Waving Bears Having Fun
These bears are adorable. Yes, they are really waving bears! I wonder what the bears are thinking when they are waving at the people in their cars.
Pre-Existing Conditions and Obamacare
Thomas Friedman wrote an interesting article, “Obama Should Seize the High Ground,” in the New York Times 5/27/2012 about the 2012 election campaign and how President Obama needs to let the American people clearly understand all the things he has accomplished since he has been office.
Friedman says in his article about President Obama’s Health Care Reform which was the only major health care reform bill since the 1965 Medicare legislation:
Think about this: Is there anyone in America today who doesn’t either have a pre-existing medical condition or know someone who does and can’t get health insurance as a result? Yet two years after Obama’s health care bill became law, how many Americans understand that once it is fully implemented no American with a pre-existing condition will ever again be denied coverage?
“Obamacare is socialized medicine,” says the Republican Party. No, no — excuse me — socialized medicine is what we have now! People without insurance can go to an emergency ward or throw themselves on the mercy of a doctor, and the cost of all this uncompensated care is shared by all those who have insurance, raising your rates and mine. That is socialized medicine and that is what Obamacare ends. Yet Obama — the champion of private insurance for all — has allowed himself to be painted as a health care socialist.
Friedman points out in his article that many Americans are unaware that President Obama’s Health Care Reform called “Obamacare” by the Republicans, will make sure that every person will be eligible for Health Care in the U.S. regardless of a pre-existing condition.
The good thing about “Obamacare” is that it prevents insurance companies from being able to deny health care coverage to people with a pre-existing condition. Yet, Mitt Romney wants to repeal “Obamacare” because why? He thinks it is socialist? Americans need to look at the details and stop being hoodwinked by hot button talking points. Just because Romney or a political pundit calls something “socialist” does not mean it is.
The 2012 Election
Election Integrity Cat thinks everyone in America needs to make sure they are properly registered to vote. It is time to make sure you are on the voting rolls and that all your information is correct with your local elections board.
Also, get your friends and family to vote and for them to encourage others to get their friends and family to vote.
We’re lucky in the United States that we can vote in elections. However, we have to be vigilant to make sure that our elections are fair, honest, transparent and accurate. Otherwise we are living in a sham democracy.
Also, be skeptical of all political ads. Do your own research. Realize that there are people making lots of money to confuse you or upset you with their slick manipulative ads. Do your own thinking instead of allowing the ads to do your thinking. You’re a smart cookie aren’t you? Good, so use your critical thinking skills.