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When Bill O'Reilly and Senator Cobourn had that exchange (over there on the left) I was out of town, and without a means of communicating with Fox News. I went to the local library, signed up and got a card; and used their computer system to respond. Two days later, looking like the cat that had just eaten the canary, Mr. O'Reilly commented to his viewers something like this: "Of course, those provisions were in the original proposal (his emphasis), everyone knows that."  

Sure they do Bill, just like you and Senator Cobourn.

You're welcome.

P.S. So this is what a library looks like.

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Sent Date  04-11-2010 10:35:51 AM 
From  "JOHN SAWYER" <>     
To  <> 

When Bill O'Reilly told Senator Tom Cobourn that he was wrong in saying that someone on Fox had stated on-air that you could go to jail if you did not purchase healthcare insurance - it was O'reilly who erred. 

On my website ( on the "Commentary" page, in making an argument against the use of Strawman, (Dec 4. White background paragraphs near bottom of the page) I note that Glen Beck told (us) his audience that you could go to jail if you did not purchase healthcare insurance: 


HR BILL 3962 (November 6, 2009)(paraphrased - my site has it exactly) 

Sect 7203 Misdemeanor - $25,000 fine or one year. 

Sect. 7201 Felony - $250,000 or 5 years in jail. 

John W. Sawyer III 
Member DNC 
Conservative Democratic Candidate for Pres - 2008 
Miami Beach, Fl. 

 glad you asked               ​HEALTHCARE

If you or I were really serious about improving healthcare, what would we do? Let's see. First identify the problem. Health care costs too much. Uh huh. Annnnnd some people don't have access to healthcare. That's a start. So, problem identified, how to get more healthcare to more people at a lower cost. OK. If  two heads are better than one, than four heads are better . . . and so on. Right? So, let's start a discussion (bureaucrats say 'task force').

Is it logical to include doctors and nurses in our discussion? Some folks from the insurance companies? Good start. Political leaders, of course. AARP? Business leaders? Teachers? Mix in some of us ordinary citizens and we're good to go.

Now we all contribute our two cents and I bet we could reach some conclusions:

1. TORT REFORM  (Why do they call it this anyway - nobody knows what a tort is, let alone how to reform one):The cost of medical malpractice insurance is way too high - a cost passed onto the consumer (that's you, the patient). Why? Because lawyers sue at the drop of a hat. How many of us make mistakes (Torts)? All of us, and often. We're human and human beings make mistakes. Why should Doctors be any different? Yeah, if the paperboy throws your paper into the bushes instead of on your porch, the consequences are not the same as a Doctor, say, prescribing the wrong medicine. 

Fully aware that predatory lawyers are waiting with a summons at the slightest mistake, medical practicianers are likely to be overly cautious in the treatment of patients. E.g. an emergency room patient complaining of chest pains is hospitalized for the weekend, and is run through a battery of expensive (and unnecessary) testing procedures - when the physician strongly believes the actual cause of his distress is the three pieces of pie the patient sheepishly admits having for dessert that evening.

In many areas of this country, pregnant women haven't access to good pre-natal care. Why not? Because fewer  Medical Students are choosing the OBGYN Field. Whom may we thank for that? Remember Sen. John Edwards, John Kerry's Vice-Presidential running mate ? I know you do.

Before he was a Senator, Edwards was a lawyer who specialized in lawsuits against Doctors who allegedly caused cerebral palsy among newbornes because they were not delivered by Cesarean Section - those causing oxygen deprivation - thus Cerebral Palsey. At least that was Edwards argument. 

As a result, C-Sections (far more dangerous to a mother's health than natural childbirth) tripled. But the incidences of Cerebral Palsy did not decrease one iota. Edwards got rich because of his voodoo analysis, and Medical Students decided Obgyn was no longer a specialty to go into.

So, if you can't get pre-natal care, thank John Edwards.

  • John Sawyer concludes that there needs to be a cap on the dollar awards given to injured patients. Rein in the lawyers. Lower costs.

2. DOCTOR SHORTAGES: The average practicing physician makes about $325,000 per year. They work long, hard hours. But part of the high income is created by a shortage of doctors. 

With baby-boomers retiring now, we will need far more Doctors, not fewer. Why a shortage? One reason is the internecine battles between universities over which schools get to have a medical school. Universities pay lobbyists to persuade 

Universities and lobbyists funnel campaign money to legislators who in turn vote down applications for new medical schools. In most countries this is called bribery - Sean Hannity calls it a Constitutional Right.

  • John Sawyer concludes that if, say, Florida Gulf Coast University wants to open a Medical School. the University of Miami or U. of Florida will just have to get over it. More medical schools, more doctors, lower costs.

3. COSTS: President Obama concludes that we can pay for his expensive Healthcare Program program by saving $90 Billion a year in Medicare waste and fraud. Really, Mr. Pres.? FYI: Dade and Broward Counties, Florida - population 4.5 million - provide more "free" power scooters than all of the State of California (pop: 33 million). 

  • This  has three suggestions. One: Supply the F.B.I., Homeland Security; whomever, with flashlights so they can get their heads out of their asses; Two: Use the $90 Billion the abovementioned will save (Obama's  estimate) and pay for the medical costs of the 30 million people who are uninsured, and Three: That old lady on TV who "didn't pay a penny out of pocket" for her scooter scam. Where is Richard Widmark when you need him?

4. NURSING SHORTAGESWhile Filipino nurses were a comfort to me  when I had stents put in some years ago, why can't we have home-grown nurses in our hospitals? Our politicians tell us the working conditions scare potential nurses from entering the profession. Nonsense. In their analyses, politicians err. What else is new? Nursing schools, like medical schools, turn away 50% of qualified applicants.  Why? Because unlike Freshman Sociology classes, Nursing Classes are small, like 7 - 8 to a class, because of the personal attention needed. 

    The problem is a shortage of teachers. Why? Because those with the qualifications (nurses) are not inclined to drop a $70,000 job to spend three extra years in college studying with like, you know, like stu' dents' like half their age (like - awesome), acquiring the advanced degree needed to teach at the University level.

  • John Sawyer: the Federal Government, ever anxious to spend money on programs that have zero chance for success, can pay for the advanced training required. That would be money well spent. If the candidate has a family to support, provide a loan for an additional $30,000 per           

5.  Medicare Fraud.  By all analyses, Medicare Fraud costs the American taxpayers at least $50,000,000,000 per year. That's $50 Billion - with a "B". And it goes on right out in the open.     In Miami, Medicare Mills advertise for their services - pick up homeless people, give them a few bucks, and fewer services. Then they bill Uncle Sucker.

How many times have you seen that litttle old lady spinning around in her 'free scooter.'?  And she didn't have to pay a penny out of pocket. NO. You paid for it. Check out Craigs list to see where your scooter money went.

  • John Sawyer suggests: We now have about 14,000 F.B.I. Agents. It should cost about $100 - $200 thousand per year for each new agent (especially if they carry calculators and computers instead of Glocks). Hire 10,000 new Agents @$200,000 per = $ 2 Billion dollars spent, to investigate Medicare fraud . 

*Legislate mandatory prison time for anyone convicted of Medicare Fraud - steep sentencing.

*These measures should save at leasr $40 Billion per year, for a $2 Billion investment. 

​.6 RECORD KEEPING: In our ever-mobile society, we switch doctors frequently.Our medical records follow reluctantly. Newt Gingerich suggests that all medical records be posted (privately) on the internet, making the records available at any time. Cost? About $30 Billion dollars. But what about hackers getting access to your personal records? What indeed?

John Sawyer recommends: (See Gingrich below.)

7. SLASH MEDICAID: Seniors have paid for their Medicare in Advance. It is not a valid argument to conclude that e.g. Seniors only paid in, say, $100,000 but with increased life expectancies,Seniors would draw out, say $200,00 in benefits over their lifetime - then conclude that the program would subsequesntly go broke - as Paul Ryan now suggests.

If the above hypothesis were accurate, all private insurance companies would go broke. Rather, Insurance companies (the third-most profitable industry, trailing only oil companies, pharmaceuticals, drug cartels, and Glenn Beck) invest their customer's premiums; earn a profit, and pay out increased benefits accordingly.

Compare that with the federal government - Congress (like Paul Ryan) and the President, who take our premiums (reeinforced by men with guns, if necessary), and squander it on programs designed to gain them more votes. Many of these programs, that are really 'handouts' like food stamps Medicaid, welfare, housing subsidies, student loan guarantees, are provided to recpients who often haven't paid a dime for their benefits - and then lunped together (by the likes of Al Sharpton, Phil Donahue, Al Gore, and  Paul Ryan) with Social Security, Medicare, and Veterans' Benefits, and labeled "ENTITLEMENTS."

Now the money is gone. Cut "Entitlements" sayeth Paul Ryan. Cut handouts sayeth John Sawyer. Seniors and Veterans paid for their "entitlements" in advance.

8. INSURANCE COSTS: Politicians cite the fact that there are 7 major insurance companies that write medical health insurance policies for 200 million Americans; the implication being price-fixing? Oh, horrors ! ! But does a paucity of insurance companies mean poorer service? There are only TWO software companies who provide the software for all of the computers on the planet ! ! And these two do a great job. 

Yep, you guessed it. Insurance companies hire lobbyists too.

This  recommends: Lift the legislative restrictions (bought and paid for by lobbyists) that prevent Healthcare Insurance Companies from selling policies in every state, just as auto insurance companies are allowed to do. What a no-brainer.

  • My solution has been temporarily removed while I investigate obtaining proprietary rights. This may be even better than I first thought. 

  • May 10, 2012 - update; See Gingrich who stole Christmas - below.

  •  If my way doesn't work out, you can always stick $30 Billion into a pay phone and dial 1-800 Newt Gingerich.

9. COMMON SENSE7,500 Americans die each year because many physicians write their prescriptions in Pablo Picasso. Then Eckerds fills the wrong prescription, and a two-year-old keels over from an overdose of  Coumadin. 

  • It's a shame two-year-olds can't hire a lobbyist. Then our legislators could pass a 1,000 page law that requires doctors to TYPE their prescriptions which is what this panel recommends.

10. PREVENTION : Managed healthcare providers offer an affordable  selection of medical services that were not available to the average person just 20 years ago. While many early providers offered poor services, competition has put most out of business. PPO's, that provide a Primary Physician and a virtual smorsgabord of specialists for the patient, have replaced the often - inefficient staff physicians available at the HMO.

My wife and I owe our lives to HMO's and PPO's. The mission of managed care is to detect and/or prevent illnesses before they become serious or fatal. Managed care provides frequent routine (and thorough) check ups - something many people, especially men, are reluctant to schedule.

I had a 90% blockage in some arteries that was discovered by a routine treadmill test, and stents were implanted. Without the HMO physician nagging me, I likely would not have discovered the blockage until my first (and maybe last) heart attack.

My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer after her annual HMO mammogram. The spot was very small and an operation and radiation treatment eradicated the problem some ten years ago. 

HMO's saved our lives (and we're grateful)

  • I recommend that the public ignore the cheap shots that Hollywood and comedians routinely make toward HMO's, thus cutting the mortality rate, and cutting the expenses involved with caring for those with catastrophic (and preventable) diseases. Emphasize PREVENTION. We now spend 93% of our total outlay for healthcare on diagnosing and treating illness. We need to prevent illness, rather than waiting for people to get sick and spending much more to treat them.

11.  OTHER OPINIONS. While our national politicians think they know everything, my experience tells me that most don't even know a lot about the law, and 85% of them are lawyers.

If Healthcare needs reform, why would the elected lawyers discuss such an important issue behind closed doors, without soliciting the opinions of those in the healthcare industry (Doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, insurance providers, drug companies, medical schools, etc.)? In fact why don't they ask you and me, the patient, what we think of of the current system ?

Congressional politicians do not have the same healthcare that you and I do. I suspect some Senators and Representatives would be surprised to learn that in the real world, doctors no longer make housecalls.

  • recommendsthat our elected leaders remember who works for whom, and remember who has the power to hire and fire them.

12. LIFESTYLE DIFFERENCES: Hey fatso. I appreciate your love for fat foods and ice cream (because I like them too). Druggie, feels great, doesn't it mayyyyyaaannn? Exercise? That wouldn't be today. Gay sex? Sure, especially without protection - Straight sex? Sure, especially without protection, AIDS? Why worry - Universal Healthcare "rights" will take care of it. I'm irresponsible. You pay. It's FAIR.

  • John Sawyer recommends shooting all fat, promiscuous, senior, homosexual people, drug and alcohol abusers, and lawyers. Of course then who will be left? Hmmm. The panel has its work cut out for it - we may have to reconsider the executions (except for the lawyers of course).


14. SICK PEOPLE AVOID HOSPITALS. Well, most of the very sick or injured cannot avoid a trip to the hospital, and most of us will go there sooner or later. But infections caused by bacteria (not already on your dirty skin), are caused by infected hospital equipment and hospital employees who do not use extreme caution in the care of their patients. Contaminated ventilators, catheters, and intravenous lines are the big culprits, and it is estimated that one in 20 patients acquires infections in hospitals with an expense of about $50,000 per patient. As many as 18% - 25% of those will die. I suggest that Lee County should contact the Keystone Project in Michigan, that was utilized by most Michigan larger hospitals, reducing their infection rates by 55%.  

15.    MEDICAL SAVINGS ACCOUNTS ( Full disclosure, I stole this idea - enjoy MY rationale): When I was a (very little) kid, Doctors made house calls (really). Calculating that they could see more patients (and make more money), Doctors decided that sick people could come to them. Mysteriously, the number of sick people - especially elderly widows, declined. Bottom line: if sick people must be inconvenienced, maybe they can ride out their illness or maybe they weren't so sick after all. Pursuant to Federal legislation, all people are to be treated in emergency rooms, regardless of their ability to pay. Thus, the poor (you usually can tell them apart because they sit in the ER lobby with their unruly kids, screaming on their cell phones), just take their kids and themselves to the free ER with the sniffles. (full disclosure, my low-income son had his hemorrhoids fixed the same way in Minneapolis and was most grateful). 

MEDICAL SAVINGS ACCOUNTS can be carried through life, and if not used, passed on to their survivors in their will. Thus providing incentives to avoid unnecessary doctor visits, and a reason to ask questions before having surgery, even if that surgery's prime goal is to send you doctor on a European River Cruise.

Oh yeah, that Bullshit about expensive ER care for those who don't need emergency care? That's a Strawman, used by private hospital corporations to make a lot of money. If people come in with the sniffles, have a treatment area in the hospital where they can be treated by a nurse, with oversite from a doctor ("take two aspirin and call me in the morning"), cheaply and (for us in the waiting room with real problems, broken limbs, elderly hypochondria, etc., not having to listen to your p . .  s . . . ., cell phone conversations at the level of a Twisted Sister concert). quickly.


These are just some of the things that can be done to bring down healthcare costs,  without tearing down the existing medical system and replacing it with a scatter-brained new program that will drive this country into bankruptcy.

If the goal of Mr.Obama and our other elected officials reallywas to make healthcare more affordable and more accessible, they would have adopted these and other simple policies long ago.   

1 Source: John Stoessel
2 Ok. So Windows 
3. Leonardo Da Vinci
If the goal of Mr.Obama and our other elected officials really was to make healthcare more affordable and more accessible, they would have adopted these and other simple policies long ago.

This letter was mailed to the Ft. Myers News-Press, New York Times, and Washington Post, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Bill O'Reilly. It was printed in the News-Press. I don't know about the others. 

Subject  Obama vs Facts   

Sent Date  09-11-2009 10:29:43 AM 

From  "JOHN SAWYER" <>     

To  <> 

 Re: HEALTH CARE “FACTS” – Illegal Immigration. Sept. 11

“The facts back up Obama?” You claim that “The House version of the health care bill explicitly prohibits spending any federal money to help illegal immigrants get health care coverage.” So what?

The Fourteenth Amendment, Section 1, states “ . . . nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” This is commonly called the “Equal Protection Clause”, and has been cited in previous cases concerning the right of even illegal immigrants to public education and hospital care.

The Fourteenth Amendment DOES NOT say citizens, liberals, or street people; it says person.

If this Health Care bill is passed and ALL citizens therefore are entitled to health care, it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL to deny illegal immigrants the full benefits entitled to ALL. President Obama is a Law Professor, and he KNOWS that the restrictions you glowingly cite in the House bill are unconstitutional. 

In your analysis you err.

John W. Sawyer III
Ft. Myers

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So you're a senior citizen and the Health Czar says no health care for you, what do you do?  

Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets.  You are allowed to shoot 2 senators and 2 representatives, Republicans or Democrats, it doesn't make a difference. Of Course, this means you will be sent to prison, where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head, and all the health care you need. New teeth, no problem. Need glasses, great. New hip, knees, kidney, lungs, heart?  All covered..  

And who will be paying for all of this?  The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care.  Plus, because you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay any income taxes anymore. 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - A HEALTHCARE ISSUE (because I say so - and it's MY website)

Once again the local newspaper did a year end filler story on the poorly-named Domestic Violence issue. Mary Jones (not her real name) got the crap beat out of her by her first husband; divorced the jerk; married another wife-beater. After the latest beating wherein Mr. Desade threatened to kill her, Mary filed a complaint with the Lee County Sheriff's Department  for battery. 

"What did you do to provoke him" inquired the complaint-desk sergeant, who likely sees nothing wrong with setting the little lady straight in his own home? And so it goes. 

First of all, "domestic violence" does not adequately define the situation. When we see or hear about a case of "domestic violence," the picture that pops in everyone's head is that of a sobbing, bruised, and bleeding woman cowering before the clenched fist of some guy, who invariably is bigger and stronger than she. Of course, there are cases of some women kicking the crap out of their husbands or boyfriends (eh, Tiger?), but we all know what really goes on here. N.O.W. nonsense notwithstanding, men are bigger, stronger, and a lot more aggressive. Men are hunters. Women nurture, Women are gatherers. 

And what damn difference does it make why he teed off on her anyway ? What we know is that, given the opportunity, the  asshole will do it again. So, the woman gets a restraining order and a shelter to hide out in. Tough guy gets out on bail, and a liberal judge orders  counseling. Then he charges right through that restraining order and puts Mary in the Emergency Room or worse.


I don't know and I don't care. I want it to stop. No liberal Judges, unsympathetic desk sergeants, overworked counselors and case workers, or well-meaning but useless government programs. When a woman gets assaulted, the court issues a restraining order. If the thug has any contact with the victim, ever, he is sent to jail for 90 days. The victim is issued a Glock 9mm handgun with a box of hollow point bullets ( hollow points won't pass through game and injure others ) and she is given an extensive 89 day course on how to use it. Then she is issued a license to bag ( limit one ) the abusive offender; anytime; any place, open season - shoot on site. If she nails him, she gets a $10,000 bounty from the government, and a coupon for 20% off from a taxidermist. Goodbye Earl.

Oh, you have a better idea? No? I didn't think so.

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April 13, 2010: Bill O'Reilly to the Defense !! Charge !! In an interview with Oklahoma Senator (Dr.) Tom Coburn, O'Reilly chastised the Senator for comments he (Cobourn, not O'Reilly) made in an interview wherein Cobourn warned his listeners not to take what news stations like Fox and CNN say as necessarily the truth. Citing Fox as example, Cobourn denounced a Fox commentator for claiming on-air that the proposed (2,700 page) healthcare bill provided for sending people to prison if they did not purchase health insurance. In defense of the network that makes him rich (ok, that's smarmy), O'Reilly challenged Senator Cobourn to prove that ANYONE on Fox had ever stated that on the air. The Senator could not back up his claim.

I CAN and I DID (look left)

WASHINGTON August 10, 2009, "Inefficient and poor quality care costs the nation at least $50 to $100 billion every year. Billions more are wasted on administration and overhead because of inefficiencies in the health care system. And given current trends, this problem will only get worse as health care spending is expected to double within the next decade.(

WASHINGTON April 13, 2010, The Obama administration on Friday defended the new health insurance law after a report from its own Medicare services agency showed the provisions will increase the nation's health care tab over the next 10 years instead of bringing costs down.

Congressman Joe Wilson could not be reached for comment.

Note: It's all about inefficiency and overhead and our "poor quality care," you see - just like in Michael Moores documentary, "Sicko."

Well note this Messrs. Obama, Biden, Moore: Life expectancy was 64 years when I was born. It's now 78. Technology, new medicines, etc. costs money. I'm grateful for the 14 years added to my life.

May13, 2007

A man ran over a snake on the road, and got out to see if the snake was ok.

"Mister, help me, " cried the snake.

But you're a snake, and I don't want to get bitten," replied the man.

Oh no, please, don't leave me in the middle of the road, I promise I won't bite you," said the snake.

Whereupon the man rushed into the middle of the road, scooped up the injured snake, and placed him on the side of the road.

Whereupon the snake bit him.

"But I helped you out and you promised you wouldn't bite me," said the dying man.

"You knew I was a snake when you picked me up." sneered the snake.

You knew these people were politicians before you voted for them.
Update: April 11, 2011: Dr, Manny Alvarez tells us on Fox that people are healthier today than years ago, so we should raise the retirement age.The good Doctor should know better. Has HE looked in a mirrir lately? Obesity was fairly rare when I was a kid, and fat people were ostrasized. My cousin Bobby was (is) 6' - 3" and weighed 325 lbs when he graduated from High School. He was called "fat boy." Today he would be called "lottery pick."

When I visited Lansing recently and had breakfast with Bobby (250 lbs) and his brother Jimmy (340 lbs) at their fantastic restaurant ( , I was stunned to see how many Lansing residents were the same size or bigger - I mean tons of people. Similar trips to Colorado Springs, Washington D.C., and Trenton revealed the same startling discovery. Don't tell me, Dr. Alvarez, that people are healthier. No, they just have better healthcare - HMO's get people medical attention (in spite of what Hollywood tells you) BEFORE people have a heart attack or a stroke. They manage our sedentary lifestyle, and prescribe drugs that extend our lives - but in no way make us healthier.

Certainly the lawyers who run this country can work past 70 (after all, how hard is it to wobble to your feet and say "objection your honor?"), but getting up on a roof in 100 degree heat, or working on an assembly line, or in construction is darn near impossible at age 70. The Republican solution stinks, but the sad fact is that the sheltered lives our conservative leaders make them impervious to the truth - so we wind up with another dumb (and costly) solution to our problems.
You think Healthcare is expensive now, just wait until it’s ‘FREE.”
Conservative for Congress
(September 4, 2011) 

In 2006, former U.S. House Speaker and current candidate for President, Newt Gingrich, testified before Congress on behalf of the proposed Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.” At an expected cost of a mere $28 - 35 Billion, this legislation provided for funding to transform myriad medical records from paper files to an electronic database called Electronic Medical Records Systems (EMRS). 

Enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the same Frankenstein American Government (ATF) that recently sold 50,000 high-powered rifles to Mexican drug lords; runs the Post Office; allowed 16 terrorists to (legally) carry box cutters onto three commercial airline flights; screwed up the printing of $1 Billion in new $100.00 bills; loses $50 Billion annually in Medicare fraud; and permits dead people to vote, now is tasked with keeping a central data base of 315,000,000 American Citizens’ medical records. 

Your doctor needs a copy of last week’s cat scan? The ER orthodontist wants your dental records to repair the broken teeth you received after telling Little Black Sambo jokes to Mike Tyson in the corner bar? An emergency ambulance medical professional wants to know what your allergies are before injecting your dormant heart with Atropine? No problem. Just call the U.S. Government Emergency hotline - set up just for such an occasion by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“reinvestment” is supposed to make you feel good about all this - a $35 Billion ‘investment‘, you see). 

Operator, operator, I need the records of . . . . “If this is an emergency, hang up and dial 9-1-1.” intones the recording. “If you are inquiring about medical records, please push ‘1’ followed by the * sign.” Etc. But if this a real emergency, try the Internet. The same Congressmen who so ably use the Internet to garner donations for their re-election campaigns, think this is the wave of the future, if their Internet service provider doesn’t disconnect you in the process. 

The adoption of this regulation was expected to improve overall efficiency by 6% per year, and to save money in the process. Much like the current herd of presidential candidates, neither the Congress who passed this bill, nor its champion, Newt Gingrich, bothered to explain exactly how the EMR Act will accomplish either. But the process has begun, and eventually according to the Ft. Myers News-Press, it’s expected to cost Lee County’s largest Healthcare provider, Lee Memorial Health Systems, a whopping $55 million to make the switch and millions more for Hospitals and Doctors in monthly fees for the software and upkeep required from outside systems providers (with great political connections, you can bet). 

So now all of our medical history, right down to previous flu attacks or clap infections, will be available on the Internet. With password safeguards, no doubt. Trying to get a password from an ER patient with a stab wound in his chest, reminds me of the serial western movies they used to show on TV after school in the 50’s (or so my dad told me). As the bad guy, ‘Red’ (with the Adolph Menjou mustache and black hat), with his newly-found conscience was about to reveal the identity of the bad guys, inevitably somebody shoots him through an open window. 

As the sheriff goes running after the gunman, Ken Maynard, Rex Allen, Bob Steele, Gabby Hayes, Buffalo Bob or some other guy in a white hat, bends over ‘Red’ (the movie being in Black and White, we can only wonder why they called him Red), and asks “who did this to you, Red? Replies the wounded ‘Red’: “It was . . . Gasp, choke, wheeze, it was . . . Ahhhhhh. 

(Well, can you at least give us the password, Red? Red, Red . . . ?). 

Whereupon, the aforesaid “Red” inconveniently expires - at least until tomorrow‘s show, wherein Red gets plugged in a saloon for teasing Hopalong Cassidy or Roy Rogers about ordering milk (or was is Sarsaparilla, Dad?). 

The increased portability and accessibility of electronic medical records certainly will increase the ease with which they can be accessed and stolen by unauthorized persons or unscrupulous users. This problem, while currently minimal for paper medical records, is a big problem for Internet transactions. Recent hacking into e-mail, phone records, and credit card accounts bears this out. But then, what have we got to hide? Besides, with the best interests of the people they represent always first and foremost, I’m sure Congress has put safeguards in place to protect our privacy. Maybe ATF can handle it. 

But I digress. Is a centralized data bank costing billions of taxpayers dollars and subject to security breaches the prudent approach? Is there a better plan? I think so. Attached to my keychain is a small device called a ‘flash drive.’ At 4GB of memory, it is capable of storing all the files, pictures, and spreadsheets that I care to put on it. Larger ’flash drives’ are available. One also could easily store all of one’s medical records, complete with x-rays, and cat scans on one pocket sized ‘flash drive.’ 

 Here‘s how my plan works: before a patient leaves his doctor’s office, hospital, medical clinic, or rehab center, a summary of his treatment for that visit, including any x-rays, prescriptions, etc. is entered into the office computer records, and a copy is downloaded onto the patient’s ‘flash drive.’ My primary care physician does that now, while I wait briefly for a printed copy. Instant update. If your doctor needs yesterday’s test results from some lab somewhere, or if ambulance personnel or ER Doctors need information about your medical history, or blood type, they can access your updated medical information from your flash drive. 

Of course, you may not want to store your pornography collection on that drive. Nor should you password-protect it. Red? Red? What’s your password. Ahhhhh . . . . . 

If Lee Memorial wants to ‘share’ records, as the News-Press headline implies, no problem. If the information requested is not urgent, then old channels will suffice. If urgency is an issue, providers can contact the patient (how urgent can it be if the patient isn‘t present?). If the patient wants to view his own medical records (something he presently cannot do), he can pop that ‘flash drive’ into his home computer’s standard USB slot. No incompetent government; no nosey Internet. No prying computer hackers.. 

Of course, the cost wouldn’t be $35 Billion, Mr. Speaker. My ‘flash drive’ cost $8.99. Chump change.

UPDATE: DEC 23, 2016: I went to see a specialist for my wife, and forget to bring a list of her (many) medications. When a frustrated​, pissy assistant showed her disapproval, I suggested that she look it up on Mr. Gingerich's vaunted $35 Billion record's system. She had no idea what I was talking about.
Ancient Medical Philosophy:

Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? 
A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually.. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap. 

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? 
A: No, not at all. Wine made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Bottom up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? 
A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? 
A: Can't think of single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No pain...good! 

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you? 
A: YOU NO LISTEN! Food are fried these day in vegetable oil. In fact, they permeated by it. How could getting more vegetable be bad for you?!? 

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? 
A: Definitely not! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach. 

Q: Is chocolate bad for me? 
A: Are you crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure? 
A: If swimming good for your figure, explain whale to me..

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle? 
A: Hey! 'Round' is shape! 

Well... I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember: 

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "YEE-HAW, what a ride!!" 


For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies. 

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.. 

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you. 


     Generally untreated, many of the mentally ill  reside on our streets and in our prisons. Many spend their days in quiet desparation at home; raising families; or in our workplace. When one of them goes off the deep end, like Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children, or the Airline Captain who went into a rage over some non-existent malady or other, many of us take the Bill O'Reilly position - someone has to pay; or the Fox News view that the Airline is at fault.

      In most cases people who are mentally ill became or were born with their affiction through no fault of their own. It is estimated that 60% of those in our state prisons are mentally ill. The criminal  recidivism rate  is more like 100%. Those who don't go back to prison simply don't get caught or die. On average, it costs  $45,000 per year to incarcerate someone; about the cost of room, board, and tuition to Harvard. Because such "law-and-order" politicians as Jeb Bush and John Engler, think we are coddling prisoners, most who eventually are set free have no training, education, or medical care for their mental problems (oh, excuse me . . . . challenges).  

      Mental illness can happen to anyone. If we are to truly do something to aid the afflicted, we first must change our attitudes toward the disease - and to accomplish that, we first must give a damn.

Update, 2013: Now we have many more dead in Connecticut, Arizona, Colorado, California, etc. All committed by the mentally ill (all Democrats, by the way). Blame guns? Why not blame Bill O'Reilly?

(May 1, 2008)
Update: December 2013:  Obamacare is a complete failure - WOW , WHO SAW THAT COMING ?!!

The 2500 page ACA was passed by a 100% vote from a lame duck U.S. House of Representatives. All Republicans were barred from any discussion of the bill, No Doctors, Nurses, hospital administrators, or anyone else (except party loyalists and representatives of healthcare insurers - who stand to make a fortune on mandatory health coverage) were consulted. 

Of course, the motive of the act was political. Actually improving healthcare and medical costs was not the issue for Democrats. Fooling some of the people all of the time was the goal; and who better than the silver-tongued President of the United States. Following the adage, "the bigger the lie, the more it is believed, used so effectively by another Democrat scoundrel, Lyndon Johnson (read: Medicare costs, the Gulf of Tompkin Resolution, and "only volunteers are being sent to Vietnam."), our present scoundrel-in-chief (with the help of a sycophant press), told a heap of lies in order to get Obamacare passed. As Nancy Pelosi remarked, no one knew what was in the bill, but it did not matter. Democrats had lost the House, and had a small window in which to get it passed, before many were to leave Congress.

Define irony: Now that Obamacare is a failure, Democrats want Republicans to help them fix it;  We want to see Obamacare fail, they say (while sycho media puts it on air). In fact we certainly do. It's a Democrat scheme, ill-planned, and poorly conceived - all to gain votes.