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Afghan Investigation, Kennedy Consideration, Health Care Prognostication

Posted on Aug 28, 2009
Left, Right & Center
kcrw.com

Not surprisingly, “Left, Right & Center” co-hosts Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley harbor some differing viewpoints when it comes to Sen. Ted Kennedy’s legacy, as well as whether Congress should push through a health care reform plan to “win one for Ted.” The regulars on the show, moderated this week by Lawrence O’Donnell, also mull over the president’s Afghan war plans and the impact that the current CIA investigation may have on the Obama administration.  —KA

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By Cindy Merrill, August 29, 2009 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment
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The “Stimulus” gave seniors a one time bonus of $250. That’s approx. $5 a week for a year. Compare that to the $13 a week added to the average paycheck.Now, throw in the projected cuts in Medicare, the threat ( either imagined or at least partially true), of rationing healthcare for the elderly: Guess what? Seniors think they’re now considered second class citizens. Gosh! WHERE did they get that idea from? The government.  When a social worker tells a 67 year old diabetic that he can’t get his SNAP food credit increased ( even though dietic food costs 35% more on average), you know something is terribly wrong:
We got turned down for a SNAP Food credit increase ( He’s diabetic and we live on SSI). Which would you prefer: An extra $100 for dietic food, or $180,000 a month for Hospital costs if or when my husband has a Diabetic blackout or slips into a Coma?  If Obama wants to prevent complications associated with diabeties, obesity, heart disease and other ailments, wouldn’t it make sense to issue specified food vouchers/ Dietic foods/Care boxes to VA clinics,Food pantries and other institutions that address the needs of Low income Americans? Why is it that Government Commodities ( often delivered to Non Profit Organizations) are extremely high in Sodium and Carbs? 
Worst of all, not ONE version of the Healthcare proposals include tax deductions or incentives to encourage responsible, healthy lifestyles: Therefore, Costs will skyrocket-and so will our taxes.

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