Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Report on Good Morning America

I do not normally have the television on in the morning. However, I turned it on after hearing about a second earthquake during the night with another tsunami and knew that Good Morning America would be talking about it as well as the other earthquake and tsunami that hit Samoa yesterday. I was quite surprised by one of the other stories.

Apparently, those in Congress can pay under $400 a year to receive unlimited health care on site. If they need specialists they are brought in with no additional charge. They had a hard time getting people to speak about it on camera. Interestingly, the reporter made the case for primary health care being the key to lowering health care costs and that increasing the availability of primary care is what is needed. I agree with that... to an extent. Medical school enrollment is down and some doctors are leaving the field altogether. Why? I think it is the decline in incentive.

I just wanted to throw that out there real quick. I've got a busy morning and don't have time to look up some things I'd like to. I do know that some companies are now hiring doctors to have on site to keep their health care costs down while still providing services for their employees. I'm interested in seeing if I can find some good examples of how that is working.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Health Care Reform

We all hear about it every day. We could use some changes in health care to make it less expensive. Does that mean we need to hand over control of it to the government? NO.

Where are the people dying in this country because they have been turned away from hospitals because they don't have insurance? It is against the law for hospitals to do that!

Case in point:

Someone I know in his mid-thirties is an alcoholic that lives in California. He had had four DUI's, his license taken away, and spent many months on house arrest in 2007. In August of 2008 he was in a serious car accident in which he was driving a friend's SUV... drunk. There were no other cars or people involved (THANK GOD!!!) and he was seriously injured. He was in the hospital for a month and required rehabilitation services for a brain injury for months afterward. He had no insurance and no way to pay... yet, he received the care.

I know families that receive state health and dental care for their children because they fall below a certain income level.

Health care costs are through the roof. That has more to do with sleazeball trial attorneys than anything else.

And that is my rant for the day on current U.S. political happenings.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

World Politics

In my quest to understand the middle east I have had my eyes opened to a few things. The fact is that in today's world global politics are just as important as our own U.S. politics. There is no doubt that the United States is the current most powerful nation. However, there are changes being made here that could change that.

When I wrote the post on Palestine I went into researching that with a certain mindset. I first learned of the Holocaust when I was in high school and was very affected by it. I was not raised in a Christian home and was not aware of the history of the Jews from a biblical perspective. My heart broke for a people so mistreated. When I learned of the plight of the Palestinians, my heart also broke for them. As much as I know that life is not fair, I want it to be so.

What is it that drives different people groups throughout the world? Their beliefs. Those beliefs are shaped by their experiences... their history as a people, their lifestyle or culture (which is, in large part, determined by where they are located geographically and what natural resources are available in those areas that enable them to be either self sustaining and/or develop trade with others) and what they believe the purpose of life is. As much as many people would like to leave religion out of things, it is impossible.

Mrs. BLBeamer made the comment in my last post that she was hoping I would not be discussing the middle east as much because it seems to be a futile effort. Maybe so. However, I am more interested, at this point, in understanding it and how it relates to the rest of the world. I will, even though I am disgusted with U.S. politics, also get back into looking at what is going on here.

Today the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be addressing the United Nations. Gateway Pundit has this post up about Canada boycotting the speech and is planning on going to the U.N. today to report on what is happening.

We know that Iran now has nuclear capabilities.

What do you think this means for the United States?

For Israel?

Update: In case you haven't figured it out, Gateway Pundit is my favorite political blog. He has updates throughout the day of what is going on around the world. I really appreciate his straightforward style. He has this post up about the protest against Ahmadinejad outside of the U.N. complete with pictures. He says there is another scheduled for tomorrow. He also has this post up about President Obama using his speech to the U.N. General Assembly to warn Israel that "America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements."

I am currently taking a class on Bible prophecy. It is providing a different lense with which to look through at what is happening around the world right now. It is foretold in the Bible that the world will turn its back on Israel and that would have to include the United States.