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Welcome To ACORN General Hospital
American Thinker ^ | December 15, 2008 | Carol Peracchio

Posted on 12/15/2008 12:24:46 AM PST by neverdem

I've been a registered nurse for 30 years, so the future of American health care is one of my greatest concerns. Now that Mr. Obama has won the election, I decided to investigate what may be facing patients and health care workers.

I started my research at Barack Obama's website and his Plan for a Healthy America. What a waste of time.  It read like a treatise from a beauty pageant contestant.

What kind of medical expertise does Barack have? Remember this youtube  where his teleprompter malfunctioned?  He stumbled through an excruciatingly inept explanation of how health care costs can be lowered if kids with asthma could just be provided "breathalyzers," or "inhalators" instead of cluttering up emergency rooms.

This brilliant (as we're told ad nauseam) Ivy League lawyer-savant wants to run our health care but apparently is ignorant of the word inhaler. (There must have been more than one nurse in that crowd shaking her head and thinking, "Great. Another dunce.")

Certainly Obama is not the first politician who clumsily attempts to feign a molecule of medical knowledge in order to sway voters who know even less. Obviously, he is not capable of writing (or possibly even reading) any health care legislation. I decided I'd need to find out the views of his advisors. Since his wife Michelle had actually worked for a hospital, I began with her.

Let's start with her resume.  Michelle came to the University of Chicago Medical Center from The University of Chicago, where she ran something called the University of Chicago Community Service Center:

which offered new opportunities to student, staff, and faculty for service learning, volunteerism and civic engagement. This was a first step for the University to engage students in community service activities.

Looks like Community Organizing was an Obama family affair!

In 2002 Michelle was recruited by the Medical Center, where she first was hired as the Executive Director of Community Affairs. After three years, she was promoted to Vice President for Community and External Relations and her salary was tripled to over $300,000.00 a year.  It is entirely coincidental, we are assured, that her husband was elected to the US Senate the year of her promotion.

When she was promoted, Michelle said:

My goal in this position is to continue to broaden the Hospitals' relationships with our neighborhood and with our city. We have an obligation to ensure that we use our resources on behalf of our neighborhood and our city. In this new role, my goal is to better integrate community engagement into the culture of this institution and to expand our partnerships with local organizations and institutions.

Nowhere in this mishmash of goalspeak is there any hint of taking care of sick peopleIt looks like Michelle's view is that the hospital has "an obligation to ensure we use our resources on behalf of our neighborhood and our city."  Community organizing meets health care.

And what did Michelle accomplish as a hospital Vice President? According to her resume:

She grew a staff of two into a diverse, 23-person team that carries out a threefold mission of improving community-based health care, increasing business opportunity of South Side businesses and enhancing the Medical Center's considerable service to the surrounding community.

So her first accomplishment was increasing the size of her own department eleven-fold! Forget the use of the word "diverse". The sheer amount of expenditure involved in a 23 person department with a Director earning over 300K is breathtaking! I can just imagine the response to clinical department heads submitting budget requests in the Era of Michelle: "Sorry, there's no money for (write your request here). Vice Presidents married to US Senators don't come cheap!"

Michelle declared she had a threefold mission for her position at the hospital. First, "improving community-based health care." At least this claim involves health care.  However, I doubt it took a very expensive Senator's wife to do it. I've known social workers who accomplish this every day with much less support and no fanfare.

Her second mission was "increasing business opportunity of South Side businesses."

Increasing business opportunity? Call me crazy, but for 30 years I've been under the impression that hospitals exist to take care of sick people. The patient comes first! (At least that's what they always told us during those interminable new employee orientation days.) Sometimes the hospital hires area businesses in order to improve the delivery of care. But the businesses aren't the focus. The patient is.

Next, Michelle enhanced "the Medical Center's considerable service to the surrounding community." So how did Michelle enhance the hospital's community service? Here's a partial list from her resume:

Service Learning Initiatives, Day of Service and Reflection, Adopt-A-School programs, Principal for a Day and Real Men Cook celebrations.

Sounds like a $300,000.00 agenda to me! Seriously, most of these "accomplishments" sound exactly like the Eagle Scout projects completed by my son's Boy Scout Troop!  The difference being my son and his friends didn't charge the local hospital.

For all the glowing praise heaped upon Michelle for her External Relations work, I can see that she did seem to have one problem. Her day of Service and Reflection drew less than 300 volunteers. (I'm sure that's including the diverse staff of 23). Out of a workforce of 9,500 Medical Center employees, this is a dismal turnout.

But it's predictable when a country has a free market health care system. It works like this: The nurse goes to the hospital that hires her for, let's say, 1/6th the pay of an External Relations Director. The nurse agrees to practice nursing for 40 hours a week, more if the floor is short-staffed.  At the end of her 8 or 12-hour day the nurse goes home.

The last thing 9,200 Medical Center employees want to do after a tough week is to spend a day "reflecting" with Michelle and her diverse staff. And because, at the moment, the nurse works for the hospital and not for Barack's federal government, she has the freedom to say "No thanks."

But this free market setup was all wrong for Michelle's goal: to mine the rich resources of money and hospital personnel for the necessary work of community organizing. The money wasn't too difficult -- just divert those resources that have been set aside for raises, or equipment, or education. Then tell the staff how broke the hospital is because "reimbursements aren't keeping up with expenditures."

The problem is that health care workers aren't college students. Forced "service learning hours" aren't part of the job description, and if one hospital tells me that taking part in Michelle's "Adopt-A-School" program is part of my contract, I'll head over to the hospital down the road.  And I'll deck the first limousine liberal who tells me that health care workers need to be forced to help their communities.

Drop by any health fair, Relay for Life, blood drive, or free clinic. All staffed by volunteers, many of them health care workers. Think back to 9/11. I knew of so many nurses, paramedics, and other health professionals who jumped in their cars and just drove to New York and DC to serve

But try to imagine health care in the world of Obama. All of us will be enlisted in the Community Service army, where patient care is merely ancillary to your job. Now we will leave work to go staff the after school program at the new community center. Next weekend it's over to the mall where we will work the voter registration table. It's all part of "enhancing the hospital service to the community."  Because in Barack and Michelle's world, there's no individual patient.  Only a vast, nebulous "community."  Welcome to ACORN General.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: acorn; health; hospital; medicine; michelle; michelleobama; nursing; obama; obamacare; obamatransitionfile; scc; socialism
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1 posted on 12/15/2008 12:24:47 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Bookmarked. God bless all nurses!


2 posted on 12/15/2008 12:34:40 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: neverdem

Health care workers already serve the community by doing their jobs and sometimes at great personal risk. Anything else they want to do is up to them.


3 posted on 12/15/2008 12:39:07 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: neverdem

Carty Finkbeiner is the Democratic Mayor of Toledo, Ohio (and a moron). His wife had a position created for her by the Medical College of Ohio (a hospital) that amounts to about the same thing as Michelle’s BS position. Needless to say, she comes with all sorts of baggage and is a general PIA.


4 posted on 12/15/2008 12:52:23 AM PST by RC one
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To: neverdem
Yes, but Obama wants to CHANGE THE SYSTEM--and that's all his supporters want when you talk to them, too.

No ideas, just the child-like desire to make THE SYSTEM different.

5 posted on 12/15/2008 12:52:46 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Atheist Pro-Lifer)
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To: neverdem

Great article, slices through all the double think mumbo jumbo with a chainsaw revealing the beating looter heart in the center of it all.


6 posted on 12/15/2008 12:53:58 AM PST by Nateman
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To: Nateman

> Great article, slices through all the double think mumbo jumbo with a chainsaw revealing the beating looter heart in the center of it all.

Most nurses I’ve met are matter-of-fact. Quite a few of them are friendly and pleasant, too: but they’re matter-of-fact and have no time for BS. I guess changing bedpans and wheeling around ill patients all day knocks any gas out of them after a while, an makes them very practical.

This article was obviously written by a nurse: cuts right to the point and nails it beautifully.

God bless all nurses!


7 posted on 12/15/2008 1:07:08 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: neverdem

Indeed. Obama’s plan is a series of mandates. Expect shortages and long wait-times as well as a decrease in innovation. In the short run it will increase coverage. In the long run, it will decrease the quality of healthcare for everyone, like every other socialized health plan.

We need to increase the supply of primary care doctors as well as find ways to decrease the cost of medical care for the elderly quickly if our healthcare is to improve as a whole.

McCain’s plan was a smart plan that had a lot of cost-containment measures in it. Too bad he was a doofus that could never adequately explain it.


8 posted on 12/15/2008 1:07:52 AM PST by DiogenesLaertius (.)
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To: neverdem

Michelle wants from what I hear a $100,000 salary just by being the First Lady, I have never in my life heard of any Presidents wife getting paid, I cannot say that that it did not have perks but I am constantly appalled at the enormous issue that the Obama clan is out to pillage the office of President of the United States.


9 posted on 12/15/2008 1:09:08 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Americans should lead America, its the right way.)
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To: Eye of Unk

> Michelle wants from what I hear a $100,000 salary just by being the First Lady

I have no problem with that, providing they deduct it from the President’s stipend.

Paying Michelle an additional $100,000 would be a case of double-dipping.


10 posted on 12/15/2008 1:24:20 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: neverdem

With this salary she can also buy those $600.00 ipair of earrings she likes,too.She won’t have to wait for her gubmint rebate check,’cause she don’need it girl,she upgraded


11 posted on 12/15/2008 1:41:45 AM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Good Morning Mr & Mrs Scooter and All The Ships At Sea)
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To: neverdem
All Health care workers will be unionized!
12 posted on 12/15/2008 1:54:27 AM PST by stocksthatgoup
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To: everyone
*sigh*

That's the problem with the new socialist dictators, they just know, deep inside their own heads, that they are so much more important than all those minions that do productive work, we need their enlightened guidance in order to survive, so we must pay the exorbitant salaries, after all, where would we be without their superior intellectual input?
13 posted on 12/15/2008 2:02:03 AM PST by Lilith Incubus
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To: DieHard the Hunter; Nateman

This was an article worth reading; as you mentioned, it was direct and efficiently worded.....it was a nurse addressing a problem.

I get the feeling that the FBI is going to be very busy for the next four years.


14 posted on 12/15/2008 2:22:30 AM PST by Loud Mime (Fairness Doctrine is OK, if you include all news media in its laws.)
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To: neverdem

saving


15 posted on 12/15/2008 2:25:13 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: neverdem

Excellent observations by a medical insider. Michelle Obama creeps me out and reminds me of the director of an adult literacy program I once worked in. Instead of actually teaching people how to read, we were supposed to help them “reflect on black consciousness” and create solidarity, whatever that was. Most of the people who had come to the program were black, but they had absolutely no interest in the consciousness-raising meetings to which they were subjected. One of them complained to me, just before dropping out of the program, that what he had really come there for was to learn how to read.

But that was not even on the agenda on this publicly funded program, which specialized mostly in trying to get the white volunteers and the few non-black participants in the program to make public apologies for being white and get the black participants to “express their rage.”

All of these programs, whether in education or health care, become nothing but Marxist social manipulation programs that use the words health or education to lure people in and mask their real goals. I think Michelle is even more Marxist and white-hating than her husband, and aside from that, she’s dumber but equally power-hungry. A dangerous combination.


16 posted on 12/15/2008 2:26:13 AM PST by livius
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To: Nateman

...”Great article, slices through all the double think mumbo jumbo with a chainsaw revealing the beating looter heart in the center of it all”...

Looks like those big bucks now being used to heal people in the finest health care system in the world will soon be siphoned off into the pockets of politicians and their corrupt interests. Only a real national disaster can derail this awful train because like the story of the frog being boiled in small increments without realizing the terminal predicament he was in, Americans will not act as long as they lose freedom a little bit at a time, thinking the government is doing something for them. My husband made this comment to me only yesterday..”The government is bankrupt, both figuratively and literally, and when that becomes obvious, I just do not know what will happen.”


17 posted on 12/15/2008 2:36:30 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: neverdem

Beautiful article - thank you for posting it.


18 posted on 12/15/2008 2:53:21 AM PST by JavaJumpy
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To: DiogenesLaertius
"Obama’s plan is a series of mandates. Expect shortages and long wait-times as well as a decrease in innovation."

But on the bright side MeesHELL will get a bigger raise!

19 posted on 12/15/2008 3:03:33 AM PST by rawcatslyentist (I will stand with the Muslims ~B Hussein Obomunist ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Verito Possumus~Verified Sleeper!)
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To: jazzlite

“Day of Service and Reflection”

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“Looks like those big bucks now being used to heal people in the finest health care system in the world will soon be siphoned off into the pockets of politicians and their corrupt interests.”

= Obama is going to require us to work (Michelle’s words) Any shortage of funds for healthcare workers will be replaced with their “voluntary” service under this team’s “reform”. Nurses around the country, who I think overwhelmingly voted for Obama, are going to have a rude awakening.


20 posted on 12/15/2008 3:04:29 AM PST by Bluebird Singing
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To: Eye of Unk

“Michelle wants from what I hear a $100,000 salary just by being the First Lady”
— -— -—

It’s for being the first BLACK First lady.

It’s an affirmative action thang.

‘-)


21 posted on 12/15/2008 3:10:09 AM PST by Canedawg ("The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it")
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To: jazzlite
nly a real national disaster can derail this awful train

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Is this Dagny Taggart’s train of Ayn Rand's fame? ( Just wondering.)

22 posted on 12/15/2008 3:11:04 AM PST by wintertime
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To: neverdem

A revolution just may be coming.
Amen


23 posted on 12/15/2008 3:13:46 AM PST by gakrak ("A wise man's heart is his right hand, But a fool's heart is at his left" Eccl 10:2)
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To: Loud Mime

> I get the feeling that the FBI is going to be very busy for the next four years.

And the IRS. Let’s hope they get stuck into this in a big way. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth — to say nothing of perp-walks and indictments!


24 posted on 12/15/2008 3:17:06 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: neverdem

ping for later


25 posted on 12/15/2008 3:19:48 AM PST by SirFishalot
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To: neverdem

Good article. Thanks for posting.


26 posted on 12/15/2008 3:21:24 AM PST by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: DieHard the Hunter

facing the bitter reality of our own mortality every single day might have something to do with it too.


27 posted on 12/15/2008 3:23:47 AM PST by RC one
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To: livius

I believe you have hit the nail on the head, an excellent posting containing several terrible truths!


28 posted on 12/15/2008 3:30:23 AM PST by Loud Mime ("Only the dead have seen the end of war" Plato)
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To: neverdem

Excellent post!


29 posted on 12/15/2008 3:37:21 AM PST by gibsosa
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To: neverdem

Well Billary will be busy representing us to the world and won’t have time to be meddling in health care ... her specialty.


30 posted on 12/15/2008 3:37:26 AM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

bookmark


31 posted on 12/15/2008 3:56:18 AM PST by BILL_C (Jimmy Carter brought us Ronald Regan, Obama's contribution will be equally good. Is it Sarah?)
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To: neverdem
...kids with asthma could just be provided "breathalyzers," or "inhalators" instead of cluttering up emergency rooms.

Soothing, menthol inhalators...


32 posted on 12/15/2008 3:59:14 AM PST by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: 60Gunner

Nursing under Obama ping.


33 posted on 12/15/2008 4:04:36 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: johnny7

Kool stock on the rise?


34 posted on 12/15/2008 4:33:33 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Nateman
. . . revealing the beating looter heart in the center of it all.

Ouch!

35 posted on 12/15/2008 4:43:59 AM PST by Jacquerie (More Central Planning is not the solution to the failure of Central Planning.)
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To: Vaduz
Kool stock on the rise?


36 posted on 12/15/2008 4:50:34 AM PST by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: Eye of Unk
Michelle wants from what I hear a $100,000 salary

For what, lying around the WH looking pretty?

37 posted on 12/15/2008 4:50:41 AM PST by jla (Sarah!)
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To: neverdem

Great insight into this sector of the health biz.
Unfortunately this is most likely gonna happen across the country.
/barf


38 posted on 12/15/2008 4:59:16 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: neverdem

EEO+racial quota+politics= incompetent with large salary


39 posted on 12/15/2008 4:59:43 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Save America......... put out lots of wafarin (it's working))
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To: neverdem

If I were in need of nursing care, I would feel very fortunate to have this lady as my nurse.


40 posted on 12/15/2008 5:08:46 AM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
they’re matter-of-fact and have no time for BS

Some of that is because in order to do the job right, you have to be focused, and some of it is because there's such a shortage of nurses that they have to work hard to keep up. Some of it is that nursing is a bit like the military in that anything you do can get someone dead, including doing nothing.

All IMHO, of course.

41 posted on 12/15/2008 5:12:50 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Why do I find the Toyota "Saved by Zero" ads so ironic?)
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To: neverdem

Great article! I always wondered what Michelle the Hater actually did to deserve that paycheck of hers. She’s a community organizer just like Barry.


42 posted on 12/15/2008 5:20:33 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: neverdem

>>(There must have been more than one nurse in that crowd shaking her head and thinking, “Great. Another dunce.”)<<

No, I’m sure there wasn’t.
Most every nurse I know was geeked beyond measure and dazzled by 0. Socialized medicine means big bucks and job security for them.


43 posted on 12/15/2008 5:23:17 AM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: neverdem

Bookmark for later.


44 posted on 12/15/2008 5:50:01 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: netmilsmom

People in any field can be misled by blither. I worked with a health insurance actuary who thought HillaryCare was a great idea! Okay, whatever ...


45 posted on 12/15/2008 6:28:12 AM PST by Tax-chick (If I can't go to Heaven right now, can I just go to Missouri?)
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To: neverdem

Great job breaking down the flaws with Obamathink when it come to health care. Where was she during the primaries?


46 posted on 12/15/2008 8:10:29 AM PST by Zevonismymuse
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To: Bluebird Singing
In the ICU unit I work in, most of the nurses were voting for McCain. Even some of the life-long Democrat nurses.

But it did seem like our starry-eyed young, just graduated, nurses were for Obama.

Yes, to save money, at least in our hospital, there are nurses taking care of the most critically ill, having their own patient assignment, just graduated from nursing school and haven't passed their boards yet.

Could be this way in alot of places.

47 posted on 12/15/2008 9:58:15 AM PST by 3catsanadog (I plan to give the new President the same respect and dignity the other side gave Bush.)
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48 posted on 12/15/2008 10:05:57 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: netmilsmom
Most every nurse I know was geeked beyond measure and dazzled by 0. Socialized medicine means big bucks and job security for them.

Not my wife. Although, there were several times I had to talk her down. She kept getting influenced by her co-workers.

49 posted on 12/15/2008 11:46:58 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Zevonismymuse
Great job breaking down the flaws with Obamathink when it come to health care. Where was she during the primaries?

Obama wasn't dumb enough to ask her a question.

50 posted on 12/15/2008 11:48:08 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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