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Senator Dodd has prostate cancer

Dodd Senator Chris Dodd (Liberal - Connecticut), one of the leading advocates of total U.S. health care reform, revealed today that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

According to reports the prostate cancer was caught early and he will be fine.  That's good news.  His surgery is scheduled for early August.

One of the biggest critics of health care in this country, Dodd has pushed hard for the *public option,* a.k.a. Obamacare, a government-run insurance program.  He has also pushed for an "employer mandate" requiring the public option. 

Question:  So given how critical Dodd has been about health care in the U.S., about how our health care is sooooooooo bad and in *crisis*, will Senator Dodd be getting his prostate cancer surgery done in England or Canada? 

Hey Dodd - The kind of socialized medicine program you and your ilk are trying to push on us (members of congress not participating by the way) would NOT have allowed for the early detection of prostate cancer!


GDP continues to shrink

Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- decreased at an annual rate of 1.0 percent in the second quarter of 2009, (that is, from the first quarter to the second), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The full text of the release on BEA's Web site can be found at

Please take the time to look at the Health Bill, HR 3200

This is Government intrusion on privacy and choice.

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 - A Government committee will decide what treatments/benefits a person may receive.

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

Pg 42 of HC Bill - The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you.

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

Pg 58 HC 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 bank accounts for election funds transfer.

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

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

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 & Americorps, to sign up individuals for Government HC plan.

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specifics 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 earn.

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

Pg 195 HC Bill - Officers & employees of HC Admin (the GOVERNMENT) will have access to ALL Americans' finances and 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.

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

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

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

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

Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 - PROHIBITION on expansion. Government will mandate hospitals cannot expand.

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

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

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

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 10-12 - "advanced care consultation" may include an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from the Government to end a life!

Page 472 Lines 14-17 - PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION. 1 monthly payment to a community-based organization. (Like ACORN?)

This bill would drive unemployment, taxes, and the deficit through the stratosphere. It would turn hospitals into the DMV, dramatically reduce our access to healthcare, let bureaucratic slime decide when it's time for us to die, and guarantee that no one in his right mind goes to medical school.  As for the damage this would do to individual liberty - let's just say that WE DON'T NEED SOCIALISM!

Thanks for taking the time on this important issue.

Call your elected officials!

Senator Grassley:  202-224-3744  
Senator Harking: 202-224-3254
Congressman Loebsack:  202-225-6576

~ Debra Derksen, Iowa City

Government can't properly run its 'Cash For Clunkers' program, pushes government run health care

Just one week after the program went into effect, funding for 'Cash For Clunkers' has already been depleted.

How's that for government management?

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has announced that the House will vote today on a measure to transfer $2 billion from the stimulus to replenish the depleted program.

HOYER THOUGHT:  What?  Out of money?  Let's just spend $2 BILLION more without investigating what happened to the first billion!  Taxpayer pockets are DEEP!

Cash For Clunkers was supposed to expire at the end of October, but in just one week of operation it has already gone through the $1 billion allocated to it.

That the money has already been depleted is NOT because the program is an immediate success.  According to reports, approximately 23,000 vehicles had been purchased through the program through Wednesday, meaning nearly $96 million of your taxpayer dollars had been spent.  So where is the rest of that $1 BILLION?

Some of that is going towards a backlog in sales not yet approved.  But the math just doesn't add up.

You've seen the ads on TV promoting the 'Cash For Clunkers' program right?  Do you think dealers paid for those?

And here's a thought, when King Obama took over Chrysler he nixed their advertising campaign.  That was perplexing because if you can't advertise car deals, you simply won't sell near as many cars.  So what happened under 'Cash For Clunkers?'  Obama authorized advertising for the program....... Paid for with your money.

How's that for government management?

And some people think government run health care is a good idea.....

Beer summit a joke, Obama CYA is a red flag

By Mike Thayer

Did you notice how King Obama made the Gates vs. Crowley issue all about him?  That's kind of a red flag don't you think?  Obama tried to make the Gates arrest into a racial profiling thing.  It simply wasn't.  Obama's comments backfired on him, things snowballed, and so the beer summit was a CYA thing, a this is hurting me, I don't want this to be in the news anymore thing.....

Obama screwed up - period.  Without knowing the facts of the case, he naively commented on the issue - a Cambridge, MA., local issue.  He unwisely tried to spin things into something much bigger than it was.  Obama then dug an even deeper hole for himself in failing to just admit he shouldn't have commented on the issue during his own HEALTH CARE press conference.  That Obama tried to turn this incident into some kind of *teachable moment* we could all learn from - was just plain stupid. 

Obama's approach to this whole thing is a big red flag.  He is the one who made this a national issue by commenting on it when he just shouldn't have.  He is the one who spun this into something it wasn't.  So when things started to snow-ball on him, instead of just nipping things in the butt, he felt the need to make some kind of foreign diplomacy like event out of it, inviting Officer Crowley and Professor Gates over to the White House for a beer.

Goodness gracious...... 

A cop and a professor entangled in a debate over a beer at the White House regarding a falsely based racial profiling issue never should have happened.  It only happened because Obama screwed up and couldn't man up in admitting to his mistake in commenting on it in the first place.  Had he initially said "I don't have all the facts so it wouldn't be proper for me to comment on it," would have put an end to it all right then and there. 

The President's behavior was not very presidential. 

$36,480 to the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C., -- Senator Chuck Grassley said that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $36,480 competitive grant to the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department.

“Firefighters put their lives on the line every day for the good of the community,” Grassley said. “It’s important that firefighters have the necessary equipment and training to help keep the community safe.”

The grants are through the department’s Operations and Safety Program, which supplements training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and health and safety modifications to stations and facilities.

The funding is part of round 39 of the federal grants awarded from this program for fiscal 2008. The goal of the program is to enhance the ability of local fire departments to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first responder personnel.

Editor's Note:  Senator Grassley has done and continues to do some good deeds for Iowans and the nation, but does he NOT see the shell game going on here?  Why are Iowans sending millions of their hard earned money to Washington, only to get pennies on the dollar in return?  Seriously, this is a problem.  For every dollar an Iowan sends to Washington in taxes, that Iowan only gets pennies back.  Would it not be wiser for that hard working individual to keep more of his own money?  Earn locally, spend locally, donate locally......  Washington is a TERRIBLE investment!

King, Latham Introduce Bill Supporting Iowa’s Rural Hospitals

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Iowa Congressmen Steve King and Tom Latham today introduced the Medicare Support for Rural Hospitals Act. The legislation will provide increased Medicare payments to “tweener” hospitals - hospitals too large to receive additional Medicare payments as Critical Access Hospitals, but too small to be financially viable under the Medicare hospital prospective payment system (PPS).

There are eight “tweener” hospitals in Iowa, including three in Iowa’s Fifth District: St. Anthony Regional Hospital (Carroll), Spencer Municipal Hospital and Lakes Regional Hospital (Spirit Lake). Other “tweener” hospitals in Iowa are located in Fort Madison, Muscatine, Grinnell, Newton and Keokuk.

“Iowa’s rural hospitals are extremely important to the communities they serve,” Congressman King said. “It is important that we take steps to ensure the viability of our rural hospitals. For years, these tweener hospitals have been put at a significant financial disadvantage by Medicare’s payment policies. This bill will begin to address this problem by providing these hospitals with much-needed support through increased Medicare payments. This will allow these important community anchors to continue the great work they do in rural Iowa.”

“Iowa hospitals continue to deal with a Medicare system that penalizes medical facilities in rural areas,” Congressman Latham said. “This system ultimately hurts the seniors and communities that depend on these hospitals, and I’m proud to work toward a more equitable disbursement of Medicare payments.”

Fong Campaign: Launched today

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. -- Iowa gubernatorial candidate and Cedar Rapids businessman Christian Fong (R) launched his interactive campaign website, today.

The website integrates various social networking media, allowing Iowans to directly interact with Christian Fong and the campaign. One site feature invites Iowans to create their own “I Believe” videos using web cams, cell phones or video recorders. Once a video is created, the supporter uploads his or her video to YouTube, where the campaign will then link it to

Fong campaign manager, Marlys Popma said, “We’re excited to have the full version of the website live. We invite all Iowans to visit the site to learn about Christian’s unique story, forward looking vision, and why he’ll make a strong leader for Iowa. Look for more interactive features to be rolled out in the coming months.”

Christian Fong graduated from Underwood High School in Southwest Iowa at the age of 16 and then attended Creighton University, graduating at age 19. After college, he and his wife, Jenelle, located in Cedar Rapids and Christian started work at AEGON. Fong put his career on hold to attend Dartmouth, earning his MBA. He and his family returned to Cedar Rapids, where they reside today and attend River of Life Ministries church. When the floods of 2008 hit Cedar Rapids, Fong founded and still serves today as the CEO of Corridor Recovery, a non-profit flood relief organization that coordinated recovery efforts. The Fongs have three children.