Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Government run health care......

I try not to write too much about politics but this needed to be said.... If you enjoy your freedoms, in this country, you need to see just what will happen if Obama's universal health care plan passes in Congress.... I got this from a friend of mine, Lisa Pippin, and thought it needed to be passed on.


Here are some highlights of the healthcare bill; the more you read, the better it gets. There is a link at the end to the actual bill for those who want to read all 1,000 pages.

Liberty's permeance in American society often makes its manifestations elusive or invisible to those born into it. Even if liberty is acknowledged, it is often taken for granted and its permanence assumed. -Liberty and Tyranny

The following isn't freedom, just another rapid expansion of government.

Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Government will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.

Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill - YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!

Pg 42 of HC Bill - The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you. You have no choice!

PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill - HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise.

Pg 58HC Bill - Government will have real-time access to individual's finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued!

Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Government will have direct access to your banks accounts for election funds transfer.

PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions and community organizations (ACORN).

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Government is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control.

PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill - Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange.

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Government will ration your Healthcare!

PG 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill - Government mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example - Translation for illegal aliens.

Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Government will use groups i.e., ACORN and Americorps to sign up individuals for Government HC plan.

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs of Benefit Levels for Plans. #AARP members - your Health care WILL be rationed.

-PG 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill - Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.

pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue GOVERNMENT on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Government monopoly.

pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill - Doctors/ #AMA - The Government will tell YOU what you can make.

Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE.

Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND their families.

Pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Employer with payroll 400k and above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.

pg 150 Lines 9-13 Businesses with payroll between 251k and 400k who don't provide public option pay 2-6% tax on all payroll.

Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn't have acceptable HC according to Government will be taxed 2.5% of income.

Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)

Pg 195 HC Bill -officers and employees of HC Admin (GOVERNMENT) will have access to ALL Americans finance/personal records

PG 203 Line 14-15 HC - "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" Yes, it says that.

Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected. [They will include "End of Life Counseling" instead.]

Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill - Doctors, doesn't matter what specialty you have, you'll all be paid the same.

PG 253 Line 10-18 Government sets value of Dr's time, proof, judgment etc. Literally value of humans.

PG 265 Sec 1131Government mandates and controls productivity for private HC industries.

PG 268 Sec 1141 Fed Government regulates rental and purchase of power driven

PG 272 SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS - Cancer patients - welcome to rationing!

Page 280 Sec 1151 The Government will penalize hospitals for what Government deems preventable readmissions.

Pg 298 Lines 9-11 Drs, treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission Government will penalize you.

Pg 317 L 13-20 OMG!! PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Government tells Drs. what/how much they can own.

Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion- Government is mandating
hospitals cannot expand

pg 321 2-13 Hospitals have opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can you say ACORN?!!

Pg335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 - Government mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing.

Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Adv Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Government plan

Pg 354 Sec 1177 - Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people!

Pg 379 Sec 1191 Government creates more bureaucracy - Telehealth Advisory Committee. Can you say HC by phone?

PG 425 Lines 4-12 Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life

Pg 425 Lines 17-19 Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death.

PG 427 Lines 15-24 Government mandates program for orders for end of life. The Government has a say in how your life ends.

Pg 429 Lines 1-9 An "advance care planning consult" will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.

PG 429 Lines 10-12 "advance care consultation" may include an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOVERNMENT.

Pg 429 Lines 13-25 - The Government will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.

Pg 469 - Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit organizations. Hello, ACORN Medical Services here!!?

Page 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION. One monthly payment to a community-based org. Like ACORN?

PG 489 Sec 1308 The Government will cover Marriage and Family therapy. Which means they will insert Government into your marriage.

Pg 494-498 Government will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services

Here's the whole bill - I really hope people will read this and become aware
of what they're championing...

If you want to read the entire bill as it stands right now, click here.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Meridian Magazine :: Family Connections: “Affair Proofing Your Marriage, Part I”

Meridian Magazine :: Family Connections: “Affair Proofing Your Marriage, Part I”

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Vacation with the Grandkids……

Well, today I will be taking my two grandkids, aged 7 and 3, to visit Bonnie in College Station, TX… JJ will be going to a summer camp there called “Beyond the Moon” for kids ages 7 to 11. Bonnie found out about it several months ago and it looked like something he would enjoy… It was very reasonably priced and was a chance for him to go to space camp for kids his age. Last week, I decided to take Jocelyne along so she could go on vacation too… I think she is more excited than JJ… She has been carrying her bathing suit all around the house and talking about going swimming with Aunt Bonnie. The last three days have been a flurry as I have been working to get things done before I leave for the week, bills had to be paid, clothes washed and the usual things that you do before you leave on a trip. I may not have access to the Internet, so if I don’t come by for a visit you will know why.

BTW: I made up some of the fabric softener from two posts ago and it works great, I hope you decide to give it a try….. Have a great week, everyone!

Monday, July 06, 2009

More from the Stretcher

Black Ant Invasion

The best solution for ants is to sprinkle cinnamon where the ants have their run. Ants hate cinnamon and will avoid it at all cost. Annemarie

editor's note: more suggestions on how to stop an invasion of the black ants
or join the discussion in The Dollar Stretcher Community .

Coming Indoors

I have noticed that a great deal of furniture designed for the outdoors would work nicely inside, too. Outdoor furniture is often cheaper. Of course, some outdoor furniture is flimsy plastic that is meant to last one season, but some of it is very sturdy metal. I have had a nice wicker chair in my living room for years and it cost much less than an indoor chair would have cost me. Emilie J.

Stop the Money Arguments

We have managed the past two years with three accounts: Ours, His, and Hers. Equal dollar amounts are routinely transferred from "Ours" to "His" and "Hers" for discretionary spending, which includes dining out costs.

Since we made the change, our bank account has savings in it for the first time in a decade, and we still generally get what we want, but certainly there are times when we weigh the choices out more than we would have before. It took me a while to convince my spouse that this was a good idea. We have more control over our habits and spending, and we only consult with each other on "big ticket" items.

You can avoid confrontation and feelings of frustration over money already spent and focus your energies on future decisions instead. KJD

Note from Lucy: There is not one set way to "pay the bills".... Each family has to devise a system that works for them.... When TF and I were first married, we used his paycheck to pay the bills and we divided my paycheck up for grocery money, gasoline and spending money... It worked great for six years until I quit work to become a stay at home mom.... At that time we had to come up with a new plan and as the years have gone by we have fine tuned the plan as we have needed to....

Off to College

When sending kids off to college, don't spend a fortune on all brand new stuff! Do you currently have a spare set of sheets that are the same size as the dorm bed? Send those along instead of buying new ones. Are there mismatched towels that still have lots of life in them? Off to college they go. Odd man out drinking glasses, silverware, etc. make great college equipment.

Much of the gear at college lives a hard life so there's no point in making a large investment in it. Send along hand-me-downs and save the money to spend on things that are more important like textbooks or a laptop.

Plus, my mom joked that after raising a kid to the age that they were off to college, she deserved to have the new towels. Michele

Selecting an Auto Repair Shop How to select one you can trust

(NAPSA) Having a relationship with a reliable repair shop is critical for most car owners. That's why news that a shop is closing, whether due to the owner's retirement or the economy, can be traumatic. If you are trying to find a new shop, here are some tips on how to select one that you can trust, courtesy of the experts at the Car Care Council:

- Does the business provide a written estimate? The business should complete a written estimate and request your signature prior to starting any repairs on your car.

- Does the business offer a warranty? Most auto repair businesses offer a warranty on parts and labor and the warranty is usually in writing or posted in the waiting area.

- Is the shop and customer waiting area clean and organized? Cleanliness and organization are signs of a well-run business.

- Are customers greeted and treated in a friendly and respectful manner? Many auto repair businesses excel in the area of customer service and satisfaction. A simple phone call to the shop to inquire about their services can give you a glimpse of how they treat customers.

- Does the business have its credentials on display, such as membership in the Better Business Bureau (BBB), certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and membership in various trade associations? Credentials and affiliations are indicators of professionalism and the management's commitment to training and education.

- Does the business have a list of satisfied customers or references that it is willing to give you? Satisfied customers and recommendations from family, friends and neighbors are helpful in finding a good shop. Many auto repair facilities also have company Web sites that are worth checking out, as they often include testimonials and additional information about the business.

According to Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council, "Because a vehicle is the second-biggest investment for most car owners, they want it serviced by someone they trust. It makes sense to take the time to select a new auto repair facility that will take the best care of their investment."

The Car Care Council's Web site features a "Find a Shop" locator to help motorists find a repair shop. To learn more or to find a shop using the locator, visit the Web site

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, July 03, 2009

More frugal tidbits & Happy 4th.

Pulled Pork Barbecue

Here in the south, there are different types of BBQ. There is Carolina-style BBQ, which uses vinegar. I make a great batch, using a cheap pork butt.

Buy a butt that will fit in your slow cooker. Rub the entire pork down with cayenne pepper. Put the butt into the slow cooker. Water is not necessary. If the lid doesn't fit, wrap tightly with foil. Turn the slow cooker on high for about an hour and then set to low and let cook overnight. In the morning, the pork will be done and there will be a lot of juice/fat.

Take the pork out and let it cool. Leave about one cup of juice in the slow cooker and add two tablespoons of white vinegar. Reserve the remaining juice in case you need more. Shred or pull the pork and put it into the vinegar juice. Toss and heat back up in the slow cooker. If it seems a little dry or not tart enough, experiment with the leftover juices and more vinegar. Make coleslaw, potato salad, and you've got a great picnic.

This is a favorite of my friends and family. It's so easy, takes little time, and is delicious! Diana M. in Chesapeake, VA

Barter Believer

I believe in the good old-fashioned barter system. I can trade a product or service of mine for another. In fact, I found a family member a gig fixing a laptop computer this week. He got paid and I received much needed computer repairs as a referral. RMH

editor's note: We agree with RMH. That's why we recommend TargetBarter

Remember Your Chemistry

I live in a town that has water containing alkali and other minerals. Consequently, things become clogged quite easily. The latest gadget in my home to succumb was the spray hose on my kitchen sink. Remembering that alkali may be dissolved with an acid solution, I poured myself a cup of vinegar and submerged the entire plastic head of the flexible hose in the vinegar and left it over night. Upon testing the spray the next morning, I found that it was as good as new! I didn't have to put in a new spray nozzle! Karla in Kingman, AZ

Note from Lucy: My sprayer hose, on my kitchen sink, start to clog up with tiny rocks and I wanted to take it apart and clean it… What I found was that there was no way to take it apart, so I followed this method of dissolving the rocks and it worked great….This works wonders on shower heads too….Give it a try.

Special Note from Lucy:
As all of you celebrate our nation’s independence, please contemplate how much work it took to get to the point of the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Think of those great men who worked tirelessly to put together that document. Please Lord, protect this great country…. Amen..

Have a great 4th of July, Everyone!