Colon Cancer Screening Should Be 100% Covered By Insurance

I am a strong advocate for preventative medicine.  Not only does it save money, but more importantly it can reduce heartache over the early loss of a loved one.  I applaud those elected officials who understand that government policies should make a whole raft of screenings regarding health matters available and paid for–in one way or another–to the public so medical problems can be dealt with at an early stage.  This will allow for cost savings to insurance companies along with government programs.

Today I read a letter to a local online newspaper that makes a perfect pitch for colonoscopies in an effort to wage war on colon cancer.  While the writer is a son of a colon cancer survivor, I am quite the opposite.  Regardless of that fact the bottom line is we both share the desire to have people screened, and medical matters addressed in a timely fashion.

There is no acceptable counter-arguments to be allowed when it comes to having these tests available to everyone, given the information they provide, and the lives they save.  No one can refute the facts.

As I recently discovered, under the Walker-Kleefisch administration, many  residents of Wisconsin (public employees, retirees and their families) who had  100 percent coverage for screening (as Kleefisch as the future lieutenant  governor would have had under legislator husband’s insurance), no longer have  100 percent coverage.

People are not prone to get a colonoscopy even when 100 percent covered under  one’s insurance. When people are trying to get by on less income (due to the  Walker-Kleefisch pay cuts, including increased health care insurance premiums),  they will be less likely to get preventive care that they are not sure they  really need because what they will know is that the additional out-of-pocket  dollars will otherwise help pay for other needs as they work to get by on less  income.

Numbers Republicans Should Ponder

Just a couple of things caught my eye this morning that has an impact on the political world as we start the day.

Romney would need just under 50% of the remaining delegates to get the nomination, Santorum would need almost 80%. Gingrich would need almost 90%.  Ron Paul would need a miracle.

The turnout for the presidential primary yesterday in Illinois was pathetic.  Turnout in Chicago was about 24%, lower than any time since at least World War II.

Smiles are breaking out at the White House.

Rick Santorum Tries To Explain Away Contraception Being “Not Okay”

Once again this week Rick Santorum is stepping into the high grass, and making a mess of his message.  Or perhaps more of the media and pundit class is getting wiser to the tactics of Rick Santorum, and are better understanding the lunacy he is wrapping into a presidential campaign.  A campaign that can not win any big heavy electoral-rich states.

The latest flare-up started on Morning Joe when Santorum was asked about his intolerant positions that he spoke about in an interview with Caffeinated Thoughts.

“This is you guys playing sort of ‘gotcha’ politics,’’ Santorum replied. “Look, I was talking about my own personal faith, and what I was saying is that the issue of out-of-wedlock births and what’s going on in the destruction of the American family is something that I will talk about and I have talked about in this campaign.’’

Adding that “I wasn’t talking about access to contraception,’’ Santorum asserted that “the only reason I’ve been talking about this issue is . . . in the context of government forcing people of faith to do things that are against [their] religious beliefs.’’ That is, provide insurance coverage for contraception.

But despite his put-upon tone, Santorum’s answer was highly misleading. In the interview with Caffeinated Thoughts, Santorum was asked specifically what could be done to advance a pro-life agenda.

“Can we pass bills? Yeah. I’ll work on trying to pass bills,’’ he said. “I’ll work on trying to make the laws of this country more friendly, like I’ll repeal . . . Obamacare and get rid of any kind of idea that you have to have abortion coverage or contraceptive coverage.’’ He did not talk about limiting such a contraception-coverage exemption to religious or religiously affiliated organizations.

So Santorum was dissembling when he portrayed his comments to the blog as little more than a discussion of his personal religious views and an attempt to highlight the problem of out-of-wedlock births, just as he was shading the truth when he said he has only talked about contraception in the context of an insurance mandate. It’s clear that in his view, the availability of contraception has undermined the family and promoted out-of-wedlock births by increasing individual sexual freedom.

Now, one has to travel a highly circuitous causal path to conclude that the greater availability of birth control has led to more births. But dubious reasoning aside, here’s the issue for voters: Santorum has made it apparent he thinks contraception is wrong. He believes it has led to large societal problems. He’s said he’ll use the presidency to try to change American attitudes. Given all that, it strains credulity to think he’d forgo opportunities to make legal and policy changes that advanced his point of view.

As Santorum has demonstrated during this campaign, he’s a skilled politician. Part of that skill, unfortunately, is talking out of both sides of his mouth. Another part is using indignation to sidestep questions.

Republicans Ask The Question

Hmmm….

 

Is Newt Gingrich’s Red Ink Campaign A Sign Of How He Would Govern?

If one can not manage a campaign budget…..

Newt Gingrich has more debt than cash on hand, according to the FEC report he will file today.

A Gingrich source notified Mike Allen that the former House speaker raised $2.62 million in February and spent $2.8 million. That left him with $1.54 million in the bank.

But Gingrich continues to carry $1.55 million in debt and the cash flow has evidently slowed. As Jonathan and Ginger reported this morning, there are already complaints in the extended Gingrich universe about unpaid bills.

Gingrich’s February fundraising total puts him at the back of the GOP pack, after Mitt Romney’s $11.5 million, Rick Santorum’s $9 million and Ron Paul’s $3.3 million.