Snowe heats up – objects to ‘rush’ in health care process…

Sen. Snowe (R-ME) showed her spirit in Committee markup today when a GOP Amendment that would require 3 days posting of the final bill on the internet for public review and a final CBO score before passage was rejected by the Democrats:

Courtesy of FoxNews:

Finance Committee members argue over health care amendments

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

Baucus’ Health Care Bill: One is the Loneliest Number…

Mashup by HootyMcBoon

Update: Politico has the backlash to Baucus’ plan from fellow Dem Rockefeller (D-WVA). It was reported that Rockefeller was summoned to the WH at 400pm last night wonder what they said, lol! I suspect they told Rockefeller not to get his panties in atwist that they would be SURE to add an amendment in conference that exempt union plans or otherwise has taxpayers carrying the burden of those high dollar plans…frakkers….

Max Baucus was all alone at that presser announcing his bill yesterday, not one Dem and not one GOP member stood with him..Still unsure why they aren’t going for Wyden Bennett Bill when Baucus gets us halfway there but without the cosponsors…

The WSJ OpEd page DESTROYS Baucus’ plan today…

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus finally unveiled his health-care plan yesterday to a chorus of bipartisan jeers. The reaction is surprising given that President Obama all but endorsed the outlines of the Baucus plan last week. But the hoots are only going to grow louder as more people read what he’s actually proposing….

MINIMUM WAGE

September 17, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Politics. 1 comment.

Max Baucus (D-MT) to unveil Senate Finance Cmte (bipartisan?) health care plan…

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WSJ:

…Mr. Baucus, a Montana Democrat, is aiming to reach an agreement by Tuesday… The goal is to strike a deal before President Barack Obama addresses Congress on Wednesday in a special joint session.

Outline of the plan reveals we are where we were when Wyden-Bennett started, only we have added Medicare cuts and an individual mandate (but without the generous tax credits McCain proposed) in the midst of a wave of unemployment and subpar economic growth. The mandate should be phased in and be suspended when unemployment is high, there’s a trigger for you:

.. It will expand health insurance by giving low-income people subsidies to buy coverage and widening eligibility for the Medicaid health-coverage program for the poor.

It wouldn’t create a new public health-insurance plan — a key demand of liberals — but would instead create nonprofit health-insurance cooperatives as a way to increase competition with private health-insurance companies.

Under the committee’s proposal, most Americans would be required to carry health insurance. Insurers wouldn’t be able to deny coverage to the sick and cherry-pick customers. The plan would be financed by a combination of cuts to the Medicare program for the elderly and a tax on particularly generous health-insurance plans that would apply to health-insurance companies. The tax would generate an estimated $140 billion over a decade….

The tax better include union plans. This is what MAC proposed, and TOTUS has been fighting it for purely political reasons. We have been bailing out the unions as it is, no more. Let them pay taxes on their benefit plans as well if this is the funding mechanism needed to avoid a public plan and deficit spending. I don’t see tort reform or interstate competition in there, hope Enzi puts it in if they are going this way.

September 4, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Listening to TOTUS, Dems hear a symphony….

oh good grief. And this is the head of the Senate Cmte hashing out the health care reform bill. GET OUT OF THE BELTWAY CRITTERS, YOU ARE LOSING OXYGEN OR SOMETHING…

Courtesy of GatewayPundit, mghoft

At least it is an excuse to play a good tune:

Courtesy of smydie

August 4, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

They Want it All, and They Want it Now:Team TOTUS Tactics:It’s a Crisis! Orszag at OMB Declares Social Security/Medicare Shortage Imminent..(thus necessitating immediate health care reform ya dig?)

Same Technique, Different Target and the journOlists are happily repeating the hype and preparing to scare Americans into immediate URGENT reform..I am willing to lay my money down now that we will see a sudden plethora of reporting on the crisis in Medicare….so it MUST simply MUST be done NOW NOW NOW

It is like 5 y/o kids hepped up on candy are running the country, they want it all and they want it now..speaking of which, how bout some Queen?

Hope the rest of y’all in GEN X are ready to work into your 80s sans hip replacements, how the hell we are supposed to work longer with less medical intervention escapes them…

Bloomberg:

..Preliminary skirmishes over clamping down on offshore corporate tax havens, taxing employee benefits and winning discounts on drug prices may dictate the fate of the president’s plan to broaden U.S. health-insurance coverage and cut costs.

Obama wants to enact the plan, with a 10-year price tag he estimates at $634 billion, without boosting a budget deficit projected to reach $1.8 trillion this year. So, while trying to agree on the biggest health-care revamp since Medicare started in 1965, lawmakers also must pick winners and losers among spending cuts and tax increases they need to fund it.

“It’s the most difficult political decision we have to make,” said Senator Charles Grassley, the Finance Committee’s top Republican. “You’re talking about saving money on Medicare; that’s always controversial. You’re talking about maybe tax increases; that’s very controversial. There’s hardly anything with financing that is not going to be controversial.”

Insuring more Americans by cutting coverage for those already insured and limiting treatment options, uh-huh:

.Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus says the government can save billions by basing Medicare payments on the quality and not just the quantity of care….

That’s code for limiting hospital stays for those who have not spent 20 years in the industry…

…Obama’s 2010 budget proposes to pay for his health plan in part by raising $267 billion from limiting deductions by upper- income taxpayers for items such as charitable donations and home-mortgage interest. The Senate unanimously rejected that idea last month, citing potential harm to charities.

Obama proposes another $309 billion in cuts to health-care programs, including $177 billion in savings from payments to private insurance companies participating in the Medicare program, such as UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Humana Inc. The administration also wants pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly & Co. and AstraZeneca Plc to offer bigger drug discounts to Medicaid and would reduce federal payments to hospitals with high patient-readmission rates.

There it is in black and white, cutting payments to hospitals who keep readmitting those pesky elderly patents!!

One way to do it is of course the way MAC proposed and Obama blasted, LOL:

..Wyden has proposed taxing employer-paid health insurance premiums, which could bring in $700 billion over five years, or more than the proposal’s current estimated cost.

Baucus said at today’s roundtable that lawmakers are considering reducing the tax break on benefits, although he said they won’t repeal it altogether.

The benefits tax idea is politically dicey for Obama, who last year lambasted Republican presidential nominee John McCain for a similar proposal. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Ways and Means Committee last week that the administration is willing to consider the proposal.

What does MAC say about that?

Asked about Sebelius’s comments, McCain, a Republican senator from Arizona, laughed and said, “it’s a logical step; that’s why I proposed it during the campaign.”

May 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Entertainment, Healthcare, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Health Care Update: Max Baucus shouted down by single payer protesters : Protester Delays Senate Committee Opening

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May 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Omnibus Budget Passes House, Earmarks Abound: the Roll Call

The House has passed the Omnibus Bill…

Has Obama told them about the CRISIS? Not a sign of being careful with our money anywhere in sight in this bill…I dread hearing about what is in here over the next few weeks…Sounds like Our Government wants to…..party all the time, party all the tiiime….

Who voted how?

Dems who voted no: 20, including the 2 from my neck of the woods, Moderate Dems..

Cardoza,Childers, Cooper,Costa,Donnelly (IN),Driehaus, Giffords, Hill, Kind,Kratovil, Marshall, Matheson, Minnick,Mitchell, Nye, Peterson, Speier, Tanner,Taylor,

GOP who voted yes: 16

Bono Mack, Brown-Waite, Ginny, Cao,Capito, Castle, Dent, Emerson, Gerlach, LoBiondo, McHugh, Miller (MI), Murphy, Tim, Reichert, Upton, Whitfield, Young (AK)

From Bloomberg

The U.S. House voted to boost spending on domestic programs by 8 percent, ease restrictions on travel to Cuba and kill a school voucher program in Washington, D.C., as part of a $410 billion spending bill.

The chamber voted 245 to 178 to approve an “omnibus” bill combining nine appropriations measures needed to fund the federal government through September, the end of its fiscal year.

Revenge of the Earmarks:

After persuading lawmakers to keep pet projects in their districts known as earmarks off the stimulus bill, Obama made no such attempt on the first non-emergency spending measure of his presidency. The result was that lawmakers claimed billions in federal funds for pet projects — a total of 8,570 earmarks at a cost of $7.7 billion, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense. Majority Democrats declined to provide a number of earmarks, but said the cost was far smaller, $3.8 billion, 5 percent less than a year ago.

ATTAAAAACK OF THE KILLER EARMARKS…..

Among the earmarks was one sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman, a California Democrat, who secured $200,000 for a “tattoo removal violence outreach program” in Los Angeles. Aides said the money would pay for a tattoo removal machine that could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past, and anyone benefiting would be required to perform community service.

Under the bill, Mexican-licensed trucks are banned from operating outside commercial zones along the border with the United States. The Teamsters union, which supported Obama’s election last year, had sought the move. The Bush administration backed a pilot program to permit up to 500 trucks from 100 Mexican motor carriers access to U.S. roads.

Bush administration restrictions on travel to Cuba were loosened in the legislation, to permit more frequent visits and expand the list of family members permitted to make trips to see relatives on the Communist nation-island.

Do you get the sinking feeling that the Congress and the Administration are full throttle ahead on spending of any and all sorts?? It is almost as if…all they want to do is dance….they want to partay oooh they want to get down ooooh

WashingtonTimes:

The 1,000-plus-page spending bill provides a fat target for deficit hawks. It includes hundreds of pages of earmarks – pet spending projects inserted by lawmakers, ranging from $185,000 for coral reef research and preservation in Maui County, Hawaii, to $55,000 in meteorological equipment for Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., to $9.9 million for science enhancement at historically black colleges in South Carolina.

Some lawmakers are SO excited they cannot contain themselves and are already reporting back home about all the pork they will be sending :

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February 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Film, Finance, Healthcare, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. 3 comments.

PEBO to talk Health Care, Hillary gets the Last Laugh…

As PEBO gets ready to talk health care and announce Daschle for HHS Secretary (10 mins to LIVE coverage); it is useful to review Hillary’s plan for universal coverage and cost-savings. I am hopeful they use this as a template. If we don’t start with a universal mandate we will not get there, and Max Baucus – D-MT, Chairman of the Senate Finance Cmte said this himself at a presser a few weeks ago, laying down his chips..

Ezra Klein spoke to Baucus at the convention about the mandate issue:

MB: Universal coverage, that’s one. Every American has health insurance.

EK: When you say universal coverage, do you mean universal access to coverage or literally ever American is guaranteed, either they have to get through an individual mandate or the government says you’ll have it or…?

MB: More than access. It’s there, it’s there. I’m not sure exactly what it is.

EK: So you need to take it a step further than the Obama campaign?

MB: Well I wouldn’t phrase it that way. He has an individual mandate for children, he doesn’t for others, but I don’t see how you can get meaningful universal coverage without a mandate. It’s pretty hard to get universal coverage without a mandate. You need the large pool to deal with preexisting conditions. It’s very hard to get to meaningful universal coverage without a mandate.

Yes Max it certainly is, and that is why millions of us supported Hillary and found this a STARK contrast in the Obama and Clinton plans…

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Here is Baucus’ plan on his website which has a banner calling for action, he is serious about the mandate, hooray!:

…A CALL TO ACTION . . .

It is the duty of the next President and the next Congress to reform America’s health care system. In 2009, Congress must take up and act on meaningful health reform legislation that achieves universal coverage while also addressing the underlying problems in our health system. The urgency of this task has become undeniable….

The white paper from Baucus is 98 pages long and the pdf can be found here.

“Once affordable, high-quality, and meaningful health insurance options are available to all Americans through their employers or through the Exchange, individuals would have a responsibility to have health coverage. This step is necessary for insurance market reforms to function properly and to end the cost shifting that occurs within the system. It is expected that the vast majority of American employers would continue to provide coverage as a competitive benefit to attract employees. Except for small firms, employers that choose otherwise must contribute to a fund that would help cover those who remain uninsured.”

PEBO and Daschle seem to be ahead of the pundits talking down the health care plan and have prepared for duel fronts of action, WSJ, which has had an ongoing editorial page battle with Baucus about their coverage of his plans, reports:

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle is being named to duel posts this morning: secretary of health and human services, and head of a new White House office on health reform, giving him a prominent perch for a major push for health care legislation. For Daschle, the double duty is meant to avoid the scenario that unfolded in the Clinton administration, where the White House took the lead on health reform and left Donna Shalala, who was HHS secretary, largely on the sidelines.

Many of the groups that fought Hillary’s plan in 93 are now on board much to the chagrin of the WSJ Editorial Page:

…They may succeed, which is no surprise given that many corporations would be only too happy to dump their health liabilities on the government. The “Divided We Fail” coalition, which advocates “universal” coverage, includes not only usual suspects like unions and AARP but also the Business Roundtable and the National Federation of Independent Business, the small-business lobby that led the charge against HillaryCare…..

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…This mentality is nicely captured by Tom Daschle, the former Senate Majority Leader who Barack Obama has tapped to run Health and Human Services. “I think that ideological differences and disputes over policy weren’t really to blame,” he writes of 1994 in his book “Critical,” published earlier this year. Despite “a general agreement on basic reform principles,” the Clintons botched the political timing by focusing on the budget, trade and other priorities before HillaryCare.

President-elect Obama will not make the same mistake. Congressional Democrats are already deep into the legislative weeds, while Mr. Daschle is organizing the interest groups and a grassroots lobbying effort. Mr. Obama may be gesturing at a more centrist direction in economics and national security, but health care is where he seems bent on pleasing the political left….

Hillary’s plan (see after the jump)  sounds just like Baucus’ plan, methinks our Hillary has had the last laugh, PEBO will have to fight Baucus to keep out the mandate he fought through the primary..and I could not be happier..

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Hillary’s plan as presented at George Washington University in May of 2007:

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December 11, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Center for American Progress, Economy, Foreclosures, Healthcare, Hillary Clinton, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Wall St. 5 comments.

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