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I am thankful for many things this year first of which is the privledge to be in the same classroom with you all of you. My eyes have been opened to different points of view foriegn to my own. I am grateful to have the opportunity to view the issues from an immigrant’s, an exchange student’s, a New Yorker’s, and hardworking American’s perspectives.

I am thankful for the hope that our new president has inspired in this country.

I am thankful for those who believe in me and who have gone out of their way to help me succeed.

Lastly but not leastly, I am thankful to Union County College a place where I discoverd my potential and abilty to overcome the ghost from my past. A place where I felt at home.

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Need I say more? I think not, The American People have spoken…God Bless America! I am sure glad the Obama won the white house, cause if he didn’t, I was packing my bags and moving to Austria!

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I woke up this morning refreshed and renewed my sickness that lasted four long days, was over (just like the sickness of the last 8 years). It felt like Christmas morning I just hope that I was getting the present that I

Election Day 2008

Election Day 2008

wanted. With my mind clear I headed out the door to the polling place to cast my vote. I thought I was slick to get there early in order to beat the crowds, however about a hundred other folks thought the same thing.

It was chaos and I started to think pessimistically, but I sucked it up, and found the correct line to stand in. It took 20 minutes to get to the front. I showed my ID to the little old lady behind the table, signed my John Hancock, grabbed my voting ticket, and headed to the Voting Booth.

As I am waiting in line for the voting booth I realize that I am going to make history (Nationally and personally).  Another 15 minutes and I am in the front of the line. I anxiously wait my turn, hand my ticket to the Election official and enter the booth.  I take a moment to ponder my options, then immediately select Barrack Obama as my presidential choice, and then the entire Democratic column. I press the shiny red button to cast my vote, and emerge from the voting booth, chest swelled with pride and Hope for the future, not just mine, but for every American. Tonight I am going to celebrate the Obama Victory…

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McCain’s smug mug at the beginning of last nights debate is self evident of his disdain for his opponent, worse still is the fact that Obama is his colleague in Washington, and we all seen the manner in which McCain has dismissed him in first two debates.

It makes one think, if this is how he thinks of his senate colleague, then what does he think of the majority of Americans? What does he think of us….What does he think of ME?…

It does not look good for the majority of Americans if, McCain becomes the Big Cheese in Washington. I have read several blogs, Liberal and Conservative ones. I noticed a trend among the Republicans/Conservatists commentators and writers on these blogs, they become downright hostile, and violent in their rants about Obama. Hmmm, isn’t that what animals do when they are cornerd, become hostile, or when they are threatend? They are worried and should be.

McCain would make a lousy Poker Player, he has so many “Tells”, ( a Tell is a behavior that reveals an Emotion about the kind of cards one player has to others, usally the person “Telling” is unaware that he/or she is doing so), He TELLS us how he is going to deal with foriegn policy “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Iran”. He TELLS us how he thinks of us ” I dont agree with what the Majority of Americans want…” his attitude and behavior towards Obama, and he TELLS us that he is for big business, and not for the Majority of Americans just listen to he proposal for the Econimic Crisis or read his Health care Napkin err “plan”.

His judgment is no better, just look at his Vicepresidential choice. Need I say more?

 

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Hear it from Obama’s lips, what his health care plan is about. This is a follow up to my previous post. This should help you answer my the questions that I posted.

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In case you haven’t figured it out yet, let me come clean and admit that I am one of the 47 million Americans without health care. Yes it is true; I am a part of the 14.2% of New Jerseyeans, 1,265,000 people, without insurance. Not because I don’t want it, or don’t care about my well being, it’s just that I cannot afford coverage and it’s difficult to find a doctor that will take me as an uninsured patient.

    I can’t remember what the inside of a doctor’s office even looks like or recall the last time a doctor poked me with a cold finger and told me to “Cough!”. And the worse part, my health is “Not so good!” (Said with an Italian accent). So if you happened to guess correctly whether Universal health care is on my political shopping list …then DING! DING! DING! DING! You’re a winner, step right up and pick out your prize! 

The 18 percent of uninsured Americans is just a small piece of our country’s’ huge health care mess. Premiums for health insurance have sky rocketed 35% in the last four years (8.5% per year). An individual health insurance policy averages about $4,400 a year, and a family policy costs $12,000 or more a year (the Links are my Sources). The 25 million Americans with health insurance are struggling to pay their medical bills. And here is the kicker, while insurance premiums are going up; the quality of the care is going down. This in combination with higher co-pays, deductibles, and prescription medications has left most Americans (including myself) out to dry. Our next president will have to face several challenges to overcome our nation’s health care crisis: cost, quality, and availability of care

We live in a country where we are judged by our past, and our history is used as predictor of future behavior: i.e., when you apply for a credit card, the store checks you credit history, and when you submit an application for a job, the employer checks your references. The same should and must apply to a presidential candidate. One must sort through all the pre-election hype and considers who to vote for in a presidential election. One can usually tell where a candidate stands by analyzing his/her voting records on important issues, watching past interviews with the media, and critically thinking about the choices the candidates have made.

A thousand pardons for going over the allotted “two article maximum,” (I promise that it won’t happen again) but these extra sources are essential to the issue at hand and will help clarify how each candidate’s plan will affect you personally. Because Health care is a personal Issue!

Articles

  1. Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s Plan Quality, Affordable and Portable Coverage for All : (Healthcare Full PlanHealthcare FAQ)
  2. John McCain and Sarah Palin’s Straight Talk on Health System Reform a “Call to Action” 
  3. The New England Journal of Medicine (Video) Perspective Roundtable: Health Care in the Next Administration

 

 

 

References

PBS.org, The Online News Hour’s Health Beat Article: The Uninsured in America:                 

The debates will begin to heat up as the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees engage in a Tag-Team like match over the important issues facing our country. This election is important for all Americans, the outcome will not only affect our future but our nation’s overall legacy, this election is a turning point in our nation’s history. So with this in mind, it is our duty, as Americans to Vote in this election. Because a Vote not cast is a Vote for the candidate you don’t want as President.

Even though, on occasion, I’ll take a jab at a candidate, or use a joke or sarcasm on positions taken on issues, I am serious about the process. I use this as a way to keep my interest alive and to participate. So with that said, on with the sarcasm…

First up, The McCain/Palin plan:

“In this Corner hailing from the state of Arizona…, the man with more houses that he can remember…, Senator John ‘I was a POW‘ McCain, McCain, McCain… and his very intellectual VP pick Sarah “Caribou Barbie” Palin…..” (Said like a boxing announcer)

The McCain/Palin “plan” (and Kid-glove approach to the insurance-market) promotes individual purchased insurance. To fund this so called “plan” the McCain/Palin team proposed to tax the health insurance premiums that workers currently do not pay. McCain and Palin’s vast economic knowledge guesstimates that the use of the $3.6 trillion, over 10 years, will pay for refundable tax credits for Americans to use to obtain private insurance: $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families.

I am a just a wee bit reluctant to believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is sincere about health care reform (I have my reasons). Their “Straight Talk” is just that… TALK! It sounds as if McCain wrote it on the back of a napkin and decided he would use it as a campaign issue (Oh boy!, I would give my left foot to see that napkin). No thought out plan, or track record to back it up, of course McCain has to appease his true constituency: the insurance and pharmaceutical companies (Which become obvious when you read his plan).

However given the insane cost of health insurance premiums’ many lower income individuals and families, according to the Dr. Epstein of the New England Journal of Medicine, will not be able to afford coverage even with McCain’s propose Tax Credit. And most uninsured Americans would most likely remain uninsured under the McCain/Palin Napkin err “plan.”

 

Now on to the Obama/Biden plan:

The heart of the Obama/Biden health plan is choice. It requires employers, some small business are either subsidized or exempt, to either offer their employees health insurances or pay a tax to help finance coverage for the uninsured. This plan will create two options both of which would be open to Americans without access to group health insurance, including income based subsidies to help lower-income Americans afford coverage. The first is a government health plan, similar to Medicare, and the second is the creation of a national health insurance purchasing pool, insurance exchange, which would offer a choice of private insurance options. Small businesses that want to buy coverage for their employees are also permitted to participate in these plans.

The Obama/Biden plan prevents private insurance companies from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions or charging higher premiums to sick enrollees, effectively ending medical underwriting on the basis of a person’s health.

The Obama/Biden ticket plans to finance the $50 billion to $65 billion asking price by repealing the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. And this is where Republicans grumble and complain. It is ironic that republicans are opposing a plan that takes every American into consideration because of a high price tag particularly when you consider their response to our current financial-market crisis. And take in account that we’re spending spending $12 billion to $16 billion per month in Iraq and Afganistan. Funding then seems to be a moot point, and the petty bickering from republicans on something that will improve the quality of life for millions of Americans is political suicide (republicans are losing seats in Washington).

Before I get into the QnA section of this post, I want you to ask yourself these questions with hopes that it will give you a solid foundation to base your choices on:

Are you uninsured, underinsured, or comfortably insured? Do you or someone you know have health issues that need to be addressed but haven’t due to cost, quality, or availability of care? Have you been denied health coverage? If so, Why? This issue personally affects every American, more than any other.

Questions:

Barrack Obama and John McCain both have made a campaign promises to address our health care issues. If you had to pick a candidate based solely on this issue, and take into account their senate voting records, accoplishments, and attitues then…

  1. Which candidate would you vote for? Why?
  2. Why do you think their plan will work? 
  3. What are the differences between Obama’s plan and McCain’s plan that are imprtant to you? 
  4. How do think they will intend on paying for thier plan?
  5. Do you think that the cost of Universal Health care should be an Issue?
  6. Will McCain’s Tax credit or Obama’s plan cover your health care expenses?

The winner of this Tag Team match will be decided in November. The impact will be significant. Are you ready for a McCain or Obama Presidency? I am not a religious person, but (all athiest please forgive me as I put my god-goggles on for a few seconds)  I pray that Obama wins.

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I just want to make one thing clear. I am not McCain Bashing. McCain is doing a fine job of bashing himself. I actually like the man: like him NOT to be my next president. I feel bad for the guy. I think that maybe, just possibly that John McCain has gone insane. Insane McCain, don’t agree? ok here is the Acid test…Who did he pick for his VP? Do really want another out-of-touch, war-eyed, crazed republican puppet, a half a heartbeat away from kicking the bucket, with Palin as his VP in the white house? If you do, its time to take the little blue pill and chase Alice down the rabbit hole. (apologies if your name is Alice, and to any rabbits out there that I may have offended).

McCain is out of touch with the majority of Americans, he disagrees with us. Don’t take my word for it: hear it from the Elephant’s mouth (five minutes twenty-two seconds in to the above video). He admits that he waffles on issues, (and no not the waffles you eat at Dennys), for the sake of his ambition to be president, “Yes, [I] worse than waffled” (5:47). He will say or do anything for the sake of his ambition to become president. Are republicans being Delusional or Decieptful? or is it both?

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