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Posted on 03/03/2010 7:24:08 PM PST by socialismisinsidious
The President vs. Health-Care Reform
Wall Street Journal ^ | March 2, 2010 | Holman Jenkins
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 5:49:56 AM by reaganaut1
Edited on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 7:34:22 AM by Admin Moderator. [history]
Unnoticed at the summit was a diatribe in which President Obama showed he has no patience for any kind of health-care reform that most Republicans, most economists and [some] Democrats believe innamely the kind that corrects the incentives that inflate costs.
Health care industry sick with medical waste
CNN ^ | 3/3/10 | John Bonifield
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 7:27:18 AM by xlib
Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, says hospitals mark up prices on medical bills to make up for lower payments the government pays through Medicare and Medicaid.
"They're making up for underpayments elsewhere," Umbdenstock said. "Certainly if you're the patient to whom the cost is being shifted you feel you are paying more than you should. The public programs need to pay their fare share. At the same time hospitals are trying to lower their cost of providing care, so that they don't have as great a gap."
Alice in Health Care: Part II
Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2010 | The great Thomas Sowell
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 8:24:25 AM by Kaslin
What is most like Alice in Wonderland is discussing medical care reform in the abstract, as if there are not already government-run medical care systems in this country and elsewhere.
Yet there seems to be remarkably little interest in examining how government-run medical care actually turns out-- medically and financially-- whether in Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration hospitals in this country, or in government-run medical systems in other countries.
Alice in Health Care: Part III (Thomas Sowell)
Creators Syndicate ^ | March 3, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 7:36:46 PM by jazusamo
With all the controversies, charges, counter-charges and buzzwords swirling around the issue of medical care in the United States, there is a lot to be said for going back to square one and asking just what is the fundamental problem.
The quality of the medical care itself is not the problem. Few if any countries can match American medical training, medical technology or the development of life-saving pharmaceutical drugs in the United States. Most countries with government-controlled medical care cannot come close to matching how fast an American can get medical treatment, particularly from specialists.
Health huddle delayed HHS meeting moved to W.H. (What this 'reform is all about')
politico ^ | 3/3/2010 | p
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 10:10:30 AM by milwguy
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebeliuss Wednesday meeting with CEOs from the top five insurance companies and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners has been rescheduled due to scheduling constraints, said HHS spokesman Nick Papas.
The meeting will now be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The location has been moved from HHS to the White Houses Roosevelt Room.
Senate Leaders decide to go route of "Reconciliation" on health care bill (Source - Politico email)
Email ^ | 3-3-2010 | Politico email
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 11:31:54 AM by Danae
POLITICO Breaking News to me
'MORE CONTROL' OVER HEALTH CARE' (Excerpts from Obama's healthcare speech)
politico.com ^ | March 3, 2010
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 12:43:25 PM by Free ThinkerNY
The White House released these excerpts of President Obama's prepared remarks on health care, to be delivered around 1:45 p.m.:
Obama to launch final push for health overhaul (What happened #1 Priority JOBS, Mr. Pres_ent?)
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/3/10 | Olivier Knox
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 12:58:32 PM by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (AFP) US President Barack Obama on Wednesday was to ring the final round bell of the year-long bout over his historic health care plan, pushing Congress for quick action over stiff Republican objections.
Obama was set to deliver his televised exhortation at 1:45 pm (1845 GMT) from the White House's ornate East Room after vainly extending Republicans an olive branch, offering to include four of their ideas in the legislation.
Thune: GOP preparing to slow or block health bill in Senate debate
thehill.com ^ | March 3, 2010 | Michael O'Brien
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 1:08:00 PM by Free ThinkerNY
Republicans are preparing to raise points of order and other roadblocks to the healthcare bill, a member of the Senate GOP leadership said Tuesday evening.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the fourth-ranking Senate Republican who serves as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, said the GOP is prepared for a number of scenarios in which they would seek to slow down or halt passage of healthcare legislation once it comes back before the Senate.
Leading Democrats confident they have the votes on healthcare
The Hill ^ | March 3, 2010 | Michael O'Brien
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 1:25:31 PM by jazusamo
Top Democrats expressed confidence on Wednesday that they have the votes to move forward with healthcare legislation.
Three members of the House Democratic leadership sent signals that they now believe they have rounded up enough votes to move forward on a healthcare bill.
"I think we have the votes for the Democrats to move this agenda forward and have had for some time," House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.), the fourth-ranking Democrat, said during an appearance on Fox News.
Obama: American people want Washington leaders to act on health care reform
Cox News ^ | 3-3-10 | ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writer
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 1:27:54 PM by cajuncow
WASHINGTON (Associated Press) -- Declaring the nation is "waiting for us to act" after a year of debate, President Barack Obama urged Congress Wednesday to enact his signature health care legislation swiftly. He said it now contains the best ideas from both political parties.
Obama says time for debating health care is over
Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2010 | ALAN FRAM
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 2:02:40 PM by Free ThinkerNY
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the time has come to pass legislation overhauling the health care system, asserting that "every argument has been made."
Speaking at the White House Wednesday, Obama said "now is the time to make a decision about how to finally reform health care so that it works" for individuals and businesses.
Time to act on health care, Obama declares
Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2010
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 2:14:38 PM by Free ThinkerNY
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama urged Congress Wednesday to vote "up or down" on sweeping health care legislation in the next few weeks, endorsing a plan that denies Senate Republicans the right to kill the bill by stalling with a filibuster.
"I don't see how another year of negotiations would help. Moreover, the insurance companies aren't starting over," Obama said, rejecting Republican calls to begin anew on an effort to remake the health care system.
Obama: 'Time to Make a Decision' on Health Care Reform
Fox News ^ | 3/3/2010
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 4:07:21 PM by antidemoncrat
President Obama urged Congress to schedule a vote on health care reform in the "next few weeks," declaring Wednesday that it's "time to make a decision" on the package that is the product of a yearlong debate.
Obama Calls for 'Up or Down' Vote on Health (VIDEO)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-03-10 | HENRY J. PULIZZI And LAURA MECKLER
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 6:13:45 PM by GOP_Lady
WASHINGTONLooking to push the "long and wrenching debate" over health care into its final stages, President Barack Obama asked lawmakers to schedule a vote on overhaul legislation "in the next few weeks."
Obama Health Care Speech Surrounded By Doctors in White Coats (Video)
hotairpundit ^ | 3/3/10 | HAP
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 3:16:56 PM by Talkradio03
First half of Obama's speech on ramming through health care reform against the will of the American people, shows the Docs walking out to provide Obama with a Clintonesque photo-op for health care reform (last time they were all Obama supporters) (Video)
In next health reform vote, Arcuri may say 'no' (One Rat flipping, need more)
utica daily news ^ | 3/3/10 | byran ackerman
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 4:15:54 PM by milwguy
U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, said Tuesday he would vote against the Senate version of the health care bill that could soon go before the House of Representatives for approval.
Oh my: Two House yes votes on ObamaCare may flip to no
Hot Air ^ | MARCH 3, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 7:49:42 PM by RobinMasters
Nothings certain but one of them looks solid and, given Pelosis margin, even one is potentially disastrous. Lets start with the solid. Blue Dog Michael Arcuri, come on down!
Arcuri, who voted in early November in favor of the House version of the health care bill, said he is against the Senate bill for three main reasons:
Raw Deal - What GOP Rep. Nathan Deal's resignation means for ObamaCare.
WSJ ^ | MARCH 2, 2010, 12:38 P.M. ET | JOHN FUND
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 8:17:58 PM by Fichori
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs one fewer vote to pass a health care bill thanks to the resignation yesterday of GOP Rep. Nathan Deal of Georgia. His departure next week will take sitting House members down to 431, meaning the magic number to pass health care drops to 216.
For Obama and Pelosi, health care is ego trip
Washington Examiner ^ | 2 March 2010 | Byron York
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 4:33:49 PM by Rummyfan
In the entire health care debate, among all the competing lawmakers, politicians, experts and pundits, there's just one person who has seen things from both sides of the political aisle. That is Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama, who was elected as a Democrat in 2008 and was part of the House Democratic caucus until last Dec. 22, when he switched sides to become a Republican. (Republican-turned-Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter doesn't count, because he switched parties in April 2009, before the current health care debate got underway.)
A Way Out for Obama: Faces his biggest test yet on health care reform (Gives BHO a vulgar pep talk)
Rolling Stone Magazine ^ | The March 18, 2010 Issue | Matt Taibbi
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 5:12:31 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
In the end, here's what the history of this attempt to reform health care comes down to: Barack Obama did everything wrong. Instead of using his vast post-electoral capital with the public to push for real reform and clean the Augean stables of the health care industry, he and his team of two-faced creeps like Rahm Emanuel took the Beltway-schmuck route and cut a backroom deal with the targeted industries buying their acquiescence to a theoretical future of regulatory oversight in exchange for an upfront mountain of taxpayer giveaways.
RUSH IN A HURRY -- What Qualifies Obama to Run Our Health Care?
RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 03-03-10 | Rush Limbaugh
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 6:02:30 PM by GOP_Lady
Flashback: Barack Obama Said Democrats Shouldn't Pass Health Care Without 60 Votes in Senate
rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 3/2/2010 | Rush Limbaugh
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 7:24:06 PM by Evil Slayer
RUSH: Let's go to the audio sound bites because I promised. April 25th, 2005, at the National Press Club, Senator Obama spoke about changing the filibuster rule.
OBAMA 2005: A change in the Senate rules that really, uh, I think would change the character of the Senate, uh, forever. [snip] Uhhh, and what I worry about would be th-th-that you essentially still have two chambers, the House and the Senate, but you have simply majoritarian, uhhh, absolute power on either side, and that's just not what the Founders intended.
Obamacare: Still a Threat to Your Life
American Spectator ^ | 3.3.10 | Peter Ferrara
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 6:18:56 PM by kingattax
The true reality of last week's health care summit, what was really going on between the lines, was ugly and scary.
I have been deeply involved in these health care debates for almost 30 years, ever since I co-authored the first paper published on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) with John Goodman in 1981.
Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes?
The weekly standard ^ | 6:15 PM, Mar 3, 2010 | BY John McCormack
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 6:32:47 PM by Track9
Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he's obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson's brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
CALL THE OBAMA 10 & TELL THEM TO STAND FIRM & VOTE NO ON OBAMACARE!
MarkLevinShow.com ^ | 3-3-10 | mark levin
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 6:42:37 PM by kingattax
Please be polite and call these congressmen and women.
McConnell: Republican candidates will call for repeal of health bill
The Hill ^ | 3/03/10 | Jordan Fabian -
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 8:25:00 PM by blueyon
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Republicans running in this fall's midterms will campaign on repealing the Democrats' healthcare reform bill should it pass.
McConnell held a press conference at the Capitol soon after President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to take a final "up-or-down vote" on the health bill, but did not use the word "reconciliation."
'Small Government Has Never Gotten Anybody Any Health Care'
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 8:30:46 PM by governsleastgovernsbest
Without big government, Americans are nossink, nossinkdo you hear me!?
On his MSNBC show this evening, Ed Schultz bellowed that "small government has never gotten anybody any health care." Got that, you weak, dependent Americans? You are incapable of getting anything done for yourself. Only big government can save you.
Barack Obama: I'll steamroll health reforms through Congress
Times UK ^ | 3/4/20100 | Tim Reid
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 8:44:28 PM by ricks_place
President Obama declared for the first time yesterday that he was prepared to steamroller his troubled health reform legislation through Congress with only Democratic support; a move Republicans denounced as the nuclear option.
159 Big Spending, Big Government Features of Obamacare
Right Wing News ^ | 3/3/10 | Warner Todd Huston
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 9:41:27 PM by rhema
When Obama says that his Obamacare healthcare plan isn't a big government take over of healthcare he really is simply lying outright to the nation (well, let's be honest, it's not really his plan because the Democrats wrote it and he had no real input into it).
Here is a list of 159 new programs, administrative boards, and bureaucracies that the Democrat Party's healthcare bill creates:
Stupak: 12 previous health bill supporters could flip over abortion
THE HILL ^ | 03/03/10 05:15 PM ET | By Michael O'Brien
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 9:45:57 PM by onyx
The Senate's healthcare bill would lose 12 Democratic votes in the House, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said Wednesday.
GOP-Proposed Tort Reform Would Reduce Health Care Costs (but Obama is just giving it lip service)
fox news ^ | 3/3/2010 | Jim Angle
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 9:54:41 PM by tobyhill
President Obama is taking a small step on one issue, malpractice lawsuit reform, that Republicans believe is an easy way to reduce health care costs.
Good resource mark it saved.
Scott M. Matheson Jr. Circuit Court Nominee: Obama Buying Healthcare Votes?
Secret Memo: ObamaCare VoteDays Away
Forget Reconciliation, Why the Real Fight Is In the House
Could Issue of Abortion Derail Health Care Bill ? ....(deep divide among Democrats)
Some Dems are wary of Obama’s final health push
Game Changer? Not in the Way Intended
The Left is trying to Date Rape the Country
GOP portrays Dems as evil Scooby, Cruella
Obama calls for reconciliation to prevent filibuster on health-care reform
Obama’s Malignant Narcissism
The same rotten Rx
He’s deaf to only voice of reason in cult of lackeys
Dems at risk of decades in desert
STOP THE MADNESS! Stop Bob Corker & the Godawful Banking Bureaucracy Boondoggle
Republican Fundraising Document Portrays Democrats As Evil
The Count (more bad news for Pelosi: Kratovil a “no”, Schrader now undecided)
Tom Harkin: The GOP doesnt want us to pass this bill because they know America will love it
Howard Dean: Health bill hangs Dem incumbents and Obama out to dry in elections
Pop Quiz: Which D.C. Politician Wants to Takeover Your Vitamins?
White House ratcheted its push for a quick healthcare vote
GOP congressman to delay resignation so he can vote no on ObamaCare- Nathan Deal of Georgia
Here’s the Score [tough math for Obamacare to pass]
Senators: Lift ban on gays donating blood
Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes? [How Much Lower Do We Go?]
Question of the day: Does the GOP have enough balls?
Dems plan ‘pain’ for GOP if they drag out health debate
Democrats Drive Over a Cliff on Healthcare
Pelosi: Health Care Reform Will Not Lead to Federal Funding of Abortion (video)
More is added daily.
From TN Eagle Forum this morning, these are the people they want contacted ASAP.
How Democrats could pass health bill with 51 votes
PLEASE CALL! DC OFFICE LOCAL OFFICE State District
Harry Mitchell (202) 225-2190, (480) 946-2411 AZ 5th District
Gabrielle Giffords (202) 225-2542, (520) 881-3588 AZ 8th District
Ann Kirkpatrick (202) 225-2315 , (928) 226-6914 AZ 1st District
Jerry McNerney (202) 225-1947, 925-833-0643 CA 11th District
John Salazar 202-225-4761, 970-245-7107 CO 3rd District
Jim Himes (202) 225-5541, (866) 453-0028 CT 4th District
Alan Grayson (202) 225-2176, (407) 841-1757 FL 8th District
Bill Foster (202) 225-2976, 630-406-1114 IL 14th District
Baron Hill 202 225 5315, 812 288 3999 IN 9th District
Mark Schauer (202) 225-6276, (517) 780-9075 MI 7th District
Gary Peters (202) 225-5802, (248) 273-4227 MI 9th District
Dina Titus (202) 225-3252, 702-256-DINA (3462) NV 3rd District
Carol Shea-Porter (202) 225-5456, (603) 743-4813 NH 1st District
Tim Bishop (202) 225-3826 (631) 696-6500 NY 1st District
John Hall (202) 225-5441, (845) 225-3641 x49371 NY 19th District
Bill Owens (202) 225-4611, (315) 782-3150 NY 23rd District
Mike Arcuri (202)225-3665, (315)793-8146 NY 24th District
Dan Maffei (202) 225-3701, (315) 423-5657 NY 25th District
Earl Pomeroy (202) 225-2611, (701) 224-0355 ND At-Large District
Steven Driehaus (202) 225-2216, (513) 684-2723 OH 1st District
Mary Jo Kilroy (202) 225-2015, (614) 294-2196 OH 15th District
Zach Space (202) 225-6265, (330) 364-4300 OH 18th District
Kathy Dahlkemper (202) 225-5406, (814) 456-2038 PA 3rd District
Patrick Murphy (202) 225-4276, (215) 826-1963 PA 8th District
Christopher Carney (202) 225-3731, (570) 585-9988 PA 10th District
Paul Kanjorski (202) 225-6511, (570) 825-2200 PA 11th District
John Spratt (202) 225-5501, (803)327-1114 SC 5th District
Tom Perriello (202) 225-4711, (276) 656-2291 VA 5th District
Alan Mollohan (202) 225-4172, (304) 623-4422 WVA 1st District
Nick Rahall (202) 225-3452, (304) 252-5000 WVA 3rd District
Steve Kagen (202) 225-5665, (920) 437-1954 WI 8th District