Monthly Archives: October 2013

Some comment necessary about the Arab Spring

What we know as the Arab Spring is in fact a very complicated subject. In each Middle Eastern and North African country where there was some form of uprising there were many factors involved. The movement got started in Tunisia because one man had enough and torched himself. The end result of that initial reaction was the removal of the Tunisian President… and then it was on to Egypt.

What did Egypt and Tunisia have in common? It was not the Muslim Brotherhood, although that is indeed something they have in common. It was in fact the role of the Left Wing faction in each country. The Egyptian uprising in particular was not the work of the Muslim Brotherhood. It was not the work of an Islamist faction. It was the work of people who had left leaning tendencies in politics coming together with other factions to demand some changes.  The Muslim Brotherhood however saw the opportunity to promote themselves and the rest is history. What you need to understand is that Christians were working with what we understand to be moderate Muslims in order to bring about change. I will go one step further here and dare to point out that U.S. Administrations had for some time been educating Egyptians on things like democracy with the intention of bringing about change. Their plan backfired when Morsi was elected as an interim President.

I have always maintained that the Libyan situation was different. I continue to maintain that what took place in Libya was in fact something that no one had really anticipated. I doubt that the CIA was ever involved, unlike CIA involvement in Egypt. The difference was in fact the impetus of the people who were willing to take up arms against the dictator of their country. The difference is in fact that the people who operated as the link between Libya and the West were majority non-Islamist and they had a different set of values. The real difference is that they had to join forces with the Islamists in order to throw out their own terrorist dictator.  In Libya there were many motivations all leading to people with disparate views coming together to bring about change. Today Libya remains a country with unstable government, but I have not given up hope where that country is concerned.

There are people who continue to draw the long bow with regard to their comments where Libya is concerned. By this I mean that their viewpoint is a distortion of what the truth might be. I am not writing this to intimate that I have the truth where the situation of Libya is concerned, but rather I want to point out that the motivation of Libyans was different from the motivation of Egyptians to get rid of their leader. Gadhafi had outlasted his use by date. In Libya he had a reputation as a bad ass. He was brutal in the way that he put the people’s rebellions against him down. The majority of the people of Libya had no love for Gadhafi.

The Libyan revolution began in much the same way as in Egypt and Tunisia. By this I mean that the revolt started out being low-grade and then it began to gather into a storm as people became incensed over what was taking place. This resulted in one man in Benghazi who had always eschewed jihad to decide to take his own life by using his car as a bomb to breach the walls of the fort in Benghazi. The man had become so angry that he personally got involved. There were others who became involved in getting the message out there. They faced certain death from the pro-Gadhafi sector in Benghazi and at least one person who had been brave in broadcasting lost his life thanks to a sniper.  He did not have a gun, he did not preach Islamism. Instead he had a message of freedom, but a sniper did in fact cut him down.  Most of the people who took up arms in Benghazi had no idea as to how to use those arms, and the same was true in other cities.  The Libyan revolution was really about freedom from tyranny.  The move against Gadhafi had been a long time coming, but the movement had existed for years, and it took the savagery of Gadhafi against his own people in places like Misrata for the rest to take up arms. This is also true with regards to what happened in Tripoli. Normal people risked their lives and took up arms because they were sick of the way that they were being treated. On top of that they moved against Gadhafi because women and children had been his victims during those early days of the revolution. Many Libyans who were living abroad returned to help get rid of Gadhafi.

The Libyan opposition (now the government) were adamant with regard to foreign boots on the ground. They were adamant because they did not want to see Libya invaded by Al Qaeda. You could say that they were aware of the dangers because they had to work with the pro- Al Qaeda elements, and they had to make sure that they, not Al Qaeda controlled the country after the downfall of Gadhafi. I think overall they have been successful, BUT they are so weak that they have not been able to overcome those same Al Qaeda elements in order to bring about full stability.

Syria is a very different kettle of fish. Whilst it was possible to identify those who opposed Gadhafi, it has not been possible to fully identify those opposed to Assad in Syria. Prime Minister Tony Abbott summed up the situation as “baddies vs. baddies”; in other words one lot of baddies was only marginally better than the other baddies. The problem in Syria is that by ignoring the civil war that was happening when it was relatively young, the West allowed Al Qaeda get in with a very strong foothold.  In those early days I was prepared to speak against Assad because of the level of killings of innocent bystanders. There were villages where Assad’s team moved in and randomly killed everyone. The villagers fled across the border into Turkey. Today the Syrian Civil War continues to draw in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.  What is barely discussed though, is the involvement of Iran in Syria. It is not a very healthy situation at all.

The purpose here is to remind people that sometimes speculation and the blame game can get out of hand. I do not believe that Obama wanted to get involved in Libya. In fact Barry fought against involvement initially. Barry had almost nothing to do wtih the NATO forces and their actions in Libya because he did draw back. If anything this made Barry look very small on the national stage because if anything drawing back at a critical time during the civil war actually helped to prolong the life of the whole war. It was very bad timing and it showed to the rest of the world that Barry is clueless.

One thing I want to dispel is the notion that Gadhafi was paid to help keep the African immigrants out of Europe. I have not seen any evidence that this was the case. Until I see some definite proof that this actually happened, then I would say that this is just a silly rumour that is being used to continue the anger against Barry’s short-lived involvement in the whole affair.


First Came Australia, Now Comes France, Yes FRANCE – Conservative FN Party Surging and French Media Astounded….

I am reblogging this because there are some very obvious errors in thinking.
The French extreme right headed by Marine Le Pen has nothing in common with the Australian Liberal Party. They are not even on the same page. The issues surrounding the Australian election are a far cry from those of the French election, except perhaps the issue of illegal entrants.
The major issue that decided the Australian election was not immigration. It was in fact the carbon tax and of course the lunacy of the Greens.

However, I do not want to undervalue the fact that many of us also were upset with the constant flow of illegal entrants who were heading to Australia by boat via Indonesia. This is an issue that needs further exposition because the result post election is intriguing to say the least.
I should point out that the real world-wide issue is people smuggling and human trafficking. Until this issue is fully tackled by other governments then the illegals will keep trying to reach those other countries where they think that the grass is greener.

So, no.. it was not first Australia, it was in fact first came Spain.

A common problem – INCOMPETENCE

Australia and the USA have many things in common. In recent years I have made a lot of comments on the commonality that exists, especially when a Marxist was in charge of our Australian government.  There are, of course, many differences, but for this essay, I am only concerned with the failures of the previous Australian government and how those failures do in fact have a lot in common with the roll out of Abominablecare in the USA. That commonality is in fact the incompetence of the people put in charge of the project. It is also an incompetence that one sees when government is in charge of such large projects.

In Australia, during the KRUDD and Gillard years there were many failures and failed projects. The BER program, which is the building education revolution was in fact a massive waste of money, mostly because the projects were being handled by government and they were content to pay more for a building project than was absolutely necessary. Most of these projects ended up as very small buildings such as a canteen, a small library, the extension of a shady outdoor area etc. etc. None of it was spent on building a new school room or anything like that.  Then there was the NBN rollout. Both projects were nothing more than a balls up… but I will come back to the issues soon. I want to divert for a moment because of something I remembered from my school years.

I attended 3 schools over time. My memory is hazy on the matter, but I am sure that St.Agnes, the primary school that I attended up to year 6 had a building program. During the time that I was at the school one class used to be held in the hall area that was behind the church.  We used to hold concerts in the building and the altar was simply closed off so that we could all fit into the area. On the Fridays though, the class that occupied the back of the building would have to stack up their desks and these were removed so that seats could take their place for Mass on Sundays.  Eventually, the parish built a new church off-site from the school. In the back of my mind, I kind of remember that there might have been a school building project to add a classroom. There was certainly plenty of room to add to the buildings as necessary. I add here that the school had a shelter shed where we ate lunch and there was another building where we used to go, especially in summer months to do our exercises.  The next school was Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Bentleigh. This was the convent where the nuns had their quarters and they used to get a taxi to the primary schools each day, except for when the assistant parish priest would go fetch them and load them up in his small vehicle (ah, the amusing memories!!).  In the two years that I was there, a building project was commenced and new classrooms were added. The school managed the chaos, and yes it was noisy and chaotic when the building was taking place. However, it was completed in a relatively short period of time and within a year we were using the new classrooms.  This was probably when building projects of this size were completed on time. My third school (the one I loved) was Presentation Convent Windsor. It was a school that went from grade preps through to Year 12 or Form 6 which was how it was named when I was at school. At the time it was a boarding school, as well as being a nunnery. I cannot remember if there had been a building project, but the senior classrooms were new.  Again any building that was completed was done on time.  These are just examples of how a project on a large but small scale can be completed on budget and on time… but that was in the 1960s.

I diverted for a reason. It suddenly hit me that school projects are better handled in a micro environment, that is everything is outsourced by the school or by a committee associated with a school. I can give another couple of examples, being renovations to the church at St. Bernadette’s Castle Hill, the building of a Church for St. Michael’s Kaleen etc. In each case the building was completed on time and within budget. However, at St. Bernadette’s when extra work was required for renovations to a school building that was to increase the capacity of a small meeting room, well it took forever (and that was after the year 200).

Between the 1960s and the year 2000 something had happened to the building industry in Australia. Something worse seemed to have happened after that time, because small projects suddenly cost millions of dollars and a lot of time to be completed.  This brings me to the B.E.R. and the NBN rollout.

I think that the something is in fact the rise in the power of the unions, especially their political power and influence. Whenever the ALP takes power in government all sorts of crazy projects are undertaken. On the State level it was the de-salination plants built at an enormous cost, and then they were put into mothballs or de-commissioned. This happened in Victoria at Wonthaggi, NSW at Kurnell, Queensland and in South Australia. In one of these examples the size of the plant was unnecessarily increased in capacity. The plant in South Australia was necessary but the increase in capacity was not necessary, plus the increase in capacity ended up as a blow out in the cost budget.

The issue, as I see it, is the incompetence of the managers chosen to oversee the projects in the first place. This kind of incompetence is related to the fact that they do not have experience to handle such projects in the first place.

Prior to the 1990s the Australian government had a department that was responsible for maintaining married quarters for the Defence Force, plus for Federal government buildings. The department became a part of the Department of Administrative Services. In that period the work force was wound down via voluntary rendundancies. When John Howard became Prime Minister the “business” was sold off. By that stage this sub-department had converted to the use of accrual accounting and it was reasonably professional.  Although I was not a part of that sub-branch of the Department of Administrative Services, I was a part of the main Department and was a part of the move towards accrual accounting.  I took a redundancy in 1996 because I had moved to Sydney and could not get other Public Service work. It was not for any other reason such as incompetence. For that reason I do not know if the Public Service had continued down the road of accrual accounting or if that was stopped when DAS was disbanded under the new government of John Howard, or if it was discontinued when KRUDD came to power.

I do suspect that accrual accounting was abandoned by KRUDD if it had not been discontinued by the Howard government. Accrual Accounting in government was a novelty. It also meant that government departments were held accountable for their spending on major projects. Without accrual accounting projects such as the NBN did not show up in the books. This is a whole area of contention and I would need to do a lot of research to try and discover what accounting methods were put in place to try and hide the cost blowouts of the NBN project.

The people handling the NBN rollout were incompetent. The work was not on time, and there were many pitfalls. It has been reported that there had been a failure to pay some sub-contractors. This is on top of all sorts of incompetence at the top of the NBN company tree. The incompetence lays at the hands of Senator Stephen Conroy and Kevin Rudd who had the thought bubble that led to this project being implemented without putting in place any kind of project goals or business plan. When challenged, the challenge was shrugged off. When criticized, well Stephen Conroy simply went ballistic.  We will learn soon enough the actual level of this incompetence. If the project is to continue, then sweeping changes are needed from the top down. What is most important though, is to find someone with the competence to be a good project manager who can make the necessary changes so that the rollout can continue within budget.  My view here is that an accounting system also needs to be designed so that everything becomes transparent and that government is held accountable for the expenditure on the project. That accounting system needs to be accrual, and not the usual government accounting model.

What has this got to do with Abominablecare? If you have not guessed where I am heading, then you need to read up on the balls-up that has occurred relating to the government website. The whole project should be put on hold until the problems are fixed. I have one question – why was this a balls-up in the first place? Personally, I would point the finger at Sebelius because ultimately she is in charge of implementation and she does not have the competence to put all of the pieces together. The IT implementation has been an absolute balls-up and people do suspect that no testing was done before it went live… well, I have another story to tell….

The company name was DATAFLOW, and it was a software and hardware distribution company. My view of the company is that it relied too much on one retailer and it gave into the demands of this one retailer which ultimately meant that the company was being screwed. However, there were other issues because during my time in the company, it was decided that they had to upgrade their computer software, not just the distribution side, but the accounting side as well. People were chosen to help make the choice between products. The owner of the company wanted to go with one particular product but the team chose software that was largely an untested product with industry. In hindsight and only because I got to work with the other package, I think that the owner’s instincts were correct and that the team who chose the other product were wrong.  The product went live and the distribution side of the business fell over immediately. This was on top of a move from one location to another. Within months of moving to the new system and to a new location because the business had been growing, the company went into liquidation.  The lesson here is that the product itself was largely untested in the open market and this was a major cause for the failure of the company. On the other hand I do suspect that the reliance of business from this large retailer also had a major impact that the owner had failed to address when he allowed all the discounts etc. to be given, which only led to further demands.  In the end it was the incompetence of those who were implementing a new system that led to the ulitmate failure of the company. There were probably other reasons for the company failure, but having worked in the company, this is how I see the lead up to the ultimate ending of liquidation.

The National Park Service: Practicing For the Revolution?

This analysis by Mike is excellent and it fits well into the title of my blog. As I have stated, there are wars at all sorts of levels, not just on a world wide scale!!

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The banality of evil.  The concept is generally conceded to have come from Hannah Arendt’s 1963 book about the Jerusalem trial of Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann. Arendt’s insight was that Eichmann, like a great many Germans that committed virtually unspeakable atrocities, was not a drooling, monstrous fanatic, but a common bureaucrat that fully accepted the premises of the ruling elite he served.  This was all that was necessary for innumerable bureaucrats to devote their energies to any number of horrific crimes, including the efficient murder of millions.

The totalitarian impulse is strong, but its burdens are great.  In any political system, there will always be people that will fully support those in power, not only because they are true believers, but because unquestioned loyalty and obedience has its rewards, particularly in a chaotic society.  As a society sinks ever more deeply into despotism, however, the attendant problems increase.  There…

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Cold case – arrest in the Baby Hope mystery

It is not my role to comment too much upon the illegal immigrant problem in the USA (and your problem is worse than ours). However, this case is yet another example of why it is necessary to not give in and allow citizenship to illegal entrants.

The gist of the story is that the body of a 4 year old girl was found in New York and the police were unable to identify her. The child was emaciated and she had been murdered.  A recent tip off, due to someone overhearing another woman at a laundromat has led to police solving this cold case mystery leading to the arrest of a man who was a relative of the dead child. The little girl’s name was Anjellica Castillio. The wife of a detective had purchased a burial gown for the child, and detectives arranged for her burial by paying for a plot and a tombstone. Anjellica can now rest in peace because her murderer is on the way to being charged with her murder… and knowing how prison populations just love men who molest and kill children… I wonder if this man will ever be brought to trial.

Amazingly, I learned from Australian media that the alleged killer, who was a cousin of the child was an illegal immigrant.

I do not want to get into details of the actual crime here. They are bad enough and do make me feel sick. What I want to emphasize in the story is the fact that yet again we have a person who had illegally entered the USA from Mexico committing a violent crime. He had gone undetected since the 1990s, probably because the whole family were illegal immigrants.

Something needs to be done to resolve the issue. Some might not like how this should be resolved, but it might be necessary to once again go down that path in order to flush out similar groups of people. I am not talking about full-blown amnesty either. I am thinking that you need a new scheme that will allow green card entry for the itinerant workers, but there would be a lot of conditions such as:

1. workers granted entry via green card for itinerant farm harvest work must travel to the USA via a bus that will take them to the alloted farms for the work.

2. the farm employer must provide accommodation and food for these itinerant workers.

3. A bit harsh, but I would actually suggest a GPS bracelet so that their movements are tracked at all times whilst in the USA.

4. No family members are to accompany the itinerant worker.

I would put a limit on the number of years that this employment card could be issued that would allow the worker who has shown himself or herself to be of good character some lattitude, and be placed on a path to full immigration and potential citizenship. I would suggest at least 5 years before any new steps are taken.

However, the above would also be dependant upon the availability or lack thereof, of American citizens not being available to do the intinerant work. That means seeking to employ the unemployed American citizens first.

I hear the argument that these illegals do the work that no one else is willing to do but I think that the argument is b.s.  The employers do not want to employ Americans for their own reasons.

This is where I believe in working for the “dole” or unemployment benefits. If there is itinerant work available on farms then people collecting unemployment benefits need to be put to work, and if they are able-bodied and unwilling to do the farm work, then I would suggest that their benefits get cut off.

These are harsh measures but something needs to be done. Something has to be done to stop the employment of the illegal entrants. If it takes harsh measures to put an end to the trade, then so be it.

The shutdown farce – it is nothing more than bullying

I have been taking an interest in the shutdown farce. In every single case of what is termed a national park, there has been a situation that is not only farcical but it shows the extent of the bullying being carried out by Barry Soetoro and his minions. Today, I note that there have been some “victories” and those victories have meant that the most ludicrous of the shutdowns are almost over. Please excuse the tone of my post, but I feel so angry about how the whole thing is being portrayed.

There have been some successful applications through the courts that have led to the re-opening of what should not have been closed in the first place. One of these was a field where children and youth play lacrosse. The land was leased by a State authority. The parents went to court and they have a court order that allowed the field to be re-opened. The Pigsah Inn has also managed to negotiate with the NPS to allow it to re-open.

But wait, there are more monuments being re-opened. First more than 100 people stormed the Lincoln Memorial and removed the barriers which should never have been placed there in the first place. Good for them!!  CNN is reporting that the following monuments will also re-open: the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. Governor Cuomo has remarked that every day the Statue of Liberty is closed there is a massive loss of tourist dollars.  The State of New York is paying for the Statue of Liberty to be re-opened. My question is: why is it that New York was not funding this in the first place? Why surrender this to the Federal authorities?

Of all the closures, Mt. Rushmore was amongst the most ludicrous. National Park Rangers are not necessary. What they did was to place cones so that people could not stop to view Mt. Rushmore. This action makes a joke out of the whole shutdown issue because people were employed to place those cones on the roads, and to prevent people using the stopping areas to take their pictures.

There has been a lot of nastiness shown by NPS employees towards the public as a whole. Since this is the case, these people should be thrown out of their jobs because of the level of their partisanship. They are obviously not needed to perform the more serious forestry work, so let them go.  This nastiness got out of hand in Yellowstone National Park where tourists were locked in their hotel, and were not allowed to take pictures. In fact the female employee who acted like a Nazi to foreign tourists should be given a DCM (Don’t Come Monday).

The NPS had no right to shut down any war memorial. The veterans have been treated in a very shabby way with the barriers that were placed across their memorials. They also had no right to shut down privately owned businesses that operate within the National Parks.

Perhaps the answer to this ludicrous display of pettiness and nastiness is for the States to demand that the functions for looking after the parks be returned to the States, and that the Federal government be stripped of all authority relating to such parks and memorials.

Throwing people out of their homes, using guns against tourists, refusing the veterans the opportunity to view their memorials that were paid for out of private funds is proof that the White House Administration is nothing more than petty bullies who should be prosecuted under the RICO ACT.

Healthcare – how it is misunderstood

This post is meant for a wide ranging audience because Australia has “healthcare” which is more or less different from the U.K.  I am writing this post because I noticed the ignorance of the letter writers being published in the Daily Telegraph on a subject that the letter writer does not fully understand.

First of all let me start with what I consider the most insidious of what has been included in what I have termed Abominablecare. This is the tax on medical appliances. The question to be asked: what is a medical appliance as classified by the various medical Acts etc. etc.? The answer is somewhat complex and I am likely to leave out a number of appliances if I try to list them. These appliances are not cheap. For example: orthotics required for foot problems such as plantar fasciitis cost more than $500. In Australia this cost is not covered under the general health insurance called Medicare. It is covered by private health insurance at 85% of the total cost but the total you get back is $500.  Another appliance is the CPAP machine, which is also not cheap, ranging from about $1500 to at least $2800. This is not covered by the general health fund but by the private health fund, up to $500.  As you can see from the Australian system there are significant out of post expenses just for these two appliances. The medical appliances also include artificial limbs. However, I do not have a list of everything that comes under the definition. With these appliances already costing a lot of money with significant out of pocket expenses when they are required, one can see how a tax on top of the appliance cost is insidious and can put the required item out of reach for the ordinary taxpayer, householder etc.  (FYI – I need orthotics because of issues with my feet, and I have been wearing the same since the 1980s; I am now using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea, as is my husband; my daughter in law has an artificial leg, but that cost is covered by the New Zealand government).

I have laid out the above for one purpose only and that is to show that even with “universal coverage” the consumer is left with massive out of pocket expenses when it comes to requiring such life saving equipment as a CPAP machine. It is also to point out that a new tax on these items is burdensome to the general public and it will hurt not just the supplier but also those in need of such items.

The issue as stated by the ignorant has been framed around the notion that somehow people who are not insured do not have access to medical services but of course we know that is not true. In Australia we have the right to go to any doctor we want. Medicare covers 85% of the recommended fee for that service. Now if I attended a lung specialist where the charge for the appointment is more than $100, this does not mean that I get back 85% of the actual cost of the bill. It means that I get back 85% of the scheduled fee. It means a gap of up to $60 that I must cover out of what is available for grocery money. This is the same for attending a rheumatologist where the gap would be of a similar amount.  It is because of the structure of the legislation that I cannot get a full refund because the health funds are not allowed to offer gap insurance.

I mention this because in the period before Medibank was introduced and then prior to the introduction of Medicare, we could get 100% coverage for our doctor fees. It is the scheduled fee that remains unrealistic.

Not everything is covered by Medicare in Australia. In fact there are professional medical consultants not covered under Medicare legislation such as podiatrists, pyschologists, dieticians, physiotherapists. They are however covered in very limited circumstances. Dental is not covered under Medicare and once again in each of these cases private health insurance covers some, but not all of the costs up to a limited dollar amount each year. Optometry is now covered by Medicare, but the cost of getting new lenses is not covered.

The cost of prescriptions is another matter that is vastly different from the U.K experience as well as the U.S. experience. In those countries there are prescription drugs that cost far less than in Australia. Lyrica is one of those drugs. When it was not covered by the NHS scheme and first introduced into Australia it had a cost of more than $100. In other words it was cost prohibitive for those on a lower income (myself included and I had to limit when I took the drug). There are plenty of examples where the cost of a drug in the UK is minimal but in Australia we are paying more than $30 for a prescription. The current cost of a script is more than $37 which applies where the drugs cost more than that amount, but if it costs lower then we pay the lower amount, yet that lower amount is still more than the cost in the UK or the USA for a lot of drugs. There are a lot of out of pocket expenses if one requires prescription drugs on a regular basis.

It is worth noting that Australians have never paid for others to have the pill. All drugs are in fact a private expense. The only thing that is regulated is how much is charged and if the drug is on the NHS list it means that a component above the the level of the co-payment is then paid by the government. A drug being on the NHS list also means that it counts towards what is known as the safety net. Once that is reached then one pays a smaller amount, that is $5 per script until the end of the year. It is still not totally free.

The word healthcare is misused in my opinion. It is only about insurance and nothing to do with attending doctors. The fact is that we all need health insurance to help pay for the costs of medical proceedures. However, what it does not do is rein in the massive costs for anyone who goes to Emergency for treatment when suddenly struck with an illness or whatever.

Here in Australia, if one goes to a Public Hospital Emergency Department there is no additional charge. If one went to a Private Hospital then there are big charges for any treatment. The real issue is actually the inflated charges for minor treatments. I think that this is the real issue in the USA.

Instead of Abominablecare, I think what was at first required was doing something about limiting the remedies available under litigation for things going wrong and poor doctor services. Yes, I do think that there should be remedies available, but I think that such remedies should have an upper limit, and there should be nothing for what is termed “suffering” because that is the part that is a real lurk. The cost of litigation in the USA has caused things such as doctor medical insurance to surge. It has caused a jump in the cost to the patient, and this has flowed into the cost of insurance.

A universal health scheme is normally one where the scheme is paid for out of taxes. In Australia we pay a levy of 1.5% for the universal health insurance. This is the money that is available to pay for our doctor costs. Some, but not all GPs bulk bill for the doctor visits. When the doctor does not bulk bill we are looking at paying more than $85 per visit to the doctor up front. This is a huge chunk out of the grocery bill.  It is fortunate that in this new location I found a doctor’s surgery where they bulk bill for the patient visit.

Basically, what I am trying to say is that one should not believe the hype coming out of any Marxist letter writer to any paper for the simple reason they are the ones who do not understand all of the issues that are involved. From what I have been reading most people will be forced to pay even higher premiums because of the introduction of Abominablecare, and that is not fair or reasonable.