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President Obama Broke Promises About Healthcare Negotiations

January 26, 2010 | 24,096 views
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President Obama promised public, televised healthcare negotiations.  But now that those negotiations are actually occurring, they are behind closed doors, and television cameras are banned from the room.

What Are GMOs?

From April 19th through April 25th we launch GMO Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to providing you with information on GMOs and labeling initiatives.

GMOs are a product of genetic engineering, meaning their genetic makeup has been altered to induce a variety of “unique” traits to crops, such as making them drought-resistant or giving them “more nutrients.” GMO proponents claim that genetic engineering is “safe and beneficial,” and that it advances the agricultural industry. They also say that GMOs help ensure the global food supply and sustainability. But is there any truth to these claims? I believe not. For years, I've stated the belief that GMOs pose one of the greatest threats to life on the planet. Genetic engineering is NOT the safe and beneficial technology that it is touted to be.

Help Support GMO Labeling

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—Monsanto’s Evil Twin—is pulling out all the stops to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food. For nearly two decades, Monsanto and corporate agribusiness have exercised near-dictatorial control over American agriculture. For example, Monsanto has made many claims that glyphosate in Roundup is harmless to animals and humans. However, recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had their research team test glyphosate and have labeled it a probable carcinogen.

Public opinion around the biotech industry's contamination of our food supply and destruction of our environment has reached the tipping point. We're fighting back. That's why I was the first to push for GMO labeling. I donated a significant sum to the first ballot initiative in California in 2012, which inspired others to donate to the campaign as well. We technically "lost the vote, but we are winning the war, as these labeling initiatives have raised a considerable amount of public awareness.

The insanity has gone far enough, which is why I encourage you to boycott every single product owned by members of the GMA, including natural and organic brands. More than 80 percent of our support comes from individual consumers like you, who understand that real change comes from the grassroots.

Thankfully, we have organizations like the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to fight back against these junk food manufacturers, pesticide producers, and corporate giants.

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

Together, Let's Help OCA Get The Funding They Deserve

Let’s Help OCA get the funding it deserves. I have found very few organizations who are as effective and efficient as OCA. It’s a public interest organization dedicated to promoting health justice and sustainability. A central focus of the OCA is building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. That's why I'm proud to announce I will be matching donations up to $250,000 this week.

Please make a donation to help OCA fight for GMO labeling.


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Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Sadly, this is a familiar story. Politicians continually promise transparency and public debate. But when the time comes to make a decision, it is made in a back room, far from the light of day.

The healthcare bill is not even the first time this has happened in this administration. Nearly a year ago, here’s what Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty had to say about the Stimulus Package:

“President Obama promised transparency and accountability in the legislative process, but the details of the bill were negotiated in closed-door sessions. Then, only a very limited number of physical copies were made available.”

Sounds similar to something you’ve heard about more recently, doesn’t it? The Campaign for Liberty went on to add:

“So far, one thing is clear from these early weeks of the Obama administration: Barack Obama has brought no real change to Washington.”

In other words, the same old politics are going on as always.

The Only Reason to Hide Something

There’s only ever one reason to keep something hidden -- because you don’t want people to see it. And if you don’t want people to see it, it’s probably because they wouldn’t like it if they did.

There’s an old saying: “People who like sausages should never see how they’re made.” You wouldn’t eat them if you knew what went into them, and how.

Sometimes, politics makes sausages look positively palatable.

Backroom Deals

Health care lobbying expenditures total more than any other industry, including agriculture, communications and defense. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year in an attempt to buy the votes of Congress and influence the White House.

The pharmaceutical industry spent $1.5 billion lobbying Congress in the last decade, and in so doing has manipulated the government’s involvement with medicine and reinforced our dependence on them, through government policies.

They spend all that money because it gets results. A leaked memo revealed that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of deal that both parties have been denying.

The White House agreed to oppose efforts to use the government's leverage to bargain for lower drug prices or import drugs from Canada. In return, President Obama got support for the bill, including a $150-million advertising campaign (a fortune in politics, but loose change in the pharmaceutical business.)

In addition to containing favorable deals for the drug companies, the bill is also a huge giveaway to the health insurance industry. Health insurance coverage will become mandated for nearly all Americans. If you do not have coverage, you will be fined 2.5 percent of your adjusted income!

It’s not a stretch to believe that the massive amounts of money the insurance companies spend on lobbying might have something to do with that.

Secret Kickbacks

The deals work both ways. The administration has touted the American Medical Association's endorsement of the healthcare bill, but it's no surprise they were able to gain the AMA's support -- they’re helping the AMA keep hold of a little-known monopoly that sends millions of dollars to the trade group each year.

The AMA holds the exclusive rights to the medical billing codes that doctors are required to use when they submit bills to insurance plans. They make millions each year selling the code books and software licenses to doctors and insurers.

Is Government-Run Health Care the Answer?

The healthcare bill could cost the U.S. nearly two trillion dollars. Is it going to be worth it?

The current health insurance and health care models clearly are not working at all. But unfortunately, the reforms currently on the table will not solve the problems.

Where is the debate about limiting unnecessary, ineffective treatments and stopping fraud? Why is no one talking about the fact that there are effective, inexpensive natural based alternatives?

The fact of the matter is that the Big Pharma Cartel has a supreme hold over our government, and this is, most likely, why you do not see any discussions about these very real, underlying problems.

The nature of politics, and the money the corporations pour into influencing our government, means that a government-run program is not the solution to America’s broken health care system.

The “Affordable Health Care for America Act” largely ignores the real problems, and the most effective solutions to our current health care conundrum.

In fact, the “solution” might even be worse than the problem. Already numerous personal freedoms are being threatened at the hands of the government, and there is language in this new reform that gives the federal government unprecedented power to meddle in your personal health care affairs.

The Real Solution

What’s REALLY needed is a radical change in consciousness about what health and health care really is. As long as the focus of your health care is on drugs and surgical interventions, you will never see the fundamental changes that are so desperately needed.

No politician will be able to accomplish this feat, so sitting around waiting for it is futile. It can only be done by YOU changing how you think about health care and your health.

Some of the best ways to improve your health are very inexpensive. Some are even free.

So I urge you to stop waiting for the government to give you the health care reform you’re seeking … but rather to create it for yourself, right now, by starting to Take Control of Your Health.

Ron Paul Eloquently Addresses the REAL Issues Here

“The more significant, and I believe the real issue at hand here, is the damage that is being done to the population by injection of these vaccines and the precedent that has been set for the government to institute vaccines for future fake or manufactured pandemics

Is this a dream or a nightmare? Is it my imagination or have we lost our minds?  It is surreal.  It is just not believable. A grand absurdity  A great deception. A delusion of momentous proportions based on preposterous notions and ideas whose time should never have come

Insanity passed off as logic.  Evil described as virtue. Ignorance pawned off as wisdom.  Slavery sold as liberty.  The philosophy that destroys us is not even defined.  We have broken from reality, a psychotic nation.  Ignorance with a pretense of knowledge replacing wisdom

Money does not grow on trees, nor does prosperity come from a government printing press that escalates deficit  that are being spent on a failed warfare and welfare system.  A central bank that deliberately destroys the value of the currency in secrecy without restraint.”

The Good News!

The reversal can be achieved through peaceful and intellectual means and fortunately the number of people who care is growing exponentially.


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