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Showing posts with label Congressional Hearing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Congressional Hearing. Show all posts

Sunday, May 11, 2014

"Where Have We Gone Wrong" Stan Brock Remote Area Medical (RAM)

Perspectives on Healthcare, the lack there of, and far Right resistance to help for those with pain and suffering!

Dr. Joseph Smiddy

            C-47 /  DC-3 Cessna 206 Cargo Offload

CBS 60 Minutes July 2008.

The Remote Area Medical (RAM) volunteer corps (clinics) and its pilot' founder and principle driver, came into the light. Prior to the 60 Minutes broadcast my knowledge of the RAM was at the level of NIL. Of course, it should go without saying, but I will make the point the 2008 was well within my regular viewing of 60 Minutes. After the hire of David Rhodes, from Fox News, in 2011, 60 Minutes has become an entertainment relic of its past investigative greatness.  We will leave the hire of Rhodes for another screed.

60 Minutes July 2008
The 60 Minutes segment was an eye opener. A bit of irony for me; the RAM founder, Stan Brock, worked as an assistant to Marlin Perkins on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Brock's RAM originally provided medical services across the globe in remote areas across the globe. Brock and his volunteers now focus their relief work in remote and under-privileged (via lack of medial services) in the United States.

RAM services have expanded beyond remote areas to areas with high concentration of the uninsured and chronic poor (e.g., Los Angeles Neighborhoods, Las Vegas and East St. Louis, Illinois). RAM in the media: Linked.

People raise their hands for a showing of who’s come for dental
treatment at the Remote Area Medical clinic.
Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol, Tenn. May 4, 2013


The New York Times August 2009
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — They came for new teeth mostly, but also for blood pressure checks, mammograms, immunizations and acupuncture for pain. Neighboring South Los Angeles is a place where health care is scarce, and so when it was offered nearby, word got around.
When Remote Area Medical, the Tennessee-based organization running the event, decided to try its hand at large urban medical services, its principals thought Los Angeles would be a good place to start. But they were far from prepared for the outpouring of need. Set up for eight days of care, the group was already overwhelmed on the first day after allowing 1,500 people through the door, nearly 500 of whom had still not been served by day’s end and had to return in the wee hours Wednesday morning.

The enormous response to the free care was a stark corollary to the hundreds of Americans who have filled town-hall-style meetings throughout the country, angrily expressing their fear of the Obama administration’s proposed changes to the nation’s health care system.
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Stan Brock appeared at a Congressional Hearing this past week.

Read more after the break below


Monday, April 29, 2013

The Daily GOP Ignominious: General Odierno Goes Shock and Awe On A Sneaky Congressman

General Ray Odierno
Odierno "Don't Look happy."

There is something about Congressional hearings that simply digs-in under my finger nails. Obviously the general pictured above shares my sentiments.   

Members of Congress work less than 200 actual work days during the course of a calendar year. They earn as a minimum $174,000 and maximum $225,000 (Speaker of the House of Representatives). I read reports the US Congress has an approval rating at 13 per cent.

GALLUP  March 2103

2011-2013 trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

A Thirteen percent approval rating for an aggregate group of 535 Members (House and Senate) of congress is damning to say the very least.

You might find the following video interesting yet not surprising. Duncan Hunter (R) Calif. shows-up at a congressional hearing to deliver a message. He delivers his massage and immediately following with a full retreat to the safe environs of his office. As you have witnessed other republicans in congressional committee hearings, you should also experience no surprise at the technique.  It is the very same technique deployed by Right-wing media (AKA Fox News) and it involves simply making assertions for sympathetic ears or stakeholders to hear; mission accomplished. I am not certain via the following video if facts, or even data, was presented for discussion.  

The video was presented on YouTube under the by line:
"Congressman Duncan Hunter gets taken to the woodshed by General Odierno."
Upworthy Reports
Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.), who gets most of his campaign money from the defense industry, decided to try and shame a four-star general because his defense clients aren't getting the right contracts. THEN, he tried to walk out before the general answered. It didn't work out too well for him. The video starts at the end of the congressman's rant, right before he tries to walk out at 3:30.  

Oh, and at 5:25, the congressman admits he had no intention of letting the general speak in the first place

Apparently, Duncan Hunter is a veteran with service in Iraq (Artillery Officer).  Despite his elected position and a position that has artificial and hierarchical position over our militarily commanders you would think Hunter would fulfill his mission to defense contractors with a lot more civility and absent of a return "ass-whoopin". Did the Republican from California actually believe he could throw-out accusation and innuendo without a measured and equal response from the witness (General Odierno)?  Hunter has learned well how the Right goes about its business.  Let's visit Opensecrets Dot Org for a peep at just how well the Congressman has learned his trade. Open Secrets Dot Org (all links are active)   Credit for the following should be shared with Center for Responsive Politics.
Representative Duncan D. Hunter

Duncan D. Hunter

Bio   | Facebook
Choose your cycle:

Leadership PAC (3): 

Career Fundraising

1989 - 2012 Total Receipts: $3,229,060
1989 - 2012 Total Spent: $3,098,337
Debts: $0
Last Report:Sunday, March 31, 2013

Top 5 Contributors, 2008 - 2012

General Atomics$47,150$19,850$27,300
BAE Systems$36,400$9,900$26,500
Northrop Grumman$36,250$750$35,500
AT&T Inc$35,250$250$35,000
General Dynamics$31,200$7,700$23,500

Top 5 Industries, 2008 - 2012

Defense Electronics$132,300$23,050$109,250
Defense Aerospace$128,700$17,700$111,000
Health Professionals$112,840$21,690$91,150
Leadership PACs$106,242$0$106,242
Source of Funds

legendIndividual Contributions$1,652,509(51%)
legendPAC Contributions$1,556,402(48%)
legendCandidate self-financing$0(0%)
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2008 - Career election cycles and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on (for Fundraising totals, Source of Funds and Total Raised vs Average) and on for Top Contributors and Industries. ("Help! The numbers don't add up...")
The organizations themselves did not donaterather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
It appears, to astonishment Duncan Hunter is well subsidized by the defense industry. I am certain California democrats receives 'gifts' from "big defense".  There is one major  difference,  however. I do not see democrats in the hearing throwing "I have got it right here in front of me". innuendo at the general.  UNWORTHY wrote that Hunter fessed up at the 5:25 minute mark of the video that he did not intend for the general to respond  Wait a minute!  Wait a minute! Hunter wanted to throw rotten eggs at the general and his cohorts and run-off like a juvenile republican after his exercise in political malfeasance. Did he not want a response?  Was he simply fulfilling his role as guardian  of his contributors and after "mission accomplished" simply leave the hearing chamber? I that the bottom-line of such hearings?  
After reviewing the Open Secrets data, you and I know the answer.
Well, maybe you and I are off-track. One response in the form of a comment to the video reads as follows.
April 29, 2013  11:31 am by (DELTED)Pretty classless of the general to wait until Congressman Hunter was getting up to leave before returning (verbal) fire.
After reading the singular remark left before noon this morning  I realize that I must not spend enough time immersed in conservative media.  Wow!