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Dr. Margaret Flowers and Dr. Carol Paris Arrested Outside The Renaissance Hotel In Baltimore.

Doctors Margaret Flowers and Carol Paris were arrested on the sidewalk outside the Renaissance Hotel in Baltimore, MD, for trespassing. The hotel was where President Barack Obama was staying before giving a speech. They were carrying a banner and had with them, a letter to give the President or one of his aides, requesting a single payer health care system or medicare for all plan for replacing America’s antiquated expensive health insurance system. After being arrested, they were released after sitting in a squad car and receiving a citation for trespassing. If you would like to help support a fair, cost effective, humane, modern universal health care system for citizens of the United States instead of the expensive, inefficient, one with third world statistical outcomes like the one we have now, you can lend your support here.

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  1. January 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    A government run single payer system would be unfair, cost ineffective and by far the most inefficient option. I have the best health care option in the world, I pay for my own. If you have a problem with your health insurance, do something about it and switch to another company. That is the beauty of living in the USA, you have options. If you create a single payer system then you loose options which means you loose freedom.

    By the way, I am a lower middle class American that is barely above the poverty line and I pay for all my medical expenses out of pocket. If you save money for your medical and then ask around to different doctors and clinics on cost for visits you can get really good prices compared to what is being charged to the insurance companies. Of course this means taking responsibility for your own life and doing a little leg work to talk to people.

    I find that most people that are in favor of a single payer, or government controlled health insurance system, are lazy and afraid to make decisions. If I am wrong, then why are you willing to give up your freedom to choose a health care provider for you family and sit back and take what ever the government allows you to get?

    “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem!”

    • americancommentary
      January 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm

      We have preexisting conditions. My wife and I are over 50 (the gouge age for the insurance industry in the US). Being self employed, we cover our complete family cost. A corporate run government is not a free system. A society requires some basic responsibilty for the welfare of its inhabitants or why have one? Canada has a single payer system that takes up only 10% of its GDP and all citizens are covered by its government insurance program. That’s no deductables, no premiums. Our system has been taking up 15% to 17% of our GDP with over 40 million uncovered. My costs go up every year and soon will be unsustainable. It would not be unfair because everyone would pay the same amount for the same coverage.

  2. January 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    wow, Canada’s system sounds great… move there. Do not bring theirs here when the majority of Americans do not want a government ran health care system.

    A governments responsibility is not to provide you with health care, it is to make sure we are safe from all invaders both foreign and domestic. Beyond that is it responsible to make sure that the health care that is available is fair, which it is. You are proof of that. You have pre-existing conditions and still was able to find insurance. With your conditions it is illogical for you to expect to pay the same for insurance as some one that is healthier than you are.

    If you feel that a government ran health care system would be better, name one program that our government is in charge of that does not have fraud, waste and abuse in? When the government is involved only the government benefits.

    You sound like a very reasonable person. If we teach younger generations that the government will take care of them and their neighbors, where is the opportunity for them to learn the joys of helping others? Look at Haiti, millions of private money is being donated to help, why? Because we know their government is doing nothing for them. Why can we not get millions donated to help the homeless in America? Because we are trained from our youth that the Government is responsible to help Americans and not our concern.

    Stop letting the government rob you of the joy of service to others. Stop letting the government tell you what you can spend your money on.

    • americancommentary
      January 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm

      Actually Canada has a government health insurance program as opposed to government run health care system. I also have a different set of statistics evidently. My out of pocket yearly expenses are over $15,000 for covered items. Since I have a son with autism and they count those expenses under mental health as opposed to a neurological condition, there is a $2,500.00 cap on that. I have spent as much as $37,000.00 a couple of years ago. Other western democracies have programs that are not as expensive.

  3. January 30, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    By the way, I think it is awful that anyone would get arrested for being on public property. As long as they where obeying the posted trespassing signs there should be no reason for them to be arrested. This happens a lot around Government officials, I remember during the DNC there where protesters arrested for walking on the opposite side of the street of the convention. This is the kind of censorship that is killing this country.

    Another example of where the government thinks they know better than we do.

  4. February 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    “Other western democracies have programs that are not as expensive.” I completely agree that our health care system has become expensive. The best way to bring the price down is to open the system up to competition.

    I am a software project manager by trade and I would never change every error that comes up when trying to fix an application. The best thing to do is fix one issue at a time until you get the result you are looking for, makes since right? ok, so lets apply to health care in the USA.

    Problem, health care is too expensive. Solution, create competition. Remove state barriers to insurance providers. Once there is more options in each state for coverage we would see if the cost comes down.

    If that does not bring the cost down enough then we move on to the next suggestion. If you just drop a wet rag, government bureaucracy, on to the problem all you get is a wet problem, no solution. When you have a congress filled with career politicians, they have no clue on how to run a business. When you have an executive administration with less than 10% of the staff having private work experience you have a lack of understanding on how the economy in the real world works.

    My heart goes out to families like yourself that have extraordinary circumstances but that does not call for a complete change in a system that has worked for the most part or 230+ years. I would be in favor of offering Medicaid to families with a certain income level with existing medical conditions that would cause you to spend a determined amount of your income on treatment. Maybe even open military hospitals for that treatment. There are better options that just throwing everyone into a Government run health care system, or government run insurance program.

    I think one of the biggest issues at this time in history is our government is filled with greedy hypocrites and I do not trust their ability to run an insurance company with the peoples interests at the center of their priorities. Every program that has been created in the last 100 years has lead to over spending and fraud. Before we open a new checking account for this government to bounce checks out of, we need to address the larger problem of government crooks. Then maybe we can come back to the discussion of government assisted health insurance programs.

    Sorry for rambling on and on but I feel you are a sensible person and open to honest discussion. I am not the enemy and hope you do not take any of my comments as an attack on you or your beliefs. I am merely trying to keep the discussion open to options. Too often people find one option they like from the shiny surface and do not dig under the top soil and see what is buried underneath. Sometimes you have to move aside the obvious solution to find the better solution.

  5. maximus
    February 4, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Hello

    I sent this letter to President Obama by fax the other day.

    Dear President Obama

    I come to you today to praise you and to criticize you and to petition you.

    I want to tell you a true story which just happened a few days ago. I came into this world 4 years after World War II. When I grew up partly in New York City and Partly in Nassau Country New York, as a young boy I would watch Meet the Press. I watched this show as a boy of 6 or 7. I watched the people of the era talk about the issues. I also watched Mike Wallace’s You are there as well. I recall seeing other programs about famous people. I saw newsreels of a man who wore a white sheet. NO! not that kind of white sheet! Mohandas Gandhi, wore a white sheet of cotton. Why did Gandhi wear white sheets? He wanted to set an example for his people to make their own cloth and not buy goods from his oppressors who occupied his country.

    He appeared a modern day Moses, but of another religion. I have a number of heroes like Gandhi. Most of them died, except for Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Considering myself a Jewish person, I find that good that people from other religions and other people’s can serve as examples for heroes as it tends to unite people of different backgrounds. Each of these heroes, Moses, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Bishop Tutu eventually brought their oppressors down by not cooperating with their oppressors.

    The other day, I spoke to the great grandson of Mohandas Gandhi. I had sought to speak to his father, the grandson of Mohandas Gandhi. I never expected to ever speak to anyone in this family of Gandhi. I told him that I thanked his great grandfather for his work and that he inspired me as I used to see newsreels of his great grandfather during the 1950’s and 1960’s and especially using boycotts to eventually uniting his people of India to eject their oppressors out of their country. I told Gandhi’s great grandson of my electronic PAMPHLET on the web and again thanked him and said good day.

    Now, I say to you Mr. President, that I want a real populist President similar to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and I and other people will make you do it, just like FDR told his supporters to make him do what they wanted him to do.

    So in the tradition and inspiration of Moses and Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu and their people I say to you again we will make you do it.

    How? By boycotting the products of those of your friends in corporations who donated money to you, and donated money to Republicans and to conservatives in the Democratic party who have led this country down a path to the second great depression. The only reason that we have not descended further appears that we had citizens back about 77 years ago who made FDR do it and had good regulations in place today that the conservatives in both parties want to repeal. So from now on I will no longer donate money to the Democratic party although I remain a member. Again I will not buy products from major companies that donate money to conservatives in both parties and I will demand progressive legislation that really helps the poor and middle class people instead of the undeserving wealthy at this point of crisis in our country, of the CEOs that run those companies and until that happens they will lose business from me and many other people such that we will put pressure on those CEOs to help get us the legislation that we want.

    I agreed with the bailout of the banks and the partial nationalization of GM and Chrysler but now it appears OUR turn such that we get a $10 an hour minimum wage, a passage of the employee free choice act, a passage of the women’s freedom of choice act, a passage of a compromise SINGLE PAYER PUBLIC OPTION paid for by general taxes which will allow private health insurance but in which those who choose this new single payer public option will have no premiums, no copayments, no yearly deductibles, no recisions, no rejection for preexisting conditions and cover everything: doctors visits, surgery, hospital stays, abortion, dentistry, eye care, nursing home and hospice care and home care and it will serve as a health insurance EXODUS so that the private health insurance companies will let our people go. We also need to end the war in Iraq and a way to end the war in Afghanistan but we need to help build Afghanistan up so the Taliban and Al Qaeda will no longer get the favor of some people in Afghanistan. We need other legislation that helps those less fortunate in our country.

    Republicans only talk about freedom but they offer us no real solutions. These Republican corporate masters only offer us FIEFDOM and wage slavery and a kind of slavery to insurers where they exploit the economic conditions of those who don’t have enough money to pay for their insurance and not freedom. These Republican corporate masters offer their middle class and even poor supporters FREEDUMB organizing them in a rabble of misnamed fake populist Tea partiers for which those Boston patriots of a few centuries ago would probably say, hey these Republican FREEDUMB lovers HAVE REPRESENTATION, so what excuse do they have for disrupting government town halls that we helped to establish?

    Really Mr. President, those present day so called tea partiers appear a perversion of those real patriots that helped liberate our country a few centuries ago. Do these false tea partiers stand for a living wage? No. Do these false tea partiers stand for unions? No. Do these false tea partiers stand for helping those less fortunate in our country? No.

    These Recruited Republican FREEDUMB lovers claim that they appear PATRIOTs.

    I say NAY, those Recruited Republican rabble appear as

    stand PAT RIOTers

    disrupting government who attempt to help the less fortunate in our country. How many times have I seen or heard this Republican rabble express their contempt for the poor and less fortunate in the middle class? I have seen and heard such contempt by these conservatives for decades blaming most of the poor and less fortunate middle class for their own problems as an excuse to shift blame away from many corporations who disadvantage such people and also as an excuse to have government dissolve in the area of social justice.

    These Republican rabble stand PAT RIOTers want us to stand pat for their corporate masters to continue to profit on the suffering of people in many areas and not just health care. They want us to stand pat and yell no more higher taxes deliberately wanting the American people to not see the way corporate governors want to PRIVATELY TAX people with low pay aka Cheap labor aka wage theft not giving workers in many cases the worth of their work that they do and suppressing the organization of people in unions. These corporate governors also tax people privately with high prices in a cartel working with other corporate governors in fixing prices so even though you have a few companies in a sector of products you really have a polyopoly keeping PRIVATE TAXES high in a lot of product sectors. Yes high prices and low wages function as a PRIVATE TAXATION system run by private government which the Republicans support and come from and they have their stooges in the stand PAT RIOT movement to pose as as populists. NAY!

    So next time Republicans criticize our party for taxation in their miscommunications at election time we Democrats will remind the people that the Republicans continue to tax us PRIVATELY and raise these PRIVATE TAXES through POLYOPOLY, DUOPOLY, MONOPOLY, cheap labor and high prices and that Republicans need to get relieved of their power in government which they deliberately sabotage social programs through deliberate deficit creation through oil wars, unjust tax breaks for the wealthy and cutting of social programs. This deliberate deficit creation has gone on for 30 years now started by Ronald Reagan the miscommunicator and it has to stop. The Republicans create a huge deficit so when they get relieved of power then the Democrat has to clean up the mess and cannot or will not continue on the path of social justice or water it down such that supporters of Democrats get angry as they did in Bill Clinton’s time and now yours!

    So Mr. President, we will make you promote real social justice and not catering to corporations in the quest for social justice and eliminate these so called public private partnerships that these corporations take too much money from the poor and less fortunate that the Republicans have done in the past years and until this day and create regular government programs that do not allow these corporations to leech upon the public and profit to the detriment of middle class and poor people.

    I have seen this in Medicare Part D and Medicare Disadvantage and now thanks to conservative Democrats we face this in the new health insurance and Pharmaceutical company enrichment act of 2010.

    No more Mr. President. No More.

    Help the middle class and the poor and until then, the Democratic party gets no money from me and in 2010 and 2012 I will go to the polls and only vote on referenda, meaning I will not vote for anyone for representative, senator and President. I will stay in the Democratic party and do what I can to rid us these conservatives in OUR party from power by peaceful means through boycotts of consumers products of their contributors that give them money and convince other Democrats to also boycott these contributors to conservatives in both parties and force these CEOs to go to congressional leaders and tell the leaders that hundreds of thousands of people will no longer buy from the CEOs companies until congress passes real progressive legislation that citizens want and have petitioned the CEOs for.

    In the end, Mr. President we will get this done peacefully and we will do everything peaceful to make you help us.

    In the tradition of Moses, Gandhi, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, we will get this done for social Justice for the less fortunate in our country. I encourage other people reading this open letter to the President to organize and petition the government and the CEOs of corporations that aid meanspirited conservatives in both parties to go to my electric pamphlet at http://www.democratz.org and sign those petitions that you see best to accomplish social justice for the less fortunate in our country. Once you sign them, electronic letters will go out right away to congressional leaders and the Corporations that aid meanspirited conservatives. Do this for the less fortunate! Let our people grow and to meanspirited conservatives, let our people GO from your greed, high prices and wage slavery and private taxes and your religious oppression.

    So let it get written so let it get done.

    Sincerely,

    http://www.democratz.org

    I created these petitions for social justice. These petitions appear different from regular petitions. These petitions allow people to boycott conservative contributors that give money to conservatives in both parties.

    I enthusiastically voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Now I appear disappointed that President Obama made deals with Big Pharma and the health insurance industry. This administration looks like Clinton II.

    Please sign these NEW petitions for single payer health care HR676 as primary legislation or for HR676 as the public option.

    http://bit.ly/public_option

    http://bit.ly/traitorjoe

    http://bit.ly/HR676

    http://bit.ly/single_payer_snowe

    http://bit.ly/single_payer_ross

    http://bit.ly/single_payer_exxon

    http://bit.ly/single_payer_california

    http://bit.ly/drug_benefit

    Also sign these petitions.

    http://bit.ly/EFCA

    http://bit.ly/10_an_hour_min_wage

    http://bit.ly/women_freedom_of_choice_act

    http://endthewars.democratz.org

  1. January 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

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