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  • Land Of The Fee (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    09/09/2009 5:23:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 667+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 9, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee wants levies on insurers to pay for ObamaCare and fines for families who don't sign up. We can cut costs and expand coverage without sacrificing freedom.To keep ObamaCare alive, Montana Democrat Max Baucus has proposed a Rube Goldberg scheme of fees and fines on insurers and the uninsured designed to forcibly bring everyone into the loving and protective arms of the nanny state. To help finance his Plan B, Baucus would impose annual fees of $6 billion on health insurers, $4 billion on medical-device makers, $2.3 billion on drug manufacturers and $750...
  • Vive Le French Care? (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    08/26/2009 5:33:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 932+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | IBD Editorials | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Systems: Health care in France is often held up as a model the U.S. might follow. Yet the French have their own problems that show there's no such thing as a free lunch — or a free doctor's visit.Call it the grass-is-greener syndrome. Advocates of national health care, acknowledging the flaws in ObamaCare yet despising the current U.S. system that has the best medicines, the best medical equipment and the shortest waiting lists, have turned their eyes lovingly to places like France. As City Journal contributing editor Guy Sorman notes, the French would also love to have the low-cost,...
  • Woe, Canada! (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    08/20/2009 6:19:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,254+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 20, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Medical Care: A leaked report shows that Vancouver's health authority is considering cutting thousands of surgeries to balance the budget. However organized, government-run health care inevitably leads to rationing.Defenders of ObamaCare continually point out that their plan is not like Canada's, that holding that country's system up as an example of impending medical doom is invalid. Canada's system is different. Instead of having a single national plan, Canada's national health insurance, a kind of public option, is composed of 13 interlocking provincial and territorial plans, all framed under the Canada Health Act. But based on a report leaked to the...
  • Congressmen On Milk Cartons?

    08/18/2009 5:29:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 840+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 18, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leadership: Scores of congressmen and women are trying to hide from their constituents this August recess as the revolt over ObamaCare continues. If you haven't seen him or her lately, you might try your refrigerator.IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For FailureIt's amazing how frightened of the community the party of the great community organizer has become now that the community has organized itself against his attempt to impose socialized medicine on the country. They cheered when he told them to get in the faces of their opponents. Now they won't show their faces, period. Senate Majority Whip Dick...
  • American Cancer Care Beats The Rest (especially Britain and Canada)

    08/12/2009 9:26:10 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 10 replies · 729+ views
    Manhattan Institute ^ | June 22, 2008 | David Gratzer
    Why do the British lag behind American survival rates? Screening standards are different. In the United States, internists recommend that men 50 and older get screened for colon cancer; in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, screening begins at 75. And British patients wait much longer to see specialists. A Clinical Oncology study of British lung cancer treatment found in 2000 that 20% "of potentially curable patients became incurable on the waiting list." Novel drugs offered here often aren't available there; for instance, Avastin, a drug for advanced colon cancer, is prescribed more often in the U.S. than...
  • Shovel-Ready Health Care

    08/10/2009 6:00:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,657+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | August 10, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Care: There might not be a "death panel," as Sarah Palin described it, but federal bureaucrats will be making end-of-life decisions. That's why state-run medicine is a leading cause of death in Britain and Canada.A post on the former Alaska governor's Facebook page has caused a stir by discussing openly what many privately fear and something we have written about. End-of-life counseling and efforts to measure cost-effectiveness of treatment will combine in a perfect storm to ration care in a way that lets the government decide who lives and who dies. "The America I know and love is not...
  • Reparations By Way Of Health Care Reform

    08/10/2009 3:56:08 PM PDT · by RebelYell1990 · 16 replies · 1,104+ views
    Investors.com ^ | 7/27/09
    Legislation: Still believe in post-racial politics? Read the health care bill. It's affirmative action on steroids, deciding everything from who becomes a doctor to who gets treatment on the basis of skin color. President Obama is on the record as being officially opposed to reparations for slavery. But as with other issues, you have to sift through his eloquent rhetoric and go beyond the teleprompter to get at what he really means.
  • Geezers With Pitchforks Vs. The AARP

    08/07/2009 6:08:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies · 3,707+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure Discourse: At a town hall last week in Dallas, an elderly "mob" with "manufactured" outrage questioned AARP's support for nationalized health care, asking: "Do you work for us or do we work for you?"There were no swastika-wearing grannies at Tuesday's meeting, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might claim. Nor were they "taking their cues from talk show hosts, Internet rumor-mongers . . . and insurance rackets," as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said. But they were mad as hell at the perception that AARP was selling them out in the...
  • Expanding Health Coverage May Not Improve Access

    08/07/2009 9:48:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 582+ views
    HealthDay via Yahoo! News ^ | August 7, 2009 | By Karen Pallarito
    FRIDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Even if Congress extends health coverage to the nation's 46 million uninsured Americans, there's no guarantee that everyone will have access to care -- unless payment reforms and new models of care are adopted, some experts say. "As more people have insurance, they will try to get appointments with more doctors, and that will lead to dramatic increases in the time it takes to get an appointment." Depending on the coverage people have, where they live and whether they have an existing relationship with a physician, some Americans could encounter long delays in getting...
  • History Of The Democrats And The KKK.....(Why the Democrats started the KKK)

    08/06/2009 9:59:36 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 31 replies · 4,376+ views
    The original targets of the Ku Klux Klan were Republicans, both black and white, according to a new television program and book, which describe how the Democrats started the KKK and for decades harassed the GOP with lynchings and threats. An estimated 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites died at the end of KKK ropes from 1882 to 1964. The documentation has been assembled by David Barton of Wallbu More..ilders and published in his book "Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White," which reveals that not only did the Democrats work hand-in-glove with the Ku Klux Klan for...
  • Codex Threatens Health of Billions

    08/06/2009 8:20:56 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 368 replies · 7,348+ views
    Natural News ^ | 7/30/2009 | Barbara Minton, Editor
    Your right to eat healthy food and use supplements of your choice is rapidly vanishing, but every effort has been made to keep you in the dark about the coming nutricide. Codex Alimentarius is scheduled for full global implementation on December 31, 2009, and not a word has been spoken in main stream media about this threat to humanity. Yet, according to the projections based on figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a minimum of 3 billion people will die from the Codex mandated vitamin and mineral guideline alone. Former Nazi is...
  • Obama’s questionnaire responses at odds with health care claim

    08/06/2009 12:02:03 PM PDT · by NEOhio · 9 replies · 1,146+ views
    Justfacts. a resource for independent thinkers ^ | August 5, 2009 | James D. Agresti
    Obama’s questionnaire responses at odds with health care claim By James D. Agresti August 5, 2009 Click for more detailed footnoted version In a speech before the American Medical Association on June 15, 2009, President Obama lashed out at those claiming he is pursuing a stealth agenda to socialize the U.S. healthcare system. Declaring that his health care plan is not “a Trojan horse for a single-payer system,” Obama vowed, “So, when you hear the naysayers claim that I’m trying to bring about government-run health care, know this – they are not telling the truth.” However, Obama’s responses to a...
  • The Cure That's Worse Than the Disease

    08/07/2009 6:37:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 494+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    Senate negotiators moved a step closer to a comprehensive health care package this week, but the American public seems increasingly wary of what "reform" might mean. The latest polls show that the majority of Americans are satisfied with their own health insurance and are now worried that they might be the big losers once Washington starts meddling. And for all the talk about the uninsured in the current health debate, the most important constituency in determining whether a health care package passes Congress may turn out to be the happily insured. According to the latest Rasmussen poll on the topic,...
  • Geraldo Rivera complains: Obamacare is coming apart

    08/07/2009 6:46:16 AM PDT · by pabianice · 55 replies · 2,285+ views
    Fox Morning News | 8/7/09
    This morning Geraldo Rivera had a small tantrum on the Fox Morning Show as he tried to defend Obamacare to the rest of the guests who weren't having any of it. I was surprised and disappointed to hear Rivera say that he believes in Obamacare and that opposition to it in town hall meetings is being organized by Obama-hating professional right-wing goons. He then raised eyebrows by offering that Obamacare is disintegrating before the Dems' eyes (despite the Libs' bussing-in violent union thugs, whom Obama describes as "grass roots supporters" of Obama).
  • Gov't Care: A Victory For Special Interests

    08/06/2009 5:56:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 165+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 6, 2009 | SHIRLEY SVORNY
    The Democrats' proposal for health care reform would put more health care decisions in the hands of the government. Government involvement means special interests dominate. This is not a good thing.Each decision about care would mean millions or billions of dollars for interest groups that pressure legislators with all the means at their disposal. Already the physician lobby — led by the American Medical Association — dominates Medicare reimbursement decisions in this country. Physicians control the codes that are used for reimbursement and the committee that determines Medicare reimbursement rates. Put the federal government in charge of deciding what is...
  • Skyrocketing Health Costs Inevitable With ‘Reform’

    08/07/2009 3:09:31 AM PDT · by yoe · 10 replies · 759+ views
    News Max ^ | August 5, 2009 | John Stossel
    I keep reading about healthcare "reform," but I have yet to see anyone explain how the government can make it easier for more people to obtain medical services, control the already exploding cost of those services, and not interfere with people's most intimate decisions. You don't need to be a Ph.D. in economics to understand that government cannot do all three things. (Judging by what Paul Krugman writes, a Ph.D. may be an obstacle.) The New York Times describes a key part of the House bill: "Lawmakers of both parties agree on the need to rein in private insurance companies...
  • Reparations By Way Of Health Care Reform

    07/27/2009 6:13:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,381+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 27, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Legislation: Still believe in post-racial politics? Read the health care bill. It's affirmative action on steroids, deciding everything from who becomes a doctor to who gets treatment on the basis of skin color.President Obama is on the record as being officially opposed to reparations for slavery. But as with other issues, you have to sift through his eloquent rhetoric and go beyond the teleprompter to get at what he really means. His opposition to reparations is based on the fact they don't go far enough. In a 2004 questionnaire, he told the NAACP, "I fear that reparations would be an...
  • They're Coming For Your Tonsils

    07/29/2009 5:22:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 716+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 29, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Costs: Lawyers are responsible for more unneeded procedures than "greedy" doctors. But instead of capping malpractice awards, bureaucrats will soon decide which treatments are OK and whether you're worth it.Health Costs: Lawyers are responsible for more unneeded procedures than "greedy" doctors. But instead of capping malpractice awards, bureaucrats will soon decide which treatments are OK and whether you're worth it.
  • Politicians, Heal Thyselves!

    07/24/2009 5:44:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1,023+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | July 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSENISS DAILY Staff
    Health Reform: If Democrats in Washington think their health care reform with a public option is a good thing, why have they exempted themselves from it? Why isn't what's good for their constituents good for them?During ABC's June 24 infomercial for government-run health care broadcast from the White House, President Obama was asked if he and his family would abide by the restrictions and limitations that came with his proposed reforms. In what Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com called "Obama's Michael Dukakis moment," President Obama refused to make such a pledge and confessed that if "it's my family member, if it's...
  • How House Bill Runs Over Grandma

    07/31/2009 5:11:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies · 3,485+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 31, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Rationing: In the recesses of the House health care "reform" bill is a provision for end-of-life counseling for seniors. Don't worry, granny, they're from the government and they're here to help.At a town hall meeting at AARP headquarters in Washington, D.C., President Obama was asked by a woman from North Carolina if it was true "that everyone that's Medicare age will be visited and told they have to decide how they wish to die." At first, the president joked that not enough government workers existed to ask the elderly how they wanted to die. The idea, he said, was to...
  • Attending a Tea Party/Town Hall meeting? You need to be prepared. Try this!

    08/06/2009 10:30:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies · 1,644+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 8/07/09 | Peter Fleckenstein
    One click shopping - Health Care Bill Summary From Peter Fleckenstein Just a sample - PG 29 Line 4-16 YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!! Additionally you can reference PG 15 Line 19-25. PG 42 The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HealthCare Benefits for you. You have no choice! PG 59 Line 21-24 Government will have direct access to your banks accounts for electronic funds transfer! PG 62 Protection of Data, Government shows they will have database of your personal & financial info. PG 89 Line 6-10 The FAR is not applicable. Government can write contracts any way they want. PG...
  • Government Run Health Care May Mean Waiting in Line

    08/03/2009 2:16:26 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 14 replies · 412+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 08/03/2009 | John Stossel
    20/20's John Stossel: "Some in Congress say they are moving closer to a plan that will make health care cheaper, and better? Sounds great. But when government takes charge it can also mean innovation stops and you may not get the breakthroughs and care that you need to save your life."
  • The Great Irony Of Health Reform: Middle Class, Not Rich, Get Shaft

    08/03/2009 5:48:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 802+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 3, 2009 | JEFFREY H, ANDERSON
    That's the great irony of President Obama's ambitious health care agenda: His administration, which seems to feel little empathy for the rich, is paving the way to a two-tiered system in which only the very rich would have a choice.Under ObamaCare, the rich would continue to get the care they want — whether here or abroad — by paying for it out of their own pockets. The rest of us would stand in line and wait for rationed care. Most Americans want consumer freedom. They want to be able to shop for health care value — for the best care,...
  • Obama Can't Afford To Tell Truth on Health Care

    08/03/2009 5:02:21 PM PDT · by lancer256 · 20 replies · 883+ views
    davidlimbaugh.com ^ | 08/03/09 | david limbaugh
    President Barack Obama is spreading disinformation about health care almost as quickly as he's driving up the national debt, such as that 47 million Americans can't get health care and that a government takeover would be a panacea. Democrats have constantly demagogued the 47 million uninsured figure to gin up public fear about the scarcity of health care access, especially for the poor. They follow up with the promise that under their plan, we would achieve universal access. But both are untrue. In "The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care," Sally Pipes points out that while there are some...
  • Details Matter: A Response to Secretary Sebelius

    08/04/2009 5:12:45 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 7 replies · 435+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | August 4th, 2009 | Stuart Butler
    Just beat up on health insurance companies enough, and you can get Americans to accept a thousand plus pages of legislation that would do just about anything. And then, make sure to tell Americans not to focus on what the legislation actually says. She flat-out writes: “we can’t let the details distract us…” Just trust us. We are from Washington. We are going to rearrange the entire health system.
  • Through health coverage to serfdom (Harsh, frank, filled with common sense and very non-PC)

    08/04/2009 10:45:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,613+ views
    The American debate on comprehensive health coverage is instructive both because it illustrates the extremes of welfare society—Israel’s as well as America’s—and because it shows how socialists take some very questionable propositions for granted. The American health problem is the overregulation of the medical profession which has led to spiraling costs and cartel prices. Filling a tooth costs upwards of $200 in America, but as little as $10 in Russia, and the quality of the work is comparable. Absurdly long medical education drastically increases doctors’ wage requirements. Plenty of medical operations can be performed proficiently enough by less skilled personnel;...
  • It's official: 1993 again [ObamaCare Townhalls, NKorea, The Clintons and ACORN]

    08/06/2009 9:05:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 468+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | August 5, 2009 | Teri O'Brien
    As noted yesterday, the liberals are at it again, engaging in projection, this time when they characterize ordinary citizens attending town hall meetings as phony plants and shills, taking their marching orders from greedy, evil insurance executives. It’s not a surprise that liberals believe that any protestor is a paid protestor. They figure they’ve got their screeching ACORN cadres, who when not engaging in vote fraud and shaking down gutless public officials and corporate invertebrates, harass anyone with the audacity to have an actual private sector job, rather than working in “public service” or as a “community organizer.” They know...
  • Obama promises health overhaul with or without GOP

    08/05/2009 2:10:50 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 105 replies · 3,129+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 08./05/2009 | BEN FELLER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WAKARUSA, Ind. – President Barack Obama said Wednesday he's determined to get an overhaul of the health care system before the end of the year and, if necessary, without bipartisan support. His comments reflected a growing sense among Democrats that they may have to carry the legislation to expand coverage and try to control medical costs with votes from lawmakers of their own party — or at best a handful of Republicans.
  • Obamacare: Where Have We Seen That Symbol Before?

    08/05/2009 2:33:47 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 58 replies · 4,860+ views
    tinypic ^ | ? some wise blogger...not me
    I didn't make this. But I do find the parallels...interesting.
  • ObamaCare’s Real Price Tag

    08/05/2009 8:41:27 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 13 replies · 727+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08-05-09 | The Wall Street Journal Editorial Staff
    The funding gap is a canyon by year 10. As ObamaCare sinks in the polls, Democrats are complaining that the critics are distorting their proposals. But the truth is that the closer one inspects the actual details, the worse it all looks. Today’s example is the vast debt canyon that would open just beyond the 10-year window under which the bill is officially “scored” for cost purposes. The press corps has noticed the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that the House health bill increases the deficit by $239 billion over the next decade. But government-run health care won’t turn into a...
  • The unsustainable entitlement of "Obamacare" ...("paid for"with money that doesn't exist)

    08/06/2009 5:03:40 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 12 replies · 1,296+ views
    Review Messenger ^ | Wednesday 05 August 2009 | Howard Rich
    In an era of debt-exploding bailouts and deficit-busting expansions of government, it goes without saying that America cannot afford a $1.5 trillion government-run health care plan. Of course, the massive socialized medicine boondoggle proposed by President Barack Obama is much more than just another example of government pouring billions – now trillions – of taxpayer dollars down the drain. If that were all "Obamacare" were, it would be bad enough. But this program is much worse because it constitutes government not o nly wasting vast sums of taxpayer money, but imposing artificial conditions on the free market in a deliberate...
  • Sebelius: Don't Sweat the Details

    08/06/2009 4:53:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies · 1,714+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2009 | Cal Thomas
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote an op-ed column for The Washington Post on Tuesday in defense of the Obama administration's efforts to "reform" health care. She wrote: "President Obama and I are working closely with Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate and health care experts to make sure we get the details of health reform right. But we can't let the details distract us from the huge benefits that reform will bring." So, the objective is all that matters, not the process by which we get there? The most important words on a contract may...
  • Like any great street hustler, Obama playing 3 card monte with health care plans.

    08/06/2009 4:35:24 AM PDT · by vg0va3 · 14 replies · 562+ views
    Kaiser Foundation ^ | August 6, 2009 | vg0va3
    Included in this side-by side are proposals put forward by the President and Members of Congress.
  • The Public Plan Deception - It's Not About Choice (email to friends)

    08/06/2009 1:09:35 PM PDT · by rvoitier · 20 replies · 634+ views
    NRO-The Corner ^ | 08.06.09 | Jonah Goldberg
    It's Not a Trojan Horse, It's Just a Horse Called Single Payer [Jonah Goldberg] I saw this Jacob Hacker clip yesterday on Beck. It may be old news to lots of people, but I'd never seen it before. You can find it around 1:46 but the whole thing is worth watching
  • Will health care reform create second class employees?

    08/06/2009 3:20:06 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 4 replies · 485+ views
    Examiner ^ | Today
    Will health care reform create second class employees? According to Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Executive Director Robert Greenstein, the Senate Finance Committee healthcare bill, which Max Baucus expects to finally publish to the public sometime soon, will include a mandate on employers to provide health coverage to employees, or pay the government an amount equal to the government subsidy under the public or co-op plan for every employee who qualifies for subsidies because of family income below 300% of the federal poverty level. Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference of Civil Rights points to a powerful unintended consequence...
  • Why Obama's Public Option Is Defective, and Why We Need Single-Payer

    08/06/2009 5:35:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies · 715+ views
    The Progressive ^ | July 22, 2009 | Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein
    Once Congress finishes mandating that we all buy private health insurance, it can move on to requiring Americans to purchase other defective products. A Ford Pinto in every garage? Lead-painted toys for every child? Melamine-laced chow for every puppy? Private health insurance doesn’t work. Even middle-class families with supposedly good coverage are just one serious illness away from financial ruin. Illness and medical bills contribute to 62 percent of personal bankruptcies — a 50 percent increase since 2001. And three-quarters of the medically bankrupt had insurance, at least when they first got sick. Coverage that families bought in good faith...
  • Hazardous to America's health

    08/06/2009 7:46:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 560+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/6/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    You know that American voters aren't feeling the love for ObamaCare when House members hold town-hall meetings in their districts, only to be heckled and booed. No worries for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. On Tuesday, she ditched the town-hall concept in favor of a friendlier closed-to-the-public "roundtable" with health care professionals and consumers at San Francisco General Hospital. At a news conference afterward, Pelosi proclaimed that "health care is a right, not a privilege." The House health care bill, she said, would mean Americans could receive health care with no restrictions on pre-existing medical conditions, more benefits for...
  • Obama ‘Impervious to Empirical Evidence’

    08/06/2009 9:43:46 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 7 replies · 922+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 6 | Jennifer Rubin
    Throughout the campaign and continuing into his presidency Obama has decried George W. Bush as an “ideologue,” a man blinded by preexisting conceptions and inured to evidence which contradicted his worldview. But it is the Obama team which in just seven months has perfected the art of denying or evading facts. It doesn’t matter if the subject is small or large. It can be a domestic or foreign policy issue. The modus operandi is the same: don’t give them the facts; they’ve made up their minds. We just witnessed Gates-gate — the triumph of an ideologically driven narrative (America is...
  • AARP members against Obama on his health care package: Town Hall meeting did not help (with video)

    08/06/2009 9:26:45 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 36 replies · 1,719+ views
    Examiner Washington, D.C. ^ | August 6, 2009 | L. Steven Sieden
    Although, President Barack Obama participated in an AARP Town Hall to promote his health care reform, his appearance was not a success among members of the powerful AARP. Comments posted by AARP members indicate they are far from assured by Obama or his message. Most comments show a continued distrust of Obama's assurances that Medicare will be protected and that health care will be better. Baby boomers who now hold a great deal of power in the AARP and among voters, just don't want their entitlements smaller. Never mind, that they are the only group of Americans who have what...
  • ObamaCare and me

    08/06/2009 10:01:30 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 23 replies · 864+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 6, 2009 | Zane F Pollard, MD
    I have been sitting quietly on the sidelines watching all of this national debate on healthcare. It is time for me to bring some clarity to the table by explaining many of the problems from the perspective of a doctor. First off, the government has involved very few of us physicians in the healthcare debate. While the American Medical Association has come out in favor of the plan, it is vital to remember that the AMA only represents 17% of the American physician workforce. I have taken care of Medicaid patients for 35 years while representing the only pediatric ophthalmology...
  • Dems health care plan: Like eating an excrement sandwich

    08/06/2009 10:42:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies · 718+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | August 6, 2009 | Doug Patton
    Imagine U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley walking into a diner in his home state of Iowa during the August congressional recess. He visits with a few of his longtime constituents, then sits down in a booth and orders the special of the day, a meatloaf sandwich. When the waitress brings it to him, it looks fine at first glance, but then he starts to notice a foul odor coming from his plate. He looks around and sees others eating the same meal, and so he picks it up to take a bite. The odor grows stronger, so he pulls apart the...
  • Where We Stand: Health Reform Now (By AARP CEO A. Barry Rand)

    08/06/2009 11:44:14 AM PDT · by devane617 · 16 replies · 684+ views
    AARP.org ^ | 07/01/2009 | A. Barry Rand
    All Americans should have affordable health care choices. But our current health care system costs too much, wastes too much, makes too many mistakes and gives us back too little value for our money. Moreover, roughly 47 million people, more than 7 million of them ages 50 to 64, are left out of the system altogether because they don’t have health insurance. This has to change. For too many people, lack of affordable, quality health care is closing the door on the American dream. Moreover, our current health care system is unsustainable, not just for individuals but also for employers...
  • Obamacare's Fatal Flaw

    08/06/2009 5:00:22 PM PDT · by NCjim · 12 replies · 931+ views
    Time ^ | August 17, 2009 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    There are two basic points about health-care reform that President Obama wants to convey. The first is that, as he put it in an ABC special in June, "the status quo is untenable." Our health-care system is rife with "skewed incentives." It gives us "a whole bunch of care" that "may not be making us healthier." It generates too many specialists and not enough primary-care physicians. It is "bankrupting families," "bankrupting businesses" and "bankrupting our government at the state and federal level. So we know things are going to have to change." Obama's second major point is that--to quote from...
  • Welcome to Gestapo-care

    08/06/2009 5:24:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 622+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2009 | Kevin McCullough
    So what has the White House told supporters to do when you run across those who spread "disinformation" about the new attempt by the Obama administration to install the anti-competitive practices of a "public option" into a federalized universal health care initiative? Report them. Whether its communicated through e-mail, websites, blogs, or even casual conversation the executive branch of the federal government is asking you to make them aware of this "disinformation" because they can't keep track of all of the dissenters themselves. From Tuesday's White House blog entry: There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out...
  • Proposed Health Insurance Fine Puts Small Businesses In A Fix

    08/06/2009 6:10:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 430+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 6, 2009 | PETER BENESH
    News Analysis by IBD Like just about every other sector of the economy, small business has been trying to get a fix on a moving target: the Democratic Congress' notion of how to pay for the health insurance it wants all Americans to have. The House version would require any employer with a payroll of at least $500,000 a year to provide health insurance or pay a penalty. The penalty would start at 2% of payroll and increase with payroll size. The maximum penalty would be 8% of payroll for firms whose annual outlay for wages and salaries is $750,000...
  • 43 MILLION Reasons There is NoTort Reform in Obamacare

    08/06/2009 6:12:29 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 7 replies · 386+ views
    IBD/Open Secrets/The Lid ^ | 8/6/09 | The Lid
    ...strangely, tort reform is not part of any of the Democratic party bills revising the United States health care system. [Obama] told the American Medical Association that he is "not advocating caps on malpractice awards." Even though they might significantly lower medical costs, Obama said he believes caps "can be unfair to people who've been wrongfully harmed." That might very be the real reason, but there is a major question-mark that arises when you look at the campaign contributions from the 2008 presidential election.... If you look at the latest Federal Election Commission (released 7/13/09), you see that President Obama...
  • Axelrod gives Dems their health talking points

    08/06/2009 7:37:41 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies · 1,219+ views
    The Hill ^ | August 6, 2009 | Alexander Bolton and Jeffrey Young
    Senate Democrats are girding themselves for a month of vigorous debate over healthcare reform, armed with a new set of talking points from David Axelrod, the president’s chief political strategist. Axelrod and Jim Messina, the White House deputy chief of staff, met with the Senate Democratic caucus Thursday afternoon to strategize over how to talk about healthcare during the August break. Axelrod told lawmakers to focus on reform of the health insurance industry when talking to constituents in their states, said Democrats who attended the meeting. Axelrod also instructed senators to talk about Democratic healthcare reform plans in comparison to...