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Health Care Bill Is Not Socialism

GREAT BEND, Kan. - When I was growing up in the 70's, people used the word "Communism" if they wanted to scare people. Because Communism collapsed and the Cold War is over, a different word is being used now to scare people: Socialism.

The health care bill has been referred to as "Socialism" over and over by it's detractors. So I decided to look up the word "Socialism." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines Socialism, to wit:

  1. any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods;
  2. a system of society or group living in which there is no private property; a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.
  3. a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.

GREAT BEND, Kan. - About a month ago, health care reform was dead. The President himself acknowledged that health care reform "might die in the Congress." Insurers like Anthem and WellPoint brazenly started raising their health insurance premiums again. It was over. Back to business as usual.

When health insurance reform died on January 19 with the loss of the Jack Kennedy/Ted Kennedy Senate seat in Massachusetts, the health insurance companies began to celebrate.

Heath insurance companies announced that they had made record profits in 2009 -- totalling $12.2 billion -- a 56% increase in profits from 2008 for Cigna, Humana, Aetna, Wellpoint, and United Health. In 2009 they kicked 2.7 million Americans out of their health plans. The health insurance industry didn't seem embarrassed by these statistics at all. After all, health care reform died with Senator Kennedy on August 25, 2009. Kennedy's replacement, Republican Scott Brown, was elected on January 19, 2010. Brown's election was "game over" for health care reform.

WICHITA, Kan. - Kansas legislators held a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, March 6th at the WSU Metroplex and what a meeting.

Kansas State Rep. Brenda Landwehr sounded like she was trying to resurrect the confederacy. Y'all remember the confederacy? Our southern cousins decided in 1861 that they didn't have to obey the U.S. Constitution's "supremacy clause" and in fact could leave the Union if the national government passed a law they didn't cotton to.

Landwehr has decided she doesn't much cotton to following a president she didn't vote for, let alone being forced to uphold his nasty piece of legislation that would provide health insurance for a bunch of losers who can't afford to purchase their own but want a handout from hard working legislators like Landwehr.

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