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Archive for December 2008

In Remembrance of Nataline Sarkisyan- Don’t Forget !

nataline-b-blogPlease read carefully the below quote from Michael Moore written on December 22nd, 2007 regarding the death of Nataline Sarkisyan:

“If their decision was one of incompetence, then manslaughter charges should be filed. If it was a premeditated decision — where CIGNA knew in advance that Nataline would most likely die — then their corporate officers should be arrested and the full extent of the law brought to bear upon them.”
 (whole story

Tragically, denial of coverage is an everyday occurrence, often ending with the same net result.  Unless you have lived this nightmare, the average person finds it hard to believe!  For profit health insurance companies are practicing medicine without license and are responsible for untold tragedy and death every day, 365 days a year.  I ask you to get involved! 

Go to http://www.pnhp.org/, http://www.healthcare-now.org, http://www.calnurses.org/ and learn about HR676 a single payer system that will put an end to this nightmare.  Then write, call or scream at your elected officials to do something…  HR676 has 94 congressional co-sponsors now. More are needed and your help is essential to bring an end to this!   Please Help!

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Written by jointefforthost

December 21, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Henry Paulson wants the 2nd $350 Billion, in Short Order!

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The partial $13 Billion to save the automakers Chrysler and GM, will come from the Treasury’s $700 billion financial stabilization fund.  Shortly after President George Bush’s announcement, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who will oversee the aid to the auto industry, said Congress would need to release the second $350 billion for that program in short order.
By law, once Mr. Paulson makes the formal request, the money is released unless Congress rejects the request within 15 days.  Do you suppose they will hand it over, as they did with the first installment?  I would bet my week’s unemployment check they do!
It was unclear when the request would be formally sent.  I would also bet that it will be when the lawmakers have left for the holidays…  Do you suppose they will return to debate it?  That’s highly unlikely!
The administration’s handling of the program has come under sharp criticism…  As it turns out, there wasn’t any real oversight as to what Mr. Paulson could do with it…!?!  Several lawmakers in both parties have suggested they would oppose the release of more money.  That’s to be seen! I hope that it won’t be released under the current administration, but I am sure the current administration is timing this so it will be released!  I would also hope that the citizens of this now-broke country will stand up and say enough is enough!   Watch it unfold…!

Written by jointefforthost

December 21, 2008 at 5:54 am

US plans for Iraq withdrawal – NOT ?

This should indeed prove to be interesting over the next few months.  Which will it be; 16 months, 3 years, or never?    Gee -we have this huge debate over bailing out the US auto companies for $13 billion, but spending another$10 billion a month in Iraq, not a problem…?   Maybe the banks that took that took the $350 billion could fund the Iraq war for the next 3 years!   They sure haven’t shared any of it towards  helping the US economy…  The BIG picture these days is hard to see!   We don’t seem to have a plan?    A ship at sea without anyone at the wheel… We have elected fools and thief’s for our leaders, so expecting much else is just not in the cards…   OK, I’ll get off my soap box now!

Written by jointefforthost

December 20, 2008 at 3:06 am

The Mitch Who Stole Christmas!

grinch_mitch_tree_300“The Mitch tried to steal Christmas from auto workers, their families, and their communities, It was the auto workers today, but tomorrow it will be other working people’s wages and benefits,” said Geri Jenkins, RN, a co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee – composed of 85,000 nurses in all 50 states.
 
“Wall Street CEOs like Martin Sullivan of AIG get their bailouts with no strings attached.  Sullivan earned $21,000 an HOUR last year, while American workers and families are facing economic calamity. Yet, Sen. McConnell and some of his Republican colleagues want to place further hardships on working people and their families, after eight years of devastating erosion of living conditions and health security.”

Further, notes CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro, McConnell and company have made clear that they view the demands for massive concessions by the UAW as just a first step in an all-out attack on unions and union members. An e-mail message circulated among Senate Republicans declared that denying the auto industry a loan was an opportunity for Republicans to “take their first shot against organized labor.”

“The voices of labor will not be silenced.  Not about our jobs, our healthcare, our respect, our dignity.  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s shameful attacks on organized labor will not be ignored,” said DeMoro.

“Years of eroding living standards and health security for American workers are apparently not enough for McConnell. These types of attacks on the working people who built this country are disgraceful all year but especially during the holidays. And, not surprisingly, his actions directly led to at least temporary layoffs for thousands of workers.  Sen. McConnell can now add another title to his resume: The Mitch Who Stole Christmas.

“Please join us in our fight to save these jobs and these families.  Go online to send a message to the Mitch.  Tell him to either find some Christmas cheer or a new line of work,” DeMoro said. 
The campaign can be found HERE. It invites people to send a message to McConnell, and sign up for public protests and other actions to protect American working families. 

It only takes a few minutes to voice your opinion, please consider doing so!

Written by jointefforthost

December 18, 2008 at 5:35 pm

A Lump of Coal from Santa Bush

Keep in mind that it’s not just voters in blue states who will be affected — these midnight regulations will hurt people in the states and districts of Bush’s enablers in Congress. And remember that these last-minute policies are the outcome of Congressional Republicans’ loyal support for the Bush agenda over the past eight years. We should hold them accountable for the huge lump of coal Bush is handing over to the nation this Christmas. 

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Written by jointefforthost

December 17, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Russian Warships Near US Border

Just another step backwards…  Many thanks George for the great leadership that you have demonstrated over the past eight years.  Yes, I feel much safer now!   Maybe the shoe toss is a fair remembrance of your legacy for historians to record… 

Written by jointefforthost

December 16, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Letter to Senator Ted Kennedy & Tom Daschle

ted-kennedytom-daschlePlease consider sending the following letter to Senator Ted Kennedy and Tom Daschle.  If this opportunity is missed, we may go another decade or two without help.  Real “change” will only come about from your participation…   Please Help!   You can copy the below letter and paste in the respective comments at the below sites…   Thanks for your consideration!

LINK to Senator Ted Kennedy: http://kennedy.senate.gov/senator/contact.cfm

LINK to Tom Daschle: http://change.gov/page/s/healthcare

To learn more about HR676, a single payer approach go to the Physicians for a National Health Program.  LINK : http://pnhp.org/  They have a great Q & A …

*** The Letter ***

Senator Ted Kennedy and Tom Daschle
United States Senate and Change.gov
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Ted Kennedy and Tom Daschle

We understand that you are currently working energetically on a comprehensive health care reform bill to be introduced in the new session.

There are certain junctures in history when the obstacles of the past melt in the heat of a rising popular demand for change. This is one of those times.

Senator Kennedy, you once proudly described yourself as “an old single payer advocate.” We urge you to return to that vision now when your tremendous influence could make this truly just and practical plan a reality.

Please consider the simplicity, cost effectiveness and humanity of a single payer plan which could be implemented comparatively easily as was traditional Medicare. Any plan that keeps the profit-making insurance companies in the mix will add layers of bureaucracy, will not be able to control costs, and will fail in the noble effort to bring good care to all.

We ask that you both introduce, in the Senate, legislation modeled on HR 676, which has now gained the support of 94 representatives in the US House, 480 union bodies, 39 state AFL-CIO’s, 117 Central Labor Councils, 20 international unions, the US Conference of Mayors, the Houses of Representatives in Kentucky, New Hampshire and New York, and hundreds more cities, counties, faith groups and organizations that express the great hope and dire need of our people.

We urge you both to be our Tommy Douglas, to lead the charge for nonprofit single payer universal coverage. The people will be with you. Surely we deserve the health benefits offered to the people of every other country in the industrialized world—all medically necessary care and freedom from the fear of economic ruin due to illness. It is only by moving to single payer that we can cut the waste while expanding the care.

We must not squander the opportunity of this momentous time. With your experience and stature in Congress and the nation, you are uniquely able to ensure that generations to come will enjoy the legacy of health care as a human right. Please say “yes” to single payer.

Sincerely,

Written by jointefforthost

December 15, 2008 at 8:35 pm