Saturday, December 26, 2009

SENATORS “STICK IT” TO STATES

By Woodrow Wilcox

Every U.S. Senator who voted for the health care reform bill “stuck” every State in the Union with a big bill that no State needs right now during a recession and falling revenues.

Because the health care reform bill affects every State by expanding Medicaid and demanding other new State expenditures, the new law will cost states billions of dollars at a time when the states have budget problems already.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration reported that the Senate bill will cost Indiana $2.3 billion over the next ten years. Much of the costs will happen in the first few years during the transition from the current systems to the new systems under the health care reform bill. The report states that the administrative costs for Indiana to change to an expanded Medicaid would be about $200 million.
Evan Bayh was the only U.S. Senator from Indiana who voted for the senate’s health care reform bill. The bill that Senator Bayh supported will cancel $450 billion in Medicare benefits to senior citizens, too.

To pay the costs of transitioning to the new health care reform law, every state will have to raise taxes or cut spending on current programs and services. Neither alternative presents an attractive political choice.

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Written on December 26, 2009 by Woodrow Wilcox
Wilcox News Service

Friday, November 20, 2009

BE A RESPONSIBLE ELECTED LEGISLATOR

BE A RESPONSIBLE ELECTED LEGISLATOR
By Woodrow Wilcox

Be a responsible elected legislator. A responsible elected legislator reads and studies a proposed bill before voting on it. A responsible elected legislator allows time for the voters to read and study a proposed law and advise their legislators about what they like or don’t like about it. A responsible elected legislator takes seriously the oath of office promise “to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies . . . .” How can you uphold that oath without reading and studying a bill or amendment before voting on it? You can’t. It is impossible. How would you know for sure that no part of the bill harms the Constitution and the liberties that it guarantees?

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have become high pressure sales artists. They want legislators to vote on Saturday nights when voters can’t reach legislators through the normal switchboards. They ask legislators to vote for bills or amendments without first reading them. Those are the tactics of high pressure sales artists.

If you sign a contract without reading it first because a high pressure sales artist persuades you to sign before reading and understanding the contract, then you are irresponsible. If you support a bill or amendment or procedure to forward a bill or amendment without reading it, studying it, and allowing the voters to review it and advise you, then you are an irresponsible legislator. And the label of “IRRESPONSIBLE” will stick on you in the next election.

High pressure sales artists pressure their victims to sign a contract before reading it because the high pressure sales artists don’t want the victim to learn what is in the contract before signing it. So, don’t be a victim of the high pressure sales tactics of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Be a responsible elected legislator. Allow the people to review every proposed law, amendment, and procedure and advise you on what they would like you to do. If you will insist on listening to the people in this way, then in the next election, no one will be able to brand you as “IRRESPONSIBLE”.

Note: For over six years, Woodrow Wilcox has helped senior citizens to correct medical bill errors that were caused by mistakes at Medicare and the VA clinics. Wilcox has saved senior citizens over $600,000 by canceling such wrongful charges. Also, Wilcox has edited a study on the problems caused for poor people, doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and insured patients by the Medicaid system. For other health care related articles or videos by Woodrow Wilcox, visit http://www.medicareproblems.net.


Written on November 20, 2009 by
Woodrow Wilcox

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

OBAMA’S UNFAIR CRITICISM OF INSURANCE COMPANIES

S. O. S. – SPEAKING OF SENIORS
OBAMA’S UNFAIR CRITICISM OF INSURANCE COMPANIES

By Woodrow Wilcox

Recently, Obama has been criticizing insurance companies. He has claimed that insurance companies make huge profits on health insurance. He has claimed that insurance companies charge for doing administrative work that has nothing to do with health care. To people who don’t know the details of the health care system, Obama’s claims may sound good. But, a closer examination of the facts will prove that Obama is wrong.

In recent weeks, both the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press have published stories giving the facts about health care insurance profits or lack thereof. Part of the headline of an article by Brett Arends in the Wall Street Journal read “INSURERS’ PROFITS ARE SO SLIM, IT WOULD BE HARD FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM TO WHITTLE THEM FURTHER”.

The Pulitzer Prize winning website POLITIFACT (www.politifact.com) called Obama on a false statement about insurance company profits last July.

On the other hand, an Associated Press story by Hope Yen about a government report government report that was just released exposes the fact that the MEDICARE system alone paid $47 billion in false or questionable claims in fiscal 2009.

Because I write articles about Medicare problems and have edited studies on Medicaid and the VA system, people send me information about problems in the system. One fellow from California who works for a billing service that deals with MEDICAL (California Medicaid) told me that he noticed suspicious billing. He created a program to spot suspicious billing and found over $2 million of questionable bills in a six month period. He brought the evidence to his supervisors, but they were not interested in contacting authorities because it was a small figure in percentage terms and they did not want the extra work. Based on what the informant told me, I extrapolated that suspicious claims in the MEDICAL system might be costing California taxpayers over $12 billion per year.

In the same government report, the Medicaid program for the poor spent $18.1 billion on false or suspicious claims. Also, the report reveals that the government agency over Medicare ignored internal watchdog or whistleblower warnings about fraudulent or suspicious billing.

Suspicious, false, and fraudulent claims cost billions of dollars per year in higher federal and state taxes.

Insurance companies must follow the laws and regulations on health care. Yes, there are administrative costs. But, almost all the administrative costs associated with health care insurance relates to complying with federal and state laws. When a suspicious or false claim is approved by Medicare, the insurance company that sold a Medicare supplement insurance policy must pay its share of the claim even if it believes that the claim is false.

In the Medicaid system, government policy “arm-twists” doctors and other medical service providers to take less than a standard fee for services. This government policy has made many doctors reluctant to help Medicaid patients because they can not even charge the government what they need to “break even” on their costs. This lack of available doctors has driven many poor people to overflow and overwhelm hospital emergency rooms. The hospitals don’t get paid by Medicaid what they need to “break even”. So the hospital increases charges for people who have insurance to make up the difference. This results in higher claims paid and premiums charged by insurance companies. Again, it is a government policy that creates the problem.

If we really want to fix the health care system and reduce costs, we need to work on fixing the government side of the problem first because that is the biggest source of problems. If Obama and his allies in Congress impose a national health care system that is based on the current systems, the problems will get worse and costs will rise even more.

In past articles, I have estimated that erroneous medical bills that are caused by mistakes at Medicare cost senior citizens in the U.S. OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR IN FALSE CHARGES. That estimate is based on my experience in helping senior citizens to correct over $600,000 of bad medical bills at the insurance agency where I work. The source of these wrongful charges is mistakes in the Medicare system.

If you think that health care is expensive now, just wait until the federal government makes it “free”.

Note: Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill problem solver at Senior Care Insurance Services in Merrillville, Indiana. That is the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agency in the Midwest. For other Medicare related articles and videos by Wilcox, visit www.medicareproblems.net.



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Written on November 16, 2009 by

Woodrow Wilcox

Wilcox News Service

Monday, November 16, 2009

"No Thank You Gerry Rally" Larger than Official "Thank You Rally"

Here is the link to a story on Black Velvet Bruce Li on our competing rallies.
Despite the pouring rain, we out organized "Organizing for America"

There are pictures of the rally here too.

http://www.bvbl.net/index.php/2009/11/13/tea-party-protest-dwarfs-organizing-for-america/

Keep up the good work!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

SAVED LOWELL WOMAN $2,568

S. O. S. – SPEAKING OF SENIORS



SAVED LOWELL WOMAN $2,568



By Woodrow Wilcox

This morning (November 12, 2009), I saved an elderly woman $2,568. The client is from Lowell, Indiana. I saved the woman that money by finding problems with Medicare related medical bills and writing letters to cite the problems and get them corrected. The Medicare system is far from perfect.

The client had two problems.

In one matter, someone at a doctor’s office misread a MEDICARE EXPLANATION OF BENEFITS. Medicare disallowed a procedure for which there was a charge of $1500. But, Medicare went further and ruled that the patient was not responsible for the charge. The doctor’s office tried to bill the 78 year old patient anyway. I wrote a letter to the doctor’s office to alert the office to the error. Errors happen. I wrote a nice letter which should correct the problem.

The client had another problem. A local hospital had a collection agency send a payment demand letter to the 78 year old woman. The demand was for $1068. I checked on the matter by phoning the client’s insurance company. MEDICARE NEVER SENT THE CLAIM TO THE INSURANCE COMPANY. You can’t blame the insurance company for not paying a bill that it never got from Medicare.

To correct the mistake made by Medicare, I sent a letter to the hospital and the collection agency. In the letter, I explained the problem and requested that the hospital send essential information about the claim directly to the claims department of the client’s insurance company. When the hospital does that, I am confident that the $1,068 bill will be paid.

These kinds of problems with Medicare related bills happen all the time. Senior citizens who do not get help from someone like me end up paying bills that they don’t really owe. In the case of this woman from Lowell, I was able to save her $2,568.

This elderly woman is just one of the senior citizen clients that I helped this morning. This help was provided free of charge. Giving clients this level of service is just one of the reasons that this insurance agency has become the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agency in the Midwest.

This level of service is needed by senior citizens all over America. Medicare related medical bill problems happen all the time everywhere. If Obama and his allies in Congress impose a national health care system that is modeled on Medicare, then everyone in America will have similar medical bill problems that are caused by mistakes in the new national health care system.

Note: Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill problem solver at Senior Care Insurance Services in Merrillville, Indiana. He has fixed medical bill problems that were caused by mistakes at Medicare and the VA to save clients over $600,000. For other articles or videos by Woodrow Wilcox, visit www.medicareproblems.net, www.woodrowwilcox.com, and www.woodrowwilcox.tv.
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Written on November 12, 2009 by
Woodrow Wilcox
Wilcox News Service

MEDICARE HARMED NEW CLIENT

S. O. S. – SPEAKING OF SENIORS

MEDICARE HARMED NEW CLIENT

By Woodrow Wilcox

A senior citizen woman read one of my articles and decided to become a client of the insurance agency where I work. Then, she had a problem with a Medicare related bill not getting paid. Now, her case is the subject of an article by me. The woman is from Munster, Indiana.

The woman phoned me to tell me about the problem. I told her what papers I needed her to send to me for my review.

When I got the papers, I contacted the woman’s insurance company. She has a Medicare supplement policy with United World Life Insurance Company. That is a subsidiary of Mutual of Omaha companies. So, she had a policy with a very good company.

My conversation with a representative of that company revealed that MEDICARE NEVER SENT THE CLAIM TO THE INSURANCE COMPANY FOR PROCESSING.

Medicare goofs like that often. Don’t blame the insurance company for not paying a claim that it never got from Medicare.

How do I help a client in such a situation? I connect the dots that Medicare missed. I sent to the insurance company essential information that I got from the client about the claim. Once the insurance company has certain essential information, it can legally process and pay on the claim.

If Obama and his allies in Congress impose a national health care system like that of Medicare on the nation, then millions more people will start to have unpaid medical bill problems like senior citizens have had for years.

Note: Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill problem solver at Senior Care Insurance Services in Merrillville, Indiana. That is the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agency in the Midwest. For other articles or videos by Wilcox, visit www.medicareproblems.net, www.woodrowwilcox.com, and www.woodrowwilcox.tv.

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Written on November 10, 2009 by

Woodrow Wilcox

Wilcox News Service

Monday, November 9, 2009

Photos from the 11/05 House Call Press Conference and Lobbying

Folks gathering for the rally, crowd too wide for lens to capture.

A sea of concerned citizens at the Bachmann Press Conference.


Citizen lobbyists waiting for the chance to see Congressman Tom Perriello (VA-5) and express their disapproval for the hastily written HR 3962 Government takeover of health care.

Constituents confront Congressman Connolly's Communications Director George Burke as he dissembles about the health care bill. Congressman Connolly was AWOL in "meetings" all day.


Part of a small group of counter demonstrators fighting to take away our health care freedoms. Medicare has more percent fraud and denies more percentage of claims than private insurance. So the guys with the higher fraud and claims denial are going to show private insurance how to be better??? Huh?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Last minute Changes in Thursday Capitol Rally

Due to the anticipation of a very large crowd, the location has been moved to the WEST steps of the Capitol. The best metro stop is still Capitol South. To give you an idea of the scale, 26 bus loads of people are coming from New Jersey alone.

As a result of the large crowds, they strongly encouraged people to plan on arriving early to find parking and get to the Capitol.

Remember to be respectful, professional, but firm on where you stand on health care.

Other details remain the same:

Gerry Connolly constituents, Mychelle Brickner, former Fairfax County School Board Member, will be leading the 11th District Delegation and will have a “Connolly” sign in the vicinity of the “Virginia” sign above. Bring a bring a letter or letters telling your Congressman to vote no on the Health Care Bill regardless of amendments. This bad bill cannot be repaired. If you cannot make it to DC for whatever reason, on Thursday drop a letter off at his Annandale office located at 4115 Annandale Rd # 103, Annandale, VA. In either case, make sure that the staff member notes that you came in opposition to the Health Care Bill.

· The Virginia Delegation will meet at 11:30am on the West steps of the Capitol. Look for the "Virginia" sign. The sign is a VERTICAL "political convention style" sign, it is just like what they use at conventions and has three sides so it can be seen from all sides. Marshall Smith will be holding the sign.

· Michelle Bachman will give her speech at noon on the Capitol Steps.

· Afterward, we can go visit our senators first, and then our representatives (for those who refused to meet with us behind Longworth Bldg)

· Tricia Stall has arranged for us to hopefully meet with some of our Virginia Congressman. Congressman Whitman is confirmed at 2:30 to meet with us all outside behind Longworth building, since we all wouldn't fit in his office. Behind Longworth there is a park at the corner of New Jersey St. and C Street. The park can be reached by walking down S. Capital St. or New Jersey Street. It is a grassy area with a fountain and benches and suitable for a large gathering. We will meet there at 2:30. We will wait to see who else meets with us during that time. She has invited other Representatives and Senators.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Stop Government Takeover of Health Care Rally Capitol Steps Nov.5 Noon.

On Hannity, last week Congressman Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota, 6th District) announced that she will be on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington DC on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at noon to confront Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress.

She is asking for other concerned Americans to come to Washington DC next week to protest the socialist health care bill being forced on the American public. She stated that many Democrats are on the fence and need to hear from their constituents.

Michele wants everyone not in favor of the health care bill to walk the halls of Congress and tell the Senators and Representatives they do not want the health care plan. She said she would like for all who come to Congress to make sure they visit the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and tell her what to do with her health care plan.

Northern Virginia Tea Party will be there, RSVP on the form on the right. We will notify you of the exact meeting location by email.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

S. O. S. – SPEAKING OF SENIORS SAVED HOBART MAN OVER $1000

S. O. S. – SPEAKING OF SENIORS

SAVED HOBART MAN OVER $1000

By Woodrow Wilcox

A senior citizen client asked for help on a hospital bill. The man is from Hobart, Indiana. I helped him.

The bill balance was $1,103.66. The client has a good Medicare supplement insurance policy with Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company. That is a good insurance company.

I checked with the insurance company. Medicare never delivered the claim information to the client’s insurance company. The hospital wanted its money, of course.

To help our client, I wrote a letter to the hospital that explained that Medicare failed to send the claim information to the client’s insurance company. Then, I asked the hospital to send the essential information directly to the insurance company to correct the billing problem that Medicare had created.

When the hospital does what I asked, the insurance company will have the information that it needs to legally process the claim. This should eliminate the $1,103.66 bill problem that the client had.

This medical bill problem solving assistance is free to clients of this insurance agency. The owners, managers, and staff of this insurance agency really do care about our senior citizen clients. This commitment to service is one of the reasons that this insurance agency has become the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agency in the Midwest.

Here is something to consider. If Obama and his allies in Congress impose a national health care system that is modeled on the Medicare system, then everyone in America will start to have the type of medical bill problems that this client experienced.

Note: Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill problem solver at Senior Care Insurance Services in Merrillville, Indiana. To check other articles or videos by Wilcox, visit www.medicareproblems.net, www.woodrowwilcox.com, and www.woodrowwilcox.tv.

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Written on October 26, 2009 by

Woodrow Wilcox

Wilcox News Service

Monday, October 26, 2009

Northern Virginia Tea Party Protests Republican Newt Gingrich for Supporting Dede Scozzafava, a left-wing Acorn-backed "Republican"

Republican former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich has endorsed Dede Scozzafava, a left-wing Acorn-backed "Republican", against Doug Hoffman, a conservative. Read this article for more details.
Numerous conservative and anti-tax groups are supporting Hoffman. NorthernVirginiaTeaParty.com does not endorse candidates, but we do hold supposed conservative leaders accountable.

Our protest was held at Newt's will be book signing at BOOK-A-MILLION, 1451 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22101 Saturday, October 24th from 1:30-4:00 PM.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

MEDICARE MESSED MEDICAL BILL OF MERRILLVILLE WOMAN

. O. S. – SPEAKING OF SENIORS

MEDICARE MESSED MEDICAL BILL OF MERRILLVILLE WOMAN

By Woodrow Wilcox

Every day, I help senior citizens with medical bill problems that were caused by mistakes made by Medicare and/or the Veterans Administration medical clinics.

There are several possible causes of errors made by the federal government that cause senior citizens and veterans problems. The main source of error is the electronic data systems.

The federal government’s electronic data system causes the most problems. The system relies on telephone lines and satellite uplinks and downlinks for sending and receiving information about senior citizens, their identities, and their medical bills.

When there is a problem with the system, data becomes distorted or lost. When that happens, the medical bills of senior citizens on Medicare don’t get paid correctly or at all.

If Obama and his allies in Congress impose a national health care system on everyone, then everyone can expect these kinds of problems with their medical bills. I have helped senior citizens to correct bills of a few dollars and of over $200,000.

For over six years, I have helped senior citizens with Medicare billing problems and have written over 100 articles about such problems. Many of the articles can be read at www.medicareproblems.net.

Following is an excerpt of a letter that I sent to one of our clients after checking on an unpaid medical bill which caused her worry.

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The bill for $63.68 from St. Mary Medical Center was received by your Medicare supplement insurance company on October 15.

The federal government’s Medicare system FAILED TO SEND THE BILLING INFORMATION TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY by the normal means of “electronic crossover” which is a high-tech “email” system.

Your insurance company was able to obtain a “hard” (paper) copy of the claim on October 15 and is processing the claim now. The insurance company has up to 30 days to process a claim once it receives it.

I wanted you to know that we checked on this bill for you and that you should allow some time for your insurance company to process this claim.

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Note: Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill problem solver at Senior Care Insurance Services in Merrillville, Indiana. That is the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agency in the Midwest. Wilcox has saved senior citizens over $600,000 by canceling wrongful medical bills that were caused by errors made by the federal Medicare and/or Veterans Administration health care systems. For other articles or videos by Wilcox, visit www.medicareproblems.net, www.woodrowwilcox.com, and www.woodrowwilcox.tv.

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Written on October 20, 2009 by

Woodrow Wilcox

Wilcox News Service

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lies, Earmarks And Corruption All In One Bill

Editors note: This just in from Congressman John Hoekstra's official website.
Lies, Earmarks And Corruption All In One Bill
Rep. John Shadegg and Rep. Peter Hoekstra


Washington, Oct 14 -

We are nominating Sen. Baucus' health care reform bill for the Pulitzer Prize — for fiction.

Like works of great fiction writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Conrad and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the story line of the Baucus bill is not what it seems and is in fact a clever subterfuge of what health care reform will mean for the American people.

Hiding behind this facade is another story about a massive power grab by the Washington political establishment.

The bill is loaded with fiction. To begin with, it purports to reduce the deficit. This is really an Enron-style scam with the bill's massive new taxes starting on day one and its dramatic new health care expenditures, which will far exceed the tax revenues, beginning in year four.

Hence its favorable score: 10 years of revenue, seven of expenditures. In the private sector, people go to jail for this type of accounting; in the U.S. Senate, they trumpet it as good news.

The Baucus bill claims to treat all Americans equitably, yet four states receive Medicaid exemptions — the federal government will pick up the state's share of Medicaid costs — for five years. That means taxpayers in 46 states will subsidize other states, including Nevada, so Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can bring home the bacon and get re-elected.

Sen. Chuck Schumer put in a little-noticed provision that exempts New Yorkers and taxpayers from some other states from the bill's tax on gold-plated insurance plans. The result: The rest of the nation will subsidize the health care of New Yorkers and a few others.

If you're lucky enough to live in one of the favored states, you win. If not, you lose. Guess how many of those states are blue and have Democratic senators up for re-election? Hardly seems fair, does it? Huge earmarks and health care favoritism for states served by powerful Washington elites.

There are other massive earmarks in this bill. Up to $10 billion will go to VEBA, such as the underfunded retirement health care package of United Auto Workers retirees. This may or may not be a good idea, but it clearly does not belong in this legislation.

The bill has huge, new mandated costs on the states for Medicaid, and there are many other costs omitted from the bill that will need to be paid for by taxpayers. The bill claims savings it says will be achieved by reducing reimbursement rates to doctors and hospitals. This has never happened in the past and won't now. It is pure fiction.

There's more fiction in both the Senate and House versions. Despite Democrat claims to the contrary, both will cover illegal aliens and abortion, and virtually no Americans will be able to keep their existing plan. The legislation will cost billions more than estimated. The numbers and the promises just don't work.

Most importantly, and this is what the legislation is really about, the Baucus bill will transfer power from the American people to Washington elites — a power grab far more massive than it appears. Just think about it, the fiction (yes, some would call it lies) you're hearing about today is happening while people are watching.

Imagine what will happen with earmarks, political favoritism and social engineering when the details are negotiated by government bureaucrats, lobbyists and the Obama administration's "health czar" behind closed doors.

Putting politicians in charge will mean health care Soviet-gulag-style. If you're powerful and connected, you'll be just fine. If not, too bad. This is certain to get ugly.

Americans need to recognize what this is about. It is not about the quality or quantity of health care. It is about power, who will have it and who will give it up. It is about fiction. No, correct that — it is about an Enron-style accounting and bringing Washington-style corruption to health care.

Rather than rein in the power and control health care plans have now, and impose savings discipline by shifting that control to average Americans so they can get the care they choose, the bill empowers career politicians in Congress and Washington bureaucrats.

Actually, this bill doesn't deserve a Pulitzer even though it is ingenious and cleverly written — it deserves a criminal indictment for false, deceptive and misleading advertising.

The American people need to stand up and say no to this callous grab of power by Washington elites.

This is the first real test of the Tea Party movement to influence public policy. Americans are counting on their elected representatives to protect them from a tragically flawed health care bill.

Grass-roots America needs to speak out before it is too late. If not now, when? Time is running out.

• Hoekstra is a Republican congressman from Michigan.

• Shadegg is a Republican congressman from Arizona.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT, SENATORS, & CONGRESSMEN

By Woodrow Wilcox

An elderly woman phoned me because she read an article by me in a local newspaper. The senior citizen is from Lansing, Illinois.

I listened to her story. She fell at a local drug store, was taken to a hospital, and got some stitches. The hospital got paid by Medicare, the woman’s insurance company, and by the drug store’s insurance company. Now, Medicare wants its money back. But, the woman does not have the money. When she phones Medicare’s bill collector’s phone number, she gets a recorded instruction to contact the company via the internet. The woman is 85 years old and does not know how to use the internet.

Normally, I would not help because I’m not supposed to help seniors who are not clients of the insurance agency where I work. I have helped senior citizens with medical bill problems that were caused by Medicare and by the VA medical clinic system for over six years. I have saved elderly clients of this insurance agency over $600,000 by canceling bad medical bills.

In this case, I decided to help this woman on my own time and at my own expense. Over the last six years, I have written over 100 articles about problems with the Medicare system. Many of the articles can be read at www.medicareproblems.net. I wrote all those articles and distributed them to newspapers around the country on my own time.

I’m not trying to boast. I just want to explain that I help senior citizens who have problems with Medicare. I care about senior citizens. I’m not sure that the President and some Senators and Congressmen do care about seniors.

There are problems with Medicare, the VA Clinics, and Medicaid. There are problems with other health care segments, too. But, no one can fix a problem by not listening to reasonable, responsible people who have experience in the field.

That is what I am accusing the President and some Senators and Congressmen of doing – not listening. The Democratic leaders and many Democratic members of the Senate and the House fashioned “their” health care reform bill without listening to the concerns of many respected people.

Rather than bringing people together to reach a consensus, the President and his allies have done exactly the opposite. No proposal by a Republican or a moderate Democrat was considered. The legitimate concerns of the dissenters were not reviewed to allow compromises to correct problems in the bill. The President and/or his allies called opponents of “their” health care reform bill “Nazis” and “racists” instead of listening to legitimate concerns about the bill. The President and/or his Democrat allies called health insurance company executives and employees “greedy” and “special interests” instead of listening to the legitimate objections of those people.

Citizens who read the health care reform bill (H.R. 3200) online and attended town hall meetings with their congressional representatives were shocked, insulted, and angered to realize that many of their congressional representatives never read the proposed law and just parroted some false talking points written by the supporters.

Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised to bring people together. But, he and his Democrat allies in Congress have used arrogance, smugness, rudeness, insults, and disinformation to alienate many people in the country including other Democrats.

The President and his Democrat allies in Congress should stop the rudeness, listen to the legitimate concerns of those who object to problems in the current bill, and change the proposed law to get rid of the legitimate objections. No one can get other people’s cooperation by refusing to listen and casting insults.

Note: Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill problem solver at Senior Care Insurance Services in Merrillville, Indiana. That is the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agency in the Midwest. For articles and videos by Woodrow Wilcox, visit www.medicareproblems.net, www.woodrowwilcox.com, and www.woodrowwilcox.tv.
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Friday, October 9, 2009

S. O. S. – SPEAKING OF SENIORS MEDICARE HITS MUNSTER WOMAN WITH BILL

By Woodrow Wilcox

A client of this insurance agency was surprised when Medicare refused to help pay for a pelvic and breast exam and a pap smear. The client is from Munster, Indiana.

The client in this article is not the same client that I reported to have that problem in a previous article. The facts are almost the same, though.

The woman’s doctor billed Medicare for the medical services and Medicare disallowed the claims because the services were performed outside the time limitations that Medicare has set for such services. So, Medicare denied the claims and now the senior citizen is stuck with the $105 bill for non-covered services of a pelvic and breast exam and a pap smear.

When a federal agency is faced with budget problems, new rules and regulations are invented to help the federal agency stretch its budget so that everyone at the federal agency will get paychecks on time.

Obama and his allies in Congress are trying to pass a law to make a national health care system based on Medicare. If that happens, millions more Americans will get stuck with unexpected medical bills when the federal agency over healthcare will make new rules and regulations to stretch the budget and make sure that all the employees of the new bureaucracy get their paychecks on time.

In such a case, health care consumers will be the big losers. The patients will get some very unexpected bills for medical services that they thought would be covered by the government health care system. Surprise, surprise!

Note: Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill problem solver at the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agency in the Midwest. For more Medicare related articles or videos by him, visit www.medicareproblems.net, www.woodrowwilcox.com, and www.woodrowwilcox.tv.
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Written on October 5, 2009 by Woodrow Wilcox

Wilcox News Service

Thursday, October 8, 2009

SENATORS URGED NOT TO KILL ENTREPRENEURS’ CREATIVITY TO SOLVE HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS!

By Woodrow Wilcox

The managers of Hoosier Healthcare have sent a letter to every U.S. Senator urging that no bill be passed which would kill entrepreneurs’ creativity to solve health care problems. Hoosier Healthcare has three clinics in or near Valparaiso, Indiana.

The firm gives unlimited visits to its clinics for an individual for only $25 per month. Employers can pay only $20 per employee or $40 for an employee and entire family to provide unlimited visits to Hoosier Healthcare clinics.

Many of the other medical services provided at Hoosier Healthcare are provided at costs which are up to half what Medicare pays for the same services. Also, the firm has partnered with a local pharmacy to allow patients to buy many prescription medicines for only $4.

Donald Kiger is the President and CEO of Hoosier Healthcare. He has owned or managed several successful businesses. Over time, he thought of various business models and systems which might deliver quality health care at lower prices. Earlier this year, he decided to start the firm and test his ideas.

Dr. Dean Shoucair is the Medical Director of Hoosier Healthcare. He likes the business model and believes that it can help many people – including doctors.

“Many people are concerned about the idea of a single payer system and the complications from that. A number of medical schools are getting smaller enrollment because fewer people believe that they will be able to pay for medical school and make a decent living as a doctor,” Dr. Shoucair explained.

“We are helping to deliver primary care to the people in our community with our unusual business model and system. Other entrepreneurs have good ideas, too. It would be a shame if the U.S. Senate adopts any law that would kill entrepreneurs’ creativity to solve problems and improve the health care system for all Americans,” Kiger concluded.

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LETTER TO ALL U.S. SENATORS:
PLEASE, DON’T VOTE TO KILL ENTREPRENEURS’ CREATIVITY

Dear Senators,

Whatever you do in this session, please, don’t vote to kill entrepreneurs’ creativity to solve problems.

Our firm, Hoosier Healthcare, provides unlimited visits to our medical offices for only $25 per month. Employers can pay $20 per month per employee or $40 per month per employee’s entire family to allow unlimited visits to any of our three clinic offices.

Hoosier Healthcare provides many medical services at costs which are as low as half of what Medicare pays for the same services.

Hoosier Healthcare has adopted an unusual business model which allows our firm to provide primary care, urgent care, wellness care, and occupational health care at such low rates.

Finding the right business model requires creativity and freedom to experiment to learn what works to solve customers’ problems and use resources wisely. Government laws and regulations which are developed by committees of government officers and bureaucrats and which don’t allow creative problem solving is not the way to change health care for the better.
To learn more about how our firm does what it does to deliver quality primary health care and a range of other services at affordable prices, visit our website –

www.hoosier-healthcare.com
.

We are solving the problem of high costs for primary health care right now in our community. We hope to expand and grow to help people in other parts of the country, too.

Allowing our firm and other entrepreneurs a chance to solve the nation’s health care delivery problems makes more sense than any other option at this time.

Please, Senators, don’t kill entrepreneurs’ creativity to solve problems and help America.


Sincerely,



Donald Kiger Dr. Dean Shoucair, D.O., M.P.H.

President & CEO Medical Director / MRO



Hoosier Healthcare; Porter County, Indiana; 1-888-282-8662

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

MISTER OBAMA – YOU’RE IGNORANT!

By Woodrow Wilcox

In his September 9 speech to Congress, Obama criticized private insurance companies for not covering certain things. Obama is ignorant of the fact that the federal Medicare system won’t cover certain things.

For example, a client of the insurance agency where I work just discovered that Medicare won’t pay anything on his ambulance bill. He is a diabetic senior citizen and veteran from the Miller section of Gary, Indiana. Recently, his daughter phoned an ambulance for help. The ambulance people gave him emergency services for being a diabetic, but did not transport him. The treatment may have saved his life, but Medicare won’t pay for any first responder services. The client is stuck with a $250 bill.

Recently, three of our senior citizen clients were shocked to learn that Medicare refused to pay for their pelvic and breast examinations and pap smears. Two of the ladies are from Munster, Indiana and one is from Hammond, Indiana.

Medicare regularly refuses to pay for routine medical treatment, tests, and services if the items are done outside the time frames allowed by the rules of Medicare. Also, Medicare does not help pay for hearing tests or hearing aides, eye tests or eye glasses, or non-emergency dental services.

There are many problems with the federally run Medicare system. I have written over 100 articles about such problems and many of the articles are at http://www.medicareproblems.net. I have helped senior citizen clients to cancel over $600,000 in wrongful medical bills that were caused by mistakes at Medicare. There are problems with the federal Medicaid and the federal Veterans Administration medical clinics, too.

Obama and his allies in Congress want to impose a national health care system that is modeled on Medicare. That idea is based on the false belief that Medicare works great. It does not. If Obama does not understand this, then why shouldn’t citizens and Congressmen question his understanding and proposals for change of the health care system? That doesn’t mean that the current system is perfect. It just means that Obama and his allies have made up their minds without even listening to reason or considering the facts.

Note: Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill problem solver at the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agency in the Midwest. For more articles or videos by him, visit http://www.medicareproblems.net, http://www.woodrowwilcox.com, and www.woodrowwilcox.tv.



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Written on October 6, 2009 by Woodrow Wilcox

Wilcox News Service

Monday, October 5, 2009

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS THAT WANT OBAMACARE

By Woodrow Wilcox
Barack Obama claims that special interest groups oppose his health care reform plan. Maybe lots of people don’t like the details of his plan. But, one thing is for sure. There is an array of special interest groups that want “Obamacare”. Here is a list of some of those special interest groups.
(1) Labor unions that have contracts with the federal government or government industry contractors in the fields that now run the Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans health clinics. These unions would expand their membership and increase their union dues and other revenues under “Obamacare”. Also, these unions would increase their political power.
(2) Government industry contractors which sell or lease computer equipment, computer services, and satellite telephonic equipment or services to the federal government. It is computers and satellite telephonic equipment and services which are the backbone of the Medicare, Medicaid, and VA health clinic system.
Government contractors like General Electric, Westinghouse, and a few other companies are the main sources of computers and satellite telephonic equipment and services.
For your information, General Electric owns or controls the NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, and other media companies. So, when MSNBC announcers like Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann attack those who oppose “Obamacare”, they are really working to help “Obamacare” become law because their employer General Electric and other government industry contractors stand to gain billions of dollars in new government contracts and billions of dollars in new profit.
A few years ago, Westinghouse owned CBS. But, then, Westinghouse pealed away CBS and helped to create Viacom. There is still an “old boy” network of friendships and financial interests between Westinghouse and Viacom. Viacom owns or controls CBS, MTV, MTV2, VH1, BET, BET J, Nick At Night, TV LAND, Comedy Central, CMT, Spike TV, and other media properties.
General Electric and Westinghouse operate businesses in medical equipment and medical services. Westinghouse operates hospital services, too.
The main source of my information on these government industry contractors and their media interests is the “WHO OWNS WHAT” report at Columbia Journalism Review (www.cjr.org).
Big government industry contractors like big government because that is THE CUSTOMER of big government industry contractors. Big government industry contractors stand to gain billions of dollars if “Obamacare” becomes law.
(3) Homosexuals are a special interest group that supports “Obamacare”. Homosexual and promiscuous lifestyles often lead to “AIDS” and/or other sexually transmitted diseases. Treating these diseases is often expensive. Many insurance companies refuse to sell health insurance to those with the pre-existing condition of “AIDS” or other sexually transmitted diseases. “Obamacare” would shift costs of the expensive treatments for these diseases onto the general population – the taxpayers and the private insurance companies. Many people who have an insurance policy now may see their insurance premiums rise substantially once “Obamacare” forces everyone else to help pay for treatment of “AIDS” and other diseases for those who follow homosexual and/or promiscuous lifestyles. Homosexuals and homosexual interest groups contributed enormous amounts of money to the Obama presidential campaign.
(4) Illegal aliens are a special interest group that wants “Obamacare”. Many illegal aliens use other people’s social security number in their jobs. It gets messy when a medical service provider or health insurance company starts asking for verification of the identity of the patient because the social security number seems to indicate a different person. It’s not just the illegal aliens who are in the U.S. now who want “Obamacare”. If “Obamacare” passes, millions of really sick people and their families from other countries will flood the U.S. to get some free or cheap “Obamacare”. That just might break America’s health care system.
(5) Democrats who control local governments throughout the nation are a special interest group that wants “Obamacare”. In many places where Democrats control local government or state government, millions or billions of dollars are spent for medical care for the poor. In a recent news report, one county commissioner of my home county said that Lake County, Indiana – the county that borders Chicago – spends over one hundred million dollars per year on health care for the poor. “Obamacare” would shift most or all of these expenses onto the federal government. Millions or billions of dollars would become available to state or local governments that are controlled by Democrats. Those Democrats want to spend that money on other things.
There are other SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS that support “Obamacare”. But, this is a good list of the major ones.
NOTE: For other articles by Wilcox, visit www.medicareproblems.net, www.woodrowwilcox.com, and www.woodrowwilcox.tv.

© 2009 Woodrow Wilcox
Written on October 2, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Another great article by Woodrow Wilcox

S. O. S. – SPEAKING OF SENIORS

HOW MEDICARE DOES NOT WORK

By Woodrow Wilcox

When one of the clients of this insurance agency has a problem with a Medicare related bill, it usually comes to me. I am the senior medical bill problem solver at the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agency in the Midwest.

This agency does not charge our senior citizen clients to help them with Medicare medical bill problems. It costs the agency money, but we do it without charge to be helpful and demonstrate our concern for our clients. In the last six years, I have saved clients of this insurance agency over $600,000 by canceling wrongful bills that were caused by Medicare mistakes.

Whether the problem involves a few dollars or thousands of dollars, errors caused by Medicare can cost senior citizens time, money, and stress.

If Obama and his allies in Congress succeed in forcing a national health care system modeled after Medicare, then everyone will start to experience the same medical bill problems caused by errors at government agencies which senior citizens have had with Medicare for years.

The errors caused by Medicare are caused by errors or problems with systems, mechanics, or personnel (human errors). The errors cost time and effort to the insurance agency, insurance company, and medical office personnel who must work to fix a problem caused by Medicare.

Today, I had to investigate and write two letters for one of our clients to get her medical bills corrected and paid properly. Medicare never sent the claim to the client’s insurance company. That happens quite often.

It costs time, money, and effort to correct medical bill problems that are caused by Medicare. It is a drag on the national economy. If a national health care system that is modeled on Medicare is imposed, the problems that it creates will be a much bigger drag on the national economy.

Note: For other Medicare related articles by Woodrow Wilcox, visit www.medicareproblems.net and www.woodrowwilcox.com.

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Written on September 21, 2009 by Woodrow Wilcox
Wilcox News Service

Sunday, September 20, 2009

CONGRESSMEN MORAN AND SCOTT VOTED NOT TO DENY FEDERAL FUNDS TO ACORN.

The 345-75 roll call Thursday by which the House amended the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 to deny all federal funds to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, commonly known as ACORN.

A ''yes'' vote was a vote to pass the amendment.

Voting yes were 172 Democrats and 173 Republicans.

Voting no were 75 Democrats and 0 Republicans.

X denotes those not voting.

Present denotes those who voted they were ''present'' at the time of the vote but did not vote yes or no on the issue.
There is one vacancy in the 435-member House.


Democrats -- Boucher, Y; Connolly, X; Moran, N; Nye, Y; Perriello, Y; Scott, N.
Republicans -- Cantor, Y; Forbes, Y; Goodlatte, Y; Wittman, Y; Wolf, Y.

>From The New York Times

PLEASE NOTE THAT CONGRESSMEN MORAN AND SCOTT VOTED NOT TO DENY FEDERAL FUNDS TO ACORN.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

OBAMA IS IGNORANT OF MEDICARE

By Woodrow Wilcox

In his address to Congress on September 9, Obama insisted that insurance companies pay for routine tests. Apparently, he is ignorant of the fact that MEDICARE will not pay for routine tests.

Medicare routinely denies coverage for routine medical services, for medical services that are outside the time frame rules of Medicare, for hearing tests, for eye examinations, for dental services, and other medical services.

On the day of his speech, I helped a woman from Schererville who was billed $150 because Medicare refused to pay for a routine test. Recently, two of our senior citizen clients, one from Hammond and the other from Munster, were surprised when Medicare refused to approve and pay for pelvic and breast exams and pap smears for them..

Here is my point. Obama criticizes private insurance companies for not covering some routine medical tests when the federal government run Medicare system regularly denies coverage for many routine tests and many other medical services. If Obama is ignorant of that, don’t voters and members of Congress have a right to question his understanding of health care reform legislation?

One Indiana citizen who read the entire health care reform bill is Dr. Stephen Fraser. Dr. Fraser wrote a long letter to Senator Evan Bayh in which he cited the section, paragraph, sentence, and page number of everything in H.R. 3200 (the health care reform bill) which Dr. Fraser disliked.

You can read Dr. Fraser’s letter to Senator Bayh and watch video interviews of Dr. Fraser at www.medicareproblems.net.

Two of Dr. Fraser’s objections are of special interest to senior citizens. Dr. Fraser objects to the idea of allowing a government approved person who is not a medical doctor to sign a DEATH ORDER for a patient. Dr. Fraser does not like the idea of Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, being a key person in the writing of regulations under a health care reform bill. In one of the interviews on the website www.medicareproblems.net, Dr. Fraser cites articles in American and European publications which detail Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel’s support of euthanasia and refusing medical services to young and old patients.

Note: Woodrow Wilcox is the senior medical bill problem solver at Senior Care Insurance Services in Merrillville, Indiana. That is the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agency in the Midwest. For other articles or videos by Wilcox, visit www.woodrowwilcox.com and www.woodrowwilcox.tv.


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Written on September 11, 2009 by Woodrow Wilcox

Wilcox News Service

Friday, September 11, 2009

Northern Virginia Tea Party on 9/12

BE PART OF THE MOVEMENT TO STOP BIG GOVERNMENT!

Are you fed up with out of control spending, bailouts for insurance, banks, car companies, and more? Are you sick over the growth of big government and the soaring deficits that rob our children and grandchildren? Do you want to protect the freedoms our Constitution provides?

Join thousands of grassroots Americans from across the country as we gather in our nation’s capital to deliver a message to the politicians: ENOUGH!

SATURDAY 9-12-09

MEET IN D.C. AT FREEDOM PLAZA AT 9 AM (There will be speakers and music until the march kicks off at 11:30)

11:30 MARCH TO THE CAPITOL

1PM RALLY

DETAILS and REGISTER FOR THE MARCH AT www.912dc.org. (please register if you are going)



Once at Freedom Plaza look for the Virginia State Flag to join your fellow Virginians


If you wish to go into DC in a group these are the No.Virginia meeting locations that I am aware of:

West Falls Church Metro at 8:15 - 8:30am

Ken Vaughn (kvaughn@me.com ) has organized a group to go downtown together. If you wish to join him, RSVP to http://www.meetup.com/NOVA-912-Group/ so he knows who to expect. Please be aware that this group will miss the colonial reenactment.


Springfield/ Franconia Metro at 8:15 – 8:30 AM

Just show up and we (Mychele Brickner and whoever else wants to come) can go together. We will leave on the first train at 8:30 am.


What to Bring:
Water (some frozen for later in the day)
Snacks/Lunch
Backpacks are allowed
Sign or other appropriate items (e.g., flags).
small umbrellas, hats, caps
lawn chairs
camera/video recorder
blankets
coolers (no rollable coolers)
See Restrictions

Restrictions:
Everything will be inspected by police
No firearms or ammunition, remember this is DC and they have much tighter gun control laws than VA, despite the 2nd Amendment
Flags must be on Wood or PVC poles (no metal!) and must have two blunt ends.
There will be many people and we will be marching (and traveling on Metro) - only bring what you can carry
No bullhorns
Nothing to sell
Nothing to stake into ground
No tents or canopies

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Eyewittness Report on Warner Fredercksburg Sept. 3 Event

From one of our corespondents:

FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF SEN WARNER’S TOWN HALL – SEPT 3

This is a first-hand report to the South Wales TEA Group and the Culpeper Community TEA Parties on my contact list.

My husband and I attended the Senator Warner Town Hall Meeting in Fredericksburg, VA. We had a one day notice about the meeting but 5 of us carpooled to Fredericksburg. We got there at 5PM in order to get good seats.

The national news media was there. Outside, as a reporter was taping report a report, the pro-health care group was already lined up behind the reporter for the camera shot. When my husband and I tried to get into the shot with our signs, the cameraman screamed at us to back up and not threaten the reporter. If you knew me, you’d laugh at this. I’m a very scary looking grey-haired granny.

Inside, we got seats in the front center section, behind the already reserved seats for the pro-health care sign holders (all pre-printed). People who wanted to ask questions were given numbers that would be selected at random. There were at least 1000 people there. Of all the questions asked, I recall 2 or 3 were pro Obama reform to 25 enthusiastically against it. We left around 8:30; it started at 7PM and questions were still being asked.

Based on the crowd reactions, I would say the ratio was about 4 or 5 (against) to 1 pro Obamacare. Whenever the crowd cheered the Constitution or against the plan, the group in the front rows held up their pre-printed pro-Obamacare placards. In this way, the TV camera crews were able to film them and it would look like the cheering was for President Obama’s reform.

There were lots of young people there with pro-green jobs signs. We sat next to 2 of them. One of our carpool members engaged them in conversation. They were there on a college class assignment. They handed us a printed list of talking points. They were nice kids but didn’t seem to have a clue why anyone would be against the President’s plans for our country. We educated them a bit.

All in all, it was an exhilarating experience for me. There are a lot of wonderful people in our state who care about our country and the direction it is going. My husband’s sign “I HAVE 2 YEARS TO LIVE”, he’s 63, was on the DC local Fox News channel. My sign, “Obamacare = Debt and Taxes” was on ABC News. We think being there made a difference. We are proud of our TEA Party members and hope you will stay involved in the action.

We will stay in touch with you to keep you informed. That’s our #1 goal.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

August 25 Moran/Dean Healthcare Reston VA Townhall Observations

>"What follows are the observations of one of 40% of attendees who opposes Obamacare. Thank you all for such an excellent showing, despite an all-out attempt by socialized healthcare advocates!


Town Hall Log


The Town Hall hosted by Jim Moran (D, VA) and Howard Dean on Tuesday, 8/25/2009, was a gross charade of propaganda. I’m a young entrepreneur, working 80 hour weeks for two jobs – one for a startup company that is still trying to make it and has no profits, the other to pay my bills. With an education in biomedical engineering from a top-20 college of engineering, I have some very poignant insights to offer our leaders on the healthcare topic. I sacrificed almost 3 weeks of my duty to my fellow work-horses to research fundamental issues with healthcare that no one is talking about because the REAL topics are politically inflammatory.


Howard Dean and Moran even admitted in the meeting that Tort Reform was ‘too contentious to pass the judiciary committee’ and that it would have to be done in a separate measure. Curiously enough, neither Dean nor Moran mentioned English Rule at all in regards to Tort Reform. When I pinned down Moran after the town hall meeting, he told me personally that he would support English Rule.


I don’t believe him. I believe he was disingenuous in the way that he brushed me off, even after I handed him dozens of pages of critical charts and information that should be taken into consideration for the benefit of all Americans. I want him to declare his support for English Rule on the record (among many other things that I discuss in my whitepaper).


Now, I believe it is my duty to my Country and future employees because the politicians have turned the debate into an emotional shell game that’s focused on subjectivity and ideology rather than facts and hard principles. They play on the guilt, envy, and fear of the public on both sides to herd them into a support-caucus. This manipulation is grossly immoral, but expected from the status-quo Washington political machine.


My greatest takeaway from the Town Hall was having the pleasure to meet Griff Jenkins in person, and also observing in person what is so dysfunctional about the way that the political machine and partisan constituents operate.


What we experienced at Moran’s Town Hall was less than productive:


1. Filibuster or Incompetence? Jim Moran said that he would only speak for 30 minutes and that he would take questions for 90 minutes. Instead, his prepared presentation lasted for nearly an hour, yet he did not stay overtime to take more questions. In addition, he admitted that he was nervous about the question-answering session – betraying his motivation to filibuster with his canned presentation that ran so long. Only one of two possibilities – either it was an intentional filibuster, or he is incompetent from failing to stay within his time budgets and making a presentation that was poorly planned.


2. Salesmen routine trumps seeking insight from votersIn typical, party-politics, sock-puppet fashion, both Moran and Dean simply regurgitated the talking points of the Democrat party. His presentation was loaded with Democrat talking points and provided zero educational value because they did not focus on root causes of the healthcare struggles. There were even blatant distortions when he proselytized the Democrat version of what is “Myth” versus “Fact.” I immediately felt like I was watching two salesmen on stage, rather than noble and intelligent statesmen. We went away feeling like we just took a trip to a used car dealership rather than a serious civics forum.


3. Our representative proved to be uninformedThere were many times when Moran lacked the knowledge to answer certain questions and he deferred to Howard Dean in his stead. I have sacrificed much of my own time without being paid for it, so this was highly offensive. A man who we pay exorbitant tax money was less informed than some citizens. What are we paying him for? What is he doing on our dollar? If Moran spent more time studying the real aspects of the issue and less time memorizing the Democrat talking points, he would make a true statesman out of himself.


4. Obama’s employees fraudulently manufacture false support (Astroturfing)The following prominent Democrats accused citizen-opponents of disingenuous dissent, manufactured dissent, or conspiratorial organization by insurance companies (Astroturf): Barbara Boxer (8/4/09), Brad Woodhouse (8/4/09), Nancy Pelosi (8/5/09), Robert Gibbs (8/5/09), Nancy Pelosi & Steny Hoyer (8/10/09), John Dingell (8/10/09), Baron Hill (8/11/09), Bill Burton (8/12/09), Harry Reid (8/13/09), Arlen Specter (8/17/09), Maxine Waters (8/24/09), Howard Dean (8/24/09).Without any hard evidence of conspiracy, these Democrats impugned passionate and concerned citizenry to attempt to discredit them using the following propaganda techniques: Black-and-white fallacy, common man, demonizing the enemy, half-truth, labeling, name-calling, scapegoating, and quotes out of context. Unfortunately, the Jim Moran town hall has uncovered the first provable evidence of real conspiracy and astroturfing – only the Obama organization is the guilty party, caught red-handed.The following image shows Jim Moran’s official advertisement for the event, which indicates clearly that this event was only intended for “Virginia 8th District Residents” and in his motivation he claims that he wants to “hear from 8th District constituents”:





In addition, Jim Moran posted signs at each entrance which indicated that the event was intended for Virginia 8th District residents. I became suspicious of Moran’s civil procedures even before the event began. Jim Moran’s volunteer “security” was from the “Elevator Employee’s Union”. We asked them, “how will you enforce Moran’s rule for this event that is ‘for 8th District only’?” They responded that they wouldn’t be enforcing it. Next, the professionally-dressed Moran staffers were asked the same questions, and responded in the same way. Although Moran claimed at the beginning of the forum that 8th District residents would receive priority in the questioning, he lied again, because he implemented no measures to affect that promise. Questions were thrown into boxes from anyone who was let into the school.Reporter Griff Jenkins observed that support at this Town Hall was 60% in support of Obamacare, and 40% against. We reflect that observation. Here’s the kicker though – Obama’s support was manufactured and ‘Astroturfed’, whereas the opposition had no directives (as was evidenced by the diversity and disorganization of the opposition). By contrast, the Obama supporters moved in unison, with identical signs, with identical voices of ‘yes we can’, and with identical shouting points. How did Moran, Dean, and Obama manufacture this support? Easy, they used Obama’s very own digital network to turn out non-8th District residents in violation of the rules postulated by Moran online:


From: Brandyn Keating, VA.BarackObama.com [mailto:info@barackobama.com]
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2009
Subject: Tomorrow: Show your support in Reston
I wanted to send you an urgent invitation to an important town hall with Rep. Jim Moran this Tuesday, August 25th.

He'll be talking to constituents and gathering feedback. Whether you ask a question or show your support with a sign, attending this town hall is a powerful way to show where you stand and thank those in Congress who are fighting for reform.

I hope you can join us. Here are the details:
What: Town Hall with
Rep. Jim Moran

Where: South Lakes High School Auditorium
11400 South Lakes Drive
Reston, VA 20191

When: Tuesday, August 25th
Arrival Time: 5:00 p.m.
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.

Please arrive as early as possible to the town hall, and make sure that the most powerful voices in this debate are those calling for real reform, not angrily clamoring for the status quo.

RSVP here:
Thanks,
Brandyn

Brandyn Keating
Virginia State Director
Organizing for America

P.S. -- Before the event, please print off a flyer to display and make sure that your support is visible.


Now that’s Astroturf! Change we can believe in? Facts say, nope! Just dirty politics, and manufactured support-caucuses as usual. Obama is Organizing for America? Nope, just Astroturfing for partisan politics. Question: can politicians be sued for false advertising?
2. Bad questions. Were they cherry-picked by Moran?
This part is speculation, but I am positioned to believe that Moran cherry-picked the questions. Instead of simply calling on people, he made people put their questions into three boxes prior to the town hall. There was one box for questions that supported Obamacare, one for those that opposed, and one for undecided. As an independent, my question went into the undecided box. But from the poor quality of the questions, and the previously mentioned behavior and manipulations of Moran, I am inclined to believe that Moran’s staff filtered through the boxes prior to the beginning of questioning around 7:52 PM. I am inclined to believe that they allowed questions that were not very technical, and not too tough so that the uninformed Democrat politicians would not have to look foolish. Every question except for two were completely based on emotions, hearsay, personal stories, and other items of subjectivity which only required the politicians to respond in terms of belief and subjectivity. All but two questions were immensely uninformed and did not cut to real issues. For all of these reasons, I am inclined to believe that Moran’s staff triaged the questions prior to handing the boxes to Moran almost an hour later, so that the citizenry would not look more informed and intelligent than the politicians.
3. $2.35 Trillion in spending and a massive overhaul? Moran and Dean don’t care, it doesn’t affect themOne of the most appalling things was the elitist and arrogant demeanor that Moran and Dean held throughout the Town Hall. At one point, when Obama-followers and the opposition began screaming at each other (while independents looked on with disgust) – Dean and Moran actually smiled and reveled with glee. The only times they showed disappointment, exertion, and stress was when their opposition spoke up against them with no counter.This was a crucial observation. As an independent thinker and leader, my reaction to the volley of emotional banter was disgust, pity, and sorrow – for so many fellow citizens to be engaged in an ideological and uncivil activity. But the politicians? They love it. They don’t see themselves as part of the warring gaggle that they inspire, laugh at, and smile at. They are not gravely concerned when citizens are acting on faith and bandwagon, rather than civility and rationale.This made the distribution of George Washington’s rules for civility even more offensive – to see both of these Obama-marionettes on the stage, smiling and reveling in the incivility they claimed to decry.What’s worse is that this action made it clear – they don’t care about what this does to the middle and lower classes. They know it will never affect them and their families, and are comfortable in their privileged status. Anyone who appreciated the gravity of their decisions would never be able to revel in irrational handling of the topic by those who it will impact.
Conclusion

Truth be told, this was a rewarding experience. But not from anything that Moran did. It was rewarding to get a first-hand view of how dysfunctional our politicians are. At any point, Moran and Dean could have turned around the tenor of this forum. But that would have required independent thinking, and empathy for all parties.

If I had the authority of Moran, I would have satisfied the crowd by:

1. Dismissing Howard Dean at 9 PM
2. Apologizing for not sticking to the 90 minutes of questioning that I promised
3. Offering to answer enough questions to make up the time difference, until 9:22 PM
4. Telling my supporters, that I have spent 52 minutes espousing the merits of the bill, and that I would only be seeking questions from undecided or dissenting opinions
5. Requiring questions to come only from the 8th District residents as I promised in the beginning of my presentation
6. Apologizing for my need to continue business and leave, but offering my staffers to stay behind until 11 PM to take the remaining questions, and promising that I will watch the video later so that I could hear more voices of my constituents, and promising them an email reply to their question from my own hand
I took a survey of about 400 people on my social networks. I asked them whether or not they were attending healthcare town halls, and the reason why. 92% responded that they were not attending and the reason they gave was that they don’t believe their voice would do anything. It made me sad to see my fellow citizens with such cynicism and hopelessness for their own freedom and importance. Unfortunately, Moran and Dean proved the cynics to be correct, and proved my hard work, faith, and trust to be incorrect.

People need to take this very seriously. I chose to side with the pursuit of truth rather than a political party. It allowed me to author a 30+ page whitepaper on the topic, from the mind of a biomedical engineer. Unfortunately, none of these helpful analyses will reach a politicians’ ears. Moran and Dean are not fit for leadership. If they had sought real diversity of thought, they might have accessed some very helpful insight from constituents. As it turns out, they were just interested in pitching the party line. There is no change. There is no civil discourse. Our leaders will not allow for it.

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Should Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner be forced to resign for lying to Congress?

Should the US Senate reject Cap and Trade legislation as a economically destructive overreach of Government power?

Concerned Father Confronts Congressman Dingell at Town Hall Meeting