A Look at the Issues That the U.S. Health Care System is Facing

I worked in Health Care Administration for 11 years. In those years I saw the advent of Pre-Certification, HMO's, PPO's, PHO's, and self-funded programs. All were intended to restrain the rising cost of health care. All were 'private sector'/market-driven solutions. None worked. In this three part series, I will examine, the current system, the false solutions being offered, and make my own health care reform recommendations.

The Republicans are Coming, and They Want Your Medicare

Apparently, the Republican Clown Show is making decisions for us right now, even though we are in the majority. Sarah Palin’s infamous “death panel” lie has infected the dialogue and Newt grabbed her torch of cynical dishonesty. Newt, as you know, needs no help doing or saying whatever is most politically expedient for him. From there it spread to Grassley and then invaded the majority of the Republican representatives. They now won’t commit to whether or not they think Obama wants to kill grandma.

Fringe Group Attacks MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

The Western Journalism Center, a right wing group that is most famous for push Vince Foster conspiracy theories, has put out a You Tube video calling Rachel Maddow a liar, because she correctly pointed out on Meet the Press that MoveOn.org never ran an ad that compared George W. Bush to Hitler. The problem is that they are wrong. MoveOn never ran the ad.

Wal-Mart and 7 Other Advertisers Drop Glenn Beck

ColorofChange.org announced today that the nation's largest retailer Wal-Mart has pulled its ads from Glenn Beck's Fox News program. Seven other companies joined the retail giant, including Best Buy and CVS have stopped advertising on Beck's program. This now means that 20 advertisers have left Glenn Beck since he called Obama a racist.

Joe the Plumber Wants To Beat Up Nancy Pelosi

Joe the Plumber was at the RightOnline blogger conference in Pittsburgh last weekend where he lamented the progress that doesn't allow him to beat Nancy Pelosi for suggesting that it was un-American for protesters to disrupt town halls. Joe said that in the "good old day" he could take Pelosi behind the wood shed and beat the tar out of her.

Rachel Maddow is Becoming MSNBC’s Biggest Star

On Meet the Press today, it wasn't Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, or Chris Matthews that was giving the progressive perspective on health care, but it was Rachel Maddow, who has seen her ratings soar as the nation debates health care reform. Maddow's show has been rivaling Olbermann's program as the top draw on MSNBC, and she could become the network's biggest star.

Liberal Subversion: How to Use the Freedom Works Website to Tell Blue Dog Democrats to Support Health Care Reform

Freedom Works has set up a page where concerned Americans can tell Blue Dog Democrats to vote no to President Obama's heath care plan. The problem is that the message is completely customizable, so with a few minor changes, you and your friends can use Freedom Works to tell the Blue Dogs to support health care reform. Here is how to do it.

Gun Opponents Target Obama

Today as President Obama and his family toured Yellowstone National Park, gun control advocates criticized the president for signing a bill that will allow guns to be carried into the national parks. As some on the left fume, it is becoming clear that this president has no interest in taking away anyone's guns.

Glenn Beck Loses 4 More Advertisers

The group ColorofChange.org has announced that four more advertisers have pledged to pull their ads from Glenn Beck's Fox News Channel program. ConAgra (maker of Healthy Choice products), Roche, Sanofi-Aventis, and RadioShack will now join LexisNexis-owned Lawyers.com, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, SC Johnson and GEICO as former advertisers.

Beck States Only God Can Provide a Right to Healthcare

On his radio show today Glenn Beck invoked Jesus and God in his argument against universal healthcare. He said, "God doesn't give healthcare. Man provides healthcare, so how can it be a right? If you are endowed by your creator with certain inalienable rights, how can a God given right be healthcare?" But is the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness also in the Declaration of Independence?

Last Year Sarah Palin Wanted to Kill Grandma Too

As Sarah Palin continues to refuse to back off of her claim that healthcare reform would create death panels, something interesting has emerged from her time as Alaska governor. Last year as governor, Palin endorsed end of life counseling in a Healthcare Decision Days Proclamation. Palin was for death panels before she was against them.