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Jim DeMint on Obamacare and it’s real goal which is the federal government’s grab for power over the American people.
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From the beginning it was clear to me that controlling our health care was the federal government final grab for complete control of Americans. Yes! Control! Everything about Obamacare is about taking our rights away and learning everything about us and our lives so that the government can control our lives in all areas not just health care. Jim DeMint lays it out very well in the following article. Sincerely, BB
By Jim DeMint
Members of the House of Representatives are scheduled to vote Thursday to repeal all of Obamacare. Given that the House voted to repeal the law last year, some commentators and observers have questioned the need for another repeal vote. (actually there have been 37 votes in the Republican control House of Representatives repealing all or parts of Obmacare. BB)
However, the scandals coming to light over the last week perfectly make the case for why Congress must eradicate the law from the statute books.
On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service finally disclosed that it had spent years targeting tea party and other conservative groups, delaying their applications for non-profit status and giving those applications additional scrutiny — solely because of those groups’ political beliefs.
Also on Friday, The Washington Post revealed that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius personally asked health industry groups to contribute to Enroll America, a pro-Obamacare front group working to “educate” the public about the law’s supposed benefits.
While we don’t yet know all the details about these scandals, we do know that the IRS grossly abused its power at a time when Obamacare grants it massive new authority. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General has said Obamacare represents “the largest set of tax law changes in 20 years,” with at least 42 provisions adding to or amending the tax code. (AND, at least 18 new taxes on the American tax payer. that is 18 that we have discovered so far. BB)
Obamacare taxes most people with health insurance, and most people without health insurance. Likewise, the law taxes many employers who provide health insurance, and most employers who don’t provide health insurance.
Obamacare’s heavy reliance on the IRS seems somehow fitting, as the entire law relies on a scheme of government controls and regulations to work its will on the health care system. The law imposes price controls on insurance companies and extends a system of price controls for pharmaceutical companies. Obamacare also places a board of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats at the center of its plans to control health care costs.
A 2010 Congressional Research Service report found that the number of new bureaucracies “that will ultimately be created” by Obamacare “is currently unknowable.” Little wonder that Vice President Biden boasted shortly before the law was passed, “We’re going to control the insurance companies.”
That’s what Obamacare is about. It’s not about health care. It’s about government control and power. And the record of this Administration shows its willingness to use this power in arbitrary and harmful ways. (We the People MUST accept and fully understand and accept this fact! BB)
Secretary Sebelius’s recently disclosed fundraising campaign tried to make an end-run around Congress, forcing private companies to give money for a pro-Obamacare marketing campaign that Congress itself has refused to fund.
It isn’t the first time the secretary has skirted the law, either. HHS’s infamous waivers, the majority of which went to individuals in union health plans, weren’t mentioned in Obamacare. And in recent weeks, Democrats who support the law have criticized the secretary for taking funds from other programs to fund Obamacare implementation.
Just like the IRS, HHS has also targeted the First Amendment rights of private organizations. In 2009, the department applied an infamous “gag order” on Medicare Advantage plans, ordering them not to communicate with seniors about how Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare Advantage would affect their coverage.
If past experience is any guide, IRS and HHS could use their newfound Obamacare powers to target their political opponents. Will individuals who choose not to buy insurance under Obamacare’s mandate find themselves subjected to government audits?
Will corporations who choose not to “donate” to Sebelius’s fundraising campaign find themselves targeted by Obamacare regulators — or even the IRS itself? Given the events of the past week, few can answer these questions with an unequivocal “no.”
There’s one easy way to stop the rot, and that’s to repeal Obamacare once and for all. At a time when this week’s revelations show how the government has abused its existing powers, it’s exactly the wrong time to give the government yet more authority. Congress should instead focus on repealing Obamacare and restoring freedom.
This piece originally appeared in The Washington Examiner.
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- An explosive set of emails released yesterday revealed how the State Department and the White House edited talking points on the Benghazi terrorist attack, removing references to al-Qaeda and Islamic extremists, as well as evidence of prior warnings.
- The acting commissioner of the IRS has been ousted, but congressional committees and the FBI are still investigating potential civil rights violations in the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. (Big deal this is when the man was due to leave the department next month anyhow. What a farce! And he was only appointed last November and this breaking of the laws has been going on since at least 2010. BB)
- Attorney General Eric Holder went before a congressional committee yesterday on the AP phone record scandal, though the hearing yielded few answers. (The last count I heard was that he said “I don’t know” 87 times. He claims he knew nothing about this because it was his staff that handled the whole thing. Yeh! BB)
- Google has launched a new music streaming service to compete with Pandora and Spotify. (I like Pandora and don’t really trust Google with all the shenanegans I have read and heard about Google being involved in. BB)
- School choice makes sense to moms—they want the best education for their children.
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We Americans believe that we are the truly free people in the world, but this since Obama is a myth, a lie! We are not at all FREE because the one thing that made us Free–our capitalist system— has been almost destroyed by Obamanation. Thru the overwhelming intrusion of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and Obama’s pandering to the unions with his radical liberal stacked National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) our economy and the business (capitalism) that fuels it has been so handicapped as to be crippled. The United States now ranks 10th. in the world in the list of free economies. Hong Kong and Singapore rank as 1 and 2! How did we get here? Why are We the People willing to accept this situation? When will the workers of America realize that it is in our best interest for the FREE Market to truly be free? Have any of you ever gotten a job from a poor man? NO! NO! It is the rich man who invests in companies which then provide the jobs for all of us to get ahead. Damnit anyhow. I am so tired of hearing “tax the rich” and “spread the wealth around”. The government taxes the rich means the rich do two things: stop investing and creating American businesses and 2. move their money out of the United States. People do you remember the tax payer bail out of Chrysler and the Unions by Obama? Well don’t look now but Chrysler is now producing JEEPS in China. Yes! They took our tax payer dollars and politely moved their operation to a freeier less government intrusive and union demanding China. (But don’t you union guys worry because your pensions and benefits have been protected. Of course your kids and grandkids will not have a decent life and will be paying for your demands, but who cares , right? )
Well, my rant for today. Read the following article and weep. sincerely, BB
When we talk about “economic freedom,” what do we mean—and why does it matter?
Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please, with that freedom both protected by the state and unconstrained by the state.
Since reaching a global peak in 2008, sadly, economic freedom around the world has continued to stagnate. (Now refresh my poor memory: what happened in 2008? Oh yes, Obama and the Democrats took over the government! that’s what happened! BB)
Today launches the 19th edition of the Index of Economic Freedom, produced by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The 2013Index was edited by Ambassador Terry Miller, director of Heritage’s Center for International Trade and Economics; Kim Holmes, Ph.D., Heritage’s Distinguished Fellow; and Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., Heritage’s president.
What are the reasons for the worldwide sluggishness? As Ambassador Miller writes in The Wall Street Journal, “Particularly concerning are the rise of populist ‘democratic’ movements that use the coercive power of government to redistribute income and control economic activity.”
While “corrupt political and legal environments cause underdevelopment in poorer countries,” Miller writes, “unfortunately, economic favoritism and cronyism exist in advanced democracies, too.” Americans are well aware, and the overall U.S. score has been dropping since 2009. From 2009 to 2010, the U.S. declined from being a “free” economy to “mostly free.” This year, it ranks 10th in the world.
The Most Free
1. Hong Kong
4. New Zealand
10. United States
One reason for America’s lack of freedom is that its scores on regulatory efficiency—which include business freedom and labor freedom—have dropped. The editors point to the fact that “over 100 new major federal regulations have been imposed on business operations since early 2009 with annual costs of more than $46 billion.”
Miller explains that what happens in Washington affects not only every corner of America, but of the world:
It is no exaggeration to blame the recent slowdown in economic liberalization around the world on the lack of U.S. leadership. Trade flows—the engine of world growth—have declined as the U.S. economy has stagnated. Protectionism threatens consumers and businesses with higher costs and restrictions in supply. Ill-conceived banking regulations such as the Dodd-Frank law generate uncertainty and anxiety. And investment freedom declines in the face of higher costs and new legal and tax liabilities such as those introduced by ObamaCare. These misguided U.S. policies hurt Americans first, but others feel the harm as well. (READ this paragraph again and again until you understand it! Dodd-Frank and Obamacare are bad news for Americans! BB)
North America continues to be the world’s freest region, though Mexico was the only economy that improved its Index score over the last year. The region boasts two “mostly free” economies (Canada and the United States) and one “moderately free” economy (Mexico). It leads the world in terms of rule of law, regulatory efficiency, and open markets, but is getting worse where government spending is concerned.
About the Index
Launched in 1995, the Index evaluates countries in four broad areas of economic freedom: rule of law; regulatory efficiency; limited government; and open markets. Based on an aggregate score, each of 177 countries graded in the 2013 Index was classified as “free,” “mostly free,” “moderately free,” “mostly unfree,” or “repressed.”
The broader areas are broken down into 10 measures: property rights, freedom from corruption, fiscal freedom, government spending, business freedom, labor freedom, monetary freedom, trade freedom, investment freedom, and financial freedom.
The New Website
The updated website, launched today, is interactive:
- Compare up to three countries of your choice on all 10 measures of economic freedom with an interactive, color-coded chart feature. (Do this now to see how America has fallen in all areas since Obama! BB )
- See a colorful heat map of the spread of economic freedom around the world, or select a specific region.
Each country’s profile includes quick facts such as its population, gross domestic product (GDP), unemployment rate, and the amount of foreign investment flowing into the country—and you can embed this data in your blog or website.
So along with all the exemptions handed out to favored ones who contribute much to Democrats our President is now taking apart his Obamacare himself. Of course it won’t be any parts that will destroy us but only those that might just actually work (maybe?). Any how this unconstitutional law passed unconstitutionally by a rogue Congress is now being unconstitutionally tampered with by a President who has committed any number of crimes during his term in office. Not that I care when parts of Obamacare are halted since I believe the entire law is anathema. When historians look back on this time ( and they will unless the thugs succeed in taking over America in which case they will rewrite history!), but when historians study this period in our history they will be appalled that a criminal was allowed to run free and unchallenged in the White House. Where are those who would stand up to this person? BB
Obama administration halts part of health care lawBy Msnbc.com’s Tom Curry
The Obama administration announced Friday that it has suspended one piece of the landmark health care law which the president signed last year.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told Congress in a letter that the CLASS Act, which was supposed to provide a new voluntary long-term care insurance program, was unworkable since no actuarially sound way could be figured out to run the program.
“I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time,” Sebelius said in her letter.
CLASS stands for “Community Living Assistance Services and Supports.”
The CLASS Act was a significant piece of the health care bill because it helped make it deficit neutral over the first ten years after enactment, as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office. Thus CLASS helped garner the votes to help the bill pass.
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1. WHY only get rid of the VOLUNTARY part of the law?
2. WHY pass a law that you could NOT figure out how to pay for?
3. WHY get rid of the ONE part absolutely NEEDED to get the votes to pass it in the first place?
4. WHY get rid of THE ONLY PART OF THE LAW that was fiscally sound?
5. WHERE in the Constitution does the President have the Constitutional authority to “halt” any part of any law?
NONE of the abominable “law” is Constitutional- NOT one comma!!
But this specific, surgical excising of portions a President- ANY President- does not like IS UN-Constitutional as well, and is an act of defiance. Obama has committed so many CRIMES he should have been charged and imprisoned with years ago…if nothing else lets WORK to make all these crimes and scandals a mountain that evicts Obama and the Libs (DNC & R.I.N.O) from every office in 2012!
-Admin II Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.
“Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God.” -Benjamin Franklin.
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Just a few little tidbits from Washington concerning the state of our finances. Yes, it does sound like a joke and I am so sorry, but this is the way our elected officials are going about doing nothing, NOTHING AT ALL. In the meantime the President continues to lie out of both sides of his mouth every time he opens his mouth. I just love him claiming that the United States has produced more oil under his administration that ever before. What he doesn’t say is that that is true only because President Bush made all the right moves to get our own oil resources open to Americans by drilling!
We are also in up to our ears in the Middle East and the wars going on over there. All thanks to the Muslim loving America hating President of the United States. BB
Item 1) The Dodd-Frank duet: The Wall Street overhaul is set to get double the scrutiny, double the fun at a pair of House hearings on Tuesday.
At the House Financial Services Committee, the oversight subcommittee will explore both the explicit and implicit costs stemming from Dodd-Frank. A GOP presentation making its way around Capitol Hill this week indicated that the various federal agencies charged with implementing the law are looking at more than 2,800 new hires and nearly $1 billion a year in costs. (Worth noting: Taxpayers are not on the hook for that whole amount, as several of the agencies get funds through various revenue sources, not taxpayer funding.) Officials from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Congressional Budget Office and Federal Reserve are all slated to testify. (Not true that tax payers will not be on the hook for the entire cost because no matter where it comes from the money will find its way out of our pockets you better believe. BB)
Elsewhere, a House Oversight subcommittee will delve into whether Dodd-Frank succeeded in its mission of ending the “too big to fail” problem. In its final report, a congressionally appointed watchdog for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) worried that the bailouts may have ingrained that mentality, while the Treasury has insisted Dodd-Frank created the tools that will prevent the need for such rescues in the future.
Item 2) Bill Ayers, Obama’s terrorist chronie from the 1`960′s is now touring the Middle East with his wife making speeches about his belief that other countries should have the right to vote for the American President. Yes! It’s true! Glenn Beck has it on tape and video.
Union tells federal workers to ‘set the record straight’ on GOP cutsBy Kevin Bogardus - 03/29/11 03:28 PM ET
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) released a radio ad Tuesday urging federal workers to voice their opposition to House Republicans’ budget cuts amid worries about a possible government shutdown.
The effort by the largest federal worker union, which has 600,000 members, comes as another deadline funding the government looms over Congress and the White House. If a bill funding the government is not passed by the end of next week, the government will shut down.
In the radio ad, AFGE, a member of the AFL-CIO, calls on federal workers to “set the record straight” by telling lawmakers that they provide essential services to Americans, such as keeping Social Security offices open and making sure food and water are clean and safe.
“Call — then visit — your congressman and senators. Tell them who you are and what you do. Just tell them the truth. It’s about time somebody did,” the radio ad says.
AFGE is taking aim at the House Republicans’ continuing resolution, which will cut $61 billion in the federal budget for the rest of this year. John Gage, the union’s national president, said those cuts would force agencies “to lay off or furlough tens of thousands of federal workers.”
“These budget cuts will decimate federal programs and services but won’t make a dent in the massive budget deficit, which was the result of two unfunded wars, the stock market collapse and trillion-dollar bailouts and tax breaks for corporations,” Gage said in a statement.
The union said the radio ad will air on nearly 100 radio stations in two dozen locations across the country. ( How nice so now we can expect to see the rioting that took place in Wisconsin and Indiana to be happening in Washington during the next couple weeks. Yes sirree, all those federal government workers our tax dollars are paying these salaries higher than ours and benefits greater than we get will take the time we are paying them for to riot for even higher wages and benefits because Trumpka and Andy Stern and our Union Leader in Chief Obama is urging them to do so. BB)
Item 4) White House repeats veto threat for HAMP elimination billBy Peter Schroeder - 03/29/11 11:25 AM ET
The Obama administration is reiterating its threat to veto a GOP bill that would kill one of its major housing relief programs.
The House is due to consider legislation that would eliminate the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) Tuesday, but the White House said it would likely veto the bill if it made it to the president’s desk.
“As tens of thousands of responsible American homeowners struggling with their mortgages receive permanent assistance each month from HAMP, the Administration believes that continuation of HAMP is important to the Nation’s sustained economic recovery,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement of administration policy.
The statement mirrored one issued March 15 for the same bill.
The veto threat marks the latest from the White House, as House Republicans have pushed to dismantle the administration’s housing relief programs, calling them wasteful and ineffective.
HAMP in particular has failed to meet original expectations for the program. Designed to help 3 million to 4 million struggling homeowners modify their mortgages, the programs thus far has created just over 600,000 modifications.
The House GOP is pushing a package of four bills, which each would eliminate one housing program. The administration has threatened to veto each of them.
House Democrats have fought the bills. In a letter sent to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, 50 Democrats called on the administration to fix HAMP, strongly opposing the Republican efforts to shutter it.
Item 5) Ways and Means panel to look at duplicative programsBy Bernie Becker - 03/29/11 05:29 PM ET
A House Ways and Means subcommittee has scheduled a hearing for next Tuesday on a report that found close to three dozen areas where the government had duplicative or overlapping programs. (Actually it was more like 150 ineffective and overlaping programs! BB)
The Government Accountability Office released its report on the wasteful spending several weeks ago. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who attached an amendment to a debt ceiling vote last year requiring the report, has estimated the GAO had dug up ways to potentially save at least $100 billion.
Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.), the chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee on Human Resources, said his panel’s hearing would concentrate on any overlap in welfare-related programs.
“Congress needs to review current programs to see how we can reduce that duplication and deliver better services to those who need them,” Davis said in a statement.
Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) – the House majority leader and minority whip, respectively – are also teaming up with Coburn in a bipartisan and bicameral effort to examine government waste.
The GAO report found 34 areas where the government programs overlapped and another 47 where Congress could reasonably consider cost-cutting measures.
The 34 areas included the food safety system, Justice Department explosives investigations, teacher quality programs and ethanol programs. (The Democrats and Obama are against any of these cuts of course. BB)
Item 6) This next item is about AARP. I have never and will never be a member of this organization. AARP is a for profit organization who uses seniors to promote their programs. They have no interest except making money. they backed Obamacare because Obamacare did away with Medicare Advantage which then made AARP’s program the only game in town! BB)
Picking a fight with the seniors’ lobby: The GOP’s attack against AARP for its support of healthcare reform takes off Wednesday when Ways and Means Republicans release a report that purports to detail “the conflict between AARP’s drive for profits, the best interests of its members and the organization’s tax exempt status.”
Reps. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), Wally Herger (R-Calif.) and Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) will release “Behind the Veil: The AARP America Doesn’t Know” ahead of a Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on AARP Friday afternoon. The GOP in particular accuses AARP of supporting cuts to Medicare Advantage (MA) because they stand to gain as seniors shift from MA into Medigap supplemental insurance plans endorsed by the association.
AARP officials said Tuesday they haven’t seen the report, but dispute the notion that they’re hiding anything.
“We can’t comment on a report we haven’t read,” AARP spokesperson Drew Nannis said in a statement Tuesday, “but based on what’s already been released we flatly reject any implication that AARP is driven by anything other than our mission to improve the lives for all Americans as they age.”
Tax that man behind the tree: Hospital groups are warning that the healthcare reform law’s fee on medical devices will get passed on to them — and their patients. In fact, they argue, medical device makers could make out like bandits when all is said and done. Read the Healthwatch story.
Item 7) Stop implementation, groups say: A group of more than 250 trade associations are backing a senator’s plan to halt healthcare reform implementation until legal challenges are completely settled.
The StartOver! Coalition, which includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, says it is “prudent” to block implementation efforts as the courts hash out the constitutionality of healthcare reform.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) is sponsoring an amendment to a small-business bill that would halt the law’s implementation until the courts have their final say; she has 36 GOP senators on board. Healthwatch’s Jason Millman has the story. (Of course Rep. Michele Bachmann uncovered several hiddent within the bill itself allocations of funds to implement Obamacare that Obama and Pelosi and Reid managed to sneak into the actual bill. BB)
Item 8) Waiver madness: Capitalizing on the thousand-plus waivers the Obama administration has granted for a healthcare reform provision, a coalition of anti-reform groups are launching a website that encourages like-minded individuals to ask for an exemption from the individual mandate, employer mandate and other pieces the groups hate. The site, wheresmywaiver.com, is backed by Let Freedom Ring USA, Americans for Tax Reform, 60 Plus, Heritage Action and more. (I wonder if We the People can get a waiver? BB)
This time I think Eight is truly enough for today. BB
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Our newly elected Congressmen seem to have gotten the message from we the people and are busy finding and exposing a few of the huge pool of ineffective spending by our federal government. The problem is the Old Dogs both Republican and Democrat. It will be interesting to see which one wins this battle of wills. the next month or two are important because several spending bills,the budget and debate over whether or not to raise the debt ceiling are on the agenda. If the new guys are to have a fighting chance they need your help: make those phone calls and send those emails. (TIP: Congressional staffers reported that those blanket emailing where everyone uses the same wording have the least impact. So write your own email message. It can be brief as: Do Not raise the Debt Ceiling., or Do not bail out any cities or states with federal tax money. In fact brief and to the point is better. BB
by Robert Bluey
Republicans have controlled the House for little over a month, but so far the record is clear: The new GOP majority is living up to its promise to cut spending.
In the first four weeks of the 112th Congress, Republicans have passed legislation that cuts spending by $656 billion without a single spending increase.
The conservative Republican Study Committee’sMoney Monitor, (you might want to subscribe to this newsletter. BB) the only document tracking the cost of bills as they pass the House, has the data. It shows:
- $541 billion in mandatory spending cuts.
- $115 billion in authorized spending cuts (subject to appropriation).
- $770 billion in tax cuts.
Those figures stand in stark contrast to the previous Congress, when the Democrat-controlled House enacted $682 billion of new spending in just the first four weeks.
Of course, Republicans face a high hurdle to enact many of their cuts with Democrats controlling the Senate and President Obama in the White House. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying.
Expect more next week when Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the RSC (Republican Study Committee),will offer several amendmentsto the fiscal 2011 continuing resolution. Conservatives maintain the GOP should cut a full $100 billion in non-security spending. The proposal released last weekby House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) includes $58 billion in discretionary spending, plus another $16 billion in security spending.
Since the Debt Ceiling debate is coming up very soon and the Old Dog Republicans, Democrats and Obama are all for raising the debt ceiling the newbie Republicans in the House are up against it here. Passing this one bill would have taken care of the argument that the honor of the United States is at stake. It is a simple law and perhaps that is the problem: it is too sane for our Congressmen to understand!
RSC Members Introduce Bill to Prevent a Default on the Debt
Washington, Jan 26 -
Led by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), and Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), RSC members have introduced H.R. 421, the Full Faith and Credit Act. In the event the statutory debt ceiling is reached, this legislation would direct the United States Treasury to prevent a default by paying principal and interest due on debt held by the public before making any other payments. The bill has also been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA).
“The ‘full faith and credit’ of the United States should not hang in the balance on every adjustment to the national debt limit,” said Rep. McClintock. “States protect their credit by pledging first call on revenues to their debts and so should the federal government. After all, before you can ‘provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty,’ you have to be able to finance them.”
“A pitiful scare tactic already being used by the Treasury Secretary in the debt ceiling debate is the threat of allowing the federal government to default on its obligations,” said Chairman Jordan. “This is government mismanagement at its worst. Secretary Geithner knows full well that he has the authority to prioritize federal spending so that default is not an option. This bill will take Secretary Geithner’s disastrous scenario completely off the table.”
“America’s sterling credit rating is vital to our future prosperity,” said Rep. Foxx. “This bill offers a simple safeguard to protect our credit and prevent a sovereign debt crisis. It’s the sort of common sense solution that we can easily put in place without wading into the debate over raising the debt ceiling.”
“This important piece of legislation ensures America’s debt rating and the threat of default on our debt cannot be used as political weapons. This bill will remind the markets and the world that America will never default on its debt while giving Congress time to have a meaningful, reasonable discussion about how to rein in out-of-control spending and prevent our country from sliding further into debt,” remarked Rep. Garrett.
These two are older posts I think may need to be rerun now that it is possible the Senate may just have to do a do-over under the Republicans and and 6 Senators coming up for re-election in 2012.
Depend On The Government For Your Health Care? Good Luck…What Obamacare really offers us:
The government sold health care reform with 5 basic talking points:
1. You won’t be able to be kicked off of your insurance when you really need it
- Turns out that the insurance companies CAN kick you off if they pay a fine. It is not hard to imagine that an insurance company will figure out pretty quickly that it would be cheaper to pay the fine than to pay for coverage of a long term chronic illness.
2. You won’t be denied medical care for pre-existing conditions.
- If the insurance company deems that you have lied on the application you will be denied coverage.
- Sick children are no longer considered to have pre-existing conditions, but what about women who are pregnant?
3. You can keep the doctor you have if you are already covered.
- With the cuts in Medicare reimbursements that have already happened (no more consultation fees) and the looming 21% cut at the end of October. Many more physicians than the current 30% are looking to opt out of Medicare. When the commercial insurance reimbursement rates drop (as they invariably will since they pay at a percentage of Medicare) there will be more doctors looking to leave commercial insurance as well.
4. Health care reform will lead to increased access
- There is no way that there will be an increase in access when you take into account; 1) the physician shortage, 2) Those physicians who will leave medicine after the passage of this monstrosity (a recent poll of physicians states that 35% would leave the profession), and 3) those who will stop taking insurance all together because they are simply fed up.
- Expanding Medicaid to those who are currently uninsured is not going to help since most doctors are not taking Medicaid now. Currently access to specialists is pretty poor, it will decline further.
5. Health care reform will cover 30 million more uninsured people
- The bill will cover approximately 7 million more people over the next nine years and leave over 100 million people under insured.
6. The health care reform bill will decrease the deficit
- The CBO numbers do not take into account the “doctor fix” and the government takeover of student loans was added to pad the numbers.
- If you do real world accounting by adding in the “doctor fix” (over 230 million dollars) you actually wipe out the cost savings and you increase the deficit (anywhere from 400-700 million dollars.)
- It is likely that the estimated costs will likely be much higher. How can anyone really know what is going to happen in the next 10 years. To say that these numbers are optimistic is being kind.
- The Health care reform bill has done absolutely NOTHING that would really lower the cost of health care.
The pharmaceutical companies got three major cost raising concessions
- the government cannot go out of the country to shop for cheaper drugs
- the patent for biologics was extended to 12 years from 7 thereby locking out cheaper generic drugs. (For example a patient can continue to pay over $1000 a month for a drug like Embrel instead of getting some relief.
- patients will not be able to buy cheaper over the counter medications with their health savings account only more expensive prescription medication.
The health insurance companies may whine about their profit margin, but they get millions more people to add to their roles. Most of those people will only see a doctor 1-2 times a year for routine things, but will pay 14% higher premiums for the privilege.
The hospitals which account for the biggest piece of the Healthcare pie (31%) got a pass. Surgeons have had to deal with bundling of charges for over a decade. What about applying that to hospitals? That would have certainly lowered the cost. Since bankruptcy caused by medical costs are largely due to the hospital charges.
- There has been no legislation to change their habit of itemized billing where they stand to make a profit on everything from the single pill of Tylenol to the box of Kleenex in your hospital room.
I got a call from a fellow physician today who talked about picking up stakes and doing medical work overseas. I have a feeling I am going to get a lot more of those types of calls from fellow physicians in private practice. There are only so many physicians that the hospitals can employ and only so many more patients a physician can see.
It seems that the ultimate goal of this exercise is to eventually make all physicians government employees under a single payer system. As it stands the system created by health care reform is a give away to the pharmaceutical industry and the health insurance industry (you just need to look at the rise in their stocks today). It certainly can be seen as the first step on a slippery slope towards single payer. The powers that be are banking on physicians going along like lemmings, but I have no doubt that if we don’t they will institute some sort of draconian policy to make us do it like they have in Massachusetts (medical licensure is tied to taking the state insurance plan). If that happens, good luck finding a physician who will want to deal with this.
And this is how my alter ego BB-Maxine feels about the whole thing:
Now, let me get this straight … we’re trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president who also is exempt from it and hasn’t read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke.
What the hell could possibly go wrong?i2 Votes