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  • Single Payer Coming Under Obamacare

    10/03/2010 10:01:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 2, 2010 | Roger Hedgecock
    Leftists who opposed Obamacare because it was not the British-style National Health Service or the Canadian "single payer" system should take another look. Constitutional conservatives who feared that Obamacare was a blueprint for an incremental roll out of "single payer" have been proven right. California's governor is about to sign legislation to set up that state's Health Benefits Exchange. The HBE is authorized under Obamacare and is supposed to be a place where small business and individuals can access the best insurance plans at the cheapest price—a real exchange where customers can compare benefits and price in a competitive atmosphere....
  • CONGRESS MUST REPEAL OBAMA'S HEALTH-CARE RATIONING PLAN

    06/23/2010 2:47:07 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    KANSAS CITY.com ^ | Posted on Sun, Jun. 20, 2010 10:15 PM Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/06/20/2031634/congr | by Senator Pat Roberts
    AS I SEE IT Congress must repeal Obama's health-care rationing plan By SEN. PAT ROBERTS Special to The Star SNIPPET: "U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican from Dodge City, Kan., is a member of the Senate Health and Finance committees. He voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." SNIPPET: "It has scarcely been three months since the new health reforms, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), were signed into law. Unfortunately, as I and many of my colleagues predicted, the promises made to the American people by the president and the majority are already unraveling. The...
  • Administration: 51% Of Companies’ Health Plans Won’t Pass Muster

    06/13/2010 12:52:17 AM PDT · by XHogPilot · 39 replies · 1,291+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 11, 2010 | Sean Higgins and David Hogberg
    Internal White House documents reveal that 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage by 2013 due to ObamaCare. That numbers soars to 66% for small-business employers. The documents — product of a joint project of the Labor Department, the Health and Human Services Department and the IRS — examine the effects new regulations would have on existing, or “grandfathered,” employer-based health care plans. Draft copies of the documents were reportedly leaked to House Republicans earlier in the week. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., posted them on his Web site Friday afternoon. (View the full report here.)...
  • Seniors Must Scrutinize Medicare Mailer

    06/08/2010 4:09:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 45+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 8, 2010 | NEWT GINGRICH AND NANCY DESMOND
    As weeks turned to months during the Great Debate over what to do about health care this past year, President Obama made one solemn pledge to the nation and its seniors: He said health care would not add one dime to the deficit. And if all of us liked our doctor, we would get to keep our doctor. Fast-forward almost 90 days after the passage of ObamaCare and the attitude of most Americans to that pledge is: "Prove it." In the past two weeks, the Obama administration has been trying to stem the tide of skepticism toward its health care...
  • Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting...

    06/07/2010 10:38:51 PM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 88+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | June 7, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/seniors-across-america-host-local-meetings-participate-health-care-tele-town-hall-m Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 07, 2010 Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting with President Obama Senior Obama Administration Officials to Attend Local Meetings WASHINGTON—On Tuesday morning, senior citizens across the country will gather at a series of local meetings to participate via phone in a national tele-town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act with President Barack Obama. Additionally, more than a dozen senior Obama Administration officials will...
  • Sebelius: Rationing Advocate is ‘Absolutely Right Leader At This Time’ to Run Medicare

    05/28/2010 5:35:51 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 16 replies · 528+ views
    CNS News ^ | 5/28/2010 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday that Dr. Donald Berwick, an advocate of health-care rationing nominated by President Barack Obama to run Medicare and Medicaid, is “absolutely the right leader at this time” to run the government’s largest health-care entitlement programs. Under the health-care reform law signed by President Obama in March, hundreds of billions of dollars will be cut from the Medicare program over the next decade. Berwick is nominated to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversees Medicare. Berwick, a professor at Harvard Medical School, has repeatedly indicated...
  • Fudging ObamaCare Costs

    05/17/2010 6:05:09 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 2 replies · 293+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 17, 2010 | Editorial staff
    Greece is the word when it comes to upside-down economies, but America is hardly giving the world a better fiscal example. U.S. government debt continues to spiral out of control, thanks in large part to Obamacare. Long after the votes to approve the government takeover of health care, bureaucratic number-crunchers are finally doing the math to figure out how much it will cost. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concluded in April that Democrats double-counted projected Medicare spending cuts as savings and for helping ease existing financial strains on the Medicare system. It can't do both. Correcting this accounting...
  • Redistributing Health?

    05/14/2010 5:43:54 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 20 replies · 732+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 14, 2010 | IBD Editorial
    Medicine: The administration's nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid is a fan of Britain's National Health Service and rationing services. He believes in less discretion for your doctor, more power for your government. 'The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open" is what Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama's nominee to head the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, said in an interview published in Biotechnology Healthcare in June 2009. The question is whether the Senate will confirm Berwick with open eyes. Berwick says: "NICE is...
  • ObamaCare Mulligan [Death Panel Alert!!]

    04/25/2010 6:54:16 PM PDT · by freespirited · 6 replies · 742+ views
    WSJ ^ | 04/26/10
    When President Obama signed his health-care reform last month, he declared it will "lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government." So why are Democrats scrambling to pass a new bill that would impose price controls on insurance? In now-they-tell-us hearings on Tuesday, the Senate health committee debated a bill that would give states the power to reject premium increases that state regulators determine are "unreasonable." Some 27 states currently have some form of rate review , but generally don't leverage it because insolvent insurers are expensive for states and bankruptcies limit consumer choices. One exception...
  • Obama: Is He Helping Or Hurting Your Business?

    04/17/2010 6:14:39 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 24 replies · 800+ views
    ChannelWeb ^ | March 29, 2010 | Steven Burke
    Obama: Is He Helping Or Hurting Your Business? Timothy Shea has been providing IT solutions for 21 years and has never worked as hard or felt as much economic pressure. Shea, CEO and senior consultant at Alpha NetSolutions, a solution provider based in Marlborough, Mass., says his income as the owner of an "S" corporation that files a personal tax return has dropped 25 percent from 2007 to 2009. At the same time, the health-care costs for his eight-employee, $1.2 million business have doubled over the past three years. Shea is one of many small-business solution providers interviewed for this...
  • HEALTH LAW BANS NEW DOCTOR-OWNED HOSPITALS, BLOCKS EXPANSION OF EXISTING ONES

    04/12/2010 3:19:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 29 replies · 2,773+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Monday, April 12, 2010 | By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
    "Health Law Bans New Doctor-Owned Hospitals, Blocks Expansion of Existing Ones" SNIPPET: "The rules fall under Title VI, Section 6001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The provision is titled “Physician Ownership and Other Transparency – Limitations on Medicare Exceptions to the Prohibition on Certain Physician Referral for Hospitals.” More than 60 doctor-owned hospitals across the country that were in the development stage will be canceled, said Molly Sandvig, executive director of Physician Hospitals of America (PHA). “That’s a lot of access to communities that will be denied,” Sandvig told CNSNews.com. “The existing hospitals are greatly affected. They...
  • Congress Votes to Socialize Health Care in United States

    03/22/2010 1:44:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,397+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Monday, March 22, 2010 | By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief
    "Congress Votes to Socialize Health Care in United States" Monday, March 22, 2010 By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief SNIPPET: "According to the CBO, by 2016, the cheapest family health care plan that Americans will be required to buy under the law will cost $12,000 per year. The average family plan will cost $15,200. A family of four making $88,201 per year—or more than 400 percent of the poverty level—will not receive any federal subsidy to purchase such a plan. They will pay taxes, however, to subsidize the health care purchases of people earning less than 400 percent of poverty. According...
  • Pelosi: Passing Health Care By Decree?

    03/17/2010 6:00:01 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies · 752+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 17, 2010 | Valerie Richardson
    Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she may use the so-called self-executing rule to push through Obamacare, it's time to borrow a line from Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" and ask: Really? You're going to pass legislation that places one-sixth of the economy under federal control without an actual House vote? Really? You think House Democrats will be able to claim that they didn't vote for the healthcare bill by voting instead for a package of changes, and then "deeming" the Senate bill passed? Really? You believe voters are dumb enough to be fooled by this? You do?...
  • Robert Gibbs: By Next Week Obamacare Will Be 'Law of the Land'

    03/15/2010 1:19:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies · 1,385+ views
    National Review ^ | 03/15/2010 | Daniel Foster
    On Fox News Sunday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs predicted the Democratic health-care reform plan will be passed and signed into law by next weekend. "We'll have the votes when the House votes, I think, within the next week," Gibbs said, and by next Sunday claimed we "will be talking about healthcare not as a presidential proposal but, I think, as the law of the land." Gibbs also said that Democrats look forward to campaigning on the passage of the health-care bill in the 2010 midterm elections. "[O]nce it passes, we're happy to have the 2010 elections be about...
  • Breaking: Excerpts from Reconciliation Bill

    03/15/2010 1:36:23 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 77 replies · 4,987+ views
    Speaker of the House ^ | 3/15/2010 | Nancy Pelosi
    See excerpts below
  • Applying Alinsky: Why Obamacare Makes No Sense

    03/01/2010 10:25:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 949+ views
    Right Side News ^ | February 27, 2010 | Alan Caruba
    After seven and a half hours of the Republicans trying to introduce some rationality into the discussion of Obamacare, the "reform" of Medicare that actually takes trillions out of the present system and adds millions of people into it, the ordinary American can be excused for being confused, frustrated, and angry. That's exactly where President Obama, the Chicago political mafia around him, Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi want people to be. At one point in the pointless all-day meeting on Thursday, she even claimed that passing Obamacare would create four million jobs overnight! Even...
  • Health Care Canary

    02/24/2010 4:33:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 371+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Insurance: Spiking premiums are telling us something important — about why costs are out of control and why ObamaCare won't work. It's time to listen to these price signals, not try to squelch them. True to form, Democrats were quick to jump on the recent flap in California over the request by Wellpoint Inc.'s Anthem-Blue Cross unit for a 39% increase in premiums for its individual health plans. Forget about the complexities of health economics. This was meant to be a populist morality play. The administration and its allies jumped on the story with a blast at insurance company greed...
  • The Real Cost Of ObamaCare

    02/24/2010 4:45:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 303+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 24, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Reform: The linchpin of ObamaCare 2.0 is that 31 million uninsured will be covered at little added cost. But in fact, White House estimates for low costs are based on little more than accounting tricks. The president's plan "puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next 10 years — and about $1 trillion over the second decade — by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse," the White House says on its Web site. Sound too good to be true? It is. None of...
  • ObamaCare at Ramming Speed

    02/22/2010 5:31:39 PM PST · by La Lydia · 69 replies · 1,945+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 22, 2010
    Three days before President Obama's supposedly bipartisan health-care summit, the White House released a new blueprint that Democrats say they will ram through Congress with or without Republican support. So after election defeats in Virginia, New Jersey and even Massachusetts, and amid overwhelming public opposition, Democrats have decided to give the voters want they don't want anyway. Ah, the glory of "progressive" governance and democratic consent. "The President's Proposal," as the White House document is headlined, is in one sense a notable achievement: It manages to take the worst of both the House and Senate bills and combine them into...
  • Chutzpah: Obama urges federal control of health insurance premiums

    02/21/2010 10:55:28 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 10 replies · 462+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | 02/22/10 | Bill Dupray
    Every single day of this man's presidency is focused on destroying individual liberty and capitalism. There is no absolutely no authority for the federal government to control insurance premiums. This is right out of the Politburo's handbook. President Obama will propose on Monday giving the federal government new power to block excessive rate increases by health insurance companies, as he rolls out comprehensive legislation to revamp the nation?s health care system, White House officials said. Keep in mind that this is effectively seizing control of the health insurance industry. After all, if you control the rates, you control the companies'...
  • 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...
  • Why Doctors Are Abandoning Medicare (Physicians will not be bullied into bankruptcy)

    01/17/2010 1:54:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies · 2,219+ views
    Fox News ^ | 01/17/2010 | C.L. Gray
    Two weeks ago the Mayo Clinic shocked the nation when it closed the doors of one of its Arizona clinics to patients on Medicare. Just this past June President Obama himself praised Mayo as a model of medical efficiency noting that Mayo gives “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” If Mayo feels compelled to walk away from this government-run program, others will surely follow. The nation must understand why. Doctors are leaving Medicare for two reasons: one obvious, the other more concealed. The first is simple—the math: 1) For the past decade Medicare consistently paid...
  • Unions Collect A Health Care Payoff

    01/14/2010 6:15:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 596+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 14, 2010 | INVESTOR BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: Big Labor carved out a tax exemption for union members' health plans on Thursday, paving the way for passage of health care reform. Call it what it is: a bribe to cronies in an increasingly corrupt overhaul. With Nebraska winning "free" coverage of its Medicare costs in the Senate version of the bill, and Louisiana getting a tax exemption of its own, what's one more bone to a favored political group on a bill Democrats are determined to pass no matter what? That's what made it easy for labor leaders, following a sit-down with the White House, to carve...
  • Malkin: Obama and the Vampire Congress

    01/05/2010 9:31:28 PM PST · by thedailyjabber · 14 replies · 1,007+ views
    The Daily Jabber ^ | 1-06-10 | Michelle Malkin
    Meet the Beltway bloodsuckers. They convene in the dead of night, when most ordinary mortals have left work and let their guard down or are lying asleep in bed. Pale-faced and insatiable, the nocturnal thieves do their nefarious business in backrooms and secret chambers. Their primary victims? Taxpayers, the free market and deliberative democracy. Democratic leaders have been promising the most ethical, transparent, open and engaged administration for years. Instead, they have delivered a bleak and creepy legislative environment that could double as a “Twilight” movie set. Skulking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rammed the government health care takeover package...
  • IRS To Be Charged With Levying Fines Against Americans Without Health Insurance

    01/04/2010 2:00:36 PM PST · by Sharkfish · 89 replies · 3,208+ views
    Digital News Report ^ | January 3, 2010 | Tim Edwards
    Digital News Report – Besides collecting taxes and going after tax cheats, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be going after Americans who do not purchase private health insurance. The new health care legislation being debated in Congress will put the IRS in charge of making sure Americans purchase a health insurance policy. Those who don’t pay will be penalized because all Americans will be forced to purchase a policy. Besides making sure citizens do buy insurance, the IRS will assess penalties on those who do not. They will also collect new fees from businesses and oversee enforcement. Already understaffed...
  • Health Care, Barack Obama, and the U.S. Constitution

    12/27/2009 5:26:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 1,078+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2009 | Austin Hill
    Who cares about the U.S. Constitution, when Barack Obama’s vision for America is weighing in the balance? Don’t count on the U.S. Congress to care. In the aftermath of the Senate’s passage of an Obamacare bill, Attorney’s General from multiple states have begun to announce that they are launching investigations into the legality, and constitutionality of the Senate legislation. Chief among their concerns is the possibility that that the bill places Americans outside the state of Nebraska at a significant disadvantage, financially and otherwise, to residents of the state of Nebraska. South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, along with the...
  • Seniors are America's new Jews

    12/27/2009 12:36:36 AM PST · by neverdem · 87 replies · 3,065+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 27, 2009 | Stuart Schwartz
    They are objects of derision.  Influential government officials refer to them as unproductive, of less value than others in society. The political party running the government aggressively denies them access to health services while putting in place bureaucracies devoted, in effect, to ending their lives. The Jews in Nazi Germany?  In the Soviet Union of Stalin? In a socialist paradise set up by the rabidly anti-Semitic United Nations? No, seniors in a United States governed by the party of President Barack Obama and his allies on the Democratic left. The Democratic Party senate healthcare bill makes it official: Seniors are...
  • Are our current woes related to our not defending the rights of seniors?

    12/26/2009 2:21:08 AM PST · by applpie · 7 replies · 791+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 27, 2008 | WSJ Opinion
    "For all of America's cherished belief in choice and freedom, it remains an astonishing fact that the U.S. government forces citizens over the age of 65 into a subpar health plan of its choosing. And so it is with some hope that we greet a new federal lawsuit that aims to allow senior citizens to flee Medicare. The suit comes courtesy of Kent Masterson Brown, a lawyer who has previously tangled with the government over Medicare benefits. Mr. Brown represents three plaintiffs who are suing the federal government to be allowed to opt out of Medicare without losing their Social...
  • [Senate Vote Update: Passed 60 Aye 39 No] Senate Poised to Pass Health Care Reform (Live 7AM)

    12/24/2009 3:58:44 AM PST · by SE Mom · 277 replies · 11,042+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 24 December 2009
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are poised to pass a landmark health care bill that could define President Barack Obama's legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in U.S. history. Ahead lie complex talks with the House to reach final legislation in the new year. "We stand on the doorstep of history," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. "We recognize that, but much more importantly, we stand so close to making so many individual lives better." The vote Thursday on the bill extending health care coverage to some 31 million uninsured Americans brings Obama...
  • Does the Reid bill unconstitutionally turn private health insurers into public utilities?

    12/24/2009 3:45:21 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies · 607+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 23, 2009 | Clarice Feldman
    University of Chicago Law Professor Richard A Epstein has brilliantly argued that the Reid bill unconstitutionally turns private health insurers into public utilities. Luckily for those who haven't time to study his detailed argument, he's now summarized it nicely in the Wall Street Journal: "As Harry Reid's 2,000 page health-care bill is being rammed through the Senate, most of the public debate has been focused on its expanded coverage, its now defunct public option, and its high taxes. Lost in the shuffle has been its intensely coercive requirements on health insurance issuers, especially in the individual and small group markets....
  • Innovation Gets Sick

    12/23/2009 5:41:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 291+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: There are many problems on the health care road the country is being forced to take. But one not getting as much attention as it should is the harm done to a critically important sector: medical innovation. The high costs, restricted choices and eventual rationing that will result from the Democrats' health care plan are being discussed to varying degrees by those who are uncomfortable with what's being rushed through Congress. But the final legislation's effect on medical innovation has been somewhat lost with so much attention focused elsewhere. So let us clarify: The Democrats' plan will slow innovation...
  • Obamacare: Nightmare before Christmas

    12/23/2009 9:55:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 946+ views
    The Savannah Morning News ^ | December 23, 2009 | The Editors
    What's happening with ObamaCare this week in the Senate is raw, rank politics at its worst. PASSING LAWS has been compared to making sausage. But in the case of the mammoth health care bill expected to pass the Senate on Christmas Eve, that's an insult to employees at the Jimmy Dean plant. It's also a slap at Americans who want Congress to take its time to make thoughtful changes that will affect one seventh of the U.S. economy. President Obama campaigned on "change we can believe in." Most voters believed him. Yet many polls show that only a minority of...
  • Democrats Ensure America Will No Longer Be the Last Best Hope of Earth

    12/22/2009 2:34:24 PM PST · by Cindy · 33 replies · 1,737+ views
    TOWNHALL.com - Column by Dennis Prager ^ | December 22, 2009 | by Dennis Prager
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 "Democrats Ensure America Will No Longer Be the Last Best Hope of Earth" by Dennis Prager SNIPPET: "As the passage of the bill that will start the process of nationalizing health care in America becomes almost inevitable, so, too, the process of undoing America's standing as The Last Best Hope of Earth will have begun." SNIPPET: "Just as the left has waged war on America's Judeo-Christian roots, it has waged war on individual liberty and responsibility." SNIPPET: "Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are right about one thing -- they are indeed making history. But...
  • Socialism Creeps In As America Sleeps

    12/21/2009 5:41:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,265+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 21, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Health Care: Democrats on the take and in the dead of night pass an execrable piece of legislation that they haven't read, the public doesn't want and only socialists could love. What has happened to this country? If we hadn't stayed up past midnight Sunday, we wouldn't have known what was going on. Here we thought a vote on the proposed health care overhaul wasn't going to take place until Thursday night — Christmas Eve. But there they were, the United States Senate, at 1 a.m. Monday, rushing to vote in the middle of a snowstorm to close debate on...
  • Obamacare Hazardous to America's Health

    12/21/2009 2:39:07 PM PST · by lancer256 · 3 replies · 461+ views
    davidlimbaugh.com ^ | 12/21/09 | david limbaugh
    At least common thieves don't destroy an entire health care system and socialize the American economy when they commit their felonies. Too bad we can't say the same for our illustrious Democratic senators who sold out the nation. In exchange for criminally unconstitutional favors for their respective states, they voted to pass the Senate health care bill just 38 hours after it had been made available to the public for review. Everyone knows about Sen. Mary Landrieu's negotiating $300 million for her state in non-guaranteed Medicaid payouts. She was even cocky about her institutionalized larceny. Sen. Bernie Sanders finagled $10...
  • Passing health reform could be a nightmare for Obama

    12/20/2009 10:53:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 2,172+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2009 | Robert Samuelson
    Barack Obama's quest for historic health-care legislation has turned into a parody of leadership. We usually associate presidential leadership with the pursuit of goals that, though initially unpopular, serve America's long-term interests. Obama has reversed this. He's championing increasingly unpopular legislation that threatens the country's long-term interests. "This isn't about me," he likes to say, "I have great health insurance." But of course, it is about him: about the legacy he covets as the president who achieved "universal" health insurance. He'll be disappointed. Even if Congress passes legislation -- a good bet -- the finished product will fall far short...
  • The Democrats’ Health Care Hari-Kari

    12/20/2009 10:55:31 PM PST · by Darnright · 29 replies · 1,601+ views
    redstate.com ^ | 12/21/09 | posted by bs
    A quick search of the Interwebs for the term “political suicide” will return a significant number of stories on the pending Democrat-pushed healthcare “reform” legislation and their seemingly inexplicable political death spiral. Virtually every poll says that the public rejects the bills in the Senate and House, Barack Obama’s popularity is tanking, and virtually no one on the Right OR the Left is happy with them. So the natural question is: Why are the Democrats pushing this? The characterization of the Democrats’ actions as “political suicide” is somewhat inaccurate. It would be more apt to call it “political hari-kari”, as...
  • Harry Reid is Wrong on History and Wrong on Health Reform

    12/09/2009 12:06:42 AM PST · by XHogPilot · 6 replies · 691+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | Dec 8, 2009 | Michelle D. Bernard
    I am black. I am a woman. And, with all due respect, I think Harry Reid has lost his mind. Yesterday, on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Reid compared those who oppose his healthcare reform package to those who opposed ending slavery, fought against women's suffrage, and thwarted civil rights. What's next, Holocaust comparisons? Many assume that given my race and gender, I would support the Senate health reform bill as a savior of the masses. I do not. And thousands, if not millions, of blacks, Hispanics, women, low-income, and at-risk communities feel the same. There are many reasons why...
  • WhiteHouse.gov Plays Media Critic: Calls Krauthammer’s Washington Post Column 'Wholly Inaccurate'

    11/27/2009 11:20:20 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 58 replies · 3,369+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 28, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Well, it's not quite as bad as Paul Krugman critiquing the Fox Business Network, but a little troubling because tax dollars are being spent to undertake such an effort. A Nov. 27 post by incoming White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer on the The White House Blog attempted to fact check a Nov. 27 column by Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, proving the left-wing noise machine isn't the only shop in Washington, D.C. criticizing conservative voices (h/t Amanda Carpenter of The Washington Times). "In today's Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer takes great pains to paint a bleak picture of health care...
  • (Breast Cancer:) Rationing's First Step

    11/18/2009 5:06:31 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies · 1,134+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 17, 2009 | IBD staff
    Health Care: A government task force has decided that women need fewer mammograms and later in life. Shouldn't that be between patient and physician? We have seen the future of health care, and it doesn't work. We have warned repeatedly that the net results of health care bills before Congress will be higher demand, fewer doctors, more cost control, all leading to rationing. New recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) regarding breast cancer and the necessity for early and frequent mammograms do not convince us otherwise. Just six months ago, the panel, which works under the...
  • House Narrowly Passes Historic Health Care Bill

    11/07/2009 11:43:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies · 2,126+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 7/11/09 | Patricia Murphy
    The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a massive overhaul of the American health care system Saturday night by a vote of 220 to 215. One Republican, Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana, crossed the aisle, while 39 Democrats joined the Republicans in opposing the measure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called passage of the bill "an historic moment for our nation and for America's families," while Republicans warned that the bill will raise taxes, increase insurance premiums and make cuts to Medicare. An enormous round of applause broke out throughout the House chamber when the crucial 218th vote was cast to...
  • Excerpts from Remarks by Christina Romer to the Center for American Progress

    10/26/2009 2:20:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 360+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | October 26, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 26, 2009 Excerpts from Remarks by Christina Romer to the Center for American Progress WASHINGTON, DC- Christina Romer, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers will deliver remarks this afternoon at the Center for American Progress. The following are excerpts from her remarks. “In recent months, many have expressed concern about the budget deficit. This is a concern that President Obama and his entire economic team share.” *** “(Economists) Auerbach and Gale calculate...
  • The Middle-Class Health Tax Heist Of 2009

    10/23/2009 5:31:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 515+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 23, 2009 | SALLY C. PIPES
    Poring over the details of the 1,501-page health care bill that came out of Sen. Max Baucus' Finance Committee, it's clear that the financing is so full of smoke and mirrors that one has to wear a respirator and hard hat to get through it. But by the time one gets to the end of the bill, estimated to cost $829 billion over 10 years, clarity emerges — the Democrats plan to finance their expanded government care on the backs of America's middle-class taxpayers. Baucus and company have decided to tax what the press calls "Cadillac" health plans. Prior to...
  • The President to the Youth: "It's about what kind of country you want to be"

    09/18/2009 12:25:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 535+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2009 AT 7:25 PM | Posted by Jesse Lee
    SNIPPET: "Speaking in College Park to the University of Maryland, the President saw some of the same passion for change that consumed much of the country for the years leading up to his election. Make no mistake, health insurance reform is something every young person should care about for themselves. As HealthReform.gov detailed in a new report this morning, young people entering the workforce are more and more getting the short end of the health insurance stick. We also launched a Facebook version of our "What’s In Reform for You?" quiz, which is guaranteed to surprise you no matter how...
  • 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...
  • Father of 'Public Option' Says It's Not a 'Trojan Horse' for a SinglePayer Health-Care System

    08/19/2009 3:09:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 996+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | By Christopher Neefus
    Father of ‘Public Option’ Says It's Not a ‘Trojan Horse’ for a Single-Payer Health-Care System (CNSNews.com) – SNIPPET: "Hacker said that he hopes the public option, if adopted, would eventually lead to a government-managed system--but it wouldn't happen overnight. In a 2008 video obtained and aired by Fox News Channel, Hacker not only suggested that his plan would lead to a single-payer system, but said it would do so openly, in a gradual way, he admitted. “Someone once said to me, ‘Well, this is a Trojan horse for single payer.’ I said, ‘Well, it’s not a Trojan horse, right? It’s...
  • British Statesman Warns America of Government Healthcare Horrors

    08/10/2009 11:27:10 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 12 replies · 790+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 10, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Member of European Parliament Daniel Hannan warned Americans of the dangers of government-run healthcare on the Friday edition of the “Glenn Beck Program.” Hannan, a Conservative who represents Southeast England in the European Parliament, said of the British National Health Service (NHS), “The most striking thing about it is that you are very often sent to the back of the queue.” Beck noted the lengthy waiting times for care under Britain’s socialist National Health Service (NHS). These figures were provided by the BBC on May 27, 2009: *cataract surgery – 8 months *hip replacement – 11 months *knee replacement –...
  • Health Care Here And Over There

    08/12/2009 5:37:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 788+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 12, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: If the world's most famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, is a shining example of British health care, how is it that others in the U.K. are repeatedly denied critical care and medicine?In commenting on efforts to overhaul American's health care system, we have tried to pull back the curtain and pay attention to those trying to clone the systems of Canada and Britain. But supporters of government-run health care frequently ignore some of the less-pleasant facts. Much has been made of this statement in one of our Aug. 3 editorials: "People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance...