While squandering the future of our children and grandchildren, President Obama has proposed myriad welfare programs to involve the Federal Government in what is traditionally the private sector.If you add the stimulus and the omnibus you get about $1.2 trillion.
He has already signed into law a National budget that contains “earmarks” that spend eight billion dollars for pet projects for Congressional districts to allow Congressman and Senators to go back to the States and tell voters that they should be elected again to their “princely” position in Washington because they brought home the “bacon”!
Senators quietly tucked 8000 earmarks into the $$410 billion spending bill/tax package that was signed in a closed signing by Obama yesterday.
Some of the “important “earmarks’ include a $2 million tax benefit for makers of wooden arrows for children; a $100 million tax break to benefit auto racetrack owners; $192 million in rebates on excise taxes for the Puerto Rican and Virgin Islands rum industry; $148 million in tax relief for U.S. wool fabric producers; and a $49 million tax benefit for fishermen and other plaintiffs who sued over the 1989 tanker Exxon Valdez spill.The 1,132-page bill has an extraordinary reach, wrapping together nine spending bills to fund the annual operating budgets of every Cabinet department except Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs.
How does this help the economy in the USA?
With the economy as indicated by the stock market reacting negatively to the tax and spend programs of the new President. Obama is charging ahead with his effort to socialize our medical system.
He is using “facts” and figures to support the concept of National Health Insurance for every person in the USA that don’t really equate.
In addition to propping up the failed Big 3 in Detroit to the tune of billions of dollars needed because of the exorbitant Union contracts. On of the driving force for the National Health insurance is that costs have long been a problem for U.S. auto companies. General Motors spends more per car on health care than it does on steel. But as more American companies face global competition, the “value gap” is being felt by more CEOs — and their hard pressed workers.
One thing the report does not do is endorse the same solution that countries like Canada have adopted: a government-run health care system.
Since America continues to move from a manufacturing based economy to a service economy, and employee working patterns continue to evolve, health insurance coverage has become less stable.The service sector offers less access to health insurance than its manufacturing counterparts, and it is true that due to rising health insurance premiums, many small small employers cannot afford to offer health benefits, and those that do offer it require the employee to share in the cost. Thus, many employees opt to decline the health insurance to get more money in their pay check!
Nearly 46 million Americans, or 18 percent,of our population under age 65 are without health insurance as of US census statistics published in 2007.
The percentage of uninsured Hispanics (many illegals) is 32.1 % or 15 million people. To put the number of people with out health insurance in perspective, you have to understand that as of this morning at 11:25am we have 363,992,936 people living in the USA!
To satisfy the Unions and radicals that hate the free enterprise system that is the envy of all other nations. President Obama wants to destroy the best health care system in the World and replace it with National Health like you find in Canada, Sweden and Great Britain.
To plan the destruction of the health care system ,that people who can afford it, come from Canada, England, Germany and South America to be treated is nothing more than travesty!!
An article published in the London Times today illustrates the problems you face when you replace the decision makers( patients and doctors) with bureaucrats.
Over the years that England and the British Isles has had Socialized medicine thousands of doctors and nurses have left the medical field to seek other employment. Many of them have emigrated to the USA.
AS a result Marie Burnham(A NHS bureaucrat) has flown to Eastern Europe in an urgent attempt to find six A&E doctors and six qualified anaesthetists.
But her hopes of hiring 200 nurses there to fill vacancies have been prevented by a “ridiculous” Government ban on bringing in foreign nursing staff.
Miss Burnham, chief executive of Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We will always look to the UK first for staff, but there is a shortage of doctors and we can go to the EU to recruit excellent staff.What she does not tell you is that the NHS has just reduced the number of hours that doctors must be on duty from 60 hours a week to 48 hours like a factory worker!
“Nurse recruitment is a difficult issue. We can’t go abroad for staff nurses any more because the Government no longer sees it as a shortage profession. It’s a ridiculous situation but it’s what we have to work with.”
Miss Burnham, who took up her post eight months ago, described recruitment as “essential” to improving morale of overworked staff in overflowing wards.
As well as promoting East Lancashire throughout the UK, the trust is advertising posts through the Job Centre, NHS Jobs and newspapers.
Despite fears of job cuts due to the recession, she revealed that all 37 student nurses who trained with the trust this year have been offered permanent posts.
She has flown out the 750 miles to Prague in an attempt to identify suitable candidates for the unfilled doctors’ posts.
Caroline Collins, of the Royal College of Nursing, said politicians, the NHS and universities had failed to plan nursing training properly for a number of years.
She said: “It was only three years ago that there were jobs lost all over the country, including 70 in East Lancashire, and nurses were coming out of training to find there were no jobs.
“After that, trained people got jobs in the private sector and students turned away from nursing as a career option. Now we are going through the other end of that cycle, and we haven’t got enough nurses to fill the posts.”
Darren Reynolds, of the “It’s Our NHS campaign” group, said mistakes made by the trust in 2007 had resulted in low staff morale and a bad reputation which it had “an awful lot of work” to do to repair. And Obama wants to substitute this mess for our quality if expensive health care!
And he could have mentioned that it takes 18 weeks o get a referral to a specialist in surgery for even the most serious illnesses!