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  • The Man to Thank for the Obamacare Mess (vanity)

    11/03/2013 7:43:31 AM PST · by BobL · 22 replies
    11/3/2013 | Self
    Hi people. Its been a while since I posted, but I feel the man who REALLY deserves the credit for making Obama and the other Democrats look like fools is not getting the credit he deserves - and that is Joe Lieberman. As some of you may remember, Senator Lieberman would not support the "Public Option", which was a fairly-cleverly designed plan to have a government-run policy show up when you went to the Obamacare website. The public option, of course, would be priced at the level the government chooses, and would not have to be accountable to anyone as...
  • House Democrats Renew Push for Health Insurance Public Option

    01/17/2013 10:46:49 AM PST · by listenhillary · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | William Bigelow
    On Tuesday, 44 House Democrats joined Rep Jan Schakowsky in her bid to submit H.R. 261, legislation supporting a “public option.” When ObamaCare was passed in 2010, the “public option” was removed, but like the seven-headed Hydra, another head has grown in its place. Schakowsky claimed, "Obamacare is already helping millions of Americans get the health care they need, but it can be made even better. The Public Option Deficit Reduction Act will give health care consumers more choice and lower their premiums."
  • Proof ObamaCare Is A Trojan Horse For A Single-Payer System

    07/08/2012 11:41:37 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://www.westernjournalism.com ^ | July 8, 2012 | Kris Zane
    In 2009, when Obama was pushing universal healthcare, he quickly realized that his dreams of a single-payer, government-run socialized system would never pass Congress. His other option was a “public option,” which most knew to be a Trojan Horse for single-payer, slowly eviscerating the private insurance industry. The “compromise” (if we can say Obama compromised with himself) was ObamaCare. The ObamaCare debate has been overshadowed by whether the Individual Mandate is constitutional (it is not, despite what Roberts and the gaggle of liberal justices state.) What has been lost in the conversation is the States’ Health Care Exchanges. We have...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread, Monday, August 15, 2011

    08/15/2011 8:31:44 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 59 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | 08/15/2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Obama’s Phony Obamacare Flexibility Offer

    02/28/2011 12:10:34 PM PST · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | February 28th, 2011 | Conn Carroll
    Speaking to the National Governors Association at the White House today, President Barack Obama endorsed legislation by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Scott Brown (R-MA) that would allow states to request waivers from some Obamacare mandates in 2014 instead of the existing 2017 date. President Obama claimed: “It will give you flexibility more quickly while still guaranteeing the American people reform.” Has President Obama even read the legislation? Because that is just plan false. Heritage Foundation Center for Policy Innovation Director Stuart Butler explained in the New England Journal of Medicine: One [problem] is that it still locks the states...
  • Defund ObamaCare’s Public Option

    02/25/2011 7:15:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2011 | Alex Cortes
    During the health care reform debate, the American people soundly rejected the Democrats’ desire for a government-run “public option” health plan and forced them to exclude it from ObamaCare. However, be sure to beware, as it still didn’t deter these leftists from including a sly alternative in the law that could rapidly transform into an effective public option. The law requires the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM), the agency that runs the federal civil service, to sponsor at least two national health insurance plans to be offered on the new exchanges that start in 2014. Within the exchanges, the...
  • Interactive: Government provides health insurance to growing number of Californians

    02/03/2011 12:34:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/3/11 | Phillip Reese
    The U.S. House recently voted to repeal the president's health care plan. Much of the opposition over the plan has focused on a perceived government takeover of health insurance. Roughly one-fourth of California's residents, though, already have public health insurance, primarily the poor (MediCal) and the elderly (Medicare) - a figure that is growing . . .
  • Time Editor Smacks Down Bill Maher’s Ridiculous Read on the Election

    11/11/2010 4:50:55 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 12 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | November 10, 2010 | Walter Hudson
    Bill Maher was befuddled by last week’s election as he discussed the results with his Real Time panel, which included Time magazine editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria. Maher could not understand why voters would cast their ballots for Republicans. The leftist ideologue stubbornly refused to accept the simplest explanation, that voters parted with President Obama and his Democratic party on ideology. In fact, the simplest explanation was so unpalatable to Maher, he conjured up a nonsensical alternative.[The blue dogs] lost on Tuesday. Those [Democrats] who said, “You know what? I’m not with Obama. I disavow him, even though he’s my president in...
  • Debt panel chairmen call for second look at the public option

    11/10/2010 9:07:12 PM PST · by freespirited · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/10/10 | Alexander Bolton
    The chairmen of President Obama’s fiscal commission are calling for a second look at a robust government-run healthcare program, which Congress shelved last year following acrimonious debate. Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), the chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, suggested reviving the public option in the future if healthcare costs continue to soar. They made the suggestion in a 50-page co-chairmen’s proposal released to reporters on Wednesday. It is one of many ideas for controlling the federal deficit that is likely to spark heated debate in...
  • Public option effort could be revived if Democrats keep majorities, Clyburn says

    10/15/2010 1:59:01 PM PDT · by Justaham · 26 replies
    The Hil ^ | 10-15-10 | Jordan Fabian
    Democrats could revive the public healthcare option if they maintain their majorities in Congress, the House Democrats' third-ranking member said Friday. "Reelect me, keep Democrats on the field. And when we come back next year, maybe we will get to the public option," Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) said during an appearance on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Clyburn has been traveling the country and making media appearances this week in an effort to drum up lagging voter enthusiasm on the Democratic side heading into the Nov. 2 midterms. The public healthcare option was a top prize for liberal activists...
  • 3M Co. will drop retirees from health plans, steer to Medicare

    10/05/2010 8:46:17 AM PDT · by Qbert · 92 replies · 2+ views
    Bizjournals.com ^ | 10/4/2010 | Sam Black
    3M Co., citing new federal health laws, said Monday it won't cover retirees with its corporate health-insurance plan starting in 2013. Instead, the company will direct retirees to Medicare-backed insurance programs, and will provide reimbursement for that coverage. It'll also reimburse retirees who are too young for Medicare; the company didn't provide further details. The company made the changes known in a memo to employees Friday; news of the move was reported in The Wall Street Journal and confirmed Monday by 3M spokeswoman Jackie Berry. In its memo, the company said the new health-reform act would create new opportunities for...
  • Health Insurers' Move to Drop Child Policies Draws Criticism (Rat's running scared)

    09/21/2010 3:27:24 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 27 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 9/21/2010 | AVERY JOHNSON
    A move by insurance companies to stop selling child-only policies is drawing criticism ahead of Thursday, when the federal health overhaul will require insurers to cover sick children. Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp., WellPoint Inc., Humana Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s Golden Rule subsidiary say they will no longer sell new child-only policies. The new law requires them to accept applications from sick children on insurance policies that they sell, but doesn't require them to sell a policy individually to children in the first place. Insurers said children with pre-existing conditions will be able to apply for coverage on their parents'...
  • 128 House Democrats Revive the Public Option

    07/29/2010 8:58:00 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 56 replies · 9+ views
    http://washingtonindependent.com ^ | 7/29/10 | By Sahil Kapur
    Four months after President Barack Obama enacted the Affordable Care And Patient Protection Act, House Democrats have revived a top liberal priority that was eliminated from the sweeping health care law in the latter stages of a grueling year-long debate: the public option. Armed with a new line of attack aimed at soothing deficit fears, Democratic Reps. Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Pete Stark (Calif.) last Thursday unveiled a bill that would offer consumers the choice of a “robust” government-run insurance plan alongside the private plans in the law’s exchanges. The Congressional Budget Office projects that the bill,...
  • July 26: Make The Pledge

    07/27/2010 5:57:30 AM PDT · by vaultkeeper · 1 replies · 2+ views
    The Glenn Beck Vault ^ | July 26, 2010 | Vault Keeper Tom
    Glenn Beck Vault post for Monday, July 26, 2010 What: The Glenn Beck Vault (GBV) was established in 2010 as the unofficial viewer research arm of the Glenn Beck Program seen on Fox News Channel weekdays at 5pm EST. Armed with the internet and a belief in his country, the GBV aims to help viewers deepen their knowledge of the subjects discussed on the show by providing sources and other materials for review. Full Explanation Here TLDR: I research stuff Glenn says each day and then post. It's fun and I generally end up learning something. Maybe others will too.
  • Health Care: Britain moves Right, America moves Left

    07/26/2010 11:05:27 AM PDT · by ChrisBoundsTX · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Liberty Juice ^ | 07/26/2010 | Chris Bounds
    Britain’s National Health Service is a medical and budgetary disaster. Long lines, sub-par treatment (to American standards) and overcrowded hospitals are the norm with the NHS. The enormous cost that is associated with trying to run their “free” public heath service is enormous, which has led to a few cuts in spending. According to the Telegraph, those cuts include: * Restrictions on some of the most basic and common operations, including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and orthodontic procedures. * Plans to cut hundreds of thousands of pounds from budgets for the terminally ill, with dying cancer patients to...
  • Reid to Netroots: "We're Going To Have a Public Option"

    07/24/2010 5:05:03 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 60 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 7/24/2010 | Philip Klein
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, seeking to console liberal activists who were disappointed by the final version of the national health care law, assured them that there would eventually be a public option. "We're going to have a public option," Reid said. "The only question is when." Reid's general comments reflected the same overall message to progressives that President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered earlier today. It essentially boils down to: We've done a lot of stuff, but we still have a lot of unfinished business, so campaign for us again.
  • Fox News: Dems set after Nov elections to ram-through public option as addition to ObamaCare

    07/22/2010 10:07:22 AM PDT · by pabianice · 62 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News Channel | 7/22/10
    Nothing more so far.
  • Liberals try to bring back public option for health care, citing potential savings

    07/22/2010 9:15:58 AM PDT · by Qbert · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/21/2010 | Noam N. Leavy
    WASHINGTON - At a time when both political parties are worrying about the federal deficit, an unexpected and unorthodox proposal is coming back from the shadows of last year's health-care debate the "public option." The idea of creating a major government health insurance program was roundly rejected last year, but the 128 House Democrats pushing to reconsider the idea are now advancing the argument that it would help hold down federal spending. Their bill, which faces long odds, would allow Americans who do not get insurance at work to choose a government plan for their health coverage starting in 2014....
  • “Public Option” NOT Dead – Just Hidden!

    05/18/2010 6:51:46 PM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 2 replies · 283+ views
    The Silent Majority ^ | 05-18-10 | J. D. Longstreet
    The reasons to defund and repeal Obamacare continuing to pile up as more and more facts are revealed by those willing to spend the time necessary to dig through the over 2000 page law. Now we learn that Obama lied to America about the Public Option (government-run health Insurance companies) being dropped from ObamaCare. It was NOT dropped. It is STILL in the law -- only hidden. Look for yourself. Look in Section 1334, pages 97-100, of the new health care law. If you feel as if you have been screwed –that’s because you have! Do yourself a favor and...
  • White House Blasts Companies For Saying That ObamaCare Will Jack Up Their Costs

    03/29/2010 2:04:28 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 88 replies · 2,688+ views
    Henry Blodget | Mar. 29, 2010, 6:42 AM The White House has rushed to try to stop a wave of companies announcing that ObamaCare will cause their healthcare insurance costs to rise, causing them to cut benefits or fire people. At the end of last week, Secretary Gary Locke hit the WH blog to say, in effect, that these companies didn't know what they were talking about (which seems unlikely). Later, on CNBC, he suggested that they were acting unpatriotically. And now Henry Waxman is calling Congressional hearings to beat the companies up on live TV. For what it's worth,...
  • It Seems This Was Only The Beginning...(Public Option As Open To Democrats As a Public Restroom.)

    03/25/2010 12:12:43 PM PDT · by Andrea19 · 11 replies · 742+ views
    ATR Blog ^ | 3/24/10 | Tim Andrews
    We have previously reported on how Obamacare as signed into law yesterday is simply a stalking horse which, if not repealed, will eventually morph into a complete government healthcare takeover. Yet it seems some Democrats are wanting to move faster than even I had predicted...
  • Buyer’s Remorse, Already? Democrats Fret Over Job-Killing ObamaCare Tax Hikes, Regulations

    03/25/2010 10:46:21 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 64 replies · 2,606+ views
    Buyer’s Remorse, Already? Democrats Fret Over Job-Killing ObamaCare Tax Hikes, Regulations As Nation’s Employers Prepare to Take a Hit, New Nat’l Survey Shows Most Americans Want Republicans to “Keep Fighting” Gov’t Takeover of Health Care Washington, Mar 25 - Democratic governors experiencing the first pangs of buyer’s remorse. A major Midwest manufacturer – and President Obama’s economic bellwether – projecting crushing first quarter losses. Small businesses grappling with the prospect of closing their doors. The first new piece of red tape. A phony abortion executive order signed behind closed doors. A growing grassroots revolt in the states. So goes the...
  • Fox: Many large companies dropping health care insurance for their retirees

    03/25/2010 10:25:48 AM PDT · by pabianice · 142 replies · 5,741+ views
    Fox News Channel | 3/25/10
    Just announced on Fox. One of the first "benefits" of Obamacare is news that companies with large populations of retirees that now have health insurance through their former employees will, instead, be dumped and forced onto Medicaid and Medicare. The resulting fines for the companies will be far less than continuing to pay for retirees' medical care. It's all allegedly legal under ObamaCare.
  • Harkin: Public option backers eyeing second reconciliation bill

    03/24/2010 12:32:56 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies · 1,069+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 24, 2010 | Jeffrey Young
    Public option supporters could offer a second reconciliation bill to establish the program, a top Democrat said Wednesday. Supporters of creating a government-run public option health insurance program are considering moving the proposal after healthcare reform is finished via another budget reconciliation bill that would require just a simple majority to pass, said Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
  • The Un-Democratic Party 2,300-Page (public option ?) No Vote "Reconciliation" on Healthcare Putsch

    03/15/2010 7:07:54 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | March 15, 2010 | pamela Geller
    The latest: UPDATE: Some Twitterers are stating that this is a “shell bill” that will provide a base for actual language later. Rep. Paul Ryan alluded to this move last week. * * * * The Hill is reporting tonight that the Democrats have published a copy of the bill that they plan to use to update the original Senate healthcare socialization bill that Pelosi plans to bring to the floor this week. And it appears they’ve decided to go all-in on this one. Included in the bill appears to be the “public option” that was removed from the Senate...
  • BREAKING: Healthcare Reform reconciliation bill is posted! 2300+ pages and includes student loan

    03/14/2010 7:48:42 PM PDT · by conservativefunhouse · 420 replies · 19,707+ views
    http://budget.house.gov ^ | 3/14/2010 | James Wright
    To provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 202 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010. 2300+ pages and includes student loans. Happy reading...
  • Show me your papers [! National ID Card !]

    03/13/2010 9:29:38 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 94 replies · 1,697+ views
    American Thinker blog ^ | 3-10-10 | Lee DeCovnick
    All United States citizens may be required to carry a biometric I.D. card! That's not Orwell's Big Brother speaking. Rather Democrat Chuck Schumer (D- New York), and Republican Lindsay Graham (R- South Carolina) have devised new legislation to mandate that every worker carry a government I.D. card to prove his citizenship. The card must be carried every day and may be checked by employers and any governmental authority upon request. All U.S. citizens would be required to carry an ID cards according to this plan. It's meant to keep companies from hiring illegal immigrants. No matter where you apply for...
  • Pelosi: Public option will not be in health bill

    03/12/2010 9:47:31 AM PST · by jessduntno · 18 replies · 743+ views
    the hill ^ | Today | Jordan Fabian
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that the public health insurance option will not be included in a package of fixes to healthcare reform legislation. Pelosi's comments throw a wrench into liberal efforts to reintroduce it to the bill. She shut the door on a possible pathway opened by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who said earlier on Friday that he would "aggressively" push senators to vote for the plan if the House included it in the fixes. "We had it, we wanted it ... it's not in the reconciliation," Pelosi said at her weekly press briefing. "It...
  • Graham Pushes National I.D. Card

    03/12/2010 6:21:58 AM PST · by b4its2late · 189 replies · 3,934+ views
    Human Events ^ | 03/12/2010 | by Roger Hedgecock
    Senator Lindsey Graham, ever the faithful follower of uber-RINO John McCain, scored three RINO initiatives in just one week. Reminiscent of the "the band's getting back together" scenes from the movie "Blues Brothers", Graham and McCain reached back to the good old days of bipartisan shafting of conservative judicial nominees and offered the Democrats another "Gang of Fourteen"--this time to shaft the public with a bipartisan Obamacare bill. The offer must have been tempting to the Democrats who remember how "bipartisan leadership" from Graham and McCain spiked conservative guns when the Republicans were in the majority in the Senate. But...
  • Health Reform 3.0: Lipstick On A Pig

    03/04/2010 4:23:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 431+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 4, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Reform: The white coats showed up again at the White House, helping the administration ram health care reform down our throats. Can you have a bipartisan bill without a bipartisan vote?It didn't work the first time, when the White House last year assembled enough sympathetic medical professionals to stage a photo-op in the Rose Garden trying to persuade us that, as the commercial goes, three of four doctors really, really support the administration's attempt to nationalize health care. Rather than a grass-roots uprising of physicians, last year's event was a classic case of astroturfing. Attendance was by invitation only,...
  • Does Single Payer Kill?

    03/02/2010 3:52:14 PM PST · by ConservativeHideout · 2 replies · 114+ views
    The lesson here is this; Big government solutions to any problems end up turning into giant steaming piles of fail. It is universal. The left says that lack of coverage kills over 40,000 a year. Is it safe to assume that they would feel more comfortable if the government killed even more? This really goes back to the fact that socialist “solutions” do not take the needs of the individual into account. Socialism deals with groups. So, if thousands of individuals have to die, or suffer needlessly for the good of the group, so be it. In any socialist system,...
  • Speaker Pelosi Reminds Summit That PUBLIC OPTION Would Save Up To $120 Billion

    02/26/2010 1:49:23 PM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies · 280+ views
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | February 25, 2010 | annem040359
    YouTube video. ……And Speaker Pelosi, I have a bridge in Broklyn to sell to you! HA!
  • Like Gillibrand and Schumer, Heather Graham Supports Public Option Reconciliation Vote

    02/23/2010 12:58:19 PM PST · by Baladas · 21 replies · 4,074+ views
    The New York Observor ^ | February 23, 2010 | Reid Pillifant
    When the dust settled on Scott Brown's victory in Massachusets, and all those compromises with catchy nicknames were officially scuttled, a handful of Senate Democrats decided they really would like the public option after all. And so they got down to brass tacks. Having been defeated by the need for 60 votes, to overcome that frustrating filibuster in the Senate's parliamentary procedure, they decided to pursue a different, even more obscure parliamentary procedure--a measure for approving the budget, ironically called "reconciliation"--that would require only 50 votes. Four senators, including Kirsten Gillibrand, signed a letter urging Harry Reid to pursue reconciliation....
  • White House on public option: 'That's up to Leader Reid'

    02/22/2010 1:01:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies · 709+ views
    White House on public option: 'That's up to Leader Reid' By Eric Zimmermann - 02/22/10 01:28 PM ET The White House says it's up to Harry Reid whether the Senate votes on the public option. Twenty senators have signed a letter asking for a vote on the public option through reconciliation, which would allow Democrats to pass legislation with just 51 votes. White House press secretary Robert Gates said today that the White House will leave that up to the Senate Majority Leader. "I think they've asked for a vote on the floor of the Senate, and that's certainly up...
  • To the ObamaCare Barricades (WARNING: Illegal Health Care is coming with the Public Option)

    02/20/2010 3:01:17 AM PST · by The Raven · 46 replies · 1,573+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | Feb 20, 2010 | editorial
    [snip] Liberals are making a bid to restore the "public option," ObamaCare's most controversial and destructive inspiration. Some 18 Senators as we went to press—led by Colorado's Michael Bennet and growing to include New York's Chuck Schumer on Thursday—have endorsed slipping this government-run insurance entitlement in the reconciliation process that would let Democrats abuse Senate rules to hustle ObamaCare into law with 50 votes. Vehemence among House progressives is also at a fever pitch, though it always is. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined the mob, telling MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that if the public option is "part of...
  • New Republic Policy Wonk Tosses Cold Water on Leftwing Public Option Ghost Dance

    02/19/2010 5:01:09 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies · 799+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | February 19, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    It is still pretty much under the radar but the leftwing nutroots now want to replace the Senate version of ObamaCare with a public option bill via reconciliation. The completely unrealistic push for public option, currently opposed by President Obama, is now all the rage in the leftwing blogosphere as you can see in yesterday's Daily Kos thread. So before we find out the hard reality of why their reconciliation efforts for public option are going nowhere, break out the popcorn and enjoy the comedy entertainment provided by their fantasies: It's been a great day on the front lines! We've...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 02-18-09 (KOmmies Build Public Option Field of Dreams)

    02/18/2010 7:07:39 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies · 790+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | February 18, 2010 | KOmmies and PJ-Comix
    Build it and they will come ---"Field of Dreams."The KOmmies just can't give up on their beloved ObamaCare which is now DOA despite next week's meeting with the Republicans in the Blair House. However, the KOmmies and much of the left just can't accept this fact. Instead they have gone into deep fantasy mode and are now speculating that public option ObamaCare could easily happen via reconciliation. And it is that very speculation about a highly unlikely event that keeps their hopes alive...for now as you can see in this KOmmie THREAD, "Updated: Public Option Through Reconciliation Scoreboard: 18...
  • Key Senate Democrats push for health care public option (Evil Never Rests)

    02/16/2010 4:37:03 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 21 replies · 854+ views
    CNN ^ | 16 Feb 10 | None
    Washington (CNN) -- The fight over health care reform burst back into public view Tuesday as four Democratic senators asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold a vote on a government-run public insurance option. Most observers have considered the public option -- an idea long favored by liberal Democrats -- to be a non-starter since it was dropped from a Senate reform bill passed in December. But Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio signed a letter urging Reid, D-Nevada, to hold a vote on the...
  • Democrats Contemplating The Suicide Option On ObamaCare

    02/16/2010 2:53:05 PM PST · by Starman417 · 24 replies · 1,383+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-16-10 | Curt
    The arrogance of these people astound me. First it was the messiah movement in which they believed they had the mandate to move our country into Socialism. Then...when the polls tanked and it was shown that the people DID NOT want Socialism what do they do? Try to shove it through anyway: Four Democratic senators, including two facing potentially challenging election campaigns this year, are asking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to use reconciliation, a procedural maneuver requiring only 51 votes, to push for a public health insurance option. Sens. Michael Bennet (Colo.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and...
  • Dems & dependency

    02/15/2010 3:36:33 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 216+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 15, 2010 | George F. Will
    Only two things are infinite -- the expanding universe and Democrats' hostility to the District of Columbia's school-choice program. Killing this small program, which benefits 1,300 mostly poor and minority children, is odious and indicative. It's a small piece of something large -- the Democrats' dependency agenda, which aims to multiply the ways Americans are dependent on government. Democrats, in their canine devotion to teachers unions, oppose empowering poor children to escape dependency on even terrible government schools. Unions and their poodles say that school choice siphons money from public schools. But federal money funds DC's program, so killing it...
  • Left Wing Poll Indicates Democratic Base Helped Brown

    01/21/2010 4:54:32 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 23 replies · 670+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | January 21, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    The Progressive Change Campaign Committee PAC conducted an exit poll in Massachusetts Tuesday night which indicated the lack of a "public option" in the last known Senate version of the health care bill contributed to Scott Brown's victory. 82% of respondents who voted for Obama in 2008 and then Brown on Tuesday stated they support the public option. 86% of Obama voters who stayed home from the polls also stated they support the public option. Over half of respondents in both categories, those who voted for Brown and those who stayed home, said Obama is not doing enough to deliver...
  • Lynn Samuels (liberal radio host) endorses Scott Brown

    01/16/2010 10:38:25 AM PST · by HennepinPrisoner · 15 replies · 1,308+ views
    Sirius Radio 137 | 1/16/2010 | Lynn Samuels
    Lynn Samuels wants Brown to win in order to block the healthcare bill. Just heard on XM radio about 10 minutes ago.
  • Public option appears doomed

    01/10/2010 4:44:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies · 789+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 9, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON — Senior House Democrats have largely abandoned hopes of including a government-run insurance option in the final compromise health care bill taking shape, according to several officials, and are pushing for other measures to rein in private insurers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats told President Barack Obama in recent meetings they want the legislation to strip the insurance industry of a long-standing exemption from federal antitrust laws, officials said. That provision is in the House-passed measure, but was omitted from the bill that the Senate passed on Christmas Eve. They also want the final measure to...
  • Government Health Insurance Option Appears Doomed

    01/09/2010 7:03:03 AM PST · by upchuck · 22 replies · 800+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jan 9, 2010 | David Espo
    Senior House Democrats have largely abandoned hopes of including a government-run insurance option in the final compromise health care bill taking shape, according to several officials, and are pushing for other measures to rein in private insurers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats told President Barack Obama in recent meetings they want the legislation to strip the insurance industry of a long-standing exemption from federal antitrust laws, officials said. That provision is in the House-passed measure, but was omitted from the bill that the Senate passed on Christmas Eve. They also want the final measure to include a...
  • Pelosi vows to defend House healthcare bill

    01/07/2010 4:58:08 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 356+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 7, 2010 | Jared Allen and Jeffrey Young
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday told her caucus she would not let the House be forced into signing off on the Senate’s healthcare bill. Pelosi spent two hours addressing her Caucus via conference call on Thursday for the first time since she agreed to let the Senate bill serve as the vehicle for delivering a congressional health reform bill to the White House. But Pelosi insisted from the onset that the House would not simply accept the Senate bill, despite the extremely fragile coalition that allowed a bill to emerge from the Senate. “She answered questions about whether the...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-24-09 (Obama: Public Option? I Never Promised Public Option)

    12/24/2009 1:12:04 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 40 replies · 1,486+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 24, 2009 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    Public option? Never heard of it. Plus I never promised it. It reminds me of the Joey Bishop routine in "A Guide For the Married Man" when he denied to his wife that the woman she caught him in bed with didn't exist. "Woman? What woman? I see no woman."That is the attitude that has the DUmmies so enraged at Barack Obama as you can see in this THREAD, "I resent being told the Public Option was just a figment of my imagination." Gee, so you were scammed once again. And did you know that you are just $10...
  • MSNBC - Lawrence O'Donnell calls out Obama for lying to Wash Post re: Public Option support

    12/24/2009 10:19:10 AM PST · by bluray · 19 replies · 1,324+ views
    MSNBC Countdown ^ | 12-23-09 | MSNBC
    Lawrence O'Donnell proves that Obama is trying to rewrite history in regards to his promise for support of the Public Option. Countdown interview between LO and Washington Post's Ezra Klein. They also nail Obama for being against the Individual Mandate, before he was for it. And now he's against it again, even though it is in the Senate bill because the Mandate is very unpopular with the majority of American, Left, Right and Center.
  • Short and sweet! Perfect video illustration of the "public option!"

    12/21/2009 7:31:33 PM PST · by freemike · 6 replies · 655+ views
    Libertas ^ | 12/21/09 | freemike
    A great short video to illustrate the public option! Show it to your kids or a brain dead lib! Video
  • Maxine Waters: Health Care Bill Will "Certainly Die" Without the Public Option - Video

    12/21/2009 6:19:24 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 52 replies · 1,703+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 21, 2009 | Michael
    Here is video of Maxine Waters being asked by Lawrence O'Donnell if the health care bill can survive without the Public Option included...(Video)Maxine Waters said that she and others will fight "as hard as we possibly can" for the "extremely important" Public Option to be included and said that if it is not "some of us are going to have to not vote for the bill." Lawrence O'Donnell then asked Waters "so that would mean if the House held to their position on the Public Option, that means this bill would die in the conference correct?" Waters answered "absolutely, if...
  • Ripe for the Picking (Vulnerable Democrat in South Carolina)

    12/21/2009 4:42:26 PM PST · by Palmetto Patriot · 16 replies · 800+ views
    The Palmetto Scoop ^ | December 21st, 2009 | Adam Fogle
    14-TERM CONGRESSMAN ENDS SPECULATION OVER RETIREMENT Congressman John Spratt has ended months of speculation over whether he will resign or run to retain his seat next year. On Monday, the 14-term Democrat officially filed for re-election with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The FEC filing showed Spratt, 67, with nearly $600,000 cash-on-hand. He is currently South Carolina’s longest-serving Congressman. A number of media outlets had been probing Spratt’s intentions of late, which likely pressured him into making a decisive move before he lost the support of his 5th district base. “Washington is sort of like an echo chamber,” Spratt told...