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

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.

Napoleon and Obama

When Napoleon marched on Moscow in 1812, he had 600,000 troops. After defeat, only 40,000 frost-bitten and half starved survivors stumbled back into France. Are Democrats setting themselves up for this kind of debacle? Hopefully so.

Passage of the unpopular health bill could sink them. Their big gamble might be as disastrous as Napoleon’s, Rahm Emanuel’s optimism notwithstanding. Over-reaching has its perils.

Sex-change Operations On Demand

Forcing Taxpayers to Support Abortion, Sex-Change and Physician Assisted Suicide

It should be alarmingly clear that if national health dictates pass, it will only be matter of time before advocates secure payments for abortion, sex-change operations and physician assisted suicide, either by forcing private insurers to cover them, or under government-run plans. Every American will either be forced to patronize a private insurer, buy a government policy, or pay a penalty, which is a de facto way of corralling their participation. Government agencies will determine what procedures must be covered.

Abortion is taxpayer-supported in many European countries through their national health programs. It is free, to the patient, in Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands. It is free to low income women in Germany and subsidized in Sweden. Source BBC.

Brazil, Britain and Cuba now offer sex-change operations at taxpayer expense.

In Oregon, a woman was offered physician-assisted suicide under the State plan.

Below are the stories that pertain.

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A growing number of public and commercial health insurance plans in the United States now contain defined benefits covering sex reassignment related procedures, usually including genital reconstruction surgery (MTF and FTM), chest reconstruction (FTM), breast augmentation (MTF), and hysterectomy (FTM).[2] In June 2008, the American Medical Association House of Delegates declared that discrimination [3], stating that the denial to patients with Gender Identity Disorder of otherwise covered benefits represents discrimination, and that the AMA supports “public and private health insurance coverage for treatment for gender identity disorder as recommended by the patient’s physician.” Other organizations have issued similar statements, including WPATH [4], the American Psychological Association [5], and the National Association of Social Workers [6]. Wikipedia

HEALTH-CUBA: Free Sex Change Operations Approved
By Dalia Acosta

HAVANA, Jun 6 (IPS) – New horizons opened up for transsexuals in Cuba with the approval of a Public Health Ministry resolution that establishes guidelines for their health care, including free gender reassignment operations.

“It was just approved. The operations will begin to be carried out as soon as the Cuban medical team is ready to start,” Mariela Castro, head of the National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), told IPS.

In Britain:

Many transsexuals, often intensely uncomfortable living with the genitalia they were born with, find it impossible to wait the necessary year or two before being admitted to one of the few hospitals which collaborates with the public health service and end up covering the costs themselves… http://www.gendercentre.org.au/14article1.htm

Nov 6, 2009  The NHS carried out some 150 operations in the last year (up from about  I remember a MTF transexual referred to me once as a born woman, 
http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/the-operation-that-can-ruin-your-life-features-november-09-julie-bindel-transsexuals

Abstract Whereas hormonal and surgical sex change have been increasingly refined and accepted medically during the past 40 years, legal protections have only recently received attention. This overview focuses on employment, medical treatment, and civil status as male or female in the United States and the United Kingdom. Employment protection in the UK is assured since a court decision in 1994, but in the U.S. is generally uncertain and inconsistent between states. Health care, including surgery, under the UK National Health Service, is assured since a court decision in 1996.    http://www.springerlink.com/content/e35vn471v5047024/

Brazil govt offers free sex change operations

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RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil’s health minister said on Thurday that sex change operations would now be free under the country’s public health system.

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/99859/brazil-govt-offers-free-sex-change-operations

The powerful story of Barbara Wagner demonstrates why this discussion is of utmost importance. When Barbara’s lung cancer reappeared during the spring of 2008 her oncologist recommended aggressive treatment with Tarceva, a new chemotherapy. However, Oregon’s state run health plan denied the potentially life altering drug because they did not feel it was “cost-effective.” Instead, the State plan offered to pay for either hospice care or physician-assisted suicide.

http://www.physiciansforreform.org/index.php?id=30

New ObamaCare Cost Estimate

New ObamaCare Cost Estimate

By me

Healthcare reform is projected to cost $900 billion. Don’t believe it.

Like yeast, waistlines and Gore’s rhetoric, government costs expand.

  • Take Boston’s Big Dig, the massive tunnel project. Estimate: $2 billion. Actual: $15 billion, more than seven times as high.
  • Take Scotland’s Parliament building. Estimate: $680 million. Actual: $7.70 billion, more than ten times as high.
  • Take Seattle’s Light rail. Estimate: $2.3 billion. Actual: $4.2 billion, almost double.
  • Take Medicare. It cost six times as much in 1990 as projected.

Let’s not for a minute accept the Democrats claim of a cost of $900 billion. It seems prudent to use a six-times multiplier and call it $5.4 trillion.