Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving 2009

May Americans everywhere take this day to reflect on our history, our heritage and the challenges before us. May we be thankful for what we have as well as thankful for what we have been spared. May we remember our Christian heritage in particular with all that attends upon that Christian heritage. May those who are not Christians be blessed with a curiosity to discover true Christianity.

"Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;

And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

" ~2 Cor 9:7-15

Thursday, November 19, 2009

What will happen to you if health care passes?

I am grateful that the employer through whom my own family receives their health insurance is ethical enough to plan for the eventuality of the passage of the health care bill and to let their employees know what that decision is while they have an opportunity to do something about it.

I am, however, curious about how many other businesses have made that decision. If your employer hasn't mentioned it, you may want to ask if your company will continue to provide health coverage. It's a reasonable question. You need the information to plan for your future.

If your employer will be dropping your coverage, you might just want to contact your senator and let them know that you like your coverage and in order for you to keep it, they have to vote "No".

If you do ask, Would you be kind enough to let me know what answers you received? I don't want personal information or the names of employers unless you care to share that info, but I would like to know where you are, (your state) and the number of people employed by your company, if you have it.

"And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. " Luke 3:14

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"If You Like Your Insurance, You Can Keep It" - If Only that Were True.

"If you like your insurance, you can keep it." So says Mr. Obama and the other supporters of the current health care legislation, soon to be voted on by the Senate.

Conservatives and others with reasonable math skills have disputed this claim. Their argument goes that private employers will cease to provide health insurance to their employees in the event that the health care bill currently before the Senate passes. The question that needs to be answered before the Senate takes up the bill is: Who is telling the truth?

Businesses, you see, exist to make money. Health insurance is a part of an employee's pay. A business has no legal obligation to provide it and an employee cannot demand that the employer provide it. An employee may choose to work only for a business that provides it, thus creating an incentive for other employers to offer it, but they may not compel their employer to provide it. Employers may find that they can only attract and keep good employees by offering health insurance and that also creates an incentive for businesses to do so. That's a free market system. That, aside from some poorly crafted regulations driving up costs and restricting competition among insurers and health care providers, is where we are now.

With this bill, the government is proposing to enter the field of health care. The government wants to regulate the kind of health insurance businesses may offer to their employees. They wish to fine businesses who do not provide that coverage. The fines will be less than the cost of the currently provided insurance coverage for many of the businesses who provide that coverage.

Now the question is: What will those businesses, who currently offer such coverage to their employees do? I have that answer, at least for me. At their quarterly business meeting, the employer who currently provides health coverage to my family announced that they are most likely to stop offering that coverage if the health care bill passes the Senate.

I like my current coverage, I'd like to keep it. I, therefore, encourage my senators, Mr. Kohl and Mr. Feingold from WI to kindly vote "NO".

"We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!" ~ Jer 8:15

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Not Gone, Just Randomly and Continually Disconnected.

I apologize to my readers as I have been unable to reliably access the internet for some time now. My ISP assures me they are working on the problem, but in the meantime it is exceedingly difficult to post when the connection drops at random intervals. (Frustrating too)
I'll do my best to get something posted soon, but I want to keep this short in the hopes that I can actually post it prior to another disconnection. Thank you all for your kind enquiries.

(# of tries to post this = 7)

"In your patience possess ye your souls. " ~Luke 21:19

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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"Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
" ~Matt 25:45