Thursday, June 28, 2012

Health Care Reform, AHA/Obamacare fuzzy numbers

I wrote this July 21st 2009 trying to figure out the numbers the Administration was putting out about the number of uninsured Americans.  I figured with the ruling to day i would re-post it to help remind people that 'we' where tricked.
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I read that President Obama said that 46 million Americans are not insured today and that number seemed a little off to me so I did some looking.

I found that the National Coalition on Health Care (linked below) has done some research and it appears this is the information the Administration is using to help scare us in to spending trillions of tax payer dollars every year.

Here are some of the highlights:

"Nearly 46 million Americans, or 18 percent of the population under the age of 65, were without health insurance in 2007, the latest government data available."

OH NO! That's a large portion of our population!!!

"The large majority of the uninsured (80 percent) are native or naturalized citizens."

What other kind of citizens are there? None that I know about so 20% of the uninsured are in fact not Americans (at least not yet), so 20% of 46 million is about 9 million so really 37 million Americans are not insured. Still a huge portion of people.

"The number of uninsured children in 2007 was 8.1 million or 10.7 percent of all children in the U.S."

OH NO THE KIDS!!! THEY NEED THEIR PROZAC!!! Wait now... If I'm not mistaken many if not all states offer some sort of medical coverage to uninsured children providing their parent(s) meet the income requirements and well if you cannot afford insurance for your child chances are you do. Based on that there goes another 7 million off of the 46 million total. Now we are at 30 million still a large portion of Americans.

"The percentage and the number of uninsured Hispanics increased to 32.1 percent and 15 million in 2007"

At the risk of sounding non-PC here, could that fall in to the native or naturalized citizens? Nothing changes here just because there is no clarification on that issue.

"Nearly 40 percent of the uninsured population reside in households that earn $50,000 or more. A growing number of middle-income families cannot afford health insurance payments even when coverage is offered by their employers."

This is where it all falls apart really. If your family make $50,000 a year you can afford to get insurance regardless of weather your employer offers it. If you fall in this group then it is my humble opinion that you would rather spend your money on other things than health care. Which is fine you have that right just don't come to me asking me to help pay for your liver transplant or what ever. The other possible reason is that you may have had to switch companies and cannot get into new insurance because of pre-existing conditions. That is a problem which does need looked into. So okay, 40% of 46 million is roughly 18 million taking into consideration some of them fall into the pre-existing condition category. So now we are down to 19 million.

19 million uninsured Americans that want to be insured, is still horrible but I also wonder now many of these 19 million are left over are on welfare and also collecting health care from the state. I think it is safe to say about half. I am absolutely positive one could further reduce that number with much more research that I am not able to do because well I have already proven my point that the numbers the President, his Administration and Supporters are quoting are outlandish. It is a scare tactic folks, we fell for it before do let them fool us again!

It is possible some of my assumptions are off and welcome someone to correct me.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

waronwoman.com a casualty of war.

So I use Facebook like pretty much every other 'tool' out there, one of my long time friends posted a link to www.waronwomen.com titled Rock the Slut Vote. So I go to the page figuring I would learn a little bit more about what makes women so mad and I was surprised to find out there is very little real information there other than them complaining about the GOP.  Now I have absolutely nothing against women in general in fact some of my best friends are women but this is just getting, well stupid. They have a list of 'Propaganda' they try to discredit 'the other side' so I figure I will go through this one by one too see if they're 'arguments' are valid. First i'll copy and paste what they say.
Propaganda: We need to restrict abortion access because sex-selective abortion rates are a problem in the U.S.

Truth: The U.S. sex ratio, at 1.05 males for every female, is squarely within biologically normal parameters.
The real truth, Selective Sex abortions are bad period. If you didn't want a baby boy then you shouldn't have tried to get pregnant and adopted a girl. I haven't read the actual bill restrict sex-selective abortions and the bill might be pointless but if you are against this then you have no heart.
Propaganda: The cost of Medicaid-funded family planning services is an unjustifiable national expense that the government cannot afford.

Truth: "These efforts save almost $4 for every $1 invested and help avert almost two million unintended pregnancies per year, which would otherwise have resulted in 860,000 unintended births and 810,000 abortions. Without these services, the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions occurring in the United States would be nearly two-thirds higher among women overall and among teens; the number of unintended pregnancies among poor women would nearly double."
The real truth, I never heard that family planing was unjustified. What I heard is that government funded abortions is. Listen I'm against abortions that is no secret but a very large portion of our country is not against them. That portion is large enough to keep them legal but do not force a very large portion of our country to pay for them. I also heard that many do not feel family planning should provide contraception. My thoughts, I don't think family planning should provide expensive contraception. Condoms are cheap, you can order them in bulk for cheap. The cost needs reigned in yes, we cannot afford it any more, however they do not need shut down to do so. Long story short, quit asking for free shit.
Propaganda: Women's reproductive rights are not under attack.

Truth: More than 50% of women now live in states hostile to abortion.
The real truth, Abortion is a reproductive right? I thought sex was? Seriously if you don't want kids don't have sex.
Propaganda: Teens who receive sex education in school are more likely to be sexually active and promiscuous.

Truth: "Respondents who had received instruction on both abstinence and birth control were older at first sex than their peers who had received no formal instruction and were more likely to have used condoms or other contraceptives at first sex; they also had healthier partnerships."
The Real Truth, Parents who do not teach their kids to be responsible are more likely to have problems with their children. Do not leave it to the schools to teach your children about life because they often screw up. No disrespect to teachers intended.
Propaganda: There is a clear causal relationship between abortions and women's mental health issues.

Truth: "A study purporting to show a causal link between abortion and subsequent mental health problems has fundamental analytical errors that render its conclusions invalid, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Guttmacher Institute. Although debunked...mandatory counseling laws in a number of states now require women seeking an abortion to receive information, purportedly medically accurate, that has no basis in fact. Among other things, mandatory counseling can require that a woman be told that having an abortion increases her risk of breast cancer, infertility and mental illness. In reality, none of these claims are medically accurate. These laws not only represent a gross intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship, they serve to propagate misinformation, intentionally misinforming the patient on important medical matters."
The Real Truth, Most women I know who have considered or had an abortion have, or do have mental health issues. Heck I considered it for less than one minute and it drove me nuts for a week. Here is the deal. If abortions where common place, women would not worry so much about getting pregnant cause if you did you can just terminate and continue living your life. You don't know how something like this will effect you until it is done. Women should have all the information and talking to people who have experienced the 'side-effects' of abortion are the best people to talk too, to get the information.
Propaganda: Teen births and abortion rates are at all-time highs. Truth: Teen pregnancies have declined dramatically in the United States since their peak in the early 1990s, as have the births and abortions that result; in 2008, teen pregnancies reached their lowest level in nearly 40 years.
The real truth, From what I can tell, they're both right, and both wrong. It appears to be a fuzzy math thing.. skipping
Propaganda: Poor, uninsured women have most of the abortions that are performed past 16 weeks gestation.

Truth: "...Once other factors were taken into account, women with family incomes of at least 200% of poverty were more likely than poor women to obtain abortions at this stage. Patterns in insurance and income suggest that the higher cost and decreased availability of abortion services at later gestations may make them less accessible for poor women and those who pay out-of-pocket."
The Real Truth, The same site they cited from say that while abortions rates are over all falling, say that the rate in the poor has been on the rise. “According to Guttmacher, poor women accounted for 42% of all abortions in 2008, and their abortion rate increased 18% between 2000 and 2008...”
Propaganda: The vast majority of women use birth control solely to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

Truth: Only 42% use the pill exclusively for contraceptive reasons.
The Real Truth, WTF are you getting it from family planning for then? Go do a doctor. Family planning is not equal to a family doctor.
Propaganda: Marriage is the solution for women having problems with unwanted pregnancies.

Truth: Poor women who are married have unintended pregnancy rates more than twice as high as those of higher-income women who are unmarried or cohabiting.
The Real Truth, yeah both statements are just stupid... next.
Propaganda: Abortion rates for low-income women have risen because poor women routinely use abortion as a form of birth control.

Truth: "..the ongoing economic recession may have made it harder for poor women to obtain contraceptive services, resulting in more unintended pregnancies. In addition, when confronted with an unintended pregnancy, women who might have felt equipped to support a child or another child in a more stable economic climate may have decided that they were unable to do so during a time of economic uncertainty."
The Real Truth, some women DO see it this way. Luckily the vast majority do not. I don't think either side of the argument want it to be that way. It is really what I would like to prevent. However, Waronwomen.com's argument just seems stupid, the in ablitly to get contraception is not a valid reason to get an abortion, it is a valid reason not to have sex though.
Propaganda: The government should not have to pay for contraceptive and family planning services for low-income women.

Truth: "The estimates of the cost to taxpayers of providing medical services to women who experience unintended pregnancies and to the infants who are born as a result of such pregnancies range between $9.6 and $12.6 billion per year, and average $11.3 billion. The estimates of the public savings that would result if these unintended pregnancies were prevented range from $4.7 billion to $6.2 billion per year, and average $5.6 billion."
The Real Truth, The government shouldn't be paying for it, they also shouldn't be giving any of us any sort of health care or entitlements. We 'should' be able to do it ourselves. But that is another story. It is, in my opinion that government should have a limit to what they'll pay for. Cheap contraceptives only. If you need something else for purposes other than contraception, go to your family doctor.
Propaganda: Affordable contraceptives are not important to Catholic and Evangelical Christian women.

Truth: "Most sexually active women who do not want to become pregnant practice contraception, and most use highly effective methods like sterilization, the pill, or the IUD. This is true for Evangelicals and Mainline Protestants, and it is true for Catholics, despite the Catholic hierarchy's strenuous opposition to contraception."
The Real Truth, Most people only care what effects them regardless of religion. I'm with Waronwomen.com on this one. Though I do not see what this has to do with 'war on women' other than some republican probably said this so they felt like attacking it.
Propaganda: Most women who have abortions do so without the consent or support of their partners.

Truth: "Nearly nine in 10 women who are cohabiting or married report that their partner knew about their abortion (88% and 87%, respectively) and that he was supportive (82% and 87%). By contrast, 72% of divorced and separated women reported that their partner knew and 66% said that he was supportive. Additionally, women in long-term relationships were more likely than those not in a relationship or in a relationship of less than one year to report both that their partner knew and that he was supportive. Only 12% of women reported that they had not been in a relationship with the man who got them pregnant, but a majority of these women reported that he still knew about the pregnancy and that he was supportive (61% and 64%)."
The real truth, again the math just doesn't look right here with conflicting information out there. This is the real kicker to me though. Women talk about a war on them when fathers have hardly any rights to their child.

Okay so we go through this section of their site and you can see nearly all the information has to do with Abortion and Family planning. Apparently the war on women is not really a war on women, it is a war to protect the dignity of pregnancy and children.   I was expecting something more myself, you know something along the lines of taking the right to vote away from women or not allowing them to serve in the military.   Possibly maybe something about jobs and unemployment.

If I had to give this site a rating I would give it a 2/10 right now.