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House one minute speeches cont. March 21, 2010

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Rep. Ted Poe: R-TX: Will we choose tyranny, the European nanny state? No, we will stand for liberty”

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Senator Lincoln’s Great Idea December 6, 2009

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Yesterday, I watched Senator Lincoln(D-Arkansas) “visit”, as she called it, on the floor of the US Senate. The Senator got my “Expect Better” award for the day. She has proposed an amendment to the health reform bill that the R’s don’t like at all. Her amendment proposes limits to the tax deductibility of executive compensation for executives of health insurance companies. Read that again, not limiting executive compensation, but the tax deductibility of same.

The current allowable tax deduction per executive is $1,000,000. Lincoln’s amendment would limit this allowable deduction to $400,000,  a level as she said, that is

“the same amount as the highest salary of the paid public official in the country”. (the President)

Senator Lincoln helpfully pointed out that the health insurance companies could continue to pay executives as much as they wanted (we’ve heard those stories-and she mentioned one salary of $24,000,000 per annum). But that if her amendment passes, the American taxpayer will no longer be subsidizing these salaries as much as before. The savings from her proposal would be directed into the Medicare Trust Fund, she said.

The CEO salary that she mentioned was that of Ron Williams, of Aetna.  According to Forbes, his most recent “total compensation” was $30.86 million, just over the CEO of Halliburton and behind the CEO of Morgan Stanley. $24,000,000 of that (more…)

“I Don’t Need Maternity Care” says Sen. John Kyl October 3, 2009

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Here is my vote for health care quote of the week. From Ellen Goodman’s column I learned of Senator Kyl’s dogmatic assertion that he, a male Senator, did not need maternity care in the new health care bill.

“My favorite moment so far in the health-care debate was when Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl argued against mandating maternity benefits as part of a basic insurance coverage. “I don’t need maternity care,” he blurted out. At which point, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow quipped, “I think your mom probably did.”

For that matter, so did his wife and daughter. But never mind. We had one brief glimpse into the mind of a politician who doesn’t quite see women’s health concerns as equal to his own.”

Read the entire column here.

This is my vote for the “Duh” comment of the week. What a great US Senator! What part of representing all of the people of the fine state of Arizona does he not subscribe to? Guess he doesn’t care that 19.5 % of his state’s residents are uninsured; nor that Arizona has twice the percentage of uninsured children of the US as a whole. Arizona did receive a grant this year for abstinence only sex education in schools from the Obama Administration, according to the Arizona Republic.

To paraphrase Rep. Grayson from Florida; perhaps Senator Kyl’s maternity care plan is “Don’t have sex-or kids”.

A Speech About the Humorous Side of Cancer: Really? October 1, 2009

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I tackled a tough subject today in a prepared speech. Cancer and humor. I ran out of time before I ran out of stories. Feedback was good and I need to refine the speech and give it again. This validates my feeling that  humor is a valid path to coping with a disease or chronic illness-for me. My Toastmasters group is the best. Great feedback in a safe way given within the hour.

Not everyone chooses the same  path and each person has to find their own toolbox  to keep going. Let me just say that I like to keep abreast of the situation (because that’s all I have!)

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