Rand Paul Subpoena Vote

The details are in concerning Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky) visit to Philly.  It’s 11 a.m. May 18, at Independence Seaport Museum. It’s part of the WPHT Speaker Series and it will be hosted by Dom Giordano. The cost is $45. Rand Paul Subpoena Vote

Paul is seeking the Republican presidential nomination for 2016 and the topic is his book  Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America.

Hopefully, however, he will be queried on the allegations made by National Review that he stifled a subpoena for the application Congress made to the District of Columbia’s health exchange to beat the Obamacare penalties.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) insisted during the debate over Obamacare that lawmakers and staff join one of the health-care exchanges set up under the bill. This meant giving up government subsidies of between $5,000 and $10,000 per person.

Did it happen? LOL. After a secret meeting with House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama agreed to allow Congress to file as a small business. The law defines a small business as having no more than 50 employees. Congress employes tens of thousands.

An application was made declaring Congress to be a small business employing just 45 people and our public servants got to keep their Cadillac health-care plans.

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who chairs the Senate Small Business Committee,  wanted to find out who in Congress pushed this claim and sought to file a subpoena against the D.C. health exchange for the full application.

All nine Dems on the Small Business Committee were against it, hence Vitter needed the support of all 10 Republicans.

Only five did and none of them was Paul. The other guilty parties were Mike Enzi (R-Wy), James Risch, (R-ID),  Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska).

Just one of those things that should make one go hmmm. Paul has said that his vote was because he wants a Constitutional amendment to prohibit Congress from passing laws that exempts themselves, according to N.R.

So what’s that got to do with opposing the subpoena? And that’s another thing that makes one go hmmm. Hopefully, that lame answer does not let Paul off the hook.

Rand Paul Subpoena Vote

Determinators To Air Tonight

‘The Determinators’, a chilling film that reveals the dark side of a fully implemented Obamacare will be aired 7 tonight by the West Chester Tea Party on the second floor of the East Goshen Township Building, 1580, Paoli Pike, West Chester, Pa., 19380.

If you can’t make it you can watch it here:

Determinators To Air Tonight
 Determinators To Air Tonight

Hat tip Delaware County Patriots

Turkey Takes Obamacare Credit

Matthew Smith has sent us a link to this article in which jihadist Turkish President  Recep Tayyip Erdoğan takes credit for Obamacare.  Turkey Takes Obamacare Credit

He said advised Barack Obama to undertake healthcare reforms in the United States following a request by American tourists but Obama “could only solve the issue partly” due to “a negative reflex.”

We can believe it. Jihadist aren’t known for their love of America.

Obama did call Erdoğan to congratulate him upon his re-election. He does that sort of thing for his friends.

Turkey Takes Obamacare Credit. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says it was his idea

Colorado Cancels 190K Insurance Policies

Bridget Johnson of PJMedia.com reports that the Colorado Division of Insurance is cancelling 190,000 health plans that don’t comply with Obamacare regulations. Colorado Cancels 190K Insurance Policies

Colorado voted for Obama twice. It was the hip thing to do.

Remember “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan”?

Hey Colorado, you want to buy the Eiffel Tower?

Colorado Cancels 190K Insurance Policies

Anti-Vaxxer Not Here

By Bill Lawrence

To eliminate all confusion, I’ll spell it out that I’m not an anti-vaxxer. Anti-Vaxxer Not Here

I think vaccinations are a good thing. I have been vaccinated up the kazoo all my life. I’ve never worried about polio or smallpox or the whooping cough. If I cut myself on a rusty car part, I hope my tetanus shot is up to date.

Anti-vaxxers, mull this around: What’s preferable, a foreign substance entering your body via the broken end of a rusty muffler  or  via a sterile needle?

Just the same, if a family wants to live a vaccine-free lifestyle, I support and defend their right to do so. The catch is that I also support and defend the rights of organizations to require vaccinations to participate in them. In fact, I think public schools should require vaccinations. Certain businesses  such as medical facilities where contact with at-risk populations is to be expected should require vaccinations.

The way to make everybody happy is to provide alternatives to those who want independent lifestyles. Examples would be cyber-schools and subsidized homeschooling for anti-vaxxer families.

Regarding conspiracies, I live in Lyme disease ground zero. A while back, I asked my doctor for the since-discontinued vaccine. He talked me out of it saying he was only recommending it for those doing outdoor labor. In other words, the risk/benefit health issues was being taken seriously by the professionals. There was no push to get me to take this substance. There is no conspiracy.

Anti-Vaxxer Not Here

 

Telemedicine Common And Growing

Telemedicine, which is defined by the American Telemedicine Association as the use of medical information exchanged . . . via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status  was practiced by 33 percent of US healthcare practitioners according to an October survey with another 29 percent planning on doing so, according to eMarketer.com. Telemedicine Common And Growing
The ATA estimates that 500,000 patients saw a doctor via webcam in 2014.
Telemedicine Common And Growing

Anti-Vaxxers Take Issue

Chris Freind’s column Vaccination Mandates Are Necessary is getting  negative feedback on Twitter.  Young robot redhead trying to be creative?  That’s cold.  Anti-Vaxxers Take Issue

Anyway, a friend has sent us the other side regarding why vaccinations should not be mandated.

Many may  think something calling itself Off The Grid News should be an object of mirth rather than be taken seriously but it is a huge mistake to dismiss it and similar sites, and fail to discount their influence.

The anti-vaxxer movement should be proof enough of that.

Regarding vaccinations, the principles that should be followed are freedom, honesty and information not force, intimidation and mocking.

It is quite appropriate for a hospital to require its workers to be vaccinated. If one wishes not to be vaccinated one has the freedom not to work there.

It is also appropriate for a public school to require its pupils be vaccinated — providing opportunities are provided for children whose parents wish them not to be. Cyber-charter schools — and they exist in Pennsylvania — would be one example. Property tax exemptions for parents who home school their children works as well. And funding via vouchers for like-minded parents who want to have communal schools without a vaccination mandate also solves the problem.

It should be noted that not mandating vaccinations is not banning them. If people trust the information they get they will act on it. The Amish are noted for their suspicions of modern ways. Did you know that most of the Amish population –63 percent — is vaccinated?

Anti-Vaxxers Take Issue

 

 

Vaccination Mandates Are Necessary

CHRIS FREIND Vaccination Mandates Are Necessary
By Chris Freind

Mandated vaccinations, or not? That’s the question going viral in America.

And the cure to quell the increasingly nasty debate? Common sense.

Government-mandated vaccination is one of those issues that turn traditional political positions upside down. Some who believe that a paternalistic government knows best are staunchly opposed. On the flip side, many civil libertarians, who abhor governmental intrusion in private lives, nonetheless think that the public must be protected from communicable diseases through required vaccination.

Unfortunately, because misinformation spreads more quickly than measles, the debate has turned ugly, with some even resorting to death threats against opponents. Mandated vaccinations or not, one thing is certain: We’ll never solve this problem if civility and open-mindedness are replaced by hatred.

With objectivity in mind, here is a sober look at the situation:

1. Fact: Vaccines work. They are so effective that many diseases, responsible for millions of deaths, have literally been wiped off the face of the earth. Are they safe? Absolutely. Is that a 100 percent guarantee? That’s an incredibly stupid question, though it’s being asked frequently by some in the anti-vaccination crowd. Nothing is 100 percent except taxes, death, and more taxes.

Rejecting vaccines on the naive premise that a safe outcome can’t be guaranteed should come as no surprise. America has become a risk-averse nation where attempts to “sanitize” everything is commonplace, from the sports field to the classroom to the office. But common sense tells us that’s simply impossible, since real life isn’t always rainbows and lollypops. Never has been, never will be. There is risk in everything, so the best we can do is mitigate those risks and play the odds. Nowhere is that more applicable than in getting vaccinated.

2. Are government-mandated vaccines a slippery slope? Without a doubt. Any time the people willingly give the government that level of power, the possibility exists for abuse and uncontrolled overreach in the name of “the greater good.” Where will it end? Should flu shots be mandated? How about new Ebola vaccines hastily brought to market? Once government mandates (for anything) are implemented, they almost never go away, and continue to grow.

Throughout history, Big Government has run roughshod over individual rights much more than it has respected them. So yes, the possibility is very real that government will go too far should it be given the power to mandate vaccines for certain diseases.

But there is a solution to that problem. It’s called we the people, exercising our unique rights as Americans to call the shots in this country – no pun intended. We, along with the free press, are the ultimate check-and-balance to an oppressive government. It’s our job to ensure it stays within the limits we set. If we don’t, we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.

But this is nothing new. The price of democracy has always been eternal vigilance.

3. Mandated vaccines should be decided on a case-by-case basis depending on the disease. Sure, the flu is contagious, and kills thousands annually. But since the flu strain changes each year, flu shots are guesswork; they are a solid defense, but never a guarantee against contracting the flu, as this year’s vaccine demonstrated. But that’s apples-to-oranges compared to many of nature’s other, far more potent killers – ones we have defeated – from measles to polio to smallpox.

Determining which vaccines should be mandated is a challenge, but one that with vigilance and common sense, can be solved.

4. Vaccine mandates should not be confused with governmental overreach in other areas, such as when Connecticut forcibly injected chemotherapy into a 17-year old girl who didn’t want the treatment. Since cancer isn’t transmittable, and she was the only person affected, her decision should have been respected.

Contrast that with measles’ 90 percent contagion rate, which jeopardizes newborns and high-risk individuals who cannot be vaccinated, and it’s a no-brainer why mandated vaccinations trump an individual’s rights.

5. Given that the point is to protect the general public from highly communicable diseases, why do schools allow parents to opt out for religious or personal reasons, as they do in Pennsylvania? Having catch-all exemptions defeats the whole purpose of mandatory vaccinations.

6. There must be a system to compensate individuals who have an adverse reaction, from health care to remuneration. Just as unfunded mandates are inherently unfair, so too would be requiring medical injections with no protections for the individual should something go wrong.

Many people aren’t getting vaccinated because they’re buying into the myth that autism is caused by vaccines. It’s not.

There is virtually no evidence to support that claim, especially after a British medical study linking childhood vaccines to autism, often quoted by the anti-vaccination movement, was found to be a total fabrication. Frustrating as it is not knowing what causes autism, it doesn’t help by stabbing in the dark, looking for someone or something to blame, especially when it results in non-vaccinations based on a faulty premise.

And the claim that the pharmaceutical industry is in cahoots with the FDA? Give us a break.

Vaccine profits account for a mere fraction of total revenue – a reason why many companies have exited the vaccine business altogether. In more practical terms, does anyone really believe that in our social media society, where we constantly tell the world everything we’re doing, that a conspiracy on that level would stay secret for more than five minutes?

Ignorance-based misinformation is one thing, but it is abhorrent when parents purposely infect their children at “measles parties” so they become immune “the natural way.” Doing so is child abuse, plain and simple, and parents should be charged. Making decisions that affect only oneself, insane as they may be, is that person’s business. But when the lives of others, especially children, are deliberately placed in life-threatening situations, there is an obligation for the government to intervene.

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“If we’re extinguished, there’s nothing natural about that … it’s just stupid.” So said Matthew Broderick’s character in “War Games” when talking about nuclear war.

If just a single life is extinguished by once-eradicated diseases because the ignorant go unvaccinated, it will show we still don’t have a vaccination for the most prevalent human disease: stupidity.

Vaccination Mandates Are Necessary

Gliobastoma Battle Described On Radio Maria

Josh Comeau is a 36-year-old father of five in Indiana who is fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer with prayer and all the weapons of modern medicine. Brittany Maynard, a young woman with the same cancer, attracted international attention when she announced plans to commit suicide under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.

She took her life last month but Josh and his wife, Rosary, have chosen Life with Dignity instead. Josh will join Janet Morana on Gospel of Life tonight, Dec. 16 on Radio Maria. Tune in at 6 p.m. ET.

Gliobastoma is a formidable adversary. Few people survive, even with treatment. But on the day Josh was diagnosed, he posted this on his Facebook page: “A new lease on life. Praise God.”

“God has plans for Josh, I really believe that,” said Rosary. “The cancer is just the beginning of that plan.”

Josh has undergone surgery and radiation, and is going through a grueling chemo regimen now.

The couple doesn’t know what lies ahead, but they know they are not alone in their fight.

For a list of Radio Maria stations or to tune in to “Gospel of Life” on the Internet, go to http://radiomaria.us/the-gospel-of-life.  Tablet and smart phone users also can download a free Radio Maria app so they can listen to the show wherever they go.

Anyone with a question for Josh, Janet or Father Frank is invited to call in during the show to 866-333-6279 to speak to them on the air. Those who would prefer not to be on the radio may email questions to info@gospeloflife.com

The show will be rebroadcast at 2 a.m. ET Thursday and midnight ET on Sunday. All the shows are archived at priestsforlife.org/radiomaria .

Gliobastoma Battle Described On Radio Maria

Gliobastoma Battle Described On Radio Maria

Gliobastoma Battle Described On Radio Maria