Saturday, December 19, 2009

Please do Read Vicky Reggie Kennedy's Washington Post Op Ed about the Current HCR Battle and Bill


Saturday Morning Update:
Saturday Morning.......Senate floor debate of Bill is going on CSPAN2 right now . (I am watching it live and twittering it- so are others. DC is indeed Snowed IN... Good.Twitterfolks are calling is #Snowmageddon...BUT the Senators are indeed there trapped by the snow.)Please do read Vicky Kennedy's post Here or linked to title.
( I stand by my Post below on HCR . Still).
LINK to share:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/18/AR2009121803506.html

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

As an RN :The HCR Battle at this Moment,and Where I stand.


"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die." ~Senator Teddy Kennedy #hcr
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{{ Please do scroll down :HCR updates and Videos, including Dean's Video 12.15}}
Over the past few days I have gotten many emails and messages from Twitterland and Blogland asking What do I see the Fate of this HCR Bill and Healthcare Reform at this point. First I am a Nurse of 20+ years and I am UnInsured, which means that I have a perspective that is not always Politically Driven or Calculated. I have always blogged how the Events and Politics impacts our lives. I also have a son, so I look at this Reform measure as an important issue for his future and the next generations, to provide for their physical health but also their economic health. All that being said, I do recognize that we are at Critical Juncture and that many Wise Entities are Abandoning the HCR in all forms, and that there is much tension as to how to proceed and WHO and WHAT to Support.Please read Entire Post to Understand and Hear my position and it may help you in your Thought Process.

After reading ALL the Bills that have now led to the Formation of the Current Senate Bill that is now being Backroom Brokered, I do have some concerns, and hope over next few days to have more Information to better evaluate the Following:
Current Concerns & Facts as an RN re :Current Senate Bill

(1) WHO and HOW MANY will indeed be offered access to Health Care and Health Insurance. We currently have over 50 Million UnInsured, (47 Million based on 2007 Census Numbers,and 6.6 Newly UnEmployed this past year during Economic Plunge). We have atleast 30 Million UnInsured due to Preexisting Conditions. 17,000 Are losing Health Insurance and Care a Day. 112 Are dying per day without care. According to Harvard 45-47,000 are dying per year without proper or adequate Health Care. The Numbers justify a Crisis and Timely Action. But as this Current Senate Bill has been Whittling and Chopping away the Medicare Buy In and the Public Option, we need to know what is going to Available and Affordable and truly accessible. And that Question has not been answered.
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(2) The High Risk Pools to be Created offer more questions. WHO will be in the Pools and how will their care be cost ratioed ? Supposedly according to the Current 2000 page bill the Pools will be available to People who have been refused and denied care due to pre-existing conditions. BUT it also categorizes AGE as a High Risk Factor and allows people to be basically fined higher fees for their age- it is treated as a "RISK". I worry that some of this language about risk means that People are being Insured as if they are Clunkers. And the one thing that could have been placed there is Rate Control for UnEmployed and Low Income, Poverty and Economic Distress are not acknowledged in this Senate Bill. The Economic Factor should have been embraced and Sliding Scales set up to Lesson Hardship and Improve Access. While for months UnInsured have been Reminded Daily that they are Costing TOO much, there has been Nothing addresses Cost Controls for Coverage to Working Poor, Middle Class or Lower Middle Class Working Families.
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(3)Big Pharma is still controlling Costs and this means that many people will still be choosing between Meds and Meals. Please See Gotta Laff Post Below, scroll down. It is a valuable post to read, especially as this Current Senate Bill does Nothing to Protect Patients as they try to pay for meds every month.
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(4) About the Outlawing of Pre-Existing Conditions, to provide care to those with such disease statuses, it remains unclear and very muddied in ALL the Legislation about WHO will Monitor and ENFORCE and Protect the People who have suffered Discrimination and inability to access Affordable Care. WHICH agency ? Because as it is now there is NO agency to protect Patients as they attempt to get care. DHHS seems to be struggling to handle current workload with even the H1N1 epidemic. And Secretary Sebelius has been less than effective speaking or engaging in HCR in a Leadership role.

(I also think that at some point that Decrimination against People that are ill AND denying care is Criminal, but it is is also a Civil Rights Issue, but that is an issue that this HCR will never fully address, but this bill atleast opens the issue up for scrutiny,as well as issues concerning Rescinded care.)

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(5) The Concern that is most worrisome and that has gotten the least MSM coverage is the that the Proposed Bill when it went to the Backrooms Suddenly Inserted a NEW Clause regarding CAPS on Care per year and Lifetime that will post HUGE risks and Calamity for Families coping with and caring for those with Chronic Longterm devastating Illnesses. There is NO protection for them and indeed they may face Hardship and Failure of Care, and that this was done in such a Dark Secretive Fashion is deplorable.
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(6) Dr.Dean in the video below raises many valid concerns when says to Kill the Bill, and I really do share many of them. I also know that Dean has Given Up on things Sometimes Pre-maturely. And yes, I am talking about 2004, for many of us that worked on his campaign and believed in him, there was concern he left the Presidential Race too early.( Please know I am saying that as someone who truly believes and trusts his wisdom). I also know that as a Nurse, well, let's just put it this way, he would not be the First Doctor that I did not support ALL 100% of the time. I am glad he spoke up, but as a Nurse and as a Liberal I don't think it is Time to "Kill the Bill".
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(7) Another issue that has barely been mentioned is that the Original Baucus Bill, and this bill to a lesser degree would have fines imposed for the people that remain UnInsured or don't have care.But if it is indeed due to income or poverty issues there should be no Fines, or punitive action of fines and penalties.
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Those are my most pressing Concerns and Worries as an RN. Now that Many Progressives and Progressive Leaders bravely Spoke out yesterday stating to "Kill the Bill", it would be easy, even comforting to join them in stepping away from Bad Weakened Even Questionable Legislation. BUT....and it is a HUGE BUT.
I currently view the HCR Bill -Senate Version as indeed a VERY sick Patient, Critical Condition at this point. But as a Nurse I have never walked out on a Patient during a Critical Moment, I have never stopped Listening to all the Research and Learned Advice. I have kept digging and working to save the Patient. Even though the Patient may indeed come out very damaged and weakened, the Fight is still worth saving What and WHO matters.So for me, it is a Time Game, Time will tell WHEN and if to walk away from this HCR Bill and stop all Resuscitation Efforts. For me I think it is still worth Fighting FOR and About. The Battle is Not over, Not yet.

I also in my heart think Senator Ted Kennedy would not want us giving up...not yet. He would want us still Fighting, and Fighting Hard. And in the end I also think we still need to pursue Healthcare for ALL as a Constitutional Right, so that it is Protected and we never ever have a Bloody Battle like this again.

"Pray for the Dead,but Fight Like Hell for the Living."~ Mother Jones

{{So at this point I will still be fighting Tooth and Nail to get Real Healthcare for Millions , not just Insurance Reform, that means I will still make phone calls, write letters, and continue blogging and twittering and posting research .}}

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Please Do Still DC and tell them What kind of HCR We The People Really Need.
Senator Harry Reid
DC: (202) 224-3542
Carson City: (775) 882-7343
Las Vegas: (702) 388-5020
Reno: (775) 686-5750
Call your Democratic Senator too -- Senate Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Call the Whitehouse:: 202-456-1414
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A song For Tonight "American Prayer"::

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Wednesday 12.16.09 HCR Update::
Nasty rumor circulating Internet that Liebermann revenge driven hateful man that he is, is planning to NOT be the 60th vote on HCR but run for the RNC in 2012. Time will tell if this is just a rumor.
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Here is another post that does explain parts of the Bill that are worth knowing about and WHO has worked behind scenes.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

HCR Battle today Tuesday as of December 15th,Dr.Dean takes a stand to Kill the Bill...and more


During the day people called their Senator Offices, Reid's office,and the Whitehouse one more time Voicing their concerns.The Fly in the Ointment remains Lieberman, and it continues to be deplorable that one man can have such power over a bill effecting lives over millions. Countdown covered the twists and turns of the Day. Countdown Video of Day Must be seen to appreciate how troubled the Bill is at this point.

Lawrence ODonnell hosted Countdown tonight, he spoke with Dr.Dean and Dr.Dean expressed his concerns about the Events that continue to plague this bill. Dr.Dean brought up some concerns that are valid. ODonnell who worked in DC during the Clinton Years,knows the process well and asks valid questions. Senator Wyden also is interviewed about where he stands on the HCR Bill at this juncture, he remains committed to the Bill and the Process. Dr.Dean at this point admits he no longer supports it, and Why.
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Truthout has more about Joe Lieberman and his absurd power in all of this.
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Josh of TPM has more about Reid and his manuvers with Snowe....it ain't pretty.
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DailyKos analyzes more of this crippled Bill,and Dean's statements,
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ALERT:::MUST read post by Ezzra Klein this early Wed Dec 16th am. He explains what is left in the bill and what is still worth fighting for.
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Atlantic Wire has an amazing post about What Liberals have won,lost or gained in the HCR battle, it is a Must read, and has great article round up.

Mother Jones weighs in their Position at this Critical Juncture of the HCR Battle


( Kevin Drum of Mother Jones is worth reading and following, he and David Corn really investigate and thoughtfully approach all issues, and consistently give balanced information and opinions based on facts.) In this post linked to the title, or you can read here he explains why the Bill is damaged and imperfect, but also why even in it's current crippled form must go forward. He does not gloss it or try to pretend it is even a a good bill at this point, but he values where we are in this mangled process.

Ezra Klein's Wapo Post is a Must Read about HCR, and it's status as of tonight 12.15.09


Please click the title of the post to read Ezra's Breakdown of WHERE Lieberman's options stand, the fate of parts of the Bill and the actual Process Timeline.It explains how Reid was left negotiating with people that were and are problematic as well as the 60 Vote milestone. There are hurdles of different Senate members stalling and manipulating the Bill to their own wants, Lieberman,Snowe and Nelson are three of the main Obstructing Roadblocks. Ezra carefully lays out how cumbersome and belabored the whole process has come and shows that finishing by Christmas remains an almost inhuman rushed feat.

Anthony Weiner 's Blog lays out his Position on the #HCR Battle....


Anthony Weiner is one rare Fighter, he had started a Blog and movement back in the Summer mostly focusing on the need for a Public Plan, he appreciates the need for a Universal plan, and his blog had consistently explained why a Single Payer and or Public Option would provide more access to affordable care to more numbers.He has been updating his blog daily ( linked to the title).He is a tenacious well informed fighter, and consistently has a calm future thinking approach on the Battle. As this bill is prepared to go back to the House in Conference, Weiner's Blog is a good source to follow, and he remains a pivotal person to watch and read.

Senate Says No to Importing Low Price Drugs....This matters during this HCR Battle


GottaLaff ( amazing progressive twitterer and blogger) writes at the Political Carnival Blogspot and is worth following,she covers events and politics with an astute perspective and keen eye for detail. She covers all politics Bush Regime Blunders to HCR to Gitmo to Torture. Please do read this post about Drug Costs and the Senate's latest Blunder to provide affordable meds, this Senate Mistep coming during the current HCR battle is beyond stupid, and shows how Out of Touch DC can be to the economic challenges for Millions. Once again this Senate gives us one more dose of Bad Medicine, but this should not deter efforts to bring Better care to Americans...even if the Senate does not understand the gravity of the Costs.

Monday, December 14, 2009

PublicOption Dead???About Lieberman and his convoluted role in the HCR battle,

Lieberman has become a turd in the punchbowl of HCR....So do see Keith's take on this 12.14.09 and then there is the Sunday Video of his performance on CBS shredding the Medicare Expansion and PublicOption in one swoop. But then scroll down and there he is ON VIDEO THREE months ago SUPPORTING MEDICARE BUYIN.....As of tonight,yes it appears the Bill has indeed very much been deflated...and yes certain aspects killed.

Do watch the Videos below, and read all three articles- they are consise and thoughprovoking.We need to have facts in hand to hit the next part of this Battle.And after you are educated, I am asking you to call Whitehouse TODAY this AM because President Obama is meeting with DEMS this afternoon and I think he needs to be able to tell them that Americans are OUTRAGED at how this has been handled.AT THIS POINT WITH 47,000 A YEAR DYING WITHOUT CARE IT IS INDEED A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE::: 202-456-1414.

(1)Here is Ezra Klein's Take on the Public Option Demise and please read before you watch the Countdown Interview below.
(2) Many of people on Twitter know Karoli, here is her take, on it, her insights are valuable and she is looking at the Bigger picture of this as a Civil Rights issue.
(3) Article in New Yorker about Obama's Long View, it is worth the read, and gives another angle.
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AND THIS IS VIDEO OF LIEBERMAN 3 MONTHES THIS YEAR AGO SUPPORTING MEDICARE EXPANSION


((This is the link to the PlumLine that explains Lieberman explaining about his support of Medicare BuyIn three months ago this year.

JOE LIEBERMAN ON CBS SUNDAY MORNING MADE IT VERY CLEAR THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC OPTION OR MEDICARE BUYIN


Watch CBS News Videos Online

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Watch ALL of What Lieberman's Comments- I need Transcript if anyone has any ideas how to get- let me know.
(orignally posted on 12.13)

20 States Cut Cancer Screening and Service and care to Poor,Mostly Women...


Article explains about the Care that is not being delivered to Millions,due to budget constraints, especially those under 50, and especially to women who need sceduled routine Pap Smears and Mammograms.
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Click the Title to read the rest of the article linked to the title,
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ALBANY, N.Y.
"As the economy falters and more people go without health insurance, low-income women in at least 20 states are being turned away or put on long waiting lists for free cancer screenings, according to the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network.In the unofficial survey of programs for July 2008 through April 2009, the organization found that state budget strains are forcing some programs to reject people who would otherwise qualify for free mammograms and Pap smears. Just how many are turned away isn't known; in some cases, the women are screened through other programs or referred to different providers."I cried and I panicked," said Erin LaBarge, 47. This would have been her third straight year receiving a free mammogram through the screening program in St. Lawrence County. But the Norwood, N.Y., resident was told she couldn't get her free mammogram this year because there isn't enough money and she's not old enough.

New York used to screen women of all ages, but this year the budget crunch has forced them to focus on those considered at highest risk and exclude women under 50.
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(( Many Health Departments and Free Clinics and Low Income Clinics have had to cut services to Those In Need. In my city, the Free Clinic has no openings and has had none in over 18 monthes,that is why I even I an UnInsured RN don't get care there, I do wonder if I was over 50 would that move my name up on the List.))

Sunday, December 13, 2009

"We're Dying For Healthcare" ( Diana and Gina Interview)

Gina and Diana Williams tell their Healthcare Story,I wish I had more information on them and their situation..but their story is haunting and familiar 12.09:

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If you want to post on Facebook or Twitter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4waKQYxcfhY

Must Read Post on a Walter Reed Nurse Punked Palin....

MUST see this post- will make your whole day....click the Title and read Linked Article..

Saturday, December 12, 2009

On the fate of Healthcare Reform (as of this week.)...Two Important Articles need to be read....


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First do read the article by Ed Schultz about the Free Clinics that Our Elected should Attend...
This week Ed Schultz attended the Free Clinic in Kansas that provided medical care to over 2200 people, as MSNBC and it viewed donated and promoted this Clinic Ed came to see it and report it and he did a fine job.It is to be noted that the MSM has sorefully neglected this Story and the Need and Horrific Plight of Millions. On HuffingtonPost he shared his thoughts and concerns, as well as said that the Senators and Reps should come and hear the stories of real Americans.
Again more than 80% of these folks are Working People who pay taxes and work very hard, but can not afford or have access to Healthcare or Insurance. Our Country has a crisis, and these Free Clinics show how severe the problem is.People going 5,8 and ten years without Medical and Dental care in a developed Country is something we should all be ashamed of. ( I have also linked his post to the Title,as an UnInsured RN I am always grateful when people report the true extent of this HealthCare Crisis.)
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THE FREE CLINIC WEBSITE if you wish to donate or volunteer or find a clinic in your area for care.
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Basic Update of the past 10 days
The Concern all along was that the Health Care Discussions and planning would end up in a BackRoom and forget the agony and pain and reality of real working families. Well, it has happened. as this Huffington Post article shows the talks now have started to focus on Rationing and Caps- yet NONE of the previous bills that were a part of this process even touched on these issues. Watching the Senate trash this process has been eye opening and worrisome.
I have not blogged much on the actual HCR process in last two weeks as it has slipped further and further into Secrecy and confusion. Even the BuyIn Expanded Medicare Program that would only be available to 55 and older would only benefit approximately 3 Million of 51 Million of Uninsured. It would not help over 6.6 Million that are unemployed and under 55, including young people, college people and working families or small business or self employed or Part Time Employees.
It is estimated to cost 400-600 per person/MONTH not counting deductibles and this is not affordable for many struggling and unemployed families in this Economic Climate.Further it STILL does not provide Access to ANY Healthcare for those Under 55 who have been cancelled or denied care due to Prep-existing Conditions.Millions of people are at risk due to this process, and with a known 47,000 people dying per year without Healthcare, we have a Crisis and we need REAL problemsolving that addresses the Needs of these people.

The Public Option is on Life Support with the plug dangling from the wall from what we can tell, and all that is being focused on is the is a Possible NON Profit Co-op program,and the 55 BuyIN Program ( Expanded Medicare). So there is NO Public Plan for People under 55 to access to buy affordable care. NONE,not at this time.

{{ Disclaimer:: As a Nurse, an UnInsured Nurse, who does need medical care for two chronic health conditions that are physically effecting me, and in my 40's, I am more than frustrated, and am not objective enough to really fully be able to predict where we go from here and yes, I am worried about the fate of HCR and am clinging to last threads of hope for this bill and needed care for Millions. }}
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Another Healthcare Story that must be Shared as another family grapples with a Insurance Induced Health Care Crisis.
Please do share this story of a Journalist that is facing a Medical Emergency within the next 45 days as he is about to be denied much needed care and treatment.
Please do share his story and forward to MSNBC as he needs the public to hear his situation to save his life. I will post the entire article in the Comments as well. Once you hear Micheal Steinbecks Story you will see that he has NO options and that the NEW Senate plan would not offer him access to any care as well, this is a situation Millions of Americans ( some newly UNEmployed) are facing daily.

About Hope....It is a Journey, A Train Ride


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{{ About the photo I wish I could remember who posted it on Twitter...I think it was MeanderingSoul, but not certain...either way it is so amazing }}
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There are lessons to be learned from this year. How to still have Hope in spite of great strife,obstruction,and Hate. How to hold it dear, how to nurture it, how to sustain it. I will never ever take it for granted again. I will never look at it as the Ticket to the Future, I will appreciate that like a Train Ride, there will be bumps in the path, and damage to the Tracks. There will be other passengers on the Train, some will lack manners and befoul the Journey. But as the train moves along the tracks we can move to another seat, look out another window,we can change the ride.....
~Miracles~ By Jefferson Starship....

Sick of the Obama Hate,GOP Obstruction, Progressive Infighting/Sniping and Teabag Asswipery


I am sick of it...tired of it...disgusted by all of it....sick of being tired of it, and worried by it and the angst. I am boggled by it, confused by it, and not accepting of it.....I refuse to believe that 8 years of Bush Regime left us this broken this tattered, But the damage on all levels is real , is raw, is palpable. We are fractured on so many levels it effects our ability to talk to each other , to problemsolve ,to hear each other .....to reach for healing.DC is going to need alot of Repair work- but I still believe it starts with us....

Obama Hate...how thick is it...read the link attached to this title.

I don't believe in fearmongering...but I do think we should be aware of how dangerous and different the Hate of Obama is than anything we have seen. Sadly. Yes there was Bush Hate- but it was not in any way embracing of violence or death talk...this is very different...concerning...I pray the Secret Service is well funded ,well staffed....And after reading this link I am really furious with them about the Crashers. The Obamas should be well cared for and protected from the Teabag Lunacy, and shame on the MSM for treating them like a "Movement", they embrace dangerous rhetoric and are most likely an arm of the Klan.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday is ObamaFriday...a day to share Solidarity on Blogs,Twitter and Facebook....


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"We don't need more Heat in DC, we need more Light" Barack Obama January2008
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President Obama has only been in DC for 11 Monthes...and we helped bring him there,but he can not change it or revive it all by himself, and the Repugs and BlueDogs have been less than helpful.

I like to think of him looking at his mom when this was taken....did she see greatness in him?...I think she did.Now any little boy can grow up and dream to be President.
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If you are on Twitter or Facebook change your Avatar....it's a blast...

Honoring the Earth...by How We Eat....(The Copenhagen Diet)

Many are starting to review their diets, and if their diets are contributing to pollution, or Earthfriendly food. Click title to Guardian article.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"A Just and Lasting Peace" President Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize


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President Obama and Michelle leave the event and are embraced and applauded, a moment that we can be proud of...
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The event was momentous and I will post more photos later.I was struck that the crowd listened so carefully, and with such silence. The only applause moment was when Obama brought up the importance of the Geneva Conventions, the applause was immediate and forceful and profound. His speech was gracious, humble and amazing. It honored History, he spoke of Leaders that problemsolved and embraced Diplomacy, but he Quoted the great words Community Organizers of Ghandi and Martin Luther King. He also honored the Struggles of Movements of Hope and Change ( Burma and Iran), as well as the bloody struggle of Darfur, the Congo. He spoke of the wars that America is engaged in, not as Bush-speak "Spreading Democracy", but as missions that need resolution ,repair. He did not justify Iraq, he did explain that Afganistan is an unresolved problematic situation. He spoke of Waging Peace, not war, which showed that his goals and values are not carrying forth Bush Warmongering. Perhaps in a way he was setting forth his own Doctrine.
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Do read the Speech linked to the Title, some poignant parts are below.
"So even as we respect the unique culture and traditions of different countries, America will always be a voice for those aspirations that are universal. We will bear witness to the quiet dignity of reformers like Aung Sang Suu Kyi; to the bravery of Zimbabweans who cast their ballots in the face of beatings; to the hundreds of thousands who have marched silently through the streets of Iran. It is telling that the leaders of these governments fear the aspirations of their own people more than the power of any other nation. And it is the responsibility of all free people and free nations to make clear to these movements that hope and history are on their side."
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"I make this statement mindful of what Martin Luther King said in this same ceremony years ago - "Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones." As someone who stands here as a direct consequence of Dr. King's life's work, I am living testimony to the moral force of non-violence. I know there is nothing weak nothing passive nothing naïve - in the creed and lives of Gandhi and King."

Strange Light in Sky over Norway before Obama's Speech....


(I don't think it is an UFO- but it is really interesting...this Russian news service says it might be a Russian Rocket ?)

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

We Must be Children of a Lesser God? Democratic Senators Hack the Public Option :CALL DC TODAY.....50 MILLION LIVES AT STAKE

In Late Night Deals the Dems did the Unthinkable, they killed the Public Option, calling it " Compromise". Kiss My UnInsured Ass- NO WAY......Read the Post linked below from the LA Times....Call DC today- Scream...Shout....Say what Needs to Be Said- DO IT NOW.....( all contact Info is linked on the Side, Call Senators, call the Whitehouse....Enough is Enough)

This "Change"also does nothing to Help UnderInsured, the Young without Insurance, and Small Businesses...Millions who NEEDED the Public Option....

And this song below was on my mind ALL night....the Pain the Agony of watching....it captures it all.....

I am angry...frustrated right now....there is a place that is beyond fathom, beyond description....this song describes that place better than I ever could...About watching what is going on and how our Young People worked for a better Future,but so did we, we worked so hard to bring Change for them as well....with true heart,energy...power...ALL of us worked for 2 years- we made Promises to Ourselves to our Future..and Somehow we need to embrace that and remember that....

I saw this video tonight and it made me cry...one of the Riders gets hit by a man in a Nice Car in his nice suit and tie...it metaphorically really hit me that I feel like I have watched the Public Option and 50 million people get hit by a Man in Nice Suit....Hit and Run by Greed and Circumstances.....But in the video the boy who is hit opens his eyes,he gets up, he Rises, he Rides again....he is not alone, or abandoned by the Riders, his fellow Warriors...And for me that is the Lesson, None of us is in This Battle Alone, there is Power in Knowing that. 50 Million have NO Insurance, No one to care, But Each other. THAT is worth Fighting for, there are lives at Stake....This Battle is Not Over....And when they show the Fires in the Distance, I think that is what this has been like, for monthes now...but that Something Inside all of us must Rise from the Ashes, if this HealthCare Bill is a Disaster, then it will be up to us to Ride On, Push Forward, we can not turn back from OurSelves or Each Other....
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Lyrics from the song:
"Into the night
Desperate and broken
The sound of a fight
Father has spoken

We were the kings and queens of promise
We were the victims of ourselves
Maybe the children of a lesser God
Between Heaven and Hell
Heaven and Hell

Into your eyes
Hopeless and taken
We stole our new lives
Through blood and pain
In defense of our dreams
In defense of our dreams"
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About the HCR Bill, the Fucking Dems did the Unthinkable tonight...they murdered the Public Option....you can read about their piece of shit "Compromise " here in the LA Times....I hope Bernie, Sherrod and other don't vote for this pulverized pitiful excuse of a Bill.....Millions of lives hang in the balance....

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Then it was December ....Bare Trees and Bitter Winds and Soul Searching


The Break from Blogland....
So Thanksgiving came, and I was thankful to be with my son, that we had helped bring Change this past year.....But as the Cold Winds blew in from the Lake and the Bare Trees stood against the wind....I felt empty... as brittle as the bare branches.
And the winds batter the branches in different directions, the wind is bitter, unkind, unrelenting....I have been haunted by the past few months watching the Republicans and Teabaggers show that indeed Americans can be more than Ugly, they can be Heartless,Shallow,full of Hate....Soul-Less. We don't have a mere Empathy Deficit, we have an Empathy Famine.

I fought Bush Regime for 8 very long years,even blogged it, just like so many others.But the Diseased part of our Country and Our Government left me stunned...breathless....sickened...that they walk among us, and they are hellbent on destroying a Chance at Change, or bringing their neighbors or those that have been so hurt by the Bush Years any relief...This past summer and fall has been a massive Reality Check....I needed to catch my breath.

So I needed to take a few more days to find my Compass, the one that grounds me, settles my heart, helps me reach for Hope and relight my Heart..... Sorry I needed a few extra days.....
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Joss Stone and Jeff Beck ...Amazing version of this song "People get Ready".....

Here is an amazing blog that you need to check out: Meet Kitty she is a gifted storyteller....
And some more soulfood Pink Granite is a find....

Does Music Heal ? Listen to these videos.....

Seal, Jakatta, and Thomas Newman...."My Vision"....Think Music can't take you away ? listen to this....

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This video is by these brothers who think that Music can keep kids safe, and help them become creative and empowered, and they are on a mission to help young people make music, all kinds of music...It's about a different kind of Healing.
Raw Beautiful Talent..."Nuttin but Stringz" amazing...Inspiring...Read more here about Why their story and their goals to help children and young with music....
This video tells their story.....

"Thunder"....

And to learn more and hear more go to their beautiful website....they will truly feed your soul....

Speaking of Healing, does your soul need healing? Cookies are VERY medicinal....click the title

The Big Black Dog site has the most amazing Cookie Recipes...you will drool....

This Thanksgiving Deja Vu of Thanksgiving of 2005....read the attached post to see why...

I blogged back in 2005...about Thanksgiving questions about War and troops in far away places.....then I was cursing the Bush Regime....and here we are...and now we have learned that President Obama wants to send troops , 30,000 to Afganistan,and I am stunned...saddened...

Margaret and Helen always know how to cheer everyone up...

These two are so funny, yet wise, do read the attached blog,just click the Title-you will laugh and feel so much smarter....

Monday, November 23, 2009

Have a Good Thanksgiving...


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"It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it."~Albert Einstein
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May you spend this day with those that you love...Give to Something that matters and feeds your soul,sadly 49 Million people in our country are struggling with Food Issues, please do give what you can. I did also set up a Twitter Page to learn more about Food Banks, and where to give.
....I am going to spend the time with 6-6...and give to those around me at the local Foodbank.... and I am taking the week to work on the book (Silent Fallout)....take care of yourselves..be sure scroll down to see the Maya Angelou Video ("And I Rise") and read Jenny's Story below.
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This song is "Swim" by Jack's Mannequin...it's about Surviving...being grateful for what is in one's life...Here is more about Andrew McMahon and how he continued to make music while he battled Leukemia (ALL)...

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"No one has ever become poor by giving."~Anne Frank
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I will be back in December to continue the Health Care Battle.....Namaste
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"When you come to the edge of all that you know,
you must believe in two things:
there will be earth upon which to stand,
or you will be given wings."
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The Story Of Jenny...Health Care Story MUST Read...WHY we need Reform..


{ This story originally posted 11.15.09 and now Huffpost and Countdown are sharing the Hough's Story this week, please do read the Story linked to the Title as it is Midge explaining what Happened to her lovely Daughter-in-law and unborn baby...it is a story that must be told and shared.Thank you.}
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This family went through hell...watching a young mom die without Health Insurance and without adequate care. Please read the story linked to the title, and you will be haunted how this young mom got so sick and died.As a young pregnant mom she needed prenatal care and good care,especially with the Swine Flu attacking young moms she should have received better care,whether or not she was Insured. As a nurse her story haunts me...worries me. Today her brave mother-in-law Midge went to a #HCR rally where she was met with the Wrath and stupidity of Teabaggers....What kind of country are we-that we let young moms die like this ? Where Self Righteous Repugs and TeaBaggers can insult a grieving mom at a TownHall Meeting about Healthcare for all of us ? How Broken are we ? Are we so Broken that a Lack of Compassion is clouding our Judgement as a Nation ? First do watch the video of Midge telling her family's story:

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The Houghs went to a Town Hall Meeting this weekend, with Dan Lipinski.The Rep did indeed try to keep his cool, explain about the HCR bill as it is now, the crowd is hostile, volatile....This is the Teabagger crowd that yelled hurtful insults to this brave grieving couple who go to these events to share their story about WHY Reform is needed...( For Twitter: Link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIlLyELifA0 )Midge Hough wrote this to me when she sent the video,"It's not pretty it shows the evil in humans who should be taking care of each other". She is right to raise this issue, is this why People can not understand this Bill , This Need, is it because they have No Compassion or not enough ? Do watch as Midge bravely tells the story of what happened to her daughter in law, and how she and her unborn baby died and she bravely confronts the audience, some of whom were laughing at the pain of her family. The Video is very well done.


The Houghs Description of their video: "The Chicago Tea Party Movement reveals their true side at Rep. Dan Lipinski's Town Hall Meeting on November 14, 2008 in Oak Lawn IL. It is hard to believe just how ugly they have become."
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This story must be shared please do forward either on Facebook or Twitter or on the Blogs. Thank You.
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This week, Other blogs and media are sharing the Houghs Story::
November 23rd Raw Story did the story and updated it.
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Huffington Post also did cover the situation Nov23.
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Think Progress ran story 11.23.09 also exposing the Heckling Teabaggers.
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Wednesday November 25th, The Houghs were interviewed and their story told in the Ed Show MSNBC:
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Jenny's Memorial Tribute video:

"And I Rise" Maya Angelou


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This is my favorite poem..always...it gives me hope...for all of us...no matter how bad things are...
(originally posted 11.12.09)

Free Health Clinic in Arkansas Over Weekend


The Arkansas Free Clinic really did a wonderful job this past weekend, as Keith Olbermann explained on Countdown Monday eve.
1500 showed up to receive care, there were again direct admits to the hospital, even one Heart Attack, and 4 suicide preventions and others that were diagnosed with Diabetes.And again many that showed up were Working Americans or those laid off this year and who have no access to care or Insurance. Again I have linked the National Free Clinics website to the Title if you wish to give or need information about the Next Free Clinic in Kansas City.

Think Progress had more on the event, and reported what we needed to learn about some of the details.
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This local Arkansas article from the weekend interviewed people that attended,and once again showed how many Working Americans have no access to Affordable Care.
Snippett::
The National Association of Free Clinics is the non-profit organizations behind the event. It's an advocacy organization for the more than 1,200 free medical clinics nationwide, but officials say free clinics are not the solution for the uninsured.One by one uninsured Arkansans are called to see a doctor for a physical and routine health screenings free of charge.

Asa Muhammad says, "I have had health insurance for my family for the last 14-years, now since I don't have a job, no insurance. If I could afford to buy insurance I would."

Muhammad was laid off a year ago and wants proper health care for his kids. He says, "You are afraid that they might get hurt. You don't want to be burden with an emergency bill or any medical bills at all. It's difficult, it's sad, but it's difficult."

According to the National Association of Free Clinics, from 2006 to 2008 about 490,000 Arkansans went without health insurance and 83 percent of free clinic patients nationwide have jobs.

Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter says, "I met a woman who hasn't seen a physician in 5-years."
Halter arranged the location for the clinic. He continues, "These free clinics are certainly not the desirable solution, but they are an important part of filling a very important gap. We simply must have comprehensive health care reform. Our health care system cost too much, leaves too many people uncovered."Until then, folks here will get information on local free clinics for follow-up care.

Dr. Kimberly Garner adds, "Our health care system is broken and we need prevention of problems, we don't need to wait to treat somebody until they're sick. These people aren't the people that are homeless or anything like that. They fall in that area where they don't qualify for any kind of benefits, but they can't afford health care."
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Local NPR reported how 1200 Volunteers assisted with the process caring for 1500 others in the one day event.
"NAFC Senior Director, Carrie Thompson says over 12-hundred volunteers participated in the Little Rock event and provided sometimes critical care for the uninsured who came. A final tally on the clinic showed that more than 90 percent of those who came had three or more life-threatening conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, cardio-vascular, and pulmonary disease."

England is Examing it's role in the Iraq War...and it's Legality


This article in The Guardian linked to the title, is interesting as it presents a Story that has not been in the media here, the English are questioning their role in the Iraq War, and the legality of the war and the thrust and rush of going there, and was it a ginned up effort.Sadly they are hitting legal walls and difficulties putting together a panel- but the article asks interesting questions and raises concerns. If they are willing to examine the History of that period of time and decisions made, when will we ?
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They are also starting to examine of their soldiers violated the Geneva Conventions, The Independent has more about the Investigation. It would appear that Britian is looking not only at their role in the Iraq War, but also their conduct.
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11.24.09 Raw Story In British Hearings today it came out that THE BUSH GOVERNMENT STARTING TALKING ABOUT TAKING OUT THE IRAQI REGIME ONE MONTH AFTER TAKING OFFICE IN FEBRUARY 2001.
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11.24.09 The Guardian reveals report with Evidence of Complicity in Torture...
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11.24.09 The Independent has more revelations as to how the Drumbeat for Iraq War began LONG before 911, Most of the UK papers are starting to point out that Blair was led by Bush down this path.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Photo Essay on Mother Jones: Seven Families lay their Fallen to Rest...

Really beautiful poignant post...and the photos are amazing...Before any "decisions" are made about More troops anywhere these stories should be shared. Sadly our MSM is so focused on Palin and Crappy Vampire Movies they are missing stories like this...

So Where the Hell Was Senator Voinovich that he Missed this Historic Healthcare Vote in the Senate ??? Oh do read this...He is indeed a Schmuck


What do we say when a Senator Abandons his Constituents on such an Important Issue as their Health and Wellbeing ? You can click the title , but I also encourage you to read below.
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(Enigma Background with Ohio)
I live here in Cleveland, and have for over three years....I have been astounded HOW the Political leaders here treat their citizens....and sadly it is not just Repugs that seem to disregard the citizens and their plight, it is also Dems. This county is facing huge unresolved corruption issues.( What else can you say when the FBI & FEDS bring U Hauls to town to clear out garages and offices ?) And we all remember the Spectacle and Demise of the 2004 Election ( I was not here for that...thank heavens..) BUT....In that time I have been to a HCR rally with Marcia Fudge ( and got to see Teabaggers up close), and then there's Sherrod Brown who I admire and respect and sent me two very nice letters about HCR.

And then there is Voinovich....The Senator has been a disappointment over and over.His office will rarely let one leave a message( either office DC or here.) I have never gotten Any responses to any letters or emails. What really bothered me is that earlier last year I heard when I was canvassing for Obama that is how is as a Senator and how he was as a Mayor as well.

( and for anyone that does not KNOW our History here, Alot happened under Mayor Voinovich, and the City has never really recovered fully and suffered.Dennis Kucinich did try to repair much of the damage when he was mayor....but it has never recovered financially or on any level business to education ).

So then we come to Voinovich MISSING this Historic Vote in DC.....He was here, in Cleveland...Celebrating his Reign as Mayor 30 Years ago with a Party for himself. I can not even fathom with Thousands and thousands UnderInsured and UnInsured here, the Foreclosure Capital of the Great Lakes, and Hundreds of Thousands losing their jobs, and he was Giving himself a Damn Party. What do we call that ? Arrogance ? Greed ? Narcissism ? What message does this send to his Constituents ? His People who are struggling everyday with Financial Burdens and 190 lost their Health Insurance and Health care every day, What is the Message that he sent them tonight ?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Congressional Switchboard Taking Calls Today :202-224-3121. Just ask for your Senator's office.


Lines have been Jammed do keep trying...Remember the Stats::
>50 Million UnInsured, Millions more UnderInsured.( the US Census of 2006 results has 47 Million, but over 6 Million have lost their job since then.)
17,000 Losing Healthcare everyday, that is >500,000 /month( >6 Million this year).
>70% of Bankruptcies are due to Medical Debt- that means that many are losing their homes and business due to Illness.
>47,000 /yr Die without Health care or Insurance.
500,000 are currently fighting cancer without adequate Healthcare, Cancelled by their insurance.
8 Million Children are UnInsured and without Healthcare.
People very day are dying without healthcare, one every 12 minutes.....Remind our Senators that Our Health Care Crisis effects Democrats and Republicans....
Stats: Harvard Studies,Kaiser Family Studies,US Census.

HCR Battle today...on Cspan2...Hopefully it will be Cloture, 60 Votes and then on to the Debate....find me at twitter @watergatesummer


I will liveblog it and Twitter it during the day....This is D-Day folks... Scroll down and you can read more about the Senate Bill.

(1) Center for Policy Analysis breaks down the House Bill.
It is worth looking over, even though the Senate Bill might be stronger, and has no Stupak Amendment.

(2) This report by the Commonwealth.org compares the Senate and the House Versions ( Both of these were found by Ray Beckerman).

(3) Delusional Ignorant Sarah Palin got her hate on early this am, Putting on her Twitter page to KILL the HCR Bill. ( And sadly she has 25,000 of her dumb RWNJ's as followers ).
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2:40PM today Blanche Lincoln will be voting Yes tonight at 8PM, that makes 60, and Mary Landrieu is the 59th.....so stayed tune for 4 PM Floor Debate....8PM Vote
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Teddy 's Passion WHY we need Healthcare for ALL-1978:

Teddy blasting on HCR:

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So they Voted whether to proceed...it was tense, voted at their desks...Senator Byrd arrived, pushed in his wheelchair....
and It was hard to hear the Responses...But we tweeted when we heard them...and finally it reached 60 YAYS and 39 Nays..
oddly Voinovich did not show and did not vote...really strange. I don't know WHY he did not show- but truely a coward.
His "letter" is posted in the comments, still unclear why this Historic Vote he would not vote. The News Coverage was pathetic, CNN and MSNBC both broke in with a little 2 Minute update- that was it. FOX covered "it", mostly be letting Repug Senators come on and whine....

BUT we should all know after many monthes of hard work and battle that we did get what Millions of UnderInsured and UnInsured Needed....a Path to Reform.....

So after Thanksgiving...the Debate and battle will begin anew...
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A post by a watcher...friend in the UK about Health, it's an Open Letter putting it all in Perspective....

President Clinton....Arkansas Needs Recognition of it's HCR Crisis....Put aside your Ego...Please


Please read the attached FDL post about President Clinton, who has a problem with the Free Clinic there...because he is carrying a grudge against Olbermann. We have Problems in this Country, Millions without Healthcare,Food, Homes, we don't have time for our past leaders to let Egos get in the way of Taking Care of Millions. Click the Title to read the post about Clinton.

8 Million Children UnInsured....Daily Kos Story...

Unemployment Map.....Click the title..There is No State that is "safe"


Do click the Huffington Post article and explore the details.

Wonkette has posted the Teabaggery Video...Mockumentary...

Click and watch.....amazing little piece of work...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Senate HCR Bill Was released Online, Please Click the Title


(Sadly I could not open this file until 2AM, so I apologize the post on this Bill is late, but I will be working on it tomorrow).
Up front it is looking better than expected. There is a Public Option, and even though the State OpOut Part is there, it is set up that it can not go into effect for atleast 3 years. There is NO Stupak Language or Amendments that I have found. Young Adults could and would be covered on their Parents/Family plan until 26 years old. And up to 31 Million of UnInsured would be covered.
I will give you more information tomorrow. ( Click the Link to the PDF- it is large, over 2400 pages).
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LeftAlabama.com made a List of some of the Major Points::::
Opt out for the public option -- that doesn't kick in until 2014.
Penalty for individuals who don't purchase insurance is $95, also beginning in 2014.
It doesn't include the Stupak language, but the public option won't cover abortion services.
The opt-out mechnism is a law -- so it would have to pass both houses of our Legislature and be signed by the governor.
Subsidies would apply to a family of four making up to $88K or 400% of the poverty level.
Medicaid would be expanded.
No denials due to pre-existing conditions.
They raised the trigger limit for the tax on nice health insurance plans.
Medicare payroll taxes would rise 0.5% on couples making more than $250,000.
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Think Progress has the breakdown on this bill that is worth reading...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NOLA Free Clinic (held Nov14th, reported Nov17th by Countdown.


Linked to the title is the story about the Nov14th Free Clinic.
Another amazing post about this story is written here by a Countdown producer, Rich Stockwell, really beautifully written, it really does show how much need there is in NOLA for the working people there to have access to affordable Healthcare. Sadly Countdown is the ONLY MSM that has been reporting on these Free Health Clinics. The MSM has continued to not cover the extent or gravity of the Health Care Crisis in Our Country.

Do watch the video in the post below to hear about the Clinic.

Countdown and the NOLA Free Clinic...

the Free Clinic in NOLA. New Orleans really needed this clinic, many that came had not had medical care in years. 80% of those that came have jobs but no Health Insurance and therefore No Health Care. 4 People that came were admitted directly to the Hospital. More than 1500 received care, more would have been served but they still lack resources in NOLA. The Next one will be later in the month in Arkansas.Please do watch the MSNBC Countdown Section on this.

Top Four Posts are regarding the NEW Government Issued Mammogram Guidelines


As a Woman, a Nurse, and coming from a family that has battled Breast Cancer, and as Someone who was Cancelled by Insurance due to the Breast Cancer Family History, I am gravely concerned and disturbed by the New Guidelines issued by the Government Prevention Task Force.

(1) Please see below The Task Force has NO Practicing Physicians caring for Women with Breast Cancer.
(2) The Guidelines were made with No Consultation of Breast Cancer Experts, the Main Dr.Petitti who has been the spokesperson on the News is NOT a Medical Doctor, she has a Degree in Economics.
(3) Was this "Change" in recommended Care based on Preventing Higher Costs of Care ? Improved Screening Saves Lives WHY would it be changed at this point as Breast Cancer still is battled by One in Eight Women, and is still the Number 2 Cancer in Women. WHY were NO Cancer Experts or Organizations Consulted about this Issue ?

Please do read all the posts below and you will see WHY there is Concern about these New Guidelines for the Safety of Women. Please do talk to your Doctor and also do continue to see the American Cancer Society's Stance on this issue.

Please Do read the American Cancer Society's Stance on Mammograms is....
They Continue to Stand by their Recommendation for Yearly Mammograms for Women in their 40s, and Self Checks as well. I will post their stance in the Comments as well.
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In the Posts below I raised concerns that NONE of the "Doctors" that were hired by Bush and were to focus on these Prevention Strategies were Actual Practicing Medical Doctors- Especially CANCER Doctors. I also noted below that the Main Spokesperson for the Task Force is an Economics Professor, Dr.Pettit.

NOW the Other Link I was seeking about Task Force was DO they have a Connection with the Insurance Industry ? YES they do. I went back to their website and sure enough they set up Special Centers to Study Prevention , I posted the List in the Comments,PLEASE SEE THE LIST BECAUSE THERE IS THE INSURANCE LINK- BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHEILD....

Breast Cancer Doctors are Stepping Forward Questioning the New Mammogram Guidelines...


Below I have posted Concerns raised by two Breast Cancer Physicians, I will continue to post articles and links.
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The Charlotte Article linked to the title raises some concerns about the New Guidelines in these Snippets, do read what Dr.Coomer a Breast Surgeon says about the New Rules :::
"The task force contradicted the American Cancer Society’s guidelines that say all women should get a base mammogram done by the age of 40 – some women considered "high risk" should get a baseline by age 35. The cancer society recommends that women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram repeated annually until the age of 75.

Dr. Cynara Coomer, a breast surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and Fox News contributor said she disagrees with the new guidelines for several reasons.

"There are many women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer between the ages of 40 and 49, solely on mammogram findings," Coomer said. "Not only that, this is not about survival outcome. This is also about treatment options that are available to women at an earlier stage. If you are diagnosed earlier rather than later, there are more treatment options available and the treatment is much less aggressive."

She goes on to raise more concerns :
"Coomer said 40 percent of the breast cancer patients she sees are under the age of 50 and many of them have been diagnosed from a mammogram.

"These recommendations put women at a risk for being diagnosed at a later stage, and as a result, we’ll see an increase in morbidity and mortality in women with breast cancer," she said.Coomer said all women – especially younger women – should perform self-breast exams periodically, in order to be aware of changes in their breast tissue.

"If you aren’t getting mammograms, and you check yourself, you may feel a lump and that could prompt a further medical workup," Coomer added.

"The other thing is that if the motivation is cost-savings – if we are diagnosing women at a later stage, the cost of taking care of those women will far outweigh the cost that we’ll be saving by decreasing the number of screening mammograms," Coomer added.
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Another Radiologist speaks up about his concerns for the for the new rules and the effects it will have on screening. Dr.Petitti has been the main spokesperson on the News reports working with the Government Prevention group, She is NOT a Breast Cancer Doctor or an Oncologist. Please do see the post below about the Prevention Task Force and look at their Credentials, not one is a Breast Cancer Doctor.

"That is, the likelihood of having a false positive test with all the attendant anxiety, the additional imaging tests, perhaps even leading to biopsy that may have been unnecessary," Dr. Diana Petitti with the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force said.

Now below do read Dr.Lackey's Concers as a Breast Cancer Doctor.

"The idea of stopping screenings because somebody's feelings might get hurt is ridiculous," Dr. Charles Lackey with St. Mary's Breast Center said.Dr. Lackey is a breast imaging radiologist with St. Mary's.He said the report ignores previous studies that show a 30 percent reduction in breast cancer deaths in the U.S., and worries the government and insurance companies might base reimbursement decisions on these guidelines, so if women want a mammogram before age 50, they'll have to pay out of pocket.

"That would really result in a lot fewer women doing it, especially in this time of economic downturn," Lackey said. He said that means more cancers detected at advanced stages when women are less likely to survive."This will result in more women dying of breast cancer, and these are our mothers and sisters and wives," Lackey said. "The government is more interested in saving money than in detecting cancer at an early age."

This puts him in the same group as the American Cancer Society, which is alarmed about how these guidelines might impact women's health."

LiveStrong Responds to the New Guidelines, Please do share this....


From the LiveStrong Website and the Statement released by Doug Ulman today::
"Today, LIVESTRONG President and CEO Doug Ulman issued the following statement in response to the new guidelines issued by a federal task force that contradict what women have been told in recent years about performing self-exams and getting annual mammograms beginning at age 40:
“We at LIVESTRONG fear that as a result of these new guidelines, more women will be lost to breast cancer.

Since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued these reversals, LIVESTRONG and our partners at the American Cancer Society have heard from legions of women under 50 who are breast cancer survivors and many more whose lives were saved as a result of a routine self-exam. The work that has saved their lives must be sustained, not discarded.

We must break down the barriers to screening and early detection, not create new ones. We must empower women to be well-informed about their health, not send them conflicting signals. And we must foster greater cooperation among the trusted voices in the fight against cancer to create clear guidance.Many women feel confused by these dramatic changes. We urge them to talk to their doctors about making the best possible choices for their health and to seek medical attention if they feel something is amiss, regardless of their age.”
Big Thank You to MoonAngelWings on Twitter...as they forwarded this to me earlier in eve, and it was very helpful.

Mammogram Guidelines Changed this week by the Government Prevention Task Force


Breast Cancer Guidelines were released by a New Prevention Task Force that works for DHHS. The real issue is that the American Cancer Society has not supported these New Government Recommended Guidelines. ( as far as I can find they also were not consulted ?) I went to the Government website, and was stunned reading the List of Doctors, not one is a Physician who Works with or Cares for Breast Cancer Patients. We have been told that the New Guidelines were set up to cut costs and save women anxiety on the Evening News CBS Nov17th.

Do Click the title to read about the Changes. It is unclear WHO if anyone will be better served or protected, especially low income women who may not be getting regular screening or care, will now get less care. Spending Less on prevention is Not Prevention, it will in the end raise Cost of Care for everyone, and limit options.

If this Prevention Task Force starts recommending More Elimination of Screening Tools, PSA for Prostate Cancer, PAP tests etc, I think we have to demand some answers WHO they work for, or are they merely a Schill Group that is set in place to Prevent Higher Costs to Insurance Companies.
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Breast Cancer Doc list Govt List not ONE single Breast Cancer Doc
Full List is in Post below.

Sebelius finally releases Breast Cancer research related to Health Care Reform ( sadly it does not address screening for those at risk)

(originally released 10.24.09 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month)
This report was accessible from site, I blogged about it a month ago, "Health Insurance Reform and Breast Cancer: Making the Health Care System Work for Women". NOW the report has been pulled from the site,as of this week the same time that NEW Mammogram Rules have been put in place. My original Complaint when I blogged about THE Missing Report was that it did not address Screening and Mammograms at all.

I wrote to the DHHS at the time to Question WHY Mammogram and Screening Costs were NOT in this report and evaluated as a Prevention Cost. NOW we see that Mammograms are being Eliminated for those under 50, and even Over 50 they are being reccommnded only every other year.BOTH of the NEW Guidelines will NOT prevent Cancer, they will prevent Early Detection which will lead to Higher Mortality Rates and Higher Costs for Late Stage Treatment.
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On the Website that had the report it this Snippet::::
“Thousands of women and their families are impacted by breast cancer,” Secretary Sebelius said. “We are fighting for health reform that will help improve treatment for women with breast cancer and doing all we can to encourage women to take the simple steps that can help prevent this disease.”

The new report highlights the problems in the health care status quo that significantly impact women who are diagnosed with breast cancer or are breast cancer survivors. The report notes:

Breast cancer is the second leading type of cancer among women. The disease will affect one in eight American women during their lifetime, with treatment costs totaling $7 Billion in 2007.

Breast cancer patients with employer-based insurance had total out-of-pocket costs averaging $6,250 in 2007, higher than out-of-pocket spending for patients with asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or high blood pressure.

Breast cancer patients, even when in remission, are unlikely to find meaningful insurance coverage in the individual insurance market. A full 11 percent of individuals with any cancer said they could not obtain health coverage in the individual insurance market.

“Today, breast cancer patients incur thousands of dollars in debt, and breast cancer survivors struggle to get the affordable care they need,” Sebelius added. “Health insurance reform will bring costs down, make care more affordable and prevent insurance companies from discriminating against breast cancer survivors.”

List of the Prevention Study Team for the DHHS- NOTE NOT ONE Single Breast Cancer Doctor

This list is the Group that came up with the New Mammogram Guidelines, sadly it is unclear if ANY Cancer Orgs or Doctors were consulted about Screening, and Prevention Changes and WHO benefits from Changing Guidelines.
Please note that Dr.Petitti has been the Spokesperson on the News for this Issue-please note she has an ECONOMICS DEGREE ,SHE is NOT a Practicing Medical Physician.
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Members of the USPSTF: ( Government Prevention Task Force)
The USPSTF comprises primary care clinicians (e.g., internists, pediatricians, family physicians, gynecologists/obstetricians, and nurses). Individual members' interests include: decision modeling and evaluation; effectiveness in clinical preventive medicine; clinical epidemiology; the prevention of high-risk behaviors in adolescents; geriatrics; and the prevention of disability in the elderly.

Current members of the Task Force are listed below. They have recognized expertise in prevention, evidence-based medicine, and primary care:
Bruce N. Calonge, M.D., M.P.H. (Chair)
Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, CO
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Diana B. Petitti, M.D., M.P.H. (Vice Chair)
Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Fulton School of Engineering
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
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Susan Curry, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Public Health
Distinguished Professor
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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Allen J. Dietrich, M.D.
Professor, Community and Family Medicine
Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
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Thomas G. DeWitt, M.D.
Carl Weihl Professor of Pediatrics
Director of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
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Kimberly D. Gregory, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Women's Health Services Research
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
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David Grossman, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Preventive Care and Senior Investigator, Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative
Professor of Health Services and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
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George Isham, M.D., M.S.
Medical Director and Chief Health Officer
HealthPartners, Minneapolis, MN
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Michael L. LeFevre, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
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Rosanne Leipzig, M.D., Ph.D
Professor, Geriatrics and Adult Development, Medicine, Health Policy
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
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Lucy N. Marion, Ph.D., R.N.
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
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Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Associate Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA
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Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P./N.P.P.
Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing
College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation
Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
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Wanda Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
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J. Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz, M.D.
Leon Hess Professor of Medicine, Health Management, and Economics
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA
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Timothy Wilt, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Medicine, Minneapolis VA Medical Center
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN