Will the real ‘party of the people’ please stand up?

This is where the Emperor would reveal to Luke that it was his plan to have him give in to the dark side…Can I laugh maniacally now as a 22 yr Dem, and reveal I am so so happy that Michael Steele and the GOP are protecting Medicare from cuts? 🙂

The GOP with a heart!

Ooh oooh like the Schooner Tuna commercial from Mr Mom!!! Where Teri Garr convinces the Tuna Exec to temporarily cut prices during the recession! Michael Steele and the GOP will temporarily stop tightening Medicare until after the recession? I’ll buy that for a dollar!

Can you imagine being a Dem Critter and praising Obama’s planned 600 Billion in Medicare/Medicaid cuts? I mean it is the height of hypocrisy on its face. They have been blowin smoke. If they believed all the crxp they sold we Dems for 22 yrs they should NOT be trying to implement Orszag cuts. Why the hell were we wailing about GW cutting Medicare? Why the hell did they have me calling the Hill about that if they felt like it was a good idea?

That has been my problem with the entire Obama neo-prog reasoning all the way down the line. Jason Fuhrman his economic dude loves him some Walmart which the Dem leadership told us was Teh Evil (TM). Then we had Austan Goolsbee telling Canada ixnay on the AftaNay renegotiation while Obama ran around the 57 states saying NAFTA killed gazillions! of American jobs and it was somehow Hillary’s fault. And their intellectual elitism and snobbery is NOT the blue collar Democratic party of my youth…

I couldn’t give a rat’s axx how sharp the crease in my POTUS pants leg is, David Brooks, you and your Kathleen Parker ilk are attracted to Team Obama precisely because they are like you, snobs. Arrogant and convinced of their righteousness and convinced of the ignorance of America at large. I will take GW’s brush clearing and Big Dawg’s peccadilloes any day over the Smartest Effetes in the Room…

And of course the piece de resistance is Orszag and Zeke Emanuel’s cost curves which are not Democratic plans IMO. They are something I am uncomfortable with, thus my recent move to the right…

And as always when I do something, I really do it 🙂

Bottom line is the GOP is fighting to save Medicare from DEMS who are trying to cut it and that tells me I am on the right track with my current support of the GOP. The party may change but the motivation I am looking for is who is looking out for the people and the nation. We are the Worrrrrldddd….oops my lib youth rearing its ugly head, LOL!

BWAAAAHAAAA!!!!! and Huh? but mostly BWAAAAHAAA!!We are through the looking glass, everyone needs to rethink where they have been standing IMO and go with the peeps best supporting American ideals, which at present is the GOP IMO…

Keep rockin me baby.

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September 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

Update: Enzi, Grassley say no deal from GOP Cmte members before recess; Progressive Caucus revolts against Dem leadership on deal Waxman cut with Blue Dogs; Reid blames the media for the August deadline, and Nancy ratchets up class warfare again…

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Update 4: the ‘blame the media’ is (un)Official Policy says I. Gibby used it today at the presser and tried to make it a joke. Reid AND Gibby make it clear the media is the fall guy for the latest failure in TOTUS Town…

Update 3: No agreement on health care from GOP Cmte Members per Grassley, Enzi. In other news the Dems are really losin it, Harry Reid is BLAMING THE MEDIA now !! Yes! He says the MEDIA created the August deadline. Guess he missed TOTUS and Gibby laying out August every other hour…

Reid said reporters created a fictitious deadline of a successful vote by the August recess, and downplayed the fact that the chamber won’t meet that mark.

“That is a deadline that you created,” Reid told a group of about 75 reporters. “It’s not like we don’t have a product. Significant progress has been made … The mere fact that this wasn’t done by last Friday or by five o’clock doesn’t mean we’re not going to get a quality product.”

And MiM has speculated here often that the reason TOTUS wanted it done BEFORE August is b/c the WH has been holding back the updated economic projections, (usually released mid July) showing the projected deficit. Obviously he wanted the healthcare deficit adding budget busting plan pushed through BEFORE anyone got a good look at what the deficit will be BEFORE they add on this mondo spending…yep.

Pelosi is raving against the EEEEEvil Insurance Companies now, looking to gin up that good ole’ standby, Class Warfare. It worked so well with Wall St and the EEEEEvil bankers and AIG  (at least until Dodd got hoisted by his own petard having approved those bonuses himself, frakker). AP at HA has the details on Nancy’s ravings….

And in other fun for Nancy and Harry, the Progressive Caucus within the Dem majority is now in open revolt against the leadership for the deal Waxman cut with the Blue Dogs...the CBC has been throwing down the race card left and right, noting that the Energy Cmte Blue Dogs are all white men, and claiming the Blue Dogs are betraying the 20-40% of their constituents who are black. Seriously. Well, Nancy and Harry let the race card fly left and right against Hill in our primaries, so like I say live by the race card, die by the race card..karma baby..

…At one point, Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), a former Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman, expressed outrage that conservatives would insist on significant cuts and a weakening of the public option, arguing that many of the Blue Dogs were letting down their black constituents, who make up 25 percent to 40 percent of their voters, in some instances….

…The intraparty dispute had racial overtones. One African-American Democrat, Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia, pointed out that the seven Blue Dog Democrats holding up the health care bill in the Energy and Commerce Committee were “a nondiverse group” of white men….

Nancy tried to push back on this conflict today:

…As to claims that Democratic leadership sold out progressive, African-Americans and Hispanic reps by negotiating a side deal, she responded: “Might I remind you that the progressives are represented on committees of jurisdiction in a very strong manner. Might I remind you that the progressives are chairmen of those committees — progressives have been well represented.”…

I hope everyone tries to get out and attend the AUGUST 22ND RECESS RALLY with the Tea Party Patriots!!!

Update 2: MM has linkys for Recess Rally August 22nd...

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2.  Tuesday: Call the House Energy and Commerce Committee members.  Tell them not to pass the government run health care bill out of committee.  Our sources tell us that all the Republicans will be voting against the legislation already so you may choose to focus on the Democrats.  Record your answers and the number of calls you made.

3.  Wednesday: Call the Blue Dog DemocratsRecord your answers and the number of calls you made.

4.  Thursday: Call the Senate Finance Committee tell them our economy cannot afford another massive government spending bill.  (This link may not be active now abut it will be active before Thursday.) Record your answers and the number of calls you made.

5.  Friday: Call your Senators and your Representative; tell them as a constituent you are asking them to vote NO on government take over of Health Care. Record your answers and the number of calls you made.

7.  Friday:  Call the Blue Dog Democrats AGAINRecord your answers and the number of calls you made.

Update 3: El Rushbo on the changing tone of the health care sales pitch…

After the break:

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July 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. Comments off.

ZOMG- AP outs TOTUS ‘misstatements’ on the Health Care Bill…

AP responds to TOTUS News Conference with actual facts and intelligent cogent analysis….maybe it’s the eclipse..hurry read it before it comes down!!!

  • By Calvin Woodward and Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press Writers
  • WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s assertion Wednesday that government will stay out of health care decisions in an overhauled system is hard to square with the proposals coming out of Congress and with his own rhetoric.

Even now, nearly half the costs of health care in the U.S. are paid for by government at all levels. Federal authority would only grow under any proposal in play.

A look at some of Obama’s claims in his prime-time news conference:

OBAMA: “We already have rough agreement” on some aspects of what a health care overhaul should involve, and one is: “It will keep government out of health care decisions, giving you the option to keep your insurance if you’re happy with it.”

THE FACTS: In House legislation, a commission appointed by the government would determine what is and isn’t covered by insurance plans offered in a new purchasing pool, including a plan sponsored by the government. The bill also holds out the possibility that, over time, those standards could be imposed on all private insurance plans, not just the ones in the pool.

Indeed, Obama went on to lay out other principles of reform that plainly show the government making key decisions in health care. He said insurance companies would be barred from dropping coverage when someone gets too sick, limits would be set on out-of-pocket expenses, and preventive care such as checkups and mammograms would be covered.

It’s true that people would not be forced to give up a private plan and go with a public one. The question is whether all of those private plans would still be in place if the government entered the marketplace in a bigger way.

He addressed some of the nuances under questioning. “Can I guarantee that there are going to be no changes in the health care delivery system?” he said. “No. The whole point of this is to try to encourage changes that work for the American people and make them healthier.”

He acknowledged then that the “government already is making some of these decisions.”

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July 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Politics. 5 comments.

Obama Healthcare Summit…WSJ Poll shows less support for UHC than in 93….

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Team Obama is kicking off the push for healthcare expansion and cost containment tomorrow today with a ‘summit’ of some sort..they are choosing again to hand a tabula rasa to Congress and have (on the surface) been content to let Congress get their hands dirty with the mucky details (conveniently leaving Congress’ fingerprints all over the thing)..

Obama’s Next Summit, Fortune:

On Thursday, the White House will host a “summit” to start the process of deciding how to best spend that money. According to a White House official, about 120 people are expected to attend, including members of Congress from both parties and people who were part of the debate over health care reform in 1993.

Filling up a bucket of money and handing it over to a committee could create a different set of perceptions and problems. Will the process have a coherent policy outcome? Or will it just be a feast for industry lobbies and their congressional benefactors?

But this is Budget Director Peter Orszag’s baby and listening to him testify today, I got chills frankly. Listen to him explain to Rep Spratt how it is more cost effective to have less specialist visits, repeat admissions and other pesky expensive treatment in the LAST  6 MONTHS OF LIFE FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES. Very Kevorkianesque….Gawd creepy pencil pushing number crunchers..

Baby Boomers better vote in 2010….I worked in health insurance for over 15 years and if you think HMOs denying treatment is bad that is nothing if Medicare starts trying to apply their statistical estimates of appropriate duration and type of treatment…

I predict black market medical care and the wealthy having their own networks of care, it has already begun I saw a blurb about a membership plan where they pay a huge sum and get treated by the best whenever wherever, and no one gives them shxt about an MRI…for those of us who have great insurance now we work so hard, for but cannot afford the private Dr Kildares, well it bites…

The spending in the stimulus and budget lay the groundwork:

First the president signed a $33 billion bill expanding government coverage to 4 million additional children. The stimulus bill signed two weeks ago included $130 billion in health care spending. Finally, in its first budget, the new administration set aside $634 billion in a fund that will be spent on the three legs of reform: increasing coverage, raising quality and lowering costs.

Here is a very interesting part of that WSJ poll that the media did not cover, how the public views UHC right now…

From KaiserNetwork:

However, the poll “flashed warning signs for the administration” on health care, the Journal reports.

Forty-nine percent of U.S. residents said they were willing to pay higher taxes so that every U.S. resident could have health coverage, compared with 66% in March 1993 when former President Clinton attempted to overhaul the health care system.

According to the Journal, “That underscores why the administration is focused on cutting costs, not covering the uninsured.”

Max Baucus D-MT wants real UHC,  Obama did not support the universal mandate in the primaries. Baucus and Grassley are ready to launch a bill this summer, but Baucus is following Team Obama’s script to the letter, no doubt since Obama is letting him carry the ball:

Philadelphia Inquirer:

Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and one of the most influential voices in Washington on health care, promised yesterday to introduce comprehensive health-care legislation in June, certainly before the chamber’s August recess.

He said that he planned to introduce a bipartisan bill with Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R., Iowa) that would adopt a mix of public and private solutions and that he hoped 70 senators would approve it.

Baucus has clearly embraced Orszag’s cost effectiveness model to sell it to America, I guess they read the polls too, heh. But healthcare economists note that is not a policy it is a slogan..in practice it sounds like a horror scene, like the ER in Jamaica Hospital…(sorry JH but seriously, I used to tell people if anything happens dont let them take me to Jamaica Hospital)…

Now it’s time to move from first steps to giant steps,” he said. “There’s never been a better moment. The stars are all aligning. . . . I don’t know if any president has been as committed as President Obama.”

Baucus said it was too early to be specific about exactly how things would work under the legislation. He spent last year holding hearings and writing a white paper, “A Call to Action,” which he said was similar to Obama’s and close to the new Massachusetts plan now providing near-universal coverage to residents there.

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March 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Healthcare, Politics, Taxatrion, Taxes, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Market Mover Thursday: Team Obama Budget Presser…Healthcare funding via new additional tax increases in 2011….

Uh oh. For a bunch of people who like to read about FDR, they seem to be repeating some well known policy decisions that increased the severity and duration of the Great Depression here, ie Smoot-Hawley talk tariffs and tax increases on sources of production….our previous posts here and here

The Obama administration will announce a 10-year, $634 billion reserve fund Thursday aimed at expanding health care coverage – and will pay for half the plan with a new tax hike on wealthy Americans that surprised health care advocates and angered Republicans.

This is NOT the rollback of the Bush tax cuts alone, this is a NEW tax increase to be effective concurrently with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts in 2011…a double whammy, the one-two punch….IMO a bad idea…this is exactly what happened before, they raised taxes before the recession was over and made a Depression…can they be this obtuse? Is it deliberate? Seriously!

Politico:

Under current law, high earners who are in the 35 percent tax bracket can take deductions at that rate. Under Obama’s plan, they would be capped at 28 percent – meaning instead of getting $3,500 back from $10,000 in mortgage interest or other deductions, these taxpayers would get $2,800. The plan would phase in during fiscal year 2011, just as Obama plans to let the Bush tax cuts expire.

OMB chief Peter Orszag is to announce the plan while outlining Obama’s budget in a press conference Thursday.

8 ‘Goals’ for Healthcare Reform:

Ahead of the release of his budget Thursday, Obama has endorsed eight guiding principles for health reform, the White House officials said on the conference call. They stressed that they intend to work with lawmakers and other stakeholders on how to accomplish the goals, but the principles will lay down a marker for any congressional plan.

Other goals include maintaining choice of insurance and doctors, ensuring affordable coverage, protecting Americans financial health, investing in prevention and wellness, improving patient safety and quality of care and is fiscally responsible, sustainable and portable.

So how is the initiative funded on an ongoing basis? Dunno. He seems to expect to recoup itemizations people get now, but if they keep taxing the producers to death their income will dry up no? Yes, Big Dawg said so and we all did well with Big Dawg policy of growing the economy for everyone, not taking one person’s share to give to someone else…IMO…

And he’ll pay for half his plan — $318 billion over 10 years – with new tax hike on Americans making more than $250,000.

Obama had pledged throughout his campaign to roll back Bush tax cuts for Americans making more than $250,000 a year in fiscal year 2011 – a plan that also will be included in Thursday’s budget — but this is different, aimed at reducing the itemized deduction rate for those taxpayers.

Some advocates for universal health coverage said they were surprised to learn that Obama would turn to a tax increase to create a dedicated fund for his program

Huh, Seems odd to eliminate a subsidy that incentivizes RURAL CARE doesn’t it?

The other half of the $634 billion would come from changes in savings in Medicare, including ending subsides to private insurance companies that participate in the Medicare Advantage programs in rural areas.

From experience in the health insurance field, I can say rural care is an area that can least afford cuts like this. Urban areas are served by many charities and government programs, and their very ‘urbanity’ draws physicians there.

Getting an excellent doctor to a tiny town, and getting the attention of charities and glamorous Hollywood fundraiser types for rural areas is not doable. Seems Obama is not as concerned with the RURAL POOR..Country Mouse City Mouse Class Warfare and it sucks…

February 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized, Wall St. 1 comment.

Omnibus Budget Bill: Healthcare gets $634 billion over 10 years…

MiM has been pushing for UHC for years and years, but I hate everything about the way this is being done, without hearings, sneaking things through a backdoor in unrelated legislation like the stimulus and Omnibus Budget Bill…

Having a bunch of government pencil pushers decide what is cost-effective treatment is just unacceptable, having spent years processing Medicare claims I assure you, the government WILL decide a stent is too expensive for people of a ‘certain age’.

The Baby Boomers who voted for Team Obama are in for a rude awakening IMO…they use a LOT of resources donchaknow…Soylent Green IS GREEN!

Via AP, (home of noted hack Nedra ‘crotchshot’ Pickler):

President Barack Obama‘s first budget will seek $634 billion over 10 years as a down payment on health care reform, a senior administration official said Wednesday. The official said Obama’s proposal is meant to start a dialogue with Congress over how to provide coverage for an estimated 48 million uninsured while also slowing health care costs, which amount to $2.4 trillion a year and keep rising even as the economy is shrinking.

Obama’s request comes on top of recent health care expansions approved by Congress and also described by his administration as down payments toward overhauling the health care system. Those include $32 billion to expand coverage for the children of low-income workers and $19 billion to speed the adoption of computerized health records.

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February 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Fantasy, Film, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. Comments off.

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