POLITICAL: How to fix Obama / SCOTUS — care!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

FROM WSJ

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No Easy Cure 
Congress has begun the work of replacing the Affordable Care Act, and that means lawmakers will soon face the thorny dilemma that confronts every effort to overhaul health insurance: Sick people are expensive to cover, and someone has to pay. The 2010 health law forced insurers to sell coverage to anyone, at the same price, regardless of their risk of incurring big claims. That provision was popular. Not so were rules requiring nearly everyone to have insurance, and higher premiums for healthy people to subsidize the costs of the sick. If policyholders don’t pick up the tab, who will? The available options all have downsides. Mr. Trump and GOP leaders on Capitol Hill pledged this week to move swiftly to not only repeal but also replace the Affordable Care Act, but it will be a difficult promise to keep.

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From DOWNSIZE DC 

https://downsizedc.org/blog/preview-proposals-replace-obamacare

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Proposal #1: Restore natural prices and make them visible to patients. This will enable consumer control, foster competition, increase supply, and reduce costs.
Proposal #2: Repeal Obamacare in its entirety before considering legislation to replace it.
Proposal #3: Politicians should make all sickness and wellness expenditures tax deductible, including insurance premiums and preventive measures, such as supplements and fitness clubs.
Proposal #4: Revive true health insurance (and make it affordable too) by removing all the expensive mandates imposed by Obamacare and the states.
Proposal #5: Outlaw monopolistic “certificates of need.”
Proposal #6: End punitive damages that enrich lawyers with no compensating health benefit.
Proposal #7: Make the FDA advisory, not dictatorial.
Proposal #8: Restrict the FDA to certifying safety only.
Proposal #9: End the FDA’s power to regulate generic drug factories.
Proposal #10: Limit pharmaceutical patent protection to the recovery of research costs.
Proposal #11: Remove redundant licensing requirements.
Proposal #12: Incentivize the frugal use of medical services by creating the equivalent of Medicaid and Medicare HSAs.
Proposal #13: Increase co-pays for Medicare and Medicaid patients.
Proposal #14: Reduce doctor visits by ending the need for prescriptions.
Proposal #15: The State should stop defining dietary guidelines.
Proposal #16: Create an exchange for pro-bono services and voluntary funding.
Proposal #17: Provide a 100% tax credit to anyone who pays for an indigent person’s healthcare expenses.
Proposal #18: Make Medicare a safety net rather than a dragnet.
Proposal #19: Make indigent access to the tax-funded safety net contingent on a history of personal responsibility.
Proposal #20: Create a schedule to devolve Medicare and Medicaid to the states or localities.

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Unwind the effects of World War 2 wage and price controls — that’s how “benefits” got tied to “employment” in the first place.

Gooferment created the problem; get them out of the way is the solution.

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POLITICAL: Asset Forfeiture IS Extortion!

Monday, January 9, 2017

https://reason.com/blog/2017/01/05/inside-mississippis-asset-forfeiture-ext

Inside Mississippi’s Asset Forfeiture Extortion Racket
State narcotics police seized $4 million in cash—as well as couches, comics, and 18-wheelers—through asset forfeiture in 2015.
C.J. Ciaramella | Jan. 5, 2017 10:00 am

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“We’re completely in the dark on how pervasive the practice really is,” says Blake Feldman, an advocacy coordinator at the Mississippi ACLU. “Pretty much the default mindset is nobody should be overseeing any law enforcement. A big concern will be if the required tracking and reporting is going to be enforced, or if it will be a shallow gesture.”

In recent years, there has been bipartisan momentum in states across the U.S. to roll back civil asset forfeiture laws, which allow police to seize property without convicting or even charging the owner with a crime. Mississippi is no different. According to an April poll of Mississippi voters conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, 88 percent of voters oppose civil forfeiture, including 89 percent of Republican voters.

Reason reached current Hinds County Attorney Claire Baker to ask about the couch seizure, as well as the debate in the state over asset forfeiture.

“There’s been a move to crack down on forfeitures, and I get that,” Baker says. “Mississippi law is wide open as far as forfeiture goes.”

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There has to be reform.

If we eliminate the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”, a lot of this non-sense will stop.

Even before that happens, the forfeiture law needs to change dramatically. 

(1) Nothing is taken without a conviction.

(2) The Gooferment’s claim can’t be taken on face value.

(3) The actual owners, like parents, shouldn’t be penalized for something some one else does.

Argh!

It’s all about “revenue collection”; not solving or preventing “crimes” against real victims.

Obvious, the police and judicial complex are over-funded.

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POLITICAL: The FDA is obsolete; make it optional

Sunday, January 1, 2017

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-fdas-rigged-drug-committees-1483140671?mod=djemMER

OPINION  REVIEW & OUTLOOK
The FDA’s Rigged Drug Committees
A case study in how the agency gets the advice it wants to hear.
Updated Dec. 30, 2016 7:15 p.m. ET 

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Among the Republican priorities in 2017 should be dismantling a culture of bureaucratic control at the Food and Drug Administration that poisons innovation and costs lives. Here’s an idea: Update part of the approval process that was patient zero for distorting data on a drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

We’ve reported on the drama over eteplirsen, which FDA approved in September and is now marketed as Exondys 51 by Sarepta Therapeutics. Midlevel bureaucrats have since disparaged the therapy in public, and some insurers are denying coverage. Much of the confusion results from an April show trial known as an advisory committee meeting. A process that is supposed to provide independent advice to the FDA instead became a venue to mislead a panel of nonexperts—and the public—about the drug’s efficacy.

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It’s been demonstrated that the FDA is a tool of Big Pharma. There’s that old revolving door between being a regulator and being regulated.

Why can’t the FDA be an optional player. Let the doctors counsel patients. It’s the patients that have to decide. 

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Bread and circuses

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Forwarded by an “Old”, who I suspect cut ’n’ pasted from some inet email spam. (There were format breaks in the text.)

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I don’t know who the Chief’swere playing, but it would have beengreat if it had been the 49 ers- and C. Kaeperknick had been on thefield. 

As
you know, Obama cuts have eliminated the military flyovers at largeevents.  Well, there’s a group of guys in Kansas City who dosome formation flying, in their own planes, and decided they’dvolunteer to pick up the slack.  They invited a couple of othergroups to join them and before they knew it they had 48 guys withtheir own  airplanes signing up to join in.  If they hadmore time, they probably would have gotten an even larger group aspeople kept joining and a 49th was added near the event. 

One
additional feature of the flyover was the use of pink smoke forcancer awareness. 

The
folks from the Guinness Book were there and are expected to confirmit as the largest formation flight ever.  And to top it off thecrowd later set the record for the loudest gathering at a footballstadium.  Be sure your speakers are turned up… best if watchat ‘full screen. 

CLICK Arrowhead Stadium,49 plane flyover – YouTube

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MY RESPONSE 

K — I don’t use his name; he’s not worth learning to spell it — is merely exercising his rights and getting PR points with the illiterates. (imho) I’d prefer to ignore him and let him fade away into obscurity.

After we found that the Gooferment was paying the NFL to “honor the troops”, I became hostile to these displays. Not that I am anti-American or don’t want the troops home, but it’s pro-war propaganda worthy of Goebbels’ Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda!!!! (I feel strongly about that one.)

I have great respect for the voluntary flyover since that represents authentic American patriotism. Untainted by Big Gooferment propaganda.

Pink smoke to fight cancer just makes me think of the FDA and regulatory capture by Big Pharma. When the March of Dime focused on polio, the American public rallied and it was done. Voluntarily. Of course, all those high paid execs couldn’t be out of a job, so they moved on to an amorphous enemy — birth defects. And the gravy train continued.  

Sorry to rain on your parade but I am Cynic in the tradition of Diogenes and I insist on looking behind the curtain. Or maybe a Stoic like Marcus Aurelius, who recognized that the problems always are inside of man. 

Argh!

Thanks for great blog post fodder.

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POLITICAL: Close the UN and make it into condos

Sunday, November 20, 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/world/americas/united-nations-trump-climate-change-iran-cuba.html?_r=0

Donald Trump and the U.N.: Signs of Clashing Views on Many Issues
By SOMINI SENGUPTA and RICK GLADSTONE
NOV. 19, 2016

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The optimists among them are expressing relief that Donald J. Trump said nothing during the campaign about dismantling the United Nations altogether — or turning its iconic tower facing the East River into condos.

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This has been a disgrace. Its record for interference and the results speak for itself. And, their “human rights” committee is a joke.

So, if DJT wants to withdraw our financial support and ship it out to where it wants to go, then that’s fine with me.

And I’m sure the subjects of Comrade DeBlasio would be happy with the traffic improvement.

There are better ways to waste money then this international disaster.

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POLITICAL: The wisdom of the Dead Old White Guys

Friday, November 18, 2016

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/11/113000-votes-pa-wi-mi-gave-trump-56-electoral-college-votes/

108,600 Votes Swing 46 Electoral College Votes to Donald Trump
by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY 11 Nov 2016 

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Trump won Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral college votes, by 68,236 votes, Wisconsin, with its 10 electoral college votes, by 27,257 votes, and Michigan, with its 16 electoral college votes, by 13,107 votes.

Had those 108,600 votes gone to Hillary Clinton, she would have won the presidency with a a 278 to 260 electoral college victory over Trump.

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You have to admire the wisdom of the Dead Old White Guys.

They constructed a system that made politicians pay attention to the small states.

Stuff all the ballot boxes in Chicago. Have all the dead folks vote in California and New York. Fudge the all the polls. Slant the news. 

It doesn’t matter if a politician ignores “electoral map”, they will lose. 

Pretty sharp system to ensure a “national fairness”!

Of course, now the losers want to do away with it for a straight popular vote. And if that happens, let the stuffing begin!

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POLITICAL: Politicians and bureaucrats “Never apologize”

Monday, November 7, 2016

https://americankabuki.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-do-you-mean-we-kemosabe.html

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If you read the book by Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, there’s one central theme that comes out and every politician, power broker and religionist since has practiced.  Never apologize.  They will obfuscate, misdirect, counter accuse, but never apologize.  Sad really.  Politics is the game of literalizing metaphor and hanging people by twisting intent of their words.  

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It’s really sad and frustrating.

Argh!

Well, it will soon be over.

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