Update: Obama: I beg your pardon, I never promised you a …Public Option

Update 2: HotAir links Jake Tapper demolishing the BS from Camp Obama on his campaign promises on the P.O. and mandates.

Update: Obama says he did not campaign on the P.O. and that the Senate bill has all he wanted, okay let’s go to the tape as Howard Cosell would say:

…M’kay..… but yes Obama, yes in fact you DID campaign on a P.O. and so did your OFA website. My fave Dem POTUS Big Dawg lied about a bj, this ‘Dem’ POTUS lies about the centerpiece of health care reform we have worked for for DECADES. I find that a fitting summary of these 2 POTUS’ and which one is really trustworthy with the things that matter most to the lives of the American people…. YMMV….

FDL is loaded for bear and has all the many videos and web pages where Obama DID in fact promise a Public Option despite his apparent early onset Alzheimers in his WaPo interview (No offense to those suffering from Alzheimers)…

How does he lie to us, let us count the ways….no tax increase if you make under 250k HA!!!, no tax on health insurance premium deductions from payroll…check! make 86k? No subsidies AND a whopping excise tax on your family plan! Unless you are in a Union which is EXEMPT or in a SPECIAL state, one of 17 which are EXEMPT…

No individual mandate but a strong employer mandate..check! an individual mandate complete with IRS fines and penalties/granishments AND you get to insure your ADULT children through age 27 at least!(because nothing says you’re part of the dynamic generation of ‘progressive creative class’ like living in your Hillary voting mom’s basement and making her pay for your health insurance ) but no worries NO strong employer mandate survived.

A public option to offer ‘choice and competition’ to ‘keep the insurers honest’..check! no P.O. he now claims he never even THOUGHT of a P.O.!!! “What is this P.O. of which you speak??” AND no interstate competition, instead we get an insurer monopoly that holds us all hostage with a mandated product!

Prescription reimportation and bulk negotiations on RX rates in Medicare…check! WH killed Prescription Reimportation Dorgan Amendment and sold out to Big Pharma and Billy Tauzin in their very FIRST move on HCR, aka a big giant CLUE these guys were not going to ‘help’ consumers. Also the WH promised NOT to do negotiations on Medicare PT D drug prices!

You can keep your health insurance if you like it..check! Medicare Advantage, well if your Senator is a crony capitalist cutting deals in smoke filled rooms you might, just might get grandfathered in to keep your Advantage prices and bennies, ‘grandfathered’ get it, get it?! But the rest of the country is just frakked..and employer plans are expected to lower coverage levels to avoid the tax (per the CBO)

We could go on, but you get the point. It was the single biggest domestic issue on the Dem platform and it was tossed under the bus, overboard, onto the garbage heap by the MAJORITY, the DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY in the SENATE, THE HOUSE AND THE WH.

Remember it come Election Day, no matter which side of the aisle you are on, if any, this group of Democrats sold out American consumers and taxpayers and Seniors. Next they come for Social Security…..

*Rose Garden/ Xena mashup courtesy of bekhalin13

December 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. Comments off.

Update: Reid files cloture motions; TheHill: ‘Pharma deal holding up bipartisan rx health amendment’

Update from Kaiser, appears Dingy Harry is going to pull a fast one and IS blocking the RX Reimportation Bill from a vote, 200 Billion a year Americans spend on their RXs. Well this is just one more nail in the electoral coffin for the Democratic majority:

CongressDaily: “Senate Majority Leader [Harry] Reid plans to file a package of cloture motions next week that would allow a final vote on healthcare legislation before the Senate goes home for Christmas, a leadership aide said today.” He plans to offer “simultaneous cloture motions” for the overall bill, for a substitute amendment and for a manager’s amendment containing “key compromises.” The plan “came to light as senators from both parties wondered why leaders have not scheduled a vote on an amendment to allow reimportation of cheaper prescription drugs, which appears to have enough votes to pass” (Friedman and Edney, 12/10).

In a time of incredibly high unemployment, at least three Democratic Senators are blocking a bipartisan amendment that has the votes to pass, that will save many Americans hundreds of dollars a year or more on their health care costs..

Democratic senators from states home to pharmaceutical companies, including Tom Carper (Del.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.) and Robert Menendez (N.J.), object to the amendment, citing concerns about ensuring the safety of medicines entering the U.S. supply chain from foreign sources. Congress Daily has reported that Carper (D-Del.) placed a hold on the amendment, but his office refused to comment to The Hill….

Okay neoprogs and libs still believing in Teh Oneness, riddle me this. Why oh why would The Hill which loves them some Obama report that the WH deal and the 3 Pharma state DEMOCRATIC Senators are blocking a TRUE BIPARTISAN, COST SAVING BILL THAT HAS THE VOTES TO PASS, THAT THIS PRESIDENT CAMPAIGNED ON??? Because it is true.

The message did not seem mixed to McCain, whom Obama defeated in the race for the White House last year. “The fix is in,” he said.

Durbin, asked if they are WHIPPING AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT, didnt say No, he said ‘well we did ask how they are voting…” THE FRAKKERS!!! One of the ONLY effective price reforms that will directly, immediately LOWER healthcare costs to AMERICAN CONSUMERS and they are KILLING IT?

Please call these yahoos and tell them WE DEMAND A VOTE!! Prescription reimportation should be allowed in FREE MARKETS with OPEN TRADE!!!!

TheHill:

A deal between the White House and the pharmaceutical industry is holding up a bipartisan amendment to allow the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from abroad, according to a member of the Senate Democratic leadership.

…Dorgan’s measure, which would permit bulk exports of medicines from countries such as Canada, enjoys broad and bipartisan support and likely has the backing of more than 60 senators, which would guarantee its adoption on the healthcare reform bill.

Tension between the White House and Democratic supporters of the so-called drug reimportation amendment is primarily behind the delay, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Thursday.

“There’s a political subtext here,” Durbin said. “It has to do with whether or not we can do as part of the impact on pharma in this bill and whether or not there are other things that are higher priorities.”

The White House and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) struck a deal this summer to limit the drug industry’s financial exposure under reform to $80 billion over 10 years, though its terms have never been fully disclosed.

President Barack Obama was one of the 35 co-sponsors of Dorgan’s drug reimportation legislation when Obama served in the Senate. In addition, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was a leading supporter of the House version of the bill when he served in the lower chamber….

HYPOCRITES!!!! And these Obots who railed against the Big Dawg and HRC are silent on this????? WTH???!?!?!?

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December 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

Healthcare Update: Democratic Sen Carper blocking Dorgan Amendment to allow reimportation of prescription drugs; Dorgan will block the healthcare bill without a vote on his amendment…

Gee I wonder who couldve asked Carper D-DELAWARE to block a vote on this amendment? You know who else likes DE? All the big credit card companies, all the big corps love to be listed there. DE is so nice to big business and big pharma. Scxrew you Carper, think of the TAXPAYERS for ONCE.

Delaware taxpayers please call your Senator and tell him if you would like to buy your life saving medication at the same price as Canadians. Carper has blocked this twice in a year now.

Current Elected Office Contact Information

Contact Sen. Thomas Carper via Web Form.

Website: carper.senate.gov

Washington, D.C. Office: 513 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-0801
Phone: (202) 224-2441
Fax: (202) 228-2190

Wilmington Office: (more district offices) 301 North Walnut Street, Suite 102L-1

Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 573-6291
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Phone: (302) 573-6291
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Dover Office:
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Dover, Delaware 19904
Phone: (302) 674-3308
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MAC makes it clear it is the WH deal with Pharma driving this. FDL incorrectly reports the WH supports this amendment and it is not part of the Pharma deal based on GIBBS of all people HA!!! I don;t believe it for a second, FDA has been promised the drug sellers will cover the safety protocol costs, it is in Dorgan’s Amendment. Tauzin NAMED this as part of the deal I betcha. Carper talked all about how important the deal was during markup of the Baucus bill when he blocked this amendment the first time.

FRAKKERS!!!!!! WE WANT A VOTE! Any Senator who claims to be voting for healthcare TO SAVE MONEY for taxpayers/consumers and votes AGAINST allowing Americans to buy their RXs from Canada is a fool. Let’s GET THEM ON THE RECORD. 2010 cannot come soon enough.

...The health care reform drive is in a holding pattern as Senate Democrats feud over an amendment that would allow cheaper re-importation of drugs from countries like Canada.

Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, together with 30 co-sponsors, introduced an amendment that would allow for an influx of cheaper prescription drugs from certain countries — all under tight Food and Drug Administration restrictions. Dorgan has fought for the change for a decade, and it was previously supported by President Obama when he was a senator and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel when he was a representative.

But Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., as well as at least one other Democrat, according to Dorgan, have put the brakes on any action on the amendment. It’s up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to settle the dispute in order to move forward on health care reform.

Carper defends his opposition by pointing to a letter he received earlier this week from the FDA laying out its concerns.

…But Sen. John McCain. R-Ariz., another co-sponsor, says he knows the real reason for the resistance. “We all know what this is about. We all know it’s the deal that Pharma cut … Come on, let’s not kid each other. It’s all about they made a deal with Pharma, and Pharma wants that deal to hold. That means no drug re-importation, no competition.”

McCain was referring to the deal the White House struck earlier this year with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). As part of it, the industry pledged an $80 billion reduction in costs and the administration agreed not to push for anything beyond that — meaning re-importation.

Dorgan, incensed by the block, told reporters he is prepared to hold up any action on health care reform over the matter.”I insist that we get our vote,” he said.

Reid, who according to an aide has not taken a position on the amendment, would then have to file a procedural move that takes 60 votes to overcome if he wants to move forward on his health care bill.

Dorgan said he has many new protections in the new version of the re-importation legislation and that the FDA’s letter “could have come from a copy machine,” arguing that the concerns were just copied from previous years. Dorgan accused Carper of not reading the amendment….

December 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Big Pharma is frakked: Reid (D-NV) latest to say he is ‘not bound’ by WH drug deal; says he will use reconciliation if necessary…

BWAAAAHAAA!!! The sheer STUPIDITY of Billy Tauzin in believing ANY deal this WH cut with him is in full display yet again..if these maroons do the 150m ad buy to back Obamacare they are serious schmucks…

O’Jays courtesy of Dansaaid

See our previous posts on Tauzin and the deal only he and his bosses at big Pharma were stoopid enough to believe would stand here.

At this point, IMO, it really does not matter if Reid is obfuscating to his constituents to avoid telling them they did a ‘smoky room, closed-door!’  deal with Teh Evil ™ lobbyists and now seniors can’t negotiate RX prices or reimport RXs from Canada, (which was one of TOTUS main promises in the campaign), or if Reid and Congress really have an ‘understanding’ with the WH to either a, pretend they wont be bound by WH agreements, or b, be bound but act like they’re not. The bottom line is nothing Reid says is IMO believable or trustworthy. So of course none of us trust these guys to remake our health care…Vote him out NV!

Politico:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that he was not bound by a controversial deal negotiated between the White House and pharmaceutical companies, telling thousands of Nevada voters on a conference call that “I have not agreed with anybody to do that.”

The drug industry told the White House this summer that it would cut future drug costs by $80 billion in exchange for assurances that any health care legislation would prevent the government from negotiating for lower drug prices. As a result of the deal, the industry is bankrolling an ad campaign touting Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

But Democrats in Congress have balked at the agreement. “I’m a Democrat in the Senate, and I haven’t agreed,” Reid told a caller…

And of course in his usual TACTFUL way Reid reminded everyone that Teddy is gone and said he would use reconciliation, he also said, I kid you not, “there is nothing to pay for” in the public option?!?!? Wha??

…”There really is nothing to pay for,” Reid said of a public option. “It is an entity to set up to keep the insurance companies honest. There would be some small administrative costs.”..

Reid said that if Democrats can’t get bipartisan support, they would move the bill through the fast-track budget process, which cannot be filibustered. He said that is not their preference, but he predicted that three-quarters of the bill could be passed that way.

“Sen. Kennedy as you know is dead,” he said adding that with ailing West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd frequently absent, “We need Republican help, that’s why a bipartisan bill is important.”

Well now their failure is due to death and illness I see. Maybe next he will whip out a note from Epstein’s Mother…

Sweathogs courtesy of SouthStag88
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August 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. Comments off.

Waxman prepares to roll big Pharma…

Ahh Billy, Billy. What were you thinking trusting any deal with this Administration? Tsk, tsk. Karmic backlash.

Ed has all the details at HotAir:

Barack Obama picked up considerable political support for his overhaul of the American health-care system by promising a limit on price concessions to the pharmaceutical manufacturers.  They signed onto ObamaCare after getting assurances that their givebacks would amount to no more than $80 billion over 10 years and that the federal government would not try to bargain for lower pricing using its advantage through Medicare.  Henry Waxman plans to renege on just about every aspect of that agreement:

As the health care debate focuses on whether cost cuts are looming in Medicare coverage, Representative Henry A. Waxman is on a crusade to save Medicare billions of dollars — in a way that he says would end up helping the elderly.

That is because the money would come from the drug industry, which is why Mr. Waxman may have a fight on his hands.

Drug makers contend they have already worked out a 10-year, $80 billion cost-savings deal with the White House and crucial Senate gatekeepers on the trillion-dollar health care overhaul. The industry says that trying to add Mr. Waxman’s provision could scuttle that agreement.

“You not only break the deal, but you break the bank for us,” said Billy Tauzin, chief executive of the drug industry’s trade group, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA….

Cry me a river Billy you jaggoff. Pharma has the biggest profit margin of all the playas in this line of business and they were skating away, just like they did on Medicare PT D, and leaving Americans to bear the brunt of a POS reform package in some kind of frakkin protection racket they have going up in the Oval these days…Nice little pill business you have there, shame if anything were to happen to it…as we have said here numerous times, if he sold out Americans for 150m ad deal in exchange for ‘protection’ from the jackboots running the House right now he is a fool.

Phil Collins video courtesy of nik0la007

August 26, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. 2 comments.

Update: Sen Carper confirms quid pro quo! Is Pharma the Chamberlain of the health care wars? YES!!!: Boehner to Big Pharma: Don’t be an appeaser….

Update: Courtesy of HA, Sen Carper CONFIRMS the quid pro quo deal b/w phaRma and TOTUS for the ad buy. He is actually whining about it, apparently not grasping the IMMORALITY snd perhaps ILLEGALITY of the deal. He is upset that Baucus isn’t sticking to the right $ figure! What a maroon!

Okay Seniors, it is up to you. TOTUS promised you could buy RXs from Canada and he sold you down the river for a 150m ad buy and buy in from phaRma for reforms.

CALL YOUR CRITTERS! JUST SAY NO TO THE QUID PRO QUO!

Right on John!

Politico:

In a scathing, borderline condescending, “dear colleague,” Boehner urged Tauzin to unwind PhRMA’s deal with President Barack Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to support health care legislation in exchange for profit protection under rules established in the controversial 2003 prescription-drug bill….

…Drugmakers agreed to find tens of billions in savings in order to trim the federal government’s prescription-drug tab under Medicare in exchange for other protections, like allowing the industry to preserve a lucrative rebate structure under Medicare Part D and the White House’s agreement to oppose any move to force the government import lower-priced drugs from Canada. The industry also committed to spend $150 million to advertise in support of health care reform – although it has not yet endorsed any of the four bills to pass out of committee.

Boehner’s letter, which is excerpted after the jump, speaks for itself. But the central thrust is that PhRMA cut a bad deal, in large part, because Democrats will eventually renege, Boehner argues. It reads like a jilted lover laughing at his ex-girlfriend after she gets dumped by the replacement boyfriend. Check it out.

These are EXCERPTS of the letter:

“Dear Billy,

“Appeasement rarely works as a conflict resolution strategy. This is as true in the arena of policymaking as it is in schoolyards across America. When a bully asks for your lunch money, you may have no choice but to fork it over. But cutting a deal with the bully is a different story, particularly if the “deal” means helping him steal others’ money as the price of protecting your own.

“The simple truth is, two wrongs don’t make a right. And the short-sighted health care deal PhRMA struck with the Obama Administration at your urging provides confirmation of this time-tested maxim on an epic and tragic scale.

“The “bully” in this case is Big Government. At your behest, PhRMA has chosen to accommodate a Washington takeover of health care at the expense of the American people in hopes of securing favorable treatment and future profits. It’s a short-sighted bargain that leaves your own customers and employees behind. And it now has all the markings of a deal gone sour.

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August 18, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Hair Bands, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. 5 comments.

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