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Teacher Barack Obama could be a one-term President
Telegraph UK ^ | 27 Feb 2010 | Toby Harnden

Posted on 02/27/2010 11:15:54 AM PST by opentalk

Barack Obama was in his element as he addressed the bipartisan health-care summit he had convened for the principal purpose of shaming the recalcitrant Republicans.

His preferred lectern had been taken away and he had been forced to agree to remain seated but it was nevertheless a cherished opportunity for him to scold, patronise and peevishly disdain his opponents – and to pontificate for nearly six hours.

To be fair, Obama spoke for a mere 119 minutes, as opposed to the 110 minutes he deigned to allocate to the Republicans and the 114 minutes he gave to his fellow Democrats. When challenged about the two-to-one imbalance between the parties, Mr Obama shot back: "I'm the President."

Again and again, he put Republicans down with sarcastic asides, berating them like naughty schoolboys for bringing in a copy of the 2,400-page Senate health bill as a "prop" and informing them of the need to "get our facts straight".

The televised event, dreamt up by the White House to create the desired "atmospherics" for an attempt to push his health-care bill through Congress by Easter, underlined the reality that Obama is not a leader or even really a politician – he is a professor.

Professor Obama is convinced of his own intellectual superiority. When his pupils fail to realise that he knows what is good for them, he simply repeats himself in the expectation that the simpletons will eventually understand.

...For almost three decades, he lived in liberal campus communities where he was insulated from the real world by comfortable consensus and shared assumptions.

Now that Obama inhabits the self-reinforcing cocoon of the White House, this background has become a dangerous liability – and could spell disaster for Democrats in the November midterm elections.

..the event was both a sham and a failure.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: arrogant; bho2012; democrats; healthcarebill; obama; obamacare; summit
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1 posted on 02/27/2010 11:15:54 AM PST by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Yep he taught America that the Kenya way is for dummies.


2 posted on 02/27/2010 11:17:13 AM PST by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: opentalk
Teacher Barack Obama could better be a one-term President
3 posted on 02/27/2010 11:18:35 AM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: opentalk
more from UK article:

The most amusing political intervention of last week was from former president Jimmy Carter, who indignantly rejected the increasingly common charge that Obama is "as bad as Carter".

On only one occasion since 1896 has a party lost the White House after just four years. That was when Carter was defeated by Ronald Reagan in 1980.

4 posted on 02/27/2010 11:20:27 AM PST by opentalk
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To: opentalk

With ACORN, “stimulous” money to throw around, redistricting and the census the boobOTUS could ALSO be a 2 termer or longer. At the rate he’s going in regard to blowing his nose on the constitution, I wouldn’t be surprised if he went 4 terms like FDR.


5 posted on 02/27/2010 11:20:50 AM PST by albie
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To: opentalk
Teacher Barack Obama could be a one-term President

We the People are working hard to make it so. We want our country back.

6 posted on 02/27/2010 11:22:48 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Suitcase Jake" RIP 02-25-10. You were one of a kind good buddy!)
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To: opentalk
It's more important to concentrate on making him a 1/2 term president

Especially since he doesn't deserve to be there in the first place

7 posted on 02/27/2010 11:23:03 AM PST by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: opentalk

This Brit is on target. That health care meeting was set up to make Obama look like the teacher and the others his underling students.


8 posted on 02/27/2010 11:23:19 AM PST by Shermy
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To: opentalk
Obama is becoming something of a victim of his own oratorical success.

Haha, that's one way of putting it. Another way would be, "Even the most mind-numbed, red-diaper liberals are starting to realize that there's absolutely nothing behind the kenyan's slick eloquence, and that they were hoodwinked into voting for a corrupt, incompetent, neophyte marxist who lacks even basic social skills."

9 posted on 02/27/2010 11:26:16 AM PST by VoiceOfBruck (Was "Hussein" a common American Christian name in Hawaii in 1961? Just askin...)
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To: opentalk

U.S. President Barack Obama gives a statement on the earthquake in Chile outside of the Oval Office of the White House in Washington February 27, 2010. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER)


10 posted on 02/27/2010 11:27:00 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: opentalk
Obama can be understood in large part by reflecting on where he spent his adult life before arriving at the White House – Los Angeles, New York, Cambridge and Chicago.

I have to disagree. Hundreds of millions of people have spent their adult lives in these places yet do not manifest anything close to his pathological narcissism. There is more to this than the cities where he lived, or even his three years at Havaaaaaaaaaaaard.

11 posted on 02/27/2010 11:27:31 AM PST by freespirited (We're not the Party of No. We're the Party of HELL NO!!!)
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To: opentalk

How different this is from the Joe Klein piece yesterday. Did they see the same meeting???


12 posted on 02/27/2010 11:28:16 AM PST by hstacey
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To: opentalk

I think it’s a given that he’s a one-term president.

The real question is if he’s going to make it through his current term.

I’m predicting he’s gone after November. If the Dems are smart, they’ll find some way of getting rid of him BEFORE November.


13 posted on 02/27/2010 11:30:46 AM PST by sinanju
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To: Shermy

He really “showed them” alright. Unfortunately he showed us too. And what we saw looked decidedly unpresidential.


14 posted on 02/27/2010 11:32:52 AM PST by sinanju
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To: opentalk
Teacher Barack Obama could be a one-term President Teacher Barack Obama will could be a one-term President. Fixed it!!!
15 posted on 02/27/2010 11:33:15 AM PST by Chief901 (The Democrats are now the "Soylent Green Party")
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To: Tarpon

Didn’t his old man wreck Kenya’s economy when he was economics minister or something. Another Mugabe protege.

I loved this & Toby Harden is a great write and the UK Telegraph is a great paper:

“Now that Obama inhabits the self-reinforcing cocoon of the White House, this background has become a dangerous liability – and could spell disaster for Democrats in the November midterm elections.”

His cocoon sounds like Hitler’s bunker.


16 posted on 02/27/2010 11:37:03 AM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: NormsRevenge
It must have been a short statement--I don't see any teleprompters, or electric cords to power them.

Was he for or against the earthquake? How is the quake Bush's fault?

17 posted on 02/27/2010 11:38:17 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Chief901

Fortunatly for us he is not tenured. Hope he does not go off like the one from AU.


18 posted on 02/27/2010 11:38:31 AM PST by screaminsunshine (i)
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To: opentalk

I was struck by him deriding the Pubs showing the bill itself as a “prop”, and any objections to what was in it were “talking points”, that people are supposededly tired of hearing. Which was clearly a talking point he planned in advance to use as soon as any objections were raised. He had no problem though when the RATS filibusted with sob stories talking points about constitutents wearing their dead sisters’ dentures.

He had the chutzpah to tell the pubs that they should only talk about things they agree on, not what they disagree about, and that his time didn’t count towards equal time, cause he won the election for president. Finally, he called all the Pubs by their first names like children.

Newt Gingrich said the day before that the Pubs should demanded that there be equal time at the beginning, and if Obama said no, walk out en masse. He was right. They should not have put up with his smug power plays.


19 posted on 02/27/2010 11:38:32 AM PST by Hugin (Remember the first rule of gunfighting...have a gun..-- Col. Jeff Cooper)
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To: Chief901

One term is 4 years too long.

It would be good to be a grizzly bear - they hibernate dontchya know;)


20 posted on 02/27/2010 11:38:57 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: opentalk

“...underlined the reality that Obama is not a leader or even really a politician – he is a professor.”

No. He is none of those things.

He is nothing more than a useful idiot, a communist rabble-rouser.

He is good only at exploiting the compassionate part of the system to destroy the entire system, bit by bit.

At best, he is like most other professors in this capacity.


21 posted on 02/27/2010 11:39:11 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: albie

Wanna bet? Seriously, I’d wager 25 dollars for the next four “Freepathon’s” in your name if you win and vise versa? I say he’s a one termer...period.


22 posted on 02/27/2010 11:44:57 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: Frantzie
Not quite the Kenyan administration viewed his pappy as too extreme and gave him the boot. At least according to ZERO's book of poetry and all things dumb.

Imagine how extreme you would have to be for Kenya.

The picture that keeps coming to me is this one. ZERO and Odinga ...

There were hoards of shoeless Kenyans dancing in the crowd it the crowd, waving machetes in the air. Not what you want as a US President.

23 posted on 02/27/2010 11:45:47 AM PST by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: opentalk

America and the rest of the world better hope Obamao is only a one term president, providing he doesn’t try to turn it into a career dictatorship.


24 posted on 02/27/2010 11:46:10 AM PST by pallis
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To: NormsRevenge

Did you photoshop the teleprompters out?


25 posted on 02/27/2010 11:47:00 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: opentalk

ZERO shows much more comfort with ignorant students teaching them the idiots guide to Alinsky.


26 posted on 02/27/2010 11:52:11 AM PST by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: albie

I doubt that Obama will have a second term, but who really knows.

I absolutely guarantee you that regardless of the forces he may bring to bear, he WILL NOT have a 3rd and 4th term.


27 posted on 02/27/2010 11:54:49 AM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-ent] with no Negro dialect..")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Or sooner whuldbe better.

I promise that I would not cry if it were to happen, not even one little hint of a drop.

Well maybe one, but it would be not out of sadness.


28 posted on 02/27/2010 11:56:41 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: sinanju

If the Dems are smart... well I guess that means that he’ll be here till November. With them voting Pelosi and Reid as their leaders, it shows their intellegence. They are going to have those two lead them all off a cliff.


29 posted on 02/27/2010 12:04:11 PM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Hugin
I disagree with Newt on this. The Republicans made a good showing, they stayed on topic which was the health care bill.

I think whatshisname wanted the Pubbies to create a food fight.

McConnell did point out the time not being shared equally. He made his point and the silly whatshisname made a stupid snotty reply for all the world to hear.

30 posted on 02/27/2010 12:04:51 PM PST by BARLF
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To: pallis
providing he doesn’t try to turn it into a career dictatorship.

I very seriously doubt that he would survive the attempt ... just a prediction

31 posted on 02/27/2010 12:07:15 PM PST by clamper1797 (Would you hold my hand ... If I saw you in heaven ... to my angel in heaven)
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To: NormsRevenge

The tags, do they refer to the earthquake or the president?


32 posted on 02/27/2010 12:07:23 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Now fully qualified to receive the Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: bigfootbob

“I say he’s a one termer...period”.

...I wouldn’t bet FOR something that I pray every night WON’T happen. One term is all we can take so I hope you’re right.


33 posted on 02/27/2010 12:10:06 PM PST by albie
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To: opentalk
Wow, Toby Harnden sure did leave a mark with this commentary! :-)

More from it:

Again and again, he put Republicans down with sarcastic asides, berating them like naughty schoolboys for bringing in a copy of the 2,400-page Senate health bill as a "prop" and informing them of the need to "get our facts straight".

Typical Alinsky "Rules for Radicals" tactics, utilizing Rules 5 and 11

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.

Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

Professor Obama is convinced of his own intellectual superiority. When his pupils fail to realise that he knows what is good for them, he simply repeats himself in the expectation that the simpletons will eventually understand.

Although Obama graced the health-care summit with his characteristic silky eloquence, the event was both a sham and a failure. A sham because it wasn't a genuine stab at brokering a compromise between Democrats and Republicans but an attempt to portray Republicans as the block to "progress". A failure because Republicans defied expectations by presenting measured philosophical objections to the bill and outlining sensible alternative approaches.

Many of us warned the Republicans to boycott this sham:

Health Care Summit Rope-A-Dope

The Republican's did well and took the high road, while Obama and the Dems slivered like snakes through the dirt.

Final comment: Why do we have to seek out honest commentary such as this from the Brits? This is yet another example of the US MSM being in the tank for Obama!

34 posted on 02/27/2010 12:11:14 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com)
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To: pallis
America and the rest of the world better hope Obama is only a one term president

They will cheat to try and make it happen. Acorn, unaccountable campaign funds, soros Secretary of state project, media propaganda.

States requiring proof of eligibility may be a road block.

35 posted on 02/27/2010 12:12:41 PM PST by opentalk
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To: Hugin
/sarc...Yeah...0bama did so well that his poll numbers fell to their equal lowest ever in the Rasmussen polls that reflected two days out of three days after the health care conference:

Poll : Obama Meets the Abyss (55% disapprove President's performance)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2460670/posts

The fact of the matter is that the Republicans did far better with voters than 0bama and the Democrats at that conference. The public got to know exactly what the Republican health care plan was like, and the public really liked the common sense, fiscally conservative, Republican approach, which is not going to cost tax payers another 2 trillion dollars like 0bamacare will, but will instead end up bringing down health care costs massively (tort reform, selling insurance across state lines etc).
Up till now, 0bama, Pelosi, Reid and the lame stream media had been going about pushing the “Republican have no health care plans” meme. and getting away with it.

36 posted on 02/27/2010 12:18:56 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: opentalk

We have to rely on Britain for the truth about our own friggin’ “summit!” Amazing.


37 posted on 02/27/2010 12:22:12 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: rochester_veteran
Wow, Toby Harnden sure did leave a mark with this commentary
-snip-
Many of us warned the Republicans to boycott this sham

Maybe, you and Toby Harnden need to look at the only verdict of the health care conference that counts: The verdict of the American people:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2460499/posts?q=1&;page=51

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2460670/posts

The British just don't get American politics a ,lot of the time. They think this is like “Prime Minster's Question Time” in the British parliament. It isn't.

38 posted on 02/27/2010 12:25:21 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: albie

You’re right.


39 posted on 02/27/2010 12:36:50 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: opentalk

I’m not confident he’ll be a single termer. When I listened to the CPAC meeting, I didn’t hear any of the speakers articulate a vision for the nation other than they don’t like Obama, Pelosi and Reid.


40 posted on 02/27/2010 12:40:29 PM PST by fso301
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To: BARLF; SmokingJoe

You guys are probably right. It just irks me, but I guess as long as it irks the public too it’s a good thing.


41 posted on 02/27/2010 12:41:00 PM PST by Hugin (Remember the first rule of gunfighting...have a gun..-- Col. Jeff Cooper)
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To: Oldpuppymax
We have to rely on Britain for the truth about our own friggin’ “summit!” Amazing.

pretty crazy--- they have been a good source covering Climate-gate also, when MSM here is still promoting man made warming.

42 posted on 02/27/2010 12:41:17 PM PST by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Thanks for posting this article. It nails it.


43 posted on 02/27/2010 12:51:57 PM PST by unique
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To: Oldpuppymax

Obama sat up an ambush..........And ended up shooting himself in the arse! He never fails to succeed at failure!


44 posted on 02/27/2010 12:53:47 PM PST by outhousepatrol
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To: SmokingJoe
Maybe, you and Toby Harnden need to look at the only verdict of the health care conference that counts: The verdict of the American people:

It wasn't only me that warned Republicans that the summit was a sham and to boycott it. Rush warned them, Michelle Malkin warned them, Steven Ertelt from LifeNews.com warned them, Connie Hair from HumanEvents.com and many more. I also made mention in my post that the Republican's did well, presented the facts, took the high road and turned the tables on Obama and the Democrats at that summit

Let's hope the Representatives of the American people in the House and the Senate heed the will of their constituents and vote against Obamacare.

45 posted on 02/27/2010 12:56:36 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com)
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To: opentalk

Why is it necessary to go to Canada or England to read any kind of newspaper story like this?
Belief in congress and the news media is in the toilet, is it any wonder?


46 posted on 02/27/2010 12:59:38 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy.)
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To: rochester_veteran
Rush warned them, Michelle Malkin warned them, Steven Ertelt from LifeNews.com warned them, Connie Hair from HumanEvents.com and many more..

Yes, including Sean Hannity. But even Rush and Hannity werwe forced to admit that the Republicans brought their “A” game to the summit and ended up scoring major points amongst the American public. Hannity had to admit on his Fox program that he'd been wrong.
The bottom line is that in the 2 polling days after the summit, 0bama’s poll numbers have hit their lowest point ever in Rasmussen. That's what counts.

47 posted on 02/27/2010 1:28:20 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: opentalk

Obama and the Dems looked like petulant children.


48 posted on 02/27/2010 1:39:44 PM PST by Nosterrex
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To: opentalk

following in the peanut farmers footsteps!

OBAMANOMICS—TRICKLE DOWN DESTRUCTION of the economy

SET THEIR LOCAL AND DC LINES ON FIRE!

Bambi doesn’t keep his promises...so buyer beware!
Sen Scott Brown’s number is 202-224-4543

Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3121

Lots of local demwit phone numbers on this thread

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2408217/posts

Rename, repackage, rewrite it a tad smaller, and sell another pig in a poke. NO COLAs for granny, retired Military or retired fed employees. BIG NEW fees for Tricare for Life retired over 65 Military’s secondary health ins.
(DOD bill already passed, delayed but goes into effect 2011 NEEDS TO BE REPEALED!

OBAMA’s WAR ON SENIORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2433867/posts/

New Dem mantra: Woof, woof eat dog food granny....ala let them eat cake. http://www.lifenews.com/bio3058.html
Friday, February 19, 2010

Obama says slight fix will extend Social Security
http://townhall.com/news/us/2010/02/19/obama_says_slight_fix_will_extend_social_security

Health Care Rationing for Seniors Another Problem in New Obama Plan http://www.lifenews.com/bio3058.html

SOCIALIZED MED THREAD http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2460358/posts

TRI CARE FOR LIFE This from a google search:

http://economicspolitics.blogspot.com/2009/05/tricare-for-life-is-obama-trying-to.html

This option would help reduce the costs of TFL, as well as costs for Medicare, by introducing minimum out-of pocket requirements for beneficiaries. Under this option, TFL would not cover any of the first $525 of an enrollee’s cost-sharing liabilities for calendar year 2011 and would limit coverage to 50 percent of the next $4,725 in Medicare cost sharing that the beneficiary incurred. (Because all further cost sharing would be covered by TFL, enrollees could not pay more than $2,888 in cost sharing in that year.) http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/99xx/doc9925/12-18-HealthOptions.pdf

http://www.vawatchdog.org/09/hcva09/hcva110609-1.htm
Bill Would Restrict Veterans’ Health Care Options 11/06/09
Buyer and McKeon Offer Amendments to Protect Veterans and TRICARE Beneficiaries

Congress plans to block Tricare fee increases
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2009/10/military_tricarefees_blocked_100709w

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2009/10/military_tricarefees_blocked_100709w/

By Rick Maze - Staff writer, Oct 7, 2009

Tricare fee increases imposed last week by the Defense Department will be repealed by a provision of the compromise 2010 defense authorization bill unveiled Wednesday by House and Senate negotiators.
Snip The fee increases were announced on Sept. 30 and took effect on Oct. 1, but the defense bill, HR 2647, includes a provision barring any fee increases until the start of fiscal 2011.

Snip

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Bill Matz, president of the National Association for Uniformed Services, said the announcement of fee increases was shocking considering that the Obama administration promised earlier this year to hold off on any new fee Tricare fee increases until fiscal 2011.

“President Obama and DoD assured NAUS and the entire military family earlier this year that there would rightly be no increases in any Tricare fees” in fiscal 2010, Matz said. “We took them at their word, and I can’t believe that a co-pay increase like this was allowed to go forward,” he added.


49 posted on 02/27/2010 1:43:58 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: SmokingJoe
Yes, including Sean Hannity. But even Rush and Hannity were forced to admit that the Republicans brought their “A” game to the summit and ended up scoring major points amongst the American public.

SmokingJoe, nobody *forced* me to admit anything, right up front, I posted that the Republicans did well. Same goes for Rush. Here's what he had to say:

From rushlimbaugh.com:

You know, folks, this is actually better than I thought it was going to be. The reason it’s better than I thought it was going to be is because it is illustrating what a bunch of mean, arrogant, petulant, just lousy people the Democrats are at this summit. Republicans are up there knocking this out of the park. They are announcing plans, they’re putting forth proposals to actually deal with the problem, and all the Democrats are doing is, (imitating Democrats) “I got this letter from somebody who lost half their face in an operation with a killer whale and, oh, can’t get any insurance, oh, it’s horrible,” and Obama is talking about his family problems and so forth. The whole thing is a sham anyway because on Monday the Democrats have a plan — it’s exclusive in The Politico — to go ahead and start ramming Big Health Care through with no Republican support whatsoever.

The Republicans showed some "stones" at the summit, something that they haven't shown much of since the election debacle of 11/4/2008. Perhaps there is hope that we can salvage our Republic.

50 posted on 02/27/2010 1:53:01 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com)
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