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Heritage President Ed Feulner Responds to President Obama’s Claims
The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 31, 2010 | Ed Feulner

Posted on 03/30/2010 9:11:58 AM PDT by Stoat


President Obama this morning cited The Heritage Foundation’s research in an attempt to sell his health care package as a “middle of the road, centrist approach.” We take great exception to this misuse of our work and abuse of our name. This is but the latest act in a campaign to sell this big-government program as a moderate law that incorporates conservative ideas. Americans should not be fooled.

Let’s be very clear: We oppose this new law because it is a radical new intrusion into the daily lives of all Americans and a massive takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy. We view the President’s health care law as inimical to our national interests and offensive to the historic American dedication to the principle of self-government.

Our research has shown that President Obama’s health approach is financially unsustainable and will ultimately lead to health care rationing, a lower quality of care and a greater degree of dependence on government. We deplore those outcomes and are committed to making the intellectual case for this law’s repeal.
What part of that does President Obama not understand?

Specifically, President Obama told NBC’s Today Show host Matt Lauer that a centerpiece of his health care package, “in terms of the exchange, just being able to pool and improve the purchasing power of individuals in the insurance market—that originated from The Heritage Foundation.”

But the President knows full well—or he ought to learn before he speaks—that the exchanges we and most others support are very different from those in his package. True exchanges are simply a market mechanism to enable families to choose their health insurance. President Obama’s exchanges, by contrast, are a vehicle to introduce sweeping regulation and federal standardization on health insurance.

Moreover, we completely disagree that President Obama’s law improves the purchasing power of individuals in the insurance market. On the contrary, it will create a staggeringly complex and costly insurance system that will drive up premiums for Americans.

The President’s health care law is only eight days old, and already it has cost our economy billions of dollars. Late last week, AT&T alone took a $1 billion charge because of the impact of the bill, and the consulting firm Towers Watson told the Wall Street Journal that the total hit this year will reach nearly $14 billion. It is sad, given the present state of our economy, that the President’s party in Congress has reacted not by trying to find ways to spare the jobs that will be lost because of this law. Instead, they are trying to intimidate companies that take such charges with threats that they will be hauled in before the Energy and Commerce Committee.

It is also revealing that President Obama is still struggling to sell the American people on a bill that he and his party rammed through passage by a narrow margin in the face of bipartisan opposition. It is a sign of desperation that he, his handlers and the media echo chamber are reverting to the campaign practice of selling the President and his policies as centrist, middle of the road and aisle-crossing. As the country has found out the hard way in the past 15 months, they are none of those things.

The President has made a habit of using conservative talking points when trying to sell a liberal ideology because he knows that this is a center-right country that rejects his agenda when articulated honestly. His supporters have even tried to pin the blame of the potentially unconstitutional individual mandate on us. This approach brushes over the details of our research and ignores our ability to evolve past further developed research.

Over 16,000 new IRS agents will be hired by the government to enforce the President’s mandate on the American people. The President’s health care plan also raises premiums, taxes, and costs while lowering quality, and expanding Medicaid. These are not conservative ideas.

And let’s be clear, these are not ideas Heritage has ever, or would ever, support.

We made every effort over the past year to share our ideas for better health care reform with the President and members of both parties in Congress, but were not invited behind the closed doors. Now, after the bill is signed, it seems the President wishes we were along for the ride. We were not. We remain fervently opposed to the President’s partisan plan, and urge its immediate repeal. This is not common politics, it’s common sense.

Had President Obama limited his bill to centrist elements, he would have won wide bipartisan support for effective reform both within Congress and among the American people. He would have won it, too, at a fraction of the cost of this intolerable, huge and intrusive legislation. He would not now be facing popular rejection by the American people. And he would not need to misrepresent Heritage policies and positions in an attempt to give his radical health plan the patina of respectability.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: edfeulner; feulner; hcr; heritage; heritagefoundation; nobama; obama; obamacare; zerocare
Ed Feulner


Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. is the President of The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s leading public policy organization or think tank. On January 18, 1989 President Reagan conferred the Presidential Citizens Medal on him as "a leader of the conservative movement." The citation continues: "By building an organization dedicated to ideas and their consequences, he has helped to shape the policy of our Government. His has been a voice of reason and values in service to his country and the cause of freedom around the world."

Feulner also serves as Treasurer and Trustee of The Mont Pelerin Society; Trustee and former Chairman of the Board of The Intercollegiate Studies Institute; member of the Board of the National Chamber Foundation; member of the Board of Visitors of George Mason University; and Trustee of the Acton Institute and the International Republican Institute. He is past president of various organizations including The Philadelphia Society and the Mont Pelerin Society, and past Director of Sequoia Bank, Regis University and the Council for National Policy.

Dr. Feulner has studied at the University of Edinburgh (Ph.D.-Founding President, American Friends of the University), the London School of Economics (Richard M. Weaver Fellow), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA-Recipient, Joseph Wharton Award), Georgetown University, and Regis University (B.S.-Distinguished Alumnus Award). He has received honorary degrees from Pepperdine University, Nichols College,Grove City College, Bellevue College, Gonzaga University, Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala), Hanyang University (Korea), St. Norbert College, Hillsdale College, and Thomas More College.

Feulner served on the Gingrich-Mitchell Congressional Task Force on U.N. Reform (2004-2005) and the Congressional Commission on International Financial Institutions ("Meltzer Commission," 1999-2000). He was the Vice Chairman of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform ("Kemp Commission," 1995-1996), Counselor to Vice Presidential candidate Jack Kemp (1996), Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (1982-91), a Consultant for Domestic Policy to President Reagan, and an advisor to several government departments and agencies. He was a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellows (1981-83), of the Secretary of State’s UNESCO Review Observation Panel (1985-89), of the Carlucci Commission on Foreign Aid (1983), and served as a United States Representative to the United Nations Second Special Session on Disarmament (with the rank of Ambassador) where he delivered the final United States address to the General Assembly (1982).

Dr. Feulner served as the Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Confidential Assistant to Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird, Administrative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Philip M. Crane (R-Illinois), and as a Public Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He is the author of six books: Getting America Right (2006), Leadership for America (2000), Intellectual Pilgrims (1999), The March of Freedom (1998),Conservatives Stalk The House (1983), and Looking Back (1981). He is the editor of U.S.–Japan Mutual Security: The Next Twenty Years and China: The Turning Point, and a contributor to ten other books and numerous journals, reviews and magazines. He was the Publisher of Policy Review (1977-2001), and articles by him have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Washington Times and other major newspapers. He is a regular contributor to Investor's Business Daily. As a member of Investor's Business Daily's "Brain Trust," he regularly contributes op-eds on issues of special interest to financial markets. His weekly column appears in dozens of newspapers across the country.

On a personal note, he is married to Linda Claire Leventhal. The Feulners have two married children, Edwin J. Feulner III, and Emily Lown. The Feulners live in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Feulner is listed in standard reference works including the current edition of Who’s Who in America.


1 posted on 03/30/2010 9:11:58 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: Stoat
Had trouble with the link.
2 posted on 03/30/2010 9:21:59 AM PDT by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: Stoat

http://blog.heritage.org/2010/03/30/heritage-president-ed-feulner-responds-to-president-obama%E2%80%99s-claims/


3 posted on 03/30/2010 9:22:45 AM PDT by Chattering Class of 58
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To: Toddsterpatriot; Mase; expat_panama

Just give it a few years, Mr. Feulner . . . your objection will be forgotten . . . and the anti-Heritage crowd will use Obama’s words to club you over the head.


4 posted on 03/30/2010 9:23:21 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Stoat

0bama is a consummate liar; he sets a new standard for lying, even among politicians. I wouldn’t believe him if he told me the sun was hot.


5 posted on 03/30/2010 9:24:04 AM PDT by henkster (A broken government does not merit full faith and credit.)
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To: astyanax

More OBAMA lies and deception. He is the Bamboozler in Chief.


6 posted on 03/30/2010 9:24:10 AM PDT by LALALAW (one of the asses whose sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: astyanax; Chattering Class of 58

Sorry about that, and thank you both for your help :-)


7 posted on 03/30/2010 9:25:49 AM PDT by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat

I guess Ed didn’t get the memo saying this was good for America


8 posted on 03/30/2010 9:27:52 AM PDT by PMAS
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To: Stoat
Our research has shown that President Obama’s health approach is financially unsustainable and will ultimately lead to health care rationing, a lower quality of care and a greater degree of dependence on government.

And the best part is that all this will cost more money than the current system in place now.

9 posted on 03/30/2010 9:31:13 AM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: henkster

This is one of his SOPs. Caterpillar says it will save them money (oops, no). This idea came from the GOP (oops, no). Heritage originated this concept (oops, no).

I have a feeling he’s been doing this since he was a young child. Most of his life he’s been surrounded by people so busy fawning over him that it’s probably been rare that anyone has told him to cut it out.


10 posted on 03/30/2010 9:31:57 AM PDT by freespirited (I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise. --Robert Frost)
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To: Stoat

“Moslem Heritage Foundation President Berky Hussein Obummer Responds to His Own Lies”


11 posted on 03/30/2010 9:31:57 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: henkster

He is likely everything you say, but someone on his staff feeds him this stuff. You know he doesn’t take the time to read the bill or any part of it. He gets briefings and talking points from his staff. He has a Communications Director, his Former Campaign Manager and those Chicago crooks Axelrod, Rahm and Jarrett surrounding him and they will say anything anytime to make their point.


12 posted on 03/30/2010 9:35:28 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Stoat

13 posted on 03/30/2010 9:37:03 AM PDT by cranked
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To: astyanax

This is exactly the kind of intelligent, controlled reply I’d expect from Heritage. This is why I’m a member, and why I send extra funds when I can.


14 posted on 03/30/2010 9:42:21 AM PDT by Mich Patriot
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To: Stoat

I so hope he will Demand NBC give him equal time to refute it
and that the POS matt lauer has to sit there and listen

MSM is trying to kill US


15 posted on 03/30/2010 9:42:53 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: Stoat

Anyone still watch the Today Show?


16 posted on 03/30/2010 9:45:13 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Stoat
SOP for marxist thugs - if you can't isolate and polarize, then you co-opt (a fancy word for theft, basically), and try to change reality into fantasy by yelling louder than anyone else.

Crossing Obama II
17 posted on 03/30/2010 9:45:49 AM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: b4its2late
Anyone still watch the Today Show?

I'm guessing that it's still popular among some elements of the prison population and in hospital wards where patients are prevented from changing the channel.

Beyond that, there's the self-abuse crowd, the families of the crew and stars of the program, and the DNC.

I think that's about it.......

18 posted on 03/30/2010 9:51:56 AM PDT by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat

This would be like Obama claiming that his political ideology originated from Ronald Reagan.


19 posted on 03/30/2010 9:52:41 AM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: astyanax

Bottom line is this thing is now law. If it’s not stopped in November it will never be stopped.

Let’s say the insurance companies will go out of business, and they will. After a few years we try to change back to the old system. I don’t see new insurance companies springing up and going back to business as usual over night. These companies took years to build. Now we’re stuck with this and there’s nothing we can do about it.

This must be stopped no later than next January. And that may be too late.


20 posted on 03/30/2010 9:53:06 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("God, please send Pat Leahy to Murtha's house.")
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To: Stoat

Who has been affected so far? I’m on Medicare and have not been. Anyone with a real story?


21 posted on 03/30/2010 9:54:16 AM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: astyanax


obamablueboy



22 posted on 03/30/2010 9:54:25 AM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

To shamelessly claim that Obamacare is pretty much what the Heritage Foundation has proposed amounts to blasphemy.


23 posted on 03/30/2010 9:59:17 AM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: ex-snook
Who has been affected so far? I’m on Medicare and have not been. Anyone with a real story?

From the article:

The President’s health care law is only eight days old, and already it has cost our economy billions of dollars. Late last week, AT&T alone took a $1 billion charge because of the impact of the bill, and the consulting firm Towers Watson told the Wall Street Journal that the total hit this year will reach nearly $14 billion. It is sad, given the present state of our economy, that the President’s party in Congress has reacted not by trying to find ways to spare the jobs that will be lost because of this law. Instead, they are trying to intimidate companies that take such charges with threats that they will be hauled in before the Energy and Commerce Committee.

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This is only the tip of the iceberg, as most of the provisions of this monstrosity will only kick into play several years from now.  By the time you see a change in your personal situation, it will already be far, far too late to stop it.

24 posted on 03/30/2010 10:00:16 AM PDT by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: rrstar96

“Shameless” is okay in their world.


25 posted on 03/30/2010 10:00:46 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: ex-snook

The things that will effect you wont kick until for a couple of years.


26 posted on 03/30/2010 10:02:10 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Stoat

Thanks for posting this. Obama is an ass.


27 posted on 03/30/2010 10:05:51 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: LALALAW

He is the Obamination!


28 posted on 03/30/2010 10:07:36 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: ex-snook
My premium on my HSA just went up $50 a month. I've been told "we now cover preventative care" but I have no idea what that really means since I haven't seen a new policy.

I'm glad the Republicans saved HSAs, but I'm not harboring any delusions about the costs.

29 posted on 03/30/2010 10:09:18 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: GVnana
Thanks for posting this.

You're quite welcome, and I'm delighted that you've found it to be worthwhile :-)

 Obama is an ass.

Although I take exception to insulting noble and helpful animals by a comparison to someone who is actively and intentionally attempting to destroy our great Nation, I do grasp your meaning and agree ;-)

30 posted on 03/30/2010 10:10:56 AM PDT by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: ex-snook

You haven’t yet, because many of the laws rules haven’t gone into effect yet.

Health care reform timeline: Immediate change, long-term steps

Parts of the plan won’t be fully phased in for a decade, but ultimately 94 percent of eligible Americans would have coverage. (Which btw, doesn’t guarantee quality medical care!)

Here’s a timeline of some changes.

This year

• Sets up a high-risk health insurance pool to provide affordable coverage for uninsured people with medical problems.

• Starting six months after enactment, requires all health insurance plans to maintain dependent coverage for children until they turn 26.

• For children with medical problems, prohibits insurers from writing a policy that excludes payment for the particular condition. Insurers in the individual market could still deny new coverage to children in poor health.

• Bars insurance companies from putting lifetime dollar limits on coverage, and canceling policies except for fraud.

• Provides tax credits to help small businesses with up to 25 employees get and keep coverage for their employees.

• Begins narrowing the Medicare prescription coverage gap by providing a $250 rebate to seniors in the gap, which starts this year once they have spent $2,830. It would be fully closed by 2020.

• Reduces projected Medicare payments to hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes, hospices and other providers.

• Imposes 10 percent sales tax on indoor tanning.

2011

• Creates a voluntary long-term care insurance program to provide a modest cash benefit helping disabled people stay in their homes, or cover nursing home costs. Benefits can begin five years after people start paying a fee for the coverage.

• Provides Medicare recipients in the prescription coverage gap with a 50 percent discount on brand name drugs; begins phasing in additional drug discounts to close the gap by 2020.

• Provides 10 percent Medicare bonus to primary care doctors and general surgeons practicing in underserved areas, such as inner cities and rural communities; improves preventive coverage.

• Freezes payments to Medicare Advantage plans, the first step in reducing payments to the private insurers who serve about one-fourth of seniors. The reductions would be phased in over three to seven years. (2018)

• Boosts (through tax increases) funding for community health centers, which provide existing basic care for many low-income and uninsured people.

• Requires employers to report the value of health care benefits on employees’ W-2 tax statements. First time in history a tax will be added for medical insurance, increasing the taxable income level/payment for all Americans including those under $250,000.00

• Imposes $2.3 billion annual fee on drug makers, increasing over time. Increasing the cost of medication, to all Americans. This is NOT Bushes fault.

2012

• Sets up program (and increase taxes) to create nonprofit insurance co-ops that would compete with commercial insurers.

• Initiates Medicare payment reforms by encouraging hospitals and doctors to band together in quality-driven “accountable care organizations” along the lines of the Mayo Clinic. Sets up a pilot program to test more efficient ways of paying hospitals, doctors, nursing homes and other providers who care for Medicare patients from admission through discharge. Successful experiments would be widely adopted.

• Penalizes hospitals with high rates of preventable re-admissions by reducing Medicare payments. Causing the closer of hospitals, creating more “Walter reed army medical centers”.

2013

• Standardizes insurance company paperwork, first in a series of steps to reduce administrative costs.

• Limits medical expense contributions to tax-sheltered flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to $2,500 a year, indexed for inflation. Raises threshold for claiming itemized tax deduction for medical expenses from 7.5 percent of income to 10 percent. People over 65 can still deduct medical expenses above 7.5 percent of income through 2016. 2017 people over 65 itemized tax deduction for medical expenses will increase to 10 percent.

• Increases Medicare payroll tax on couples making more than $250,000 and individuals making more than $200,000. The tax rate on wages above those thresholds would rise to 2.35 percent from the current 1.45 percent. Also adds a new tax of 3.8 percent on income from investments, for all.

• Imposes a 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices. Eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and many everyday items bought at the drug store are exempt.

2014

• Prohibits insurers from denying coverage to people with medical problems, or refusing to renew their policy. Health plans cannot limit coverage based on pre-existing conditions, or charge higher rates to those in poor health. Premiums can only vary by age (no more than 3-to-1), place of residence, family size and tobacco use.

• Coverage expansion goes into high gear as states create new health insurance exchanges — supermarkets for individuals and small businesses to buy coverage. People who already have employer coverage won’t see any changes. Until there employer coverage is discontinued

• Provides income-based tax credits for most consumers in the exchanges, substantially reducing costs for many. Sliding scale credits phase out completely for households above four times the federal poverty level, about $88,000 for a family of four. Creating a European style socialized medical care

• Medicaid expanded to cover low-income people up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, about $29,300 for a family of four. Low-income childless adults covered for the first time, at a different rate.

• Requires citizens and legal residents to have health insurance, except in cases of financial hardship, or pay a fine to the IRS. Penalty starts at $95 per person in 2014, rising to $695 in 2016. Family penalty capped at $2,250. Penalties indexed for inflation after 2016.

• Penalizes employers with more than 50 workers if any of their workers get coverage through the exchange and receive a tax credit. The penalty is $2,000 times the total number of workers employed at the company. However, employers get to deduct the first 30 workers.

2018

• Imposes a tax on employer-sponsored health insurance worth more than $10,200 for individual coverage, $27,500 for a family plan. The tax is 40 percent of the value of the plan above the thresholds, indexed for inflation.

2020

• Doughnut hole coverage gap in Medicare prescription benefit is phased out. Seniors continue to pay the standard 25 percent of their drug costs until they reach the threshold for Medicare catastrophic coverage of $4550, when their copayments drop to 5 percent.


31 posted on 03/30/2010 10:12:47 AM PDT by SZonian (We began as a REPUBLIC, a nation of laws. We became a DEMOCRACY, majority rules. Next step is?)
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To: henkster
0bama is a consummate liar; he sets a new standard for lying, even among politicians. I wouldn’t believe him if he told me the sun was hot.

You pretty much covered what I was about to write. But in addition, I'd make sure to keep my hand on my wallet while I was in his presence as he was lying to me as well.

32 posted on 03/30/2010 10:20:45 AM PDT by highlander_UW (Happiness doesn't come from owning something; it comes from being a part of something)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

He is Will Farrell’s character Ron Burgundy from the movie “Anchorman.” 0bama will say anything that’s on the teleprompter. I mean ANYTHING.


33 posted on 03/30/2010 11:18:00 AM PDT by henkster (A broken government does not merit full faith and credit.)
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To: cranked

bttt :)


34 posted on 03/30/2010 11:21:26 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Sowell's book, Intellectuals and Society, eviscerates the fantasies that uphold leftist thought)
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To: LALALAW

Every person on the left that is trying to defend this abomination LIES.

“You’ll be able to keep your employer insurance.”
“Premiums will go down.”
“There is no penalty for not buying insurance, and it will not be enforced by the IRS.”

many, many more.

And these people showing up because they think that healthcare is now “free” - they HAD to get that idea somewhere.


35 posted on 03/30/2010 11:22:56 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: henkster

I wish somebody would hack into his teleprompter and pull a Ron Burgundy on him.


36 posted on 03/30/2010 11:56:12 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Give them 2.54 cm and they'll take 1.61 km.)
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To: Stoat
Dr. Feulner needs to get on the Today Show, ASAP.
37 posted on 03/30/2010 12:04:51 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: Stoat
I'm guessing that it's still popular among some elements of the prison population and in hospital wards where patients are prevented from changing the channel.

LOL! Thanks for the chuckle.

38 posted on 03/30/2010 12:24:12 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: SZonian
• Requires citizens and legal residents to have health insurance, except in cases of financial hardship, or pay a fine to the IRS. Penalty starts at $95 per person in 2014, rising to $695 in 2016. Family penalty capped at $2,250. Penalties indexed for inflation after 2016.

So illegals are exempted which means either the providers are going to have to eat their costs or the gvmt pays.

39 posted on 03/30/2010 12:32:53 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Stoat

0haha lies and our nation dies.


40 posted on 03/30/2010 3:53:07 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Use your $'s as weapons! Boycott Gay Frisco, since they keep Pelosi in congress.)
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To: SZonian

bttt


41 posted on 03/30/2010 6:27:18 PM PDT by Pagey (B. Hussein Obama has no experience running anything, except his pedestrian mouth.)
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To: b4its2late

That’s the way I read it too...


42 posted on 03/31/2010 4:42:58 AM PDT by SZonian (We began as a REPUBLIC, a nation of laws. We became a DEMOCRACY, majority rules. Next step is?)
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