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GOP feels it has a chance.. January 23, 2010

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Three days after Scott Brown pulled in upset in Massachusetts, the GOP is finally getting it’s grove back and thinks it has a chance to get more seats in the 2010 midterm elections. Some though still doubt it, just saying it was just one election. BWC sees this has a chance for the GOP to take the Tea Party group into their hands and get them to vote for their running mates, if they get back to principles.

“This was a wakeup call. This was an unavoidable signal that their governing style was not working.” Said a Democratic Analyst. Even liberals see this has a major set back to their plans, including Health Care, Cap and Trade, and more.

The GOP on the other hand, loves to see the crumbling and disorganizing on the democratic party. They can use it’s weakness to take over Congress again, they think. As we said earlier, if the Republicans plan to get the growing numbers of the Tea Party middle, they will need to go back to principles and follow the U.S. Constitution.

However, Republicans still face two very big hurdles before they can take over Congress. They still need 40 seats in the House and ten seats in the Senate, a tough challenge in any year and one that will surely lead to trench warfare for the more than 40 weeks before Election Day.

This 2010 will be one interesting year..

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Democratic Lawmaker tells Americans: ‘Quit Complaining’ November 21, 2009

Posted by bigworldcentral in Health Care, Politics, USA News.
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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Missouri) has called for ‘Quit Complaining Wednesday’ next week a day before the Thanksgiving holiday. Americans are voicing their concerns about the Health Reform, the wars in the Middle east, and the economy. BWC’s question is, these Americans are expressing their 1st Amendment rights, so why tell them to be quiet? Polls do show majority of the Americans are against Health Care, and some are disapproving of Mr. Obama’s polices. Rep. Cleaver went on to say;

“From time to time, we all experience anxiety, frustration, stress, and regret. And often, we respond to these feelings with a criticism or complaining,” Cleaver wrote to his colleagues, seeking co-sponsors. “Regrettably, complaining keeps people stuck on current problems, inhibiting them from thinking constructively to find solutions. Research has also shown that complaining can be harmful to one’s emotional and physical health, relationships and can limit professional career success.”

Conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, owner and founder of Breitbart.com calls this “silly” as expressed on Biggovernment.com. Rep. Cleaver’s spokesman said this is no way shape or form is attacking first amendment rights, but I beg to differ.

What do you think about this? Is it okay? Is it taking away first Amendment rights? You decide.

Full story here.

Pelosi’s Healthcare Bill – “Buy $15K Policy or Go To Jail”? November 8, 2009

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A new report has been posted that was authored by the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation which confirms that noncompliance with the Pelosi Healthcare bill could land people in jail.  Accordingly, Americans who do not maintain the undefined “acceptable” level of health insurance would be subject a tax mandate of 2.5% of income, are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties which includes monetary fines up to $250,000 and a 5 year prison term.  This requirement to maintain acceptable insurance may be a challenge for some; the lowest cost plan being advanced by Pelosi would cost a mere $15,000 per family by 2016 as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office. 

Of course everyone is able to pay for the low-cost plan of Pelosi since all likely have that kind of money stuffed in a mattress.  Hopefully, through many amendments, Congress will figure out what “acceptable” health insurance is and will offer it at a cost less than $15,000 in 2016 should they pass the bill.

The JCT letter:  http://tinyurl.com/ybs74q7

The fight for the life of a child … November 2, 2009

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This fight is going on in Britain where the father of a one-year-old is literally fighting for the life of his son.  The baby, “RB”, has a genetic condition called myasthenic syndrome which causes a disconnect between the nerves and the muscles; this affects the baby’s limbs and breathing.  The baby has been in the hospital since birth and has been on a ventilator.  Unfortunately, the mother and father are separated and they are not united in the fight to keep their son alive.  The mother sides with the hospital who want to remove the life support from the baby. 

According to the father, the child’s mental capacity isn’t diminished.  The baby can see, hear, feel, recognize his parents and play with toys.  The father believes that his son has life quality despite the fact that the hospital says that he doesn’t.  If the court should rule with the hospital and the mother, it will be the first time that the court has gone against the wishes of a parent in deciding life or death. 

What an extremely difficult situation.  Who would you side with father or mother and hospital?  Are outside forces influencing the wishes of the hospital such as the socialized medicine regimen enjoyed by Britain vs. the cost of keeping this baby on a ventilator?  We would like your comments.  

Thanks to AOL for bringing us this important story.  AOL is running a poll on the topic which might be of interest to you.

Health Care – Is the Democrats Health Reform good for the U.S? October 31, 2009

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After months and months have planning, finalizing, and putting a Health Care Reform bill together the Democrats finally release their Health Care Bill early Thursday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in her speech “This is what the American people want”, but is THIS what American people really want?  Many questions have popped up and already not so many ‘good’ things are coming out in this Bill according to Republicans who are planning to make their own version of the bill and propose it on the House floor.

What good things are in this Bill …

This covers most, if not all, Americans. Most people think people should be covered (though they pretty much already are) and this is one of the things that the Democrats wanted. Though, it has been watered down a bit due to the uproar in July-August, which has caused some Liberals to dislike the Bill, according to some news networks. This bill requires you by 2013 to sign onto an employer plan, a government plan, or get your own insurance, if you don’t there will be penalties.

Now as you look, other government run plans (Canada, United Kingdom) already have a Public option or something similar to what the Democrats proposed but the opponents say it won’t work. Looking back on how Canada and the United Kingdom’s Government Run Health Care has worked out – it hasn’t gone well. There are long waits for services that we currently have access to rather quickly.  In those plans it sometimes takes nearly a year to get a hip replacement and some time to get cancer treatment. We’ve seen data showing that it takes nearly 3 months in Canada to see your primary physician.  Changing from a system where care is quickly distributed to one that requires a waiting period will cause a problem for the United States and we can see why people aren’t very happy with a Government Run Health Care Bill.

Things that people aren’t very happy about …

a) A 5.0%+ excise tax on people making 1,000,000 dollars if filing joint and on people who are single making 500,000 dollars a year. While many people may argue that those with that income won’t miss an additional 5.0% tax we must remember that those people, especially the ones with small businesses, use their income to create jobs and grow their businesses. Such a tax may stifle job growth and spending in a time when the looming recession still hangs over the heads of many Americans. Remember those business owners make nearly 90% of the U.S jobs, but I guess that doesn’t matter to those that believe that a 5.0% tax will have no impact.

b) Raising Taxes on Middle Class Families. It’s evident that they’re going to do it and it can’t be avoided; at least from our view. They can’t just cut Medicare & Medicaid and expect that those cuts will fund just under the 1 trillion-dollar bill. Some type of tax increase is inevitable and it is likely that such language is hidden in the 1,990 page bill. Keeping the status quo is unlikely.

c)  Then there are the so-called “Death Panels”. There were reports that Death Panels somehow made it back into the bill.  After a summer of boisterous senior citizens voicing their views at Town Hall Meeting any mention of “Death Panels” or rationed care is a bold step by these legislators.  

d) Illegal immigrants getting insurance. Illegal Immigrants are not required to have insurance according to the Bill, but can get insurance if needed. This, by the way, is identical to the current system in place. The President promised us during his speech before congress in early September that Illegal Immigrants wouldn’t have health insurance under the bill. Remember the Joe Wilson “you lie” fiasco? Well, apparently the President either lied, misspoke, or was misinformed.

Looking at the Bill and what reports have come out (and no, we haven’t read the Bill) this Bill won’t fit what Health Reform really needs. One important need that is not part of the Bill is medical malpractice reform, the ability to buy insurance across state lines, and lower costs – none are in the Bill. Reflecting on the Canadian and English systems, this Bill has many of the same attributes that those other failing Health Care Systems have.

Pelosi’s Bill needs 218 votes (the magic number) to get passed onto the Senate. Many conservative democrats have already voiced their concern about the Bill and, not unexpected, the Republicans have voiced their disgust of the Bill. The House will vote on Pelosi’s Bill on Friday, November 4th. We will be sure to bring you an update.

What is your opinion on this? Do you like where this reform is heading (if you live in the U.S.)? Please, please comment if you agree or disagree, we love for you to voice your concerns.

Credit to Foxnews and other sources for the Information