Health Insurance by AM1090 Listener David

I am a Native Amrican with no health Insurance. I am intitled to receive care through Indian Health Services. But because I do not live on my Reservation (Sauk-Suiattle in Darrington, Washington) or the Puyallup Reservation, all the Heath care I receive is direct care at the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority Clinic. Now I was told by my Health representitve at my Tribe and by a health care worker at the Puyallup Tribe if I use someones adress of someone in the boundries of my Reservation or the Puyallup reservation I would be elageble for Contract care, This would pay for any and all approved care like at a Emergency Room or consultations at a outside facillity such as a Heart Doctor and get stress test and a angiogram done, If do this it would be fraud because I can not actually move but would be fraudulently use a adress I do not live at to get this care level. This is advice from three different Puyallup Tribal Medical care providers and one from my tribe.

Do you speak Palinese??? by am1090 listener Ronald

If you’re a minority and you’re selected for a job over more qualified
candidates you’re a “token hire.” If you’re a conservative and you’re selected for a job over more qualified candidates you’re a “game changer.”

Black teen pregnancies? A “crisis” in black America .
White teen pregnancies? A “blessed event.”

If you grow up in Hawaii you’re “exotic.”
Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, you’re the quintessential “American story.”

Similarly, if you name your kid Barack you’re “unpatriotic.”
Name your kid Track, you’re “colorful.”

If you’re a Democrat and you make a VP pick without fully vetting the
individual you’re “reckless.” A Republican who doesn’t fully vet is a

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Obama Revives Health Care Debate by am1090 listener The Country Doc

Finally! I heard a report on NPR this morning and the Obama website confirms that the Democratic presidential campaign is going to ramp up efforts to discuss health care this week. Over the next week Sen. Obama will hold over two dozen events in nine battleground states with health care as a major point of emphasis. There is also a new Obama commercial highlighting the candidates differences on the subject. If you’re looking to get into this spirit and need some lines to use around the water cooler, try these on for size:

  • McCain will give you a $5,000 tax break on your health insurance, but only after he has created a brand spanking new tax on the employer’s contribution to your premiums.
  • Obama will go after the Wal-Marts of the world that don’t offer health care insurance by adding a payroll tax for these large employers. Small businesses will get a tax credit to encourage them to offer insurance for employees. Continue reading

Economic Stimulus for Main Street by AM1090 Listener Kellye

According the US Census Bureau there are 305,290,868 people living in the US.  Imagine the type of stimulus the economy would get if every person living in the US were to receive $200,000.00?  That’s only $611,581,7636.00, much less than $700 billion. 
People could keep their homes, pay off their mortgages, put kids through college, buy groceries, gas, clothing, cars, heat, vacations, furniture, tools etc…., save for retirement, buy homes, get off of welfare, kids could save for college, then first homes,
I can go on and on.  I am not sure why nobody has proposed this?  Imagine how popular either Obama or McCain would be if they got this to go through?
This is really a stimulus plan that makes sense, and would stimulate a very stagnant economy, credit market….  
Wallstreet and banks would get the majority of the money, while at the same time really helping the American people.
Imagine keeping your home, or paying off a big chunk of your mortgage? 
Imagine having no credit card debt? 
Imagine saving for retirement, and not having to work until your 80 just to make ends meet.
Am I missing something?  Why couldn’t this be done?
I think that this idea would spread like wildfire….

The S Word by AM1090 Listener ML Cohen MD

Socialized Medicine is Here


It has become as predictable as the annual return of flu season and the August rush of sports physicals.  Mention comprehensive health care form or universal coverage to those on the political right and they label it “socialized medicine” as a means to squelch any further debate.  Little do they realize that this stall tactic has done more to bring about a socialized health care system in the United States than any legislation.


In many places throughout the US, and in particular in underserved locations like the rural community in which I practice, the rolls of patients walking into clinics or being admitted to the hospital with government funded health insurance is outpacing those with private insurance be it employment based or self-paid.  In Grays Harbor County 18 % of the population is Medicare while 28% of the county qualifies as low income Medicaid.  That’s 46% of the population.  Add in another 2-3% that receives health insurance through Indian Health Service and another 2-3% on the military’s Tri-Care plan and the number tops 50%. 


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An Open Letter to the Republican Party by AM1090 Listener Dr. Jennifer E. Warren

Like it or not, confession Is good for the soul. 

Whether or not you made the personal choice to become a public figure, your gender is irrelevant.  Your private life is over. Period.  End of discussion.  If you choose to go into politics, then this means you have CHOSEN to give up any hope of a private life ever again.  Got it ?  Good.  

Not having a private life means that you CHOOSE to allow anybody and everybody to have the right to talk about you and say anything that pops into their head.  Got a kid with down’s syndrome?  Tough.  Got a pregnant teen?  Tough.  Got a problem with Broccoli ?  Tough.  It’s all grist for the mill, kiddo.  Deal with it or get out of politics.  Don’t have a clue about the constitution or the ideals of the country you claim to want to serve?  Learn it and love it or leave it.

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Palin’s Problems by AM1090 Listener Jennie

When I was a kid, if a politician…ANY politician had said :

“My spouse was arrested for DUI , my underage daughter is pregnant…and I’m under investigation for suspicion of violating state laws against abuse of power…..”

I can guarantee you that politician’s career would have been OVER. Not ten days, ten minutes or even ten SECONDS from now…but NOW.

Now that we have a Republican who doesn’t believe in teaching kids about safe sex (as it means they might get pregnant)…a woman who thinks the Bible belongs in public classrooms (but not any other religious book… as that might risk a theocracy, right?)….

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