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Egberto Willies: Wendy Davis’ life story provides empathy necessary to be governor – Kingwood Observer

It seems like I chose just about the right time to write an article on Wendy Davis. She finds herself under attack not only by the entire Right Wing establishment, but from the traditional media as well. She happens to be the story to balance the myriad of bad acts by Republicans. There is a concerted and organized social media attack in effect.

Unfortunately one wonders if her team is up to the task as for all practical purposes the attack has been left unanswered. When one examines the Right Wing websites both known and independents, the coordination is evident. No such coordination is seen on the Democratic side.

The Wendy Davis team like many other Democrats in pseudo Conservative states may fear organizing Democratic leaning sites for fear of being tagged Liberal. They do that at their peril. The only real Democratic presence online of consequence is the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party. Until they are engaged effectively, the winning margin is mathematically unattainable. You want them to vote, engage.

The following is an excerpt from my article.

Texas State Senator & Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis was interviewed by Maria Shriver on NBC. Maria Shriver did a great job taking America and specifically Texans through the Wendy Davis story. Specifically she covered her ascent from living as a single mother in poverty in a trailer park to a Harvard scholar and ultimately a star in politics who remembers where she came from.

Wendy Davis took Maria Shriver to the trailer park where she lived and had a prescient statement. “I tried really hard not to put this in the rearview mirror,” Wendy Davis said. “I’ve tried to keep it present.”

A politician who has lived in poverty and hard times can empathize with those she governs. A politician who had to use public service at times to get a hand up to be self-sufficient and a net benefit to society understands the policies that have material effects on the lives of the middle class and the poor.

Maria Shriver asked Wendy Davis if she felt she was living in poverty during her difficult years. Her answer was the answer many Americans and Texans could have recited.

“I knew I was poor because of the struggles that I and my young daughter Amber were experiencing,” Wendy Davis said. “I was having a really hard time making ends meet, paying for my child care, a car payment, and making sure I kept the lights turned on sometimes didn’t happen.”

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Egberto Willies: When does lying about Obamacare become immoral

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When does lying about Obamacare become immoral?

Rick Perry is governor of the state that has the highest percentage of uninsured. After the full implementation of Obamacare in 2014, many will remain uninsured because he refuses to accept the Medicaid Expansion to the Affordable Care Act. Perry runs around Texas telling his constituents that it would bankrupt the state even though 100% of the cost of the expansion is paid for by the federal government for the first 3 years. Thereafter the states are responsible for only 10%.

Most of the states with the highest uninsured rates are the ones neither setting up exchanges nor accepting the Medicaid expansion to Obamacare. Millions of American citizens that could qualify for insurance through the Medicaid expansion will be left in the cold.

The governors of these states have choices. They could take the 3 year Medicaid expansion at 100% and then opt out in year 4 if they really thought Obamacare would bankrupt their states. Their citizens could have 3 years’ worth of preventative care, coverage for their children, and much more. The Texas taxpayers are already paying for it. Moreover, it would reduce insurance rates for all Texans since the insured pool would be 25% larger.

Opposition to Obamacare has characteristics of an addiction. One knows intrinsically when one is doing wrong or doing something detrimental. However, the cravings make one disregard reality and acquiesce to the drug. What is the drug? The drug is hate for all things Obama.

Politics is a blood sport. Politicians and parties attempt to get an advantage at every turn. That is OK as long as it does not materially or deliberately affect the overall well-being of the constituent.

There are many stories detailing the plight of the poor whose only recourse is the emergency room. They get to the emergency rooms only to be stabilized and not really diagnosed in detail. Not until it is too late do they get care at a point when it is most expensive and deadly. One of the most gut wrenching stories was detailed by a Galveston, Texas medical student where she watched a patient die over a few months, not because they could not help his cancer, but because he was uninsured.

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Egberto Willies: Affordable Care Act Good For Texans-Kingwood Observer

Affordable Care Act Good For Texans

Listening to 8 hours of the Affordable Care Act website rollout hearings this week provided no information for the average citizen. It was nothing but a charade. Republicans used it as a platform to attempt to further misinform Americans. Sadly, the format did not lend itself to enlighten Americans about the realities of America’s pre Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) failing insurance market.

Broadly, one could divide America’s insurance market into six segments; employer based insurance, Medicare Insurance, Medicaid Insurance, Children’s Health Care Program (CHIPS), Military, and Individual insurance. 55% of Americans receive health insurance through their employer. 31% of Americans receive health insurance through Medicare, Medicaid, Military, & Chips. The other 14% are either in the individual insurance markets or uninsured. Many are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid and cannot afford individual health insurance.

America is a humane country. Before Obamacare, anyone who got into an accident or went to an emergency room got care. If they did not have insurance all those with insurance as well as tax payers picked up the tab. Before Obamacare, employees who had the bad fortune of getting sick were stuck with that employer.

One could not entertain innovating and forming their own business because insurance companies would deny them coverage for a pre-existing condition. New employers were reluctant to take on an employee with pre-existing conditions because it inflated their own insurance. Pre-Obamacare insurance companies could arbitrarily find loopholes to cancel policies. Pre-Obamacare insurance companies could stop paying bills after some cap. Pre-Obamacare, insurance companies could sell worthless policies that collected premiums but covered very little. When the patient needed insurance they realized they were not covered.

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Obama Successful When States Care More For Citizens Than Ideology by Egberto Willies–Kingwood Observer (2013-09-04)

 

This article on Obamacare was a bit longer and had to be cut down a bit. Where I mentioned President Obama’s statement in the State of the Union speech, I included the following snippet from it.

Now, I have heard rumors that a few of you still have concerns about our new health care law.  (Laughter.)  So let me be the first to say that anything can be improved.  If you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you.  We can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses.  (Applause.)

What I’m not willing to do — what I’m not willing to do is go back to the days when insurance companies could deny someone coverage because of a preexisting condition.  (Applause.)

I’m not willing to tell James Howard, a brain cancer patient from Texas, that his treatment might not be covered.  I’m not willing to tell Jim Houser, a small business man from Oregon, that he has to go back to paying $5,000 more to cover his employees.  As we speak, this law is making prescription drugs cheaper for seniors and giving uninsured students a chance to stay on their patients’ — parents’ coverage.  (Applause.)

So I say to this chamber tonight, instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let’s fix what needs fixing and let’s move forward.  (Applause.)

The Right is on a kamikaze mission. It is our responsibility as moral and progressive Democrats to inform even if some are unreceptive. Your information will stick in their heads and come up when the inevitable occurs, their intersection with reality.

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President Gave A Liberal Speech Every Conservative Should Like by Egberto Willies–Kingwood Observer(2013-02-06)

 

I submitted this article as soon as I got back from President Obama’s inauguration in Washington, DC. Due to limited space, the Kingwood Observer could not publish it till this week. With our fast moving news cycle, while 2 weeks make an article dated, the president’s speech is still being actively discussed because it dropped any semblance of appeasing to those that would reign in inhumane policies that they oppose till they see the wisdom in them; when ‘they’ need it.



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America Dodged A Bullet Despite Negligent Press by Egberto Willies -Kingwood Observer (2012-12-19)

 

Following is my latest op-ed in the Kingwood Observer. It is important that we do not allow what a negligent corporate controlled mainstream is doing to our boy politic to succeed.

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President Obama Best Choice For All Americans by Egberto Willies–Kingwood Observer (2012-09-26)

 

The following is my latest article to the Kingwood Observer. I want to thank the editors for running this article as I understand it will likely get a lot of pushback from many in our conservative community inasmuch as it is based on sound principles.

I strongly believe if our newspaper editors allow the free flow of information that can be fact checked instead of simply political rants and fallacies from elected politicians who have a propensity to lie and mislead our community will begin to vote their interest as opposed to the interests of the few that excludes them.

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Time to move forward with Obamacare by Egberto Willies –Kingwood Observer

 

Time to move forward with Obamacare by Egberto Willies –Kingwood Observer

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The following is my latest article to the Kingwood Observer. I want to thank the editors for running it as I know sometimes they take a lot of flak from a concerted and organized group whose sole intent is to keep the community uninformed for ideological reasons.

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Gamed By Healthcare Debate

 

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