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For a dictatorship to control a nation, it needs a megalomaniac, one-party rule, and a large, visible police force to maintain order and instill a climate of fear. 

In 1921 Adolf Hitler formed his own private army known as the SA or Sturm Abteilung (Storm Section, a.k.a. stormtroopers and brownshirts) to terrorize the political opposition and to discourage political competition.

For the substantial number of Germans who did not support Hitler, the Nazis developed a policy of intimidation through fear.  Any wrong word or comment overheard by a brownshirt or Party official would have serious consequences.

Hitler’s police state worked according to the rule that those who kept their opinions to themselves would not be harmed; those who made their opinions known would pay the price.

I.M. Kane


 

Obama Just Got His Private Army

by Nancy Matthis at American Daughter

Remember when Obama said he wanted a “national security force”? Not the national guard, but a civilian one that has not sworn to uphold the Constitution? On July 2, 2008 in a speech in Colorado Springs, Barack Obama called for a police state.

Remember that first alarming glimpse of what that army might look like? Notice how much these “Hitler youth” type young men talk about health care!

Obama just got his private army…

…And no one seems to have noticed. It is buried in the Senate revisions to the health care bill.

Subtitle C–Increasing the Supply of the Health Care Workforce
   Sec. 5201. Federally supported student loan funds.
   Sec. 5202. Nursing student loan program.
   Sec. 5203. Health care workforce loan repayment programs.
   Sec. 5204. Public health workforce recruitment and retention programs.
   Sec. 5205. Allied health workforce recruitment and retention programs.
   Sec. 5206. Grants for State and local programs.
   Sec. 5207. Funding for National Health Service Corps.
   Sec. 5208. Nurse-managed health clinics.
   Sec. 5209. Elimination of cap on commissioned corps.
   Sec. 5210. Establishing a Ready Reserve Corps.
Subtitle D–Enhancing Health Care Workforce Education and Training

See the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, page 1312:

SEC. 5210. ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS.
Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows:
SEC. 203. COMMISSIONED CORPS AND READY RESERVE CORPS.
(a) ESTABLISHMENT–
(1) IN GENERAL.–here shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency.
(2) REQUIREMENT.–All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to the Classification Act 2 of 1923, as amended.
(3) APPOINTMENT.–Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President and commissioned officers of the Regular Corps shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(4) ACTIVE DUTY.–Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall at all times be subject to call to active duty by the Surgeon General, including active duty for the purpose of training.
(5) WARRANT OFFICERS.–Warrant officers may be appointed to the Service for the purpose of providing support to the health and delivery systems maintained by the Service and any warrant officer appointed to the Service shall be considered for purposes of this Act and title 37, United States Code, to be a commissioned officer within the Commissioned Corps of the Service.
(b) ASSIMILATING RESERVE CORP OFFICERS INTO THE REGULAR CORPS.—Effective on the date of enactment of the Affordable Health Choices Act, all individuals classified as officers in the Reserve Corps under this section (as such section existed on the day before the date of enactment of such Act) and serving on active duty shall be deemed to be commissioned officers of the Regular Corps.

[Note here that those personally appointed by BO — without advice and consent of the Senate — automatically become a part of the Regular Corps. Ed.]

(c) PURPOSE AND USE OF READY RESERVE.–
(1) PURPOSE.–The purpose of the Ready Reserve Corps is to fulfill the need to have additional Commissioned Corps personnel available on short notice (similar to the uniformed service’s reserve program) to assist regular Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions.
(2) USES.–The Ready Reserve Corps shall–
(A) participate in routine training to meet the general and specific needs of the Commissioned Corps;
(B) be available and ready for involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises, similar to the uniformed service reserve personnel;
(C) be available for backfilling critical positions left vacant during deployment of active duty Commissioned Corps members, as well as for deployment to respond to public health emergencies, both foreign and domestic; and
(D) be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities (as defined in section 399SS) to improve access to health services.
(d) FUNDING.—For the purpose of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Commissioned Corps under this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to the Office of the Surgeon General for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Funds appropriated under this subsection shall be used for recruitment and training of Commissioned Corps Officers.

How many of you, dear readers, were aware of the fact that the health care bill created another army?

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Universal Health Care Will Destroy America‘s Middle Class

By Jerry A. Kane

Dictator emeritus Fidel Castro has applauded Brother O and his Bread and Circuses administration for advancing universal health care in their takeover of America’s health care system.

“We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama’s) government. … [T]he government … has approved medical attention for the majority of its citizens, something that Cuba was able to do half a century ago,” Castro wrote in an essay published by Cuba’s mainstream press.

So what does half a century of medical treatment for the majority look like in Cuba? Sicko Michael Moore boasts that Cuban medical treatment is great for everyone, except of course for the average Cuban. For Cuba’s common man “great” means dilapidated hospitals, filthy conditions, neglect, starvation, and 5 percent take-home pay after taxes.

When the Soviet Union stopped supporting Cuba’s economy with $5 billion in annual aid, its health care system hit the skids. The situation has become so bleak that Canadian doctors urge their patients to take “a suitcase full of medical supplies to drop off at a local clinic or hospital” when they vacation on the island. According to a pharmacist from Moron, Cuba, “If you need the most complicated operation, you can get it at a Cuban hospital. But medicines are the problem.”

“We know how difficult life is here, so when we come for a vacation, we always bring a few bottles of antibiotics and Tylenol,” said a Canadian housewife who vacations in Cuba.

“My doctor in Toronto told me that there is nothing available in Cuba, so I came prepared [with tubes of antibiotic cream, aspirin, decongestants and bandages] just in case I needed any of these things for myself. But I am leaving most of what I brought for the maids and the bartender,” added another Canadian vacationer.

Cuba has a three-tiered health care system. The first tier is the “medical tourism” system, designed for tourists who come to Cuba on health tourism packages to obtain treatment at cut-rate prices—a kidney transplant, for example, costs about half as much as one in the U.S.

The Cuban government established the tourist-only hospitals to cater to the thousands of visitors from Latin America and parts of Europe. Tourists pay hard cash for discount prices on botox, liposuction, breast implants, and dental work. Cuban specialists also treat Parkinson’s disease and retinatis pigmentosa, a hereditary disease that causes night blindness.

Tourist hospitals are clean, state-of-the-art facilities well-stocked with the latest equipment and imported medicines. 

“Tourists have everything they need. But for Cubans, it’s different. Unless you work with tourists or have a relative in Miami sending you money, you will not be able to get what you need if you are sick in Cuba. As a doctor, I find it disgusting,” said a pediatrician from Moron.

The second health-care system is for the Cuban “nomenklatura,” i.e., the elites of the communist party, which includes bureaucrats, the military, official artists and writers, and other party cronies. Their health care mirrors the first-world system for medical tourists.

Cuba’s third system is the one for the common people, and it is truly wretched. Hospitals and clinics are unsanitary and falling apart. Surgeons lack basic supplies and must reuse latex gloves. Patients must buy their own sutures on the black market and bring their own bed sheets, soap, towels, food, light bulbs and toilet paper to the hospital. Basic medicines are scarce.

Local pharmacies are neat and spotless, but they lack even the most common items, such as aspirin and rubbing alcohol. However, they do stock a lot of green boxes of herbal diet teas from Spain. Aspirin and common medications can be purchased at government-run dollar stores, but the prices are too high for most Cubans, whose average wage is about $12 a month.

“I haven’t seen aspirin in a Cuban store here for more than a year. If you have any pills in your purse, I’ll take them. Even if they have passed their expiry date,” said a nurse from Moron.

The equipment used in the third tier system is either antiquated or nonexistent. Although Cuban doctors are well trained, they have nothing to work with. When American doctors travel to Cuba on errands of mercy, they take with them as much equipment and supplies as they can carry.

“The hospital conditions are pretty deplorable. … It’s like operating with knives and spoons,” said Dr. Gary Nishioka, an American plastic surgeon, who had just returned from a trip to Cuba.

Although many of the residents of Moron are fortunate because they work in nearby resorts and often receive foreign medications as tips, conditions have deteriorated so badly for most Cubans that diseases such as tuberculosis, leprosy, typhoid, and dengue fever—eradicated years before—have resurfaced among the population.

To finance Cuba’s universal health care system, the government uses the money from its joint-venture operations in manufacturing, tourism, banking, and mineral exploration with foreign companies. About 30,000 Cubans work in these operations and receive 5 percent of their total wages; the Cuban government “reinvests” the other 95 percent for the good of the entire population.

“There is absolutely nothing free about Cuban health care …. Social services are financed from the sweat of the poor Cuban workers,” said Ismael Sambra, president of the Cuban-Canadian Foundation.

Some of the most courageous, admirable, and persecuted people in Cuba are doctors who have rebelled against the government’s health-care injustices as well as other injustices. Renowned neurosurgeon Hilda Molina spoke out against the government’s decision to turn Cuba’s prestigious International Centre for Neurological Restoration into a tourists-only hospital.

“Cubans should be treated the same as foreigners. Cubans have less rights in their own country than foreigners who visit here,” Molina said.

Molina has been branded a counter-revolutionary and banned from practicing medicine in Cuba. She lives in Havana and survives on an allowance from her family abroad. After 15 years of trying to obtain a visa to visit her family in Argentina, she was finally granted permission last June. The government repeatedly refused her request to travel having designated her brain “a national asset.”

The ill effects of universal health care on the average Cuban has been immense. Everyone but the communist elite now has equally deplorable universal health care. Average citizens in the United Kingdom and Canada are also experiencing the collapse of universal health care in their countries. Yet too many middle-class Americans would rather cling to the lies that Brother O and the progressive Democrats tell them about universal health care, than rely on their own eyes to see what has happened to the middle class in the countries that have tried it.

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