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>We Hope And Pray Glenn Beck Is Okay

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Glenn Beck to Take Time Off for Unspecified Medical Tests

By: Jim Meyers
Glenn Beck told his radio audience on Friday morning that he will take off several days next week to undergo medical tests at a hospital “out west,” saying he is going through a “transformation.”


He said “small fiber” issues may be involved but that testing will provide a clearer understanding. “We don’t even know what all of the symptoms are at this point,” he disclosed.


Speaking slowly and carefully choosing his words, Beck went on to say somewhat cryptically that he believes “physical, mental, and spiritual are all tied. You can’t injure the soul of someone and not have physical wounds appear eventually.


“I would ask for your prayers,” not for healing but for “clarity, for a desire to continue to stand. I would just like to want to.

What A Great Day – With Glenn Beck At The Helm We Shall Not Fail!

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>Doctors Will Leave Health Care

> In part, here’s what one doctor says about Obama’s health care proposal, and it isn’t good. You thought working with insurers was bad, just wait until doctors are taken out of the decision-making cycle and there is no doctor-patient consultation, just a government committee making all of your life and death decisions.

Primary-care doctors don’t believe that national health insurance will give them more time to see their patients with less paperwork and higher reimbursements or more control — in fact, they believe just the opposite, which is why only 2% of medical-school graduates choose primary care as a profession. Surgeons are already complaining that after long years of training to a high skill level, their reimbursements for long operations are being cut.
So why don’t we doctors organize and fight the changes, when all they will do is flood us with more patients we don’t have the time or resources to take care of properly?
One answer is that few of us believe that the American Medical Association can properly represent our concerns. A second answer is that we are too busy to band together. A third reason is that too many of us are afraid to stand up, for fear of being signaled out.
But that’s just my opinion.
What is your opinion?
Doctors out there, patients out there, speak up and tell us what your worries are about the sweeping changes in health insurance that President Obama is trying to make a reality.
Write back to us here with your opinions and insights. There is still time for doctors to fight back before we are swept under the bus.
Marc Siegel, MD
Fox News Medical Contributor

>Huge Ethnic Disparities In American Health Care

>Perhaps one of the reasons for the disparities in American Health Care is that this is a nation of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. When people come to America the first thing they should do is learn English. Failure to do so has created huge communication walls that often are looked at by outsiders as failures in the American health care system, when all they are is failures of our immigration system in that people were not told or taught that they needed to learn to speak English and, thus, have held onto their old languages.

English speaking skills should become one of the requirements to get into the country on a visa, not just to become a citizen. Our immigration people have failed badly in this important area, at the detriment of those fleeing, or coming, to America.

One of the biggest areas of concern for this today is the Latino populations that have swarmed into California, Arizona, and Texas from Mexico and below, mostly illegally. Greater understanding of the entire problem is not the goal of the article below, but how our system seems to let down those in need the most, the ones who cannot communicate. Don White
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Healing the Health Care Wounds
by Manny Frishberg, ColorsNW 4/20/2009

Last week, the ColorsNW article Not All Health Care is Created Equal examined the overwhelming ethnic disparities in the American health care systems. This week, we will explore some of the ways the health care community is combating these disparities to bring balance to the U.S. health system.

At times, those who are working to fix the disparities in the American health care system may feel like they are tilting at windmills. The problem has so many faces and there are no one-size-fits-all answers. While teasing out the reasons for health disparities among ethnic groups is complex, finding the solutions to fix the problems may be an even more intractable issue.

To be sure, the problem of unequal health care in America is daunting. For example, African American children are more likely than White children of comparable economic conditions to have asthma, seek help from the emergency room and receive the latest asthma treatments. And, pharmacies in poorer neighborhoods are less likely to stock the variety and amounts of pain medications needed, which often leads the residents – whatever their race – to live with chronic pain.

Facts such as these highlight the critical need for further research into the reasons and remedies for these disparities. For the moment, at least, the problem seems to be getting the attention it deserves. One aspect of this is finding ways to improve the U.S. health care delivery system, which consists of the combined network of doctor offices, hospitals and clinics that people visit for their health care. How, when and where this care is accessed depends on a range of factors, from insurance coverage to how well the center’s staff communicates with its patients.

Improving Cultural Competency
Too often, health care providers do not understand the cultural, social, psychological, racial and religious influences on a patient’s behaviors. For example, a Muslim patient may refuse to take medicine delivered via gel caps because gelatin is a pork by-product, a food that is against the Muslim religion. Because of the cultural barriers, many health care providers are likely to view this patient as being uncooperative. Indigenous beliefs and remedies may also play a large role in which treatments a patient decides to accept.

“Many health care disparities are due to a lack of cultural awareness on the part of
doctors and nurses,” explains Michael Soon Lee, the author of Cross-Cultural Selling for Dummies and a new American Medical Association book on cultural competence for doctors. “They may not understand how cultures differentiate between disease and illness, folk remedies versus American cures, individual versus group decision-making, how to interview multicultural patients, nonverbal communication cues, end and beginning of life issues and so much more.”
As a result, medical professionals must receive adequate training to understand how to overcome these barriers. There also needs to be a concerted effort to address issues of provider bias. Whether intentional or not, doctors, on the whole, are less likely to discuss healthy behavior changes with patients from lower income groups.

Additionally, health professionals need to learn more about which communities are more susceptible to particular diseases and what the beliefs are surrounding these diseases. Jeff Caballero, executive director of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, cites Hepatitis B as a good example. Because the infection is passed by blood to blood contact, it is classed as a sexually transmitted disease, even though childbirth is the primary method of transmission. While Hep B can be prevented with a vaccine, in the API communities there is a strong taboo against discussing sex openly. Additionally, the treatment requires three doses, a
large barrier for many patients who are unable to return to the doctor. Cabellero explains “clinics that are more proficient in terms of care providers working with those communities may be able to provide just one vaccination. These [health centers also] have higher rates of completion of all three shots.”

Those most severely affected by the virus are recent immigrants from China, Vietnam, Korea, the Philippines and the Marshall Islands who are, according to Cabellero, “either a limited-English proficient individual or someone from a culture who is just not really familiar enough or sophisticated enough to navigate the health care system here in the country.” “Even if they say, ‘I treat all my patients the same,’ that’s not necessarily a good thing because all your patients are not the same,” says Diane Giese, director of communication and development for the Puget Sound Health Alliance, one organization around the nation funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to look at the different pieces of the health disparity puzzle.

“But, there are so many facets to this and so many angles, where do you start?” she asks. “The RWJ funding is allowing us to work on a program to answer that question, too.”

A Multi-Faceted Attack
While some progress has been made – such as federal mandates that hospitals must
provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care – actually getting to the point where the disparities in health care are at last eliminated requires attacking the problem on several fronts at the same time. Delivering culturally-appropriate treatments, developing individual disease prevention and health promotion messages, as well as providing care in a language the patient understands is crucial. Reforms also need to be made to social policies, health care worker education and how research is conducted so that more ethnic groups, people of both sexes and different age groups are represented in the final data.

One important aspect of the issue is increasing workforce diversity, which is well
documented in the hundreds of studies on health disparities published in the medical literature every year. “The cadre of people who provides health care needs to become more diverse, so that doctors and nurses looks more like the increasingly multicultural populations they are treating,” Giese says.

Giese says one part of what her group is looking into who is getting good care and where they are finding it. “We do these performance reports comparing the quality of care provided in doctor offices and hospitals. There’s all sorts of national data and observations, but we’re saying, ‘Okay, how’s it working in the Puget Sound area?’ What’s happening locally?” she explains. “How does it work for people in South Seattle, for people in Highpoint, in Sultan in Snohomish County, in eastern Pierce County? How do we build the foundation of actually changing things in the local area?”

The ways to achieve this goal are far from obvious. While projections estimate more than half the country’s population will be people of color by the middle of this century, attendance at medical schools and nursing programs has hardly changed during the past 30 years. Latinos are now more than 13 percent of the population, yet they account for less than one in 25 doctors currently practicing medicine. And, in the 2003-04 school year, they made up just 7 percent of first-year medical students and less than 6 percent of graduates. The numbers are similarly dreadful for African-Americans and even worse for Native-American med students.

One contributing factor to this situation is the legal climate during the past eight years as the appointment of judges to the federal bench who are skeptical of affirmative action policies has increased. Between 1995 and 2001, there were dramatic decreases in medical school enrollment by students of color in states where court challenges or initiatives like Washington’s I-200 have succeeded. In Mississippi alone, the number declined by more than two-thirds.
Learning from the experience of medical facilities that have been able to show some real improvements in those areas, such as Childrens Hospital in Seattle, has been a real help, she says. “Children’s Hospital has been in this cultural competency and literacy program. We are trying to really understand what it is they did to change the culture of care in terms of, well everything, from how the staff interacts with patients to what support tools they use.

We can turn around and work with other providers in the community, whether or not they’re in the heart of a diverse population.” How people receive information about health and medicine is another crucial aspect. There is a somewhat naïve belief that with the explosion of information on the Internet, that part of the problem might take care of itself. Instead, communities of color and poor people in general have found themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide. The National Cancer Institute’s Digital Divide Project is one of several programs looking at ways to help underserved populations find and use health information so they can make
informed decisions.

Other issues beyond the scope of the health care system are also waiting to be addressed. Those include the fact that people of color, especially new immigrant groups, are concentrated in hazardous jobs have high rates of workplace injuries, such as meat packing and construction, or jobs that require long hours of heavy lifting, such as waiting tables and home health care.

Low-income communities also often have the dirtiest environments because they lack the political clout to avoid having polluting projects, such as garbage incinerators, located nearby. A large proportion of people subjected to these disparities are ethnic minorities. Some studies have suggested that cancer risks associated with toxins in the air were highest in more segregated metropolitan areas. The key to improving the health care of the various ethnic populations is any effort that maintains and improves the health of the nation as a whole. That means finding and implementing effective strategies to reduce and eliminate the health disparities that continue to plague us today. Until the problems of poverty and racism are finally put to rest, the fight against health disparities is not likely to be won.

>Obama’s Latest Fascist Act

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Health-Care and The Destruction of Families

You can’t discuss Obama’s plan for universal health-care in America without examining Hitler’s Nazi Germany health-care plan because there are some scary analogies.

The Nazis benefited from some easy accomplices in the health-care industry. Hitler had swept aside democracy and civil liberties and promoted the experts – doctors, industrial hygienists, and regulators who were advanced to positions of unparalleled authority.
The Nazis offered them an opportunity to get beyond politics. For example, the Reich anticancer committee proclaimed in its first annual report:

“The year 1933 was a decisive one for that war against cancer. The national socialist revolution has created entirely new opportunities for sweeping measures in an area that until now has been rather limited. . . the energetic and unanimous engagement of the medical profession have shown that new avenues have opened for the struggle against cancer in the new Germany.” (Proctor, Nazi War On Cancer, p. 158)

Vast moral and public health campaigns were put in place
to promote safe working environments, along with the production of wholesome organic foods, anti-animal cruelty measures, and other progressive advances.
Many of these reforms were imposed from above by social engineers with the willing compliance of businessmen now freed from the usual concerns about such costly modifications. In addition, the Nazis also worked tirelessly to cultivate and encourage demand from below for these reforms.
Everyone from the lowliest worker to the wealthiest baron was encouraged to believe and enforce the idea that if you weren’t part of the solution you were part of the problem. German consumers, too, were lectured relentlessly to buy products that promoted the “common good.”

“Language itself was bent to what could only be called Nazi political correctness.”
Victor Klemperer, a professor of Romance languages at the University of Dresdon, fired for his Jewish ancestry in 1935, dedicated himself to chronicling the subtle term formations of such and daily life brought about by the Gleichschaltung, The mechanism of the individual.

Phrases like “Hitler weather” – to describe a sunny day – crept into everyday conversation. The Nazis “changed the values, the frequency of words [and] made into common property words that had previously had been used by individuals or tiny groups. They confiscated words for the party, saturated words and phrases and sentence forms with their poison. They made the language serve their terrible system.They conquered words and made them into their strongest advertising tools, at once the most public and the most secret.” (Claudia Koonz, The Nazi War on Cancer (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003, p. 73).

Today, Obama insists we not use the words “War on Terror” because they offend Muslims in America and abroad, but, instead, they have encouraged we say, “Overseas Contingency Operations.”

It got so bad in Nazi Germany that Himmler became vexed by the slow pace of his efforts to transform the way Germans ate: “The artificial is everywhere; everywhere food is adulterated, filled with ingredients that supposedly make it last longer, or look better, or pass as enriched” or whatever else the industry admen want us to believe. (Author’s note:The above is a statement where I agree with Himmler)
He said Germans were in the hands of the food companies whose economic clout and advertising make it possible for them to “prescribe what we can and cannot eat. . .[after] the war we shall take energetic steps to prevent the ruin of our people by the food industries. (Proctor, Nazi War on Cancer, p. 138).

Yoking Industry to National Policy Agenda

Listen to Jonah Goldstein: “Al Gore’s rhetoric about the need to “tame Big Oil” and the like is apposite. He doesn’t want to nationalize “Big Oil”; he wants to yoke it to his own agenda. Likewise, Hillary Clinton’s proposed health-care reforms, as well as most of the proposals put forward by leading Democrats and a great many Republicans involve the fusion of big government and big business. The economic ideas in Hillary Clinton’s “It Takes a Village” are breathlessly corporatist. “A number of our most powerful telecommunications and computer companies have joined forces with the government in a project to connect every classroom in America to the Internet,” she gushes. “Socially minded corporate philosophies are the avenue to future prosperity and social stability. It doesn’t take a Rosetta stone to decipher what liberals mean by socially minded corporate philosophies,” says Goldberg.

How Health Care and Other Industries Tie Into Obama’s Agenda

Close observers say the new Obama form of health-care doesn’t require doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies to give up their infrastructure – their well-trained employees, chemical labs, buildings, operating rooms, and high tech equipment – to government. Rather, government will use these means of production and services by proxy. According to orthodox Marxism, the capitalist system becomes fascist as its internal contradictions get the better of it. GM is an excellent example of this. Living in an imperfect system which requires it to pay its union employees twice as much as Japan’s companies in the U.S. pay its nonunion employees, GM is stuck.GM knows that it cannot succeed – or even go onward – without an unholy alliance with government which we have seen recently when the “Obama banks” gave U.S. car makers about $70 billion which some of them wish they hadn’t had to take [Ford wisely did not] because Obama has required that government actually take over these companies and, In GM’s case, Obama named his own president and new directors. With that move President Obama has sacked important officers who had the capability of running a company, replacing them with inexperienced hacks. The company might as well be known as OMC now, Obama Motor Company, because the old GM no longer exists and this one may soon go into liquidation where it should have been to start with.

OMC exists solely for the 14 million union members’ benefit, so that OMC can mete out health care – if it survives beyond Obama’s first term. If it doesn’t, it could bring down the Obama administration which in my opinion is teetering and ready to fall. The problem is that Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are no better than the current president in wisdom and in love for what used to be a free country.
Jonah Goldberg says “GM offers an ironic confirmation of Marxist logic. According to orthodox Marxism, the capitalist system becomes fascist as its industrial contradictions get the better of it.”
GM failed a long time ago, when it knew two things: it could not compete with Japan in making quality cars or in convincing Americans to stop buying Japanese makes and to switch to GM cars and trucks.
By voting in a populist fascist and sitting there watching him dismantle our freedoms, we have gone to a national form of corporatism and socialism, a place most of us abhor. The only answer now is to throw the bum out of office next time at the polls.
When you can’t compete, you quickly are taken captive by designing politicians on both sides of the isle ostensibly seeking to protect jobs, donations, or both. It is not of question for the automakers any longer, they now prefer the nanny state and protectionism which will ultimately lead to tax favors, tariffs and ant-competitive practices which will be met with retaliation in foreign countries.
Goldberg said our auto industry has fled from the rough-and-tumble capitalism, embracing the warm embrace of Hillary’s “It takes a village” economics, AKA “progress” via populism.

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Populism and Fascism Require The Right Moment

Obama’s timing has been lucky and impeccable. In order for populism and fascism to come on strong and circumvent conventional rules, an atmosphere of crisis must be maintained. Thus, the urgency in Obama’s voice whenever he suggests bold, new initiatives or bills for which there isn’t enough time for adequate debate, not to mention reading and studying, as he circumvents even time-honored give and take, negotiation and the Constitutional-protected practice of time to debate – and we know he will resort to “reconciliation” to bypass Senate debate on non-tax bills whenever he can.
With fascists like Obama, it’s all or nothing. It’s now or too late. Starting with what was called his first assault on unemployment in January, 2009, the bill that ended up helping 23% of the employed find jobs in 2009, this trillion-dollar bamboozle should have been all about putting Americans back to work, but instead was used for infrastructure and political debt pay-back.
Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave Congress only 12 hours to read and pass this bill. Pelosi had to fly off a few hours later to London in her spiffy gas-guzzling government jet plane to receive a Queen Elizabeth honor and Obama had a vacation to Chicago in mind for Michelle and the kids. But the bill had to be passed by Congress immediately, else the entire country would blow up in Obma’s face and cease to exist. Congress and the American public bought that lie, but as soon as the bill passed and the urgency was over both Pelosi and Obama boarded their expensive planes and flew away. Obama left the bill unsigned on his desk for four days until he returned to the White House. So much for honesty in office and faith in the promise of openness and real “change.”
Meanwhile, America became the country of ultra-expensive social change, a workshop for tinkering and experimenting, a “place of security and community and clear moral values.” (Carney, Big Ripoff, and Alan Brinkley in End of Reform and New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War.)
The late Christopher Lasch in a 1992 Harpers article said of Hillary Clinton’s worldviews that Clinton is a modern “childsaver,” a term critical historians apply to progressives eager to insert God-state into the sphere of family. Goldberg believes her avowed aim is to “set down a full universal theory that adequately explains the state’s appropriate role in child rearing – advocating abolition of ‘minority status’ – that is, legal codification of what distinguishes a child from an adult. This would represent a great “progressive leap” forward in line with – Clinton’s words – “the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of married women.” Children would be presumed capable of exercising rights and assuming responsibilities until it is proven otherwise.
While they’re at it, why don’t they adopt the view that life begins at conception – that the initial cell and the developing fetus represents life and should enjoy the same rights as a born child. Then they could do away with “the killing fields” known as America’s hospitals and clinics that do abortion for hire. It’s a total disgrace that Democrats do not respect life in this and other ways, yet they are the first to pass animal brutality laws.
But the ultra-left go way too far when they proscribe for children the same rights as for their parents, the adults. Allowed to stand, this kind of thinking will wreck havoc on our society as it has in foreign countries. But of course, that’s exactly the aim of progressives. They look at Europe’s decadence and say, “I want that kind of thing for America.” What total fools!
This line of thinking would validate:

  • Social engineering
  • A direct assault on the family
  • The end of home schooling
  • The end of an Amish tradition of keeping kids out of high school
  • The end of parental notification and approval for child abortions and other matters

Progressives like Clinton and Obama believe kids’ voices should be entitled to be heard over those of the parents. Children “should be masters of their own destiny’ according to Justice William O. Douglas.

  • The state would be able to pass out condoms, run sex education classes, and approve what is good and what is bad for children – not the parents.
  • It mandates total state assumption of parental responsibilities in all facets of life including health care paid for and supervised by the government.

Hitler and Stalin Youth Camps, Here We Come

Does this remind anyone of Hitler’s youth camps? How about Stalin’s mandatory young communist training, the pulling of children out of school and out of the home to enroll them in state training schools where they would be schooled and reared as communists?
This is what progressives want, what far-left liberal Democrats like Clinton and Obama are passionately moving America toward. In this new system of demagogues and forced authority the place of the parent in rearing the child is abrogated and grabbed by an unfeeling state.
Goldberg says Clinton’s writings “leave the unmistakable impression that it is the family that holds children back, the state that sets them free.
“The movement for children’s rights…amounts to another stage in the long struggle against patriarchy.”