After you read this send me a message and tell me how Congress and three vindictive Senators can take a month off when people are suffering. Our Congress is inhumane to keep the Obamacare debacle alive. I hope the voters remember every Democrat and the maverick RINO’s when they come up for re-election.
At the same time I can’t fathom why some news service does not compile a special report of actual facts of how health care costs are destroying working and retired Americans. If you hear younger Americans tell us seniors they are tired of paying for our Medicare they are not informed.
I will share some personal facts of how healthcare is effecting my retirement. I will also share two examples of the plight of two middle aged Americans, one is from my family regarding the insurance debacle. The sad part of this insurance disaster is that Congress and all government employees are exempt from the Obamacare disaster. They could care less as they have more than adequate insurance that we pay for most of their premiums with our taxes.
I retired nearly 24 years ago with one pension for 27 years service with what is now Lockheed-Martin. This provides us with a staggering $221.47 each month and no benefits. Now take a look at what Medicare provides and costs. We each pay $107.00 each month in premiums deducted from our Social Security, now named a Federal Entitlement. This is means tested and many retirees pay much more as they have higher incomes. We also pay for the first $185 of costs as a deductible or $370 total each year.
For the uninformed, Medicare only pays for 80% of medical costs and unless you are rich or a fool you have to buy a supplemental insurance policy to cover the 20%. This requires a policy just like those on Obamacare that is so-called competitive as the rates in each State are not the same. These premiums increase each year as you grow older regardless of your health. Being blessed with my 87th birthday this month and you reach this advanced age there is no competitive advantage to shop around for better rates as you are just too old. Currently the costs for Norma and I to be covered is $399.29 each month and these costs have increased twice in the past six months but who cares?
Bush #2 gave us old people another entitlement called Medicare part “D” for our drugs. This program is also competitive as you buy an insurance policy that has many options, choices and different premiums to chose from. These policies are so confusing my insurance agent for our Medicare refuses to even sell or recommend which insurance provider to buy from. As Norma takes much less prescription medication she has a policy with lower premiums and has a co-pay for her medication. In my case I have higher premiums and only have co-pay if their is no generic yet. Currently our monthly costs for prescribed drugs and premiums is about $210. In addition we take doctor recommended vitamins, aspirin, fish oil, bacteria for my colon and other assorted over the counter medical items. The Instaflex for my knees alone is $39 a month. This will easily average over $75 each month.
Speaking of my knees that are both bone on bone. My family doctor can inject steroids in my left knee every three months. I have to drive 128 miles to my referred Orthopedic Surgeon who administers three shots in my right knee every six months. Both doctors do not recommend surgery because I am just too old. Medicare pays for the steroid shots in my left knee and the shots injected by the Surgeon every six months. My main reason to include this information is to document why are there three and six month intervals. If I have to have the shots sooner Medicare will not pay for them. They cost $550 and $1800 each cycle. The doctors both told me there is no medical reason for the time periods but some bureaucrat in Washington decided that was what it would be. I do get a steroid shot in my right knee after four months as the series of shots never last six months.
We have no coverage for dentistry work. Just yesterday I paid $210 to have my teeth cleaned and a getting a crown re-cemented in that came off when the hygienist was flossing my old teeth. Our average dental costs are $1500 each year.
Because I do not understand or trust the confusing Federal ograms I still maintain a catastrophic policy I have had for 50 years. It has a $25,000 deductible and cost $636 annually
To save you time our annual costs for healthcare is at least $13,279.00 at this time or $1,106.58 each month. Norma has not been admitted to a hospital since 1965 or 52 years ago. I have not been admitted to a hospital since 2004 or 13 years ago which means nothing for our insurance rates.
I hope those who think Medicare is free and are not government bureaucrats become aware of that planning for those “Golden Years” in advance is difficult.
Our daughter is in business for herself and is required to buy an Obamacare policy or pay a hefty tax penalty. She has not been hospitalized in the past seven years. Her policy premiums are some $800 a month and she has to pay $60 per visit any time she see’s her primary care doctor. She has no dental coverage and her policy has some other restrictions. It has a $6000 deductible clause. If her doctor refers her to a specialists the policy pays nothing until she reaches the $6,000. If the doctor send her to get any testing, X-Rays or lab work the policy pays nothing until the $6,000 deductible is met each year. If a generic drug exists they cost $5.00. If no generic drug exists the co-pay is extremely expensive. Some drugs are not even covered and she pays 100%. In the area she lives there are few choices and they keep disappearing as the insurance companies keep dropping out of the market. To keep her doctor she has been with for 25 years was a nightmare of bureaucratic paperwork.
Can you imagine a government employee and especially a Congressperson screaming if they had a policy like hers or ours. They don’t have to worry as they are the new “Elite” class of Americans. When my grandchildren ask me what field of work to pursue I tell them either “healthcare” or “Government service”. These are the only fields with benefits as Obama killed benefits from most companies and the 40 hours work week. My son works for one of the largest companies in the world that offers no healthcare or retirement benefits to newly hired employees. Anyone who plans to live on Social Security is mindless. Why has this escaped exposure even from Fox News is scary?
I know a friend who works as hard as anyone I know. He is a maintenance worker and has no benefits. His wife also works and they have three small children. If she covers her husband and their children with her insurance she would have zero take home pay. The consequence is he and the three children must use Medicaid care where illegals have priority.
As the media or any well known journalist or commentator or even a well known Blog writer has never attempted to tell the real stories I will publish your story if desired? Maybe just one person in power in Washington might really understand.
I give up on Congress to help as they just play power games. Other matters are understandably important but to just sweep healthcare under the rug is hurting far too many deserving Americans. When two female Senators and John Mc Cain sank the repeal of Obamacare they betrayed their trust. Women I can understand are concerned about abortions and free birth control pill for even those on welfare. McCain who reversed his last vote, just voted no to punish Trump politically. Every pregnant woman who cares for everyone is still being punished because of these three Senators who hate President Trump. A really sad day for America folks when a “has been” Senator killed all hope to fix our healthcare to just stab Trump in the back. They used to call this Treason but Congress persons do not fear or support our laws they can just ignore them. Washington is broken but who cares? I do, do you? Please share this with every American possible.
My friend Ron Jenkins sent me this accumulation of facts I feel need to be shared. I did not ask but it looks like he likely wrote, edited, paraphrased or collected this information that each and every concerned American should read. If someone does not assonate Trump. America will be “Great Again” CB
Talk about a divided nation. Between the press comparing Trump’s election to the holocaust and 9 – 11 and Democrats comparing the events surrounding the firing of Lt Gen Flynn to Watergate, they are going all out to make his governance all but impossible. They are distorting so many facts as to be absurd to the Nth degree! The CNN commentary is typical and so far off base as to be pure Communist propaganda. It’s disgusting and so anti-American; the perpetrators deserve to be arrested for sedition and treason. Whining and crying because they lost an election is one thing; actively trying to unseat a serving President is criminal. The man is following through on his promises to fix what the politicians have screwed up for the last 50 plus years.
Among the things he has promised to do are:
1.) Re-build a military that Obama allowed to lose it’s competitive edge!
2.) Re-write an un-fair tax code
3.) Repeal and replace an unworkable and disastrous health care act.
4.) Secure our borders and limit the numbers of untrained, under educated immigrants that are swelling our welfare rolls.
5.) Encourage American businesses to stay home thereby create more and better employment opportunities for American workers.
6.) Reduce federal tax payer funding to any and all cities and states refusing to comply with federal law.
7.) Re-negotiate with our so-called allies their spending on their own defense, rather than relying upon the largess of the US.
8.) Re-negotiate Military Assistance Treaties and trade agreements be to level the playing field. and much more!! All of these actions are long overdue and should have been promoted by any competent leader.
The Democrats that control the cities and states that would be negatively impacted by the policies cited above are trying everything they can think of to thwart his agenda. Hopefully, the weak willed, leaderless, totally divided RINO’S (Republicans in Name Only) and the true conservative Republicans will wake up and stop their civil war with themselves. Trump’s programs must be enacted and make a difference for the people.
The saddest part of all this is that
No president has EVER endured the level of disrespect shown to President Trump. (It’s sickening)
Unprecedented obstruction from the left on every nominee presented.
Mockery, fake news. lies and scorn from the liberal media.
And now the liberal elite are calling for his impeachment.
It’s clear that the liberal elite will do anything to take down OUR president!
We and those who respect the office, refuse to allow the liberal elite to disrespect our elected president!
I don’t think the Lib’s understand what they are fulminating. If they want a civil war, they ought to remember that it’s the right wing Conservatives who have the wherewith all to win the battle in the streets, if it comes to that, because it won’t be fought with signs and slogans!
Sooner or later more and more people will see the absolute necessity for strict voter ID laws to inhibit fraudulent voting and debunk the left’s claims that such laws are designed to suppress minority voting.
The big lie of “Man-Made” Global Warming will be another casualty of Liberal wishful thinking; the data previously provided has proven to be tainted and fallacious, as anyone with a basic high school science background, will attest to.
Thanks Ron for this extremely topical report. C Brewer
As a follow up to the article posted yesterday Ray Felske sent me this additional material that will make Watergate look like a Sunday School picnic. The Swamp draining is about to get in high gear. I sincerely hope the people in the media that have covered up this cesspool get what they deserve as well as the networks that have hidden the truth, on purpose. The alligators are about to have fun.
When Trump warned Comey about “tapes,” he meant the tapes Comey made that Jeff Sessions’ team recovered from Comey’s office as he was being fired. That is, Comey secretly taped his dinner conversation with Trump, but now Trump has the recording – which will prove Trump did nothing wrong, while also proving that Comey was trying to blackmail Trump. All Dems have is anonymous sources and innuendo. Trump has proof.
Trump could not fire Comey until he had Sessions and his team in place. Trump could not fire Comey until he was far out of town. While Comey was making a speech in California, Sessions had people removing evidence from Comey’s office. Comey thought he had the goods on Trump, but now Trump has the goods on Comey. That’s why Dianne Feinstein had to admit there was no evidence of collusion. She knows there never was and now has to cover her own backside. But the morons like Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters and the asshats in the media are too stupid to realize Trump now holds the cards.
Trump is proceeding slowly and methodically. He is letting the White House, State Department, Department of Justice, and FBI spies hang themselves with their own ropes. When the boom gets lowered, all Hell will break loose. The only people going to jail will be Democrats and RINOs.
The Dems are now crapping in their pants. The minute evidence comes out that Seth Rich was the source of DNC leaks to WikiLeaks, and not Russia, the whole Democrat entrapment scheme will be exposed. Comey is scum and a traitor. He will go down, along with the Clintons, Mills, Abedin, and Lynch.
Wake up Americans and watch the show. It was past time that these criminals will finally get the justice they deserve.
My old friend Jack Peck, older that I am, sent me this message. I will share it with you and provide some personal comments at the end. C Brewer
This is something every person in America must know!
As President George W. Bush’s top speech writer, Marc Thiessen (The Kelly File on FOX) was provided unique access to the CIA program used for interrogating top Al Qaeda terrorists, including the mastermind of the 9/11 attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM).
Now, his riveting new book, Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe (Regnery), has been published.
Here is an excerpt from Courting Disaster: “Just before dawn on March 1, 2003, two dozen heavily armed Pakistani tactical assault forces move in and surround a safe house in Rawalpindi. A few hours earlier they had received a text message from an informant inside the house. It read: “I am with KSM.” Bursting in, they find the disheveled mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in his bedroom. He is taken into custody. In the safe house, they find a treasure trove of computers, documents, cell phones and other valuable “pocket litter.”
Once in custody, KSM is defiant. He refuses to answer questions, informing his captors that he will tell them everything when he gets to America and sees his lawyer. But KSM is not taken to America to see a lawyer; Instead he is taken to a secret CIA “black site” in an undisclosed location. Upon arrival, KSM finds himself in the complete control of Americans. He does not know where he is, how long he will be there, or what his fate will be. Despite his circumstances, KSM still refuses to talk. He spews contempt at his interrogators, telling them Americans are weak, lack resilience and are unable to do what is necessary to prevent the terrorists from succeeding in their goals. He has trained to resist interrogation. When he is asked for information about future attacks, he tells his questioners scornfully: “Soon, you will know.”
It becomes clear he will not reveal the information using traditional interrogation techniques. So he undergoes a series of “enhanced interrogation techniques” approved for use only on the most high-value detainees. The techniques include waterboarding. He begins telling his CIA de-briefers about active al Qaeda plots to launch attacks against the United States and other Western targets. He holds classes for CIA officials, using a chalkboard to draw a picture of al Qaeda’s operating structure, financing, communications, and logistics. He identifies al Qaeda travel routes and safe havens and helps intelligence officers make sense of documents and computer records seized in terrorist raids. He identifies voices in intercepted telephone calls, and helps officials understand the meaning of coded terrorist communications. He provides information that helps our intelligence community capture other high-ranking terrorists.
KSM’s questioning, and that of other captured terrorists, produces more than 6,000 intelligence reports, which are shared across the intelligence community, as well as with our allies across the world. In one of these reports, KSM describes in detail the revisions he made to his failed 1994-1995 plan known as the “Bojinka plot” to blow up a dozen airplanes carrying some 4,000 passengers over the Pacific Ocean. Years later, an observant CIA officer notices the activities of a cell being followed by British authorities appear to match KSM’s description of his plans for a Bojinka-style attack. In an operation that involves unprecedented intelligence cooperation between our countries, British officials proceed to unravel the plot. On the night of Aug. 9, 2006, they launch a series of raids in a northeast London suburb that lead to the arrest of two dozen al Qaeda terrorist suspects. They find a USB thumb-drive in the pocket of one of the men with security details for Heathrow airport, and information on seven Trans-Atlantic flights that were scheduled to take off within hours of each other:
* United Airlines Flight 931 to San Francisco departing at 2:15 PM
* Air Canada Flight 849 to Toronto departing at 3:00 PM
* Air Canada Flight 865 to Montreal departing at 3:15 PM
* United Airlines Flight 959 to Chicago departing at3:40 PM
* United Airlines Flight 925 to Washington departing at4:20 PM
* American Airlines Flight 131 to New York departing at 4:35 PM
* American Airlines Flight 91 to Chicago departing at4:50 PM
They seize bomb-making equipment and hydrogen peroxide to make liquid explosives. And they find the chilling martyrdom videos the suicide bombers had prepared. Today, if you asked an average person on the street what they know about the 2006 airlines plot, most would not be able to tell you much. Few Americans are aware of the fact al Qaeda had planned to mark the fifth anniversary of 9/11 with an attack of similar scope and magnitude. And still fewer realize the terrorists’ true intentions in this plot were uncovered thanks to critical information obtained through the interrogation of the man who conceived it: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. This is only one of the many attacks stopped with the help of the CIA interrogation program established by the Bush Administration in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In addition to helping break up these specific terrorist cells and plots, CIA questioning provided our intelligence community with an unparalleled body of information about al Qaeda.
Until the program was temporarily suspended in 2006, intelligence officials say, well over half of the information our government had about al Qaeda-how it operates, how it moves money, how it communicates, how it recruits operatives, how it picks targets, how it plans and carries out attacks-came from the interrogation of terrorists in CIA custody. Former CIA Director George Tenet has declared: “I know this program has saved lives. I know we’ve disrupted plots. I know this program alone is worth more than what the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency put together have been able to tell us.”
Former CIA Director Mike Hayden has said: “The facts of the case are that the use of these techniques against these terrorists made us safer. It really did work.”
Even Barack Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, has acknowledged: “High-value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qaeda organization that was attacking this country.”
Leon Panetta, Obama’s CIA Director, has said: “Important information was gathered from these detainees. It provided information that was acted upon.”
John Brennan, Obama’s Homeland Security Advisor, when asked in an interview whether enhanced-interrogation techniques were necessary to keep America safe, replied: “Would the U. S. be handicapped if the CIA was not, in fact, able to carry out these types of detention and debriefing activities, I would say yes.”
On Jan. 22, 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order 13491, closing the CIA program and directing that, henceforth, all interrogations by U. S. personnel must follow the techniques contained in the Army Field Manual. The morning of the announcement, Mike Hayden was still in his post as CIA Director. He called White House Counsel Greg Craig and told him bluntly: “You didn’t ask, but this is the CIA officially non-concurring.” The president went ahead anyway, overruling the objections of the agency.
A few months later, on April 16, 2009, President Obama ordered the release of four Justice Department memos that described in detail the techniques used to interrogate KSM and other high-value terrorists. This time, not just Hayden (who was now retired) but five CIA directors – including Obama’s own director, Leon Panetta objected. George Tenet called to urge against the memos’ release. So did Porter Goss. So did John Deutch.
Hayden says: “You had CIA directors in a continuous unbroken stream to 1995 calling saying, ‘Don’t do this.'”
In addition to objections from the men who led the agency for a collective 14 years, the President also heard objections from the agency’s covert field operatives. A few weeks earlier, Panetta had arranged for the eight top officials of the Clandestine Service to meet with the President. It was highly unusual for these clandestine officers to visit the Oval Office, and they used the opportunity to warn the President that releasing the memos would put agency operatives at risk. The President reportedly listened respectfully, and then ignored their advice.
With these actions, Barack Obama arguably did more damage to America’s national security in his first 100 days of office than any President in American history. But how many people know this? Only the few that read this message.
I hope you read the book, I will. America will suffer for a long time due to the deliberate or stupid actions of the most hate filled President these now Dis-United States has ever lived through. I wonder how many more Americans will die due to the Demoncratic Party. They will never stop trying and I still believe Trump is their next target. Then after finishing the destruction of America as a Republic, destroying Israel will not be far behind. C Brewer 3-23-17
Is just the facts folks. You can lie, avoid the law, invite radicals into America to incite terrorism and waste billions but some day the Demoncrats will have to pay for this folly. These charts tell the story of how the poor and the working class folks have been screwed again by the politicians. Some were sent into exile and hopefully next year enough Americans will throw another massive group of Congressmen out of office. C Brewer