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A Chinese Fire Drill

Posted by redsatellite on October 1, 2008

Okay…I admit it. I didn’t think I would ever utter the word- Melamine. I mean…c’mon- did you? I actually thought I would go my entire life not knowing what it means nor having to PRONOUNCE it. Well..heck..now I do….a week of this nonsense finally has it on my radar.

And I tried so hard to ignore it.

An additional 31 batches of Chinese milk powder were found contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine, China’s government said Wednesday, further broadening a scandal affecting products ranging from baby formula to chocolate.

The contamination has been blamed for the deaths of four children and kidney ailments among 54,000 others. More than 13,000 children have been hospitalized and 27 people arrested in connection with the tainting.

Now you know why. Even in the land of one billion people….this is turning ugly.

Melamine, which is high in nitrogen, is used to make plastics and fertilizers and experts say some amount of the chemical may be transferred from the environment during food processing.

But in China’s case, suppliers trying to boost output are believed to have diluted their milk, adding melamine because its nitrogen content can fool tests aimed at verifying protein content. Melamine can cause kidney stones, leading to kidney failure. Infants are particularly vulnerable.

The scandal was worsened by an apparent cover-up by companies involved and the ignoring by safety officials of tips and warnings from parents and doctors.

Sad AND ugly. Consider yourself…informed.

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A Diabetes Cure?

Posted by Mark on April 15, 2008

Diabetes has come a long way from being a death sentence thanks to insulin treatments. Now, perhaps, this illness will not just be treatable, but curable. What a miracle that would be for millions.

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A Short Course in Brain Surgery

Posted by Mark on March 7, 2008

Every thing you need to know about “single payor” health insurance is in this film. Is this really what you want? It’s what you’ll get if you vote for a Democrat this year.

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Clinton Health Care….think SOCIALISM

Posted by redsatellite on February 13, 2008

If you have trouble remembering Hillary’s Health (s)Care reform from a decade ago…well uh…this just in- if she gets to be President– get ready for a MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION:

Clinton on Sunday described universal health care as “a core Democratic value and a moral principle, and I’m absolutely going to do everything I can to achieve that.”

The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama is warning voters that Clinton’s plan forces everyone to buy insurance, even if they can’t afford it. “And if they cannot afford it, then the question is what are you going to do about it? Are you going to fine them? Are you going to garnish their wages?” Obama asked Clinton at one of their debates.

Clinton, pressed on the issue Sunday during her appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” said people will be able to afford her plan because she would limit premiums to a “low percent of your income.”According to Clinton, “about 20 percent of the people who don’t have health insurance in America today could well afford it,” despite its “exorbitant” cost. “So what we’ve got to do is have shared responsibility. Everybody has to pay something, but, obviously, on a sliding scale.”

Stephanopoulos tried again: “And I still haven’t heard, if people can afford it and they don’t buy the insurance, will their wages be garnished under your plan? Will they have to pay fines?”

Clinton told Stephanopoulos “there are a number of ways” of getting people to enroll in her universal health care plan. “I think you can automatically enroll people, and you will then say you’ve got to be part of this.” She added that Congress is sure to “have some ideas” about it as well. “But if you don’t start with universal health care, if you don’t say everybody’s going to be in the system, we’ll never get there,” Clinton said.

Pressed a third time on the wage-garnishing question, Clinton said, “we will have an enforcement mechanism — whether it’s that (wage garnishing) or it’s some other mechanism through the tax system or automatic enrollments.”

Frightening beyond words.

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Edward’s Evil Insurance Scam

Posted by Mark on January 10, 2008

John Edward’s will not be President, thank God. His tactics need to be called and condemned however. In this editorial, Dr. Joel Zinberg (Dr. Joel Zinberg is vice president of the New York County Medical Society and associate clinical professor of surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital) does just that.

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Death Just Isn’t What It Used To Be

Posted by Mark on November 9, 2007

At least, in the case of this man it sure isn’t. Amazing story.

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Poster Children: Harry’s Kids, not Jerry’s Kids

Posted by Mark on October 9, 2007

Michelle Malkin takes a look at the kids trotted out by the Defeatocrats in response to President Bush’s veto of last week:

A few weeks ago, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lured two young children to the public spotlight to help him pass a massive expansion of government health insurance. Gemma and Graeme Frost, 9 and 12 years old respectively, were severely injured in a car accident three years ago. Their parents obtained government health care through the non-meansassets-tested Children’s Health Insurance Program in Maryland. President Bush’s veto doesn’t change that. And there’s the rub.

She continues:

What is verifiable: The Frosts own a home in Baltimore purchased for $55,000 sixteen years ago–and now worth an estimated $300,000. That’s a lot of equity. In addition, the children’s father, Halsey Frost, owns commercial real estate and his own small business, but chose not to buy health insurance for himself and his wife, whom he hired as an employee. She now apparently works freelance at a medical publishing firm, which also reportedly doesn’t offer insurance. Gemma and Graeme both attend expensive private schools; the Frosts have two other school-age children. Reid’s staff says Gemma and Graeme receive tuition breaks. But it’s not clear when those scholarships were instituted and/or whether the other two receive tuition aid as well. Moreover, Frost’s family comes from considerable means. The children’s maternal grandfather was an engineering executive. Their paternal grandparents hail from affluent Bronxville, New York, where the grandfather is a prominent facilities management consultant and chairman of the municipal planning board.

In other words: The public trough is not Halsey Frost’s last and only resort.

The accident was horrible. The children deserve much sympathy and compassion. But this family made choices. Choices have consequences. Taxpayers of lesser means should not be forced to subsidize them.

And this is a family that is already covered. The dems want to expand the program.

Michelle ends her column with this:

This is not about The Children. It’s about the purported adults in the Democrat party leadership, the left-wing blogosphere, and the sycophantic media who can’t debate policy without flinging their peas when challenged.

Financial assets are at the very core of this debate. Schip was supposed to be a bridge to help insure children in poor families who barely missed out on qualifying for Medicaid. The Democrats are pushing the Schip eligibility level to 200, 300, 400 percent of the federal poverty line. The kids’ program is no longer just for kids and may well cover illegal aliens to boot.

Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Republicans need to force the Left out of its ideological infancy and stop this disastrous entitlement juggernaut.

I repeat what I told the Times reporter:

If Republicans don’t have the guts to hold the line, they deserve to lose their seats.

And lose their seats they will. Republicans win only as long as they run as conservatives, both socially and fiscally. Why would someone vote for a Republican trying to act like a weak kneed Socialist, when the real one can be chosen by voting Defeatocrat?

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And Meanwhile Here on Earth…HillaryCare Redux

Posted by Mark on September 18, 2007

Michael Tanner takes an initial look at a pattern far scarier than what we’ve discovered on Saturn’s North pole.

And, for a little more on HillaryCare 2.0, here’s Rich Lowry.

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