAH on 8/6/09 at 3:50

I'll concede that the Russians had a limited incursion into Manchukuo, a part of Mongolia, capturing Mengjiang, as well as a portion of northern Korea, southern Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands. And, their plans were quite extensive. However, on August 15th, six days after the last bomb, Emperor Hirohito issued his Termination of War in accordance with the Potsdam Declaration and the Russians had nobody to fight. They basically rolled in and occupied without fighting for the ground they took. In fact, the Soviets thought they were gaining the lands promised them at Yalta, but Mao used the area to forment his revolution and the lands were given to the PRC instead of Russia. To say the Soviets were miffed is an understatement.
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Now, considering Japanese made extensive usage of biolical warfare, spreading botulism and anthrax from 1932 - 1945 throughout China and Manchuria, with plans for other areas, the use of the atomic bomb should be considered 'preventive measures'.

By: slacker on 8/6/09 at 3:52

Broderick Crawford has counted to infinity. Twice.

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 3:52

s/h/b or, instead of and...lol

Besides, you can't kill what's already been embalmed...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/6/09 at 3:54

By: CAH on 8/6/09 at 3:50
Now, considering Japanese made extensive usage of biolical warfare, spreading botulism and anthrax from 1932 - 1945 throughout China and Manchuria, with plans for other areas, the use of the atomic bomb should be considered 'preventive measures'.

wow, that's up there with some of the most ridiculous statements ever made. Preventive measures, huh?

what an idiot.

By: gdiafante on 8/6/09 at 4:05

Well, going on that logic, we might as well nuke the middle east because they will initiate a terrorist attack sometime in the future...

By: CAH on 8/6/09 at 4:06

Well, you may think it ridiculous, but you might want to read this http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/japan/bw/.

Do you use bug spray to keep spiders and roaches out before they get in the house or just wait to step on them after they enter?

If you have to call people names, you immediately lose any credibility you may have had.