Archive for October 20th, 2009

God’s Love and Ours

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

1 John 4:7-12 (New International Version)

H1N1 Vaccine Too Late, Won’t Help Most

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

People can help out by observing good hygiene. Also, if you feel sick, stay home.

The H1N1 vaccine will arrive too late to help most Americans who will be infected during this flu season, according to a study conducted by scholars at Purdue University, The Washington Times reported on Tuesday.

The study also estimates that the virus — commonly referred to as the swine flu bug — will infect about 60 percent of the U.S. population, although only about 25 percent of Americans will fall ill.

Published Oct. 15 in Eurosurveillance, a scientific journal devoted to epidemiology and the surveillance and control of communicable diseases, the study was conducted by professors Sherry Towers and Zhilan Feng of, respectively, Purdue’s statistics and mathematics departments.

“The model predicts that there will be a significant wave in autumn, with 63% of the population being infected, and that this wave will peak so early that the planned [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] vaccination campaign will likely not have a large effect on the total number of people ultimately infected by the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus,” the authors wrote in their study.

The authors said that this is the week, through Oct. 24, during which the greatest number of people would be infected. The vaccination program has barely started in the U.S.

“The model predicts that the peak wave of infection will occur near the end of October in week 42, with 8% of the population being infected during that week. By the end of 2009, the model predicts that a total of 63% of the population will have been infected,” the authors wrote in a conclusion that ignored the effects of a CDC vaccination program.

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“Illegals Are Not ‘Dying in the Street'” by Ashley Herzog

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The latest holier-than-thou liberal trope is to claim that illegal immigrants will be “left to die” if our government doesn’t pay for their health care. A post at liberalforum.org said that if illegals are excluded from a public health insurance plan, they’ll be left to “die on the street.” (Google “die on the street” to see just how many liberals have used this oh-so-original phrase when discussing illegals and health care.) Then, last week, a member at DemocraticUnderground.com posted this gem:

“Me (to an anti-Obama, bible thumping Republican): Here’s my hypothetical question to you. Suppose an adult male is an illegal alien (undocumented worker) and he is gravely ill. This gentleman, uninsured, arrives at the hospital to receive care at our expense, should the hospital care for him? Now, before you answer I want you to think to yourself, ‘what would Jesus do?’”

I don’t know about Jesus, but I know what U.S. hospitals do. They treat the illegal alien and never see a penny in return. Liberals clearly get a thrill out of claiming that illegals are dying because evil Americans won’t pay for their health care. But there’s one little problem: they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Several years ago, a study commissioned by the U.S.-Mexico Border Counties Coalition found that in the year 2000 alone, illegals racked up $200 million in health care costs. According to the study, “California lost $79.6 million in care for undocumented immigrants, Texas lost $74 million, Arizona lost $30 million and New Mexico lost almost $6 million. The study also found that ambulance providers in the four states lost $13 million.”

Mexican ambulance drivers are known to cross the border and leave patients at U.S. hospitals, knowing our government will pick up the tab. (By the way, Mexicans are not so generous. In 2006, a U.N. human rights commissioner said that “Mexico is one of the countries where illegal immigrants are highly vulnerable to human rights violations…and are denied access to education and health care.”)

Americans are so generous toward illegals, they don’t have to be desperately ill to receive health care at our expense. Californians shell out almost $50 million a year to cover non-emergency care for illegals, including abortions ($3 million), cancer treatment ($25 million), and nursing home care ($19 million).

Illegals don’t even play by the rules of the socialist system liberals hope to create. They often work off the books and don’t pay taxes, and therefore don’t help foot the bill for other people’s health care costs. The socialist motto is “from each according to his ability”—except illegals, who can get away with contributing nothing to the health care coffer.

These facts don’t fit the liberal narrative, which is one of racist and cold-hearted Americans turning away desperately sick illegals at the emergency room. If that were true, why do Mexican ambulance drivers keep bringing them here?

Illegal immigrants are “dying in the street”? Maybe illegal immigrants in Mexico. When it comes to health care, the truth is that we give and give and give, and they take.

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Support for Democrats’ Health Care Reform Falls to 42 Percent, Poll Shows

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The Dems still don’t get it.

Just 42 percent of voters support Democrats’ health care reform plans even though a majority wants Congress to pass some version of reform, according to a new poll released Monday.

The Rasmussen survey shows 54 percent is opposed to the plans backed by President Obama and Democrats in Congress. The percentage of voters supporting the proposals is down 2 points from the previous week and down 4 points from the week before that.

The survey reflects persistent public skepticism toward the health care overhaul in its current form, even as it advances steadily through Congress. The Senate Finance Committee last week became the last of five congressional panels to approve its version of health care reform — the full House and Senate still have to merge and vote on their separate packages.

The Rasmussen poll showed that seniors are even more heavily opposed to the plans, with 59 percent opposed and just 36 percent supporting.

However, most voters expect the package to clear Congress. The Rasmussen poll showed 56 percent says passage is likely.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Oct. 10-11. It had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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