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Subject: Blue Dog Danny Boren responds.
From: Congressman Dan Boren
Subject: Response from Congressman Dan Boren
Date: Monday, September 21, 2009, 9:52 AM
Dear Mrs. Webb:
Thank you for contacting me about health care reform. I appreciate hearing from you regarding this important issue.
We as a nation spend 2.5 trillion or 17% of our GDP on health care every year and yet an estimated 46 million Americans remain uninsured. From a fiscal standpoint, government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid make up a staggering 20% of the federal budget, a figure expected to rise dramatically over the next 15 years as the number of retirees grows. With health care consuming large portions of family and state budgets, it has clearly become an issue that America can no longer ignore.
At the present time, there are multiple health care proposals in the House and Senate. The legislation that is on the minds of most Oklahomans is HR 3200, "The America's Affordable Health Choices Act." I would like to clarify my position on this bill: I am opposed to it.
First, I do not support a public option, or anything which will lead to government-run health care. My primary reason for opposing the public option is fear that it will crowd out private health insurance and lead America slowly down the road to single payer health care. I am strongly opposed to single payer healthcare.
The second reason I am opposed to HR 3200 is because it will fine small business owners if they do not offer health insurance to their employees. While employee-based health care is the backbone of health care access in the United States, fining small business owners who cannot afford to offer health insurance to their employees is both counterproductive and bad policy.
Although I am opposed to HR 3200, there are several health care proposals currently being debated in Congress that I support. I am in favor of all health insurance products being guaranteed issue so that individuals with pre-existing medical conditions can obtain the coverage they need. I support tort reform, to help shield doctors from frivolous lawsuits. I am in favor of allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines so that consumers can shop nationwide for the most affordable health insurance policy possible. And finally, I am in favor of providing up-front tax credits to help Oklahoma families and small business owners purchase health insurance in the private market.
As the health care reform debate moves forward, rest assured that I will keep an Oklahoma perspective when deciding what to support or oppose. Again, thank you for contacting me, and please keep in touch.
Member of Congress
Subject: Turn Off Fox
I'm torn. On the one hand, the lies of Fox "News" have no place in the marketplace of ideas. On the other, censoring Fox will backfire on you. It's one thing to encourage a boycott; quite another to force the boycott with the "FoxBlocker" remote control. Believe me, there have been times I wished I had one. However, this campaign of yours will just give ammunition to O'Really and his ilk. They will accuse you of censorship, and they'll be right. They'll say it's because you can't respond to their impeccable reporting and hard-hitting facts. They'll probably compare you to Hitler and MoveOn.org -- and their viewers won't know the difference.
That said, I wonder if it would be legal to install the FoxBlockers outside Nielsen ratings households...
Subject: "Playboy" makes boys gay. Coburn's Chief of Staff
At the Values Summit.
"All pornography is homosexual pornography because all pornography turns your sexual desires inward."
He says this is a quote from someone who supposedly has a hospice for AIDS patients, but Schwartz comes up with some interesting comments, as well. He thinks the comment was "insightful".
"Pornography is a blight. It is a disaster. It is one of those silent diseases in our society that we haven't been able to overcome very well. Now, I may be getting politically incorrect here. And it's been a few years, but not that many, since I was closely associated with pre-adolescent boys, boys around 10 years of age. But it is my observation that boys of that age have less tolerance for homosexuality than just about any other class of people. They speak badly about homosexuality. And that's because they don't want to be that way. They don't want to fall into it."
How closely was he associated with boys around 10 and why was he discussing this particular subject? They are not less tolerant, they just don't want to be accused of it and they have been edumacated by idiots like Coburn who thinks lesbianism is running rampant in SE Oklahoma girls restrooms. THEY DON"T WANT TO BE ACCUSED OF IT BECAUSE OF THE ABUSE, EVEN IF THEY ARE GAY.
"Now, think about that," said Schwartz. "And if you tell an 11-year-old boy about that, do you think he's going to want to get a copy of Playboy? I'm pretty sure he'll lose interest. That's the last thing he wants! You know, that's a good comment, it's a good point, and it's a good thing to teach young people."
Playboy makes you gay? They are going completely bat-shit crazy.
True story: I have a close relative who was born after I graduated from high school and when he was about 5, on the way home from church he announced he would like to buy a "Playboy," but he didn't have enough money. We asked what was in it, and he said "pictures." We asked pictures of what and he said "women." We asked if they were ugly women and he said "no." We asked where he saw the magazines and he said, "Julio's daddy has a whole stack of them." He started at five and he just turned 45 and shows no signs of being gay.
We all need to call Coburn's office (202) 224-5754.
Subject: Self-Help Gurus As Apologists For The Ruling Class
Why? Because they feed all of us a self-help pablum, the purpose of which is to turn the question of what's wrong with the system into what's the matter with me, and that, more or less, is what the guru's anyone can make it if only he or she tries harder is all about. Invariably said gurus cite feel good stories about so & so who was hopelessly down and out until, that's right, so & so saw the light, put fear & dejection aside, regained his or her confidence, reached for and made it to his or her dream.
Not to say that there isn't a place for such self-help discourse, just that there are definite limits to its effectiveness, such as every (not just a token few) jobless person finding a job in a society where one in six adults is either unemployed or underemployed and where few or no new jobs are available? If only self-help gurus could produce jobs? But that's not their purpose, their purpose is to take the heat off of the system, a task that's vital to the powers that be.
After all, with one in six out of work, 46 million without health insurance, another million families facing foreclosure just this year, the ruling class's demand for apologists is insatiable. But if all the forementioned millions of unemployed, uninsured, about to be foreclosed didn't blame themselves, what then? Exactly!
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Start Loving and the person who thought Mark, should rename this blog...the "Mark Karlin for Prez" blog
If I am misunderstanding either. I apologize up front.....but, you made my hair bristle...because you sound like "crashers".. You know people who come on blog when it is in trouble..no matter the reason,,"YOu know we are all hurting for money now...can you even imagine how a news website that wants to remain independent and not take money from firms, proven to want it their way...must be hurting."? All their donors who are mostly of like thoughts...are also hurting now! God knows, If I could, I would send them a monthly payment...and anyone who comes on here, should at least want to......if we should lose this web site, we will lose, our main and most fair new read, each day. You read...try to keep the criticisms at bay...... please!!!! An avid reader
Subject: The American System Of Representative Government Is Irrevocably Broken
"Our being stuck in the status quo despite the fact that time's running out on account of perpetual war + global warming + economic collapse = doomsday."
"The answer being?"
"That we rise up en masse."
"And then what sort of government?"
"It'll be up to us."
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