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Posted on 02/21/2010 8:35:46 PM PST by socialismisinsidious

A cautionary tale in healthcare reform [Mandates = Higher Premiums!!]

LA Times ^ | 02/21/10 | Noam N. Levey

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 12:22:31 PM by freespirited

Spurred by heart-wrenching stories of sick people denied health coverage, the state of New York did what many of President Obama's critics say he should do now -- it passed a relatively simple law requiring insurers to accept all applicants.

Other states have taken similar steps, making narrowly targeted changes instead of trying to overhaul their whole healthcare systems.

Lautenberg Hypocrisy: Ambulance taking Him to NY After Fall Not Allowed to by Obamacare He Voted For

Associated Content (AC) ^ | February 21, 2010 | Marc Schenker

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 4:59:17 AM by Suvroc10

Democrat Senator Frank Lautenberg is in the middle of huge hypocrisy when it comes to health care. The ambulance that he told to take him to NY after his fall this past Monday—which turned out to be related to stomach cancer—would not be allowed to take him there under the Obamacare bill he voted for on December 24!

Detroit home health agency owner (Muhammad Shahab) pleads guilty over Medicare fraud ^ | 2/18/10

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 10:35:46 AM by Libloather

Detroit-area resident Muhammad Shahab pleaded guilty today for his role in organizing a Detroit-area home health care fraud scheme...


Shahab, 50, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan. At sentencing, scheduled for June 17, 2010, Shahab faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Docs 4 Patient Care -- Time for a New Look for Doctors

Human Events ^ | 02/19/2010 | Hal Scherz

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 10:35:49 AM by ChessExpert

When healthcare became the centerpiece of the Obama legislative agenda in early 2009, it appeared that the government takeover of 1/6 of our economy was imminent. A big part of the reason for optimism on the part of the Democrat leadership was the absence of any meaningful resistance. A frequent question posed by the opponents of this policy was where are the doctors in this debate?

Republicans 'ready to participate' in Obama's health care summit

Washington Post ^ | Feb 21, 2010 | Shailagh Murray and Michael D. Shear

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 1:15:08 PM by SmartInsight

The Senate's top Republican promised Sunday morning that he and his members will attend President Obama's health care summit on Thursday "ready to participate" but said the Democrats are being "arrogant" by refusing to scrap their legislation and start over.

Mitch McConnell: Yes, Republicans will attend the ObamaCare summit

Hot Air ^ | Feb. 21, 2010 | Allahpundit

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 8:52:48 PM by Free ThinkerNY

So much for Friday night’s boycott theory. The Gingrich plan is, it seems, in effect:

Republicans have accused the president of using Thursday’s summit as political theater, and had raised the prospect of not attending. McConnell dismissed the idea of a GOP boycott, saying that “we’re discussing the — sort of the makeup of the room and that sort of thing, but yeah, I intend to be there and my members will be there and ready to participate.”…

GOP Headed to White House Hopeful But Hesitant

FoxNews ^ | February 21, 2010

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 1:17:51 PM by Steelfish

February 21, 2010 GOP Headed to White House Hopeful But Hesitant Republicans are going to show up Thursday for a meeting on health care reform with President Obama and congressional Democrats, but they aren't going to accept whole cloth a bill outlining Democratic plans that is being posted on the White House Web site Monday.

Barack Obama seeks to salvage health care reforms

The Telegraph ^ | 2/21/2010 | Alex Spillius

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 9:13:48 PM by bruinbirdman

President Barack Obama this week embarks on a mission to salvage his health care reforms, the centerpiece of his domestic agenda, and his credibility as a leader who can bend Washington to his will.

Seeking to avoid the humiliation of failing to deliver universal health insurance coverage that befell Bill Clinton and other Democrats before him, the president has pledged to publish a revised plan on the White House website by today [mon].

On Thursday he will break new ground by holding a live televised "summit" with Democrats and Republicans on legislation that has been disputed for a year and dragged Mr Obama's reputation down several notches.

Reid to use Reconciliation to Pass ObamaCare, The People be Damned

Conservative Hideout 2.0 ^ | 2-21-10 | Matt

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 1:28:40 PM by ConservativeHideout

The Hill today is reporting that Harry Reid will be using the Reconciliation process to pass ObamaCare. The Democrats, who have been offering “bipartisanship,” apparently see the meeting on the 25th as a formality. They actually intend on having a bill done within the next 60 days.

Democrats will finish their health reform efforts within the next two months by using a majority-vote maneuver in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

Enough is Enough:Start over on Health Care (Obama sidesteps legislative process. Unconstitutional?) ^ | February 2010 | Staff

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:58:33 PM by Sun

Congress has intensified its efforts to force flawed, pro-abortion Health Care reform through the system - and now, President Obama, sidestepping the legislative process, says he has his own Health Care bill - a move that raises serious constitutional concerns. The Constitution requires that the legislative branch write our laws, not the President.

At one year, Mass. healthcare plan falls short (can we even call it romneycare anymore?)

Boston Globe ^ | May 15, 2007 | Sally Pipes

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 3:27:14 PM by Halfmanhalfamazing

MASSACHUSETTS'S UNIVERSAL healthcare law turned one in April. To survive, its guardians have had to make many changes, each of which has increased current and future government spending, increased the government's role in regulating the healthcare market, decreased individual responsibility to purchase insurance, and made certain that the plan will fall far short of achieving universal coverage.

Obama version of health reform expected Monday

Associated Press ^ | Feb. 21, 2010

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 3:59:18 PM by Free ThinkerNY

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House readied its last-ditch effort to salvage health care legislation while the Senate's Republican leader warned Democrats against the go-it-alone approach.

The White House was expected to post a version of President Barack Obama's plan for overhauling health care on its Web site on Monday, ahead of his critical and daring summit at Blair House on Thursday.

Governors want "into the game" on healthcare (Too Late! Should have spoken up sooner)

Reuters ^ | 2/21/2010 | reuters

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 6:15:25 PM by tobyhill

The governors, who have been meeting in the U.S. capital this weekend, will make their case to Obama on Monday that some reform proposals could deepen the budget woes that many states face.

On the other hand, they also fear that doing nothing will also worsen their financial situations.

No Means No, Mr. President ^ | 02-21-10 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:27:03 PM by UltraConservative

It's a phrase we haven't heard since the halcyon days of President Clinton -- and we heard it then in a slightly different context.

Nonetheless, the American public has told Obama no, and he seems think no means yes:

Patients receive lethal injections without giving their consent (involuntary euthanasia)

New Scientist ^ | 20 June 1992 | Rachel Nowak

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:04:43 PM by JimWayne

The details are alarming. At least a third of the 5000 or so Dutch patients who each year receive lethal doses of drugs from their doctors do not give their unequivocal consent. About 400 of these patients never even raise the issue of euthanasia with their doctors...But the most flagrant abuse of euthanasia was the killing of a two-day-old child with Down's syndrome - a child who would probably have lived for 40 to 50 years.

Is Byrd The Last Word On Reconciliation? ^ | 02/21/10 | CaroleL

Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 11:07:35 AM by CaroleL

As the Democrats attempt to ram their hugely unpopular idea of health care reform through the legislative process, there is increased interest in how that process works. There's been plenty of talk lately about reconciliation and how the Obama machine will most likely attempt to mis-use this part of the budget process and that brings us to another little known moment in US Senate history known as the Byrd Rule.

TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: healthcare; obamacare; socializedmedicine

1 posted on 02/21/2010 8:35:47 PM PST by socialismisinsidious
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To: long hard slogger; FormerACLUmember; Harrius Magnus; hocndoc; parousia; Hydroshock; ...

Socialized Medicine aka Universal Health Care daily digest PING LIST

FReepmail me if you want to be added to or removed from this daily digest ping list (one ping per day of links to pertinent articles).

2 posted on 02/21/2010 8:36:31 PM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: socialismisinsidious

Thanks for posting. Very important considering the bi-statist event coming up.

3 posted on 02/21/2010 8:46:01 PM PST by PGalt
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To: socialismisinsidious
Morning round up, will be gone most of the day, serving Lenten lunches at one of the local Churches. NOTE THE 35 TAXES


Teaming up with the Democrats?(The GOP throws an interception when it's 1st and goal on the Dem's 1)

Robert Reich Sounds Sci-Fi on Health Care

Teaming up with the Democrats on Healthcare Reform?

Obama Wants Insurance Rate Hike Regulation (Federal Government takeover through the backdoor)

4 posted on 02/22/2010 6:40:54 AM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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White House on public option: 'That's up to Leader Reid'

Obamacare: Socialism By Any Other Name

Survey finds states cutting back on mammograms

But Enough About Jobs, Have You Heard About My Health Plan?

New ObamaCare Plan in Bullets

Obama helped bring on the healthcare backlash

Obama Unveils Revised $1 Trillion Health Plan [Tea-Party March on DC?]

Health Care Theater

5 posted on 02/22/2010 1:52:36 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: PGalt


Sen. Scot Brown's number is 202-224-5443

Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3121

Lots of local demwit phone numbers on this thread.

6 posted on 02/22/2010 1:53:15 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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CBO: Obama health 'plan' too vague to analyze

5 freedoms you'd lose in health care reform - from CNN!

Obama Plan Ups Abortion Funding Via Community Health Centers

Old Wine in New Bottles Still Tastes Like Vinegar: Obama Unveils Health Plan!

(Michael Steele) ObamaCare Returns: Time to Send a Clear Message to Washington

Obama Health Plan Costs $950 Billion Over 10 Years

Why The President's "Take it or Leave it" Health Care Plan is Worse Than Congress'

Boehner: President's Health Proposal Jeopardizes Summit, Doubles Down on Failed Approach

Pelosi, Hoyer cool on Obama's health plan

House Republican rejects Obama health plan

7 posted on 02/22/2010 2:21:26 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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The President's Proposal: Health Care Plan (oh boy here we go!)

White House: If GOP Filibusters, We’ll Pass Health Reform Via Reconciliation

Obama puts forward last-ditch health care plan


Obama embraces Senate approach in new health-care plan

Summit of Spin (Obama's defines bipartisanship as Republican surrender)

8 posted on 02/22/2010 2:39:31 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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Washington, DC ( -- The new health care plan President Barack Obama released today contains massive abortion funding, but a top pro-life attorney who monitors bioethics issues says it presents other concerns. The changes Obama proposes to the Senate health care bill also promote rationing.

Burke Balch, an attorney who is the director of the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee, explained the problems to

"The Obama health care proposal issued this morning would take away from America’s senior citizens their current right to add their own money on top of the government Medicare contribution to get health insurance less likely to deny treatment through tightly controlled managed care," Balch said.

"It would do so even as it cuts the government contribution to Medicare by hundreds of billions of dollars," he adds.

Under “Title III . . . Guaranteeing Benefits for Seniors by Ending Overpayments to Insurance Companies,” Balch notes that the Obama proposal talks about Medicare Advantage plans -- the alternative that now allows older Americans, if they wish, to pay more to get insurance less likely to ration treatment.

The Obama plan says Medicare Advantage plans will “be prohibited from charging seniors more than they would pay for services delivered under the traditional Medicare program.”

Balch responds: "Thus, older Americans would be prohibited by law from making up the Medicare shortfall by using their own money to save their own lives."

"This means that, even as more and more doctors and other health care providers are leaving the Medicare program because of low government reimbursement rates – rates that under the Obama bill will decline still more in comparison to medical inflation – senior citizens will have nowhere to turn," the pro-life attorney explains. "Their only option will be tightly managed plans that provide less and less treatment."

The Obama proposal then goes on to claim that “all ideas that ration care...will be banned."

Balch calls that "genuine chutzpah" because the Obama plan makes that claim "even as it imposes what will be ever-increasing rationing on senior citizens."

The Senate health care bill already contains provisions that threaten to ration lifesaving medical treatment for seniors.

NRLC says state commissioners of the new health insurance exchanges created by the bill would be given significant power. They could deny people who are trying to obtain policies in the exchange the option of choosing health plans less likely to deny treatment, by limiting what they would be allowed to pay for such policies.

Related web sites:
National Right to Life Committee -

9 posted on 02/22/2010 4:57:57 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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[Is Obama's New Health Insurance Proposal] A Decoy Gambit?

Obama's ‘New’ Health Care Plan Would Use Tax Dollars to Pay for Abortions

10 posted on 02/22/2010 4:59:16 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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New health care plan, but with the same old problems

ObamaCare at Ramming Speed

Obama Doesn't Even Fake Bipartisanship Well

Patient Is Showing No Improvement

RUSH IN A HURRY -- Obamacare Tells the Nation: Screw You!

11 posted on 02/22/2010 7:07:29 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: GailA

Thanks for the pings.

12 posted on 02/22/2010 8:27:05 PM PST by PGalt
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Health care: Dems just don't have the votes

Harry Reid Says GOP Should "Stop Crying" About Reconciliation

Like Gillibrand and Schumer, Heather Graham Supports Public Option Reconciliation Vote

Vulnerable Democratic Congressmen Who Voted FOR Obamacare The First Time Around

The Big Bluff? (Health care bill)

Pelosi’s Last Charge (What makes her think it’ll be easier to sell Obamacare after it passes?)

Physician: Two-Thirds of ObamaCare Passed in Stimulus Package

Cook: Democrats Likely To Cut Cord On Many Incumbents

Hoyer: Public option on healthcare likely dead

Stupak Not On Board With ObamaCare 2.0

Boehner: “The American People Have Spoken: They Want Us to Scrap the Democrats’ Health Care Bill...

Obama relies heavily on Finance jobs bill to pay for health reform.

Boehner: GOP will 'crash' WH 'infomercial' on healthcare reform

Obama health care plan: He needs to cut medical costs first

When You Botch the Stimulus, No One Believes Your Health-Care Promises

13 posted on 02/23/2010 2:04:16 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: socialismisinsidious
We have Tenncare a form of Romney care and obamadeathcare.

Do some reading these are all articles from the beginning of the year. Older articles will tell you of the fraud, waste and earlier cuts.

TennCare cuts threaten Nashville General hospital | ...

TennCare Cuts Under Way Now

Call it coincidence or bad timing, but many physicians in Tennessee began taking a 14 percent cut for seeing TennCare patients on the same day Gov. Phil Bredesen announced deep cuts in health care spending.

TennCare Cuts May Close Some Hospitals

TennCare Cuts May Close Some Hospitals

Proposed TennCare funding cuts would close The Med, hospital officials say By Toby Sells
Published Friday, January 29, 2010

14 posted on 02/23/2010 4:01:11 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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