CONFIRMED! Unions throw middle class under the bus! CALL YOUR CRITTERS! : A-HA! WH/Congress Dems reach tentative deal to exempt labor from excise tax on health insurance benefits…

1/15 WSJ confirms that the Dems have cut a deal for 12% of the middle class and left the other 88% of us to pay the excise tax. No no no. They are dividing the Middle Class against itself. Nice job labor. Right to work states should what? Die younger? No I don’t think so.

CALL YOUR CRITTERS.

Democratic negotiators acceded to union demands for a scaled-back tax on high-end health-insurance plans, exempting union contracts from the tax until 2018, five years beyond the start date for other workers.

The deal helped Democrats clear a key hurdle, but the reduced tax added to the pressure to find new revenue to pay for their health bill, which is designed to give coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans. Negotiators were considering increasing the financial hit on drug makers, nursing homes and medical-device makers, according to people familiar with the discussions….

I knew it! J’ACCUSE!!! Those frakkers! If they think this will fly and they can exempt 12% of the middle class (labor) from the excise tax and leave the other 88% of us twisting they are barking up the wrong tree…

Jane Hamsher has it at FDL:

You could see this one coming down Sepulveda, ever since the Senate started doing carve-outs for individual unions to exempt them from the excise tax:

Unions tentatively struck a deal Tuesday to exempt collectively bargained healthcare plans from a tax on high-cost plans expected to be used to help raise revenue for the healthcare overhaul….

Oh, and they also, tossed the employer mandate. “The better to stick you with high deductible, low quality plans on which to tax you my dear”, said the Wolf from Aetna….

January 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. 2 comments.

MASS Senate: Scott Brown, Coakley (& Kennedy- I) Debate clip

Wish longer clips were available, if anyone finds them pls leave a comment!

96.9 Boston Talks’ Jim and Margery hosted the first radio debate of the new year between the three candidates in the race for Senator on Tuesday. Attorney General Martha Coakley, State Senator Scott Brown, and Independent Candidate Joseph L. Kennedy are vying for the late Edward Kennedys Senate seat in the special election on January 19, 2010.

Politico:

With the Massachusetts Senate race tightening, tonight’s televised debate between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown took on more aggressive tone.

The Boston Herald reports that Coakley, who many assumed would have an easy path to victory in the Democratic state, shot back at Brown over his claims that she would raise taxes if elected while trying to get him to say whether he would support continuing the Bush tax cuts.

“It’s not a yes or no answer, and I’m not going to play a yes or no game,” Brown said. Coakley sharply responded, “If you’re not going to say yes or no, then I don’t want to hear your answer. Thanks.”

Ooh sounds snarky!

Coakley also said she didn’t agree with the polls showing Brown only behind 9 points. “I think everyone will see where we are on Jan. 19,” she said.

Independent candidate Joe Kennedy also participated in the debate, but the Herald says he “remained mostly on the sidelines.” The debate, taped earlier today, aired tonight in the state on WGBY public television. The final televised debate is scheduled for Monday night.

January 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Recovering Obama-fan: “Obama’s Lies and Health Care Reversals”

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by Lee Stranahan: “I’m a former Obama supporter. I’m just totally fed up with reversal after reversal and lie after lie from President Obama on health care. ”

h/t RedState

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January 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes. Comments off.

Tuesday Roundup: Final revision to 3Q GDP in: 2.2%, Lobbyists have record year, and Reid slips supermajority requirement into Medicare cost cutting panel…

Update: Darth Vadar just rang the opening bell, I kid you not. LucasFilm is there, I see Bobba Fett!

We started at 3.5%, and now at third and final revision we are down to 2.2% on 3Q GDP. I am still calling for a double dip, because yes the Obamanomic policies ARE that bad.

In other news as MiM has predicted lo these many months, the Reid Amendment has put a supermajority requirement on overriding the iMAB panel decisions. Harry actually asked ‘cant we all get along after this’ on the floor this morning after they passed round 2 of their partisan vote to GUT MEDICARE. ugh what a tool. He is feathering his next for his LOBBYING job post election defeat.

LOBBYISTS had their BEST YEAR EVAH under Obama’s HOPEY CHANGEY NEW politics, HA!

Some folks still think the Medicare cuts will not happen, THEY WILL. This Supermajority rule is how it will be accomplished. No calls to Congress will make an impact when a Supermajority is required to overturn iMAB rulings. Like an HMO with no right of appeal, that is what they are giving our Seniors (and by extension through the exchanges which will follow these roolz, we are ALL getting this shaft)

This is the Orszagist dream panel where non practicing physicians like the loons who just announced the mammogram revisions will GUT MEDICARE. IT WILL HAPPEN. TELL EVERY SENIOR YOU KNOW.

SS is next. Gird your savings GEN X, they are coming for us.

December 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Wall St. Comments off.

Obama Quits, cedes Presidency to Joe Lieberman

Of course, Joe did what the WH told him to do but still funny.

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By FDL Headzup:

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After Joe Lieberman threatens a filibuster and gets both the public option and medicare buy in removed from the Senate health care bill, President Obama decides to quit and give him the Presidency.

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December 16, 2009. Tags: , , , . Politics. Comments off.

Update: One Night Only! Dorgan & McCain LIVE from the Senate floor team up in support of the Drug Reimportation Amendment….

Update: Shows Added, lol! Even AP notes OBAMA is blocking this billions in savings for American consumers. Debate continues today:

A bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes to finally win a long struggle to ease curbs against importing low-cost prescription drugs but will have to overcome the Obama administration and the pharmaceutical industry to do so. The Senate was resuming debate Thursday on President Barack Obama’s drive to reshape the country’s care system. The most crucial work was being done behind closed doors, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and his lieutenants were hunting support for a tentative deal among moderate and liberal Democrats to expand the government’s role in providing care.

As predicted Team Obama has SOLD US DOWN THE RIVER for Pharma and Billy frakkin Tauzin. The FDA released a letter OPPOSING the Amendment allowing the reimportation of prescription drugs for American consumers. Obama is AGAIN betraying a promise he made throughout the campaign. This is one of the single biggest cost saving expenses for Americans in their healthcare costs. The FDA has the AUDACITY to claim drugs coming from CANADA are not SAFE!! HA!! Dorgan and MAC teamed up in a great vaudeville style debate today, punching holes in the ridiculous FDA statement..

WSJ:

…Allowing importation of prescription drugs from a select few countries such as Canada, Ireland, and parts of Europe could lower prices in this country, and Dorgan has an amendment to the health-care bill that would legalize the practice.

Tuesday, the FDA blew a hole in his amendment. In a letter, FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg said importing drugs would be unsafe, too complex and too expensive. The drug industry has also opposed the practice, pointing out that Europe, which allows some importation, has problems with counterfeit drugs.

On the floor of the Senate today, McCain played the set-up man, lobbing rhetorical softballs for Dorgan. Here’s a much-condensed version of some of the highlights. Watch the whole thing yourself, starting around minute 270 in this C-Span video

McCain: Isn’t it true that a letter was written to one of our colleagues from the administrator of the FDA?

Dorgan: The Senator from Arizona is correct. They say “We don’t have the resources.” This amendment provides the resources for them. The people that are selling [imported drugs] will pay a fee.

McCain: It requires no additional funding from the taxpayer?

Dorgan: No additional funding from the taxpayer at all!

McCain: Could we say it would not propose any hazard to anyone’s health?

Dorgan: The countries that are involved in this amendment — and they are limited — are countries that have an identical chain of custody to our country.

On a roll now, Dorgan holds up two pill bottles and continues:

Both of these bottles contained Lipitor — most of my colleagues know what Lipitor is. And this was made by an American company in Ireland and shipped all over the world. This little bottle was shipped to the United States. This little bottle was shipped to Canada. What’s the difference? The price. The American consumer is told, guess what you get to do? You get to pay almost triple.

McCain: On behalf of the citizens of my state, I just want to say, thank you for your advocacy.

December 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Health Care Update: Republican Response to the Democratic Health Care Bill

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October 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Politics. Comments off.

Harry Reid fails again: AMA feels the karmic burn: cloture on $247 B Doctor Pay bill fails 47-53

HA! Take that AMA! This should be part of the damned health care bill, we ALL KNOW they are NOT GOING to cut Medicare as the CBO scored it, this move to fund 247B OFF BALANCE sheet of the health care bill is ample proof of that…Reid is an epic failure, luckily…

Sen Gregg R-NH called it a Bernie Madoff scheme, yep. Bayh D-IN voted against it, he was our pick for HRC VEEP…53 voted against cloture, yowsa..

WSJ:

…The Senate voted 53-47 against cutting off debate on the $247 billion bill, which would repeal the current system of paying physicians under Medicare in a bid to avoid perennial shortfalls stemming from a complex formula for determining the payment rate. All 40 Republicans voted against the motion, along with 13 Democrats.

Without the needed 60 votes to proceed on the bill, it is effectively shelved. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), alluded to that outcome Wednesday, saying he expected the Senate would “pick this up again” after it considered a broader health-care measure.

Congress will still need to take action to avoid a 21% drop in physician payments under Medicare that is scheduled to take effect in January, and it appears that a shorter-term solution is in the works. “Right now, we’re going to a one-year fix,” Mr. Reid said.

The proposed 10-year fix, which won enthusiastic endorsements from the American Medical Association and the seniors” group AARP, decoupled the costly fix from broader health-care overhaul legislation, which would help Democrats keep the larger bill’s price tag at or below their stated target of $900 billion.

But moderate Democrats such as Sens. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) and Evan Bayh (D., Ind.) said they would vote against the bill because it didn’t raise any revenue to offset its cost.

Senate Republicans said the bill took an irresponsible approach to solving the physician payment issue. “The proponents of this measure want to put another quarter of a trillion dollars on the federal credit card,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) “We are in dangerous territory.”

The American Medical Association in a statement said it was “deeply disappointed” with the vote and maintained that a permanent repeal of the current payment system “is essential to ensuring the security and stability of Medicare.”…

*Thompson Twins courtesy of mandaluyongboy

October 21, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

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