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I'm Sick and Tired...
By Michael Fredrickson

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of General Manager Michael Fredrickson. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Names can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number. You email comments to Michael@fortbendstar.com.


 

... Of liberal fascists telling us they are going to vote for the socialized medicine bill (HR 3200) regardless of their constituents opinions. Eric Massa, Democrat, New York, on August 15, 2009 said, “ I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district.” He even said he would support a single-payer option if 80% of his constituents were against it.

This sentiment was almost the same as Chuck Schumer, Democrat, New York, when he said something to the effect that he didn’t care what the voters wanted, and they were going to pass this bill anyway.

I feel like we are in the Twilight Zone. When President Bush (and his big-business buddies) wanted to pass amnesty for those here illegally, the American public pitched an absolute fit and they backed down. Then, they wanted to sell several of our U.S. Port operations to Dubai. What happened? There was a voter uprising and they backed down.

What happened to Social Security reform? Democrats demonized Republicans for giving citizens a choice in their financial security after retirement and since there was no bipartisanship, Republicans backed off.
What happened to the spirit of bipartisanship the Democrat Speaker talked about for the last several years? What a joke. You voted for change and that is exactly what we got. Oh, did you forget that when Republicans gained the majority in Congress in 1994, they actually changed the procedural rules to allow the Congressional minority to amend legislation? That was changed when Democrats regained control.
It is quite apparent that liberal Democrats in Congress don’t want to listen to you if you don’t agree with them. That is not how public servants are supposed to act. These Congressmen are representatives, not dictators.
How is digitizing medical records going to decrease health care costs? I go to my doctor and the receptionist pulls out a folder with the first three letters of my last name out of a file cabinet covering the back wall. Do you actually think that after our country gets Obamacare my doctor is going to convert all these paper files to digital records and then reduce our costs?

What will happen is my doctor will be required to buy some very expensive software and hardware that will be completely controlled and/or regulated by the FEDERAL government (the bid will be rigged where only GE can fulfill the contract). Then to get paid he or she will have to send these digital records to the FEDERAL government where they will decide what to pay. Or before you can even go to the doctor, they will have to forward the digital record (with why you called for an appointment) that will be scrutinized by someone or something to determine the maximum payment for that visit.

I’m also sick of the bubble-headed bleach blonde that comes on at five, comparing socialized medicine in France (population 61 million) or Canada (population 32 million) with the government takeover of the U.S. health care industry. We have 300 million people in this country and there is no comparison - period. As I have said before in this column, people are not lying in the ditch and dieing in the U.S. This is NOT about health care. This is about power as evident of Congress castigating auto manufacturers for flying to Washington in private jets, while they want to spend $500 million on what - private jets for Congress. After all, they shouldn’t have to fly coach.

We don’t need health care reform. We need health insurance reform, tax reform and tort reform. Why do businesses and their employees get to pay for insurance plans tax-free while people that go buy an individual policy have to pay with after-tax dollars (no tax break)? This is what needs to be reformed.

 

Contact michael@fortbendstar.com, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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