Government Diabetes Programs

Who benefits from diabetes prevention?

If the government pays for all a person’s prevention and treatment, it saves a lot by convincing the person to prevent diabetes by walking and eating less food, proper foods.

Assume that prevention programs, where persons are put through lectures, weigh-ins, group-support meetings, cost the government $1,100 per year. Assume the government instead gives out medicine and insulin at a cost of $1,800 per year. Should the government be able to force recipients into the cheaper treatment, walking and temperance?

Does a Medicare or Medicaid person pay much if he or she gets diabetes? Does the government? The more a person bears the costs of sedentary ways and poor food and drink choices, the more likely he or she will be to self-correct. As long as the government pays no matter what they choose, persons will likely choose tasty foods, large portions and idle entertainment.

Can the government force the recipient to engage in brisk walking and proper eating since the government suffers all the costs of inactivity and over-indulgence?

For the person, such a pitiable ignominy!

Supporting material:

The researchers point to the increase in the prevalence of obesity and the medical problems it triggers as the culprit that is driving increases in total medical spending.  Although private payers bear a large portion of costs associated with spending on risks related to obesity, public-sector spending remains substantial.  Medical spending linked with obesity accounts for 8.5 percent of Medicare expenditures and 11.8 percent of Medicaid expenditures

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Resisting Obama Care in Montana

It looks like the window of opportunity for forbidding implementation of

federal health care in Montana is rapidly closing. (Read the news article below.)

Is there any way for the legislature to require that no state agency or employee be permitted

to enact, implement or change agency procedures at least until the

constitutionality of FHC is settled?

At the very least, could a letter be sent to Monica Lindeen requesting same?

Montana Ready for Health Overhaul

State’s insurance regulator says state government

ready to implement first parts of federal health overhaul

Health Care Passes. Sound the Dirge.

R.I.P., U.S.A.

Dastardly! They passed the loathsome thing. Oh, the perfidy, the chicanery!

Obama and Pelosi scaled the summit. But every step, underfoot, lie crushed the liberties, lives and health of their subjects.

We have witnessed the hasty dismantling of the rule of law, of freedom of contract, of an economy based on individualism and markets. We have witnessed the hasty hoisting of taxes, a ravenous gulp of the wolf jaw of the central planners.

The government has gone from 50% owner of health care to 100%.

Add health care to the scalp pole, on which are banks and auto makers. Soon to follow will be energy!

“Go back to your machines!

Quiet, ye rabble! To your chains!

All aboard for the Gulag!”

How do you like being a cog in the vast state-owned enterprise?

Take it lying down or fight back every step of the way.

Everyone is a Child

The Washington Post reports:

Regardless of the political fallout, historians say health-care reform will take its place in the same category as the enactment of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare in 1965, and only a rung or two below passage of the major civil rights bills of the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to the bill’s providing coverage for more than 32 million uninsured Americans, people would no longer be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions. The “doughnut hole” for Medicare prescriptions would eventually be eliminated, and young people could stay on their parents’ insurance plan through age 26. (Underlining is mine, TLB)

To a liberal, everyone is a child.

Gambling With a Pair of Tens

Democrats are gambling big. They have a pair of tens but they are betting their entire capital. They think health care takeover will make them heroes. It could easily make them losers.

Democrats are marching Americans across the island like the Japanese did in the Batan Death March in WWII where many died. They have us captive. It’s a punishing scenario. The guards are brutal.

The battle over Democrat’s health care takeover has parallels to many of the imbroglios of the great wars; Antietam, Bulge, Dardanelles. Maybe the closest parallels are the charge of the Light Brigade and Custer’s last stand. The battle lines are clear. The casualties are high and mounting. That it is a turning point in the war is clear. The danger to survivors is high. Have Democrats gone a bridge too far?

Jon Tester: “Change Parties”!

Suggestions for Senator Jon Tester

December 27, 2009

Don’t let Landrieu get all the goodies. Request an amendment for a Black Angus Museum in Bozeman, a Sheep Museum in Lewistown, a Horse Museum in Miles City, a Grizzly Museum in Kalispell, a Wolf Museum in West, a Sturgeon Museum in Glasgow and a Buffalo Museum in Helena. Don’t let duplication worry you. Make sure the appropriation is on the order of those finagled by Nelson, Landrieu and others.

Have you considered switching parties? Republicans welcome you, with sufficient contrition, of course. Liberal groups rate you poorly, so maybe the switch would not be cumbersome. One recent rating from a liberal watchdog group had you at only 25%. Come over. Switch your vote on the health care takeover to “no”. Be a stud.  You’ve taken orders from your present party long enough.

Montana Policy Institute Covers Healthcare Protest

Local Group Protests Health Care Proposals

By: Michael Noyes | 2009-12-15

BOZEMAN – The national health care debate came to Main Street today as protesters gathered at noon outside Sen. Jon Tester’s (D) local office.

Around 35 people showed up to protest potential health care legislation that is currently under consideration in the Senate. The House passed a health care bill earlier this year.

The protest was organized by local activist Tom Burnett to coincide with the 218th anniversary of the Bill of Rights ratification. Members of the group held signs with slogans such as “No New Entitlements” and “No to Federal Control of Health Care.”

Retired Bozeman resident Joel Price, 76, participated in the protest and said current health care proposals would overload the system. He said any changes should attempt to address individual issues without scrapping the current system.

“It’s just like having a car with a flat tire,” Price said. “You don’t destroy the whole car.”

The group spent about 30 minutes outside Tester’s office before taking the protest to the local office of Senator Max Baucus (D) who plays a leading role in shaping health care legislation in the Senate.

Jon Cummins, a 37-year-old student and carpenter from Belgrade, stopped to talk with protestors in front of Tester’s office. Cummins said he disagrees with those who say the country can’t afford the current health care proposals.

“In my opinion, we can’t afford not to,” Cummins said. “By doing nothing, it continues to keep the unhealthy, unhealthy…that’s an infringement on the rights and equality of people in America.”

Burnett said he believes increased government involvement in health care would lead to higher costs, lower quality care and fewer innovations.

“It’s gargantuan and it’s ever morphing,” Burnett said of current proposals. “Its general provisions are ruinous to the economy.”

Burnett said he has received calls from Montana voters who are wintering throughout the southwest states who oppose the current legislation. Protestors also gave each senate office a list of about 90 names of Montana voters opposed to current health legislation proposals to the senators, according to Burnett.

Tester’s local office referred questions to a spokesperson who did not immediately return a phone call requesting comment.