The world will be won by beauty Reply

By Tom Quiner

You’ve probably seen this video by now.  Ten year old Jackie Evancho is taking America by storm with the voice of an angel floating from the mouth of a child. What is refreshing about Ms. Evancho is that she looks like a kid.  She acts like a kid. But she sings with the pure voice of one beyond her years.

As in interesting contrast, watch the video below of Christina Aguilera at the tender age of eight. Ms. Aguilera’s persona isn’t childlike or innocent.

Let us hope Jackie Evancho’s parents can shield her from the pitfalls of American celebrity.

Sebelius vs. Gingrich 1

By Tom Quiner

Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sibelius, has issued two major threats to the healthcare industry.

Threat #1: “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to”

Taking a cue from the Communist Party, Ms. Sibelius asked Americans to turn in their neighbor if they said something “fishy”  about the radical legislation her party was promoting.  She made this statement last August (’09) as Democrats were getting hammered in townhall meetings by constituents who had turned against the Democrats’ vision of socialized medicine.

Imagine if former President Bush had tried such a stunt.  The media would have crucified him.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that health insurance companies are being forced to raise premiums because of looming higher costs wrought by ObamaCare.  This led to her next threat.

Threat #2: Calling the increases unjustified, the HHS Secretary said, “There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases. We will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections.”

Ms. Sibelius’ holds a serious club over these private businesses.  She can run them out of business by barring them from the coming new state-run insurance exchanges. Obamacare will determine what is fair, not the CFOs of the companies.  Many Americans are okay with that until they lose their existing coverage.  Health insurance companies may be run out of business if they can’t increase rates to keep ahead of the higher costs imposed by Obamacare.

Former Speaker, Newt Gingrich commented a few weeks ago that “The new healthcare law is one of the largest pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress. It is now apparent that despite good intentions, this law will increase healthcare costs, cut Medicare for seniors and result in many people losing coverage under their current insurance plan.”

Mr. Gingrich points out three specific consequences of Obamacare:

1. It will create a new tax on prescription drugs.

2. It will create new taxes on specialty wheelchairs, pacemakers, and other medical devices.

3. It will cut Medicare benefits for seniors.

This just scratches the surface of the concerns Americans have about this overreach by the Federal Government.

Obamacare is not going to be repealed.  It us unrealistic to think that even if Republicans regain both houses of Congress that they can muster the votes to override the certain Obama veto.

Obamacare, with the support of Iowa’s own, Congressman Leonard Boswell, is an albatross we’re most likely stuck with the rest of our lives.  For this reason alone, Mr. Boswell deserves to be replaced by Brad Zaun, Republican, who is running for his seat.

A radical controls a budget larger than the Pentagon’s 1

By Tom Quiner

Donald Berwick, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The healthcare of one out of three Americans is controlled by a radical.

I wrote about this man, Donald Berwick, in my Quiner Diner’s post on May 26th.  You can read about his radical health care ideas there.  Here is the essence of his philosophy:

“I am romantic about the National Health Service; I love it.”

He was talking about Great Britain’s single payer healthcare system.  He is an advocate of healthcare rationing.  And most importantly, the President put him in charge of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The President made a “recess” appointment to put Mr. Berwick in charge of Medicare and Medicaid. His radical views wouldn’t hold up to public scrutiny if he had been properly vetted by the Senate.

Mr. Berwick’s budget is bigger than the Pentagon’s.  This is a huge job.

The American people have been anxious to question this powerful man about his socialist healthcare longings.

Will he push for a single payer healthcare system?  Americans have a right to know.

Is he going to push for rationing?  After all, here’s what he has said in the past:

“Most metropolitan areas in the United States should reduce the number of centers engaging in cardiac surgery, high-risk obstetrics, neonatal intensive care, organ transplantation, tertiary cancer care, high-level trauma care, and high-technology imaging.”

He suggests we need to cut back and ration healthcare.  Does he still advocate that as the most powerful man in healthcare today?  Americans have a right to know.

In prepared remarks at a health conference yesterday, Mr. Berwick moderated his socialist rhetoric.  He said American healthcare policy shouldn’t involve “withholding from us, or our neighbors, any care that helps” … nor should it harm “one hair on anyone’s head.”

He said that a “massive, top-down, national project is not the way” to control healthcare costs in this country.

He’s backing away from his previous rhetoric.  That’s good, but is it sincere?  After all, he left the conference without taking a single question from reporters.  He’s been in his appointed position for three months and has yet to talk to reporters and the American people about his current views on healthcare.

President Obama promised transparency.  His cynical appointment of Donald Berwick undermines his pledge.  Mr. Berwick’s refusal to engage his critics fuels our cynicism in this administration.

Until Mr. Berwick stands up and faces public scrutiny, we can only assume that he still harbors a radical vision for our healthcare system and can’t be trusted.  The President has demonstrated little respect for the American people on this critical issue.

“I lied through my teeth” 1

By Tom Quiner

The year was 1995.

The partial-birth abortion debate raged.  The Executive Director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers went on ABC’s Nightline.  Ron Fitzsimmons said partial birth abortion, the procedure where the fetus’ skull is crushed and its brains suctioned, was only performed in situations to save the mother’s life.  He said it was rare.

Sixteen months later, he admitted he “he lied through his teeth.”

The willingness for a spokesman for an industry, in this case  the abortion industy, to lie through his teeth on such a major issue is difficult to shake.

That leads me to the September 5th editorial by The Des Moines Register.  Here is what they said:

“… Planned Parenthood (PP) of the Heartland has used telemedicine as it was intended: to expand access to legal health services in rural Iowa. The challenge of that smart approach should prompt state leaders to update laws and policies – to give Iowans increased access to health care, including abortion, through the use of technology.”

Notice what the Register is saying here.  The law needs to be updated.  In other words, they are acknowledging in a rather sneaky way that PP is violating abortion laws on the books, laws that state a physician needs to be present to terminate the human life in the womb.

The Register goes on to say:

“Now it’s up to Iowa leaders to:

– Re-evaluate outdated abortion laws in this state.

The law requiring physicians to perform abortions made sense when all abortions were surgical procedures. But that requirement is called into question now that women are increasingly choosing to take a drug….

Iowa should take a step forward in fostering 21st century medicine – including using it to give women access to a legal medical procedure.”

The Register is saying that Planned Parenthood isn’t wrong in breaking the law. Rather, it is the law that is wrong.  They label their Pro-Life critics as anti-choice.  I guess that makes The Register and PP anti-law.

Why is the Register so supportive of the illegal Tele-Med abortion scheme?  Because they believe PP when they say 1500 hundred women who have had the illegal abortions over the past two years haven’t had any complications.  Not even one.

The PP Federation states, regarding RU-486:

“Complete abortion will occur in 96–97 percent of women who choose mifepristone. In the small percentage of cases that medication abortion fails, other abortion procedures are required to end the pregnancies.”

Here’s what the problem will be in the 3 to 4 percent of the abortions that go bad, according to the Planned Parenthood Federation:

  • an allergic reaction to either of the pills
  • incomplete abortion – part of the pregnancy [baby] is left inside the uterus
  • infection
  • undetected ectopic pregnancy
  • very heavy bleeding
  • Out of 1500 of the illegal telemed abortions using the RU-486 abortion pill, 45 to 60 of them should have experienced complications according to their own publicly stated studies.  And yet, inexplicably, these 1500 telemed abortions came off without a hitch.

    Do you buy it?  The Register does.

    In light of a past paucity of veracity in this industry, I’m skeptical.  But even if we have another situation of the abortion industry lying through their teeth about the “safety” of this procedure, it’s nonetheless all a lie.  A baby dies in the womb.  There’s nothing safe about that.

    Telemed abortion will kill more Iowans.  PP has a problem: they’re having trouble finding doctors willing to kill babies in the womb.  The video at the top of this article eloquently explains why.

    An impersonal telemed abortion is an easier way to end a human life.  It’s illegal. It’s lucrative for PP.  No one is stopping it.  The Register applauds it.

    Look at the video above.  Are you okay with killing it?

    The magnificent World Trade Center Reply

    By Tom Quiner

    I remember sitting on the top floor of the World Trade Center very well.  The date was July 19th, 1989.

    The date stuck with me, because that was the day that United Flight 232 crash landed in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 111 of its 285 passengers. I was doing a lot of traveling in those days.  The thought of getting on a plane the next day didn’t exactly thrill me.

    I quickly forgot about the Sioux City incident when I stepped out of my cab.

    I marveled at the sheer splendor of the two gleaming towers.  This Iowa hick was overwhelmed.  What a feat for man to construct such edifices!

    The elevator to the top was a quick ride, and my stomach flip-flopped.

    Manhattan sparkled below me and around me.  I was truly on top of the world as I sipped on my cocktail and enjoyed the experience with clients.

    It’s funny the things you remember.  Looking out the window at the other tower, my mind went back to an incident that took place on August 7th, 1974.  You probably remember it.  A guy named Philippe Petit, using a cross bow, strung a cable from the top of one tower to the other.  He then proceeded to walk across the tight rope 110 stories above the earth!

    I do not like heights.  Just the thought of Mr. Petit’s escapade made my stomach flip-flop again.  Nonetheless, his crazy stunt was amazing.  Thanks to another marvel of modern man, YouTube, I share it with you today.  Below is the trailer for a documentary about the event, called Man on Wire.