Posts Tagged ‘ health care ’

Aren’t We Done Yet?!

Oct 4th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured, Government, Life, Media, News, politics, society

I can recall earlier Presidential campaigns that were contemptuous to say the least and how I really, really could hardly bear the wait till the first Tuesday of November. This year is the worst I could ever have imagined. Although, recent postings on social media show us there is nothing new in this world and […]



“…an organized, nationwide system of care…”

Apr 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured, Health Care

Civilized industrial nations have searched for many years for an appropriate response to public health.  Individual health care financing in the United States was somehow attached to one’s job as a part of the benefit package.  A good job came with good health insurance.  By 2008 there were fifty (50) million individuals without health insurance. […]



Mr. Mullinax

Oct 13th, 2015 | By | Category: Health Care, humor

I was once a young man, in a land far away. Well, about two miles from where I sit today.  Methodist Hospital hired me as a Computer Operator three weeks before my first child was born.  Actually, Larry Koch hired me – he was the Computer Operations Manager.  His boss was John Mullinax.  John was […]



Physician Jokes

Mar 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: humor

Doctors are brilliant.  They cure poor people faster. My doctor told me I had two weeks to live.  I hope they are not in August. The receptionist said, “Let me get your medical history.  Do you pay your bills on time?” When a doctor wants a consultation that means he is calling in an accomplice. […]



Military Priorities – Education, Health Care, and Golf

Feb 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Economics, Featured, politics

The Sequester is upon us.  I just saw a feed on CNN that the military is going to cut back on military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.   One might think these nuts have their priorities out of whack. Anyone who talks revenue increases confine themselves to taxing the top 2% income bracket.  But what about […]



Why Obamacare Isn’t Enough

Dec 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Featured, Health Care

We have been entangled in a running debate in our society about health care, the related skyrocketing costs, and how we are going to pay for them.  In spite of the political backlash initially endured by the White House Administration, the Affordable Care Act, where the rubber meets the road and where the pocket book […]



Save Yourself – Then Pull Up the Ladder

Mar 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured, politics, Spirituality, Winston Churchill

It is not in the nature of man to escape danger and then abandon fellow humans who face the same danger. We see examples in every war of courageous self sacrifice to rescue fellow soldiers.  We often see firefighters or police officers risk their own safety to help others.  The idea works well at an […]



Searching for Honesty and Integrity in Nationally Known Politicians

Aug 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Barack Obama, Featured, Immigration, politics

Sometimes I just write satire, or just sarcasm.   The folly of national politics seems somehow unworthy of serious commentary.  But however foolish the politicians seem – the business of our government is serious.  Real people are directly and immediately impacted by political decisions.  Real wars are fought.  Real soldiers die.  Real debt is incurred.   Generations […]



Taxing Sugar, And Other Taxing Behaviors

Jul 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Health Care

Hey fat boy, I’m not talking to you.  But alas, he will not stop looking at me in the mirror.  I said, “Hey fat boy, they are going to tax your Coca Cola.”  He smiled, “So what, they already tax the Jack Daniels in the Coke and the tobacco in my pipe.  My wife said […]



Obama’s American Revolution – 2010

May 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Barack Obama, Featured, politics

We are ready.  We are ready for change.  We are ready for a Revolution. The American people have already demonstrated a powerful desire for revolution.  Witness the elections of 2006 and 2008.   Democrats have registered to vote in historic numbers.  Barack Obama – a relative unknown – won because he represented the best chance […]



Missouri Bureaucracy Fumbles The Ball

Apr 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Health Care, politics

Modern government is a real enigma, particularly in Missouri.  We all agree that we need government, but we all want “the gov’ment” to leave us alone.  In many ways conservative and liberals are alike – no one wants big brother government – but everyone wants equality and protection.  Everyone hates bureaucracy – but everyone also […]



Limbaugh Republican Political Strategy Fails

Mar 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Featured, politics

One year has passed. Barack Obama is President. The Patron Saint of Republicans is Rush Limbaugh – and Rush Limbaugh called for the failure of the new President. The strategy was simple minded – block every legislative effort, force failure, then recapture the Congress in 2010, then the Presidency in 2012. The passage of the […]



Health Care … A More Perfect Union

Mar 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Barack Obama, Featured, Health Care

“We the People of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union…. ”  The preamble to the Constitution of the United States does not claim perfection – but rather seeks a government format that can progress toward a more perfect union.  The political label ‘progressive’ has been dissed for many […]



Dick Cheney’s Pre-Existing Condition

Feb 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured, politics

To say that a snow storm in Washington D. C. proves there is no global warming is like saying that Dick Cheney received good health care proves there is no need for health care reform.  Cheney has had five heart attacks – the first when he was in his late thirties.  He has changed jobs […]



Make Hay While The Sun Shines

Jan 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured, politics

The Democrats thought the sun was shining.  The election of 2008 swept the Democrats back into power in Washington D.C.  – or so they thought.   It now appears that Washington is not so different than Punkin Center, Missouri.  Here in Punkin Center we live and die by old sayings.  The relevant saying aptly applied to […]



Really Tired of Liberal Complaining

Dec 28th, 2009 | By | Category: Barack Obama, Featured

It is just me – or has the left wing of the liberal loonies gone completely Rovian.  You surely remember Karl Rove – the master of negative Rovian Politics (RP’s).  Liberal wackos like Arianna Huffington and Ed Shultz are taking their cues from Mr. Rove.  In rural Missouri parlance it is called: Bitch! Bitch! Bitch! […]



A Personal Note From President Obama on Christmas Eve

Dec 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Barack Obama, Health Care

This personal note came in the form of an email.  I was surprised because I was not aware the President had my email address – usually he just sends a text message.  Anyway, I felt compelled to share the message.  Merry Christmas all. Ohg — Although it’s Christmas Eve, I wanted to share some exciting […]



The Humble Process of a Confident Barack Obama

Dec 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Barack Obama, Featured

President Obama is a confident man, a humble man who does not always have to be right. President Obama easily accepts the input of others – he seeks the input of others.



“the shifting sands of charity… the firm bedrock of law”

Dec 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured, Religion, Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was a young man of twenty two when he gave his first political speech.   He referenced the Government’s Workmen’s Compensation Bill before the Parliament in England.  “He said the bill, ‘removed the question from the shifting sands of charity and placed it on the firm bedrock of law‘.”  (Churchill: A Life, by Gilbert, […]



Jon Stewart – We Need A Public Option

Oct 1st, 2009 | By | Category: Featured

Jon Stewart demonstrates again why the Daily Show garners more Emmy wins than the other shows in their category.  The writing is brilliant and Stewart pulls off the theatrics.   The health care debate happening in our Congress has degenerated into a lame excuse for legislative action. Polls show that 65% of the population want a […]



12 Steps – A Program of Recovery

Aug 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Health Care, Life, Spirituality

To continue this dialogue on 12 step programs – it seems only natural to describe the 12 steps. Distortions abound. Some clarity about this process might be useful to students of health care, people in the Ministry, medical professionals, and especially to those suffering from a hopeless state of mind and body. From page 59 […]



“…Anger Can Blind Human Vision…” – Malcolm X

Aug 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured, Health Care, politics

The Elijah Muhammad’s of 21st Century America are found in the right wing radio personalities and in the fringe of the Republican Party. People like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter, and the entire FOX media system. These are people who use distortion of reality to ferment, distill, and bottle the anger of misguided masses. They sell their potions of angry snake oil from the backs of their wagons every day. They have but one target – any form of civil progress as debated and negotiated by our representative Government.



Is Ten Percent Too Much For Health Care?

Jun 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Economics, Featured, Health Care

President Obama is having his fourth news conference as I type.  He is suggesting health care will cost us ten percent of our national budget if we do not gain control over costs.  Is that a bad thing?  How do we measure the health of our population against other priorities? When President Eisenhower left office […]



Health Care Distortions by Conservatives

May 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Health Care

The Conservatives For Patients Rights (CPR) proudly defines four ‘pillars of patient’s rights.’   These rights are: Choice, Competition, Accountability, and Personal Responsibility.  This group defines the basic application of these rights in the following video.  We do not disagree with the four principles, but we take exception to the interpretation. Watch the video and we […]



Of Courage Undaunted

Nov 6th, 2008 | By | Category: Lifestyle

Mental illness strikes at the soul of man. The insanity degenerates with the ‘righteous’ who are quick to pull the sin card. Meriwether Lewis, that great American icon of exploration, suffered a mental illness that we know of today as depression.



I Am A Pregant Teen

Oct 5th, 2008 | By | Category: society

It was difficult for me to sleep last night. I was checking the statistics on our magazine yesterday. The  statistics page gives us two views of where our readers came from.  ‘Referrers’ lists the other sites that reference our site.  ‘Search Engine Terms’ is a list of the key words individuals used to search the […]



Iraq in Context – April 8, 2008

Apr 8th, 2008 | By | Category: Life

I am listening at this moment to the Senate hearings featuring testimony by General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker.  These are impressive men who are in a tough spot.  They believe in their mission.  They testify that their work is not only effective but also necessary to improving American security.  But this: Even if what they […]



Declaration of Independence – 2008

Mar 4th, 2008 | By | Category: Life

Declaration of Independence 2008 (All comments in italics are direct quotes from the United States Declaration of Independence penned in 1776) “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the […]



What Makes a Liberal – 2008

Feb 9th, 2008 | By | Category: Life

Son, Definitions shift. Words take on new meanings. Ideas are interpreted in the context of time and culture.  Conservative and Liberal have taken on new meanings.  Let’s look at the word liberal in 2008. Barack Obama is called a liberal.  But he is only a liberal in the context of the issues facing this country […]



Clinton-Obama, Democratic Debate, 1-31-08

Feb 1st, 2008 | By | Category: Life

Son, For the first time ever we are watching a woman and an African-American debate for the nomination of their party for President of the United States. Wolf Blitzer has just introduced the candidates. There is a couple of minutes of photo-ops. The stakes are very high – with only five days to the Super […]



Republican Debate, 1-29-08

Jan 31st, 2008 | By | Category: Life

Son, The Republican debate is on CNN tonight. It is being hosted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. John McCain, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Mike Huckabee are participating. I missed a few minutes because of a black tie affair that I could not get out of. The question is what about 100 year involvement […]



Obama responds to the State of the Union

Jan 30th, 2008 | By | Category: Life

Dad, I am excited about Obama and I believe in his message. I recieve email from his campaign and keep up with his movements and videos on his website. Here se is discussing the State of the Union Address: [wp_youtube]cmNCALGHOC4[/wp_youtube] Bryan. Son, I just listened to Obama’s response.  I find him refreshing.  While President Bush […]



A Sense of Hope, A Sense of Destiny…. Kennedy

Jan 29th, 2008 | By | Category: Life

Son, Inspiring events are happening in America. Civil Rights, Social Justice, workers, disabled, education, voters rights, quality Health Care, Senator Edward Kennedy. There is a movement afoot, and the Republicans will not be able to stop it. Senator Kennedy is endorsing Mr. Obama as I write and I can barely keep up. “…Courage, insight, bold […]



Democratic Debate – January 21, 2008

Jan 22nd, 2008 | By | Category: Life

Son, These folks are working hard to distinguish themselves from the crowd.  They have similar position on a variety of issues – so what is left to distinguish.  Leadership, character, honesty, courage…  This sounds personal – but I think there is purpose. Obama has been doing well – and that attracts attention.  Clinton and Edwards […]



The Enigma of Wal-Mart

Jan 11th, 2008 | By | Category: Life

Son, You and I are of different generations – how obvious is that. What is less obvious is what it means to be of different generations. I am a baby-boomer, you are a nut case child of the seventies. Such is the case with labels. But the cultural influences and differences of our lives are […]



Bush – the Jimmy Carter of Republicans

Jan 8th, 2008 | By | Category: Life

Son, We should thank George Bush. He is the Jimmy Carter of Republicans. People talk about the Reagan Revolution – it was really the anti-Carter Revolution. Bush has led this country to a new revolution. His hard line on everything has highlighted the fundamental problem with being hard line. He has highlighted the fundamental problem […]



Nebraska Mall Shooting

Dec 9th, 2007 | By | Category: Life

Son, Another tragedy in America, this time in Nebraska. A nineteen-year-young man walked into a mall with his step-father’s assault rifle and killed eight people before killing himself. The young man had a troubled life; the state estimated that it had invested $265,000 on his previous ‘treatment.’ This is not the first troubled youth to […]



Step 9 – Justice

Nov 23rd, 2007 | By | Category: Life

Son, Step Nine of Twelve is very clear. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. We are talking about Justice. Justice is not easy. This concept seems reasonable and most of us believe that we are fair and honorable people. But many of us […]



Step 8 – Responsibility

Nov 18th, 2007 | By | Category: Life

Son, Step Eight of Twelve is where the rubber begins to hit the road.  Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. The essential character trait is Responsibility.  In the process of working these steps our candidate for sanity has already done a ‘fearless moral […]



Step 4 – Courage

Nov 15th, 2007 | By | Category: Life

Son, Step Four of twelve is a big boy – the success of this step takes nothing short of courage. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Addiction causes problems, no argument here. The problems are generally beyond what the addict understands. But the addict knows that to look closely at self means […]



Step 6 – Willingness

Nov 15th, 2007 | By | Category: Life

Son, Step Six of twelve is an exercise in attitude, separating the men from the boys – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. The essential character trait is willingness. This encompasses everything essential for spiritual growth. The wording is challenging, the thought process even more so. Check it out: […]



Blunt Abortion

Oct 29th, 2007 | By | Category: society

The Governor of Missouri is Matt Blunt, son of a Missouri Congressman of a similarly appropriate name. The headline in today’s paper is “Blunt task force examining abortion affects on women.” How appropriate. This is a good article – good because it slants in my direction. Apparently Governor Blunt has formed a task force of […]



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