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At 7:18 tonight (7/18/2012) I received a phone call from my congressman, Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), to participate in a telephone town hall. As a loyal Democrat, I had to listen in. Boy am I glad I did!

The first caller, "Rob," had a real concern, which sounded very scripted, about the ACA. He was scared that the Independent Payment Advisory Board ("death panels") was going to ration care to Medicare patients to save money. He told a story about his 87-year-old mother that had just completed cancer treatment and he was worried that had she been sick after 2014 that the IPAB would not allow her to have treatment.

I sat there screaming at my phone, "NO, NO, NO, YOU IDIOT!!!! THAT'S NOT WHAT IT DOES!!!!" Hoping to hear Mr. Fitzpatrick say the same thing in nicer terms, I was sorely disappointed. He reinforced this man's beliefs by LYING to him! He told him that he was correct. That the IPAB would ration healthcare to save money.

Well, I was so angry that I had to write my congressman and, of course, share it with you. The email I just sent to Mike Fitzpatrick is below.

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Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 06:14 AM PDT

Just Wondering...

by acoren

I rarely post here but since I have been twiddling my thumbs lately waiting for potential clients to commit, I have has lots of time to let my mind wander. In doing so, many questions have arisen regarding what's going on in America today to which I would love some clarity. Follow me after the fancy Ps and let me know if you have the answers.

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Fri Nov 27, 2009 at 05:22 PM PST

The Aetna Bait-and-Switch

by acoren

While employed for 17 years in the family business, I never had to worry about having health insurance. About 5 years ago, when the company could no longer support three families (my parents, brother and his family, and my wife and me), I stayed on part-time while starting my own business as web developer. I remained on the company policy for about two years as a part-time employee, however, when I left completely, I could no longer stay on the company policy. I did have the opportunity to get into a BC/BS of PA plan within six months, but even the cheapest monthly premium was too expensive for both my wife and myself (around $1100 per month).

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Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 10:13 AM PDT

Time to Threaten their Jobs

by acoren

Our elected representatives are charged with representing OUR interests in the House and Senate. Unfortunately, with the public health care option, that is not the case. Maybe it's time to let them know that if they side with the insurance industry and deny all Americans the access to an affordable health care option they will be out of a job come the next election.

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Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 10:39 AM PDT

My Wife is at her Breaking Point

by acoren

We just got some terrible news. My wife's healthcare coverage was terminated and she cannot get anything to replace it until January. She has lupus and cannot go without at least medication for three months if she wants to be able to function. Admittedly, there was a misunderstanding on our part with regard to the coverage she had, which caused the termination. However, the point is in America, this should not be happening.

Below is an email I just sent to my Congressman, Patrick Murphy.

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Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 01:26 PM PDT

What's the Problem with Barack Obama?

by acoren

In a word...NOTHING! But you would never think so after hearing all the media blow-hards and looking at the polls. If there was a journalist with any shred of a functioning brain, the question that should be asked is, "What's wrong with this country?"

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Ever since Obama made the now infamous "bitter" comment, Clinton and her surrogates have labeled him "elitist" and "out-of-touch" with the American people.

I believe that he was trying to express the frustration of those that have been promised year after year that the problems that affect them personally, health care, gas prices, the economy, etc. would be fixed but never have. Those voters feeling that frustration, knowing that politicians pander, backed the candidate who stood for the three Gs (god, guns and gays) instead of voting for their best interests.

If he's anything, Obama is a realist.

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Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 07:27 AM PDT

A Deliberate Campaign Strategy?

by acoren

In reference to Keith Olbermann's special comment last night, something he said got me thinking deeper into the issue. "People now see a pattern of racially-tinged remarks and associations" within the Clinton campaign. I began to recall the previous dust-ups regarding race-related comments about Obama eminating from the surrogates of the Clinton campaign and how long it took for the person who said them to be dealt with.

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Sun Mar 09, 2008 at 07:47 AM PDT

Debunking the "Big State" Myth

by acoren

Hillary Clinton's mantra to the super delegates has been that, although Obama is ahead in pledged delegates, overall delegates, popular vote, and states won, she has won the so-called "big states." In truth, she has...against other Democrats.  However, when one looks at the vote count in a matchup of Obama versus McCain, another truth emerges.

More after the fold.

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