Wednesday, March 16, 2016

2016 GOP Delegate Totals

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Senator Ted Cruz: "Show me where you stood up and fought" for liberty!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Reflections on 9/11 - Never Forget!

I remember arriving at work shortly before 9am, watching the North Tower of the World Trade Center burn and then watching a second plane fly directly into the South Tower.

I remember everyone standing around as the Twin Towers disintegrated into dust.

I remember my friend who came to visit from his downtown office. When he emerged from the subway earlier that morning, he saw people jumping through windows in their office buildings. Jumping to their deaths 100 stories below seemed more bearable than enduring the heat generated by burning planes.

I remember walking past several hospitals in mid-afternoon seeking to donate blood only to learn that the blood banks were already full due to the generosity of others.

I remember seeing doctors with gurneys lined up on the street outside emergency rooms waiting to receive patients that never came.

I remember the thick ash-filled smoke that consumed the island of Manhattan for a week afterward.

I remember the bulletin boards where people posted pictures of missing loved ones. While it is heartbreaking to walk past a tree or a light post with a picture of a missing child smiling back, imagine walking through Grand Central Station and seeing large bulletin boards where people posted wedding pictures and vacation photos searching for missing loved ones, pictures of smiling policemen and firefighters in starched pressed uniforms who would never come home.

I remember the daily funerals and memorial services that were held for months on end where families were afforded the dignity of burying the bone fragment of a loved one. Say what you will about Mayor Giuliani, he attended the funerals and memorial services of every lost policeman and firefighter, sometimes several per day in all boroughs of New York City.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hamas is a Terrorist Organization with Blood on its Hands

Hamas is a Terrorist Organization with Blood on its Hands

The World Should Condemn Hamas For The Murder of Three Jewish Teenagers

June 30, 2014 | (202) 228-7561

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding news that the three Jewish teenagers who had been kidnapped by Hamas have been found dead.

 “The brutal murder Hamas carried out of three innocent Jewish teenagers is a terrorist-led atrocity that demands justice,” said Sen. Cruz. “While we lift Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frankel, and Eyal Yifrach and their loving families up in prayer, we must also act. Hamas is, unequivocally, a terrorist organization with blood on its hands that must be condemned on the world stage. There should be no path forward for Hamas to have any role in any future government formed by the Palestinian Authority, and no nation should accommodate, legitimize, or negotiate with this group that engages in the killing of innocent civilians. The Palestinian Authority should immediately renounce Hamas and actively work to expel Hamas from civil society. The United States should stand unequivocally with the Nation of Israel as it responds to this brutal terrorism and acts forcefully to protect its people.”


Thursday, May 29, 2014

My Obamacare story. Why we need #FullRepeal!

I have asthma. Asthma is a chronic yet easily managed disease. I have been taking the same medications for years to control my symptoms. I have not needed to see a pulmonologist (asthma doctor) for the past several years. I saw one recently primarily because my health insurance company is not covering my medications any longer. These are medications they saw fit to cover last year and the year before and the year before that.

I have private health insurance, not Obamacare exchange insurance. It is individual and small group coverage. I pay 100% of the cost of the insurance. It is essentially the same plan with the same health insurance company that I had last year, except it is more restrictive and more expensive than last year's plan.

My pulmonologist is a scientist at a university hospital conducting groundbreaking research into the genetic component of chronic airway disease. Yet, since President Obama decided that the blue pill works as well as the red pill, my doctor is forced to spend part of his day writing letters to insurance companies explaining why some patients need the red pill.

I live in a state that created an Obamacare exchange. My insurance company participates in the state exchange though my plan is not an exchange plan. Nonetheless, the drug formularies are identical, not similar but identical. Consequently, even though Washington, D.C. regards me as a millionaire and billionaire since I can afford to purchase my own health insurance, I am forced to live under the same rules as those whose health insurance I am subsidizing. Equality really does mean poorer care for all. Just ask veterans who are dying while waiting for treatment at the VA.

The irony of being treated by a research physician is that even if my doctor creates a breakthrough treatment to cure chronic airway disease, a condition that afflicts millions of Americans, I will never be allowed enjoy its benefits. In fact, I suspect no one will.