Archive for October, 2009

Up Coming SEPP Event

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Tuesday October 13th 2009 6-9pm At Duquesne University

SEPP will sponsor a special Health Care Forum on Privacy and Solutions for Health Care Reform from national experts.

“America’s Health Care Solutions”

Real Reform or Government Takeover?

Tuesday October 13th, 2009 7-9PM

Duquesne University in the Power Center Ballroom

(Located across the Skywalk from the top floor of the Forbes Street Garage)

What Government Run Health Care Means for You!!!

1.  Will a Universal Plan ration care?

2.  Does a competing Public Plan affect your insurance?

3.  What will it do to your doctor relationship?

Sue Blevins will speak on Privacy concerns from “the Institute for Health Freedom”  

Greg Scandlen will speak on American Solutions from “Consumers for Health Care Choices At the Heartland Institute” 

Jerry Bowyer will moderate the event!!


Reservations: Provide name & email to or call 724.872.2236

Costs: $5 in advance registration by check due on or before Oct. 9th or $10 at the door

Mail To: SEPP, 5 West Manilla Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Contact: Hans Lessmann, President or call 412.448.6187

10 Reasons American Medicine is Superior

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Here’s a Second Opinion By Scott W. Atlas  Ten reasons why America’s health care system is in better condition than you might suppose. By Scott W. Atlas.

Medical care in the United States is derided as miserable compared to health care systems in the rest of the developed world. Economists, government officials, insurers, and academics beat the drum for a far larger government role in health care. Much of the public assumes that their arguments are sound because the calls for change are so ubiquitous and the topic so complex. Before we turn to government as the solution, however, we should consider some unheralded facts about America’s health care system.

1. Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common cancers. Breast cancer mortality is 52 percent higher in Germany than in the United States and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom. Prostate cancer mortality is 604 percent higher in the United Kingdom and 457 percent higher in Norway. The mortality rate for colorectal cancer among British men and women is about 40 percent higher.

2. Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians. Breast cancer mortality in Canada is 9 percent higher than in the United States, prostate cancer is 184 percent higher, and colon cancer among men is about 10 percent higher.

3. Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries. Some 56 percent of Americans who could benefit from statin drugs, which reduce cholesterol and protect against heart disease, are taking them. By comparison, of those patients who could benefit from these drugs, only 36 percent of the Dutch, 29 percent of the Swiss, 26 percent of Germans, 23 percent of Britons, and 17 percent of Italians receive them.

4. Americans have better access to preventive cancer screening than Canadians. Take the proportion of the appropriate-age population groups who have received recommended tests for breast, cervical, prostate, and colon cancer:

  • Nine out of ten middle-aged American women (89 percent) have had a mammogram, compared to fewer than three-fourths of Canadians (72 percent).
  • Nearly all American women (96 percent) have had a Pap smear, compared to fewer than 90 percent of Canadians.
  • More than half of American men (54 percent) have had a prostatespecific antigen (PSA) test, compared to fewer than one in six Canadians (16 percent).
  • Nearly one-third of Americans (30 percent) have had a colonoscopy, compared with fewer than one in twenty Canadians (5 percent).

5. Lower-income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians. Twice as many American seniors with below-median incomes self-report “excellent” health (11.7 percent) compared to Canadian seniors (5.8 percent). Conversely, white, young Canadian adults with below-median incomes are 20 percent more likely than lower-income Americans to describe their health as “fair or poor.”

6. Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the United Kingdom. Canadian and British patients wait about twice as long—sometimes more than a year—to see a specialist, have elective surgery such as hip replacements, or get radiation treatment for cancer. All told, 827,429 people are waiting for some type of procedure in Canada. In Britain, nearly 1.8 million people are waiting for a hospital admission or outpatient treatment.

7. People in countries with more government control of health care are highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed. More than 70 percent of German, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and British adults say their health system needs either “fundamental change” or “complete rebuilding.”

8. Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than Canadians. When asked about their own health care instead of the “health care system,” more than half of Americans (51.3 percent) are very satisfied with their health care services, compared with only 41.5 percent of Canadians; a lower proportion of Americans are dissatisfied (6.8 percent) than Canadians (8.5 percent).

9. Americans have better access to important new technologies such as medical imaging than do patients in Canada or Britain. An overwhelming majority of leading American physicians identify computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the most important medical innovations for improving patient care during the previous decade—even as economists and policy makers unfamiliar with actual medical practice decry these techniques as wasteful. The United States has thirty-four CT scanners per million Americans, compared to twelve in Canada and eight in Britain. The United States has almost twenty-seven MRI machines per million people compared to about six per million in Canada and Britain.

10. Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care innovations. The top five U.S. hospitals conduct more clinical trials than all the hospitals in any other developed country. Since the mid- 1970s, the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology has gone to U.S. residents more often than recipients from all other countries combined. In only five of the past thirty-four years did a scientist living in the United States not win or share in the prize. Most important recent medical innovations were developed in the United States.Despite serious challenges, such as escalating costs and care for the uninsured, the U.S. health care system compares favorably to those in other developed countries.

This essay appeared on the website of the National Center for Policy Analysis on March 24, 2009. An earlier version was published in the Washington Times.Available from the Hoover Press is Power to the Patient: Selected Health Care Issues and Policy Solutions, edited by Scott W. Atlas. To order, call 800.935.2882 or visit

Scott W. Atlas is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical School.

                       Copyright © 2009 by the Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University  Phone: 650-723-1754

Thou Shall Not Covet; So I let the Government get it for me

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Teach Christians not to covet

October 03, 2009 By J. Frank Jad of decent, sincere American Christians routinely support, vote for and are responsible for electing politicians who are ardent supporters of abortion, who proudly advance the agenda of homosexual activists, who vote for taxpayer-funded pornography and blasphemy, and who are in general at war with those Christians’ faith and morality. Why? Why do these people, who are committed to advancing the cause of Christ and his Church and who lament the moral state of their country, tip the balance of power toward those who have total contempt for them and their faith?

It is because these depraved politicians have managed to gain the high moral ground in the mind of all too many Christians. Why? How could that possibly be? Do they have countervailing virtues that offset their unrighteous positions on the above issues? Are they righteous on other issues? Ironically enough, paradoxically enough, what manages to offset the depravity is only more sin and unrighteousness. So it is no wonder that this country is in trouble. The wicked are in power because Christians put them there, and they put them there because of their wickedness – because of the wickedness Christians have been told is, and are all too willingly to believe to be, goodness and decency.

It is written, “Thou shall not covet.” And yet our government at all levels has become one colossal machinery of covetousness – and few seem to notice or care. Those same preachers and activists who rightly decry abortion are silent on this issue and are more than likely a part of the problem. It would seem that some sins are a whole lot worse than others, and the worst sins usually seem to be those of others.

Statism’s illogic exposed for all to see in F.A. Hayek’s “The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism”

Thou shall not covet. No ifs or buts. No only whens or excepts. And no unless. Most of today’s Christians have added an ever-growing string of qualifiers, of their own making, to the command of God. Thou shall covet if thy neighbor has more than you think he should. Thou shall covet thy neighbors’ goods to pay for grandma’s prescription drugs and grandpa’ssurgery. Thou shall covet thy neighbors’ goods to pay for your children’s education. Thou shall covet thy neighbors’ goods to feed the hungry on the other side of town and to provide medical care for needy children.

All too many think that it is good to covet thy neighbor’s goods if he is faceless and nameless and it is for a good cause. And you must covet his goods if you think he has too much.

Covetousness is an integral part of the Democratic Party. In these perverse times, evil has become good and good has become evil. The Democrats’ all-coveting-all-the-time has given them moral superiority. Anyone who stands against them is base and downright evil. Millions of Christians have bought this nonsense and have tipped the balance of power. They are willing to accept and support politicians who advance policies and programs they find depraved only because these politicians also promote the sin of covetousness. These millions of Christians think that compounding evil somehow results in righteousness. Very strange theology, that. A multitude of evils most definitely do not make right. (Unfortunately, all too many Republicans have also been getting on the bandwagon so as to pander to what more and more Americans want. They are quickly becoming second-rate Democrats.)

The current state of our national affairs and the balance between the factions of liberty and tyranny reflect the conflicting factions within the Church. The Church is responsible for the condition and course of our nation. As goes the Church, so goes the nation. If you want to effect change in the nation, seek to change the hearts and minds of believers.

In order to change the government monstrosity of covetousness and theft, change the Church’s attitude toward coveting. Educate Christians. If coveting your neighbor’s new car is bad, how much worse is coveting billions and billions, year after year. If coveting is bad, then coveting in the name of righteousness surely compounds the error with dishonesty. Those who are sincere will turn from their errors. Those who are true believers will realize that their ends do not justify the means that have been outlawed by God Himself.

What happens when more and more Christians turn away from government-sponsored coveting? Christians refusing to demand what belongs to their fellow citizens; refusing to accept what was taken from others; and refusing to vote for those who promote covetousness. What happens is fundamental change. Those who support and promote abortion, homosexuality and pornography and who war against traditional morality will find it harder and harder to get elected. Government drastically shrinks. Government budgets at all levels shrink. There is no longer a need for confiscatory taxes.

We become a much freer and prosperous people.