Skip to comments.SOCIALIZED MEDICINE DAILY DIGEST FOR 12/03/09
Posted on 12/03/2009 9:04:10 PM PST by socialismisinsidious
Obamacare: How the Unions are "Getting Well"
Townhall.com ^ | 12/3/2009 | Howard Rich
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 1:52:56 AM by Nachum
Its already being called the Second Louisiana Purchase, but the sad truth is that a controversial payoff to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieus home state of Louisiana is among the smallest of the thinly-disguised bribes and kickbacks that are being offered in Washington D.C. to secure passage of President Barack Obamas socialized medicine proposal.
The Legislative Trigger and the Public Health Care Option
The Woodward Report ^ | Stuart M. Butler
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:10:00 AM by thisisthetime
With Democrats joining Republicans in the Senate in saying that a public plan should not be a part of the final health care reform bill, attention has moved to the idea of keeping a public plan in reserve as a last resort if other reforms fail to work as advertised. The idea is that a "trigger" would implement a government-run public option in any state not achieving certain outcomes in a specific period.
But while the trigger idea may seem like a reasonable compromise, it is unworkable and would actually slow down or undermine creative solutions to coverage gaps at the state level.
What Is a Trigger?
A trigger is a legislative tool that would put in place automatic benchmarks that, if not met, would unleash the government-run system into the market. For example, if 95 percent of Americans as defined by the bill do not have adequate health coverage by a certain date, the public option would go into effect.
Senate Breaks Health Stalemate; First Votes Today (Democrat Deathcare advances)
NY Times ^ | 12/02/09 | ROBERT PEAR and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 8:40:41 AM by Libloather
WASHINGTON At the end of a third day of Senate debate over sweeping health care legislation, Democrats and Republicans said Wednesday night that they had broken an impasse over the seemingly simple question of how and when to vote on the first amendments.
But even as lawmakers announced an agreement to begin voting Thursday, Democrats accused Republicans of stalling debate and obstructing the legislation.
Healthcare exchanges only guarantee an to end private health insurance so Obama loves them
The Collins Report ^ | December 3, 2009 | Kevin Coach Collins
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 9:04:16 AM by jmaroneps37
Smoking guns prove the point.
Barack Obama was caught on tape in 2003 and in 2007 expressing his intentions to kill private healthcare insurance companies and pledging his support for a single payer system of healthcare delivery.
There is nothing ambiguous about this Marxist anti capitalist presidents intentions. He has tried fooling us with words but his words are failing him now so hes ready to ram Obamacare down our throats however he has to. Hell order Reid and Pelosi to use any underhanded maneuver to get his way.
At least one Democrat gets it on health bill costs (Admits $1T - $2.5T)
Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 12/2/2009 | Kyle Wingfield
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 10:35:18 AM by markomalley
From the Senate Republicans Web site:
SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): Just for a second health care reform, whether you use a ten-year number or when you start in 2010 or start in 2014, wherever you start at, so it is still either $1 trillion or its $2.5 Trillion, depending on where you start (Sen. Baucus, Floor Remarks, 12/2/09)
This is, of course, what opponents of the various Democratic bills have been pointing out all along: Starting the new taxes a few years before the benefits begin is the only way these bills get a cost estimate of just $1 trillion.
Health care pay probe hits top Interior official
Washington Times ^ | 12/3/2009 | Jim McElhatton
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 10:37:15 AM by markomalley
When members of Congress decided in November to start investigating the recipients of seven-figure pay packages in the health insurance industry, they may not have expected to find themselves probing a top Obama administration official.
Just months earlier, Interior Department Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary Thomas L. Strickland had breezed through his Senate confirmation hearing without a mention of his $2 million bonus from one of the country's biggest health care plans.
Senate OKs Amendment on Women's Health
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-03-09 | The Wall Street Journal
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 1:01:48 PM by GOP_Lady
WASHINGTON -- Senators voted to safeguard coverage of mammograms and preventive screening tests for women under any health care overhaul legislation.
The 61-39 vote Thursday on an amendment by Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine would allow the Health and Human Services secretary to require insurers to cover preventive health screenings free of charge.
US Senate boosts preventive care for women (Mikulski ammendment has passed)
Reuters ^ | Dec 3, 2009
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:45:35 PM by Lorianne
The U.S. Senate backed a plan on Thursday to make it easier for women to get preventive health screenings such as mammograms as it cast its first votes on a sweeping healthcare overhaul.
On the fourth day of a sometimes bitter debate, the Senate voted 61-39 for an amendment to improve access to women's screenings for diseases like cancer and diabetes by eliminating insurance co-pays and deductibles for them.
Sen. Nelson vows to block healthcare bill without Stupak-type abortion measure
The Hill ^ | December 3, 2009 | Alexander Bolton
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 2:51:45 PM by jazusamo
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told reporters Thursday that he would not vote to advance healthcare reform legislation unless it includes language that would restrict access to abortions for women who receive federal subsidies.
Arkansas Dem Blanche Lincoln Trails 4 GOPers After Obamacare Vote
Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-3-09 | Jim Hoft
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 3:38:10 PM by Justaham
Liberal democrat Blanche Lincoln now trails four Republicans in her home state after voting to open debate on Obamacare. During the debate to open Obamacare Lincoln said government is too big to fail then went ahead to vote to make it bigger anyway. Ony 18% of Arkansas voters strongly favor Obamacare while 56% strongly oppose it. Rasmussen reported:
Mentor of Obama Says "Barack" is Being "Dishonest" on Need for "Single Payer" Health Care - Video
Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 3, 2009 | Brian
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 4:52:40 PM by Federalist Patriot
Here is a newly released Naked Emperor News video showing Dr. Quentin Young - a longtime mentor and friend to Barack Obama, and a vocal advocate of Socialized Medicine - saying President Obama is being "dishonest" when he says it is not necessary to bring a "Single-Payer" Health Care System (Socialized Medicine) to America.
The video shows Young being interviewed in March of 2009. He was shown clips of Obama advocating a single-payer system before he was elected to the U.S. Senate, and then shows Obama after he became President saying otherwise.
After seeing the clips, Young bluntly said:
"This is one of the few times Barack has been dishonest."
Democrat Senator Acknowledges Health Bill Breaks Obama Promises
Flopping Aces ^ | 12-03-09 | Curt
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 9:40:49 PM by Starman417
A few Democrats are seeing the light:
Democrats, having defeated a Republican attempt to block proposed Medicare cuts, now face an even bigger headache: concern among members of their own party over the programs future funding.
Senate Republicans to Keep Focus on Medicare Cuts in Health Care Bill
FOX News ^ | 12-3-09 | FOX News
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 9:47:39 PM by STONEWALLS
"John McCain did not look like a man who had just lost a vote in the Senate.
Casting its first votes on revamping the nation's health care system, the Senate voted 58-42 to reject McCain's bid Thursday to stave off Medicare cuts and approved safeguards for coverage of mammograms and other preventive tests for women."
Private medical records for sale in India
UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/18/09 | Daily Mail
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 2:26:54 PM by Samizdat
The confidential medical records of patients treated at one of Britains top private hospitals have been illegally sold to undercover investigators.
Hundreds of files containing intimate details of patients conditions, home addresses and dates of birth are being offered for as little as £4 each.
Medicare Part D 'Reforms' Will Harm Seniors
Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/3/09 | TOM SCULLY
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 10:14:14 PM by Nachum
An ObamaCare change will cost taxpayers a bundle and lead to poorer drug coverage.
There is a little-noticed provision buried deep in both the House and Senate health-care reform bills that is intended to save billions of dollarsbut instead will hurt millions of seniors, impose new costs on taxpayers, and charge employers millions in new taxes.
Senate Dems Clear The Way To Gut Medicare
TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 12/03/2009 | John G. Winder
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 6:00:07 PM by Patriot1259
McCain was noticeably angry that AARP opposed his amendment. He spoke directly to seniors from the Senate floor, "Take your AARP card, cut it in half and send it back. They've betrayed you."
Obstetrician-turned-Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma was even more blunt regarding the seniors , "I have a message for you: You're going to die sooner."
Democrats Vote to Cut Half a Trillion Dollars From Medicare
Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-3-09 | Jim Hoft
Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:23:47 PM by Justaham
Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When Im Sixty-Four? No!
Democrats today voted to cut nearly half a trillion dollars from Medicare. The AP reported:
Casting its first votes on revamping the nations health care system, the Senate rejected a Republican bid Thursday to stave off Medicare cuts and approved safeguards for coverage of mammograms and other preventive tests for women. The first round of votes ended with a fragile Democratic coalition hanging together.
“Sen. Nelson vows to block healthcare bill without Stupak-type abortion measure
The Hill ^ | December 3, 2009 | Alexander Bolton”
I believe that one vote would be all we need to defeat Harrycare.
So where’s Bob Casey who SAYS he is prolife, or did he just say he was prolife to win the election.