Author: East Texas Review

McCain the Patriot

By Mark Shields In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a lifetime of service, McCain has instead chosen to defend what our flag stands for. Nowhere has that been clearer than in the continuing political debate over whether the United States should use torture to extract information from captured terrorists. Major national leaders, including former Vice President Dick Cheney (who...

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Single-Payer: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You?

By Sally C. Pipes   Hollywood loves a sequel. This summer, studios are releasing a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean, a third edition of the Despicable Me franchise, and another Spiderman.   But warmed-over ideas are not the sole province of the film industry. Progressive lawmakers are launching a reboot of their own -- Single-Payer Health Care: A Future We Can Believe In.   The trailer promises a futuristic, universal healthcare system without premiums, deductibles, or copays. But this feature is sure to flop. Single-payer's previous runs have been horror shows, with billions of dollars in cost over-runs and patients waiting helplessly for necessary care.   Lawmakers across the country are vying to be the first to establish a single-payer system.   The California state Senate passed a bill that would abolish private health coverage and enroll all residents in a single-payer system.  The state Assembly shelved the measure for now -- but may consider it next year.  Washington state senator Maralyn Chase is drafting a similar proposal.    In May, New York's state Assembly approved a bill that would establish a single-payer system in the Empire State.  And in June, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed legislation that would have allowed any state resident to sign up for the state's Medicaid program.   At the national level, a single-payer plan introduced by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has over...

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Cornyn: Democrats Refuse to Help Fix Health Care Mess They Created

‘I know members have a lot of ideas about how to fix the mess that Obamacare has left us, but that was precisely why it was so important for us to get on the bill yesterday, so members on both sides of the aisle can offer amendments and share their ideas.’ ‘People keep talking about a secret process. Well, this is about as open and transparent as it gets, and everybody will have an opportunity to offer an amendment, to discuss what’s in the amendment, and to vote on it.’ Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) invited his Democratic colleagues to join the effort to provide relief for the millions of Americans hurt by the Affordable Care Act. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here. “Yesterday, we took a giant step toward delivering on our promise to the American people to provide relief from the failures of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. “Over the last seven years, we have discussed what our solution would look like. And everybody who has been willing to participate in that conversation – sadly, not our Democratic colleagues who simply refused to do so – but every member of our conference is engaged in discussions and had input on how best to accomplish the goal of providing people...

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Film Festival tickets on sale

The Downtown Tyler Film Festival is pleased to announce that tickets for the Sept. 27 through Sept. 30 event are now on sale at www.TylerFilmFest.com and www.LibertyTyler.com.     The daily pass for Wednesday through Friday is only $5; Saturday night’s “Best of the Fest,” which includes food and drinks at the post-party, is $10; the Producer’s all-access pass is available for only $20.   A celebration of storytelling through film, the Downtown Tyler Film Festival has grown to be an international film festival comprised of short films from around the world; England, Spain, Iran and more.  The festival...

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Medicaid cuts hurt rural seniors and rural communities

By Jordan Rasmussen,  Tucked within the text of both the House and Senate’s bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is language which seeks to fundamentally change the Medicaid program. While the enactment of this legislation is unknown, the principle remains, and rural seniors would be hurt. For rural states and regions that already encounter the health care challenges of an older, poorer and less healthy population, Medicaid allows access to care to remain for even those who are not enrolled under the entitlement.    In our nation’s rural areas, 15 percent of residents over the age...

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