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Consumer Watchdog raises questions about healthcare plan

May 19, 2009 by  

Consumer Watchdog raises questions about healthcare planConsumer Watchdog (CW), a non-profit and non-partisan consumer advocacy organization, has issued an appeal to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to answer questions about how its plan to require all Americans to show proof of insurance or face tax penalties will provide affordable healthcare.

The organization has also criticized the committee for having met behind closed doors last week and for excluding the public from this very important policy debate.

"Americans should not be locked out of any discussion about healthcare reform," it said in a statement.

"Mandatory purchases of private insurance policies without offering a public alternative to the private market is nothing other than a bailout for HMOs whose greed, waste and indifference to our health have created the current mess," it added.

Among the questions the organization addressed to the chairman of the committee Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, was the role of insurance industry lobbyist in the proposed reform, tax penalties, the issue of limits (or a lack thereof) on what insurance companies can charge for coverage as well as protection against junk insurance and against escalating out-of-pocket expenses.

According to CW, Senator Baucus has received more campaign contributions from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries than any other current Democratic member of the House or Senate.


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  • steven artus

    Yesterday I began a new post and I eventually got to where I mentioned the fact that I often day dreamed about being the president and what I would do to return our country to it’s former glory. I had gotten to Obama, the Arab/Muslims and what it means to us.And now I would like to continue in that vein. As we all know, the ACLU has spent hundred of thousands of dollars erasing relegion from our schools, but look at what we recieved in return. Who is now allowed to pray in our public schools, colleges and universitys ? Answer: The Muslims. Why? For DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURISM thats why. And yet Christians and Jews are forbidden from praying in these institutions, All across America you will find public schools where our children are dressed up in Arabic style clothes, have Arabic sounding names, are REQUIRED to read the Koran, show respect to any and all things Islamic. Don’t even ask what type of respect they are required to show to other races and relegions.

    As the president of the US, I would PERSONALL SEE TO IT, that ALL FOOT BATHS WOULD BE REMOVED FROM ALL SCHOOLS, COLLEGERS AND UNIVERCITYS. tHERE WOULD BE NO SEGREGATED LUNCH ROOMS OR SEATING. THERE WOULD BE NO “HALAL” FOOD SERVED, AND PORK AND POK PRODUCTS WOULD BE REINTRODUCED INTO OUR CAFATERIAS AND LUNCHROOMS. i WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO FIRE AN EMPLOYEE FOR EATING A SANDWICH OR ANY OTHER FORM OF FOOD CONTAINING PORK BECAUSE IT OFFENDED SOME ONE OF THE ISLAMIC FAITH. And yes, this has happened. A young woman was fired because she was eating a BLT sandwich and some Islamic fanatic was ofenden by it, so she was fired. Management said that they had issued a policy of not eating pork or pork products on their premisis because it was insulting to Islamists. Well, all of these rules are insulting to me and should be to you also. I find it very offensive that American peole and companies would stoop so low and totally disregard the needs of Americans for the likes of Islamic trash. We did not invite them to come to our country, ours is a free society and anyone is welcome BUT and that is a BIG BUT, THEY MUST ABIDE BY OUR RULE THEY WERE NOT MADE WELCOME SO THEY MIGHT CHANGE OUR RULES AND LAWS. AND AS THE PRESIDENT, IF THEY INSISTED ON TRYING TO CHANGE OUR RULES AND LAWS I WOULD invite them to leave our country, which just so happens to be legal AND constitutional. As long as I don’t force them to leave, but INVITE THEM TO LEAVE there is nothing illegal about it. And as I have said before when I first brought up the subject about the book “The Stealth Jihad”, their plans are working,and they are working because too many people want to be diverse and multicultural, and that is pure rubbish. Not in my United States. I, personally will not allow my America, the country my parents came to to escape the hated Bulshevics that took controll of their beloved Russia and the Ukraine, murdered the Czar and his entire family including their children, the youngest being a boy of about 7 or 8 years of age if he was that old, and pray tell, what possible harm could he have done to them or their cause? No, I will not allow this America, the America I served for 21 years , with honor and pride, become The United Stares Of Islam. I will not allow this America that for hundreds of years welcombow down to , and be subged people from all over the world to come here to be free from opression in their countries to be forced to be subjugated to the opression of Islamic hatred and discrimination. Theirs is not a relegion of peace, far from it, and if more people read the Koran they would see that.What relegion besides Islam. Under Islami law those who do not wish to follow Islam are required to pay what is called a “Dimmitude Tax”, that means you are allowed to live in peace? with you opressors (as long as you pay the blood money), and you cannot wear the same clothes as Islamic people, you cannot cut you hair like Islamic people, and the list goes on. Do your self a favor and read the Koran and see exactly how we would live under the thumb of Islam. As I have said before, I AM A PATRIOTIC, AMERICAN, CHRISTIAN, HETEROSEXUAL CONSERVATIVE, INDEPENDENT, GUN LOVER, AND I WILL NOT CHANGE. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR, THERE ARE MORE THAN 4,000,000 GUN OWNERS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE NRA, AND THERE ARE MORE THAN 4,000,000 GUN OWNERS TOTALM LIVING IN THE USA. so if Obama wants to risk the wrath of these people to try to implement Sharia Law into this counrty let him try. IF nothing else, he will be hung from the balcony of the White House, because there is not enough of any one to defend him.

    Tomorrow I will continue and will go on to the topic of “ILLEGAL CRIMINAL ALIENS”, which should prove to be interesting.

    • jumping

      WOW! 4,000,000. That would be like a burough of New York City. Maybe we should find you all an island and turn all 4,000,000 of you loose with your guns to play war games. We could give Darwin Awards to the losers.

      • Gary Gerke

        Sorry guys…..there are approximately 93-million privately owned guns in the USA today!

  • Tanek

    I worry about the Healthcare Plan. Can it have negative effects on my life? Do the positives overshadow the bad changes?

    • Gary Gerke

      Tanek……The disturbing and scary thing about your question is, you are serious. Where have you been, do you not read or listen to the news? The really scary thing is, there is around 32% of Americans today that beleive that the healthcare bill will be beneficial for Americans, including the 50-million illegal aliens


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