Women’s Health Care and Religion

The Catholic Church doesn't have the right to interfere with women's healthWomen’s Health Care and Religion

The big topic of debate right now is whether religious organizations should be allowed to not provide women with a full spectrum of health care coverage because their religious beliefs prohibit certain types of health care, specifically reproductive health care.


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Health Care Reform Debate

The Health Care Reform Debate includes a lot of misinformationHealth Care Reform – Myths v Facts

8/7/09

Today – I was involved in a bit of a debate on facebook about the Health Care Reform Bill currently making its way through Congress.  One of my facebook friends, a Humanist, has concerns about the bill.  She is obviously from the libertarian wing of the Humanist movement.  A lot of Humanists are libertarians.  Just as many are progressive and liberal.  And occasionally, you get a true conservative, but they are rather rare.  Anyway – when she stated “nobody should be even implying that our 65+ should be opting out of treatment to reduce expenses on the rest of the population!” and that “none of them deserved to have "REQUIRED" end of life couseling.” I was a bit concerned that she had fallen prey to some right wing fear mongering.  After all – NO ONE would be for rationing care for our elderly or encouraging them to die to save the rest of us money.  You would have to be evil or insane to even suggest it.  So I asked her to provide the citations of which exact sections of the bill stated that elderly people would be encouraged to kill themselves or that their care would be rationed.  She provided several citations (but did not provide any that spoke to her concerns about the elderly). I then went online and looked at the bill myself (available at www.thomas.gov front page link).  What I found was that very few of her concerns had any basis in fact.  There were no citations that address elder care at all. And while a few of her concerns had some grain of truth in them, most of those were taken out of context. In short, there was only one concern that was based in fact but it was not nearly as scary as she had made it out to be when I read the offending section for myself (Sec 401.59B). In other words, I couldn’t find any of the horrible things she was concerned about in this bill. I decided to list all her concerns verbatim and what I found when I actually looked at the bill as I thought it might help others trying to make sense of this debate.  I have labelled her concerns Myths because, to me, they did not stand up as true upon reading the actual bill. The Facts listed are my responses verbatim (with the exception of the occasional parathesis – which I added here. To provide some clarity – I am only listing my opinions as facts because – that was the format this fell into. What they really are is my interpretation of what the bill says – and I encourage you to read the actual text for yourself). And again – she did not provide any citations that included rationing care for the elderly or mandated end of life counseling – so at the moment – I am going to assume this bill does not contain anything remotely similar to that and will label that as a myth as well. And by the way – I was reviewing HR 3200.

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Experts Schmexperts

economic experts are apparently really stupidWho are these “Experts?”

12/2/08

So, yesterday, a panel of experts released their report that said (shock) that we have been in a recession since Dec 2007. Anyone making less then $200k per year could have told you that!  So why is Wall Street reeling from this news?  Because they didn’t know!  Yeah – you heard me.  The economic experts who make their living supposedly knowing what is going on with the economy didn’t know what was going on with the economy until another group of super experts sat down and finally decided to do some math.  So here is my question.  WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE CONSIDERED EXPERTS?

Do Republicans Want John McCain to die?

Are Republicans really hoping McCain will die after if he is elected?Is He Saying What I Think He is Saying?

8/31/08

Ok – so my hubby and I have been wondering why everyone keeps saying Palin is a historic pick for veep.  After all, the Dems chose a woman for the veep spot 24 years ago.  The only way that this nomination is historic is because the Republicans have now done something no one thought they would do until hell freezes over.  It is nice to know the Republicans have finally joined the 20th century.  It is unfortunate for them that the rest of us are now living in the 21st century.  Don’t worry. They will get here eventually.

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