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Yesterday there were elections all over the country. None bigger was the gubernatorial election in the great state of Virginia. We lost. They won.

Terry McAuliffe, Democrat, narrowly squeaked out a win. To be honest, I did not care to look at the final tally (I am told is was under 3%) because it does not matter. We lost. They won.

What I find most disturbing is the immediate finger pointing and blaming that went on from my friends on the right. Many blamed Cuccinelli for causing a rift with the RNC and thus getting no funding. Others blamed the Libertarian crowd for voting third-party  (who received around 6-7%). Still others blamed the establishment Republicans for doing nothing to help their candidate. (Including so-called Conservative Chris Christie, who won his own state with over 60%.)

In the end, what does it matter? Let the Democrats gloat; while they are, get our collective asses out there and spread the message. We narrowed a large gap in a couple of weeks. Many were saying that McAuliffe would win by 7-12+ points. He didn’t. He barely won. We barely lost.

The mere fact that we did almost win is reason for optimism. We have to continue to hammer our messages home. If there is a candidate, make sure they are fully vetted. Make sure, if it is discovered that the third party might be a plant (as was evidenced by a huge Obama supporter raising funds for the third party guy), make sure it goes viral.

We own the internet. Progressives cannot touch us in that arena. Our word resonates, when articulated correctly. We saw that here when merely pushing the Affordable Healthcare Act news brought victory within our grasp.

Don’t quibble. Don’t moan and groan. Steal your resolve. Elections have consequences. Virginia will learn that, if ‘Big Mac’ has his way. But so does going against the will of the People. Get ready for 2014. We should already be gearing up.

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So as you probably know, the US House of Non-Representatives voted by a margin of 219-212 in favor of taking over the healthcare of this country. I am perhaps most disappointed in the fact that by doing so they blatantly ignored what I and a vast majority of Americans wanted.

I want, then, to take a look at insurance. After all, this is the main reason the bill was passed- MILLIONS of Americans cannot get coverage. If you followed the debate from last year the number of uninsured dropped from 47 million to 32 million. How did that happen?

Did we change something? Did our system magically cover 15 million previously uninsured? I doubt it. More likely the reason is because the President knows the number is bogus all around. It has already been shown where the numbers come from and the real number is around 10-12 million.

Still, that is a lot of folks. An entire 4% of our population. It stands to reason why we should uproot our entire system. 96% of America is living large while these poor Four-Percenters are getting the shaft. Much better to be BROAD AND SWEEPING than FOCUSED AND TARGETED.

But I digress.

I want to discuss insurance as it has been displayed. First, the claim that the insurance companies are evil and greedy. They are out there raising rates at 40% just because they can; and at a time when America is really hurting.

Ok, so WHY did Anthem Blue Cross of California do that? Note that this was only for PRIVATE policies. No one under group (i.e. employer) plans was affected. President Obama even said it was unconscionable and chastised them for doing so. Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius berate them because they raised rates after a whopping 2 BILLION dollar profit in 2009.

Wow. A profit of 2 BILLION! What was this company thinking? Taking a massive 2.2% profit while poor Americans are suffering. They are not like those wonderful guys over at McDonalds, who’s 10% profit margin is TOTALLY different. I would like to note that in the Balance Sheet of Anthem (their annual financial report) they sold a property for around 3 billion dollars. So that means (to the mathematically challenged) that Anthem actually LOST money.

Fire people or raise rates? As a business person, you have to do what is best for your business. I don’t claim to say that Anthem was right in the size of their rate increase. I am not privileged to their insider projections. But for once, just ONCE, can we quit demonizing everyone we disagree with and have a normal debate?

More tomorrow as we look at the Left comparing Healthcare mandates to driving insurance mandates.

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Big Labor got a sweet deal from the administration. At first, Glorious Leader said that he wanted a tax on all of those high-priced insurance plans. Before I go on, though, I have a question about that. Why? Why would you want to make UN-affordable, what some families find affordable? Why are you wanting those folks to drop their high priced insurance? Is this your way of punishing people who are successful?

So now the unions, with their millions in campaign contributions hard at work, have struck a deal. If a union member has a ‘Cadillac’ plan they are exempt from the proposed tax. The result? We The People will just have to pay more, I guess. Also, the business part of the bill that mandates all business provide healthcare for all employees, or pay a fine (tax). There was an exemption for small business with under 50 employees. Because of our labor union thugs, that exemption has since been removed.

The union goons even said that they intended this in order to get an advantage over non-union businesses. Maybe instead of trying to cheat your way, arm-twist your way and go about your normal business of corruption, you should see WHY non-union businesses are doing better than you…. like.. dissolve your union.

You can read more here.

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A Good Cause

I added a link to Social Vibe in my side bar. Take a minute to hit the link for me and help us find a cure for Diabetes.

Why that disease? Because Diabetes can be a contributing factor to so many other things and my family has those who are afflicted. From young to old, Diabetes has no remorse, affecting all equally harshly. So lend a hand. Just by clicking through, sponsors will donate to the cause.

We need to find a cure soon, before our government health care plan collapses any desire to continue with innovation. After all, the main reason drug manufactures put funding into R&D is to make a profit. If the government runs the system, and they refuse to pay a fair price, researchers will move to other fields. So help out now, before it is too late.

Thanks,

Sean

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The House put out their health care proposal today. 1,990 pages of regulation, taxes, waste, fraud and abuse. Did they not listen to us back in August? Do the Democrats really think that in passing this thing the people will finally shut up and take their medicine?

Melt the phones. Don’t be shy about calling and emailing. Do it every day. Make sure that you wind up on the administration’s watch list. It is the least we can do for our children.

Anyone have any Tylenol? (Crap. Is that even covered now? Have you seen the PRICES for a bottle of aspirin??)

You can get the bill here. Get reading kids!

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The healthcare debate rages on. Supporters point the finger at the evil, wicked, profiteering insurance companies as being all that is wrong with the healthcare. And, while that may be a bit of an exaggeration, for the most part supporters feel that if we can just get rid of insurance companies all will be well.

I am sorry to disappoint, but according to President Obama, even HE is not wanting to get rid of private insurance. Instead, he wants a government option. He wants to provide competition for private insurers for what I can only assume is to keep them honest. This is a falsehood, though, as both President Obama and top leaders of the Democrat Caucus are on record for their support and desire to move to a single-payer health care system. He can say what he wants now, but the fact remains that for his entire career he has fought for it, supported it and preached it to his supporters. I highly doubt that now that he has been brought to office by those supporters he suddenly has a change of heart. As they say, baby steps.

So with Medicare being a government program, it was bound to come up in the debate; and how. It is the number one thing thrown in my face by Obamacare supporters. How can those against the bill, who want nothing of government care, say that they are fine with Medicare? It is a government run program. Over 60% of those on Medicare are in favor of it while only 42% say that they like their private insurance.

This is, actually, a good question. So here is my answer. Those receiving Medicare are of retirement age (mostly). They paid into the system for years and are now able to benefit from it. Because the government subsidizes it, costs are relatively low. But the cost to the government is enormous. When it was first started, Medicare was projected to cost roughly $9 billion by 1990. The actual cost that year was around $66 billion, over seven times the original projection. Because of the cost, the government is losing more and more money on the program.

Those costs are not really pushed onto the consumer, but they are passed onto the doctors; with less and less actually being paid out in an effort to save. In one case, a radiologist spent 12 hours with a patient only to receive a check from Medicare for $12. Doctors are avoiding Medicare patients. Those who do accept them are, with good reason, pushing their lost revenue onto people with private insurance. Because of the skyrocketing cost of malpractice insurance as well, doctors need to find ways to make a lot of money annually just to break even.

The cost is the reason so many people are not happy with their coverage. Yes, I am sure some feel they cannot get what they want for services, or have been dropped for various reasons, but I know those I talk to tell me that the cost for insurance is what they dislike most.

So now the government wants to take a failing program like Medicare and expand it to everyone, illegals included. The government will be both a referee and a player in the game. If it loses money, it will tax something or shift money over from elsewhere to support it. Private industry, however, cannot do that and would fail. With the government undercutting private insurance, slowly people will be forced to the program.

It isn’t that they will want it. The reason they will be forced over is because it will be more cost effective for businesses to drop their plans. With a government safety net, I would do the same thing. This is why Wal-Mart is supporting the plan. In order to compete, if Wal-Mart drops their insurance plan, their competitors will be forced to as well. Wal-Mart, paying more for its plan than others, will have a bigger net profit.

With so many people getting on to the rolls of the government plan, it will become burdened. With doctors fees being leveled, specialists will slowly become more rare. With less specialists comes longer waits and poor quality of care. It is a natural fact. It has happened in other countries, and it will happen here. Everywhere you can find people who like their system, but overall, look at the quality of care provided and the USA is tops in the world. If it were not, world leaders would not come here to get treated.

Contrary to all of the liars out there, we (conservatives) are not objecting to reform. What we are objecting to is taking Medicare and expanding it to millions of people. It cannot work. It WILL fail and go bankrupt eventually or taxes will skyrocket to afford it. There is no third choice with this option. (Well, cutting and rationing services will help save money, but liberals, President Obama and the media assure us that we are just fear mongering.) Every social program begun by the government has failed or is looming failure. We need to fix what is broke, not install yet another government takeover of industry.

Read the signs. See what is really going on. Once on the path, turning back will be mighty hard.

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Yes, I agree, 47 million people without healthcare insurance is not a good thing. Even though NO ONE will be denied emergency services, having coverage is a safety net that should be available to everyone.

But, have you ever thought just where the 47 million number comes from? We have:

Uninsured

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