Tuesday, January 29, 2008

California Health Care Plan Ditched

California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's health care plan was nothing more than forcing people to have some sort of insurance coverage which undoubtedly would have done nothing to promote the health of the people in that state.


Because the Health Insurance Industry is in the business of making sure they don't have to pay for your health care


Single Payer health care delivery is the only option that makes any sense, and Pennsylvania has the best plan in the country, HB 1660 and SB 300.


Thank you,

Kate Loving Shenk
Nursing Career Transformation

Saturday, January 26, 2008

A Rose By Any Other Name

The Philosophy That Dare Not Speak Its Name -- or: The phrase that stops all serious discussion in American politics:

"Class warfare"

And yet...

"I spent 33 years and 4 months in active service as a member of our country's most agile military force--the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I suspected I was part of a racket all the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service."
--Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, at the time of his death, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history

Thursday, January 24, 2008

And Here Are The Instigators!!!

Bush should not only be impeached, but all of his money should be taken away
and given back to the Iraqis.

At the link below is an amazing investigative compilation of -- are you ready for this? -- 935 occasions when top Bush administration officials, including Bush and Cheney, made false statements in order to support their agenda for war in Iraq, with Bush making the most false claims, according to MSNBC.

The website is non-partisan and as reputable as any you'll find. What to do with this information? That's up to each individual, but the pity and terror of it is universal.

Thanks to D.D.Delaney for alerting me to this information!


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Single Payer Solution

Much press is given aging Baby Boomers who send their children to
college and in many cases, take care of their aging parents at the
same time.

In my own case, my mother died after a stroke after a two month decline
in 1987. I just graduated from my Nurse Practitioner program and came
home on Father's Day.

This was the same day my mother had her stroke.

My father's gradual decline spanned over thirteen years. He had
Alzheimer's Disease and was in and out of consciousness for most of that time.
I dealt with Nursing Home administrators, and had to move him from one
nursing home to another when he "ran out of money."

These kinds of experiences where you feel powerless to help the one person
whom you love deeply from earliest memory, can teach lessons of surrender
and a giving up of all past memory for a simple acceptance of that
which is seen and unseen in this very moment.

My dad died seven years ago. I am reconciled with everything
that ever happened between us, and all members of my family.

Enter Marybeth Kuznik, Executive Director of Vote Pa. She is
dedicated to bringing voting (machine) reform to the state of Pennsylvania.
She was one of the people who went to Ohio for the final vote count in Ohio
in the 2004 election.

She verified what I have known since that time: G.W. Bush stole that election.

Marybeth and I met at the State Democratic Committee Meeting where
our group, Progressives For Pennsylvania, held our health care reform conference
in order to educate the State Democratic Party about HB 1660 and SB 300: The best
state single payer plan in the country, at this time.

The conference was a success! People are excited by the Bill. As Michael
Moore said in a recent conference call I was privileged to attend, the people
are ready for it. Getting it through the legislative process is the challenge.

We were collecting health care delivery nightmare stories, and Marybeth gave
us the most wrenching story I have ever heard, one that will soon be on You Tube
and on our website, Progressives 4 Pennsylvania, as well as our P4P blog.

Merle Kuznik, Marybeth's 89 year old mother, broke her right hip after
suffering a major stroke on her left side. The nursing home she was in, Wood
Haven Care Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, insisted that Merle Kuznik
apply for Medicaid to pay for expenses not paid by Medicare.

When the paperwork was not completed in a timely fashion, local Constables
showed up to her nursing home room, with guns visible but in their holsters,
and told her she would have to go to jail for 3 days, if she did not pay.

Marybeth, the savvy person that she is, went to KDKA TV and told the story,
which you all can view at the following link:

Our bill, HB 1660 and SB 300 pays for long term care.

If our bill was in place NOW, Marybeth and Merle wouldn't be going through
this degrading experience.

The question is, how many other of our elderly are experiencing similar
experiences that are the worst kind of abuses in what we know is NOT a civil
society until we get a single payer system instituted in our country?

How many suffer silently because, like Merle Kuznic, they cannot speak, or move
because they are paralyzed? or worse, because they are mentally incapacitated?

This story underscores the reason why I fight tirelessly for a single payer
health care delivery system.

Kate Loving Shenk

Nursing Career Transformation

Monday, January 07, 2008

Health Care Is An Issue Whose Time has Come

The Sarkinyan family has joined the Edward's campaign in New Hampshire. Their daughter Nataline was denied a liver transplant by the Cigna Health Insurance Company but when Doctors and Nurses and neighbors and friends protested this move, they made an exception to their decision.

But it was already too late. Nataline died several hours after Cigna reversed their decision.

Here is the link to this very moving talk given by the family of Nataline.

Thank you.

Kate Loving Shenk
Nursing Career Transformation

Friday, January 04, 2008

The Wizard Of Obama

I don't want to bring down all the Obama lovers--the people who are seduced
by the rhetoric--but the fact of the matter is, Obama is out in left
field when it comes to a health care plan.

In other words, he doesn't have one.

Why? Because his campaign is financed largely by the pharmaceutical
and health insurance companies, just like Hillary's campaign.

The choice is clear--we must keep up the fight for John Edwards.

Obama will never have a health care plan because we know who is in his
back pocket.

And this is not going to change.

The ferver and messianic rhetoric and the M.L.King imitation is just that.

Will the real Barak Obama please stand up? and come out from behind that
wizard curtain?

I am concerned that this seduction, this smoke and mirrors, this "charisma,"
will not only lose the Democrats the White House, but so much more will
be lost as a result.

The constant preoccupation that the press has with Brittany Spears and
Nicole Simpson etc is what fuels the flame of this emptiness.

Since the press is owned by Corporate Greedy Conglomerates, too, what do we expect?

Cnn and Msnbc and the Democratic Party will continue to ignore John Edwards.

Has any one considered a John Edwards third party ticket??

(Don't throw any rotten eggs my way, please!!) LOLOL!!

Kate Loving Shenk
Nursing Career Transformation

Thursday, January 03, 2008