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4064276155?profile=originalThe Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare will go down in history as one of the most poorly designed and miserably failed U.S. social policies ever created. It was passed entirely and unconstitutionally by Democrats by a continuing resolution. Like Social Security it was designed to buy the votes of a poor, ill-informed constituency.  Democrats robbed over half a trillion dollars from Medicaid to finance their sponsors in the insurance industry while expanding the number of employees to run their newly created bureaucracy.  Americans were shamed by Obama and his leftist handlers by spewing data from the one world Euro socialists at W.H.O., rating the U.S. Healthcare System 37th in the world.  Unfortunately they left out the fact that we were also rated just two steps above Cuba with France, Greece, Italy and other collapsing socialist countries rated in the top ten. Democrats and their media lapdogs were telling Americans in 2009 that U.S. healthcare was the worst in the world while liberal Economists, leftist politicians, insurers and academics were screaming for nanny state government control of U.S. health care.  Obama told us that 50 million Americans were suffering because they did not have health insurance.  What he forgot to tell us was that 8 million of those sampled were not even U.S. citizens. He also forgot to mention that another 20 million of those interviewed had incomes greater than $50,000 per year and could afford to pay for insurance. Also, another 4 million Americans who did not have health insurance were either legally disabled or 65 years old or greater and qualified for Medicare or Medicaid.  Do the math and you will find that there were actually only 18 million Americans who either could not afford Health Insurance or for some other reason chose not to purchase it in 2009.

4064276176?profile=originalThe 2011 Annual Social and Economic Supplement from the census said that 4 million non-American citizens had received government funded healthcare. Yes, with three quarters of them on Medicaid. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform the federal government spent almost $6 billion on medical care for illegal aliens in 2011. If you read a little further you will find that the states by themselves spent over $10.8 billion on healthcare for illegal aliens during that same time.  A total of $16.8 billion was spent on healthcare for non-Americans. So the federal government and states paid the equivalent of $1732 annually per illegal alien in medical costs.

According to the government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report National Health Expenditures, by Sponsor: 2009, our federal, state and local governments spent $1.08 trillion on healthcare and that does not include the $1.4 trillion dollars spent by private businesses and households.  So let’s say that approximately that $2.5 trillion was spent by government and the private sector on Healthcare for Americans in 2009. Divide that number by 305 million Americans at that time and you have almost $8200 per American spent annually on healthcare in the U.S. And that does not even include the $843 billion from donors and grants given to Hospital Charities that year according to the Internal Revenue.

Am I missing something? Where is all this money going?  The facts are that the U.S. has one of the greatest health care systems in the world. According to the NCPA (National Center for Policy Analysis) there are ten reasons why Healthcare in the U.S. is the best in the world.  

 4064276254?profile=originalFact No. 1:  Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common cancers.  Breast cancer mortality is 52 percent higher in Germany than in the United States, and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom.  Prostate cancer mortality is 604 percent higher in the U.K. and 457 percent higher in Norway.  The mortality rate for colorectal cancer among British men and women is about 40 percent higher.

Fact No. 2:  Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians.  Breast cancer mortality is 9 percent higher, prostate cancer is 184 percent higher and colon cancer mortality among men is about 10 percent higher than in the United States.

Fact No. 3:  Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries. Some 56 percent of Americans who could benefit are taking statins, which reduce cholesterol and protect against heart disease.  By comparison, of those patients who could benefit from these drugs, only 36 percent of the Dutch, 29 percent of the Swiss, 26 percent of Germans, 23 percent of Britons and 17 percent of Italians receive them.

Fact No. 4:  Americans have better access to preventive cancer screening than Canadians.  Take the proportion of the appropriate-age population groups who have received recommended tests for breast, cervical, prostate and colon cancer:

•Nine of 10 middle-aged American women (89 percent) have had a mammogram, compared to less than three-fourths of Canadians (72 percent).

•Nearly all American women (96 percent) have had a pap smear, compared to less than 90 percent of Canadians.

•More than half of American men (54 percent) have had a PSA test, compared to less than 1 in 6 Canadians (16 percent).

•Nearly one-third of Americans (30 percent) have had a colonoscopy, compared with less than 1 in 20 Canadians (5 percent).

Fact No. 5:  Lower income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians.  Twice as many American seniors with below-median incomes self-report "excellent" health compared to Canadian seniors (11.7 percent versus 5.8 percent).  Conversely, white Canadian young adults with below-median incomes are 20 percent more likely than lower income Americans to describe their health as "fair or poor."

Fact No. 6:  Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the U.K.  Canadian and British patients wait about twice as long - sometimes more than a year - to see a specialist, to have elective surgery like hip replacements or to get radiation treatment for cancer. All told, 827,429 people are waiting for some type of procedure in Canada. In England, nearly 1.8 million people are waiting for a hospital admission or outpatient treatment.

Fact No. 7:  People in countries with more government control of health care are highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed.   More than 70 percent of German, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and British adults say their health system needs either "fundamental change" or "complete rebuilding."

Fact No. 8:  Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than Canadians.  When asked about their own health care instead of the "health care system," more than half of Americans (51.3 percent) are very satisfied with their health care services, compared to only 41.5 percent of Canadians; a lower proportion of Americans are dissatisfied (6.8 percent) than Canadians (8.5 percent).

Fact No. 9:  Americans have much better access to important new technologies like medical imaging than patients in Canada or the U.K.  Maligned as a waste by economists and policymakers naïve to actual medical practice, an overwhelming majority of leading American physicians identified computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the most important medical innovations for improving patient care during the previous decade. The United States has 34 CT scanners per million Americans, compared to 12 in Canada and eight in Britain.  The United States has nearly 27 MRI machines per million compared to about 6 per million in Canada and Britain.

Fact No. 10:  Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care innovations. The top five U.S. hospitals conduct more clinical trials than all the hospitals in any other single developed country. Since the mid-1970s, the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology has gone to American residents more often than recipients from all other countries combined. 

Let’s face it the GOP now has a chance to make things right. They need to take the time to make health insurance more affordable to all Americans without excessive government intervention and the reduction of quality and accessibility to services. It’s time to allow health insurance companies to compete across state lines while allowing Doctors to do their jobs more effectively without the worry of malpractice lawsuits and high cost premiums.  It’s time to allow the pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies to bring their products to market more rapidly and at less cost.  Only then will we all be able to say truly that access to the best Healthcare in the world is a right guaranteed to all Americans.  

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With all his hollow promises of building a wall, bringing jobs back to America, repealing Obamacare and bombing terrorists combined with his 4064237868?profile=originalconstant spew of lies directed at Ted Cruz and family, Donald Trump has managed with help from his “bought and paid for” media sycophants to accumulate enough votes to become the presumptive candidate for President! At the convention anti-Cruz establishment opportunists sold their votes to put Trump over the top securing his nomination as GOP candidate for President of the United States. Trump won! So why did the “Trumpster” minions boo Senator Cruz excessively during his speech at the convention while applauding Trump’s lies all knowing that only congress can do all the things that he promised? Was this all planned by Trump? Why does he continue to attack Senator Cruz? Is it because Cruz, a devout Christian, wouldn’t endorse a person who viciously attacked him with lies or because Cruz told all Americans to vote their conscience? Who is the real loser here?4064237855?profile=original Trump needs all the help he can muster to win the presidency. A gentleman or true conservative would have apologized to Ted Cruz in public and asked for his support instead of burning the bridge. Unfortunately, Donald Trump is not a conservative nor is he a gentleman. Trump is a Republican in name only. So as Americans here we are once again forced to decide between two prolific liars for President , a documented incompetent and corrupt politician in Hillary Clinton and another narcissistic wannabe thug in Donald Trump. Which candidate would you trust with the keys to your home? Is it time to stay home and allow Democrats to finish the job of transforming America 4064237889?profile=originalinto their new Progressive Nanny State Utopia? Only then could all Americans finally understand how left wing Democrat policies have destroyed the greatest Free Capitalist Society on earth. Or do we vote status quo for the GOP congress giving Trump “Obama like” overreaching unconstitutional powers so he too could single handedly destroy the United States? The only other alternative we have as voters is to take our anger out on those in congress who went against our demands and are responsible. Time to hold our nose once again and vote for Trump while cleaning house of establishment RINO representatives and replacing them with only true constitutional conservatives. This will be our last chance to restore America to the Constitutional Republic our forefathers envisioned.



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4064221490?profile=originalTo all my good friends who have jumped on the #TrumpTrain and believe that @theRealDonaldTrump is a true conservative outsider that will get things done and tells it like it is. I hate to burst your bubble but you have been played by the media, “The Donald” and the GOP establishment.  I would bet that you have also been led to believe that the GOP rules of delegate selection are corrupt and rigged. Correct? Maybe it is time for you to sit down, do some serious research and educate yourself to the facts. Open primaries were created to allow for nonpartisan and independent voters to participate in the nomination of presidential candidates. The reason there is so much grief and anger today is because so many Democrats have crossed over for Trump and diluted the vote for the Ted Cruz, the real true conservative and outsider. 4064221527?profile=originalThe even sadder fact is that many of these voters will move back and vote for Hillary where they can in the General Election while true conservatives will not even show up to vote for DT. The Trump can “talk the talk” but can or will he really “walk the walk”? Everything that he has said and done over the past twenty years proves that he is nothing more than just another left wing lying Democrat. Trump is not a GOP outsider nor is he a true conservative.  He is a Frankenstein manufactured by the media and supported by the GOP establishment to clear the ground for their chosen RINO’s in order to maintain their status quo. Unfortunately, they have now lost control of their Frankenstein. Trump has gone rogue and has now become a liability.

So here we are nearing the end of the primaries with Trump in the lead, Cruz second with establishment minions Kasich and Rubio trailing behind as their backup spoilers. If nobody gets 1,237 on the first ballot the war will begin.  As Limbaugh describes “the blowback” from the “Trumpsters” will begin.  If Cruz manages to win by securing 1,245 delegates on the second or third ballots as Limbaugh describes “, we are gonna see a nuclear explosion like you’ve never seen before”.  The nuclear meltdown of Trump and the GOP establishment and their party will have begun. 4064221602?profile=originalHave we seen this happen before? Why sure, how do you think we elected the greatest conservative president in the past century? His name was Ronald Reagan.

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Barbara Jordan was a lawyer and educator who was a congresswoman from 1972 to 1978—the first African-American congresswoman to come from the Deep South and the first woman ever elected to the Texas Senate (1966). She captured the attention of President Lyndon Johnson, who invited her to the White House for a preview of his 1967 civil rights message. She was a prominent public figure, civil rights advocate, and leading presence in the Democratic Party politics for four decades. One of her last works of public service was to head the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (she acted as chair from December 14, 1993 till the time of her death on January 17, 1996 ). The conclusions 4064093100?profile=originaland recommendations of this commission are quite enlightening and more relevant than ever today. She said, “for immigration to continue to serve our national interest, it must be lawful. There are people who argue that some illegal aliens contribute to our community because they may work, pay taxes, send their children to our schools, and in all respects except one, obey the law. Let me be clear: that is not enough”. Jordan also said, “Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave”.

FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform estimated that in 2010 the total cost of education, welfare and healthcare for illegal immigrants to American taxpayers was almost $80 billion. Those numbers do not include the billions in tax dollars that has been spent on the incarceration and legal fees for the illegal immigrant criminals. According to data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2010 the U.S. was spending at least $18.6 Million per day to incarcerate between 300,000 to 450,000 illegal aliens; which equates to another $6.8 billion a year excluding legal fees. The number of 450,000 incarcerated criminal aliens was 20 percent of the entire inmate population of the U.S. at that time. That sets the total cost of illegal immigrants to American taxpayers at nearly $90 billion per year plus legal fees.

Jordan’s recommendations and conclusions concerning immigration in America was a model for the future and were embraced by both Democrats and Republicans alike. Had her conclusions and recommendations been implemented fully by our Government perhaps we may not have so many of the costly problems we now have with illegal immigration.4064093112?profile=original

  Unfortunately, the Democrats and the establishment ruling Republicans of today have decided to destroy Jordan’s template completely and ignore her recommendations in exchange for future political gain. Why do they both want amnesty so badly? Informed American voters know that it has nothing to do with their concern for the welfare of these immigrants nor does it have anything to with compassion and the goodness of their hearts. It has everything to do with politics and their vying for a predominately uneducated, poor constituency of future voters by buying their favor with all “Free stuff” they can implement or steal at the expense of the American Taxpayer.

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