I just sent this letter to my Senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner.
Please REJECT the current healthcare bill.
The current healthcare "reform" bill does NOTHING to reform malpractice suits, frivolous or otherwise, which are the major cause of increasing healthcare costs.
The bill requires, for the first time in US history and with neither legal nor Constitutional precedent, that all citizens purchase a product or service for simply living, and provides steep penalties for those who choose not to have the service.
The bill includes heavy taxes on the healthcare industry, which will further increase costs as these taxes are passed on to the customers.
The bill requires government-sponsored insurance "options", which inherently and unfairly compete against existing insurance companies, since the government plans have no need to operate at a profit, to break even financially, or to provide good customer service once the existing insurance has been run out of business.
The bill does not provide for private competition, as existing prohibitions against purchasing services from companies in other states are still in effect.
The bill continues biases against personal insurance coverage by not allowing tax deductibility unless the insurance is provided through an employer.
The bill includes government bureaucratic oversight, contrary to promises that "no government bureaucrat will come between you and your doctor."
As an example:
A "task force" has already been established that now "recommends" women who were previously recommended to get mammograms every year after age 40 now only get them every other year and then only after age 50. Just to be clear, the data has not changed, only the recommendations.
Right now, the United States has the best cancer survivorship in the world. If this healthcare plan is instituted, many thousands of women will die who would before have survived, and thousands of women who would have had a simple treatment and rapid recovery will now have to endure long, complex, painful (and expensive) treatments, because their cancer was not caught early.
In summary, this plan causes more problems without solving the existing ones.
Please both vote and speak against this horrendous plan.
President Obama said that "no government bureaucrat will come between you and your doctor."
The healthcare community has long recommended that women over 40 get mammograms every year. But now, as Congress and Senate try to pass a government takeover of healthcare, a government "task force" has just recommended that be changed. Just to be clear, the data has not changed, only the recommendations.
They now say that only women over 50 should get mammograms, and then only every other year.
Right now, the United States has the best cancer survivorship in the world. If the government enforces this "recommendation" as part of its new healthcare plan, many women will die who would before have survived, and many women who would have had a simple treatment and recovery will now have to endure long, complex, painful (and expensive) treatments, because their cancer was not caught early.
Well, that last part, "expensive," may not come. European countries with government-controlled healthcare don't allow expensive treatments for people over 60. That means that those who are over 60 and get cancer don't get treatment - they get management. Pain therapy. Don't treat the problem; manage the symptoms.
Guess what? It's not (for the most part) the Republicans who are telling people to "die quickly". It's those who are pushing for this government takeover of what is right now the best healthcare system in the world.
It's not perfect, and it can use some tweaks (mostly protection from already overbearing government, like allowing frivolous lawsuits and outrageous penalties), but it's the best anyone has.
Subject: DO NOT APPROVE THE CURRENT HEALTHCARE BILL!
An amendment (the Ellsworth-DeLauro amendment) has been added to the healthcare bill that supposedly removes taxpayer funding of elective abortion.
It does not.
Analysis by National Right to Life legislative director Douglas Johnson (http://www.lifenews.com/nat5607.html) reveals that the amendment is complex subterfuge, and that all cases of elective abortion will still be permitted - and funded - by other provisions of the bill.
As you are no doubt aware, Creigh Deeds' candidacy for governor was rejected locally 71.85% to 27.25%. If you support this bill, which local voters such as myself are adamantly against, the same may happen to you next year.
The year after every Presidential election since Carter in 1976, the Virginia gubernatorial election has always gone to the candidate of the other party. That means that Bob McDonald had to win, just according to the way Virginia voters always do things.
But we weren't expecting a 17 percent spread between the two candidates. Particularly since there was only a 12% difference in polling yesterday.
In politics, a 6% difference is considered a landslide. What do they call a 17% difference?
Update: It's actually a 17.41% difference, 58.64% to 41.23%. And Bristol, where I live, was 71.85% to 27.25%, an overwhelming 44.6% difference approaching 3-to-1.
The current draft of the Congressional healthcare bill is 1990 pages long. Some experts say that it will take a week just to read it, not to mention deciphering it and looking up all the other laws to which it refers.
But wait - there's more!
Nancy Pelosi is working on an 800 PAGE amendment. No telling how much pork and government control is in there.
But that's not all!
She wants a vote on the bill on Friday!
The bill already cuts $500 BILLION from Medicare. Democrats regularly accuse Republicans of wanting to reduce care for seniors. Democrats say that Republicans are against seniors, and that is proven by their opposition to this bill. But this bill will actually do just that.
The bill outlaws any new private health insurance after 2013. We can choose our own insurance? Not with this bill.
The bill pays for elective abortions. Most Americans, even those who think abortion is fine, don't want it paid for by taxes. But this bill will allow mothers to kill their babies and have other people pay for it.
The Congressional Budget Office says that this bill - not including the extra 800 pages - will cost over a TRILLION dollars ($1.055T). Nancy Pelosi says that it won't add anything to the debt? That it won't cost taxpayers "a dime"? Yea, right.
The number Nancy Pelosi herself keeps using is $894 billion, just under the $900 billion cap that President Obama wanted. But that $894 billion is the funding the bill provides for health coverage, not the cost.
First and foremost, I am a Christian. That is to say, I strive to honor Christ in all I do.
This means that I strive to be upright and honest in all my dealings. If I say I will do something, I will do my utmost to follow through. This also means that if I am in error -- if I have a wrong attitude, if I have offended someone, if I have been unjust -- I want someone to clearly point this out to me, and I want the opportunity to correct my error.
Unfortunately, many are Christians "in name-only" because it serves their own purposes. Many complain about "Christians" for being hypocrites -- and they are right. I do not associate with individuals who say one thing and do another.
I attend and participate actively at Victory Baptist Church. This includes the choir and a van route for mobility-limited individuals and some kids (we have two buses, but these kids are not near the other routes).
The Victory Baptist Church television program can be seen Sundays at 6:30PM and 9:30PM on Living Faith Television. This is on WLFG in the TriCities, which is on channel 68 for both local broadcast and Dish Network. The station is also streamed online and services a number of other areas - see their website for details.
For more information on what a Christian is, see here for how one becomes a Christian, and here for the basics of what we believe.
I was trained in principles, standards which do not change even when society does.
Principles like, it's always right to do right -- because it is right, not just if it happens to be popular. And that it's never right to do wrong, even if you mean well.
I also believe that the Bible is always true, even when we may not understand -- if there is a conflict, it's our understanding that lacks, not God's Word. We cannot pick and choose the parts you want to believe -- God wrote the entire Bible, not just the parts we may like.
Or as the late Larry Burkett said, "Do you trust God, or do you just say you trust God?"
I have supported computer users with both hardware and software, functioned as a network administrator, infrastructure administrator, network engineer, and programmer in several languages, and generally worked in almost all areas concerning information technology.
I enjoy work and I enjoy computers and technology, but as you can see here, it is not the whole of "my life".
I enjoy a variety of games, including board games, video games, card games, and casual sports.
I also like doing things with friends or my family. I am not married, but my parents live about 9 miles away and I try to do something with them weekly. (My three cats are my at-home family.)
I like getting good deals. Not "cheap", just paying a lot less than the item normally sells for. Things like HDMI cables for $5 that sell at Wal-Mart for $40 or an LG Blu-ray reader / DVD burner combo drive for $125 that was running $500 at the time.
I also like: • Transformers. The toys, the comic books, the animated TV shows (some are better than others...), the movies, etc. G.I. Joe is a closely related property; I like it, but I don't follow it as closely. The purple logo above is from a TF/Joe crossover comic.
• Video games. But not first person shooters - they make me nauseated. I like multiplayer games, but not with monthly payments. I prefer games with an element of strategy. And while I like games, I don't actually play that much. I usually either play as occasional downtime, or with others as a group activity (I can use a anti-nausea medication if needed :) ).
• Science fiction. I like Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, Heroes, Doctor Who, and anything else that's written decently. Oh, and Transformers...
• Any other well-written fiction, or entertaining non-fiction for that matter.
I like "chick flicks", and I own "While You Were Sleeping", among others. "The Princess Bride" is probably my all-time favorite movie. I'm not so much for sitcoms though - they're usually mindless. I like "The Big Bang Theory" - it's a good show, despite using the name of a disproven idea. I don't like excess sexuality (with or without nudity) or juvenile humor (which is why I don't like most "comedy").
Give me a good storyline, and maybe have some reasonable technology (whether or not the theories have been proven, just not fully disproven), some action (the Mummy movies, X-Men, Lord of the Rings, or Chronicles of Narnia), and maybe some (clean) romance (While You Were Sleeping, The Net, any of Jane Austen's stuff). Hey, look - "The Princess Bride" covers all of these! Well, if you count "magic" as "experimental pharmacology"... :)
• Cats. I have two inside cats, a brother and a sister that somebody dropped off at church when they were about 5 weeks old, and two outside cats, a mom who just showed up, and her kitten from before she was sterilized, since she was pregnant when she showed up.
For the cat-haters: They don't cause a stink. I use an automatic litter box, a Litter Robot, that takes care of things. I just change a trash bag once a week and check the litter level every now and then. Since they're always inside, there's rarely any problem with fleas or anything (rarely, because they can come in on me). And my parents have several inside cats and over a half-dozen outside cats that they take care of without actually "owning."
• Spending time with friends (as indicated above under "Recreation", usually at church or in church-related activities.
I am not, so far as I know, related to Michael J. Pollard.
And I do not meet many of the "nerd" stereotypes - I live on my own, not with my parents and not in an apartment (I own my home, thankyouverymuch), and I don't play video games, much. Though I do like technology, have several computers, collect toys, read comic books... OK, the term "geek" might apply... but one who likes chick flicks too...
If you want to meet me, since as I hinted above, I am single, you can email me. But the best way is to come to church; that's what I'll recommend anyway. You can see me from a distance and decide if you still want to meet me closer up... And if you aren't willing to come to my church, things probably wouldn't work out anyway. The exception is if you are busy in yours as I am in mine.
If you're married or divorced (which is essentially married, according to Jesus in Matt 5, Matt 19, Mark 10, and Luke 16, and Paul in 1 Corinthians 7) forget about anything romantic. But I do have a lot of married friends of both genders, generally including both sides of the marriage.