Archive for June, 2012

De Guatemala a Guatapeor

June 30, 2012

Por Antonio Velázquez, creador y administrador de Tiempo Estadista

La decisión del tribunal supremo de nuestra nación los Estados Unidos de America fue un acto contradictorio a los valores que fundaron la nación. Señalamos esto por que al clasificar el mandato de compra de un plan medico y su penalidad como un tax constitucional se esta cuartando una vez más el derecho del individuo a decidir su destino economico.

De otra parte se le reconoce a los gobiernos estatales el derecho de discentir y no participar en la expansión del Medicaid lo cual es ironico en varias maneras. Primero se establece que los gobiernos sean estatales o federales tienen derecho absoluto sobre el individuo lo cual es contradictorio a los valores fundamentales de nuestra nación. Pasamos de “we the people” a “we the goverment” y de “a goverment of the people” a “a goverment of the elite”.

La reforma pretendia cubrir a unos 40 millones de personas que no podian pagar su propio plan medico pero no cualificaban para medicaid ni medicare. La segunda Contradicción con la decisión del supremo federal es que ahora los estados no estaran obligados a expandir su cubierta de medicaid pero la clase media estara obligada a pagar un nuevo tax sino se compra un plan medico que simplemente antes de esta ley no podia financiar.

La entonces minoria republicana sometio varias medidas de reforma de salud pero el presidente y la mayoria congresional democrata hizo oidos sordos. Aprobaron la medida a un costo mayor de un trillon de dolares y mas de mil paginas en nuevas regulaciones.

De hecho las propuestas republicanas para reformar el sistema de salud se pueden resumir de esta manera:

1) La eliminación de las condiciones pre-existentes como razón para negarle un plan medico a personas que pueden pagar su plan medico.

2) Permitir la compra de planes medicos fuera de su estado o territorio de residencia y asi combatir el monopolio de aseguradoras en ciertos estados de la union.

3) Expandir y fomentar el uso de cuentas de ahorro medicos para el financiamiento de atención medica.

4) Permitir mayor flexibilidad a los estados para establecer reformas de salud como por ejemplo la de Rosselló, otorgandole fondos en bloque a estos.

5) Hacer una reforma medica legal poniendo limites o topes a las demandas frivolas de impericia medica que encarecen la atención medica debido a la practica de medicina defensiva.

6) Automatizar la administración de records medicos que podria representar mas de un 9% del costo total de dar servicios medicos en USA. Esto en muchos otros paises es menos del 2%.

7) Permitir y fomentar la creación de clinicas medicas en centros comerciales (Walk in clinics o retail store clinics) para atender condiciones comunes como catarros, infeciones de oido, tomar vacunas, hacer chequeos preventivos de presion alterial todo esto a precios modicos fijos con o sin plan medico.

Se pudo haber hecho una reforma de concenso en donde la gran mayoria de los ciudadanos estubiera a favor en vez de en contra. Antes, durante y despues de la aprobacion de esta reforma el 60% de los ciudadanos americanos no la aprobaban. Habia concenso bibartidista en eliminar las condiciones pre-existentes como razon para negar un plan medico a quien lo pueda pagar. De hecho habian cerca de unas 5 a 6 medidas adicionales que se pudieron haber aprobado bipartidistamente en vez imponer un tax por (falta de consumo o compra) de un plan medico. El costo de Obamacare es de mas de un trillon de dolares y se preguntan de donde van a salir pues del bolsillo del contribuyente.

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Just Another Broken Promise

June 29, 2012

GOP Leaders’ Statements on ObamaCare Ruling

June 28, 2012

Mitt Romney Responds to Supreme Court ObamaCare Ruling

June 28, 2012

Supreme Court ruled the individual health insurance mandate is constitutional

June 28, 2012

WASHINGTON — The individual health insurance mandate is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, upholding the central provision of President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act.

The 5-4 majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the mandate as a tax, although concluded it was not valid as an exercise of Congress’ commerce clause power. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined in the majority.

The decision in Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services comes as something of a surprise after the generally hostile reception the law received during the six hours of oral arguments held over three days in March. But by siding with the court’s four Democratic appointees, Chief Justice Roberts avoided the delegitimizing taint of politics that surrounds a party-line vote while passing Obamacare’s fate back to the elected branches. GOP candidates and incumbents will surely spend the rest of the 2012 campaign season running against the Supreme Court and for repeal of the law.

The decision looks like a political compromise among the justices. The majority concluded that the mandate, which requires virtually all Americans to obtain minimum health insurance coverage or pay a penalty, falls within Congress’ power under the Constitution to “lay and collect taxes.”

“The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause,” Roberts wrote. “That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage in it. In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress’s power to tax.”

On Medicaid expansion, a majority of the court upholds the expansion but with a caveat: The federal government may not threaten the states that don’t comply with the loss of their existing funding.

“As for the Medicaid expansion, that portion of the Affordable Care Act violates the Constitution by threatening existing Medicaid funding,” said the court. “Congress has no authority to order the States to regulate according to its instructions. Congress may offer the States grants and require the States to comply with accompanying conditions, but the States must have a genuine choice whether to accept the offer. The States are given no such choice in this case: They must either accept a basic change in the nature of Medicaid, or risk losing all Medicaid funding. The remedy for that constitutional violation is to preclude the Federal Government from imposing such a sanction. That remedy does not require striking down other portions of the Affordable Care Act.”

Jack Kemp In His Own Words

June 22, 2012

Jack Kemp In His Own Words

The ultimate imperative for growth and opportunity is to advance human dignity.
Our definition of compassion is not how many people live on the government welfare plantation, but how many of our people are liberated from government dependence.

The goal of government is not to secure happiness, but to secure the God-given inalienable right to pursue happiness; to live our lives in obedience to conscience, not to government.

Economic freedom is inseparable from political freedom.
Government governs best that allows us to govern ourselves.

Unity for our nation doesn’t require uniformity or unanimity; it does require putting the good of our people ahead of what’s good for mere political or personal advantage.

It’s high time conservatives put forth an inclusive agenda that articulates the vision we stand for.

America’s mission is to continue to tell the world that we are for the freedom and human rights of all men and women, for all time – and to do everything we can to transform the ancient dream of hope and freedom into a democratic reality everywhere.

The most revolutionary idea in history is that human progress and prosperity are the result of individual freedom and faith.
Freedom of thought and freedom of economic initiative are the lynchpins of a prosperous society.

There are no limits to what free men, free women and free markets can accomplish.

Our Judeo-Christian values must be nurtured and protected if self-government is to endure.

Exporting freedom, growth, and democracy to the world is America’s unfinished revolution.

Like the Good Shepherd, America must reach out to the weak and to those who have fallen behind.

No government in history has been able to do for people what they have been able to do for themselves, when they were free to follow their hopes and dreams.

We must end the war on poverty by enlisting the greatest weapon ever invented: free enterprise.

Encouraging greater growth abroad is an imperative for us at home.

We cannot put America back on top in the world until we put America to work back home.

The greatest threats to America’s national security come not from any foreign aggressor, but from wishful thinking and complacency at home.

Leadership is the ability not only to recognize problems, but to summon the wisdom, courage and determination to solve them before they become crises.

When freedom is reduced for one people, it is inevitably reduced for all.

Freedom must be won anew by every generation.

The American Dream is the human dream given a chance and a place to happen.

The deployment of strategic missile defenses would do more to shift the course of history in the direction of greater freedom and a more secure peace than all the paper promises in the postwar era.

It’s not enough to be against something; you have to tell people what you are for.

America needs:

• A safety net below which people should not be allowed to fall but, more important, a ladder of opportunity upon which all people can climb

• A tax code that is flat, fair, and simple-one that rewards work and entrepreneurial risk-taking, that sets economic growth for all as its highest goal.

• Judges who accept the self-evident truths on which our laws are founded.

• An education system where parents have influence and values have a voice.

• An anti-poverty agenda based on democratic capitalism, not socialism; on private ownership, not government control.

• A rebirth of respect and compassion for the dignity and sanctity of human life.

• A dollar that is once again, an honest dollar, a dollar as good as gold.

• Not just a more prosperous America, but a better America

• An unswerving commitment to peace through strength and the unlimited possibilities that freedom can bring.

El endeudamiento: ¿culpa de Bush?

June 15, 2012

American Flag Day

June 14, 2012

Renacimiento Energético

June 13, 2012

US economy added 69K jobs in May, fewest in a year, unemployment up

June 1, 2012

Associated Press

U.S. employers created 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate ticked up. The dismal jobs figures could fan fears that the economy is sputtering.

The Labor Department also says the economy created far fewer jobs in the previous two months than first thought. It revised those figures down to show 49,000 fewer jobs created.

The unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April, the first increase in 11 months.

The economy is averaging just 73,000 jobs per month over the past two months — roughly a third of jobs created per month in the first quarter.