Posted on April 9th, 2014

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Air Date: April 9, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Vliet

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Dr. Elizabeth Vliet is a medical doctor with practices in Tucson and Dallas. She is President of International Health Strategies whose mission is twofold: liberty and privacy in treatment options and preservation of the Oath of Hippocrates focus on the individual patient. She is a past board member of AAPS (Association of American Physicians and Surgeons). She spoke at numerous Healthcare Town Halls addressing the economic and medical impact of the 2010 healthcare law. She spoke on this Crosstalk as an independent physician.

Dr. Vliet discussed the top 9 ways the government is attacking senior citizens. Here are the first five:

1—In a 678 page rule proposed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in January 2014, all prescribers of drugs covered under Medicare Part B would have to be enrolled in Medicare in order to do that. With the new rule, the CMS is proposing to restrict the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to use their Medicare benefits if they see an independent physician outside the system.

2—Hospitals are increasingly classifying hospitalized Medicare patients as being 'under observation' rather than admitting them under 'in-patient' status. They're not telling patients that this means thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs as only 'in-patient' status is covered under Medicare Part A hospital benefits. 'Observation' status comes under Part B outpatient benefits which are lower reimbursements.

3—As of the Fall of 2012, Medicare's new rules deny payment if a hospital patient is readmitted within 30 days of discharge. That's a serious situation for patients that might get stabilized, go home and become unstable again for some reason. If the patient is not readmitted when it's medically needed before their 30 days of post hospital time is over, they may die. On the other hand, if they are admitted as 'under observation' status rather than 'in-patient' status, they get hit with a huge hospital bill.

4—Under Obamacare hospitals are forced to do fewer surgeries for Medicare patients in order to be paid more money. So if a doctor is employed by the hospital they may not tell you that the reason why they're not suggesting a surgery you could benefit from is because the hospital will be paid more if they do fewer surgeries. In other words, one's they've met the quota, there's no incentive to being paid less by doing more surgeries.

5—Except for government determined co-payments that are allowed, Medicare patients are not legally allowed to pay cash out-of-pocket for needed, covered services if they see a Medicare contracted physician. Patients have to find a physician who has legally opted out of Medicare if they wish to pay cash for services rendered or if they want to keep their medical records from being sent to the federal government medical database.

There are four more points to be aware of if you are concerned about your health care management. Find out what they are when you review this critical edition of Crosstalk.


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Posted on April 8th, 2014

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Air Date: April 8, 2014

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Peter LaBarbera

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Peter LaBarbera is the Founder and President of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

Vic began this edition of Crosstalk with 2 items. The first involved news that Liberty University has hired an open homosexual advocate (Geoffrey Goldberg) to produce its upcoming Broadway-style Mary Poppins program.

Secondly, on his television program, controversial evangelist Benny Hinn announced that he has a Bible course and that if you contract with Liberty University for their course then he will ordain you to become a minister under his auspices.

Regarding the main topic: Does the price of citizenship now include having to give up your religious liberties? That's apparently the case as the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of 2 Christian photographers, Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin, from New Mexico. They politely refused to take pictures for a lesbian commitment ceremony for reasons of faith. The lesbians sued and used the New Mexico sexual orientation law to get their way. Since the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal, the New Mexico decision stands.

Other stories that Vic had Peter comment on included:

--Mozilla's CEO, Brendan Eich, was forced to step down under pressure because it was discovered he gave $1,000 to a pro-family agency 8 years ago.

--Illinois proposes to ban pro-heterosexual change therapy.

--Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association has asked Peter to speak but a group of liberal minded individuals decided that because of Peter's work against the homosexual agenda they have targeted the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association to get Peter disinvited as a speaker. Now they're writing a government official to have Peter turned around when his plane lands.

--Peter's use of the phrases: 'Homo-Marxist' agenda or “Homo-Fascist” agenda.

--The Office of Personnel Management has developed new diversity and inclusion reference materials regarding the employment of transgender individuals in the federal workplace.

--On April 14th, Ohio is set to recognize out of state marriages.

--South Dakota may join the other 28 states with marriage equality cases. 2 women will marry in Minnesota at the end of April. When they return to South Dakota they plan to use their Minnesota marriage credentials to apply for a name change. If denied, they plan to file a legal challenge against South Dakota's ban on recognized, out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples.


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Posted on April 7th, 2014

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Air Date: April 7, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Shahram Hadian

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This edition of Crosstalk featured a recorded message by Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim, now a Christian pastor and recent candidate for Governor of the State of Washington. His message was originally presented at a recent Steeling the Mind Conference put on by Compass International which brings top Christian speakers together to address timely spiritual issues. Shahram travels around the country speaking on critical issues facing us as Americans and has started the Truth in Love Project. He warns of the true goal of Islam and the threat of Shariah.

There are many well-meaning Bible teachers defending a philosophy called Chrislam. Chrislam claims that both the Bible and the Qur'an are divine truth and that Muslims and Christians have a common God and a common Jesus.

Is this concept scriptural? Is this the answer to peace that many are looking for or is it merely an attempt by Islam to remake the spiritual fabric of American society? Find out more when you review this critical edition of Crosstalk.


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Due to time constraints, this Crosstalk does not contain Mr. Hadian's entire message.  Compass International is making available, through Crosstalk, the entire message on CD or DVD.

Orders for the Crosstalk CD will actually receive the complete message on CD for a donation of $6.

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Posted on April 4th, 2014

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Air Date: April 4, 2014

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--IRS receives more than 150,000 comments regarding matters important to 501(c)4
organizations; matters such as the shutting down of the distribution of voter
guides, whether groups should be able to hand out legislative score cards and
more.
--Justina Pelletier is still a ward of the state of Massachusetts (See Crosstalk
4/1). Phone calls to legislators are still needed.
--The CEO of Mozilla steps down after an online dating service urged a boycott of
the company's web browser because of a donation that the CEO made to supporters
of one-man, one woman marriage.
--World Vision board member resigns in protest after the ministry reverses its
decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages.
--A Coast Guard admiral reveals that President Obama told top military commanders
to either supports his agenda of homosexuals in the ranks or find another job.
--Federal workers can no longer expect privacy in the workplace, restroom or
locker room.
--New Hampshire senators have approved legislation that would let voters decide
whether to amend the state constitution to provide special rights for sexual
orientation.
--Michigan's Democratic candidate for governor, Mark Schauer, has tapped Lisa
Brown, a vocal marriage equality champion, to be his running mate.
--Utah's marriage law is under attack.
--Clark County Republican Party in Nevada edited its official platform statement
to remove a section defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
--Minnesota Senate passes the so-called Safe and Supportive Schools Act (bullying
bill).
--A House committee to meet next week on whether to hold IRS official Lois Lerner
in contempt of Congress.
--B. Todd Jones, the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms,
couldn't tell Congress why his agents made two visits to a Tea Party
conservative's location in a 13 month period but only after the conservative in
question requested tax exempt status for her group known as True
the Vote.
--Both Democrats and Republicans show concern about ATF agents using mentally ill
and developmentally disabled people to help them with undercover gun sting
operations.
--Newman Regional Hospital in Emporia, Kansas, is scaling back some services as a
means of countering the negative financial impact of Obamacare.
--The Head of the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange testified before the House
Oversight and Government Reform Committee that only 60,000 people have
signed up for Obamacare through the state exchange. However 73,000 were losing
their health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
--A California couple receives an envelope from the state's Obamacare website
called 'Covered California'. Inside was a letter that discussed voter
registration and included a registration card that was pre-marked. Next to
'Democratic Party' it was marked with an 'x'.
--The State Department is planning to spend $400,000 in taxpayer funds to buy a
sculpture for the new American embassy being built in Islamabad, Pakistan.
--An Arkansas mother was disturbed to learn that her 6th grade daughter's homework
was to prioritize, revise, prune and add amendments to the Bill of Rights.
--A Florida school district is giving teachers a refresher course on religious
liberty after the parents of a 5 year old kindergarten student said a teacher
told their daughter that she was not allowed to pray before eating her lunch.
--GOP lawmakers are alleging that the U.S. Government has been giving President
Vladimir Putin's Russian armed forces free military equipment regardless of
threats by President Obama against the Russian federation


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Posted on April 3rd, 2014

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Air Date: April 3, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Larry Pratt

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Larry Pratt is the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America.

In yet another Fort Hood incident, 3 people were recently killed and 16 were wounded before Ivan Lopez turned the gun on himself and took his own life.

Why did this happen a second time? Weren't steps taken to prevent this from happening again? After all, isn't an Army base one of the more secure locations one could be at? Larry noted that nothing meaningful was done although they may have had seminars and/or sensitivity training.

He also noted that what gun control advocates need to remember is that of all the mass murders in America, all have occurred in gun-free zones. Since the Clinton presidency it's been a choice for the base commander and since the first President Bush was in office, gun-free military bases have been an executive order applied to all military installations. So if there's a shooting, those at the base must wait for the police to arrive and hope that no one dies in the meantime.

On September 26th of last year, Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas introduced H.R.3199. This is a piece of legislation that would safeguard military and civilian personnel on military bases by repealing the ban on military personnel carrying firearms. The problem is, there are only 12 co-sponsors who've signed on to this legislation.


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Posted on April 2nd, 2014

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Air Date: April 2, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint served as a United States Senator representing the State of South Carolina from 2005-2013. He is now the President of the Heritage Foundation, a research and educational institute, whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense. He is the author of: Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America's Slide into Socialism; Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse and his latest book, Falling in Love with America Again.

Jim began by noting that We have to understand what makes us exceptional as a nation. America is the only nation built from the ground up, not from the top down. Unlike many nations that are ruled by a dictator or strong central government, America had a much different beginning. He referred to Alexis De Tocqueville who recognized that if an American saw a problem in their community, they wouldn't rely on the government to solve the issue. They would find some neighbors and they would solve the problem themselves.

Jim feels America's down-slide began decades ago and it was fueled by policies such as Social Security and Medicare that caused people to become more dependent upon government. Once government had the income tax, they began to control education and the environment.

He cited Obamacare that he believes was written by big hospitals and big health insurance companies who like the idea of forcing people to buy health insurance that they don't need or want. In similar fashion, the Dodd-Frank regulation was supposed to help the 'little guy' but all it did was bail out the big Wall Street banks who caused the problem in the first place.

Falling in Love with America Again is based on a quote from British Statesman Edmund Burke who over 200 years ago pointed out that the beginning of our love for each other and our country (what Burke referred to as our public affections) are those little platoons in our lives that make America work. This includes our families, churches, the businesses we work for, the shops where we purchase things and the charity groups we work in.

Jim also commented on the concept of federalism, the importance of marriage and the family, the centralization of power at the federal level, whether the course of America can be changed and more.

In the end, this is not a 'gloom and doom' book. Instead its a book the deals with what can rekindle the fires of patriotism and love of America once again.


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