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Thursday
Jul122012

Can a Politician Criticize America Without Being A Traitor? | Planned Parenthood Ads Against Romney Working 

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The Atlantic writes a provocative piece asserting that other countries of the world used to chuckle at America’s claims of a God-granted preeminence and predestination to lead the world, but they respected us. 

Today, our claims of God-granted exceptionalism and claims to leadership are scoffed at, when countless key indicators about nations of the world, put America in a state of decline. Anne of Carversville always points those surveys and wonders why politicians of both parties hit the TV airwaves making statements that are clearly false and a source of misinformation to the general public.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett will tell you that America has big problems that go far beyond the federal deficit. Politicians will not. American business benchmarks the business practices of competitors, wherever they are located. Politicians do not.

America does not have the best health care system in the world. We repeat: America does not have the best health care system in the world by every measure of a nation’s health. Yet, politicians — especially Republican politicians state that we do. This is a total falsehood. America is known for having the best advanced health care system in the world for critically ill patients. Period.

The United States spend more on medical care per person than any country in the world, yet our life expectancy is among the lowest of the developed nations. Lack of health insurance is a major factor, contributing to an estimated 45,000 deaths each year, writes National Geographic. (View graph larger)


Why do our politicians not address the nation, with charts like this in back of them? How can any self-respecting politician of either party utter the statement that America has the best health care system in the world? This is laughable, were the results not so tragic for our country.

America spends 18% of GDP on health, compared to 9% for the rest of the developed world. Imagine what we could do with the trillion dollar difference of USGDP to invest in American infrastructure, the education of our children, and other critical needs of American citizens.

Planned Parenthood Ads Working

Planned Parenthood & The Mitt

Planned Parenthood’s anti-Romney ads are considered to be effective, based on new results from Hart Research surveys conducted in West Palm Beach, Fla and Des Moines Iowa, writes Huff Po’s Laura Bassett. Over half of women surveyed in both states remembered the ads (50% in Florida and 55% in Iowa), responding affirmatively to the statement that Mitt Romney is “out of step with my opinions on issues affecting women” by an increase of 11 percent. 

The campaign (view video) launched on May 31, targeted Romney’s record on two key issues: abortion and equal pay. 

Romney, who previously supported Planned Parenthood, is on record saying he will close down the organization. 

In a reality that’s an ad makers dream, women in both states quoted facts and criticisms of Romney from the ad, without referencing Planned Parenthood’s ads.

Three out of five of the most frequently volunteered criticisms of Romney were points specifically highlighted by the ads: his desire to overturn Roe v. Wade, his plan to eliminate Planned Parenthood funding and his stance (or lack thereof) on equal pay.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois Medicaid Investigation

Crain’s reports that the Illinois Medicaid inspector general is investigating the billing practices of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

he investigation is focused on Dr. Caroline Hoke, who was reimbursed more than $3 million by Medicaid during the state’s 2009 fiscal year. Payments fell to zero by 2011. Planned Parenthood of Illinois CEO Carole Brite calls the inquiry a “routine review” but admits that the organization will have to repay the state.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois was formed by the March 2008 merger of five regional chapters. It now has 18 offices, including nine downstate.

After the merger, Dr. Hoke’s reimbursements rose because DHFS instructed the organization to bill services at all locations under her name, Ms. Brite says. But the agency changed its position, effective February 2009, advising the organization to bill providers separately, she says. The inspector general’s examination began in April 2010, she adds.

“There’s no fraud, no wrongdoing,” Ms. Brite says. “We came to an agreement long ago—we’re just waiting for the final paperwork.”

As Dr. Hoke’s billings have faded, payments have grown to the other providers who use Planned Parenthood’s Chicago headquarters address. In fiscal 2009, those 52 providers were paid $2.8 million, records show. By 2011, the number of providers rose to 62 while payments shot up to $7 million.

Tuesday
Jul102012

Mitt Romney's Personal Tax-Saving Strategy | Feds Knock Down Indiana Aboriton Bill | Mick Jagger Rocks On

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Feds Reject Indiana Abortion Bill

A federal hearing officer has ruled that Indiana’s controversial abortion law that makes Planned Parenthood the least desirable health care provider for women has been ruled unacceptable “because it denies women the freedom to choose their health care providers”.

Ironically, the argument that Obamacare takes away that same right, is front and center for Republicans opposed to the Affordable Care Act. Working closely with the right-to-life movement, Republicans in many state legislatures including Texas have sought to eliminate abortions at Planned Parenthood centers by cutting off their total flow of Medicaid money.

Overseeing the appeal hearing on a similar decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in June 2011, Hearing Officer Benjamin Cohen said “that the law violated a federal requirement that individuals must have the liberty to obtain care from any qualified provider” reports CNN.

Wading Into the Water

© Ruth Tomlinson/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis (beach); by Justin Sullivan/Getty images (inset).The August issue of Vanity Fair magazine delves into the offshore finances of Mitt Romney, for an in-depth look at the many loopholes in America’s tax code that help America’s wealthiest reduce their US taxes.

From the first paragraph in which a former Bain employee reflects on Romney’s style of getting competitive information by “pretending”, the inference is that as a smart guy, Mitt is presented as a hear no evil, see no evil kind of guy.

Jagger Rocks On At Age 68

Two new books about Mick Jagger — one devoted to celebrating 50 years of the Rolling Stones — give us a deep glimpse into the rock star’s life. Reading the lengthy excerpts of Christopher Andersen’s ‘Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger’ published in the New York Daily News, we get a refresher course on seventies life at Max’s Kansas City.

The love affairs are endless in Jagger’s life — from Carla Bruni to David Bowie, writes Andersen. Read Rock On: The Life and Times of Mick Jagger.

L Wren Scott & Mick Jagger

For the last 10 years, Mick Jagger has lived with designer L Wren Scott, jetting between England, the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan and the Left Bank of Paris. For all his glittering on and off stage antics, Mick Jagger appreciates tall, chic women. Granted, some women are more chic than others, and we’re sure the French would agree.

Scott the designer shares images of her Left Bank apartment in two Vogue articles about her life and career. Read on L Wren Scott & MIck Jagger Cosy Up in Left Bank Parisian Apartment.

Tuesday
Jun262012

Is PA 16th Joe Pitts A Threat to the Personhood of American Women? | Planned Parenthood & Prochoice Republicans

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PA 16 Congressional District Joe Pitts(R) and Former Michigan Senator Bart Stupak (D) Anne is reading her own article on BlueAmerica: Joe Pitts — An Existential Threat To The United States and Why He Must Be Defeated.

When PA 16th district Representative Joe Pitts became the head of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health after the 2010 mid-term elections, some American women knew we were in for a rough ride.

Congressman Joe Pitts has been an anti-abortion advocate for decades and an avowed foe of Planned Parenthood. The only form of sex education Pitts will endorse is the failed program of abstinence. And of course, Pitts is anti-gay marriage.

Finding a Voice, Taking a Stand

In the fall of 2009, American women and the men in our lives certainly took our right to contraception and other reproductive health services for granted.

Yes, the anti-abortion debate swirled constantly around us. The tone was shifting but still not in a truly frightening way. My group was being called murderers of countless innocent children for having used an IUD as my favored method of birth control.

The voices that had stalked me for a year in the 70s, threats marking me for death and putting me in police protection for a year in Buffalo, New York, grew more pronounced. In the late 70s, I walked away from a career in journalism after decapitated animals, bloody knives and my hanging rope arrived daily.

When my masked stalker finally flew across the windshield of my car on a cold fall night, I fought for my life, gunning the accelerator in self-survival mode. Sobbing on the phone to the now well-known and very supportive lieutenant of my police department, I explained that I didn’t know if my pro-life stalker was dead or alive in the parking lot.

My crime? As an American woman in a free country, I did not understand supporting the Supreme Court Roe decision on a TV panel would put my life at risk.

Luckily, I am talented in business and was able to redirect my career, once I understood that being a journalist who agreed with Supreme Court decisions was reason to kill me. I was young then. Read on.

Planned Parent Spotlight

Dayna Smith/AP PhotoSusan G. Komen’s chief fundraiser Julie Teer is leaving the organization for a position as senior vice president of resource development at the Boys and Girls’ Clubs, reports The Daily Beast.

Planned Parenthood & Republicans

Journalist and former television news reporter and anchor at CNN and NBC Campbell Brown wrote a NYTimes op ed called Planned Parenthood’s Self-Destructive Behavior. Brown cites Ronald Reagan’s comment “the person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.”

We don’t see prochoice challenges in this light, believing instead that it’s women’s reproductive health rights and other women’s issues “shiny objects” — to quote the Romney campaign — that lay in the heart of the 20 percent of backroom deals made in Congress and state legislatures, focused on controlling women’s bodies. 

Will Planned Parenthood back any Republican candidates who are prochoice? That question lies at the heart of Brown’s piece. She cites the distressing turn that Planned Parenthood took against Senator Susan Collins of Maine, one of five Republicans who stood by the organization last year, when she supported the confirmation of Bush Supreme Court judge Samuel A. Alito.

While the vote was a challenging one for Senator Collins, she says she came to it after speaking with Mr. Alito about his respect for precedent and whether he considered Roe v. Wade settled law. (Senator Collins has since also voted to confirm Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.) Ms. Collins was acting in the traditional (and admirable) spirit of the Senate, which tends to confirm judicial nominees unless the person is clearly unqualified.

Planned Parenthood turned against her, says Collins, who now calls the group “infuriating” and nothing more than “an arm of the Democratic National Committee.”

Campbell Brown raises valid questions about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to support prochoice Republican candidates, which is a position that AOC endorses. The organization must rise above partisan politics, which is darn difficult when the Republican War on women is so real.