The Best Healthcare in the World

March 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Opinion

Yesterday, I was able to witness some of America’s greatest individuals in action.

Around 7:45 yesterday morning, I began having an allergic reaction to some medicine I had taken for sinus troubles.

Within 20 minutes my face had swollen so much I could no longer breathe out my nose, swallowing was extremely difficult and my eyes were almost completely swollen shut.

Thankfully, we live close to our local fire department and my father was able to get me there fairly quickly (He drove across town to help me out, I’ve got a great dad and am ever so thankful for everything he has taught me).

The team over at the North Spartanburg Fire Department are top notch and I owe my life to them today.

Without hesitation, the staff took control of the situation and did what was necessary to get the swelling under control.

The EMS staff and medical staff over at Mary Black were awesome too. They quickly assesed the situation and took care of me and my family, ensuring my health and their well being.

Later yesterday afternoon, I realized that I was one lucky dog.  I was literally 10-15 minutes from dying today and our healthcare system performed flawlessly.

The training these guys go through to ensure our medical well being is top notch and they deserve the money they make.

They spend 10+ years in school ammounting some $150K in debt to ensure our health.

Occassionally they make mistakes, they are human. We must remember that and put a hold on so many frivoulous law suits.

I’ve had many people say I could have a lawsuit over this but I disagree.

The medication prescribed had never caused an issue before and today, my body decided to reject it.

With all of this said, our healthcare system needs reform, but a government take over is not the right thing to do.

Some government dergulation of the industry would help lower costs. Staffs have had to be expanded for each requirement put in place by the government. There is an immediate cost savings.

I believe Congressman Inglis shared that Medicare / Medicaid only pays 83% of the costs, therefore increasing the costs on others.

Why don’t the government pay equal costs, they are no better than you and me.

Maybe doctors should advertise prices and let consumers make decisions.

In the end, I don’t have the answer, but to implement more beaucracy and red tape would only be detrimental to one of the best systems in the world.

Again, I want to thank the crew at the North Spartanburg Fire Department for saving my life yesterday.

We The People

December 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

My father-in-law shared this with me yesterday and I thought it was pretty ingenious.  Needless to say, the father of The Mississippi Squirrel Revival has it the nail on the head with this one.  Enjoy.

Rock Hill Freedom Rally

September 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Press Release

A Freedom Rally will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009, at 3:00 p.m at the Rock Hill City Hall Old Town Amphitheater.  An extension of the Tax Day Tea Parties and the 9/12 Freedom March on Washington, DC, the Freedom Rally will celebrate of the country in which we live, reflect on the sacrifices made by the Founding Fathers to secure the freedoms we enjoy today, and open discussion of ideas on how to ensure these freedoms are preserved and protected for future generations.

The theme of the rally will be “Know the Issues.”  “With Congress spending trillions of dollars and passing 1,000+ page bills, we need to understand how this complicated legislation will affect us on a local and personal level,” says Joe Thompson, rally coordinator.  Confirmed speakers include Park Gillespie, 2006 Republican candidate for The United States House of Representatives from SC District 5, and Marvin Rogers, former aide to United States Congressman Bob Inglis and, most recently, a 2008 Republican candidate for SC State House Seat 49.

An open mike format will be used for anyone wishing to ask questions or speak about current issues or concerns.  The public is invited to attend.  Questions or comments can be directed to Thompson at


Contact:  Joe Thompson
Our District 5

President Obama – “You Lie”

September 10, 2009 by  
Filed under News

President Barack Obama, Spartanburg SC

President Barack Obama, Spartanburg SC

SC Congressman Joe Wilson took to the national airwaves tonight during President Obama’s healthcare speach to a joint session of the Congress.

As if on queue, Congressman Joe Wilson let out a “YOU LIE”, immediately after President Obama stated that his plan did not allow for illegal immigrants to participate.

You tell us, after reading the section of the bill below, did Obama lie?


(d) Individuals –

(1) INDIVIDUAL DESCRIBED- Subject to the succeeding provisions of this subsection, an individual described in this paragraph is an individual who-

(A) is not enrolled in coverage described in subparagraphs (C) through (F) of paragraph (2); and

(B) is not enrolled in coverage as a full-time employee (or as a dependent of such an employee) under a group health plan if the coverage and an employer contribution under the plan meet the requirements of section 312.

Paragraph 2 subparagraphs C-F as mentioned in 1.A

(C) MEDICARE- Coverage under part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

(D) MEDICAID- Coverage for medical assistance under title XIX of the Social Security Act, excluding such coverage that is only available because of the application of subsection (u), (z), or (aa) of section 1902 of such Act.

(E) MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND DEPENDENTS (INCLUDING TRICARE)- Coverage under chapter 55 of title 10, United States Code, including similar coverage furnished under section 1781 of title 38 of such Code.

(F) VA- Coverage under the veteran’s health care program under chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, but only if the coverage for the individual involved is determined by the Commissioner in coordination with the Secretary of Treasury to be not less than a level specified by the Commissioner and Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs, in coordination with the Secretary of Treasury, based on the individual’s priority for services as provided under section 1705(a) of such title.


Let’s Talk with Bob Inglis

August 12, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Bob Inglis - SC 4th Representative

Bob Inglis - SC 4th Representative

Congressman Inglis will be hosting his monthly Let’s Talk events on Monday, August 17th in Greenville and Spartanburg.

A staple of Inglis’ campaign, the Let’s Talk events allow skeptics and supporters alike an intimate forum to address their concerns and look for solutions to the nations problems.

This months event concerns “Health Care” which should lead to more interesting discussions.

Details on the events are below:

Greenville Let’s Talk
Tommy’s Ham House
7:30 am

Spartanburg Let’s Talk
Wade’s Restaurant

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