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Governor Palin Announced Health Priorities
Medical News Today ^ | December 9th

Posted on 12/30/2008 9:31:22 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing

Governor Sarah Palin announced her goals to improve Alaska's health and education through fiscal year 2010 budget requests, the formation of a health care commission, support for legislation and an informational campaign to help Alaskans take better care of their own health.

Governor Palin put a priority on children's health and development. "Children are the most valuable resource in Alaska," she said. "We have to do more to support health coverage and health care, because it plays such a big role in a child's success in school, and in life. Our state agencies are partnering to better equip Alaskans to lead healthier lives and to meet health care needs across the state."

(Excerpt) Read more at medicalnewstoday.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: healthcare; sarah; sarahpalin; socialism
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This depresses me. What happened?
1 posted on 12/30/2008 9:31:23 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

To bad that the Pubbies have finally bought into medical imperialism. Tweaking a corrupt system will never improve it. It must be torn down and rebuilt with attention paid to the tendency of allopaths pretend that drug/burn/cut will cure everything.


2 posted on 12/30/2008 9:34:48 AM PST by Seruzawa (Obamalama lied, the republic died.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Gov Palin is a grandmother.


3 posted on 12/30/2008 9:35:10 AM PST by RightWhale (We were so young two years ago and the DJIA was 12,000)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
What happened?

You learned more about Gov Palin than hype and sound bites.

— Support legislation to increase the income eligibility guidelines for Denali KidCare to 200 percent of Alaska's federal poverty level. Such an increase would make about 1,300 more children and about 225 more pregnant women eligible for health coverage under Denali KidCare.

— Continue our investment in the Tobacco Use Education and Cessation Fund to boost Alaska's tobacco prevention and control program.

— Fund Alaska's obesity prevention and control program and work toward reversing the trend of childhood obesity.

— Spend $250,000 to offer better access to early screening and diagnosis of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

— Develop a statewide initiative called Live Well Alaska. The interactive web-based campaign will provide the best recommendations for eating healthier, being more physically active and quitting tobacco use.

— Increase funding for Head Start preschool programs by $800,000. The additional funds will allow the program to serve 60 to 80 more children. Approximately 1,000 Alaska children remain on waiting lists for Head Start. This funding is in addition to $600,000 in increased funding that Head Start received last fiscal year.

— Spend $2 million for the Department of Education to implement a pilot preschool program. School districts would receive the funding through grants. The half-day preschools would serve up to 500 children statewide.

— Fund the University of Alaska's Family Residency Program.

4 posted on 12/30/2008 9:36:20 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
It all looks reasonable to me. If she were proposing something like the government health-care monopoly we have here in Canada; you'd have reason for being depressed.

Creating a state-wide commission, to make recommendations could be an effective bulwark against whatever Obama sends down from the federal level. If there are no alternatives proposed; it'll be very hard to oppose Obama’s “solutions”.

5 posted on 12/30/2008 9:39:14 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
"This depresses me. What happened?"

Why are you depressed? She didn't propose socialized medicine.

6 posted on 12/30/2008 9:40:08 AM PST by avacado
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Reasonable? Since when is extended the Nanny state, reasonable?


7 posted on 12/30/2008 9:42:46 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: thackney
States (and governors) can do what they want. AK can have state run healthcare for everyone if they can afford it. AK is one of the few states running in the black right now.
8 posted on 12/30/2008 9:44:05 AM PST by LiberConservative ("I, you know, can see, you know, upstate, you know, from my house, you know.")
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To: LiberConservative

Who would *want* such a thing?


9 posted on 12/30/2008 9:44:41 AM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: RightWhale

Would that make her a GIL*?


10 posted on 12/30/2008 9:47:10 AM PST by NYC Republican (This Too Shall Pass- in 8 years.. how much destruction will they create?)
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To: Captain Kirk

Since Sarah Palin proposed it. I think she knows what she’s doing.


11 posted on 12/30/2008 9:48:35 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
I remember telling dems they would really like Palin if they knew the least little about her. Palin has always supported child welfare, education, and social issues that are cost effective; she does what's right for the people; always has throughout her career from property taxes on down.

Palin's support for issues often puts her at odds with the repub party but most Alaskans realize & appreciate her independence/forward thinking. Bottomline is repubs can either control the flow of change or be destroyed by it.

There is so much waste, corruption, and graft in government; Palin really goes after it. What she spends on social programs is usually seen as a good move after the fact.

12 posted on 12/30/2008 9:52:23 AM PST by Eska
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To: LiberConservative

Would you vote for a governer running for president who previously supported various state medical initiatives?


13 posted on 12/30/2008 9:54:05 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing (I do not support the federal government's terrorist bailout plan ; Gitmo needs to stay put)
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To: avacado

No, but she is still expanding state health programs.

We all know where that leads.


14 posted on 12/30/2008 9:55:05 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing (I do not support the federal government's terrorist bailout plan ; Gitmo needs to stay put)
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To: NYC Republican

Definitely Lol


15 posted on 12/30/2008 9:59:53 AM PST by wastedyears (In Canada, Santa says "Ho Ho, eh?")
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Since Sarah Palin proposed it. I think she knows what she’s doing

Why does she merit this kind of blind trust (other than give a good speech)?

16 posted on 12/30/2008 10:00:03 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Eska

^^^^^^^^^^she does what’s right for the people^^^^^^^^^^^

Uhhhh, since when has bigger government every been “right” for the people?

^^^^^^^^^Bottomline is repubs can either control the flow of change or be destroyed by it.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Sorry, I don’t happen to believe that socialism is inevitable.


17 posted on 12/30/2008 10:00:06 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing (I do not support the federal government's terrorist bailout plan ; Gitmo needs to stay put)
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To: thackney

$12,000 per year per Head Start child? To learn pre-school level skills? Couldn’t you just send tutors out to the kids for a fraction of the cost?


18 posted on 12/30/2008 10:00:35 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Calvin Coolidge did when he was governor of Mass. Then he was one of the most fiscal, minimalist presidents of the 20th century.


19 posted on 12/30/2008 10:00:46 AM PST by SMCC1
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To: Eska

Let me getting right. You think that getting more Americans dependent on the welfare state is “forward looking?”


20 posted on 12/30/2008 10:01:51 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Eska

Corrected: Let me get this right. You think that getting more Americans dependent on the welfare state is “forward looking?”


21 posted on 12/30/2008 10:02:35 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
Excerpt:

California and Arizona are leading the charge toward universal preschool and full-day kindergarten. California may become the national prototype for universal preschool. Hollywood director Rob Reiner is promoting “Preschool for All,” a June 2006 ballot initiative, calling it “a broad-based, multi-year, non-partisan advocacy campaign to achieve voluntary preschool for all four-year-olds in California.”7

While universal preschool for all children sounds like a laudable goal, the Preschool for All Act represents a de-facto institutionalization of preschool in California by creating a new, governmentmanaged $2.5 billion a year entitlement program that subsidizes the preschool choices of middleclass and wealthy families. Although it is a voluntary program, it would change the structure of the current mixed-provider preschool market into a state-controlled monopoly. California’s Preschool for All initiative would be financed by a 1.7 percent tax increase on...

http://www.reason.org/ps344_universalpreschool.pdf

22 posted on 12/30/2008 10:02:57 AM PST by donna (Sarah Palin: A Feminist, not a Conservative.)
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To: Captain Kirk

What should the State do with the money when it runs a surplus over a period of several years?


23 posted on 12/30/2008 10:08:19 AM PST by Eagle Eye (Libs- If you don't have to play the rules then neither do we...THINK ABOUT IT!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Every state has health care, especially for children. I imagine her plan is more responsible than most.


24 posted on 12/30/2008 10:08:52 AM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

NEXT!!


25 posted on 12/30/2008 10:14:59 AM PST by demshateGod (the GOP is dead to me)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

“Since Sarah Palin proposed it. I think she knows what she’s doing.”

Awe man! Are you serious?


26 posted on 12/30/2008 10:17:34 AM PST by demshateGod (the GOP is dead to me)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Creating a state-wide commission, to make recommendations could be an effective bulwark against whatever Obama sends down from the federal level.

It could also be a rubber stamp for whatever Obama wants.

27 posted on 12/30/2008 10:18:46 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: Captain Kirk
OK, my previous answer was a bit glib. I don't blindly trust any politician — including Governor Palin.

A more substantive answer:

1. Palin is Governor of Alaska — with an approval rating over 60%. She obviously knows a lot more about what Alaskans need, or think they need than we do. She also has access to a lot more information than we do, about what they can afford.

2. A commission to make recommendations on health care is far, far, away from socialized health care. Actually, I'd go so far as to say that any state governor, who doesn't do something similar is guilty of nonfeasance. (That is, unless they're guilty of actual misfeasance — as part of a broad Democrat conspiracy to usher in Obama’s version of universal socialized health care.) The commission should generate some “made in Alaska” alternatives to whatever Obama comes up with.

3. You can't say that Palin is “extending the nanny state”; without comparing what Alaska is doing with what other states are doing.

28 posted on 12/30/2008 10:20:58 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Eska

“repubs can either control the flow of change or be destroyed by it.”

= Become Socialist Lite. Small government is what we should be advocating, at the fed, state, and local level. By legislation or by revolution, we must have small government to survive as a nation. Palin shows she doesn’t get that. The image everyone has of Palin doesn’t match the woman. She’s a another Good Government Compassionate Conservative.


29 posted on 12/30/2008 10:21:48 AM PST by demshateGod (the GOP is dead to me)
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To: demshateGod

Please see my #28.


30 posted on 12/30/2008 10:22:54 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
"Would you vote for a governer running for president who previously supported various state medical initiatives?"

Not if the Governor wanted to turn it into a national program as president.

I think we are so shell-shocked by big government we forget what states should be doing for themselves and what the federal government has no business meddling with. If a state even has state-run healthcare - and it works and they can pay for it - I have no problem with it at all. The Libertarian in me screams "STATES RIGHTS!"

31 posted on 12/30/2008 10:25:24 AM PST by LiberConservative ("I, you know, can see, you know, upstate, you know, from my house, you know.")
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To: Eagle Eye

“What should the State do with the money when it runs a surplus over a period of several years?”

If you bought something from a store and the cashier gave you too much change, what would you do?


32 posted on 12/30/2008 10:26:00 AM PST by demshateGod (the GOP is dead to me)
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To: Eagle Eye
What should the State do with the money when it runs a surplus taxes business faster than it can spend over a period of several years?
33 posted on 12/30/2008 10:27:29 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: LiberConservative

Good post. States rights bump!


34 posted on 12/30/2008 10:27:44 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: demshateGod

That isn’t an answer it is a question.


35 posted on 12/30/2008 10:31:49 AM PST by Eagle Eye (Libs- If you don't have to play the rules then neither do we...THINK ABOUT IT!)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

See post #22.

Socialists have plans for our children.


36 posted on 12/30/2008 10:32:03 AM PST by donna (Sarah Palin: A Feminist, not a Conservative.)
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To: donna
Yes, I know. We have the same sort of thing happening here. Universal, so-called “preschool” is wrong on so many levels.
37 posted on 12/30/2008 10:35:51 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Eagle Eye

This is old news, weeks old in fact


38 posted on 12/30/2008 10:37:23 AM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: thackney

Revenues from oil production vastly outwiegh other sources of revenue.

I don’t have any problem with the State taking its cut from the harvesting of its natural resources. In fact that is smart.


39 posted on 12/30/2008 10:40:04 AM PST by Eagle Eye (Libs- If you don't have to play the rules then neither do we...THINK ABOUT IT!)
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To: demshateGod

The State owns land that has natural resources. Should those resources be given away to anyone that wants to take them?

Or is it permissible for those who want to take those resources to pay the state a fee?

And if those fees are substantial because of the vastness and value of the natural resources, then the state has great revenues and wealth.

What should the State do with those revenues?


40 posted on 12/30/2008 10:46:45 AM PST by Eagle Eye (Libs- If you don't have to play the rules then neither do we...THINK ABOUT IT!)
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To: Eagle Eye

Agreed and at least the population gets a portion of it directly instead of only for politicians to spend.

But Alaska is going to have a tough year ahead if they don’t come back to reality on their spending. Their next year’s budget is still based upon oil being over $70 a barrel. I don’t see another year in the black unless they get serious about cutting spending. The cut of 7% or so isn’t going to be enough by a long shot.


41 posted on 12/30/2008 11:04:42 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: LiberConservative

That’s a good reasoned answer.

So here is the next logical step:

Does Sarah think that her program ought to be something aspired to on a national level?

There used to be knocks against Reagan because he signed a certain abortion bill. Of course, these knocks would typically ‘forget’ that Reagan represented a very blue state. Naturally, any politician does what their constituents want. I was willing to forgive Romney for a similar reason on healthcare. Mass is incredibly blue.

But Sarah doesn’t have that excuse. Alaska isn’t a blue state.

This would also go for McCain. McCain represents a red state, yet is very liberal. I wonder how liberal mccain would truely become if he were elected in a blue state.


42 posted on 12/30/2008 11:22:05 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing (I do not support the federal government's terrorist bailout plan ; Gitmo needs to stay put)
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To: demshateGod
Your Idea of socialism and mine are different I guess. I'm sure you would do away with social security, mandatory requirements that kids go to school, child labor laws, all the corporate welfare, taxes, and all the other changes that have occurred since our country's inception; but it; ain't in the cards; you're dreaming.

There is going to be a national health care initiative. Do you want one that destroys everybody's access to health care, or do you want a plan that will cause the least change in what you have now?

Everybody can play that "I'm a conservative who won't change" game but the end result will be the repubs relegated to political obscurity. Ya know, the most left wing joker in the senate just won an election.

Palin has always directed support towards state social spending that benefits Alaskans; she has a high approval rating here. Palin also attacks waste & corruption. It just so happens that many Repubs are also very corrupt in state politics up here, no different than the dems. Many repubs here are more worried about filling their pockets than serving the people. Alaskans see this, why Palin has been such a Godsend. Oil wealth has enabled Palin to accomplish things that benefit majority of Alaskans and also allows her to make cuts in waste. It all balances out and Alaskans have faith that their gov will do the right thing in the end. Can you say the same about your state government?

43 posted on 12/30/2008 11:25:46 AM PST by Eska
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To: thackney

No, they’ll need to revise their forecasts and perhaps be less ambitious.

Now I’m also one of those that believe that what goes on at state level should stay at state level until impractical to do so then some provisions of interstate commerce kick in.

But if a State wants to tax residents to poverty to provide welfare, no problem to me. I can chose not to live there or move out, not something I can easily opt for at the federal level.


44 posted on 12/30/2008 11:26:03 AM PST by Eagle Eye (Libs- If you don't have to play the rules then neither do we...THINK ABOUT IT!)
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To: wastedyears

One of the few I can tag with that label... Gladly tag


45 posted on 12/30/2008 11:27:36 AM PST by NYC Republican (This Too Shall Pass- in 8 years.. how much destruction will they create?)
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To: Eagle Eye
they’ll need to revise their forecasts and perhaps be less ambitious.

They did, that's why the 7% cut from the current year. They have gotten a lot of criticism (and rightly so) for releasing a budget in Mid-December based upon such wishful thinking.

Legislator calls for revisions in proposed budget {Alaska}
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2152408/posts
December 21, 2008

46 posted on 12/30/2008 11:31:44 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Eagle Eye
But if a State wants to tax residents to poverty to provide welfare, no problem to me. I can chose not to live there or move out

Gov Palin decision to implement a retroactive tax increase on the oil companies was part of my decision to leave Alaska and return to Texas. It just is getting hard to find a state that doesn't push big government. Texas has been trending the wrong for too many years as well.

47 posted on 12/30/2008 11:34:13 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Well I was looking at

http://www.tax.alaska.gov/programs/documentviewer/viewer.aspx?1530f

and still had a long way to go.

Anyway, IMO it is good for a STATE (NOT FED) to use revenues other than direct taxes on business or individuals for the common good. If they can build roads and not need tolls, great. If they can build universities and offer free/cheap tuition, great! If they can make living in that state so attractive that it draws in talent and ideas, great.

And if a state wants to provide massinve welfare and draw in the dregs of society, that is their business, too.


48 posted on 12/30/2008 11:37:24 AM PST by Eagle Eye (Libs- If you don't have to play the rules then neither do we...THINK ABOUT IT!)
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To: Eska

My state government is worthless. If we had leaders like Palin stand up to socialism we could have enclaves of freedom. What I’d like is a governor who’ll say, “Come to Louisiana and live free. You want to own guns, own them here. You want to start a business, come here.” I’d like someone who’ll dare the feds to enforce their unconstitutional laws. We need a revolution not defeatist incremental socialism as a response to full socialism.

Man, I don’t care anymore about holding off socialism with less socialism. That really only helps the wealthy anyway. If we’re going to do it, let’s do it all the way like Scandinavia. If not, let’s throw off this government. Palin or any other conservative governor has the standing which could lead this effort but she chooses to be a part of the problem.


49 posted on 12/30/2008 11:39:12 AM PST by demshateGod (the GOP is dead to me)
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To: thackney

I really was surprised at the Big Govenment when I moved to Texas in 07.

High sales taxes, property taxes, MUD/PUD taxes, and all kinds of rules and regulations that I didn’t expect from a state with the reputation of wildness and freedom!


50 posted on 12/30/2008 11:42:10 AM PST by Eagle Eye (Libs- If you don't have to play the rules then neither do we...THINK ABOUT IT!)
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