Veterans Continue to Die Waiting for VA Care: Socialized Medicine in America. (…and More on Helena’s News Roundup).

va-waiting-roomPhoenix VA builds new backlog; 200 veterans die waiting for care

Time to start firing VA workers and the Secretary of the VA. Time to privatize!”The Phoenix VA is still improperly canceling veterans’ appointments, has built up a new backlog of cases – and at least one veteran is likely dead because of it, the IG said.2 years after they sounded the alarm about secret waiting lists leaving veterans struggling for care at the Phoenix VA, investigators said some services have improved, and they cleared the clinic of allegations that top officials ordered staff to cancel appointments. But confusion and bureaucratic bungling are still prevalent, some veterans are waiting 6 months or longer for treatment, and staff are still canceling appointments for questionable reasons.More than 200 veterans died while waiting for appointments in 2015..”

Pew: Most Americans Don’t Believe in ‘Scientific Consensus’ on Climate Change

Glad to see this poll!! “Nearly 75% of Americans don’t trust that there is a large “scientific consensus” among climate scientists on human behavior being the cause of climate change, according to a survey released Tues by Pew Research Ctr…only 27% of Americans agree that “almost all” climate scientists say that human behavior is mostly responsible for climate change, while 35% say that “more than half” of climate scientists agree on this. An additional 35% of those surveyed say that fewer than half (20%) or almost no (15%) climate scientists believe that human behavior is the main contributing factor in climate change. Pew contrasted this to the UNs’ Panel on Climate Change, which “stated ‘the science now shows with 95% certainty that human activity is the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century.’”

Who Did This Focus Group Think Won The VP Debate?

“According to a focus group put together by longtime pollster Frank Luntz, Mike Pence overwhelmingly won the debate against rival Democrat Tim Kaine in Farmville, VA Tuesday night. Here are Luntz’s interesting comments: “”Can we get a higher number than 100?”My focus group absolutely loved Mike Pence’s methodical answer on economic growth.#VPDebateMike Pence is winning because Tim Kaine cannot debate like an adult without interruptions. #VPDebateMike Pence’s defense of “deplorable” Americans may be the KO punch of tonight’s#VPDebate.Hillary-leaners like Tim Kaine… But nobody else does.#VPDebateEven on preventing home-grown terrorism, Mike Pence is winning over undecideds while Tim Kaine makes the dials plummet.#VPDebate”

When something’s unthinkable you don’t think of it

Wow! “Former national security adviser Brzezinski offered advice to Obama. “In its waning months, Obama administration should privately reiterate to Russia that any Baltic incursion would mean war. Not a threat, simply fact,” he wrote. Leaving aside the astonishing question of why Obama should privately warn Putin of war — and why Brzezinski thinks Putin will heed a private warning when public admonishments are ignored — there’s no denying relations with Russia are at a crisis point…On a strategic level Putin announced he “would suspend an agreement to turn weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear fuel unless Washington cancel all sanctions and slash its military commitment to NATO allies.” That follows a disturbing report that “two U.S. officials were drugged while attending a conference in Russia last year..”

Bill Clinton slams ObamaCare: ‘It’s the craziest thing in the world’

Amazing revelation!”Bill Clinton steamrolled Obama’s signature healthcare law at a rally, calling it “the craziest thing in the world.”Speaking Mon in Flint, Mich., Clinton blasted the core principles of ObamaCare as unworkable as he pitched a new system that would allow people to buy into Medicare or Medicaid.“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” Clinton said.Clinton’s blunt remarks while campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, run in direct contrast to her previous promises to build on ObamaCare.”

Is Patrick Murphy Poison to Hillary?

“Why is Murphy suddenly invisible to party leaders? Sure, he is polling on average 5.5% points behind Rubio, but not so long ago the congressman was the Democrats’ anointed one in FL.He was getting a lot of help from the national Democrats during the 1st quarter of 2016.I’m thinking it’s the legal and ethical problems.I wrote in August that Murphy had spent $53K on legal bills. No doubt some of that was to deal with a FEC review of a potential straw donor scheme involving the family of one of Saudi Arabia’s most powerful billionaires. But other fees were paid to a firm that specializes in members of Congress under a more serious variety of investigation. After those reports were made public, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee began canceling millions in TV ad buys to support Murphy-Now Hillary Clinton is dissing him.”

Discovery: battleground state hides illegal alien voters

“VA has at least 1,046 illegal alien voters registered to go to the polls this Nov. These illegal voters are found in 8 diff districts in VA… while it is a felony to commit fraud in voter registration, there is no requirement for ID or proof of citizenship. The study examined the work of VA’s commissioner of elections, Edgardo Cortés, appointed by Gov. McAuliffe. Cortés previously worked for VA Voting Rights Restoration Campaign. That group was funded by Soros. According to the report, Cortés instructed election officials to refuse requests for records of the voting history of non-citizens removed from registration lists. Before McAuliffe gained the governorship in 2014, VA officials had used the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database to detect and remove aliens from voting rolls. Bowing to the priorities set by Soros’ Advancement Project, VA stopped using SAVE to purge voter lists.”

 

Pension Mess Can’t Go On; That’s No Reason to Ignore It

“Nixon’s economic adviser is known for his dictum: “If something cannot go on forever, it won’t.” It should be the rallying cry for CA’s pension reformers. Services are being cut to pay for oversized pensions. Something must be done because the debt cannot keep growing forever.. even the most dogged public-pension defenders will realize the gravy train-six-figure guaranteed lifetime pensions inflated by myriad spiking gimmicks-will end because the math must catch up with the wishful thinking. NY and Chicago already pay more for retired cops than for officers patrolling the streets. Some cities have gone belly up- Stockton and Vallejo the most visible. Even healthy cities are slashing services and raising taxes to meet escalating pension bills, to pay for those who often receive far more in retirement than most residents earn..”

Jack Latvala and Kenneth Bell Team Up Against Medical Marijuana

“Vote No on Amendment 2 is doubling down on its criticisms to legalize med marijuana, slamming the proposal for its lack of regulation and saying it would be dangerous. Former FL Supreme Court Justice Bell and Sen.Latvala, joined the group to voice their concerns..Bell and Latvala said they worried.. about the the large number of licensed caregivers (around 133,000).. will simply be people who can legally deal drugs,”..Latvala specifically pointed to an edible form of marijuana in candy form, which could be dangerous and would amplify the likelihood of abuse.. Latvala also said he didn’t quite understand why FL would need to pass the amendment, since the state Legislature has already passed an amendment legalizing marijuana for patients suffering from epilepsy and other illnesses.”

Democrats object to Chick-fil-A voter registration drive

“The Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas Co are crying foul over Pinellas Co Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark’s decision to hold voter registration drives at nine Chick-fil-A locations. Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits, supports conservative causes. McGrath, leader of the Stonewall Democrats and head of the Pinellas Democratic Party, said the decision to use Chick-fil-A would be similar to a Democratic supervisor of elections holding the event at Planned Parenthood. McGrath said the group supports the effort to register more voters, But she called the move partisan to hold the event at Chick-fil-A and said it might be more transparent to hold the voter drives at the Republican Party headquarters.”

Federal Judge Rules That Obama’s Handover of Internet Control Can Go Through | RedState

Unbelievable!! “Four state attorney generals, as well as Senators Cruz and Thune fail in their attempts to keep Obama from transferring the control of the internet out of U.S. hands and to the control of an international body..Earlier today, a federal judge (an appointee by Obama) struck down their efforts.The complaint that was filed listed concerns with the potential security risks posed to domain names for the military (.mil) and the government (.gov).The idea that control of domain names and website access could be put in the hands of nations that may not have the best record for human rights or freedom of speech should be troubling to everyone.”

Obama administration may use obscure fund to pay billions to ACA insurers

Unbelievable!! “The Obama administration is maneuvering to pay health insurers billions of dollars the government owes under the Affordable Care Act, through a move that could circumvent Congress and help shore up the president’s signature legislative achievement before he leaves office.Justice Dept officials have privately told several health plans suing over the unpaid money that they are eager to negotiate a broad settlement, which could end up offering payments to about 175 health plans selling coverage on ACA marketplaces, according to insurance executives and lawyers familiar with the talks.The payments most likely would draw from an obscure Treasury Department fund intended to cover federal legal claims, the executives and lawyers said. This approach would get around a recent congressional ban on the use of HHS money to pay the insurers.”

Fed Chair: ‘Economic Growth Has Been Very Slow’; Productivity Growth ‘Very, Very Low’

“Economic growth as measured by the nation’s GDP increased 0.8% in the first quarter and 1.1% in the 2nd quarter – “that’s extremely disappointing,” Federal Reserve Chair Yellen told Congress. She said productivity growth has been “very, very low,” which she called a “depressing finding.” (Paycheck increases in the long run are driven by productivity growth, she noted.)”In that sense, the economy is not doing well,” “But we are creating a lot of jobs,” she said. And she noted that the unemployment rate, now at 4.9%..”Aging of the population maybe one factor,” Rep.Barr agreed. “The other factor is that unemployment is coming down, not for a good reason, but for the wrong reason – namely, that there’s a frustrated workforce out there that’s completely given up looking for work.”Barr said he worries that some of the drag on the economy is due to “regulatory overreach.”

Hillary’s Talk of ‘Implicit Bias’ Should Scare Every American

“You’re guilty and don’t know it..you’re a decent person who treats people fairly, judging them on their character-not the color of the skin. But if you happen to be white, you’re biased and you don’t know it..It’s time to confess..to be re-educated..This is the message of the campus radical, of the diversity trainer, and, increasingly, of Hillary…in the debate,Clinton framed her discussion of “implicit bias” as a malady we all suffer from.. “I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police..When it moves from abstract to concrete, this talk about “implicit bias” gets sinister, very quickly. It allows radicals to indict entire communities as bigoted, it relieves them of actually proving their case, and it allows them to use virtually any negative event as a pretext for enforcing their ideological agenda

 

 

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One Reply:

  1. Gary West

    Democrat objection to Voter Registration Drives.

    To no ones surprise the Pinellas Democrat Party is showing their ignorance. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections will send representatives to register voters to whatever location they are invited such as churches of all denominations, hospital employee lunch rooms and the Gay Pride Parade. If the Voter Education department had representatives at Chick-Fil-A it’s because the chain invited the SOE there. The Supervisor of Elections office is dedicated to registering voters and presenting honest, unbiased elections to our citizens, nothing more. For some group like Stonewall Democrats to imply anything else is to display their stupidity and political bias.

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